Small-Breed Puppy Feeding Secrets
Small-Breed Puppy Feeding Secrets

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Small-Breed Puppy Feeding Secrets

Small-breed dogs tend to have higher metabolism rates than their larger counterparts, which means they need a puppy feeding diet specifically designed for them. "Small-breed dog food formulas are created to give your dog the right balance of nutrients," says Debra Eldredge, DVM, a veterinarian in upstate New York and coauthor of The Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook (Howell House). Here's what you need to know to feed your small-breed pooch.

 

 

Customize.

The guidelines on the package are a great starting point, Eldredge says, but "you have to customize [them] for your dog." For instance, her family has three dogs who all weigh almost the same. But, one is getting twice as much food as the other two, and she's thin. "She just burns it up," Eldredge says. Your dog's breed and activity levels will affect how much food she needs.

 

 

Get enough calories.

Small-breed puppies, especially toy breeds, can be prone to hypoglycemia. To keep your dog’s blood sugar levels up, you might have to feed her more frequently and up the calories, Eldredge says.

 

 

Monitor frequency.

Small-breed puppies grow quickly, so during the first six months, they need to eat more food and eat more frequently, generally three to four times a day. After six months, feeding two meals a day is usually sufficient. As your dog gets older and less active, her nutritional needs change, and she may need a formula for mature dogs. Her new food will generally have more protein and fewer calories.

 

 

Choose the right bite.

Smaller dogs have smaller mouths and teeth, so their food is usually made in a smaller bite size, which is easier for them to chew and swallow.

 

 

Establish mealtimes.

Don't leave your dog's food out all day. Instead, pick it up after 10 or 20 minutes, Eldredge says. If food is available all day, she may eat out of boredom.

 

 

Avoid table scraps.

With dog food, your pet is on a balanced diet. Feeding her human food may throw off that balance. The occasional taste of chicken or eggs is okay, but don't make it a daily habit.

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    Small dog eating lamb and rice recipe dog food from bowl

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    The Top 3 Things That Make Lamb & Rice Recipe Dog Food Great

    There are a number of reasons lamb-first dog food like IAMS™ Large Breed Lamb & Rice Recipe and IAMS™ Minichunks Lamb & Rice Recipe could be a great choice for your dog. Here are our top three.

     

     

    1. It's packed with high-quality complete protein and essential amino acids.

    Protein in dog food plays a critical role in the creation, healing, and maintenance of muscles and helps support your dog's immune system. Unlike plant-based proteins, animal-based protein also contains essential amino acids to help them achieve optimal health. That's why proteins like lamb are known as "complete proteins."

     

     

    2. It has the right amount of fatty acids.

    Lamb, like other meat sources, provides dietary fats, which serve as a source of energy and help transport essential fat-soluble vitamins to be digested and appropriately utilized. They're also needed to support your dog's growth and overall health.

     

    Healthy dogs enjoy lamb and rice recipe dog foods that produce more energy

     

    3. It tastes great!

    Your dog needs specific nutrients, but sometimes it's really all about the taste, especially if you have a picky eater on your hands. Since lamb-first recipes still have all the nutrients your dog needs, they're delicious alternatives to chicken-first dog foods.

     

    Packed with protein, fatty acids, and other nutrients that help keep dogs happy, healthy, and ready for anything, it's no wonder pet parents are choosing IAMS™. And with that crave-worthy meaty flavor even picky eaters will gobble down, it's no surprise dogs are excited to make the switch to Lamb & Rice Recipe dog food. That leaves us with just one question: What's not to love?

     

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