The period from birth through the end of growth is a period of intense development and change. Providing the puppy with a good diet is essential to ensure harmonious growth and prevent associated problems.
It is important to regulate and monitor the puppy's food intake. Overfeeding will lead to early excessive weight/ fat gain and particularly in the large breed puppy, can predispose to joint problems. A diet formulated for puppies or junior dogs will be ideal. Ensure you pay close attention to the guidelines on the pack as to how much to give each day. Your vet will be able to tell you if the puppy is in the correct body condition (or 'fatness'). Contrary to opinion, dogs do not get bored of the same diet each day- they have a very poor sense of taste so do not seek variety in their diet.
After weaning, the number of meals changes as the puppy ages, initially starting with four meals a day, gradually reducing to just 2 around mid-growth period. This should be maintained into adulthood.
Protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements... Every nutrient of the food has a specific role. Excesses and deficiencies are detrimental to the puppy’s health. For example, a large breed puppy needs more calcium than a small breed puppy. If they eat the same food, the former runs the risk of suffering from calcium deficiency.
A quality growth food is a Health Nutrition food precisely suited to a type of puppy, according to the size of his breed and his age, his sensitivities or the particular features of his breed. At the end of growth, Health Nutrition enables to adopt a so-called “maintenance” diet for adult dogs, that perfectly meets the adult dog’s requirements.