Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Expert Advice on Pet Health and Nutrition

Guest Expert Photo

WebMD Expert Discussion: What Are You Feeding Your Puppy?

We've all heard the saying that children are not just small adults -- their medical and nutritional needs are different. Well, puppies are not just little dogs. They need their own foods, not just a smaller amount of regular dog food, WebMD guest veterinarian Will Draper, DVM, says in the online discussion, Caring for Your Pet.

Like children, puppies need extra amounts of certain nutrients to nourish their growing brains, muscles, and bones, Draper says. These nutrients can only be found in the right amounts in food that’s specifically designed for puppies. For example, he notes, puppy food has more protein and more fat to build healthy skin, coat, tissue, and muscle.

Puppies also need to eat more often than adult dogs. Instead of once or twice a day, feed your puppy three or four times.

One woman said that she had tried several dog food brands over the years before finally settling on her favorite, a more expensive “premium” food. Her nine-month-old puppy now eats that brand’s lamb and rice puppy food for large breeds. “My dogs thrive on it, so it’s worth the extra cost,” she said.

She feeds her puppy on the same schedule as the adult dogs (once daily), but gives her puppy “snacks” in the evening if she seems hungry, including a little of her dog food as well as crunchy carrots.

If you have a puppy, Draper advises talking to your vet about the best diet for your young companion. Or, visit Draper online, and post your thoughts and questions.

Discussion led by William Draper, DVM Guest Expert
Next Article:

Guest Expert

Dr. Will opened Georgia’s first accredited small animal emergency room in 2000. He’s been named Best Vet by Atlanta Magazine since 2004... More

Read Profile

Pet Health and Nutrition Advice

Veterinarian Will Draper gives tips on the best nutrition and health care for your dog or cat.
Watch Video Now