Feeding And Nutrition…
Your Bichon Frise puppy requires more than your love and attention when you bring him home. He also needs toys, a bed to sleep in, and good food to eat. The food you feed your Bichon as a puppy is different than the food you will feed him when he becomes full grown.
You may or may not be aware, but a puppy has high nutritional needs. What this means is the standard food you would give a full grown dog simply won’t cut it. Therefore you need to understand puppy nutrition in order to make the correct dietary choices for your Bichon Frise puppy.
Before we take a look at the nutritional needs of your puppy, it first helps to understand why the right nutrients are so important to the wellbeing of your dog.
Essentially, the puppy stage lasts until the dog reaches 18 months. During these first 18 months, plenty of physical development occurs such as:
- Growth of bones and joints
- Muscle growth and development
- Growth of internal organs
- Development of the immune system
- Brain growth and cognitive development
Now that you have some insight as to why nutrition is so important during this tender stage, the following is a list of the nutrients your Bichon puppy requires to stay healthy and strong during development: Protein – This is vital part of the puppy’s diet as protein plays a key role in building muscle, organs, coat, skin and other tissues. Therefore, puppies require food that is high in protein.
- CalciumandPhosphorus – These contain the necessary ingredients your pup needs to generate and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Calcium and phosphorous need to be provided in the right amounts in order to effectively work to the puppy’s benefits.
- Omega Fatty Acids that include Linoleic acid – These nutrients provide the puppy with balanced and complete nutrition. They promote healthy skin, coat, and immune system.
To help you select the best nutritional food for your Bichon Frise puppy, consult your Vet and the breeder.