Foundations for healthy growth
Nutrition is paramount for a puppy’s physical and mental development. Puppies grow fast, so they need food rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats to help them grow, as well as carbohydrates as an energy source. The amount of energy should be monitored, however, as too many calories can make the puppy grow too fast, which can cause growth disorders.
Puppies will need food supplements if they don’t get enough nutrition from their food or if they are sick or stressed. The right ratio of calcium and phosphorus is particularly important for growth but it's important not to feed a puppy too many supplements. Therefore it’s best to plan the puppy’s diet with a vet or the breeder so that it will get the best possible start for its life.
Luka eats puppy food designed for his needs. As a grown-up he will start eating the same food as his older doggy friends. He gets enough vitamins from his food, but during the dark winter months in Finland, he is given a supplement rich in Omega-3 fat acids intended for puppies to support the development of their brains, vision and learning skills.
High-quality puppy food contains the right amount of vitamins and trace minerals. The food packaging provides basic feeding instructions for the owner. But every dog is an individual, and owners should monitor their dogs and estimate how much food the puppies need in order to maintain a healthy weight and get the necessary nutrients. At check-ups a vet will be able to tell whether the dog’s growth curve looks healthy and if any changes should be made in its feeding.