Some breeders and pet stores send puppies home with a supply of food that the pet has been eating. If not, inquire as to exactly the brand, volume, and timing that has been given. Also, inquire if the pet has shown a preference for certain types of protein varieties. Just like humans, dogs crave variety and even may prefer one meat over another.
You should continue this diet for a week or so as your puppy gets acclimated to his/her new home and environment. Your new family member may be a bit overwhelmed and stressed initially in new surroundings so it’s not advisable to add a dietary change to the mix. Many pet parents may ultimately want to transition the puppy to a natural or grain-free food, or even a brand other dogs in the household eat.
You can start this transition during the second week. You should transition his/her food slowly to avoid tummy upset, adding more and more of the new food each day and less of the previous food. This transition should happen over a 7 – 10 day period until your puppy is completely on the new food.
Contributors: Roger Morganfrom pawTree
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I’ve used the pawTree food our puppies. My Yorkie is a picky eater and has really taken to the pawPairings seasoning blend on top of her food.