Feeding your Dog

Your pup might have come to you on a specific diet already. It is important that initially we keep this the same to avoid upset especially in the initial stressful time of moving into a new home.

There are many wet and dry foods available along with milk products and treats. As a general rule we normally recommend dry puppy food three-four times daily from 8 wks old. A good premium quality food is recommended to ensure it is balanced and made with quality meat cuts and fresh ingredients. Dry food is better for dental care than wet.
In general they stay on puppy food til 1 year old then move onto adult dog food until 7 years old when they move to senior diets. If you have a large breed puppy then we advise they go onto a specific large breed diet which is supplemented to support their fast growth and the stress put on their bones. These puppies must remain on puppy food until 18 months – 2 years old.

The frequency of feeds can be reduced to twice daily when they are over 6 months of age if wanted.

Your puppy should not get milk as they become lactose intolerant as they get older and it upsets their stomach. We recommend water only for fluid intake. The amount of water your pup drinks will depend on their diet. Pups on wet food will drink less than those on dry. If feeding wet try to have a mixture with dry.

Ask our nurses/vets for advice. We have samples of our recommended diets and special promotional offers in place for puppies.

We also have variations within our puppy/adult/senior diets to cater for specific conditions eg; sensitive stomach, small breed kibbles etc
Feeding human scraps is not recommended as it is not balanced and can lead to deficiencies in nutrients.


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