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This piece was originally published on May 4, 2018.
Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and assists with dog agility classes.
Your 10-Year-Old Dog
If only puppies came with an owner’s manual — especially when it comes to how to feed a puppy. Decisions you make around the food dish can greatly impact your fast-growing pup’s overall health and attitude about meals and treats. That’s why we created a list of feeding do’s and don’ts when it comes to how to feed a puppy:
The gut is important
A dog upside down, showing off his stomach.
Work with your vet to find supplements that are best for your pup. Photography © WilleeCole | iStock / Getty Images Plus.
When it comes to how to feed a puppy, pay attention to your pup’s gut, specifically, the often-overlooked healthy bacteria in the stomach. “Puppies are developing gut bacteria,” says Elisa Katz, DVM, a veterinarian who owns the Holistic Veterinary Center with two locations in Bourbonnais and Downers Grove, Illinois.
“Proper gut bacteria can be so important for the development of the puppy’s immune system as well as the overall inflammatory state of the body. If the gut bacteria get out of balance due to the consumption of high-processed diets, it can lead to allergies and immune issues in that puppy.” She recommends working closely with your veterinarian on picking a diet, and perhaps probiotics and supplements best suited to meet your pup’s needs.
Avoid a quick switch
Don’t be in a rush to switch your puppy’s current diet to a new one. “Switching to a new diet can be a major source of stress, causing a puppy to have soft stools or diarrhea,” Dr. Katz says. “Gradually switch his diet.” The recommended transition is to introduce a one-quarter portion of new food to current food and gradually increase the new food portion by one half and then completely.

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