Good! This means no particular advertising or marketing has ‘gotten’ to you yet! This is GOOD NEWS for your puppy and for you! Let's break the suspense right away...There is no processed ‘Puppy Food’ you should choose from. There is a variety of foods, ingredients, micro nutrients that you should feed your puppy and we will walk you through all of them.
My New puppy is home...now what?
Most people will get their first bit of Advice from the breeders. Then there will be Advice from friends and family, and of course as soon as you post your new puppy there will be advice from social media followers. Then there is the big one - Advice from the internet: The internet is full of dated conventional wisdom that they get from the previous guy that wrote the puppy blog. But science has moved on. Research has moved on. And if you read the same old thing, you will do the same old thing. Read the latest! Read what else has someone got to say? Who are they and what makes them say what they are saying? Are they backing up their claims with anything other than “I think so” or “everyone has always done it like this”
Look for credibility, look for who is saying it, look for professionals, and look for holistic advice based in sound science. Pet food companies will say their food is the best. The Vets that sell it, will say that it is the best. The breeder will say this is what I have always done… but what's always been done has led to an epidemic of cancer, obesity, diabetes organ failure, congenital heart diseases and Inflammatory joint conditions. So perhaps it's time to NOT do what has always been done, and do what research is now showing SHOULD be done.
Are you prepared for the new puppy?
I hope that you did some research into a puppy and what it entails before you got the puppy home, or perhaps this is your research, In which case, well done for landing on this page. There are some very credible Holistic Vets around the world that give invaluable advice on how to raise your puppy to be healthy and happy. We have a few of them on our Resources page.
If you have your puppy or plan to get one, this is a great blog to read about what are the 5 NEW things you should know about puppies!
Nutritionally what do you need in your home to be able to feed the puppy right and help them grow up strong is most likely already there. Since we are in India, Bangalore, and there is a vast majority of vegetarians, it is possible that home cooked diets will not provide your puppy with the protein needs that dogs have. Vegetarian sources of protein provide very little protein at the cost of very high carbohydrate consumption in the process. For example, lentils and pulses are considered high protein. And that is a very relative term, because compared to chicken it is negligible amount of protein.
However, in order to get that 5 gm of protein, one must consume upwards of 70% of the calories in the form of Carbohydrates. So when you look at the meal structure of lets say, Daal + Rice / oats + Veggies + some paneer (Indian Cottage cheese) with some coconut oil or ghee, it will look something like this - 75-80% carbohydrates, 5-8% protein, 5-10% fats and 5-6% fibre.
THIS is not a good diet for dogs. Certainly not for growing pups.
What it should look like is 20-30% Protein(min), 10-20% Healthy Fats, 10-15% Fibre, and only 25-30% Carbohydrates. Having said this, Carbohydrates can in fact be completely eliminated from your dog’s diet and form a very small part of it in the form of some really nutritious vegetables.
What is the importance of nutrition in puppyhood?
Let's look at the macros and what they do in the body, and then look at the growth stage of a puppy and see what they “Need” during these stages.
Carbohydrates - Dogs actually have no need for carbohydrates. It is true that they have genetically adapted to producing more Amylase(An enzyme that helps break down Carbohydrates) than their ancestors would have produced to digest carbohydrates. And more often than not, this is looked at as a need for carbohydrate. What we have to look at is, why this mutation happened when dogs started living with humans and were fed on scraps.