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Feeding your puppy

A guide to

  FEEDING YOUR PUPPY

FEEDING YOUR
PUPPY

Your puppy’s diet is essential to help support their growth and development and build a healthy immune system. Here you’ll find our top tips on feeding your puppy - their needs, choosing the right food and giving your little bundle of fun all the nutrients they need to grow into a healthy, happy dog.

“PUPPYHOOD IS THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY DEMANDING TIME IN A DOG'S LIFE”

PUPPIES GROW QUICKLY

Puppies grow quickly in the first few months, so puppyhood is the most nutritionally demanding time in their life.

As a general rule a puppy’s nutritional needs can be divided into two main phases - the fast growth rate of the young puppy, followed at about five months of age by the slightly slower rate of the adolescent.

Large and giant breed dogs have a slightly different growth pattern, reaching their mature body size slightly later. Some large and giant breeds don’t stop growing until they are 15-18 months old, whereas some small breeds are at their adult weight at 6 months of age.

YOUR PUPPY’S NEEDS

- Whatever their breed, because they are growing so fast, puppies have a higher requirement for protein, energy and calcium than an adult. In fact, from birth until they reach 50% of their adult weight, your puppy will have around double the daily energy requirements of an adult.

- Along with their exercise, diet will have the greatest effect on your puppy’s bones and joints, and hence their size, shape, strength and fitness as an adult.

- Young puppies need to be fed a diet that has been specially formulated for growth, so it’s important to choose a diet that is labeled as being ‘for puppies’.

“FROM BIRTH UNTIL THEY REACH 50% OF THEIR ADULT WEIGHT, YOUR PUPPY WILL HAVE AROUND DOUBLE THE DAILY ENERGY REQUIREMENTS OF AN ADULT”

LITTLE AND OFTEN

Puppies have small stomachs and a high metabolic rate, so need to be fed little and often. At around three to four months of age, they’ll be having three to four meals a day, and this can be gradually reduced down to twice daily feeding by the time they’re around five to six months old.

MAKE ANY CHANGES GRADUALLY

It’s a good idea to stick with the same food that your puppy arrived with, (the same that they had at the breeder), for at least the first few weeks before gradually changing them onto a diet of your choice. This will lead to fewer tummy upsets!

Always make any dietary changes gradually. Sudden changes to the diet can cause tummy upsets. So, if you are either changing to a diferent recipe or changing to a new food, do so gradually over 4-5 days.

“CHOOSE HEALTHY TREATS FULL OF NATURALLY NUTRITIOUS INGREDIENTS”

HEALTHY TREATS

Obesity is a huge problem in the canine population and it often starts in puppyhood. Choose healthy treats full of naturally nutritious ingredients such as Lily’s Kitchen puppy treats, or try small pieces of apple or carrot.

THE BEST START FOR YOUR PUPPY

Lily’s Kitchen Puppy recipes have been specially created for your growing puppy and provide the best nutrition for them in a delicious way. These recipes have the right levels of protein to support healthy growth, and prebiotics to help support the digestive system.

Our food for puppies contains chelated minerals for easy absorption, salmon oil for healthy skin and fur, and joint support from glucosamine and chrondroitin.

PROPER MEAT

Avoid meat meal for easier digestion

SKIN AND COAT HEALTH

Look for a good balance of omegas 3 and 6

OPTIMAL NUTRITION

Look for chelated minerals that help absorption

BONES & JOINTS

Are supported by added Glucosamine and Chondroitin

GOOD POOP

Proper meat means firmer poop that's easier to pick up

SKIN AND COAT HEALTH

Look for a good balance of omegas 3 and 6

PROPER MEAT

Avoid meat meal for easier digestion

GOOD POOP

Proper meat means firmer poop that's easier to pick up

BONES & JOINTS

Are supported by added Glucosamine and Chondroitin

OPTIMAL NUTRITION

Look for chelated minerals that help absorption

LILY’S KITCHEN STARTER PACK FOR PUPPIES

Our Starter Pack for Puppies contains nutritious recipes that are full of top notch, natural ingredients. This is proper food, bursting with goodness and we think you’ll notice a positive difference… right from the very first meal.

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LILY’S KITCHEN STARTER PACK FOR PUPPIES

Our Starter Pack for Puppies contains nutritious recipes that are full of top notch, natural ingredients. This is proper food, bursting with goodness and we think you’ll notice a positive difference… right from the very first meal.

Shop now
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