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Review of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Puppy Food

Pedigree is a well-known dog food brand in Australia that you can find in all major supermarkets and food retailers.

Pedigree falls under the umbrella of Mars, Incorporated—an organisation that relies on the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition for its ‘innovative’ products.

Buy Pedigree Complete Nutrition Puppy Food Online!The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition is an actual state-of-the-art institute in England where scientists have been researching for over 50 years in the fields of animal nutrition and well-being.

Mars Petcare foods strives to be the best economical choice for pet food consumers. Let’s see if our review of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Puppy Food and Pedigree Puppy Meat Ground Dinner reveal to be economical choices for your pets.

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food comes in a 16.3lb bag whereas the Pedigree Puppy Meat Ground Dinner (chicken & beef and lamb & rice) wet food is sold in cans.

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food is chicken flavoured. Pedigree claim that the addition of DHA (0.05%) nurtures healthy brain development however it is not recognised as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO.

The main ingredients are:

  • ground whole grain corn,
  • poultry by-product meal,
  • brewers rice,
  • corn gluten meal (lutein)
  • animal fat (omega 6 fatty acids)

The main source of protein in Pedigree’s dry food is from a poultry by-product so the nutritional value for a puppy is questionable.

Brewers rice lacks the nutrients and quality found in wholegrain white and brown rice so it is clear that the main ingredients are mostly processed and cheap.

Not only is processed corn potentially difficult for a puppy to digest it also rates very highly on the glycaemic index, which can be bad for a puppy’s blood-sugar levels.

According to the article ‘Diet and risk of type II diabetes: the role of types of fat and carbohydrate’ published in the July 2001 issue of Diabetologia:

…a low-glycaemic index diet with a higher amount of fiber and minimally processed whole grain products reduces glycaemic and insulinaemic responses and lowers the risk of Type II diabetes. Dietary recommendations to prevent Type II diabetes should focus more on the quality of fat and carbohydrate in the diet than quantity alone, in addition to balancing total energy intake with expenditure to avoid overweight and obesity.

Pedigree Puppy Complete Nutrition dry food does not seem to be the most balanced and healthy option for puppies. If your puppy breed is more susceptible to diabetes it might be best to avoid Pedigree-branded puppy food altogether.

Buy Pedigree Complete Nutrition Puppy Dry Food Online!Pedigree Puppy Meat Ground Dinner boasts an advanced antioxidant recipe blend.

The main ingredients include:

  • chicken by-products,
  • meat by-products,
  • chicken,
  • liver,
  • beef,
  • dried egg product,
  • dried tomato pomace
  • vegetable oil

This wet food is intended to supplement the dry food in the later stages of the feeding instructions and that makes sense because this mix has much better protein sources compared to the dry stuff.

The definition of what constitutes ‘dried egg product’ in pet food is debatable however based on the main ingredient list there is an emphasis on protein sources here. Is this mix good for puppies? In moderation with dry food, it might be.

Amazon user Cottony says that Pedigree ‘gives our [dog] gas out this world! It’s almost creepy, she’ll sneak into any room you are in, fart and walk off! Leaving all of us to suffer the repercussions of being a little cheap this month on dog food … I’m will not buy this again’.

Ora Powell has similar sentiments about Pedigree’s dry food: ‘It has too much corn in the ingredients … comes in one way and out the other seconds after [eating]’.

To contrast these experiences Casey Gillette says the dogs ‘… seemed to be more regular while eating the this puppy chow. Also the price is quite a bit lower if you are able to subscribe to it’. Ultimately, Pedigree puppy food is cheap but not necessarily the healthiest or most nutritious option for your pets.

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Nature’s Variety Prairie Chicken Meal Brown Rice Medley

Nature’s Variety is a pet food company that manufacture their grain-free and holistic products in America (Lincoln Nebraska) while their headquarters are located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nature’s Variety is a subsidiary of M.I. Industries, Inc., which provides protein-based pet treats and became incorporated in 1981 where it is located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Nature's VarietyNature’s Variety claim that their pet foods are 100% free of: corn, wheat, soy, chemical preservatives as well as artificial colors and flavors. Pet food critics are aware that brands that use these artificial fillers can trigger allergic reactions in pets and the content itself is far from nutritious compared to the more natural alternatives.

Our wholesome foods are made with integrity and care. We stand behind our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee

Nature’s Variety defer to their ‘Nutrition Council’ for insight and advice. These experts specialize in pet nutrition, behavior and medicine and are distinguished doctors in their respective fields.

Nature’s Variety Prairie Chicken Meal Brown Rice Medley supposedly provides all of the key nutrients and beneficial elements a growing doggy needs. So, how does Nature’s Variety pet food fare?

Prairie Kibble for Puppies is available in 5, 15 and 30 pound bags and there are two variations for small and large breeds. This review will focus on Nature’s Variety Prairie Puppy Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Medley.

The main ingredients of Prairie Puppy Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Medley are:

Nature's Variety Prairie Puppy Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Medley• chicken meal,

  • brown rice,
  • barley,
  • oatmeal,
  • chicken fat,
  • ground flaxseed,
  • natural chicken flavour,
  • salmon oil
  • and a list of added vitamins and natural ingredients

Natural Variety keeps their promise when it comes to natural ingredients. Chicken meal is a solid primary meat protein source with more protein than regular chicken and less moisture. This formula is supplemented with a long list of additional vitamins so the loss of natural nutrients that you would normally find in the chicken is compensated.

Surprisingly, there are no other meat protein sources in this product.

Brown rice is by far the best wholegrain option to offer to your pets.

The Journal of Nutrition (June, 2002) published an article that justifies rice over corn in pet foods entitled ‘The Use of Sorghum and Corn as Alternatives to Rice in Dog Foods’:

‘The rice diet caused a higher mean fecal score compared to that of the sorghum and corn diets, indicating that the feces of the dogs in the rice group were looser.’

Barley may not be corn but it is technically a cereal grain, which does rate better than corn on the glycaemic index and packs more fibre making it more digestible.

Oatmeal is not a potent as the fresh stuff and food critics have found that probiotics seem to be more effective for maintaining a healthier colon for puppies.

Chicken fat and salmon oil emphasises the holistic theme of the recipe by bringing the fatty acids from animal sources.

Ground flaxseed is not as great as pure flaxseed given its refined status however there is still merit in its inclusion.

Natural chicken flavour is like animal digest where it comprises a milieu of chicken bits that may barely resemble chicken in the final product. At least we know the animal source is chicken.

So what do the general public think of Natural Variety’s Prairie Puppy Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Medley? As of writing there were only a few reviews of this product.

Amazon user PDXAmazonGirl writes: ‘It has high quality ingredients, no by-products, and lots of vitamins and minerals for my little guy to develop into a healthy adult. The food has made my dog’s coat super lustrous.’ while Double R USA tends to agree: ‘This is a good food for the pups. No fillers’.

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Review of Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal and Rice

Big Heart Pet Brands is an American pet food producer, distributor and marketer based in San Francisco, California with several brands to their name.

Nature’s Recipe promotes functional and nutritional recipes. Healthy benefits include shiny coat and healthy skin, food that is easy to digest and food that assists with bone density and flexibility.

Nature's RecipeNature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice contains the following main ingredients:

  • lamb meal,
  • ground rice,
  • barley,
  • poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols),
  • dried egg product,
  • oatmeal,
  • potato protein,
  • natural flavour,
  • tomato pomace,
  • flaxseed

Nature's Recipe - Lamb & Rice Meal Puppy FormulaLamb meal is rendered so it is supposed to contain more meat-protein rather than moisture content. Due to the rendering process, however, we do not know for sure what else has been added during the manufacturing process, which is why a more natural protein source is more reliable and trusted.

The organic acid taurine contained in lamb meal can, supposedly, prolong an ill dog’s life.

According to a study ‘Taurine deficiency in dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy: 12 cases (1997-2001) published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: twelve dogs were fed a commercial dry diet containing lamb meal and rice as primary ingredients.

Cardiac function and plasma taurine concentration improved with treatment and taurine supplementation. Seven of the 12 dogs that were still alive at the time of the study were receiving no cardiac medications except taurine’.

At number two on the ingredient list is ground rice. Rice that is refined loses its nutrient potency, unfortunately. This is filler.

Barley is a higher quality cereal grain and offers plenty of fibre.

Poultry fat brings the fatty acids that promote the shiny coat and healthy skin.

Dried egg product is contentious. The AAFCO classification of this ingredient says that a minute percentage could contain ash. This is not the freshest way of adding egg to a recipe and there is a lot of uncertainty regarding its actual composition in the Natural Recipe puppy food.

Oatmeal is more filler and potato protein seems to be added to the list to give the impression that there are protein supplements.

Flaxseed is a high quality source for its oil.

Overall, the ingredient list is an odd mix of high quality and low quality ingredients. Other competitive brands offer better and more potent nutritional combinations however the price of the product might be its saving grace.

Some Amazon users have noticed that their dogs did not respond well to Nature’s Recipe Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice.

Keri Armour slowly introduced ‘[four-month-old pittie, Opie,] to this, mixing with his Purina. He ended up getting horrible diarrhea & gas. Thought hs stomach just had to get used to eat, but it got worse…’.

Other puppies have devoured Nature’s Recipe pet foods. Samuel Maximus says: ‘We have tried several puppy food brands. Samuel Maximus absolutely loves this brand. When we brought this product home Sam smelled it and immediately began to eat it. It did not take him long to finish his bowl with no crumbs remaining’.

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Review of Natural Balance Original Ultra Small Breed Bites

Actor Dick Van Patten founded his own pet food business in 1989 and named it: Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods. The pet food manufacturer’s base of operations is located in Pacoima, Los Angeles, California.

Joey Herrick is the current President of Natural Balance and he claims they have hired top veterinarians and nutritionists to develop their respected brand and formulas.

Natural Balance Pet FoodsWhere Joey once helped stock local pet food retailers with their products, the organisation has grown exponentially and they now sell their wares worldwide.

Natural Balance takes quality control very seriously because they understand that a pet’s health is very important.

As part of their quality assurance program, Natural Balance has a laboratory that tests for nine specific contaminants and toxins like salmonella for example. These test results are available online to promote transparency and to hopefully appeal to consumer confidence in the product.

The dry dog food varieties offered by Natural Balance are balanced for all dog life stages. Our review of Natural Balance Original Ultra Small Breed Bites reveals it contains the following main ingredients:

Natural Balance Small Bites Ultra Premium Dog Food• chicken,
• brown rice,
• lamb meal,
• oatmeal,
• barley,
• potatoes,
• carrots,
• duck meal,
• chicken fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols),
• tomato pomace,
• natural flavour
• canola oil

This particular Natural Balance recipe features smaller-sized kibbles to accommodate smaller breed dogs and puppies. Also, the texture is purposefully manufactured to help promote healthy teeth and gums for dogs.

The primary protein source in Natural Balance Origin Ultra Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula is chicken, which is an excellent primary natural protein source.

Instead of an immediate secondary protein source this recipe jumps straight to an abundance of brown rice, which sounds good for digestion but is not the typical leading ingredient for a natural pet food recipe.

