Puppies have very specific nutritional needs due to the fact they will go from birth to adult in little more than a year in some breeds. Chapel Farm Puppy Food is a complete feed meeting all nutritional requirements of the developing puppy until ready to move to the adult range. There is no need to supplement this diet unless directed to do so by a vet.
- Rich in freshly prepared chicken with a quality protein profile
- Designed to give a carefully balanced formula perfect for growth and development
- Key quality ingredients ensuring maximum digestibility to meet your puppy’s nutritional needs
- Wheat gluten-free with no added artificial colourings or flavourings
Chapel Farm Puppy/Junior is rich in chicken and grains that provide a quality protein profile and the foundation of your puppy’s diet. In addition, the grains used also provide carbohydrates and numerous vitamins and minerals.
Salmon Oil is rich in the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids DHA and EPA plus vitamins A, B3, and D. Essential fatty acids are fundamentally important and are obtained exclusively through dietary intake, therefore the health of dogs is dependent on obtaining enough essential fatty acids in the food we give them.
The benefits of Salmon Oil for health are many and well documented including support for neural development and learning in puppies, optimal brain function, vision and hearing, healthy skin, glossy coat, cardiovascular health, the immune system. Salmon oil is also important for nutritional support of the joints as are the included Glucosamine and Green-Lipped Mussel.
Mannan Oligosaccharides (MOS) and Fructo Oligosaccharides (FOS) are increasingly popular in dog foods as they have beneficial prebiotic effects, as does the included beet pulp, encouraging the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine which promotes overall gastro-intestinal health. In combination with the plasma powder and nucleo-tides, they enhance the effectiveness of the body’s immune system. This is especially important in young dogs that have not yet developed the same levels of immunity to infection as adults.
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We recommend feeding Chapel Farm Puppy/Junior to bitches in whelp as well as puppies. For puppies, we would suggest its continued use until 6 to 8 months of age at which point we would suggest changing to Performance 24+ which contains everything required for continued development until adulthood is reached. At that point, a decision on the variety to feed can be made based on expected activity levels.
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Chicken (chicken meal min 20%, freshly prepared chicken min 20%), rice, maize, prairie meal, chicken fat, oats, yeast (source of mannan oligosaccharides 1250mg/kg), salmon oil (source of omega 3 fatty acids DHA & EPA), unmolassed beet pulp, seaweed, plasma powder, whole egg powder, sodium bicarbonate, potassium chloride, glucosamine (1000mg/kg), fructose oligosaccharides, nucleo-tides, green lipped mussel powder, yucca shidigera, blackcurrant, kale, beetroot, rosemary.
Most puppies will have tasted solid food at around 3 to 4 weeks having taken an interest in the contents of mums bowl. This is a good age to start with a small amount which is mashed with water to a thin porridge like consistency. Increase gradually using the amounts in the table shown below as a guide. Do not switch exclusively to solids too soon as the digestive system needs time to adapt. The puppy food can be fed dry or moistened with water or gravy to the consistency that your puppy pre-fers, however at Chapel Farm we slowly reduce the amount of water mixed with the food until feeding the puppy food dry from age 6 1/2 to 7 weeks, ensuring that clean fresh drinking water is available at all times.
Feed in an area that is easily cleaned and ensure the bowl is thoroughly washed between feeds as puppies do not have the same defences to infection as adult dogs.
There are various feeding methods but we find that feeding at set times has benefits including.
- Encouraging a trained toilet habit.
- Preventing overeating which can put undue pressure on the tummies and digestive systems of young puppies.
- Helping to build a bond with the puppy.
- It will also quickly highlight changes in eating habit that may be illness related allowing quicker treatment.
Leave the bowl down for 5 minutes and then remove whether eaten or not. Only put the bowl back down at the next scheduled feeding, again for 5 minutes.
Puppies grow very quickly and as such have large appetites but small stomachs. It is best to feed little and often in the early stages. From starting to offer food to two months of age we would suggest 4 – 6 meals a day. From two to three months – 4 meals a day and from 4 months onwards, 2 meals a day.
Do not be tempted to overfeed as the digestive system may not be able to cope and growth may in fact be reduced. Overfeeding can also result in excessive weight gain which can be problematic later.
Suggested daily feeding guide in grams
||1 months (g)
||2 months (g)
||4 months (g)
||6 months (g)
||8 months (g)
||12 months (g)
|MEDIUM (10-25 kg)
|LARGE (25-45 kg)
|VERY LARGE (>45 kg)
The figures in the table above are only a guide. Every puppy, even of the same age and breed can differ in their energy requirements. For example, a highly active pup will require more, a docile pup less. The best way to judge the correct amount to feed is by using the guide as a starting point and monitoring the condition of the puppy, then adjusting accordingly.
- Increased frequency of stools which are loose often indicates an animal is receiving more food than required.
- Food left in the bowl may indicate too large a portion.
- Food finished very quickly or puppy trying to eat other items (some of which may not be very savoury to our eyes) can suggest an increased portion is required.
We advise that you should be careful and avoid feeding immediately before or after activity, allow a gap of an hour to reduce the risk of problems with bloating.