The inside scoop: Best puppy food
The inside scoop: Best puppy food
We go behind the scenes to discover what kind of puppy food is best and what to look out for to achieve maximum nutritional benefits. From red-flag ingredients to feeding habits, we get down to the nitty gritty to determine the best puppy food.
Don’t fall prey to marketing
We’re often provided with a “list of best dry dog food brands” when trying to shop around for our pet, but how do we know that these lists aren’t just another ploy? Instead we discuss specifically what to look for in puppy food and whether or not puppy specific diets are just another tactic to get owners to splash their cash.
Puppy specific diets
Whilst there are many myths out there about what you should and shouldn’t feed your dog we do believe that puppy-specific diets are necessary.
Puppies grow an astonishing 20 times faster than their adult counter parts.
Puppies haven’t yet fully developed their immune systems.
So yes, there is a reason as to why puppy specific diets are required and in fact a good idea.
Puppy food recipes should therefore focus on supporting growth and development in this vital early life stage.
But which puppy food to buy?
Nutrients, nutrients, nutrients
The best puppy food you can provide your new dog with should be packed with nutrients.
Let’s weigh up the pros and cons in a puppy food comparison, dry vs. wet vs. raw food:
Puppy dry food
Puppy wet food
Whatever food type you choose, it is vital that you read the label so you know what is going into your puppy’s diet. Opting for a hypoallergenic dog food will protect your pup from the following ingredients which typically cause allergic reactions for dogs:
Dairy can cause gas, diarrhoea and vomiting due to acute intestinal distress (that’s lactose intolerance to you and me).
Soya is one of the top dog food allergens and can cause your dog to suffer from itchy skin, infections, diarrhoea and vomiting and many more nasty side effects!
Pork is one of the top food allergens meaning your dog may experience the symptoms listed above as well as an inflamed throat, sneezing and persistent paw chewing.
Eggs are toxic for dogs, spreading bacteria such as Salmonella and E coli. Raw eggs also contain enzymes which can halt absorption of important B vitamins resulting in skin and coat problems.
Wheat belongs to a specific group of grain allergens. If you suspect your dog is suffering from a wheat allergy then you’ll need to opt for a grain-free recipe.
Wheat gluten can cause diarrhoea, weight loss and development of a poor coat due to chronic small intestinal inflammatory disease (aka gluten intolerance).
Picking your pup’s food is one thing, but making sure they don’t develop any bad habits is another. As we’re sure you know, stopping a bad habit from forming is far easier than breaking one, so start off your puppy’s feeding right.
Time and place. Just like us humans, dogs are animals of habit. Establishing a time and place for feeding will therefore regulate the intake of food.
Keep it natural. Don’t allow your dogs to become dependant upon food which isn’t doing them any good – keep your pup’s food as natural as possible by shopping around. The importance of high protein and nutritional food is key at this stage of early development.
Limit treats and human food. We know it’s hard but try limiting their exposure to human food and doggy treats (however doggy treats may be needed in training). Giving your pup too many treats may cause them to develop bad habits and fussiness.
Overfeeding. Overfeeding is easily done and whilst a chubby pup might be cute, obesity in dogs is on the rise and therefore you should regulate meals. Read more about overweight dogs here for tips and tricks to keeping a healthy dog.
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