Food and Nutrition

Feeding your Puppy: Do's and Don'ts
Newborn puppies are quite comfortable with its mother’s milk for the first few weeks of their lives. From the third week onwards, you can start offering a newborn solid food.

Don’t change the diet abruptly

If you just got yourself a new puppy, see to it that you find out what food he is on and take home some of the food for the first several days. Otherwise, the combination of an abrupt change in diet and a new environment can easily lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

Pick a complete dog food

Always choose from our range of excellent Pedigree food, it provides the perfect balance for each life stage of your four-legged friend. It will provide your little dog with everything he needs to become a big dog. The amount of proteins , carbohydrates as well as the combinations of vital minerals and vitamins in our range are tailored to meet the requirements of your little one. Food supplements such as calcium aren't necessary, or should only be given in cases of illness or according to your vet's advice.

Provide many small meals

Until your puppy is 12 weeks old, give him up to six meals a day. Leave the dish in his feeding area for about half an hour. If your dog doesn't eat or doesn't eat it all, take away the left-overs and offer him food again at the next feeding time. This way, the puppy will get used to regular feeding times, and you can prevent him from becoming overweight.

It's up to your dog to decide whether he wants to eat dry or canned food. You can even combine the two different foods. Initially, you should soak the dry food before feeding, for about 20 minutes in lukewarm water. Make sure there's always fresh water available.

Don't worry too much if your puppy leaves out a meal or doesn't eat at all for a day. He will make up for everything, the next day. However, if diarrhoea, vomiting or a lack of enthusiasm also appears, you should take him to the vet.

Don't try to lure him

Don’t offer your puppy treats or his food from your hand to persuade him to eat. He will start expecting this special service and will also refuse to eat from his feeding dish. Of course, you can give your dog some treats between meals. But don't overdo it; your dog's main food should always be PEDIGREE® PUPPY® Food.

Feeding your puppy Pedigree will guarantee that he is getting the required nutrition. Do not feed your dog chocolate, sausages, cheese, etc. They are not ideal treats for your puppy and will prove to be harmful to your loyal companion.
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