Feeding Your Puppy

November 22, 2016

 

We feed Royal Canin Mini Starter® and provide you with some to take home with your new puppy. If you choose to switch your puppy to a different type of food (we recommend Royal Canine X-Small Puppy®), make the change gradually over a period of 7-10 days. Start with just the food we sent for a few days. On about Day 3 or 4 you may begin lessening the amount of the old food and increasing the amount of the new food. Continue the switch gradually until only the new food is being fed. We will provide specific feeding instructions when you get a puppy from us. Remember to provide your puppy with fresh water at all times. Typically, puppies need to stay on puppy food for about one year of

age. Occasionally, if they are gaining weight too quickly a switch to a maintenance diet will need to be made sooner. Please communicate regularly with your veterinarian about bodycondition and nutrition. ***Special note for small pups: Every meal is important! Skipping a meal can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) shock and death. Below is a list of things to try with "finicky" puppies to encourage them to eat. Please contact your veterinarian and us right away if any problems arise. Soaking the food with warm water Small Top Dressing of Cottage Cheese on the foodStress Drops (a B vitamin supplement and sugar stabilizer) - we provide a bottle with all of our puppies and instruct you to give 1/2 dropperful once to twice daily for the first 5-7 days

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