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What should I feed a new puppy?


What is the best food to feed a new puppy?


As a general rule, it’s best to feed a puppy initially on the same food that it was fed in its original home. Ask the breeder for a small bag of this. Once the pup has settled in, you can gradually change over to the food of your choice, and there’s plenty to choose from.

There is no single universally wonderful way to feed dogs: Pete the Vet says his own choice is a dry kibble food, made from specified, good-quality ingredients, but some other people choose other feeding regimes for their own pets. The aim is to provide all of your dog’s nutritional needs, allowing them to thrive, with bright eyes, shiny coats, and a healthy digestive tract. So if you choose a diet that does not meet these goals, you need to change to one that does. Use our Ask A Vet function to ask Pete specifically about your puppy!

If you are worried about your pet's health, visit the Petfix DIY Triage Checker or talk to your vet as soon as possible.