Puppy Growth and Development

Puppy Nutrition and Puppy Food

Jack Russell Puppy

Healthy puppies begin with healthy mothers. And mother dogs may produce up to two to three times their own weight in milk during lactation, which requires significant nutrients and energy.

Mother and Puppy

Puppies nursing

Royal Canin recognizes the need to address the nutritional requirements of pregnant and lactating mother dogs and their weaning puppies, which is why we introduced the first line of Birth and Growth formulations that offer precise nutrition to mothers and puppies from gestation to growth.

ROYAL CANIN® Size Health Nutrition™ Starter Mousse addresses the very specific needs of mother dogs, while providing nutrition designed for weaning puppies as well. Our puppy food formulas bridge a critical nutritional gap, providing the most comprehensive solution for the well-being of the mother from gestation through birth and lactation, and the puppy for life.

The ROYAL CANIN product finder can help you find the right dog food for your best friend.

Nutrition for the Growing Puppy

Every nutrient in your puppy's food should have a specific purpose. From proteins, lipids and carbohydrates to vitamins and minerals, all should be properly balanced because excesses can be just as detrimental to your puppy as deficiencies. If these nutrients are fed in the wrong proportions, nutritional deficiencies or excesses can occur, which could lead to long-term damage to the puppy's health and wellness.

A quality puppy food targeting growth should be suited to the type of dog, according to the size of his breed and his age, his sensitivities or the particular features of his breed. When a puppy reaches adulthood, a "maintenance" diet should then be selected that precisely meets the adult dog's requirements.

Royal Canin offers comprehensive health nutrition solutions for every dog, at every life stage. The ROYAL CANIN product finder can help you find the right dog food for your best friend.

Feeding Puppies

Jack Russell Terrier eating from a silver bowl

Your puppy should be given up to four meals a day in the weeks following weaning. The number of meals will vary depending on age, starting with four meals a day, before transitioning to three, and then to two at mid-growth. Always give your puppy food in the same bowl, in the same place to teach good eating habits.

Ideally, food quantity should be based on the growth curve of your specific breed, or target adult weight of your puppy. Overfeeding can cause excess weight gain, obesity in adulthood and joint and bone issues in the large breed puppy. Be sure to review the feeding guidelines recommended on the packaging of your puppy food formula and measure each serving accordingly.

It's also very important to transition your puppy slowly when you change your puppy's diet. Ask the person you obtained the puppy from about their feeding methods (number of meals per day, brand/type of food, etc.), because switching to a new food and routine abruptly can cause puppy digestive issues.

For more information on feeding your puppy and introducing a new food, visit our FAQ section.

The ROYAL CANIN product finder can help you find the right puppy food for your new best friend.

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