Picking the Best Puppy Food

Nutrition

02/11/2020

When you get a new puppy, you want the best puppy food for them to stay strong and healthy. What should you look for in puppy food? What supplements, such as probiotics, does a puppy need? Here are some tips to make picking your puppy’s new food easy.

 

 How to Choose a Puppy Food

The first step for choosing a puppy food is figuring out what your puppy needs. Do they have a sensitive stomach? Are you planning on showing or breeding your puppy when they become adults? These will determine if you want to use a high protein or low protein puppy food once your dog is an adult.

Look for a food that is high quality pet food, labeled for puppy or growth life stages, and filled with nutritional ingredients such as healthy proteins and grains. Highly digestible ingredients such as chicken, lamb, rice, and wheat ensure your puppy will be able to get the most out of their food.

 

Puppy Food Supplements

Vitamins, minerals, and other supplements are important things to have in a good puppy food. Prebiotics and probiotics for puppies are also important and help reduce digestive upset when changing dog food, and when eating them daily. Prebiotics, such as MOS, make the food easier to digest, so your puppy can utilize all of the nutrients within. Look for a puppy food that has good vitamins and mineral support, along with prebiotics, DHA for brain health, and healthy fatty acids for immune and body support.

 

Breed Specific Needs

The adult size of your puppy will affect how quickly they grow in their first year of life. Large breed puppies have different nutritional needs for their bones and muscles that quickly grow than a medium or smaller breed puppy. All puppies need a high protein puppy food, however, to ensure proper development of the brain and body.

 

Transitioning to a New Puppy Food

Puppies need a gradual transition to a new food just like an adult dog. If you are switching foods from what your breeder or the shelter fed, you will want to do so over a gradual period of seven to nine days. Start by feeding a small amount of new food (about 25%) with the old food (75%) for the first three days. From there, transition to 50/50 old and new for three days, and finally, offer 75% of the new food, and 25% of the old over the last three days. This slow transition reduces stomach upset and makes it easier for your puppy to get used to the new food.

For giant and large breed puppies, you will want to transition again to an adult food at around 9-12 months of age. For medium and small breed puppies, transitioning to an adult food around 12 months of age is best.

Picking the right puppy food is important. Be sure to read labels and check ingredients to make sure the food is right for your puppy’s breed, age, and lifestyle needs. A high quality pet food is sure to keep your puppy healthy and happy for many years to come.

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