It is our recommendation to feed a diet that consists of 80% balanced commercial Puppy food (which are specialy designed to help your pup with all its growth and energy needs) and 20% various other foods.
A good guide to suitability of any pet food is:
Label: Check to see if it is a balanced ration, e.g. “complete diet”, “Vitamins and minerals added”.
Price: Price is generally a good guide to quality of product and protein content.
Brand: Hills, Iams, Eukanuba and Royal Canin, and other large manufacturers generally make a better product. Animals must chew! Below we outline the consequences of feeding all meat/ soft food only type diets.
Milk is a rich source of nutrition but can also cause diarrhoea and allergy, and it is unlikely that dilution will alter an animals intolerance to milk.
It is important that pets chew. The two obvious choices are dry food and bones. There will never be general agreement on the subject of bones. On one hand they are a natural food that are good for teeth and gums and are a source of minerals. On the other hand we regularly see problems caused by bones, e.g. bones caught in the throat, vomiting, constipation and less commonly bowel perforation and death.
Bones should never be fed cooked as they splinter, e.g. stewing bones and chicken carcasses.
Raw briskets, shins, and shanks are the safest. Medium to large dogs can be offered bones and if they tolerate them well, then continue to do so on a regular basis. Do not give your dogs too many bones at any one time. Small dogs can be offered meat on the bone to gnaw at but should not be given bones they can swallow. Synthetic bones are an option for pets that do not handle bones well. Raw chicken necks and wings may be offered to cats for dental hygiene.
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