Healthy Food For Puppies
Cute, furry, and hungry. Your new pet is ready for puppy food, and you want to make sure you start him off right. Puppies grow fast. And providing the proper nutrition is important for building strong bones and teeth, adding muscle, and supplying all the energy needed for play and learning.
But what should you feed him? There are dozens of varieties of puppy food. Plus, there’s the one your puppy received from the breeder or animal shelter. Which food is right for your puppy, and how do you tell if it’s a good fit?
For dogs, eating can be a communal event and hand feeding your puppy helps reinforce the bond of love you share. Puppies often beg for attention and get rewarded with treats, so the two become inseparable. There’s nothing wrong with treating puppies in a healthy way, but it’s easy to go too far. A fat puppy may be cute, but it isn’t healthy, and obesity can lead to a shorter lifespan as an adult. Keeping your puppy lean as he grows into an adult dog can actually add up to two years of longer life.
When you’re looking for your puppy’s first dry food, you’re looking for quality. You’re looking for real ingredients, similar to what you’d use in your home kitchen. What you’re not looking for: poultry by-products, artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors. And if your pup has dog food allergies and/or sensitivities, you’re also looking to avoid grains, soy, corn, and other allergens.
Dog food is divided into three types: moist, semi-moist, and dry kibble. Among the three, the best one to use would be the dry type of puppy food because it contains more meat protein. It is also more practical, cost-effective, better for keeping the teeth clean, and easy to digest. Moist puppy food is also easy to digest, but it is more expensive and spoils more rapidly if not stored properly. In addition, moist foods are commonly composed of 75 percent water, so they contain fewer nutrients. Another concern with moist puppy food is its affect on the teeth.
Although these foods may appear more expensive to buy, you do not need to feed the large amounts you would with a lower grade food, so many of them actually work out to cost the same, if not less!
Some dogs are not accustomed to complete dry foods but will normally grow to like them with time. If your dog does not seem to like eating dry complete and this is what you wish to feed you can try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften or mix in a little tinned food, gradually reducing the quantity until he is fully weaned and accepts dry complete.
Among other differences, growing puppies require more protein and amino acids than the adults do, as well as more fat, calcium and phosphorus. Specifically, at least 22% of a puppy food’s calories should come from protein, while protein should only provide about 18% of the calories in an adult dog’s food.
Many puppy foods provide even more protein, as 22% protein is only the minimum daily requirements needed to keep a puppy healthy.
Most healthy foods that are good for us are relatively good for dogs. However, it’s important to research what you can feed your pup before you do it. What started out as something healthy for a dog (like ground beef or grilled chicken) can instantly be made poisonous with the addition of certain oils, wines or onions. If you can’t say no to that adorable face staring up at you from the floor as you eat, check out these human foods deemed safe by the magazine.
The active ingredient of milk thistle seed extract as a flavonoid compound called silymarin. This little powerhouse has been shown to be safe and effective in treating a variety of liver diseases and other conditions. It specifically protects the liver against toxins and stimulates the growth of new liver cells to replace those that are dead or damaged.
The pet food supermarket aisle is brimming with numerous brands of dog food, each claiming to be the healthiest option for your pooch. This may very well be the case, but there is a growing number of people who are opting out of feeding their dogs pellets.
These pellets are highly processed and could be the cause of obesity and cancer in your dog. Dog food is legally allowed to have something called 4-D meat in it. This is meat which has been taken from dead, diseased or even disabled animals. Added to this questionable meat is corn, which may be highly contaminated with pesticides, and grain swept up from the factory floor.
Obviously, this is not the main component in all dog food brands and the general rule of thumb is, cheaper products generally utilize cheaper ingredients.