We recommend feeding your puppy a high-quality nutritional diet. Low-quality pet food often contains filler products that provide no nutritional value to your puppy’s health. A puppy will absorb more nutrients from a higher-quality diet which causes it to produce less stool.
Dry diets tend to be a better choice than the alternative wet food diets. Dry diets act as an additional tooth brush for your pet by scraping against their teeth removing build up. Dry diets also contain less water content which will help make your pet’s stool firm and in one place.
Similar to newborn infants, puppies like to eat three meals a day. Let your puppy eat as much as it wants in 20 minutes, but do not let your pet eat too fast. This will teach your puppy that there is a consistent meal time. Food that is left will be removed, but new food will be available at the next meal time. You may find that some puppies like to eat more than others. This is normal. Not all puppies fall into the recommended feeding guidelines given on the veterinary diet package.
If you are concerned about your puppy’s eating habits or lack of eating, please consult with your veterinarian at your pet’s next veterinary appointment. Or you can telephone your veterinarian at any time to discuss your pet’s diet.
Recommended Puppy Treats
Puppy treats are good for between meal snacks and training. Some healthy treats suggested by the veterinary staff at The Animals’ Hospital of Levittown are:
- IAMS Puppy Biscuits
- Frozen string beans (when frozen string beans provide great treats for our teething puppies)
- Carrots, frozen or refrigerated
- Hill’s Science Diet training treats
- KONG toys (they provide hours of entertainment and they are hard to destroy)
The veterinary staff at The Animals’ Hospital of Levittown does not recommend giving your puppy rawhide treats. Rawhides can often become sharp causing damage to the esophagus; they are also hard to digest for puppies.