Functional food can be described as food that not only offers nutritional benefits but also helps to prevent disease and promote good health.

According to an article published in The Journal of Nutrition (1998)entitled: ‘Selected Fructooligosaccharide Composition of Pet-Food Ingredients’:

Dietary supplementation of FOS, if proven effective in promoting a more remedial colonic bacterial population and in decreasing fecal odor components, will depend on FOS contribution from pet-food ingredients. … No FOS were detected in … brown rice …

It can be argued that a wholegrain such as brown rice is not the highest grade ingredient for promoting a healthy digestive system however the addition of oatmeal and barley balance the equation.

Potatoes and carrots are good natural fillers while the duck meal and tomato pomace bring the quality of core ingredients down a notch.

Chicken fat and canola oil bring the fatty acids to the mix.

Overall, the ingredients in Natural Balance are actually a decent nutritious and functional balance.

Amazon user Cleo admits ‘The quality is probably as good but just not their favourite’.

There are lots of dogs out there that like CGD’s that ‘…just turn their nose up at …’ the stuff.

Despite the complaints about the taste there are lots of five-star product reviews. LAJayne likes the size of the kibble: ‘My dogs love it but it goes too quickly! The size of the bites is great and easy for my dogs to pick up and chew’ whereas james F. Patton says he: ‘Couldn’t believe all the meat by-products my other dog food had. This made my dog calmer and he has quite a bit of energy’.

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Review of Holistic Select’s Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health

Wellpet LLC is a pet food company founded in 2008 with its headquarters based in America (Tewksbury, Massachusetts). Wellpet LLC has several brands behind its name including Holistic Select.

As the name of the brand implies, Holistic Select has offered healthy and natural pet food products for over a decade. Their philosophy is that total body health begins digestive health everyone, especially pets.

Holistic SelectWhat does Holistic Select do to their recipe to achieve their goal? Holistic Select pet food recipes contain a Unique Digestive Health Support System (digestive enzymes and digestive botanicals as well as pre and probiotics) in addition to vegetables, fruits, proteins, whole grains and omega fatty acids.

How unique this mix actually is though compared to other natural and holistic is something we will investigate.

Holistic Select make the bold statement that your puppy will love their recipe selection. Their guarantee is if you are unsatisfied with the product all you need to do is bring the unused portion, packaging and receipt back to the retailer for a full refund or exchange.

Holistic Select are committed to the highest standards of pet food safety and implement the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program.

’HACCP is referred as the prevention of hazards rather than finished product inspection. The HACCP system can be used at all stages of a food chain, from food production and preparation processes including packaging, distribution, etc.’

Holistic Select offer a variety of formulas to help all kinds of dogs. This article will focus on our review of Holistic Select’s Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health (salmon and anchovy & sardine meal recipe), which is available in 5, 13 and 26 pound bags.

Our review of Holistic Select’s Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health

The main ingredients for Holistic Select’s Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health (salmon and anchovy & sardine meal recipe) include:

Holistic Select Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy/Sardine Meal Recipe

  • salmon,
  • anchovy & sardine meal,
  • potatoes,
  • peas,
  • dried ground potatoes,
  • canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols),
  • menhaden fish meal,
  • tomato pomace,
  • flaxseed,
  • pea fibre
  • pumpkin

True to Holistic Select’s philosophy, the recipe is grain free and offers a strong selection of essential foods. Salmon is the main protein source, which is supported by anchovy and sardine meal.

Instead of grain filler the recipe uses potatoes and peas and instead of using animal fat canola oil is added to the mix to provide the omega 3 fatty acids.

Crude protein weighs in at 28% and crude fibre is a little higher than most brands at 6%.

It has been scientifically proven that this balance of fish and potato is ideal for treating dogs with upset stomachs. The article ‘Food hypersensitivity in 20 dogs with skin and gastrointestinal signs’, published in Journal of Small Animal Practice (2008), discusses the results of a canine allergy experiment that studied the difference between diets and how they affected the health of twenty dogs that presented signs of colitis.

‘… Both cutaneous and gastrointestinal signs resolved when an elimination diet was fed and could be reproduced when the animal was appropriately challenged. Ten dogs were trailed on a home cooked diet of fish and potato …’

Amazon reviews as of writing this are all positive (five-stars!) for Holistic Select’s Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health dry food. Considering the impressive ingredient list the praise is well deserved. Robert Kurek says: ‘This food works wonders on my dog’s digestive system….totally changed things in 2 days (believe it or not) …’

Beth Daye reports: ‘Holistic Select is a wonderful kibble food. I have fed it to my 8.5 year old cairn terrier for 3+ years and she is in terrific condition. I won’t feed anything else’.

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Review of Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is a pet food company with a legacy that dates back to 1939. Doctor Mark L. Morris devised specific nutrition formulas for pets because he theorised that by managing their diet you can manage their health.

Leading by example, Doctor Morris helped a guide dog with kidney issues by formulating a prescription pet food which is known today as Hill’s Prescription Diet.

<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-807" title="Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc." src="http://bestpuppyfoodbrands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hills-logo.jpg" alt="Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc." width="225" height="225" srcset="http://bestpuppyfoodbrands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hills-logo.jpg 225w, http://bestpuppyfoodbrands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/hills-logo-150×150 find out.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px” />Ultimately, Hill’s Pet Nutrition strive to enrich and extend the pet-people bond via healthy food.

Like most ‘innovative’ and ‘forward-thinking’ pet food companies, The Hill’s Pet Nutrition Centre in Topeka, Kansas is a state-of-the-art facility that Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. use to further their nutrition research and veterinarian science.

Hills’s Pet Nutrition pet care products are sold worldwide.

Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development OriginalHill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food is the standard variety. There are also small and large breed puppy food variations available. The bags come in 4.5, 15.5 and 30 pound bags.

Our Review of Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food reveals the main ingredients include:

  • whole grain corn,
  • chicken by-product meal,
  • soybean meal,
  • animal fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid),
  • dried beet pulp,
  • chicken liver flavour,
  • brewers rice,
  • lactic acid,
  • fish oil
  • flaxseed

The lack of a major meat protein source is disconcerting here. The primary core ingredient is whole grain corn which not only rates very highly on the glycaemic index—which can lead to high blood-sugar levels (diabetes)—but it also poses potential allergen issues for breeds that may be susceptible to gluten-related digestive problems.

Chicken by-product meal is not a glorious substitute for chicken either. We have an ambiguous mass of junk that has then gone through an additional stage of processing to render the bits of all moisture. This does not sound very nutritious.

Soybean meal supplements the protein ratio of the recipe.

Journal of Animal Science (vol. 74, 1996) published an article entitled ‘Digestion responses to low oligosaccharide soybean meal by ileally-cannulated dogs’. The experiment results were interesting:

‘We investigated digestion responses to conventional and low oligosaccharide soybean meal (SBM) incorporation into diets for dogs … Total tract digestibility of CP [crude protein] was higher (P < .006) in dogs fed the SBM diets’.

At a glance you may think that soybean meal would assist digestion. Sadly, the soybean meal process leaves the flour-like remnants of the soy beans after the oil has been ground out. The soybean meal is just protein filler.

Animal fat is always welcome when it comes to essential oils however the ingredient list is vague. It is not clear how beneficial ‘animal fat’ is because we do not know which animal the fat comes from.

Dried beet pulp is more filler with only a tenth of its content comprising useful protein.

Brewers rice is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to rice quality because it is just the husks of the grain.

It is good to see fish oil and flax seed on the ingredients list as they make up for the oils missing elsewhere.

Amazon user TexasShopper had trouble feeding Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Health Development Original dry food: ‘Our dog does not like it at all. Had to buy some sprinkles (beef liver) here at Amazon to make our 8-month old, 18 lbs Terrier mix to like it. And even then it takes her a long time to finish a cup of it on a twice a day feeding. She does get a few treats in between so that could be messing it up’.

Dogs without allergies seem to love the stuff as Carlton Davis explains: ‘My puppy eats it, and after several months has not come down with rickets, scurvy, or any other nutritional issues. Seems like a good sign to me’.

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Review of Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food

Eukanuba (pronounced you-ka-noo-ba) is a popular pet food brand marketed worldwide and is currently owned by Procter & Gamble (P&G), which is an American multinational company with its headquarters located in Ohio.

Did you know that the founder, Paul Lams, was inspired by Jazz when he thought about a brand name for his dog food recipe back in 1969? Apparently ‘eukanuba’ in the jazz community is jargon for ‘supreme’, which says a lot about the founder’s confidence in his pet food range.

EukanubaUnlike more generic brands that offer a single puppy food option, Eukanuba claim to take their nutritional science seriously by providing options for specific dog breeds or categorical types.

Eukanuba consult breeders, experts and organisations such as The Kennel Club (group concerned with canine affairs) because they know that one food solution does not necessarily cater to the needs of every puppy out there.

There are three core varieties of Eukanuba dry puppy food: Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food, Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy Food and Eukanuba Puppy Food.

The Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food product comes in 5lb, 20lb and 40lb bags.

The main ingredients are:

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  • chicken,
  • corn meal,
  • chicken by-product meal),
  • ground whole grain sorghum,
  • brewers rice,
  • dried beet pulp,
  • chicken flavour,
  • dried egg product
  • fish oil

A quarter of the product is crude protein where chicken is the primary source. Corn meal at number two is disconcerting, especially considering that it rates very high on the glycaemic index.

A peer-reviewed article in The Journal of Nutrition (2002) entitled ‘The Use of Sorghum and Corn as Alternatives to Rice in Dog Foods’ suggests that:

The nutrient digestibilities of the corn and sorghum diets were lower compared with that of the rice diet.

Therefore it can be argued that ground whole grain sorghum and even brewers rice are inferior alternatives to brown rice if you are to have a grain option in the recipe.

Dried beet pulp is a standard fibre source and while dried egg product sounds like another excellent protein addition, it is difficult to determine how nutritious dried egg product actually is, as the AAFCO definition is fairly loose.

Fish oil, as well as the other fatty acids, is generally good for keeping a puppy’s skin and coat reasonably healthy.

The other puppy food choices are surprisingly very similar in terms of main ingredients although crude protein has a slightly higher ratio (32%) in the small breed mix. The subtle differences, if any, beg the question: is the labelling purely advertising rather than differentiating the nutritional benefits between breeds?

Overall, the ingredient list is average. Pet nutrition according to Eukanuba is simple: make every ingredient count. Sadly, their ingredient mantra is what brings them down. Compared to other competing brands Eukanuba fall short with their combination of grains and by-products.

Be assured though that Eukanuba’s quality assurance seems to be excellent. This quality assurance consists of independent inspections, rigorous testing at every manufacturing stage and dealing with trusted and reputable suppliers that source their main ingredients from America, Europe and New Zealand.

Amazon user liat2768 has a puppy with no digestive issues and ‘ … [the Golden Retriever] has been on it for the two months with us and is growing steadily and well on it’.

Sangwoo Ahn reviewed the small breed mix and says it’s ‘Better than average dry dog food that gets your puppy eating. There IS grain in it. For the price, it’s a decent product’.

