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What Your 12-month-old Puppy Needs

Your 12-month-old puppy has certain needs to stay healthy! The following is a list of recommended wellness care for an 12-month-old dog including tips and advise on dewormers, heartworm prevention, flea and tick control, spay and neutering and nutrition.

Every brand of food has different nutrients, caloric densities and feeding recommendations. There is no set formula for how much to feed. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on how much to feed. Treats, people food and table scraps all contribute to your pet’s calorie intake. Too many “extras” add lots of calories – and may lead to obesity.

Consider your pups age, weight, body condition score and activity level when deciding how much to feed. The body condition score tells you whether the dog is too thin, too fat or just right. In normal growing puppies, you should be able to feel a small amount of fat between his skin and ribs. If you can’t feel any fat between the skin and ribs, or if you can see the ribs, your puppy is too thin. On the other hand, if it’s difficult to feel the ribs, he is probably a little too plump.

Approximate caloric requirement for a 12 month old puppy varies with breed size and activity level. Estimations include Toy breeds – 200 calories, small breeds 600 calories, medium breeds 900 calories, large breeds 1650 calories and giant breeds 2800 calories.