Puppyhood is a time of massive physical and behavioural change, and a steep learning curve for new pet parents. What you feed your puppy and the quality of nutrition they receive starting out in life, will strongly influence how they develop into strong, healthy dogs. During the first months of life your puppy will go through an amazing transformation. Royal Canin Puppy diets offer nutrition tailored to their unique needs at this vital time.
Let’s look at the amazing transformation that puppies through…
A puppy’s eyes stay shut until the end of the second week. Their hearing isn’t fully developed until they are eight weeks old. When mature a dog can hear frequencies up to two and a half times higher than human ears.
Tailored puppy nutrition
ROYAL CANIN® Puppy is tailor-made with the right vitamins and minerals to support a puppy’s healthy development.
Feeding your puppy
A puppy’s diet plays a key role in their physical and cognitive development. The right mix of nutrients in their food will help that development and lay the foundations for a healthy life.
Puppy feeding and nutrition
As puppies are growing rapidly, and their digestive and immune systems are developing slowly, they have very specific nutritional needs that are different from adult dogs. Feeding your puppy a nutritionally complete diet tailored to their specific needs is vital for supporting healthy development and laying the foundation for a healthy future.
Why your puppy’s diet is so important
How your puppy’s nutritional needs change
A puppy’s dietary needs change at each stage as they move towards adulthood, which different breeds reach at different ages. To make sure that your puppy is appropriately supported throughout growth, they should remain on a puppy-specific diet until they reach adulthood.
One month old
At one month, a puppy can start to be gradually weaned from its mother’s milk onto solid food. They need nutrients to build their natural defences and promote good bacteria in their delicate digestive system.
Two to four months
At this stage, the focus is on supporting the development of your puppy’s skeletal structure with carefully regulated amounts of calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin D
Four to seven months
Your puppy’s starting to build its body mass at this age and needs plenty of high-quality protein that’s easy to digest.
10 months old to adulthood
As puppies approach adulthood, they still need extra nutritional support for their joints, especially larger breeds as their muscles are filling out and putting pressure on their skeleton.
When does you puppy become an adult dog?
|Average adult weight||Up to 4kg||Up to 10kg||11-25kg||26-44kg||45kg and more|
|Growth duration (birth to adulthood)||8/10 months||8/10 months||12 months||15 months||18/24 months|