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Puppy Welcome

At Pawvet we know how important your new puppy is to you and that you want to do everything you can to give them the best start in life. It can be a real minefield of conflicting information out there, so we have compiled the basics of veterinary information and dog owner/cat owner tips to help you to be as prepared as possible and keep them healthy and happy.


At this Blog we will generate a series of posts on various topics related to the care of your puppy, hopefully it will provide you with basic info if you are a first time puppy owner. please remember that in any instance we are here for you to provide full support and advice.



Diet

Puppies digestive tracts are still developing so they are prone to upset tummies from the smallest thing. Ideally find out what the breeder has been feeding before you bring them home and buy a small bag of this to continue them on for the first few days. If you are planning to switch them onto a new diet do this gradually over 7-14 days, mixing small amounts of the new food into the original diet until after around 2weeks you are feeding mainly the new diet only.

Remember that any rich treats or scraps off your plate are likely to upset a puppies tummy so do think carefully about what and how much you are giving them.

Puppies need a certain amount of calories and vitamins and minerals to ensure healthy bone growth and development. Their requirements are different from breed to breed and very different to adult dogs, so choosing a life-stage, breed size appropriate food to start them off with is really important. The easiest way to do this is to choose a high quality commercially produced puppy kibble and or wet food. However raw food is very popular at the moment, especially with breeders, while these can work really well for some dogs and some families, you may want to consider the practicality of defrosting food in time and the increased incidence of salmonella in these pets if a trustworthy commercial raw food diet is not used.

Puppies need to be fed 4x per day until they are 6 months, so split their daily allowance into 4 meals. Once they reach 6 months you can drop this to 2-3 meals per day depending on breed size and lifestyle.

Should you need any advice on feeding - this will be discussed with you in our first appointment and once registered our team will be happy to support you if you have any further questions.




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