As of writing there are no negative reviews of any of the Eukanuba puppy food varieties other than minor shipping issues.

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Review of Dogswell LiveFree Chicken Recipe

<a href="http://www.dogswell.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.dogswell see here now.com/’, ‘Dogswell’]);” target=”_blank”>Dogswell is an American pet food company that prides itself with using natural ingredients for their holistic line of products. Their wet and dry foods are manufactured in America however their treats are processed overseas.

Dogswell LiveFree Chicken Recipe for puppies is all about ultra-low glycaemic goodies and a mix that does not rely on grain and potato for filler.

Dogswell LiveFreeThe gimmick for the Dogswell LiveFree range is their special DigestiBits for dry food recipes. DigestiBits contain pumpkin, eggs, prebiotics, probiotics, fruits and vegetables that are packed with fibre and antioxidants that are meant to keep a canine’s digestive system, for lack of a better phrase, running smoothly.

Our review of Dogswell LiveFree Chicken Recipe for puppies reveals the following main ingredients:

    Dogswell LiveFree Chicken Recipe for Puppies

  • chicken,
  • turkey meal,
  • peas,
  • chicken meal,
  • chickpeas,
  • chicken fat,
  • pea protein,
  • pea starch,
  • natural flavour,
  • dried eggs,
  • salmon meal
  • salmon oil

There is a good variety of core protein sources with both the natural chicken and the rendered turkey and chicken meal that will pack a nice punch of protein to the mix. Crude protein is satisfyingly high at 40%.

No added hormones, processed gluten or artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. Dogswell dog food recipes are also devoid of wheat, corn, soy and flour, which is advantageous because consumers are cautious of foods that may trigger allergies or immune system problems such as coeliac disease.

Dogswell DigestiBits™It is interesting to see the dominance of peas in the ingredient lineup, which is not surprising given it fits the low glycaemic index theme and it also provides vitamin C and is obviously low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Chickpeas, however, are slightly higher on the glycaemic index compared to peas and brings more fibre to the mix.

Natural flavour comes across as a little vague so I question what it actually constitutes.

Dried eggs are a neat natural source of protein and a great method of including vitamins without relying on additives.

The salmon elements bring the obligatory oils necessary for promoting good skin care and a glossy coat.

Although everything looks promising on paper (we really like what we’re seeing), it is difficult to accurately review this product because as of writing this there are no Amazon reviews of the product that offer any insight or experience with Dogswell LiveFree Chicken Recipe for puppies.

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Review of Canidae All Life Stages Formula

Canidae Natural Pet Food Company is a natural pet food manufacturer based in Brownwood, Texas—America. The pet food is made at their Ethos Pet Nutrition Research & Development Centre as well as a plant in Lathrop, California. The pet food is sold both domestically and internationally.

HealthPlus Solutions is Canidae’s unique selling point for their line of dry dog food. The kibble undergoes an additional process post cooking where probiotics, antioxidants and omega 6 & 3 are applied for the usual immune system and coat benefits a consumer would expect to see on the label.

Canidae Natural Pet Food CompanyThe ingredients are what you would expect from a natural holistic food producer too: no corn, wheat, soy, grain fraction or by-products.

As the name of the dry dog food suggests, Canidae All Life Stages Formula is suitable for canines of all ages. The product is available in 5, 15, 30 and 44 pound bags.

Our Review of Canidae All Life Stages Formula reveals a very good natural dry dog food option containing high concentrated protein sources with the following main ingredients:

Canidae All Life Stages

  • chicken meal,
  • turkey meal,
  • lamb meal,
  • brown rice,
  • white rice,
  • rice bran,
  • peas,
  • potatoes,
  • oatmeal,
  • cracked pearled barley
  • chicken fat

The first three main ingredients are concentrated meat protein sources. Chicken, turkey and lamb meal are rendered dry and pack a bigger dose of protein at the expense of moisture and some nutrients that enrich the original source.

Cabidae All Life Stages IngredientsIt is interesting to note that that there are no traditionally natural meat sources. Other brands would feature a natural meat source like beef or chicken as their number one ingredient.

Brown rice and white rice as a full grain rather than being ground or processed is an excellent source of carbohydrates and good for the digestive system.

Canidae All Life Stages Guaranteed AnalysisWhere other brands would opt for a series of different grains and by-products for filler, Canidae’s All Life Stages Formula uses a natural selection of peas and potatoes that offer more carbohydrates which means more energy for dogs to burn off. Cracked pearled barley is also important for good health in general.

You do not see rice bran very often on the label of main ingredients for dry dog food which is a shame. Rice bran rates very low on the glycaemic index which is good and means that it is also low in sodium and cholesterol. When this fibre source is supplemented properly it also provides a little protein.

According to a peer-reviewed article entitled ‘Evaluation of stabilized rice bran as an ingredient in dry extruded dog diets’ (Journal of Animal Science , vol. 82, 2004):

‘Stabilized rice bran is a highly palatable ingredient when included in a dry dog diet, and did not elicit an effect on inflammatory immune mediators in healthy dogs.’

Canidae HealthPlus SolutionsIt is important to remember that there are no super ingredients in dog food. For all intents and purposes exotic ingredients like rice bran is nothing more than a tasty natural addition to the recipe that provides some holistic benefits.

Amazon reviews are mostly positive. Amazon user kmayers had trouble finding the right food as their dog was refusing to eat however now: ‘Let’s just say, she has more energy than all of her doggie friends’.

Ude257 had a lethargic Pug/Beagle for three years and a puppy Labrador and now after the transition and regularly eating Canidae All Life Stages Formula: ‘[the Pug/Beagle has a] crazy shiny coat now, and has ALL KINDS of energy to keep up with the puppy now!’.

There are only 9 one-star Amazon reviews at the time of this review reporting ill dogs as a result of eating the Canidae All Life Stages Formula. Jennifer Rashleigh’s observations are worth noting: ‘I’ve been feeding this to my dog exclusively for several years.

Canidae Daily Feeding GuidelinesIn the past 6-8 months he’s been having lots of problems with vomiting and diarrhea. At times he just wouldn’t eat. I finally found other reviews online from hundreds of people describing the same problems with this food. It never occurred to me it could be his food! I switched to a different brand and the problems have stopped’.

The ingredient list looks too good to be true and should technically be a good pet food choice however as always some dogs will not be able to handle the nutrient-protein overload.

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Review of Blue Buffalo’s Blue Life Protection Formula

The Blue Buffalo Company is an American pet food business based in Wilton, Connecticut and was founded on the principle of caring for family pets in the best possible way by providing healthier edible options.

Bill and his two sons developed pet food that would help their poor Blue overcome health issues. Blue Buffalo’s philosophy is one of ensuring pets live happy and healthy lives. Blue Buffalo Company was officially founded in 2002.

Buy Blue Buffalo Life Protection Online!So what makes Blue Buffalo pet food stand out from the other products on the supermarket shelf? Well, Blue Buffalo have stated that their pet food does not contain chicken or poultry by-product meals, artificial preservatives, flavours and colours.

This statement, specifically concerning zero poultry by-products, has stirred controversy in the media recently where Purina accused Blue Buffalo of false advertising. Blue Buffalo in turn have accused their rival of defamation.

Back to the food. Blue Buffalo do not implement corn, wheat and soy in their pet food recipes because they are also aware of potential allergy issues like coeliac disease that can cause serious health problems for dogs.

Aside from using real chicken, lamb or fish in their recipes—as they understand the nutritional value of a strong protein source—Blue Buffalo pet food contains LifeSource Bits, which is a fancy blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants intended to fortify a pet’s immune system.

These cold-formed LifeSource Bits in the kibble should retain more of the vitamins and nutrients than say other processed foods that may lose their potency due to the manufacturing process of extreme cooking temperatures.

Blue Life Protection Formula (dry puppy food) comes in four different recipes: chicken & brown rice, Lamb & oatmeal, (large breed puppy) chicken & brown rice and (small breed puppy) chicken & oatmeal. Our review of Blue Buffalo’s Blue Life Protection Formula will focus on the chicken & brown rice mix which contains the following main ingredients:

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Rice Small Breed Puppy Formula

  • de-boned chicken,
  • chicken meal,
  • whole ground brown rice,
  • oatmeal,
  • whole ground barley,
  • menhaden fish meal,
  • chicken fat,
  • flax seed
  • and a long list of fruits and vegetables

As de-boned chicken implies, it is the meat minus the bones but still retains the moisture. Chicken meal, however, is the meat with the water content removed and is arguably more concentrated with protein. True to Blue Buffalo’s pet nutrition philosophy there are natural meat protein sources at the top of the ingredient list.

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Rice Large Breed Puppy FormulaEven though chicken meal is rendered chicken the food manufacturer tread a fine line when they make claims that their food does not contain poultry by-products and so on.

The fillers in this recipe are all natural and of high quality with the exception of the brown rice, which we will explain. Notice how the brown rice is listed as ‘whole ground’; at a glance you could mistake that for ‘whole grain’.

Scientific America uploaded an article entitled ‘Whole-grain Foods not always Healthful’ that explains that:

‘ … some processing techniques have been shown to degrade natural antioxidants and reduce fiber content …’

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Lamb and Oatmeal Puppy FormulaWe can safely speculate that the only drawback to using a more refined brown rice substance rather than the whole grain is that it loses a fraction of its nutritional benefit.

To cover the losses from the refined brown rice, though, we have oatmeal, and to a lesser extent whole ground barley, which is generally higher in protein and fibre—excellent for the digestive system—and lower on the carbohydrate calories. Sure, the recipe does not have corn but it does have some grain. Oatmeal is the recommended form of grain to appear on a pet food recipe.

Menhaden fish meal is a great ingredient to see in the mix because it is not only another protein source but it is also nutrient-rich.

Chicken fat and flax seed satisfy the balance where essential oils are required for the healthy skin and shiny coat. Instead of seeing a list of nasty grains and other by-products to pad out the remainder of the recipe Blue Buffalo rely on natural ingredients, which is fantastic.

Amazon product reviews typically reflect negative stories about dogs with frequent and smelly bowel movements when they sample pet food with an abundance of natural ingredients. Adam says his ‘… Siberian Husky did not agree with this food at all’ while AB would agree: ‘The only thing that would warrant a second purchase would be a free gas mask in the bag’.

Blue Buffalo Dry Food for Puppies Despite the negative feedback there are a lot of happy customers out there. Lorraine says she: ‘… got a small bag of Blue Buffalo at the store to try her on it, and she loves it. Plus, no more sick puppy’.

Jeannette Mortimer shares her opinion: ‘My Great Dane has issues keeping weight on and her stomach gets upset very easily. This has been a life saver for her. We tried three higher end foods with her. This is the only one that she loves to eat and actually gains/maintains weight with’.

