Looking after puppy's nutrition, begins by looking after mum. Her health and wellbeing is of the upmost importance, and unless our girls are fit and healthy they do not have puppies.
Nutrition begins with the parents, and once we recognise mum is having puppies we add special food and supplements into her diet. Providing “extra” nutritional support during this demanding time, for her, and her developing puppies.
Mum then stays on this nutritional programme, supporting the high energy needs of a nursing mother, in addition this feeding programme supports the transition from mother's milk to solid food for her puppies.
Once puppies are ready for weaning, or mixed feeding, they continue on the same ingredients mum has been on. This ensures a very simple transition, supporting digestion and supplying their nutritional needs.
Ensuring pups are ready for their new homes, takes time, care and patience. It is not a process to be rushed and not all the pups develop at the same rate. Amongst other things they need to be independently feeding from mum, and she needs to be independent of them too. They need to have a good appetite, growing well, and have a good digestion. They also need to be active, well balanced and contented.
At some point during this transitional process of independence we start feed our puppies on a mixture of Salmon & Potato kibble and Salmon & Trout mix. They need to be sated and we need to be satisfied that they are eating and growing well.
Once mum has decided she no longer wishes to feed her pups, we respect her decision. She will always be near them, may want to check up on them, sniff, clean and maybe teach them a thing or too, but eventually she won't let them feed off her, we need to have the pups prepared for this. Mum will continue on her nutritional support even though she is not feeding her pups, until she is back to full health and fitness. This process takes at least a year and sometimes longer, and also why mum may or may not have another litter.
I hope this explains to you why we are so keen on discussing dietary requirements.
Puppy Follow Menu On At Home
Puppy may or may not eat at first after his/her journey home but they will not starve. They leave us content with their food, but once at home with you, you may experience a mini hunger strike. This is puppy emotionally adjusting to their new surrounds. Persevere with love and hugs, they have just left their brothers and sisters, the routines and smells they have known since birth. Give them a day or two to settle in, and by mixing a little taster of tinned fish or Royal Canin Mousse, it can help them regain an appetitie (see below). Your puppy will grow very quickly so always feed to appetite, ensuring there is always a little something left in the bowl. If puppy has loose stools from a change of diet, or over eating, just revert back to feeding kibble only until s/he firms up. There is absolutey no need to change the diet, and this diet takes them all the way into adulthood and their senior years. It is the one we use in the kennel and the diet chosen for heart health. If you do decide to change the feeding plan, please don't try to change the diet all in one go! This can invoke all kinds of unpleasant digestive issue!
Overfeeding your puppy and adult dog leads to obesity and serious health conditions such as diabetes and possibity heart disease. It can also put too much pressure on joints, leading to mobility problems.
However bones are constantly remodeling and underfeeding can be more detrimental to future bone strength.
Introduce raw meat once puppy has really settled in and take into account bowel movements and consistency before adding raw. For the first bone or two try and find ones without too much meat on. If unsure, cook the raw meat and add to diet slowly.
However never feed cooked chicken bones.
I am not a fan of tripe, white tripe has no nutritional value and although green tripe is mainly fed to dogs. It can be bought frozen, but I can't find any data showing it freezes well. Dripping green tripe, fresh from the slaughter house will have it's benefits, but once you have fed it, you probably won't go there again!
Salmon & Potato hypoallergenic kibble is the basis of our puppy's and hounds diet and the success in rearing your hound is to do this slowly. After a lot of searching and reading it seems that our Salmon and Potato kibble is a really good staple diet and with the added raw meaty bones, the dogs seem to thrive and develop fairly evenly. In addition we include our grain free kibble, Salmon, Trout and Sweet Potato which helps pups maintain condition, allowing for slow growth. This kibble also helps if your hound drops a bit of weight at any time. As we do you can feed a mixture of the two together.
We are seeing results from the same litter with dogs in homes that feed strictly on our feeding regime and dogs whose owners varied the diet and fed different kibbles and either a smaller amount of raw food or none at all. The results are that those owners who stuck to our suggested diet regime seem to have fit, well developed and robust hounds whereas the others are not in the same league yet.