Discover our Puppy Growth Program
Puppies area bundle of fun but even though they seem boisterous and playful, they are at a delicate stage in their life. They’re discovering a lot, learning about the world and their little bodies are experiencing big changes as their bones harden and their brain develop rapidly. They start their life beingcompletely dependent on mum but within a year, they’ll develop into confident, independent young dogs. That’s why they need specific support to grow up to be healthy.
From birth to 3 weeks
You might not think there’s much happening at this point because your puppy will spend most of the time sleeping. But behind those snoozing eyes, their development is racing ahead. By the time they’re a couple of weeks old, your puppy will already be starting to walk, taking tentative steps to explore their new world. And as they start to interact, their protection from the maternal immunity decreases progressively.
If they can’t have their mother’s milk, that’s where ROYAL CANIN® BabyDog instant milk can help. It’s formulated to have a similar lactose content as their mother’s milk with extra proteins to help them develop the antibodies they need. And because they still have delicate digestion, it doesn’t include irritants such as starch which can upset their system.
From 3 weeks to 4.5 months
As puppies become more social and energetic, they need higher levels of nutrients than they can get from milk. At this point, you need to transition your puppy to other food. ROYAL CANIN® Starter Mother & Babydog rehydratable kibble is designed to be a puppy’s first experience of solids. It is energy-dense and full of the nutrients they need for all that exploring and socialisation.
At around two months old, your puppy will need a visit to the vet for vaccinations because they will have lost a lot of the immune protection they inherited from their mother. This is a good time to transition from ROYAL CANIN® Starter Mother & Babydog to ROYAL CANIN® Puppy, it is rich in beta carotene and beta glucans to help support their immune system.
From 4.5 to 6 months
As they continue growing in confidence, your puppy’s diet stays the same and it’s the calcium and phosphorus present in the ROYAL CANIN® Puppy that helps turn each bite into an opportunity to strengthen their bones and teeth. Getting the right nutritional support at this stage is crucial as your fragile puppy is building bones that within a year will be four times stronger than concrete. Impressive isn’t it!
The additional benefits of mixed feeding
As your puppy grows, their smell and taste are also developing. By offering them a variety of sensorial experiences you can make their feeding time even more stimulating. Each type of food, dry and wet, comes with their own set of benefits and by combining them, you’re increasing the benefits for your pet’s health.
A range packed with responsibility
It’s not only our food that we have carefully thought through. We’re leading the way towards sustainability with our new range of packaging. Discover how we’re working to help ensure that our packaging does not go to waste and learn about our commitment to become certified as carbon neutral by 2025.