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Review of Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food

As the brand Wellness implies, this American pet food manufacturer is all about natural food choices for pets. The business has a proud history where a hard tack sea biscuit baked at A. Hubbard and Sons Bakery in Massachusetts prior to 1926 was offered to a dog and the dog loved it. The bakery then geared up for dog food distribution and things changed in 1961 when Jim Scott Senior purchased the company and committed to developing highly nutritious gourmet dog snacks. Formulas were adjusted to a pure natural recipe and by the 1990s Wellness was born. Let’s jump right into our review of Wellness Complete Health Puppy Food.

Shop for Wellness® Complete Health Puppy Food online!Wellness Complete Healthy dry dog food is available in 6lb, 15lb, and 30lb bags.

The Wellness Complete Healthy dry puppy food recipe contains deboned chicken, chicken meal, ground barley, salmon meal, ground brown rice and chicken fat. Instead of any grain by-product or artificial filler there are also tomatoes, carrots and ground flaxseed in the mix. The ingredients mostly comprise a natural range, which is exactly what is being advertised.

Shop for Wellness® Complete Health Small Breed Puppy Food Online!

An article entitled ‘Extraction of proteins from slaughterhouse by-products: Influence of operating conditions on functional properties’ published in Meat Science (August 2008) highlights the protein advantage of using mechanically deboned chicken meat (MDCM) when compared to other by-products:

‘The functional properties of the protein concentrates were compared to those of some commercial ingredients. Proteins from pork lungs and MDCM exhibited better gelling properties than egg white and beef plasma, while beef and pork lungs displayed very good emulsifying properties, similar to Na-caseinates. As the methods developed are easy to scale-up, the use of by-product proteins at industrial scale appears to be an interesting opportunity to obtain added value slaughterhouse by-products.’

Shop for Wellness® Complete Health Large Breed Puppy Food Online!Amazon user Neil adopted a Border Collie with diahorrea issues and as soon as he opened the Wellness dry food ‘… she started chewing on the cut away of the bag; it was obvious she loved the taste’.

Neil gives a rating of 4/5, presumably due to the price of the product that is nearly double compared to competitive brands. After feeding the Border Collie Wellness for quite some time ‘… She would refuse to drink water until I offered her my bottled water; she is now on purified water and wellness dog food and her stool has firmed up, not a single day of irregularity since. Oh, and the resealable seal still seals; down to the last kibble’.

Other Amazon users, however, have had less pleasant things to say and there are a lot of reviews like Krystal’s where ‘I liked that the ingredients list was full of healthy things and had no corn or fillers. My puppy liked the taste. However, I’m rating this a 2 because while on Wellness, he had the runs. His poop was always super wet and mushy and sometimes it would be all liquid…’.

Some breeds maybe more sensitive or lacking something else in their routine that would prevent loose and smelly stool.

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Review of Beneful Puppy Food Wet and Dry

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a corporation with its headquarters based in Missouri, America. This economic superpower acquired Ralston Purina’s animal feed business in 2001, which then merged, by proxy, with Nestlé’s Friskies Petcare. They sell their products worldwide.

There was a recall back in 2007 and there is a current lawsuit between Purina and rival competitor Blue Buffalo where Purina has accused Blue Buffalo of false advertising and Blue Buffalo have accused Purina of defamation. Let’s step aside from the drama and focus on the food.

Beneful

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company has a dog food product line called Beneful with both dry and wet varieties. Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies dry food comes in 3.5lbs, 7lbs, 15.5lbs and 31.1lbs bags.

There is an excellent range of over a dozen wet foods available with exotic flavours such as savoury rice & lamb stew and Mediterranean style medley that come in 10oz tubs.

Purina ensures the quality of its products by tracking ingredients from the plants to the packaged product and by working with suppliers that comply with their strict manufacturing standards.

Our review of Beneful Puppy Food Wet and Dry reveals a long list of by-products and fillers, with the first real meat being at #6:

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  • Ground yellow corn,
  • chicken by-product meal,
  • corn gluten meal,
  • whole wheat flour,
  • animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of vitamin E),
  • chicken,
  • rice flour
  • soy flour

The mention of corn as a primary ingredient is not a good sign. Neither is gluten, flour or any kind of by-product in general. Soy as a plant derivative of protein is not a justifiable substitute for a meat protein source either.

The first hint of real meat is at number six on the list, which is very poor when you compare Beneful products to other dry foods at the supermarket that would normally place chicken or beef at the top.

A peer reviewed article published in Agricultural and Food Science (vol. 13, 2004) entitled ‘Composition, digestibility and nutritive value of cereals for dogs’ confirms that corn is bad for a puppy’s diet:

… The quantity of excreted wet faeces increased and the percentage of dry matter (DM) in faeces decreased when oat groats, barley, wheat or corn were supplemented to the basal diet, in contrast to rice …

Why risk introducing corn to your puppy’s diet when there is a chance that it may trigger coeliac disease? For those unaware, coeliac disease is typically an abnormal reaction to gluten that affects the immune system and can damage the bowels. A healthy and balanced diet is important for protecting our pets.

If the alarm bells are not ringing already, you may want to think twice before purchasing Beneful dry puppy food for your pet.

Beneful Prepared MealsBeef & Chicken Medley with Green Beans, Carrots & Wild Rice contains the following main ingredients:

Beneful Prepared Meals Beef & Chicken Medley

  • Water sufficient for processing,
  • beef,
  • wheat gluten,
  • liver,
  • white rice,
  • green beans,
  • chicken,
  • meat by-products,
  • corn starch-modified,
  • carrots, and
  • wild rice

The packaging for Beneful wet foods sure look appealing, especially with all of those vegetables and meats and rice— so much colour, must be perfect, right? The meal as a whole looks fresh and appetizing, but is it worthy of your puppy’s palate?

So the tub comprises lots of moisture (78%!). Water is great, but where is the value for money? Crude protein weighs in at only 10% so that is where the beef, chicken and the meat by-products come in. There should be a higher concentration of meat/protein for this wet food option to be worthwhile though.

As a standalone meal the Beneful wet food is not very nutritious compared to other wet foods on the market and if you were to feed this stuff to your pet you may want to mix it with dry food or supplement it with raw meat.

There are lots of positive stories where puppies have enjoyed the Beneful selection of wet and dry foods via Amazon. John I. Oines says he has ‘… used this variety of ‘Beneful’ mixed with dry dog food to make it more appetizing. It works for us’.

Fox posted a five-star review: ‘My dog just loves this food and the containers are easy to use. They can also be recycled which is good for the environment’.

Amazon user J. Mullally, however, says the Beneful wet food ‘… is the equivalent of fast food for dogs—literally. Pop the top and there you go. But the ingredients and nutrition are sadly lacking and it contains TWO sources of sweetener.’

OWG is not a fan of Beneful wet food either: ‘A trip to the vet today for skin, urinary and digestive issues have identified the culprit. No more’.

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Review of AvoDerm Premium Puppy Food

First opened in 1947 by Harold Taylor, Breeder’s Choice Pet Food Company is an American food manufacturer that produces a line of natural puppy food under the AvoDerm brand. As the name suggests, AvoDerm uses avocados as a key ingredient to produce puppy food that promotes skin and coat care as well as a diet rich with nutrients for a healthy immune system. The company website pinpoints their success with avocados at around 1982 when a local grower in California had plenty of avocados to sell and asked if Breeder’s Choice could use the delicious fruit in their pet food recipes.AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Puppy Food Breeder’s Choice have since maintained research and have developed innovations in their natural pet food niche to offer what some consumers consider AvoDerm to be a ‘miracle’ product.

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula comes in both canned and bag form. The bags are 15lbs/6.8kg whereas the cans are 13oz/368.5g.

Our review of AvoDerm Premium Puppy Food reveals a healthy list of essential ingredients as well as Avocado in all variants for healthy skin and coat.:

  • chicken meal,
  • ground whole brown rice,
  • AvoDerm® premium dog and cat food formulas are loaded with high quality meat proteins, wholesome grains, antioxidant nutrients plus vitamins and minerals for inside health and California avocados for healthy skin and coat on the outside.

  • ground whole white rice,
  • oatmeal,
  • chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols),
  • rice bran,
  • avocado,
  • tomato pomace (source of lycopene),
  • flax seed (source of omega-3 fatty acid)
  • …and a long list of vitamins and other by-products.

As the name suggests, AvoDerm uses avocados as a key ingredient to produce puppy food…

Due to the rendering process of producing chicken meal it is found to have less moisture and a higher concentration of protein compared to raw chicken, which is ideal for pet consumption. Rice is good helping upset stomachs. Oatmeal lowers blood cholesterol and is a reliable fibre source. Tomato pomace is the leftovers of tomato manufacturing so it mostly contains water and tomato skin.

Buy AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Puppy Food, 13-Ounce Cans, Case of 12!Canned ingredients include chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, salmon, rice, Tuna, peas, carrots, potatoes, flax seed, avocado meal, avocado oil and a list of acids and vitamins. Persin is a toxin that is bad for pets and is found in avocados. AvoDerm’s manufacturing process confirms that persin is not found in the food they produce.

Dr. Art Craigmill, UC Davis, Professor and Extension Specialist in Environmental Toxicology has said that his studies and other research in the United States and Australia have shown that the problem of toxicity is in the leaves and the pit of the Guatemalan variety; the avocado meat of the fruit and oils have not been shown to be toxic. AvoDerm pet products do not utilize any Guatemalan variety avocados, nor do we use any leaves or pits of any variety of avocados for our avocado meal and oil.

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Small Breed Puppy FoodAs AvoDerm is rich in proteins, vitamins and has an abundance of avocado in the mix, Breeder’s Choice recommend a five-day transition before replacing a puppy’s diet exclusively with their product.

For the first two days: feed 20% AvoDerm and 80% of the old brand; for the next two days: feed 50% AvoDerm and 50% of your pet’s old brand; on day five: feed 80% AvoDerm and 20% of the old brand; and on day six you can then feed 100% AvoDerm.

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Low Protein Dog Food: The Truth And The Lies

The Lie About Low Protein Dog Food:

There is a commonly-known myth in the dog food industry about protein content in dog food. The myth claims that high-protein diets are dangerous to dogs and especially dangerous to older dogs and can cause kidney disease or in severe cases, complete kidney failure. This is simply not true.

In one study, the research concluded:

Results do not support the hypothesis that feeding a high protein diet had a significant adverse effect on renal function.[1]

Low Protein Dog FoodIn another study that involved two groups of older dogs, one group was fed a low protein diet while the other group was fed a high protein diet for the following 4 years. The conclusion of the study was:

Results of this study indicated there were no adverse effects from the high protein diet and mortality (death rate) was actually higher in the low protein group.[2]

So the question then remains, does high protein content in dog food diets cause kidney disease? The Veterinary and Aquatic Services Department of Drs. Foster and Smith concluded that the myth that high-protein content dog food is a direct cause for kidney disease is false:

This rumor is false. High protein pet foods are NOT harmful to a normal animal’s kidneys. As an animal’s body digests and metabolizes protein, nitrogen is released as a by-product. The excess nitrogen is excreted by the kidneys. A high protein diet produces more nitrogen by-products and the kidneys simply excrete the nitrogen in the urine. While you may think this would ‘overwork’ the kidneys and lead to possible kidney damage, this is not true. The kidney’s filtering capabilities are so great that even one kidney is sufficient to sustain a normal life. There are many pets – and humans – living perfectly healthy lives with just one kidney.[3]

Then you may still ask why so many veterinarians still believe that a high-protein diet is harmful to older dogs and dangerous to kidney health? Drs. Foster and Smith continues:

The myth that high protein diets are harmful to kidneys probably started because, in the past, patients with kidney disease were commonly placed on low protein (and thus low nitrogen) diets. Now, we often put them on a diet that is not necessarily very low in protein, but contains protein that is more digestible so there are fewer nitrogen by-products. These diet changes are made merely because damaged kidneys may not be able to handle the excess nitrogen efficiently. In pets with existing kidney problems, nitrogen can become too high in the bloodstream, which can harm other tissues.

