At eight weeks, most puppies are deemed ready for their new homes. If you’re like us, you’ll be counting down the days until youfinally get to bring home your new bundle of fluff. As a new puppy parent, you want nothing less than the absolute best.
Yet, like the expression “mother knows best,” a puppy’smother is the one who can provide the best nutrition. The mix of milk protein and meat protein (from mom’s diet) is biologically appropriate for growing canines. Unfortunately, puppies today are often weaned from their mother’s milk earlier than they would be in the wild.
In the wild, puppies would nurse for months before being weaned onto solid food.
This means the most critical stage of their physical development lacks full and proper nutrition. Puppies would normally get this from mother beyond their first eight weeks. With domesticated dogs, we typically send puppies to their new homes just after that two-month marker.
As their new parents, it’s on us to backfill their diet with added nutritional support.Thankfully, there is no shortage of supplement options for our new pups. From treats, to chewables, to supplement powders for their food, it can feel overwhelming.
As a healthy rule of thumb, look for the following ingredients to bolster your young puppy’s diet:
Probiotics and other digestive enzymes - Those ingredients in Latin help build up their gut flora and help with their transition to whole foods.
Oils- Fish oils, plant oils like safflower oil, and Vitamin E enhance their skin and coat and provide essential fatty acids.
Plenty of protein- For proper growth (and energy), some products have milk protein isolate, which is great, and others supplement with whey and animal protein.
B-12 for energy - We all know how puppies have endless energy, but they can use an extra boost of healthy vitamins too!
Minerals- Magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, folic acid...the list goes on, and these additives and more help target balanced growth.
Wait! What about goat’s milk?!
We hear this a lot in our dog-loving community. Many say that they give their puppy goat’s milk to help bridge the gap between mom’s milk and solid foods. However, goats are herbivores and their diet is limited to vegetation. In comparison, dogs are carnivores and they need a different set of micro and macro nutrients for proper nutrition and development.
Case in point: it’s just not the same.
What is a healthy alternative?
Like most mammals, your new puppy grows best on their own mother’s milk. But,of course, once you bring them home that doesn’t become an option anymore.
So, what’s the best solution for making sure your puppy’s development stays on track?
First, it’s important to make sure your puppy gets the appropriate nutrition in the transition to a traditional commercial diet. The key word istransition. Your puppy needs to make agradualtransition from mother’s milk, to puppy food, to adult dog food.
We crafted Puppy Gold specifically for this exact transition!We include probiotics, healthy oils, milk and animal proteins, and a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals.
What makes Puppy Gold the best choice?
With immunity factors found in mom’s milk, our Puppy Gold formula helps jump start an impenetrable immune system. In addition, you’ll deliver a powerful blend of essential nutrients that targets skeletal and muscular formation. This provides extra support those early days growth and organ development.
Our formula provides your precious puppy with everything she needs for healthy, early growth. While your puppy may miss her mother’s milk, she’ll still be well-nourished for this critical stage in her mental and physical development.
Provide the best head start.
How to get started:
First, it's important to note that mama and her puppies have different serving sizes. For mama, it's a weight-based serving size, and for puppies, the serving size depends on how much food you feed them.
Begin with ¼ scoop and build up to a full amount over the first week or two.
Work up to mixing ½ scoop (per 1 cup of food) with warm water (~80°F) to create a milk-like consistency. This should not vary with puppy weight, only the volume (per cup) of food.
If helpful, you can divide the total daily amount equally between servings.
Begin with ½ scoop and build up to a full amount over the first week or two.
Mix the appropriate serving (based on mama's weight) with her food each day.
You can divide her total daily serving equally between servings, and it may be mixed with raw, wet, or dry food.
Provide through pregnancy and for one month after weaning.
Be sure to check out the INSTRUCTIONS tab on the Puppy Gold product page for daily serving size charts.
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