At about two months of age, a mother dog weans her puppies with her milk.  Furthermore, it’s even earlier for adopted pups leaving the animal shelter at a younger age. Usually, the mother dog takes care of all the pup’s nutrition. However, if the mother is not there, it’s the owner’s job of nurturing that ensures the puppy’s balanced diet.

Shop for quality functional food. Your puppy grows fast; in fact, almost five times faster than a human infant each day. He needs to have his nutrition in check to make sure his diet sustains his growth rate. At 6-12 weeks, he should be fed at least four meals a day, 3-6 months at three meals a day and two meals per day for 6-12 months.

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When your dog doesn’t eat, anorexia usually is the cause. Because a loss of appetite in dogs can indicate illness, it is essential to seek veterinary care if you notice changes in your dog’s eating habits. It is especially important to respond promptly to a refusal to eat dogs that usually eat well.

The optimal growth rate in puppies is reasonable. It is a slow growth rate allowing your puppy to obtain an ideal “optimal” body while avoiding obesity and excessive weight. Maximal growth rate, on the other hand, means that the puppy grows very fast due to overfeeding and high-fat foods.

It shows that the maximal growth rate increases the likelihood of shortened life expectancy. As dogs become older, they metabolize food more slowly as well, which can lead to weight gain. Another common cause of obesity in dogs is unhealthy eating habits.

To keep your pet at a healthy weight, be sure to provide a healthy balance between food intake and physical activity. No matter your dog’s breed, you should be able to feel all of your dog’ s ribs without a thick layer of fat over them. Your dog’s chest should also be more prominent than the abdomen, with a noticeable tuck-up from chest to stomach.

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An overweight dog will generally have no waist and no distinction between the chest and the abdomen. A nutritional product for your puppy should have a balance of protein, fat, calcium, digestible carbohydrates. It is best to consult your vet on the sufficient amount and quality of your dog’s food as food requirement varies from pup to pup.

Obesity-prevention is at the weaning stage of 8 weeks. It continues through adulthood to old age. Obesity, like in humans, results in complications like hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis immunity issues. Instead of nourishing your pup with free-choice, portion-feed him 2-3 times a day to avoid him from being overweight.

Take your puppy regularly to the vet for a complete check-up. His weight, body condition, and growth rate will say how he is surviving at this young age. Keep his records in case there is a need for his medical history in the future.

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I was born in North Carolina a "army brat," meaning we moved around a lot. I grew up mostly in Texas though, and always had a pet dog my whole life. I think dogs are great pets and provide a important role in our lives. Thus, my genuine love for all dogs. I also have a love performing live music and meeting and talking with people. My personal hobbies have been to help people through my music, and now I hope to help them also by sharing some useful dog knowledge with my blog.


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