Feeding A New Puppy

Simple steps taken when you bring your new puppy home can prevent many problems (and expenses) down the road. Be sure to ask the breeder or the Pet Store owner, before you take the puppy home, which formula and how much the pup has been eating and immediately purchase a bag of that formula on your way home.
 
You should continue to feed that same puppy food for a period of time - a week or so - even if you want or plan to change to a different brand of food.
 
At PetsMart We have developed a fortified weaner’s food - NutroStart, which will help your new puppy to withstand the stress resulting from the separation from its parents.
 
NutroStart (Starter Meal)is a complete pet food for all puppies from as soon as they will take solid food (2-3 weeks) until after weaning or the introduction of NutroPetPlan Puppy/Junior Dog food. A puppy needs to be fed a specific amount 3 times a day at regular intervals until he is 4 months old to supply him with adequate calorie and nutrition for rapid growth.
 
Follow the feeding instructions for amounts written on the bag, and keep an eye on the pup's physical appearance and behaviour. Pups should not be fat, but their ribs or spine should not be sticking out either. Introduce NutroStart Starter Meal gradually by mixing with hot (37ºC) water to produce an appetizing porridge.
 
Having the puppy on a regular feeding schedule makes housebreaking easier, because the bowel is activated by eating. If the food is left down for him to nibble at all day, then his bowel movement times will be very erratic which makes training very difficult for you.
 
At 15 to 16 weeks, after weaning your puppies with NutroStart (Starter Meal), place them on NutroPetPlan Puppy/Junior until they are about 76weeks (about 1 year and 5 months) and then feed them on NutroPetPlan Adult dog food for the rest of their life. A blend of herbs are also added to all our product ranges which are reputed to nutritionally maintain correct liver function with a package of nutrients and ingredients reported to be helpful in the maintenance of joint condition.
 
Always ensure that clean fresh drinking water is available at all times.
 
It is important that you brush the teeth every day or at least three times a week. Brush the teeth and the gum using a soft toothbrush. Starting this habit early can make it a pleasant (and fun) experience for you and your dog. Be sure to use special toothpaste made for dogs; never use human toothpaste.
If a toothbrush seems too challenging for you and your dog, try a finger toothbrush. This a small brush that fits, like a glove, snugly over the index finger. It can be easier to manoeuvre inside your dog's mouth than a conventional toothbrush.