Puppy Food Types, Feeding Schedule, and Nutrition - Pets WebMD

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So what do we feed our dogs? Purina Pro Plan PERFORMANCE. The Performance variety of the Pro Plan foods is an ALL LIFE STAGES diet. What that means is that you do not transition from a ‘puppy’ variety to and ‘adult’ variety. This is great because it is one less transition your new puppy needs to make. Performance comes in the Purple bag and is the higher protein content food in the Pro Plan line which is great for working dogs including Airedales. You can find Performance at most pet stores including Pet Co and if you cannot find it before you come to pick up your puppy you can buy a bag from us. Performance is what your puppy has been eating ever since their very first mush meal and is what they are used to eating at the point when they go home with you. Performance is what their digestive system has become accustomed to.
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So when can puppies eat adult dog food? The answer is simple: when they’re no longer puppies. When your puppy reaches his first birthday, check with your veterinarian to learn when to switch to adult dog food. Then transition your dog slowly, adding a bit more adult dog food and decreasing the amount of puppy food in his bowl each day for 7-10 days. This will help him adjust to his new food without any discomfort. How to switch from puppy food to adult food
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With so many dog food brands offering formulas created to feed dogs at different life stages, it’s important for dog owners to know the answer to the question: When can puppies eat adult dog food? A mother doggie generally begins to dissuade her young ones from exclusive nursing when they reach around 3 to 4 weeks of age. Although the mother will not stop nursing cold turkey at this point, she'll usually do so much less frequently. The entire process usually takes a little over a month or so, with many puppies not being completely weaned until they're about 8 weeks old. However, puppies can begin eating soft-textured foods as soon as weaning begins -- think 3 weeks old, for instance.As the puppies grow, they can spend more time away from mom and be fed more often. At 6 weeks, puppies should be fed a high-quality food four times a day, Dunn explains. However, portions may need to be controlled for puppies of larger breeds, since overeating during their growth phase may predispose them to bone or joint problems. It's best to consult a vet to make sure the weaning process is going smoothly. As the puppies increase their intake of solid food, mamma dog will naturally decrease her milk production. Most puppies are fully weaned and no longer rely on milk by the age of 7 to 8 weeks. This is when the puppies are getting ready to be adopted out to their new, loving homes.Generally speaking, is higher in protein and enriched with vitamins, minerals, and fats essential for growth–that is, when compared to dog food made by the same manufacturer. Still, ingredients across brands can vary greatly. Commercial puppy food must meet AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) nutrient standards for growth, and many companies go above and beyond those standards, testing their products to make sure they support puppies’ development.Eclampsia, or milk fever, is a depletion of calcium from the mother due to heavy milk production. It generally occurs when the puppies are three to five weeks old (just before weaning) and most often to mothers with large litters. The mother typically has muscle spasms resulting in rigid legs, spastic movements, and heavy panting. This condition can be fatal in 30-60 minutes, so a veterinarian should be consulted immediately. Diet is extremely important for a growing puppy. There are many commercial foods specially formulated for puppies.
"...should be fed until twelve to eighteen months of age."
These foods meet their unique nutritional requirements and should be fed until twelve to eighteen months of age. To minimize developmental problems, large breed dogs should eat a large-breed puppy food and then transition to an adolescent formula until they stop growing. Puppy foods are available in dry and canned formulations.These are guidelines only and as you may have noticed they can differ from other guidelines out there. So which guideline is the best to follow? Should you follow the vet’s, the pet store owner, or the dog food company’s? The best guideline to follow is your puppy’s! In your case, she is already rejecting the puppy food and showing a preference for the adult food. The puppy food likely has too many calories for her so she feels less of a need to eat when she is on the puppy food. You did not state her age but as long as you are within the general guidelines it is safe to make the transition to adult food.