Nutrition- for your puppy
Why is nutrition important?
We have all heard the expression 'you are what you eat' and this is never more true than in the young, growing puppy. Proper development of the teeth, bones, internal organs etc relies upon supply of the correct balance of nutrients and hence depends greatly on the quality of the diet. Although it is possible to provide a balanced diet with home cooked ingredients it is a lot more convenient to buy a good quality commercial food.
What is AAFCO tested food?
At the Vet Centre we have chosen to stock what we consider to be the best available AAFCO tested, quality dog foods, from manufacturers that we trust and respect (Hill's Science Diet, Eukanuba and Royal Canin). The benefit to you is that you can have confidence that you are providing your best friend with a truly optimum diet.
What type of food do they need?
It is important that you choose the correct type of diet for the life stage and also size of your dog. The top manufacturers provide a range of foods for dogs with different needs. Puppies require more protein, energy and minerals than adult dogs and it is important to feed them a suitable puppy feed during the first year. Large breed puppies (greater than 25kg expected adult weight) can suffer from certain skeletal problems associated with fast growth rates and to minimise this problem there is a special diet just for them.