Nutrition for Dogs
The key to a good balanced diet is variety and the right mix of nutrients. Dry dog food is essential as it ensures your dog receives the correct balance of vitamins and minerals, especially important in puppies that need the correct amount of calcium and phosphorus for their growing bones. Puppies require a ‘puppy’ diet for the first 12 months of their life. The hard consistency of dry food is important as it breaks away plaque and tartar from your dog’s teeth, helping with dental hygiene and reducing the need for dental procedures.
Raw bones are great for cleaning dogs’ teeth as well as keeping them occupied for periods of time. Raw chicken necks and wings are ideal for puppies and small breed dogs. You should NEVER feed your dog cooked bones as they can splinter and can cause obstructions, which can require surgery to remove.
Up until 3 months of age, puppies require three small meals a day. Two meals a day are usually sufficient until 6 months of age, then once your dog is fully grown, once or twice daily. Foods to avoid are chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts, grapes, sultanas and avocados, as these can be toxic, even in small doses. Fresh water should be available at ALL times.