Rottweiler puppies do not require special diets because of their breed. However, large breed dogs in general need special food as puppies because of their rapid growth rate. Rottweiler puppies weigh about 1 pound at birth, reach 3.63 to 7.26 Kilogram by 8 weeks old and grow between 3.18 to 4.54 Kilogram each month until they are 6 to 7 months old (at which point their growth rate decreases). You can feed your puppy adult food when it is 6 to 7 months old.
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Puppies that grow too quickly can put excessive weight on undeveloped joints and cause damage. Although obesity does not cause a puppy to have canine hip dysplasia (CHD), it can make the symptoms worse and do more damage to the joints. This is important to your puppy because Rottweilers have a high rate of CHD. If you cannot easily feel the last rib, near the top of the back, decrease the amount of food you offer your puppy. If you can see the back rib, increase the food. Amount of food will depend on the brand, so start with the recommended amount and adjust to fit your puppy. Feed your puppy three times a day. Avoiding obesity is the main issue in feeding your puppy, according to T.J. Dunn, Jr., D.V.M.
Purchasing large breed puppy food that is certified helps ensure appropriate nutrition, according to Vetinfo. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets nutritional standards for commercial dog food. You can also find diet guidelines online for feeding your puppy raw or homecooked food by canine nutritionists and veterinarians such as Ian Billingshurst and Donald Strombeck. Puppies need quality, meat-based food, according Dunn.
High-quality dog food contains all the necessary supplements for a growing Rottweiler puppy. It is not necessary to add additional supplements unless your puppy is sick. According to Vetinfo, excessive calcium and calories may cause skeletal growth issues.
Sometimes puppies develop allergic reactions to certain foods. Although it is more common in adult dogs, if your puppy has itching feet or discharge in its ears, consult your veterinarian about possible allergies. Changing to a different meat source may help.
Bloat is a disorder that causes the stomach to fill with gas. Sometimes the stomach twists, which can cut off blood supply and become life threatening. Although bloat predominately occurs in adult dogs, you can help avoid it by decreasing your puppy's risk factors. According to Marvistavet, use some canned food in the diet, feed healthy table scraps occasionally, avoid making your puppy stressed and feed at least twice a day. Small amounts of cooked meat (except turkey), cooked vegetables, bread, pasta and any nontoxic foods are good for table scraps. Check with your veterinarian for lists of toxic foods including raisins, grapes, chocolate and sweeteners.
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