Are you wondering which type of food to feed your puppy? With the multitude of options available at the supermarket or pet supply store, it's no surprise that you're somehow confused on which puppy food best suits your puppy. All the labels feature pictures of cute puppies and boast of health benefits and essential nutrients. But what should you really look for? Here are 5 puppy feeding tips that you need to put into consideration to choose the best food for your puppy.
1. Meat quality Check the label to see whether the meat content is human grade. You only want to feed your puppy high-quality meat, not offal or by-products because these aren't a good enough source of protein. Protein is very essential for a growing dog, so make sure that the meat is quality. Anything not up to this standard should not be given to your puppy.
2. Animal from which the meat comes from Many people assume that any kind of meat is sufficient for their puppy, but this is not true. You only want to serve a young dog with chicken or lamb. Beef especially should be avoided, as it is not healthy for puppies. Stick with chicken or lamb as a safe option, and once again make sure that only the meat is included in the ingredients and not any animal by-products.
3.Fat content Just like in a human diet, there are good sources of fats and bad sources of fats. Your puppy needs a certain percentage of fat in its diet in order to be healthy, but you should check what ingredients are providing the fat content. The healthiest fat is vegetable oil, and chicken fat is also fine. You will want to avoid products that get the fat content from beef tallow, as this will be harmful to your puppy
.4.Are there artificial or harmful ingredients? If you check the label and recognize most of the ingredient names as good, natural foods then that is a good sign. If you see artificial preservatives such as BHT or BHA, you will want to stay away as these are not so good for your puppy. You should also avoid Vitamin K as too is not good for your puppy
5. Type of your puppy. Different breeds of puppies have different nutritional needs. If you have a large breed dog, you need to make sure that you don't give it too much protein as this can cause health problems if the dog grows too fast. Make sure you don't give it food containing more than 15% protein. With small breed dogs, it's important to give them food with a higher fat content. Aim for more than 15% fat. You also need to feed smaller dogs more often, so make sure you do some research and are aware of your specific dog's nutritional needs. In conclusion if you check the labels before buying puppy food and keep these 5 puppy feeding tips in mind, you will be well on your way to selecting the right food for your puppy and raising a healthy dog.