The Truth…

So why do we need to worry about lower protein diets at all? Drs. Foster and Smith concludes:

Unless your veterinarian has told you your pet has a kidney problem and it is severe enough to adjust the protein intake, you can feed your pet a high protein diet without worrying about ‘damaging’ or ‘stressing’ your pet’s kidneys.

Ok, so do we avoid low protein diets then?

Well, yes, and no. If your dog is living a normal lifestyle and no medical conditions exist that could justify the restriction of his protein intake, you may actually expose him to malnutrition when fed a lower protein diet.

However, according to a study conducted after testing the kidney function, creatinine (a blood marker for kidney function), body condition and survival time of dogs fed a low protein diet (16%) and those fed a normal diet (22.5% protein) shared by Dr. Ken Tudor, this is what was found:

What they found was no significant difference in kidney function, blood creatinine levels or survival time between the two groups. As expected the body condition scores were greater for the normal protein group as they maintained more muscle mass. The main determinant of survival time was the level of kidney dysfunction at the time of diagnosis, not the diet.[4]

The study concluded:

This study also suggests that phosphorus control is more important than dietary protein in kidney patients.

The Bottom Line…

Thus, the bottom line is, if you have a healthy dog with normal kidney function and normal creatinine levels, you will not prolong the life of your dog by feeding him a low protein diet, nor will you cause any damage to your dog’s kidneys by feeding him a high protein diet. In fact, you may expose him to malnutrition if he’s perfectly healthy and you feed him a lower protein diet.

With that said, dogs with existing kidney disfunction may need to be fed a lower protein diet in order to restrict the phosphorus intake, which is essential for kidney patients according to Dr. Jean Hofve:

The real culprit is not protein but phosphorus, which combines with calcium and gets deposited in the kidneys, causing further damage. Meat contains a lot of phosphorus, so the easiest way to restrict phosphorus is to restrict meat protein. Decreasing phosphorus intake (by restricting protein) can help some pets feel better, so it may be worth a try if the symptoms are a problem.[5]

Low protein diets are prescribed by your veterinarian when there are serious medical conditions present which may include:

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Congenital kidney disease
  • Genetic kidney problems
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Kidney failure due to Lyme and other parasite born diseases
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Tendency for urinary stones
Many prescribed low protein diets contain low quality protein sources. The key is to provide your dog suffering from kidney disease with a diet containing high quality protein that is easily digestible.

The Ultimate Guide of Low Protein Diets for Dogs

We’ve put in the hard work for you and sourced the best low protein diets available on the market. This comparison table will make your life a lot easier to order your favorite prescribed low protein diet directly online.

Note: The links in the below table as well as the images throughout the article are our Amazon Associate affiliate links and if you choose to buy any product through one of them, we will earn a small commission for our hard work. Note that this is at no extra cost to you! We sincerely thank you for your ongoing support!

ImageBrand NameTypeFlavorSizesPrice Ave. User Rating
ImageBrand NameTypeFlavorSizesPrice Ave. User Rating
Natural Balance Original Ultra Reduced Calorie Formula Food, 5-Pound Bag Reduced Calorie, DryBrown Rice, Fresh Chicken, Salmon Meal, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Potatoes 5-lb $$5.0 (4)
Nutri Source Weight Management - Chicken & Rice - 18 lbs Weight Management, DryChicken & Rice18-lb $$4.0 (1)
Wellness Dry Dog Food, Adult Small Breed Health Recipe, 12-Pound Bag Complete Health, Small Breed, DryTurkey & Oatmeal12-lb $$4.5 (200)
Wellness Complete Health Senior Recipe, 30-Pound Senior, DryDeboned Chicken & Barley30-lb$$4.5 (59)
Flint River Ranch Senior Plus Dog Food with Glucosamine & Chondroitin 20 lbs Senior, Dryn/a20-lb $$4.4 (5)
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets, Lamb Meal and Brown Rice , 28 Pound Bag Limited Ingredient, All Breeds, All Ages, Dry, DryLamb Meal & Brown Rice28-lb $$4.7 (73)
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food Large Breed, Adult, DryChicken & Brown Rice30-lb$$n/a
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Brown Rice Small Bites Adult Dog Food, 15 lbs. Small Breed, Adult, DryChicken & Brown Rice15-lb $$5.0 (1)
Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Small Breed Senior Dog Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food Small Breed, Senior, DryChicken & Brown Rice6-lb$$n/a
CANIDAE Platinum Formula For Senior And Overweight Dogs Holistic, Senior, DryChicken, Turkey, Lamb, Fish30-lb $$4.5 (71)
Canine Caviar Special Needs Dinner Holistic, Dryn/a33-lb $$4.0 (1)
Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dogs, Lite Lamb and Rice Formula, 30 Pound Bag Adult, DryLite Lamb & Rice30-lb $$3.8 (9)
Natural Balance Dry Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe, 28 Pound Bag Reduced Fat, Dryn/a30-lb $$4.8 (13)
Evolve Senior/Lite Formula Dry Dog Food 30lb Senior, Dryn/a30-lb $$n/a
Fromm Classics Mature Adult Dog Food 33lb Mature Adult, Dryn/a33-lb$$n/a
Holistic Select Weight Management Chicken Meal and Peas Recipe Dry Dog Food, 28-Pound Bag Weight Management, Holistic, DryChicken Meal & Peas28-lb$$4.7 (6)
ARTEMIS 133062 Fresh Mix Weight Management Pet Food, 30-Pound Holistic, Weight Management, DryFresh Mix30-lb$$n/a
AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula Senior Dog Food, 15-Pound Senior, DryChicken Meal & Brown Rice26-lb$$4.5 (23)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Gastro Intestinal Low Fat LF Dry Dog Food 6.6 lb bag Gastro Intestinal Low Fat, Low Fiber, Dryn/a6.6-lb$$5.0 (4)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Potato & Duck (PD) Adult Selected Protein Dry Dog Food 25 lb bag Hypoallergenic, Adult DryPotato & Duck25-lb$$n/a

References

  1. Bovee, KC, Influence of Dietary Protein on Renal Function in Dogs, Waltham International Symposium on Nutrition of Small Companion Animals, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, on September 4–8, 1990
  2. Finco DR, Brown SA, Crowell WA, et al, Effects of aging and dietary protein intake on uninephrectomized geriatric dogs, Am J Vet Res 1994; 55:1282
  3. Are high protein diets harmful to a dog’s kidneys? by Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
  4. Dietary Protein and Kidney Disease by Dr. Ken Tudor
  5. Kidney Disease in Cats and Dogs by Dr. Jean Hofve

Orijen Dog Food: An In-Depth Review of Puppy and Adult Kibble

The Company

Founded and owned since more than a quarter of a century ago by the same company responsible for the 5-star rated Acana product line of dog foods we recently reviewed called Champion Petfoods, Orijen Dog Food boasts its own comprehensive line of Biologically Appropriate™ foods and treats providing the ultimate experience for dogs and the people that love them.

Orijen Puppy and Adult Dog FoodOrijen focuses on ingredients that are sustainably raised within their region by people they know and trust, being delivered fresh each day to their doorstep in Alberta, Canada. The Orijen product line of dog foods is trusted by dog lovers all over the world and is certified to meet every international safety standard.

When Orijen say “fresh” they really mean fresh. All their ingredients are delivered right to the doorsteps of their award-winning kitchens within one day of harvesting. Fish products caught in the cold Pacific or the Northern Pacific lakes is kept on ice and delivered within one day of being caught. Roblox HackBigo Live Beans HackYUGIOH DUEL LINKS HACKPokemon Duel HackRoblox HackPixel Gun 3d HackGrowtopia HackClash Royale Hackmy cafe recipes stories hackMobile Legends HackMobile Strike Hack

Our Mission is clear and strong: We make Biologically Appropriate™ Pet Foods from fresh regional ingredients.

Unlike many other pet food brands which are owned by marketing companies and merely distributed by themselves, Orijen prides in their award-winning kitchens that have been serving the worldwide pet food market for more than a quarter century.

The Orijen Dog Food Product Line

Orijen currently produces 6 variants of dog foods, serving the needs of any breed or nutritional requirement. Each Orijen product is a Biologically Appropriate™ revolution, Orijen Whole Prey™ food that incorporates richly nourishing meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that truly mirror the natural diet, dramatically reducing the need for synthetic ingredients.

Table of Contents:

Orijen Puppy
Orijen Puppy Large
Orijen Six Fish
Orijen Adult
Orijen Regional Red
Orijen Senior

Orijen Puppy

Orijen PuppyOrijen prides in delivering a symphony of cage-free chicken and turkey, nest-laid eggs, and wild-caught walleye and herring — all raised or fished within their region and delivered to their kitchens fresh on a daily basis.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

  • Cage-free chicken
  • Cage-free turkey
  • Pacific salmon
  • Northern walleye
  • Nest-laid eggs
  • Fruits & vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, boneless turkey*, turkey meal, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon*, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, chicken fat, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pea fiber, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, brown kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

Our Production and Quality Assurance Teams apply strict and rigorous standards.

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

Orijen Puppy Large

Orijen Puppy LargeLarge breed puppies possess a biological need for a diet rich in whole meats (protein source), with calories and minerals appropriate to their sensitive development and growth.

Loaded with cage-free chicken and turkey, nest-laid eggs and wild-caught fish, Orijen Puppy Large contains both appropriate levels of calories and minerals distributed to support the optimum growth and development of large breed puppies.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

  • Cage-free chicken
  • Our promise is simple: If you or your pet is dissatisfied with any ORIJEN product, simply return the original package and unused portion to the pet shop where you made the original purchase for a full refund.

  • Cage-free turkey
  • Pacific salmon
  • Northern walleye
  • Nest-laid eggs
  • Fruits & vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, boneless turkey*, turkey meal, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon*, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, chicken liver oil, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pea fiber, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

Orijen Six Fish

Orijen Six FishOrijen, or rather Champion Petfoods, is surrounded by the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans as well as the Northern Canada freshwater lakes which place it in the perfect geographic location to source its fresh saltwater and freshwater fish on a daily basis – a sure contributor to the company’s Biologically Appropriate™ foods from fresh regional ingredients concept.

