Best Dog Food for Puppies: What to Choose?

Best Dog Food for Puppies What to Choose

Okay, here’s my commercial-like pitch: When you bring home a puppy, you want to give this new addition to your family the best start in life. In order to avoid skin, bone, teeth, fur and a myriad of other health problems, proper care and feeding is a must. With so many products on the market, it can be difficult to determine the healthiest food that will provide a growing puppy with all of the nutrition it requires. I will now try to list a few things you should keep in mind when choosing the best dog food for puppies.

Best Dog Food for Puppies

* This will be a multi-part article. Look out for more of them coming in the next few weeks.

Real food versus fillers

Experts agree on one thing: the more real meat and vegetables your puppy food contains, the better it will be for him or her.

Many inexpensive dog food brands contain fillers and byproducts that we would not want to eat. So, why feed that to your puppy? Food is one of the most important things when it comes to investing in your little pet, and you must avoid cutting costs in this area. A growing dog needs good nutrition, and this is where you get what you pay for.

Spending a little extra to give your puppy a better brand of food is absolutely worth it. Not only are the ingredients healthier, but there are much less preservatives and unpleasant extras which you can find in cheaper brands that do nothing for the pup’s nutritional needs. Simply put, your puppy’s growth and development can be seriously affected by inferior food.

If you’re searching to buy something online (which is the most convenient and cheapest option), I suggest you to check out my list of Top 5 Best Dry Dog Food options. Okay, next.

Ingredients to look for

Real meats is of course the first ingredient you should focus on. Dogs are still animals, regardless of the fact that they are the first domesticated pet. They need meet, they need protein.

On the list of ingredients, look for things like salmon, chicken, and lamb, along with peas, carrots, greens, and eggs. Not only do these types of dog foods taste better to puppies, but they are more filling in the long run.

Try to avoid puppy foods that are mostly corn, wheat, and other grains. While foods with marginal amounts of these things are not completely terrible, you want to try to avoid them when possible. That’s why five options on my list of the best dog food for puppies are all grain-free.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that similarly like when you shop for yourself or your family, you must read the labels on bags of puppy food. The best puppy foods will be high in protein and contain adequate amounts of calcium to keep a growing dog in prime shape. These are same things a growing human child would need.

Crunchy or soft food

The strength of your puppy’s teeth is extremely important. Providing them with too much soft food at an early age leads to tooth decay and tartar build up. It is much wiser to feed them a crunchy, kibble-like, dry food than anything soft out of a can. Again, you’ll find that most of best dog foods are actually dry kibble.

Be sure to select the one specially formulated for puppies as their nutritional requirements are different from older dogs. Also, find a food that is made for your particular puppy’s size and breed — some of those products aren’t good for dogs over 1 year old or certain size/weight.

Lastly, one other little known fact is that there are more vitamins and minerals in dry food than in the soft stuff, making it a much better choice.

Finding the best dog food for puppies is not very difficult if you keep these few pointers in mind. To make this job even easier, see the recommendations on this website, then go to Amazon and check out the reviews from people who already bought the product.

If you try your best to avoid skimping on a few dollars, your puppy will enjoy dinnertime much more, and you will have many years of quality time with your new (or old) friend. Love your dog!

Best Dog Food for Small Breeds

Best Dog Food for Small Breeds

The best dog food for small breeds is often defined by the needs of each pet.

Selection of the type of quality food for small dogs may vary based on health concerns for each pet, but there are some common guidelines that can make the selection process easier. It is also important for you to consider that in general, the nutritional needs of small breeds will differ from that of their larger canine counterparts, so buying dog food is literally not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

Best Dog Food for Small Breeds

Learning what is the absolute best stuff for your little ones to consume is easy. Similarly to what I have said about puppy food a couple of weeks back, it’s all about three things — ingredients, type and the proper selection for your dog. Not every good dog food will be appropriate for your small breed, so make sure you know your stuff when it comes to this.

Understanding the quality of the ingredients

While labels on foods for humans are becoming increasingly visible and more detailed because the law requires so, pet food labels have not universally caught up. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough attention drawn to this problem yet, therefore, there’s way too much food for dogs available that’s of poor quality or even completely inappropriate. Even some so-called healthy brands may not be as natural as they appear.

On the other hand, there are several highly rated brands (see some of them here) which have a dedicated a formula to small breeds, including the highly rated and reasonably priced Wellness Complete Health, which offers several small breed varieties.

There are also lesser known brands which offer organic lines, like AvoDerm Natural variety. Although, in my personal experience, I’d go for the Wellness brand as dogs love that kibble.

Regardless of the brand name, the question to ask is – are they natural and safe while also providing optimal nutrition for my pet? A tip: One easy way to evaluate the product is to look at the first two ingredients on the list as an indication of the quality.

Pairing the food to age of the dog

The already mentioned Wellness line, for example (which really is my favorite, and no, I’m not getting paid for promoting them), offers not only best dog food for small breeds, but age specific formulas as well.

There are certain puppy formulas, adult health choices and senior choices available for both average sized canines and options dedicated to so called toy breeds. Since the dog’s nutritional needs will vary over time, it can be important to find a brand that not only carries formulas for small dogs, but has flexible menus that adjust over the years of the dog’s life.

Deciding on wet or dry varieties

Before making the switch to a new food type, make sure you are not changing from wet to dry foods or vice versa, if you want an even comparison. Some dogs have an easier time with wet/canned foods, or have become accustomed to eating that and may be standoffish to trying not just a new brand, but a new formula altogether.

With so many dog products on the market being loaded with fillers and low quality ingredients, it is important to find a brand that offers the best formula for your pet’s needs and provides the peace of mind that you are feeding them something safe and healthy. With a little research you yourself can easily find the best dog food for small breeds that can become part of your pet’s diet.

I will be writing another, more extensive and better researched article on this topic sometime in the near future that will include vet’s opinion of various dog food ingredients. Stay tuned in for more, and as always – love your dog!