Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How To Feed Royal Canin To Your Dog

When I got my 6 week old Rottweiler puppy, "Royal Canin" was the first choice for him. We did not want to upset the delicate stomach and digestive system of the little pup by changing his food while he settled in his new home. So we learnt from the breeder that he was feeding "Cerelac"[Infant food] and cooked Crushed Wheat to our puppy but when we fed the same, our puppy suffered from diarrhea. When consulted the Vet, he suggested "Pet-O-Lac" but somehow our puppy didn't like it.

Finally, we got the "Royal Canin Puppy Food" for him which he loved. We used to soak it for around 20-30 minutes in warm water before feeding so that it became soft and chewable for our little puppy. It didn't upset his stomach and he used to enjoy his food.

Once our puppy turned 8 weeks old, we introduced "Royal Canin Rottweiler Junior" to him. Initially we soaked it but within a couple of days our puppy stopped liking it so we started giving it dry. He now eats it dry and loves it like that. Apart from this, we are also giving a tablespoon of curd with some cooked rice and lentils, once a day. So basically, our puppy has exclusively been on a Royal Canin diet till now.

Below are few feeding tips for a puppy :
  • Feed a puppy 4-5 times a day until he is 2 months old. You may continue doing so for one more month depending on the needs of your puppy. Our puppy had a pot belly so we had reduced the quantity of the meal and increased the number of times of meals
  • Reduce the number of meals to 3 a day once he is 2-3 months old and later twice a day when he is 6 months old
  • Do not introduce new foods suddenly. Start them little at a time and gradually increase the quantity
  • Always make sure to have water available all the times for your dog
  • The feeding guidelines mentioned on the dog food might not always be right for your dog so feed them initially as per the guideline but make changes as per your dog's need. If your dog doesn't finish all of his food, reduce the quantity. If he is hungry even after finishing his meal, you may like to increase the quantity. Also, keep checking on their weight and other development aspects 
  • Do not give lot of treats or scrap foods. They add calories but do not provide the required nutrition. They shouldn't be more than 10% of the daily calories requirement of your dog.
  • Keep visiting your vet regularly to see if your dog is growing properly
Here are a few pics of my puppy :

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