Manufactured with Canada’s best fresh fish, fruits and berries at their own award-winning kitchens, Orijen Six Fish is a healthy variant that promises to keep your dog healthy and happy with optimal nutrition.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

Our fresh regional ingredients truly meet the AAFCO definition for ‘fresh’, where refrigeration is their only form of preservation — no chemicals, no heat, no freezing!

  • Pacific Salmon
  • Flounder
  • Northern Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Lake Whitefish
  • Herring
  • Fruits & vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Whole salmon*, whole herring*, salmon meal, herring meal, Pollock meal, whole flounder*, boneless walleye*, boneless northern pike*, boneless lake whitefish*, salmon oil, herring oil, chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils, green peas, pea fiber, canola oil, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp*, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

Orijen Adult Dog

Orijen Adult DogFeaturing free-run chicken and turkey, Orijen’s Adult Dog Food is loaded with richly-nourishing meat (80%) to maintain lean muscle mass, ORIJEN’s award-winning low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic formula supports healthy blood sugars and peak conditioning in all dogs of all breeds and lifestyles.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

  • Cage-free Chicken
  • Cage-free Turkey
  • Herring
  • Northern Walleye
  • In today’s world of multinationals and marketing puffery, our world-wide reputation as maker of Canada’s Best Petfoods stands apart.

  • Nest-laid Eggs
  • Fruits & Vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, boneless turkey*, turkey meal, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon*, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, chicken liver oil, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pea fiber, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

Orijen Regional Red

Orijen Regional RedOrijen Regional Red replicates the diversity and balance of fresh meats, fruits and berries that dogs would encounter in their natural environment, and for which they are evolved to eat. Orijen Regional Red features unmatched inclusions of Black Angus beef, wild boar, Alberta lamb, heritage pork and bison — all ranch-raised on local ranches and farms, passed fit for human consumption, delivered to their kitchens fresh on a daily basis.

award-winning low-glycemic formula reduces unwanted carbohydrates and supports healthy blood sugar levels to promote peak health and body conditioning.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

We DON’T make foods for other companies, and we DON’T allow our foods to be made anywhere else. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We believe you wouldn’t either.

  • Black Angus Beef
  • Wild Boar
  • Alberta Lamb
  • Ranch-raised Bison
  • Fruits & Vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Boneless Angus beef*, boneless wild boar*, boneless lamb*, beef liver*, boneless pork*, pork liver*, whole herring*, lamb liver*, beef meal, lamb meal, herring meal, salmon meal, Pollock meal, beef tripe*, bison*, lamb fat, whole egg*, red lentils, chickpeas, green peas, yellow peas, green lentils, herring oil, pea fibre, yams*, sun-cured alfalfa, pumpkin, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

Orijen Senior

Orijen Senior DogLoaded with fresh cage-free chicken and turkey, nest-laid eggs and wild-caught fish, Orijen Senior is filled with goodness to support lean muscle and peak health in senior dogs of all breeds.

Authentic regional ingredients are sourced from the following:

  • Cage-free Chicken
  • Cage-free Turkey
  • Pacific Salmon
  • Northern Walleye
  • Nest-laid Eggs
  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

INGREDIENTS

Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, turkey meal, boneless turkey*, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, pea fiber, chicken liver oil, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.

*Fresh and Preservative-free

Unlike conventional pet foods, we focus on ingredients that are delivered fresh from our region each day. That means they’re not processed, dried, or powdered.

SUPPLEMENTS

Vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast.

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The Ultimate Guide of Orijen Food for Puppies, Adult and Senior Dogs

With six variants of the Orijen brand, each tailored to meet specific nutritional requirements or flavor, you can be sure that you’ll find something that fits your dog’s liking. Below we have put together the current top-selling variants of Orijen food on Amazon.com that simplifies the process for you to make an informed choice.

Note: The links in the below table as well as the images throughout the article are our Amazon Associate affiliate links and if you choose to buy any product through one of them, we will earn a small commission for our hard work. Note that this is at no extra cost to you! We sincerely thank you for your ongoing support!

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Orijen Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food 28.6-lb bag Puppy, All Breeds, Grain-free, GMO-free, Dry Chicken & Turkey, Nest-laid Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables 28.6-lb $$ 5.0 (6)
Orijen Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food 28.6-lb Large Breed Puppy, Grain-Free, GMO-free, Dry Chicken & Turkey, Fish, Nest-laid Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables 28.6-lb $$ 4.6 (8)
Orijen Six Fish Dog Food 28.6-lb All Breeds, All Ages, Grain-free, GMO-free, Dry Six Fish 28.6-lb $$ 5.0 (2)
Orijen Adult Dog Food – Orijen Adult Dog Food 28.6-lb All Breeds, Adult, Grain-Free, GMO-free, Dry Chicken & Turkey, Fish, Nest-laid Eggs, Fruits & Vegetables 28.6-lb $$ N/A
Orijen Regional Red – 28.6-lb All Breeds, All Ages, Grain-free, GMO-free, Dry Black Angus Beef, Wild Boar, Alberta Lamb, Ranch-raised Bison, Fruits & Vegetables 28.6-lb $$ 5.0 (3)
Orijen Senior 29.7-lb All Breeds, Senior, Grain-free, GMO-free, Dry Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, Walleye, Nest-laid Eggs, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables 29.7-lb $$ 4.5 (2)

Our Rating of Orijen

Complete freshness guaranteed, natural products, real meats, no growth hormones used during the ranching process, no added preservatives or water – as close to as nature intended as you can get, we simply can’t give this food a lower rating than our full, well-deserved 5 stars. HIGHLY recommended for all breeds and life stages…

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Acana Dog Food: Review of the Brand

Dogs truly are humanity’s best friend. No other domesticated animal is more suited to live with humans and are considered part of the family by most pet owners across the globe.

Your canine companion gives you so much joy, comfort, love and laughter that you want to give them the best life possible. Keeping your dog healthy starts with his diet and can make a huge difference in his or her quality of life with you.

As a life-long dog owner I believe I have found the best food to nourish your “best friend” from his first year as a puppy to his last years as a senior. The Acana brand dog food has a dry food line to nourish any breed, any size at any age. This Acana dog food review will provide you with the information you need to choose the best food for your dog.

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Hypoallergenic Dog Food

Dogs can develop food allergies just like people. If your dog seems to be excessively scratching, develops bad gas, regularly vomits after eating, or has loose stools, he is probably allergic to something in his food. Using a hypoallergenic dog food like Acana can prevent your dog from developing and allergy and remain healthy and active with fewer digestive, teeth, or joint issues.

Read our review of Hypoallergenic Dog Foods

Biologically Appropriate

The term biologically appropriate used to describe Acana’s dog food line simply means the food ingredients they use in their products are similar to what the wild ancestors of dogs ate as they evolved. Domesticated dogs have evolved to digest carbohydrates, unlike their wild cousins, but the mainstay of their diet has always has been, and always should be, high quality protein.

High Quality Protein, No Preservatives

Acana dog foods provide the freshest protein sourced from local ranches in Alberta, Canada where it is produced. You will not find ingredients like meat by-product, which means the lowest quality protein, in a Acana product. They use only free range chicken, beef, lamb, bison, duck or wild-caught fish like Pacific salmon or herring, pike and walleye.

The meat is delivered to Acana for processing into dry dog food fresh, not frozen and has no preservatives which is a leading cause of food allergies in dogs. Never feed your dog with anything that has the preservatives BHT, BHA or ethoxyquin.

Fish is a high quality protein that is the least likely to cause an allergic reaction in your dog. Acana’s Provincial Pacifica Grain Free food is made from wild caught fresh Pacific salmon, flounder and herring. Since dogs can develop a gluten intolerance, grain-free ensures they can easily digest it.

One unusual protein source you won’t find in many dog foods is free-range duck blended with fresh bartlett pears and Alberta oats, a low glycemic (won’t spike blood sugar) hypoallergenic grain. The Acana Duck And Bartlett Pear flavor from Acana’s dry dog food line is particularly good for dogs that have sensitive stomachs, or a breed that is more prone to allergies like Dalmatians, Boxers and German Shepherds, for example.

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The Acana Line of Dry Dog Foods

Acana offers 16 varieties of dry food divided up in 3 categories, namely classics, regionals and singles, to suit any dog’s palate and health needs. The entire dry dog food line offers:

  • high quality protein sources like fresh beef, bison, chicken, lamb, fish and duck from animals that are not treated with growth hormones or antibiotics
  • food for all stages of life and all breeds of dogs, with adult and non-GMO options
  • only fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains blended in to be more easily digested

Since no fillers or preservatives are used and there are formulas that do not have wheat or corn, common allergens, you can find the right one for your pet. We have included a handy guide that lists all the varieties of Acana dry dog food for you.

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Acana Wild Prairie Dry Dog Food (5lb - New Formula) All Life Stages, DryWild Prairie$$4.5 (11)
Acana Ranchlands Acana Ranchlands Dry Dog Food (5lb - New Formula) All Breeds, Grain-Free, DryVarious$$4.8 (13)
Acana Chicken & Burbank Potato - 5 lb Adult, DryChicken & Burbank Potato$$4.5 (6)
Acana Pacifica Dry Dog Food, 5 Lbs, Grain-Free, High Protein All Breeds, All Life Stages, Grain-Free, DrySeafood$$5.0 (4)
Acana Lamb and Okanagan Apple Acana Lamb & Okanagan Apple Dry Dog Food 4.4lb Limited Ingredient, All Breeds, All Life Stages, GMO-Free, DryLamb & Okanagan Apple$$N/A
Acana Grasslands - Dog - 5 b All Breeds, All Life Stages, Grain-Free, DryGrasslands$$4.8 (5)
Acana Wild Prairie Dog Food Acana Wild Prairie Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, 5.5lb All Breeds, All Life Stages, Grain-Free, DryWild Prairie$$4.5 (4)
Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear - 5 lb Limited Ingredients, Duck & Bartlett Pear$$4.9 (7)
Acana Grain-free Dog Food Variety 4 Pk Trail Size 400 Grams Each (Wild Prairie, Grasslands, Pacifica, Ranchlands) All Breeds, All Life Stages, Grain-Free, DryWild Prairie, Grasslands, Pacifica, Ranchlands Food Variety 4 PK Trial Size$$N/A

Give Your Best Friend The Best

You will find Acana brand at the top of almost all lists of recommended diets for dogs, especially those with allergies or food intolerances to gluten or dairy.

Amazon reviews of Acana dry dog food are four and five stars with comments from reviewers about how it has made their dog’s coat shiny and thick, has eased stomach issues and produced solid healthy stools. This means your pet is getting more nutrients from his food, which won’t be the case with lower quality proteins (meat by-products) and fillers like corn or wheat.

Investing in high quality food like Acana for you dog will give him a better overall quality of life with fewer vet visits and more energy to enrich your life with his loving companionship.

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Holistic Dog Food: Everything There Is To Know

What is Holistic Dog Food?

Proper nutrition for your puppy or dog consists of a proper ratio of protein, fats and carbohydrates and carefully monitoring his intake of vitamins and minerals. All natural dog food ensures your puppy or dog gets the correct nutrition for optimal health, without consuming by-products that contain dangerous additives and preservatives.

