Good Puppy Nutrition

Good Puppy nutritionPuppy Nutrition

By Admin

What to feed a puppy?  A good nutrition program is important especially during the first year of the puppies life.  Finding a good puppy nutrition program is not always an easy task.    A new puppy will grow fast and will need a balanced diet to support the rapid growth.  All puppies have special nutrition needs during their growth phase.  They need about 35% more protein for building strong bones and muscle tissue.  You should buy foods that are labeled puppy or growth until 90% of skeletal growth is completed.  They burn tons of energy and have small stomachs.  A young puppy’s diet should provide it with all the nutrients he needs to grow and remain active.

When choosing a puppy food, select one with the AAFCO seal of approval.   The Association of American Food Control Officials is responsible for quality assurance for pet foods and animal nutrition.  Kibble should be preserved naturally vitamin C or E.  You should not buy more animal food than you can feed in one month.  Store kibble in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and temperature fluctuations.

During the first six months of life, puppies require several small meals throughout the day.  Feeding frequent meals ensure blood glucose levels remain active and provide a steady supply of energy.

Calcium and phosphorus are primary components of bone and teeth.  The correct amount and balance of these minerals are required to promote proper musculoskeletal development.  A deficiency or excess level of calcium and phosphorus are dangerous.  A deficiency can lead to weak bones and fractures.  An excess can cause developmental orthopedic disease in large breed puppies.  An adult good dog food contains too much calcium and phosphorus.  Small or medium sized dogs can have a food labeled for all life stages, but not for large and giant breeds.

Protein are critical for providing energy and building enzymes, hormones, hemoglobin, and strong bodies.  Young animals need it for growth and maintenance.  Protein builds muscle.  If a puppy doesn’t get enough, it’s tissues and organs won’t develop properly.  Dogs need more protein than people do.  Protein can be found in fish, meat, eggs and soybeans.  The higher the quality of protein, the less the dogs needs.

All life stages pet foods should not be fed to your large breed puppy during the first six months. It contains too much calcium and phosphorus for large breeds and can cause serious orthopedic problems down the road.  Feed a good food for pets formulated for large breed puppies.  They must grow at a slow, steady rate.  You should read the canine nutrition label on the bag of dog food.  It will list all ingredients in the food.

Benefits of healthy eating give your puppy the gift of future health and proper growth.  The nutrition a puppy receives provides the building blocks of the adult dog he will become.  Providing your new puppy with the right tools to build a strong and healthy body will serve him well throughout his years of adulthood.


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Natural Dog Food for Your Pet

Dog FoodBest Dog Food – 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider All Natural Dog Food For Your Pet

By Hal Williams

All natural dog food – there is a lot of talk about it but how do you go about getting the best dog food for your dog?

All natural dog food specifically states the type of ingredients and where they come from, allowing the purchaser to make an informed decision about what they are buying. For these reasons many consider all natural food to be the best dog food available on the market. The advantages of buying all natural dog food include:

By disclosing all the ingredients in the feed, consumers are empowered through being able to make an effective choice; the feed is made from good quality, natural ingredients; and it is free from artificial additives such as colors, preservatives and flavors.

With so many feeds on the market it can be difficult to narrow down which is the best dog food for your animal. Here are some key points to look for when deciding which all natural food to buy:

Pay more – you’ve heard of the saying ‘you get what you pay for’? Well, this is certainly true of dog feed. The best dog food does tend to be more expensive however shopping around on line, buying in bulk and collecting coupons are all ways of reducing the costs. Consider this – buying good quality dog food now could result in fewer visits to the veterinarian in the longer term. Buying all natural dog food may therefore be considered to be an investment in your dog’s health.

Avoid bone meal and beef meal based dog foods -These are popular fillers found in cheaper dog foods. Foods containing these fillers can contain a lot of gristle and bone that a dog may find very hard to digest. Chicken, Turkey and Lamb based dog foods are much better for your dog and try to avoid any dog food which says ‘meal’ or ‘by product’.

Dog food should be corn free – corn is very hard for dogs to digest and some dogs may be allergic to corn and corn-based products. Cheaper foods use this as a cheap filler. Whole ground grains such as rice and barley are much better and easier to digest for your dog.

Avoid feeds with too much animal fat included – ‘animal fat’ is a generic term and includes a variety of fatty tissues from a variety of sources. Feed which states where the fat comes from such as chicken fat, salmon oil or flaxseed oil tend to be much better feeds for your dog. As a general rule, avoid feeds with vague, generic ingredient names as a manufacturer that lists all the ingredients in detail is likely to be a manufacturer that is proud about the ingredients in its food and is therefore more likely to make better food for your dog.

Look out for hidden chemical preservatives – an ingredient list which includes BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene), or Ethoxuquin as ingredients should be avoided, and these ingredients have been banned in several countries. Natural preservatives such as sage and rosemary extract are much safer for your dog.

So to summarize, many consider all natural feed to be the best dog food. One of the key positive aspects about all natural food is that these feeds clearly state all the ingredients in the food on the label. All natural feed may generally be a little bit more expensive but it has no bone meal, does not contain corn, does not have a large amount of animal fat and does not use chemical preservatives. Ultimately the decision is the dog owner’s (in consultation with the veterinarian) but all natural food has some qualities that make it a popular choice for dog owners and their dogs alike.