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What do I feed my new puppy?

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Puppies are energetic, fun loving creatures that are sure to bring you much joy. In return you can make a major contribution to their long term health by providing him or her with good nutrition.

Puppies grow until they are 18mths old. Initially, puppies grow very quickly for the first few months and then this slows down until they have reached adulthood. Therefore, it is incredibly important that you provide them with good nutrition throughout this period and beyond to help them stay healthy throughout life.

Humans and dogs are omnivores. However, humans have a stronger sense of taste and enjoy variety in their food. They also attach a great deal of enjoyment in the meals they eat. Dogs are different to humans. Unlike us, their behaviour is regulated by food. Dogs prefer routine rather than variety. Therefore, serving dogs the same food, in the same dish, in the same place at the same time helps keep them happy and is important to help avoid digestive issues.

Recommended feeding programme

Good quality commercial, complete wet and dry food specially formulated for growing puppies, pick a breed specific variety if possible as large and small breeds have different needs. Companies such as Hills, Royal Canin etc. offer various options for puppies. Raw meat, raw bones and vegetables can be added in moderation.

Give several small meals a day: depending on their age, your puppy should be given 3 meals a day up to 6 months old, 2 meals a day between the ages of 6-12 months and 1-2 meals a day from 1 year old. Always feed you puppy in the same place, in the same bowl to train good eating habits

Do not feed table scraps or left overs

Make sure there is plenty of water available. Change your puppy’s water regularly as they tend to play with it

Don’t overfeed, judge meal sizes by changes in body condition. Ask your vet or vet nurse how to do this if unsure

Raw or cooked meat and vegetables alone is not a balanced diet

You can choose to give raw bones such as rawhide, chicken wings and necks for small breeds, Lamb or beef shanks for larger breeds to maintain healthy teeth and gums

DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES AS THEY CAN SPLINTER AND CAUSE GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMSAvoid giving cats human milk as it can cause colic and diarrhoea, however, cat milk available in supermarkets and pet shops is fine just don’t feed too much! – Avoid sudden changes in diet as this can also cause colic and diarrhoea – Cat treats are fine in moderation, just not too many as this can contribute to obesity!

Puppy Pre-School

Our classes provide you with plenty of information and practical advice about how to raise healthy, happy and sociable dogs as well as socialisation and basic training, play education and fun for your puppies using positive reinforcement techniques.

The classes are open to all puppies between 8-16 weeks and run for one hour, once a week for four consecutive weeks. Only 4 – 10 puppies per class so you and your puppies can get as much as possible out of the classes!

For more information and / or to enrol your puppy, please contact us on 073893 0858 or drop in to the surgery for a chat.

Next class starting: Wednesday 4th October 2017

Elyse Tulley

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Elyse came to Wynnum Bayside Vet Surgery midway through 2015 after spending a year studying wildlife, after which she decided to make the switch to vet nursing. Elyse started by completing a school based traineeship and is now working towards her Cert IV in vet nursing. Aside from her duties at the surgery Elyse spends her time at home with her Golden Retriever and Cavalier, Jazzy and Pebbles.

Wendy Hall-Jordan

Wendy Jordan

Wendy has been working at the Wynnum Bayside Veterinary Surgery for fours years as a vet nurse. She is also looks after all the practice administration as well as managing our ongoing practice facelift, the first stage of which was completed in 2012.

Dr Cindy Sutherland

Dr Cindy Sutherland

Cindy has worked regularly at the Wynnum Bayside Veterinary Surgery for over six years. She is able to offer a wealth of clinical experience in small animal practice.

Dr Jenny Hall

Dr Jenny Hall

Jenny is the principal vet and practice owner of the Wynnum Bayside Veterinary Surgery. She has 30 years experience in small animal practice and a PhD in Koala Diseases. Jenny’s special interests are in surgery and feline medicine.