Adopting a New Puppy? The Importance of Puppy Nutrition

As we enter the month of October, we not only start to think about our furry companion’s Halloween costumes and planning for the holidays, but we celebrate “Adopt A Dog Month.” If you are looking to adopt a new puppy this month, it's essential to remember the importance of the first 6 to 12 months of a puppy’s life.

Robert Mueller, Sr. · September 29, 2020

Adopting a New Puppy? The Importance of Puppy Nutrition

As we enter the month of October, we not only start to think about our furry companion’s Halloween costumes and planning for the holidays, but we celebrate “Adopt A Dog Month.” If you are looking to adopt a new puppy this month, it's essential to remember the importance of the first 6 to 12 months of a puppy’s life. These first months of their life are the most vital, because it is during this life stage that the pattern for the dog’s future health is set. The development of the skeletal frame is especially significant for large and giant breed dogs.

We often receive a variety of inquiries from new pet owners related to puppy health issues. The most notable are usually related to issues:

  • digestion
  • musculoskeletal development
  • coat/skin condition

It is interesting to note that the majority of the health problems that puppies encounter are mainly nutrition related which is commonly caused by the continuous consumption of heat-processed, commercial pet food diets.

After seeing the development of puppy growth patterns over the last 40 years, we have observed that ingestion of high levels of soluble carbohydrates found in most commercial pet foods cause these irregular growth spurts to happen at different intervals. As a result of these sporadic growth spurts, the muscle and bone development is completely out of sync. This can generate major stress on the skeletal structure of the animal. If the muscles, tendons, cartilage and bone all develop at different rates, the result is structural damage such as, hip dysplasia, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

By feeding puppies a raw food diet, like the BARF® diet, these growth spurts allows the muscle and bone development to happen at a slower, more defined pace. This minimizes the risk of developmental issues in the dog.

In addition, we get questioned regularly whether or not we sell a puppy formula, a maintenance diet, or a senior formula like many other pet food companies will commonly offer the consumer. The great thing about the BARF® diet is that your dog is getting the proper balance of nutrients from the SAME diet whether your pet is a puppy, adult or senior. Based on your pet’s nutritional needs during his or her various life stages, only the feeding amounts need to be adjusted, not the actual formula.

Puppies require more food than adults as they need the extra energy for proper body development. As your dog gets older and his or her activity level decreases the feeding amount will also decrease. At about the 12-month stage, we advise that you adjust the serving portions to avoid long-term weight issues. This is similar to the way that Mother Nature balances the internal nutritional requirements of your pet – it is simply a matter of portion control.

So when you make a decision to adopt a puppy, by feeding your new pet a BARF World® diet from puppy to adult to senior, you ensure that your four-legged friend has the best chance of a healthy and happy life. Plus, there’s the added bonus of lifelong canine/human loyalty as you continuously show your animal companion just how much you really care.

Raw Food Tip:

By looking at young wolves growing up we are actually observing our young pup's ancestors. If we couple that with modern scientific discoveries about diet, health, and aging, we are able to produce a realistic, health promoting evolutionary puppy diet. From studying the eating habits of wolf cubs which are seen to be perpetually hungry, subsisting on raw food consisting mostly of bones and being forced to scavenge a wide variety of foods, we get vital clues about successful puppy raising.

- The BARF World Team

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Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, Sr.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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What is BARF?

"BARF®" is our acronym that means Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. It is a complete and carefully balanced blend of raw meat, fruits, vegetables and bone. Our formula mimics what nature has designed our pet's to thrive on in the wild. The result is a pet free of allergies, digestive problems, and full of life!