The first two years of a dog’s life are marked by changes in its size, shape and behavior. Knowing the developmental stages of the dog is essential to ensure that it receives the attention and care necessary for good development.
There are 4 main stages of growth, but they can vary according to the size of the dog. Thus, if he is large, his “puppy” will take a longer time to reach maturity.
Know the stages of development of your best friend until the age of 24 months and understand the importance of taking care of the fur at each stage.
1st Phase: the first 3 or 4 weeks of life
At this stage, the dog is a newborn who, like our babies, needs special care. In the first 14 hours after birth, it is necessary to ensure that the dog receives warmth and adequate food, which includes colostrum – ingested during the first breastfeeding – which is essential to stimulate the puppy’s immune system.
In the next nine or thirteen days, the puppy’s weight should double and it is important to consult a veterinarian to monitor this development.
2nd Phase: from 1 to 3 months
It is at this moment that the puppy’s first teeth are born and the hair they were born with will be replaced by the coat that he will have in adulthood. Although he is not at the moment when growth is faster, his weight will be 4 times greater than that of his birth. After 45 days, the weaning process begins, in which it is recommended to intercalate the puppy food with breast milk.
It is necessary to offer adequate food because, at this stage, the puppy’s organism has not yet fully developed its own immunity.
3rd Phase: from 4 to 7 months
Regardless of whether the dog is large or small, this is the time of the “growth spurt”. In small dogs it happens even faster. In large breeds, at 5 months, the dog will have developed the adult skeletal structure and will be half the weight of a mature dog.
4th Phase: from 8 to 12 months
At this time, small dogs reach adult weight and slow down the growth rate. However, large puppies continue to grow.
5th Phase: from 12 to 24 months (giant dogs)
It is from 18 to 24 months that puppies of larger breeds complete their growth cycle. It is at this stage that complete muscle development occurs.
For the perfect development of the dog’s growth phases, the puppy’s diet must be balanced. The correct thing is that adequate amounts of a complete food are given daily. In addition, it is necessary to strengthen the immune system of the puppy and the mother.
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