What can I feed my small puppy?

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What can I feed my small puppy?

In this day and age, feeding your puppy shouldn’t be a difficult task. Scientists and nutritionists have taken out all the thinking that planning a puppy’s meal involves and have given us balanced formulated diets. Some formulated diets are tailored for specific breeds or for the development of specific dog sizes further targeting the specific needs of the puppy. A lot of research time and dedication goes into the development of these diets and supplements to provide our dogs with the best possible balance of nutrients that they sorely need in this most delicate and most important of developmental stages. However a lot of people still fall for the temptation to give their dogs something out of the pantry. This, although unnecessary, can supplement the puppy’s diet with wholesome nutrients if the right items are given. The following are some of the best foods for your small puppy.

Banana

Bananas are packed with beneficial nutrients. Call it wonderfruit but this tasty, yellow crescent is packed with potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and fibre. These nutrients make sure that circulation and muscle function work properly and help regulate protein metabolism. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and helps in cartilage maintenance and development which is of paramount importance to any developing puppy.

Sweet potato

It is important to boil and mash this ingredient before giving it to your puppy. Make sure to leave the sweet potato to cool down as food that is piping hot can be dangerous and harmful to a puppy that is too enthusiastic about its food. Much like banana, the sweet potato, is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. However, the sweet potato is also rich in other elements such as copper, iron and manganese that are essential for a host of functions such as transporting oxygen as part of haemoglobin and as a participant in the assembly of protein and the production of genetic material; all being processes that happen at a very fast rate in rapidly developing youngsters.

Yoghurt

We often hear that yoghurt is good for us and our children. Puppies are no exception. Yoghurt is a good source of protein, calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin B12 that are all very important nutrients involved in the development of the muscular, skeletal and nervous system of any young individual. Yoghurt is also rich in potassium, zinc and iodine that are also important nutrients that help maintain the normal functioning of the body. Perhaps one of the most important features of yoghurt is the fact that it has probiotic properties, meaning that the yoghurt itself is imbibed by bacteria that provide a tangible health benefit and help in the maintenance of a healthy gut system.

Salmon

We often hear of all the good things eating fish does to our body. Salmon is particularly rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that are very good for healthy coat, skin and brain maintenance. These omega fatty acids also help in curbing inflammatory processes that can lead to different chronic systemic problems in the dog’s body. These generalized inflammatory state is a big hindrance in the healthy development of puppies. If salmon is too expensive or is unavailable, a lot of other fish products are cheaper but still a good source of Omega -3 fatty acids.

Raw bones

Bones are another food item worth considering. It is best to introduce raw bones to a puppy after the puppy is 12 weeks of age, just about the time where it is replacing its puppy teeth with the new permanent set. Raw bones should be of a size large enough not to completely fit in the puppy’s mouth as the puppy might swallow the bone whole and cause intestinal damage or obstruction. Bones with a wide marrow should be avoided as these fragment easily. A good meaty bone will help the puppy stimulate the teeth and gums and alleviate teething problems and gum discomfort. Chewing on a bone will also stimulate the mouth’s circulation and allow for the proper development of teeth. Bones are also a good source of calcium and phosphorus, which are very important minerals that are essential for the proper development of your puppy’s skeletal and muscular system. However it is important to keep in mind that giving your puppy too many bones can cause constipation. Raw cow or lamb bones are recommended; raw chicken wings can at times be given but these can carry the risk of salmonellosis; pork bones and products are best avoided. Never cook bones before giving them to your dog as these can easily splinter and cause intestinal damage and obstruction.

Blueberries

This fruit can be a regular staple in your dog’s diet as it can be found either fresh or frozen all year round in most countries around the world. This dark bead of a fruit is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E and anthocyanidins which give the blueberry its characteristic colouration. These antioxidants will help the puppy better deal with some of the harmful radicals that are inevitably produced by certain metabolic reactions of the body. It is also a source of Vitamin C and Manganese that are very important in the development and structure of tissues and production of genetic material; both processes happening very rapidly in developing individuals.


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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
Travel Requirements