By Dr. Marty Becker | vetstreet.com
ThinkstockI love watching puppies grow. You can see them change almost day to day as they increase in height and weight.
To fuel their development from the inside out - bones, muscles and coat - puppies need what I like to call the Goldilocks diet: a blend of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that's just right. If they don't get enough of these nutrients, they can grow too slowly, but if they get too much, their rapid weight gain can cause them to develop bone and joint problems.
Eating an appropriate food helps puppies grow at a measured pace. They will still reach their genetically predetermined adult size, but they won't run the risk of rapid growth spurts or obesity.
Different puppies have different nutritional needs, depending on their breed, age and size at maturity, not to mention their individual variations. Your veterinarian can help you decide which food will be best for your pup.
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