Caring for his digestion from puppy to adult

Feeding Puppies

Helping to keep dogs healthy starts with a well-cared for digestive system, and it’s important that balanced dog nutrition begins in puppyhood. Puppies must develop good digestive health early so they have the nutrients they need to grow up healthily.

To maintain their health, puppies need three times more calories per kilo of food than adult dogs. They also need more vitamins, protein and minerals. Purina® PRO PLAN® DOG with OPTISTART™ contains the nutrients a growing puppy needs, whether he’s a large breed puppy, a small breed puppy, or a medium sized one. Dog nutrition is an important part of their health and vitality no matter what their size, so to give them a good start in life, provide them with a food for their young digestive system.

Feeding Puppies

Puppy food sensitivity

Watch your young puppy for any signs of discomfort which may relate to food sensitivity; sensitive dog food is available to help support sensitive puppies. You can read more about caring for your dog’s sensitive digestion in our article.

In his first five months, his natural defences won’t be fully matured yet, so he is more susceptible to things like stomach upsets. Good dog health care during this period can make all the difference to having a strong and healthy adult dog for years to come.

When your dog is older than five months, he may still need support for his digestive system for a number of reasons. There are many reasons why your dog might develop an upset; if you want to know more, you can ask your vet for additional advice on dog nutrition and sensitive digestion.

 Puppy food sensitivity

The immunity gap

We call the first five months of your puppy’s life the ‘immunity gap’ because during this time your puppy is more vulnerable to digestive upsets, such as decreased efficiency in nutrient digestion or microflora imbalance in the gut.

Optimal nutrition, such as that found in a puppy-specific food, can help bridge the immunity gap and help your young dog grow up with good health. That’s why Purina® PRO PLAN® DOG contains OPTISTART™, a balanced combination of nutrients that specifically targets the needs of puppies. Like you, we want our dogs to get the best out of their puppyhood, and that starts with the food they eat.

If you want to know more about dog nutrition or sensitive digestion, you can ask your vet for dog health advice.

 The immunity gap