Feeding A Chow Chow Puppy – What Should You Be Giving Your Pup?
A few months ago I was contacted by a reader, who asked me what kind of food my pup should be given when it comes to feeding. Since then I have been receiving many emails from readers asking me the same question. So here goes:
What do you feed your dog?
The answer is simple; it depends on how old your dog is and its health status. If your dog is young, healthy and active, then you probably don’t need to worry too much about feeding him/her any special foods. However if your dog is older or sickly, then you might want to give them something different than what they are currently getting.
There are two main types of food that dogs eat: dry and wet. Dry food is usually made up of meat, bones and other ingredients such as vegetables. Dogs cannot digest most types of dry food so it’s mostly used for dogs with digestive problems. Wet food consists mainly of water and proteins (such as chicken) which are broken down into smaller pieces by the bacteria in their intestines.
Dogs can digest wet foods but they require more time to break them down because there is less protein in wet foods compared to dry ones.
Most veterinarians suggest that dry food is better for dogs simply because it cleans out their teeth and prevents gingivitis. Wet food can also contain excess salt which can lead to health problems if consumed in large quantities.
It really depends on what you want to feed your dog, but I would suggest that you try to find a middle ground. Don’t make it too hard for your dog to digest its food but don’t make it too easy either. If you are really concerned about your dog’s health then you can also consult with your own veterinarian about what to feed it.
What do you feed a chow chow puppy?
The most important thing that chow chow puppies need is a lot of food. Their stomachs need to be constantly full. As a result most owners of adult chow chows tend to overfeed them just so that they have something in their stomachs.
I have two chow chow puppies at the moment and I am giving them both Royal Canin Wet Food mixed with dry food. Royal Canin is very easy to digest and the chow chow puppies seem to enjoy it very much. I feed them three times a day and I give them as much as they can eat in 5 minutes. They usually polish off all their food in less than a minute so I know they are enjoying it.
Your puppy will probably grow out of this eating frenzy in a few months when he grows to be an adult, but for now you should just let him enjoy his food. Never feed your dog table scraps because if you do then he will never stop begging for food whenever you eat.
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