Fresh water is just as important as nutritious food for your pet.
Make sure to thoroughly wash their water bowl regularly and to change water daily rather than just topping it up.
Stainless and glazed porcelain or ceramic bowls are best as they are less likely to harbour bacteria than plastic.
One of the most common questions we receive at Pet Dinners is "I have a puppy what now?"
This really is one of our favourite questions, starting a puppy on a healthy natural diet is arguably the most important gift that you can give to your newest family member!
Getting Started with Raw Feeding
Pet Dinners Natural Raw meat provides a completely natural, preservative free alternative to many of the dry and processed pet foods available, and what better time to start than puppyhood? Your puppies body is designed and has evolved to digest raw foods and high quality proteins, rather than the processed cooked proteins and starchy or sugary grains like wheat or grain, commonly found in commercial can or dry food. Pet Dinners BNR range provide foods which are high in real meat protein and natural essential oils to help the growth and development of your new puppy. Our BNR meals are made using the finest ingredients and are completely balanced with all the nutrients your puppy will need in the important first few months of their lives. It is safe to start feeding your puppy raw mince from 3-4 weeks of age. Puppies will need to be fed up to six times daily. The volume they will need will depend on their size, but we recommend from 6-8 weeks they will need around 10% of their bodyweight in food per day, then 8% at 8 weeks, and then 200-300g per 10kg of body weight. Unless there is a medical issue, your pups digestive system will be able to cope with the diet. Our BNR ranges are nutritionally complete and balanced, so nothing needs to be added to them. It is safe to wean puppies and kittens from approximately 3-4 weeks of age onto our raw mince along with their mother's milk. The mince should be warmed to body temperature before feeding and can be tested in the same way as testing baby milk or with a thermometer. From 5-6 weeks of age you may find they no longer require the food warmed.
Transition Guide to Raw
If you are going to be transitioning your puppy from dry or non-raw food to raw we advise that you do this over seven days, dividing their daily food ration into 50% raw and 50% dry, fed separately in alternating meals. From day 8, you can make the switch to 100% raw. If after a few days your puppy seems happy with the raw diet you may wish to make the switch earlier, but we recommend the 7-day transition period to allow the gut to adjust.
Are bones and chewing meats suitable for puppies?
Absolutely! Chewing provides a great energy release for a young dog and it also releases natural chemical endorphins into the brain which encourage a relaxed, happy dog. Chewing also allows them to use their teeth as nature intended: the small teeth right at the front are called incisors which are used for nibbling small pieces of meat from bone. The canines which are the four large pointed teeth (two at the top and two at the bottom) are used for gripping and tearing meat and the large flat teeth along the back are used for crushing and grinding. Massaging of the gums is also accomplished by correct chewing and all together, these will help maintain a healthy mouth and develop strong, clean, adult teeth. Puppies can be offered bones from as young as 10 weeks old and Pet Dinners recommend monitoring your puppy at all times with bones. Consider starting with a chicken neck or chicken wing hold the tip, gently encouraging your pup to lick, chew and suck at the bone. This will help to teach them patience and how to approach bones into adulthood. Do this for the first few weeks of feeding bones and then start to mix in some larger Turkey Necks or Roo Tails, providing a variety of textures and tastes for your young dog. Chewing is immensely satisfying, mentally stimulating and incredibly healthy for all dogs. Providing appropriate toys and chews will help your puppy grow into a healthy stable dog. Please remember, it is NEVER appropriate to feed any type of cooked bone to a dog and always closely monitor your dog when consuming bones.