Holistic Dog FoodHolistic food brands or also referred to as organic dog food is made using only human grade whole foods that contain real hormone-free meat and are free of the dangerous additives and preservatives that other standard commercial food types contain. Holistic foods also include omega fatty acids, whole grains, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics and crucial digestive enzymes. “Organic” is used when a food is grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides. “Holistic” is used to describe something as a whole or a complete product. Holistic diets contain ingredients that each contribute to the dog’s health in a different way and together they form a recipe that works together as a whole. An ingredient like sweet potato is used for its fiber quality as well of its dental health benefits. It is often complimented with a meat such as lamb or bison.

What are the Benefits of a Holistic Diet for Dogs?

Foods that are free from unnatural hormones and other by-products ensure that your dog stays healthy by getting the required daily nutrition his body needs for optimal health – effective growth and healthy bones, teeth, organs and coat. It is believed that holistic diets can even be used to alleviate certain types of chronic conditions. Soon after switching to a holistic diet you should begin noticing more regular bowel movements as well as improvements in the appearance and texture of his coat as well as an increase in his energy levels.

What is the Difference between Holistic and Standard Dog Food Types?

Normal commercial dog food brands are usually made using meal instead of meat to save on production costs. These cheap alternatives contain ingredients sourced from internal organs, necks, feet, backs, innards, chicken beaks and other non-digestible body parts. This is also the reason why holistic diets are quite a bit more expense than standard commercial dog food types as they contain real meat and other whole foods of human grade that are free from corn, soybean and wheat fillers which can all cause certain allergic reactions and make your dog sick. Holistic diets do not rely on chemical additives or artificial preservatives to extend shelf-life.

Common Ingredients of Holistic Diets

Below is a table of ingredients commonly found in Holistic diets, used in a combination of these of course.

Important Note: According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), garlic contains compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells if ingested in sufficient quantities. Please ensure that no food you feed to your dog does contain excess amounts of garlic, in order to be safe.

Fruits & VeggiesEnzymes & HerbsPrebiotics & ProbioticsFiber & GrainsProteinFats & OilsVitamins & Minerals
Fruits & VeggiesEnzymes & HerbsPrebiotics & ProbioticsFiber & GrainsProteinFats & OilsVitamins & Minerals
AlfalfaAlpha-AmylacePrebioticsBarleyAnchovy & Sardine MealTurkeyAscorbic Acid
ApplesBotanicalsProbioticsBrewers Dried YeastBeefCanola OilBeta–Carotene
Beet PulpCellulaceBeet PulpFlaxseedChicken LiverChicken FatBiotin
BlueberriesCinnamonEnterococcus FaeciumGround Brown & White RiceChicken MealMenhaden Fish OilCalcium Iodate
CarrotsFennelInulinInulinDried Egg ProductSalmon OilCarrageenan Gum
CranberriesPapayaLactobacillus CaseiOat FiberDuckCholine Chloride
Cranberry PowderPeppermintLive MicroorganismsOatmealDuck MealCopper Proteinate
GarlicProteaseOrganic QuinoaLambD–calcium Pantothenate
KelpRosemary ExtractPapayaLamb MealDHA
PapayaYucca Schidigera ExtractPumpkinMeat MealFerrous Sulfate
PeasTomato PomacePork MealGarlic
PomegranateSalmon MealGlucosamine Hydrocholride
PotatoesGuar Gum
PumpkinKelp
Tomato PomaceL–Carnitine
Manganese Proteinate/Manganese Sulfate
Mixed Tocopherols
Potassium Chloride
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
Riboflavin Supplement
Salt
Sodium Serenite
Taurine
Thiamin Mononitrate
Vitamin A (Acetate) & Vitamin D-3
Vitamin B12 Supplement
Vitamin E Supplement

The Ultimate Guide of Holistic Diets for Dogs

Finding the right holistic diet to feed your puppy or dog can be overwhelming as there are many to choose from, each with its own flavor and they all come at a different price. We have put together this ultimate guide, a non-stop shop of the current best-selling and most popular holistic diets for dogs from a variety of the top dog food manufacturers sold on Amazon.com.

Please note that should you decide to buy any of these dog foods through one of our links, we will earn a small commission which comes at no extra cost to you. We thank you for your continued support!

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Holistic Select Small and Mini Breed Adult Health Dry Dog Food, 6-Pound Bag Small & Mini breed Adult, DryUnknown6-lb $$4.6 (17)
Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Adult Chicken Meal, 30-Pound Bag Large & Giant Breed Adult, DryChicken Meal & Oatmeal30-lb $$4.7 (28)
Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Puppy Health Lamb and Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag Large & Giant Breed Puppy, DryLamb & Oatmeal30-lb $$4.7 (29)
Holistic Select Vitalize Senior Chicken Meal and Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag Senior, DryChicken Meal & Rice28-lb$$4.4 (19)
Holistic Select Weight Management Chicken Meal and Peas Recipe Dry Dog Food, 28-Pound Bag Weight Management, DryChicken Meal & Peas28-lb $$4.7 (6)
Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain-Free Natural Dog FoodGrain-Free, DryTurkey Meal, Chicken Meal or Whitefish Meal28-lb $$4.3 (116)
Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, Senior Formula for Dogs, 30-Pound Bag Senoir, DryChicken, Pork & Fish (combined)30-lb$$4.4 (19)
Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, 28-Pound Bag Grain-Free, DrySalmon, Herring & Whitefish (combined)28-lb $$4.5 (62)
Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, 28-Pound Bag Grain-Free, DryBison Meal28-lb$$4.6 (53)
Holistic Select Canned Dog Food, Lamb Recipe, 13-Ounce Cans, 12-Pack CannedBeef, Lamb or Seafood12 x 13-Ounce $$4.4 (14)
Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine Formula Dry Dog Food, 16.5-Pound Bag DryVegetable16.5-lb $$4.9 (11)
Pinnacle Holistic Duck and Potato Formula Dog Food, 30-Pound DryDuck & Potato30-lb $$4.8 (29)
Holistic Select Nourish Puppy Anchovy and Sardine Meal Dry Dog Food, 15-Pound Bag Puppy, DryChicken Meal, Seafood15-lb $$4.9 (9)
*Wellness CORE Original Formula Dry Dog, 26-Pound Bag Grain-Free, DryOriginal26-lb $$4.7 (255)
Addiction Holistic Dry Dog Food - Wild Kangaroo & Apples Entree - 15 Pounds DryWild Kangaroo & Apples15-lb$$4.9 (7)
**Merrick Grain Free 25-Pound Real Buffalo and Sweet Potato Dog Food, 1 Bag Grain-Free, DryBuffalo & Sweet Potato25-lb$$4.7 (106)
***Natural Balance Dry Dog Food, Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Venison and Sweet Potato Recipe, 28 Pound Bag Grain-Free, limited Ingredient, DryVenison & Sweet Potato28-lb$$4.5 (119)

* Although they do not specifically advertise “Holistic” on their packaging, Wellness Pet Foods prides being a leader in Holistic diet nutrition. They have quite an extensive range of diets on the market for any breed or life stage.
** Merrick Pet Care doesn’t advertise “Holistic” on their packaging either, but they make 5-star promises that their ingredients are all natural and sourced locally for complete freshness, containing no by-products but include real meats, healthy fats, vegetables, fruits and whole-grains. Merrick also has an extensive product line you can try out with absolute safety.
*** Natural Balance doesn’t advertise “Holistic” on their packaging either, but they pride themselves in the extensive testing each product goes through before being regarded as safe and of high quality. They boost another extensive range of healthy foods on the market.

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Best Hypoallergenic Dog Food: Limited Ingredient Defined

Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear - 28.6 lbBefore we look at the best hypoallergenic dog food available on the market, you need to understand what exactly hypoallergenic dog food is.

According to Wikipedia the term Hypoallergenic means “below normal” or “slightly” allergenic and is a term used to describe certain items (that may include dog food ingredients) which are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Hypoallergenic dog food are foods designed and formulated with “below normal” ingredients, also referred to as novel ingredients which the dog very likely may not have been exposed to in the past to cause an allergic reaction.

A term often used among certain dog breeders is Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds, but prominent allergen researchers have claimed that there is no basis to the claims that there are certain hypoallergenic dog breeds.

Though allergen levels between various dog breeds vary, there is no specific connection to the specific breed.

Hypoallergenic Hydrolyzed Protein Dog Food

Royal Canin HP Hypoallergenic Hydrolyzed Protein Dog FoodAccording to a review of 278 cases of canine food allergies (source unknown), 13 dogs were determined to be allergic to lamb, which is 5% in total.

This may not sound too serious, but put into context, only 7 (2.5%) dogs were determined to have an allergic reaction to corn and pork, only 6 (2.2%) to fish and only 5 (1.8%) to rice.

Amazingly, 95 dogs were allergic to beef. That is a whopping 34.2%!

Veterinarians now recommend that dog food diets containing large amounts of beef or lamb rather not be fed to potentially food-allergic dogs but that a limited ingredients diet rather be sourced.

These types of food contain other protein and carbohydrate sources not commonly known, such as duck, venison and sweet potato. These specially formulated dog food types are also commonly known as Hypoallergenic Hydrolyzed Protein dog food.

This simply means that the protein contents of the food is split into such tiny bits, that the dog’s immune system does barely recognize an allergic threat.

The types of carbohydrate sources and other ingredients within these types of hypoallergenic dog food brands are very unlikely to cause any allergic reactions.

Grains & Carbohydrates

Wheat and corn are grains which can often cause allergic reactions in dogs. Grains are cheap sources of carbohydrate that companies include in food types and unfortunately these are also difficult to digest for dogs and puppies.

Specifically formulated dog foods identifiable by “Grain-Free” for allergies contain vegetable- and fruit sources for carbohydrate instead, which is without a doubt a much better option.

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The #1 Guide of the Best Hypoallergenic Dog Food

Protein in dog food is needed – no getting around. Although this specially formulated food type’s protein source is limited and the carbohydrate content grain-free, it can not be pre-determined which source is causing your dog’s allergic reaction with absolute certainty, without narrowing it down to the culprit.

Hypoallergenic Dog Feeling Sick

Are you sure your pooch isn’t allergic to his current food?

The only way to achieve this is to pick a brand and try it out. Your dog may only have an allergic reaction to one of these sources, which means he is safe to use all the others on a long term basis.

Below we have put together the ultimate guide of what we regard as the top 30, most recommended by veterinary- and nutritional experts, Hypoallergenic limited ingredient, grain-free and hydrolyzed protein dog food formulas on the market.

Picking one of these and trying it out with extreme caution and guidance by your local veterinarian could absolutely help you to narrow down what exact ingredient it is that your dog is allergic to.

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Acana Duck & Bartlett Pear - 28.6 lbAcana Duck & Bartlett Pear - 28.6 lbLimited Ingredient, Dry28.6-lb $$Read our Full, In-Depth Review!

