Pet nutrition: 5 healthy foods for your puppies

“Puppy nutrition provides the right quality of food at the right time to your pets. It is always advisable to speak to your veterinarian before introducing your puppies to a food item, as each puppy is different and some may have specific dietary needs during their growth phase. This five food that one can feed their puppies in small quantities, or as a snack:

• Carrots: A fantastic source of vitamins A, C, D, E and K, carrots also contain iron, magnesium, potassium and fibre. It can be used as a healthy teether for puppies and will help keep their teeth and gums clean.

• Apples: Remove the apple’s seeds and core before feeding it to your puppies. Apples contain vitamins A & C and are non-toxic to dogs. However, consult your vet about the number of apples that you can give your pup.

• Cucumber: One of the best summer foods, cucumbers are low in calories and have few carbohydrates, fats or oils. They contain vitamins C, B1 and K, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin, which makes them a great summer treat. You can freeze peeled cucumber slices, and offer them to your pups as snacks.

• Watermelon: You would have seen many videos of puppies and adult dogs munching on watermelon slices. Watermelon contains potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B-6 and C and is great for summers. However, please ensure you altogether remove the seeds from the watermelon before giving it to your puppies.

• Green beans: Steamed, raw, cooked, or canned, green beans of all types are safe for dogs veterinarians recommend green beans as a healthy treat for puppies. The point to note when giving green beans is that they must be plain and not mixed with other ingredients like salt, spices, oils, onions etc.

 

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