Puppies need a lot of care and attention especially in the first few weeks and months after you bring them home. Qualified vets will advise when it is safe to let a puppy out for the first time, until then they must be kept indoors. Puppies have a lot of energy and need to be kept entertained and exercised to ensure they grow and develop properly. To aid with puppy growth specific puppy food has been formulated to provide all of the nutrients and vitamins a young puppy needs. Puppy food is suitable until a puppy reaches one year old, then after puppy food the next stage is adult dog food usually for dogs aged between one and six years old. Mature dog food is recommended for dogs aged seven years and over. As well as age specific dog food breed specific dog food is also available. Breed specific dog food will ensure the dog receives all the nutrients it needs for its specific size.
Puppy food is designed to give puppies the very best head start in life and get all the ingredients they need to grow and develop a healthy digestive system. Unfortunately some dogs develop digestive problems often as they age. Once a digestive problem has been diagnosed a qualified vet will be able to advise the best course of dog food. Prescription diet dog food is available that is tailored towards specific dietary requirements such as low fat dog food or food suitable for dogs with diabetes.