DOG HEALTH & NUTRITION FAQs
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Over the years we’ve learned a lot about dogs’ nutrition – from tiny puppies to seasoned seniors. So if there’s something you want to know, we’ll probably have the answer.
How often do I need to feed my puppy?
Age of puppy Meals per day
Weaning to 3 months 3-4
3 months – 6 months 3
6 months - adulthood 2
This table summarises how often you should feed your puppy. In the first 3 months, you should moisten his kibble with a little water. After 3 months, you should gradually lessen the added moisture and feed your puppy 3 times a day. From 6 months onwards you should feed your dog twice a day. But do remember, there will always be guidance on the packaging to help you.
When should I move my puppy to adult food?
Size/ Weight of Dog Age
Small 5-12kg 12 months
Medium 12-25kg 12 months
Large 25-45kg 18-20 months
Giant 45-70kg 22-24 months
Do I need to change my dog’s food?
There are occasions when you may need to change your dog’s diet. Nutritional requirements may alter as a result of changes in lifestyle, age or environment, or a medical condition might require a veterinarian prescribed diet. Your dog's digestion may be easily upset if you change his food too abruptly, whether between canned and dry or between brands. A slow transition process (over 7 to 10 days) will help your dog to digest the new product more easily, by naturally adjusting the enzymes and bacteria in his digestive tract.
What’s the best way to change my dog’s food?
Put a little of the new food in with the current food and mix it all together. Over the course of 7 to 10 days, gradually increase the amount of new food added, whilst reducing the amount of the former food until a complete change is achieved.
Will my dog notice a difference between wet and dry foods?
A major difference between wet and dry foods is texture. If you switch your dog to a dry food, he’ll have to chew it more actively and may take longer to eat it. He’ll also need more water to drink.
Should I feed my dog the same amount of dry food as wet?
Dry foods are generally more energy-dense than wet foods so a portion with the equivalent nutrients may look smaller. If your dog has been used to wet food, you won’t have to feed him as much kibble to give him everything he needs for a healthy diet. The packaging will always tell you the right amount to feed your dog.
What if my dog doesn’t like the change in his diet?
If your dog refuses a new food, especially a veterinary recommended diet, contact your vet to discuss the reasons for this and whether there are any alternatives available.