What’s the best food for your puppy? How much and how often? All the breeds are so different, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.

Small stomach, big appetite

Puppies need to eat a lot of food in relation to their body weight to fuel all that growing they’re doing. But until their stomach grows too, they’ll need to have several small meals a day. The directions on the tin, pouch or bag should help you get the right portion size. (If your puppy’s not finishing their bowl within 20 minutes, you’re probably giving them too much.)

Your puppy's condition is the best indicator of whether you’re feeding the correct amount. When the vet checks their weight, they’ll be able to confirm if your puppy’s growing at a healthy rate or whether you need to adjust their diet. 

What makes a good puppy food?

A good puppy food will be specially balanced to meet your puppy’s energy, protein and mineral needs. It should be easy to digest to suit your puppy's immature stomach. So make sure you choose a food that's specially designed to suit puppies, rather than adult or senior dogs.

And, of course, it must be tasty enough to enjoy.

Are supplements necessary?

No. Too much phosphorus or calcium can cause deformities, so don’t use supplements except on your vet’s advice.

The danger of overfeeding

Overfeeding will put too much stress on your puppy’s rapidly developing bones and joints and could result in permanent damage.

Plenty of clean, fresh water

Make sure your puppy always has clean, fresh water available. If you notice that they’re thirsty all the time, consult your vet.