Animal nutrition: 5 healthy foods for your puppies

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A nutritious diet is essential for puppies who are in their high growth phase and need the right food to build strong bones, teeth, muscles and all the energy to jump. Puppies usually wean their mother’s milk at 8 to 12 weeks of age and gradually begin to eat solid foods. However, it is only between 4 and 6 months that their permanent teeth appear. It is important not to overfeed or underfeed your puppy. At first, they need to be fed 3-4 times, while after six months, 2 times are enough. (Also read: Do you have an overweight dog? Here are dietary tips you should follow)

PUPPY FOOD

“Puppy nutrition is all about making sure your pets get the right quality of food at the right time. It’s always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian before introducing your puppies to any food, as every puppy is different. and some may have specific dietary needs during their growth phase,” says Sakshi Bawa, Founder of Mutt Of Course.

Bawa suggests 5 things you can give your puppies in small amounts, or as a snack:

• Carrots: A fantastic source of vitamins A, C, D, E and K, carrots also contain iron, magnesium, potassium and fibre. It can be used as a healthy teether for puppies and will help keep their teeth and gums clean.

• Apples: Remove the seeds and core from the apple before giving it to your puppies. Apples contain vitamin A and C and are not toxic to dogs. However, consult your veterinarian on how much apple you can give your pup.

• Cucumber: One of the best summer foods, cucumbers are low in calories and contain few carbohydrates, fats or oils. They contain vitamins C, B1, and K, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin, making them a great summertime treat. You can freeze peeled cucumber slices and offer them to your puppies as snacks.

• Watermelon: You would have seen many videos of puppies and adult dogs munching on slices of watermelon. Watermelon contains potassium, as well as vitamin A, B-6 and C and is ideal for summers. However, make sure to completely remove the seeds from the watermelon before feeding it to your puppies.

• Green beans: Steamed, raw, cooked or canned, green beans of all types are safe for dogs. In fact, veterinarians recommend green beans as a healthy treat for puppies. The point to note when giving green beans is that they should be plain and not mixed with other ingredients like salt, spices, oils, onions, etc. Keep it simple.

All of the fruits and vegetables mentioned above are fine for puppies, but it’s always important to check with your veterinarian before introducing your pup to a new diet for any food allergies or concerns.

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