The separation from the mother, siblings and familiar surroundings is a great burden on the puppy’s body and psyche. And stress can leave you prone to infections and indigestion. To prevent this, in the first few weeks you should only give the food that the baby dog was given in its first home.
Initially, the puppy gets a little less than usual to relieve the digestive system during the acclimatization phase. If there is no diarrhea, vomiting or flatulence in the first two to three days, you can increase the amount of food. If you have diarrhea, you should see your vet. The loss of fluids can be life threatening for puppies.
Feed the puppy three to four times a day at set times. This allows the digestive system to adjust to the food and the puppy learns that it can rely on you. In addition, you prevent begging with fixed feeding times. The food bowl should be removed after 20 to 30 minutes. In this way the puppy learns to eat its ration quickly. Because, especially in summer, feed can easily spoil. You will also notice more quickly when the dog is lacking appetite and is not eating.
The amount and type of food depends on the breed, the expected final weight, exercise and the individual. There are also good and bad feed converters in dogs. Today a young dog is often fed “too well”. In large breeds, excessive energy intake in the growth phase can cause severe skeletal damage, as too much energy accelerates growth. But only that of the muscles, the bones cannot keep up with this pace. A supply of calcium and phosphorus is crucial for healthy bones.
The minerals must be coordinated with one another. If the dosage does not match, there is a risk of further illnesses. Don’t worry: finished feeds usually contain all the important nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In principle, the bigger a dog gets, the slower it should grow. A mini that weighs five kilograms is almost a year old, a dog that becomes a giant should have a good two years to reach its final weight.
A healthy young dog has a shiny coat, is slim and slender, but not skinny. He enjoys movement, is curious and can’t get enough of playing and romping about.
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