Nutrition, Exercise Key to Puppy Health

TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 6 (UPI) — A U.S. veterinarian says there are five things the owners of a puppy should keep in mind to raise a healthy dog, including nutrition and exercise.

Dr. Al Townshend, staff veterinarian of Holistic Select, a line of food and snacks for dogs and cats, says to nourish the puppy’s developing brain, its food should be supplemented with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid essential to developing nervous tissue and visual function in dogs.


Small and miniature breeds can have different nutritional needs — larger breeds need fewer calories per pound than smaller breeds, Townshend says.

“With the potential to grow up to 100 times their birth weight, a large breed puppy’s energy intake must be regulated to ensure consistent, steady growth,” Townshend says in a statement. “Weight gain that comes too quickly can stress developing bones, and may lead to other disorders.”

Daily exercise with the owner is an essential part of a puppy’s health — it gives the puppy something to look forward to, exercises its brain and strengthens its bond with humans, Townshend says.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.


Categorized | Other
Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Advertisement