Expert advice from Bailey’s nutritionist Katie Lugsden on keeping your pet in peak condition
Q. I am getting a 10-week-old Labrador puppy and have read that puppies should have a special diet. Why is this necessary and what sort of food should I be using?
Charlotte Simpson, Wiltshire
A: You’re absolutely right that a puppy needs a special diet. Growth requires a lot of energy and nutrients and these have to be supplied in the diet. Severe dietary deficiencies can lead to stunted growth and deformities that can affect a dog for the rest of its life.
Most of the leading dog food manufacturers now have an extensive range of feeds to meet the requirements of dogs throughout their lifecycle. It is worth contacting some of these companies to discuss your puppy’s requirements in greater detail. However, when choosing a puppy food there are some basic principles to consider.
Taking on a puppy is always a challenge but there is a lot of information and advice available. Taking time now to plan your puppy’s diet will help him/her to develop into a fit and healthy dog.