small dogs need a balanced diet during their growth to be able to provide the body with its nutritional needs necessary for the growth of bones, joints, muscles, internal organs,
and the brain, and for the development of the immune system and cognitive abilities of the dog,
so it is preferable to follow the following tips when starting to feed small dogs:
Adhere to the veterinarian’s instructions, or the instructions written on ready-made food packages,
and not to over-feed the puppies so that they do not gain weight.
Introduce the new food to the puppies gradually, and that is by mixing the new food with the old food for two weeks,
then gradually increasing its quantity; So that the puppy gets used to it and does not have any complications.
Organizing eating schedules, with young puppies being fed three times a day, and older puppies twice, and only providing one meal for adult dogs.
Refrain from feeding the pups leftovers; Because human food is rich in fat and calories.
Choose the right type of food for small dogs
The quality of food that should be provided to small dogs depends on the breed to which it belongs. Puppies that belong to small breeds are distinguished by being small in mouth and teeth,
but they are characterized by that the metabolism in their bodies is faster than large breeds,
so the food provided to them must be easy to digest, and its content of Energy is greater, as for large breeds, you need less energy.
To encourage slow, healthy growth; Because the excess feeding may cause problems in the joints.
Large breeds need calcium-fortified food, or vitamin supplements to avoid bone problems,
and it is preferable to diversify the forms of food, and not to rely on only one type regardless of the age of the dog,
but a mixture of dry food, wet food, and food that is prepared in House specially designed to feed puppies.
The nutritional needs
Young puppies to grow need food that contains the following ingredients:
Protein: Puppies need a protein-rich diet to build muscles, skin, hair, organs and tissues.
Calcium and phosphorous: Puppy’s food must contain the correct proportions of calcium,
and phosphorous to ensure proper growth of teeth and bones.
Omega Fatty Acid: Fatty acids such as linoleic acid support the immune system and the growth of the skin and hair of puppies.