all puppies develop at the same rate. For example, a Great Dane will take over 12 months to
reach full maturity whereas for a terrier it is closer to 6 months.
the first 2 or 3 months of life nutrition
plays a crucial role in determining the health and wellbeing of the dog in
later life. During these initial months millions
of nerve pathways
are being formed and extended, whilstbones and
muscles grow and strengthen at rapid rates.
these processes require carefully balanced
levels of amino acids, fatty acids and, vitamins and minerals to
function fully and properly, and any dietary
deficiencies at this stage can be disastrous. It is therefore essential to choose a puppy food
select one which contains digestible
proteins, such as fish,
and a good range
of fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA Omega-3 oils found in fish.
Good, balanced proteins will rapidly be digested and
broken down by the puppy into amino acid building blocks, which are then transported around the body to target areas. Around the skeleton they
create muscle tissues,
in the blood and
liver they make up vital enzymes, and in the brain they
ensure that the healthy development of hormones and senses, such as sight and hearing. Fish4Puppies provides high protein quality in levels needed
for good development, with over 70% fish.
Omega-3 fats found in Fish4Puppies are
also an essential part
of the diet during this early developmental phase, as they are involved in nerve formation and skin integrity. The “sleeves” through which nerve fibres run require fatty acids for their
development and so a deficiency of these substances can cause
neural defects, such as
impaired vision, mental alertness, and movement.
The skin is rapidly growing and thickening
during this time and fatty acids
are essential to keep the skin smooth and supple as it expands. Omega-3 oils are
also important for reducing
inflammation during this time, when new external influences, such as meeting new dogs and bacterial
challenges, can elicit negative responses by the body.
also a time when behaviour
training can begin, as the
puppy learns new
ways to socialise. Treats can play an important part in
this process but it is essential to choosehealthy options that do not disrupt the balance of nutrients in
the main diet. Small pieces of dried fish such
as Sea Jerky is
ideal as they are very palatable, contain omega-3 oils, and are relatively low in calories (which
means that the quantity of complete food need not be reduced).
As the puppy moves into the second period of it's development the bones begin to extend and thicken, and it's essential during this period that the balance of minerals in the diet is controlled. For example, a large breed such as a Labrador will require as much as a teaspoon full of calcium and phosphorus each day to keep pace with bone growth. However these minerals must be provided in a form that the puppy can easily digest and assimilate, such as fish.