Dog & Puppy Feeding Guide

There are numerous foods available for dogs – it can be difficult to know what is best for your four legged friend.

Life stages of dogs

Understanding the different life stages your dog goes through is essential to ensuring that their needs are being met as they get older. Your pet will have different nutritional, environmental and physical requirements at each life stage so consider modifications as essential to your dog being happy and healthy. Each life stage varies depending on the size of the breed as small breeds will finish growing at a younger age than larger breeds.
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Feeding through the stages

Gradually introduce your puppy to kibble over a week by mashing a little down with hot water to create a paste and cooling to room temperature. Gradually add less water until your puppy is eating the dry kibbles.

Always feed the recommended amount on pack. Over-feeding puppies may encourage an acceleration in growth, which can cause skeletal abnormalities where joints are not formed correctly. For example, osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia.

We know that puppies love food! So make sure you keep an eye on how fast they consume it! When dogs eat too fast, they can gulp down excessive amounts of air, causing expansion of the stomach and increasing the chances of bloat.

Follow the on-pack guidelines to ensure you are feeding the correct amount for the weight of your puppy. There should always be plenty of fresh clean water available for them to drink.

A complete puppy food should have:

 Smaller kibble for puppy-sized mouths and to make eating and digestion easier.
 A high level of digestible proteins (around 32%) to assist growth and muscle development.
 Extra calcium for strong bones and teeth.

Check out our range of Puppy food.

Quick tip

Don't forget to take treats into account when you're working out how much to feed your dog each day!
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Harvey, the Golden Retriever

“After trying several dry dog food brands for my Golden Retriever with his sensitive stomach, I tried Burgess Salmon and Rice. At last his stools have settled! He loves the food – I’m so happy and so is he! Thank you Burgess for a brilliant dog food.”
Nicola, The Wirral

Transitioning to Burgess dog food

Transition your dogs diet over a period of 7-10 days by gradually reducing the old food and replacing with Burgess.
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Foods to avoid

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Grapes & Raisins
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Chocolate, Coffee & Tea
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Alcoholic Beverages
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Milk & Other Dairy Products
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Onions & Garlic
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Raw Eggs
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Raw Fish
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Other foods to avoid include

Fat trimmings
Pits from peaches and plums
Large amounts of liver
Macadamia nuts
Mouldy or spoiled food
Tomato leaves
Potato and tomato stems
Excessive salt
Sugary foods
Large amounts of table scraps

Do you need more advice?

To help you find the right food for your pet have a look at our product range.

You can get in touch with our customer care team who will respond in 3-5 working days. Our dedicated team of pet experts will help you make the right choice.

If you should have any concerns about the health of your pet, always consult a vet.