Nutrition and Health in Puppies

You can tell whether a puppy is healthy or not by a few simple signs: The coat should be shiny, and its ears and rear should be clean. The eyes should be clear and the nose cold and wet. A healthy puppy will exhibit curious, playful, and alert behavior.

You should ask your veterinarian about vaccinations and protection against worms and viruses. Make an appointment for a first medical check-up shortly after you have received your puppy.

In the beginning, the puppy needs several small meals a day. Gradually try to increase the number of meals, but decrease the number: The rule of thumb is: three meals a day at four months and from nine months only two meals a day. Always feed your puppy at the same time and place and remove the food bowl when he has finished eating.

Special puppy food is designed to ensure full nutrition with smaller amounts of food. Important components in your puppy’s diet are

  • high-quality protein (found in meat, eggs, and dairy)
  • Fat (found in fish, nuts, and protein sources)
  • carbohydrates
  • vitamins and minerals
Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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