Food & Water Bowls
Your puppy needs its own food and water bowls which it can easily reach and which, again, are placed in a draught-free spot out of direct sunlight.
Food and water bowls come in a vast array of sizes, shapes and materials with plastic the most widely available and usually the cheapest option.
If you do buy plastic bowls, try to choose those made from a thicker, dishwasher-safe material so that they will last in the dishwasher. Plastic does tend to score and scratch over time which can lead to old food sticking in those grooves and harboring bacteria.
Ceramic bowls are a decent choice although they are, of course, breakable and again need careful sanitizing.
The best choice of all are stainless steel bowls which, while initially more expensive, will stand the test of time and prove the most hygienic for you and your pet.
They have the added advantage that they are usually too bulky for your pup to attempt to pick up and carry around with their teeth.
Food & Treats
It is essential that you give your puppy the right amount and balance of nutrients in their diet.
Puppies grow fast and they need enough good calories to help them build and form healthy bones, teeth, organs, skin and coat.
This is why food specially formulated for puppies contains the right blend of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals to meet your pup’s nutritional needs.
Every puppy loves treats and they can be a great training aid or simply a way of bonding with your pet but try to keep them to a sensible amount. Treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily diet.
Opt for healthy treats which are good for your puppy’s teeth rather than those that are high in fat, sugar and preservatives. Never give your puppy real chocolate or anything containing caffeine as both can prove toxic.