***Recommended
Holistic Select  Adult Health Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal Recipe, 30-Pound BagHolistic Select Adult Health Dry Dog Food, Lamb Meal Recipe, 30-Pound BagSingle Protein Source, Adult, Dry30-lb$$4.7 (176)
Wellness Simple Lamb and Oatmeal Formula, 26-Pound Bag Wellness Simple Lamb and Oatmeal Formula, 26-Pound BagGrain-Free, Limited Ingredient, Dry26-lb$$4.2 (38)
Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein Hypoallergenic Dog Food (25.3 lb) Royal Canin Hydrolyzed Protein Hypoallergenic Dog Food (25.3 lb) Hydrolyzed Protein, Limited Ingredient, Dry25.3-lb$$5.0 (2)
Wellness Simple Salmon and Potato Formula, 24-Pound BagWellness Simple Salmon and Potato Formula, 24-Pound BagGrain-Free, Limited Ingredient, Dry24-lb$$4.7 (59)

 

Healthy Dog Eating Healthy Food

A healthy dog is a happy dog

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The Best Hypoallergenic Dog Treats

Dog treats are common supplements to normal wet and dry dog food. See it like dessert for dogs if you will – we all like to spoil our pooches with a nice treat every now and again, especially during training.

But what do you do with dogs prone to common allergies? You can’t give them normal “ice cream and chocolate sauce”, right?

Well, fortunately some pet food manufacturers have thought about this and developed specially formulated hypoallergenic dog treats for dogs of all breeds and sizes having allergic reactions to most other foods.

Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Hypo-Treats

Key Benefits

Hill's Prescription Diet Hypo-Treats

  • Hydrolyzed protein sources to alleviate adverse reactions to food
  • Increased omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, including EPA, help to nourish the skin and coat (decreases itching and scratching)
  • Added antioxidants to help support skin barrier function

Con’s

  • The treat itself is a little large for smaller dog breeds to grab and chew at one grab. However, being easily broken into smaller pieces, this means you don’t have to give a whole treat all at once but break into multiple smaller treats, making your supply last a little longer.

Why we highly recommend this brand: Although Hill’s Prescription Diet Hypo-Treats are perfect for dogs with but not limited to inflammatory issues, it is available without prescription even directly from online stores such Amazon.

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Purina Veterinary Diets Gentle Snackers Dog Treats (8 oz)

Key Benefits

Purina Veterinary Diets Gentle Snackers Dog Treats (8 oz)

  • Low molecular weight
  • Single hydrolyzed protein source
  • Easily digested
  • Exceptionally palatable

Con’s

  • In general, corn is considered to be a rather unfavored filler ingredient of some cheaper dog food brands. However, you need to understand that this specifically formulated hypoallergenic dog treat is designed for dogs suffering from protein allergies and allergic reactions towards meat in particular. In this case, corn is the perfect ingredient to supplement all other ingredients.

Why we highly recommend this brand: Other than the fact that 44 out of the 52 reviews on Amazon for the Purina Gentle Snackers Treats are full-blown 5 stars with overwhelmingly positive feedback from owners of dogs with all kinds of conditions and allergies, it is also highly endorsed by most veterinarians.

If nothing else, it just adds that little extra peace of mind that your pooch is well looked after with this treat.

Buy your supply of Purina Veterinary Diets Gentle Snackers Dog Treats directly from Amazon.

References

  • Dr. Jennifer Coates, PetMD
  • Wikipedia.org
  • The Daily Puppy

Best Large Breed Puppy Food: An In-Depth Look

What exactly is food for large breed puppies?

FACT: Different breeds of puppies have different nutritional requirements. Unfortunately, large breed puppies are predisposed to developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD) like osteochondritis dissecans and hip chicagobearsjerseyspop and elbow dysplasia. Breeding that includes human intervention (through feeding various food types) for increased size is dangerous as these puppies are forced into an unnaturally rapid rate of growth, which pushes the ability of Dog the skeletal system to mature over its normal limits.

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Best Large Breed Puppy FoodIt is simple: Puppies need to mature naturally into adult stage and the number one goal with feeding larger breed puppy foods is to avoid overfeeding, which creates an imbalance of the puppy’s natural growth cycle. The main culprits when it comes to over-feeding and -nutrition are calories and minerals. By restricting a Medical puppy’s caloric intake, we are able to slow down his rate of growth. The puppy will still get to his normal adult size; it just means it will take him a with little longer to get there. Large breed food types achieve this restriction by containing reduced fat content and since fat content is the most calorie-dense category in puppy food, they have a lower calorie count.

Although there are different beliefs between different nutritionists and animal health care providers as to what the right amount of fat content within puppy food is, it is generally known that foods designed for larger breed puppies have a fat content of between 8% and 12% on a dry matter basis while standard puppy foods often contain between 10% and 25% fat. However, all restrictions of the larger breed food types can be completely undone if the puppy eats too much of it at a time.

Getting too Beijing much Calcium and having food types with a high Calcium to Phosphorus ratio also increases the puppy’s risk of developing DOD’s. Foods for large breed puppies typically contain less Calcium than “normal” puppy food brands Фонарь do and they also ensure that the Calcium to Phosphorus ratio is kept within reasonable limits.

The following table is fairly typical regarding these ratios:

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0.7 – 1.7 0.7 – 1.2
Phosphorus (P)
(% dry matter)
0.6 – 1.3 0.6 – 1.1
Ca:P ratio 1:1 – 1.8:1 1:1 – 1.5:1

Ultimate Guide of the Best Large Breed Puppy Food

Yes, it’s no secret. There are literally hundreds of dog food manufacturers out there and each have their own line of diets tailored to specific life stages and nutritional needs. Finding a suitable food type to feed your large breed puppy is tough. We’ve created a guide to assist you with the process in choosing the one best suited for your needs. Below is a comparison table of the top 5 food brands designed for large breed puppies on Amazon.com.

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Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed Puppy Health Lamb and Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag Large Breed
Giant Breed
Holistic
30 lb $$ 4.7 (29)
Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy Dry Food, Chicken and Rice Recipe, 30-Pound Bag Large Breed 30 lb $$ 4.3 (43)
Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Large Breed Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag Large Breed 30 lb $$ 4.6 (29)
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Orijen Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food 28.6 Lb. Large Breed 28.6 lb $$ 4.6 (8)

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How Much to Feed a Large Breed Puppy

It is generally agreed between veterinarian nutritionists that puppies can be moved to adult dog food between 6 and 10 months of age, depending on the breed, size, and current physical development.

Several factors play a role in knowing how much to feed a puppy that include the puppy’s age, current weight, anticipated adult weight, her breed, the environment she’s in (including the climate), and her activity level.

Puppies tend to eat much more for their weight than adult dogs do because of their increased amounts of calorie requirements according to their is growth and energy consumption. Strangely enough, younger puppies tend to eat more than older puppies. Young puppies need to be fed three to four times a day, also depending on their breed, physical condition, environment, climate etc whereas older puppies could be fed twice daily.

Establishing and following a proper puppy feeding schedule is extremely important and the best advice with regards to the exact amount you should feed your specific breed of puppy at a time can either be obtained from your local veterinarian or as a general guideline, by using the nutrition label on the back of your puppy food brand.

Continually monitor your puppy’s physical condition and activity level. Puppy appetites go up and down throughout various growth stages and you’ll need to adjust the volume of food intake to ensure he is kept at an ideal weight throughout the growth process.

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How Much to Feed a Puppy: The Feeding Schedule

It is no secret – The most important factor in any puppy’s life is consistency. Consistency in early stages training and consistency in his feeding schedule. It is important to know and understand how much to feed a puppy and when to feed a puppy.

Puppies’ nutritional needs are quite different to that of adult dogs. Puppies need to feed regularly and not too much at a time. When puppies start feeding on solid foods at around 4 weeks, they may need to feed around 3 – 4 times a day. It is important that a puppy is provided with the correct amounts of nutritional value for building strong bones and teeth, adding muscle, and supplying all the energy needed for play and learning.

Your puppy’s meals should consist of a well-balanced diet specially designed for puppies, containing all the nutrients he needs to keep that busy, growing body going through each day’s activities like playing and training. This means staying away from cheaper dog food brands consisting primarily of fillers and sugars rather than quality vitamins and minerals such as genuine protein required for optimal growth and health. While these cheaper foods may make your puppy feel full, he may actually need a lot more in order to satisfy his nutritional needs. These useless ingredients may also cause constipation or diarrhea, which effects a puppy’s overall health and quality of life.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

Make sure not to overfeed your puppy. Stick to 3-4 times per day and if you’re unsure of how much to feed your puppy at a time, refer to the table below, read your premium puppy food’s label for directions, ask your local veterinarian or even the breeder of your puppy rather than guessing. Some puppies seem to always want more food but they are often prone to being overweight as a direct result of this. Being overweight poses serious health risks to your young puppy and may also complicate his training in future. Do your research on premium puppy food ingredients and what they should contain to ensure your puppy’s daily nutritional needs are met. Also learn how to read labels and how to look out for important ingredients so you can make an informed decision as to what premium puppy food to feed your puppy.

Below is an example of a puppy’s daily schedule that includes all activities a young puppy should engage in. Be sure to talk to other experts and do a lot of reading on the subject, especially for your specific breed of puppy as it may vary according to breed, age and size.

A Feeding Schedule Example

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Appr. Time Activity
6:30am wake up, quick exercise
7:00am morning meal, outdoor walking, playtime then back to crate
10:00am outdoor walking, bonding time with owner then back to crate
12:00pm midday meal
1:00pm outdoor walking, playtime then back to crate
5:00pm evening meal, outdoor walking, playtime
7:00pm short outdoor walk, playtime, then back to crate
9:00pm bedtime (in his crate or in your bedroom)
Source: PetMD

A general guideline of how much to feed your puppy at a time is to take away any food that he hasn’t eaten after 15 – 20 minutes. Your puppy will be able to quickly eat the correct amount of food before this time. If food is still left after 15 – 20 minutes it means that you are probably offering him too much at a time. Offer a little less next time and see how it goes.

Below is a general feeding guideline for a puppy, for the maximum to feed your dog as an adult, and a guide to feeding your puppy til adult weight but take note that each breed and individual puppy’s needs differ, so use with caution and consult your veterinarian when you are unsure about something or need additional guidance.

How Much to Feed a Puppy: The Actual Amount

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Breed Size Adult Puppy Feeding Regime
Miniature 3/4 – 1 cup per day 1/2 to 3/4 cup per day maximum by age of 6 months
Toy 1 cup per day 1/2 – 1 cup per day maximum by age of 6 months
Small 1 – 2 cups per day 1 cup per day increasing to 2 cups maximum by age of 6 – 10 months
Medium 2 – 3 cups per day 1 cup per day increasing to 2 cups by age 8 months, and increasing to 3 cups maximum by 18 months
Large 2 – 4 cups per day The large breeds have the greatest variation in food amount mostly because of activity levels. A large breed dog that is not very active can become extremely obese quite quickly, and it always takes far more effort to get that weight off again

How Often to Feed a Puppy

Below is a general guide on how often to feed your puppy according to his age. Again, consult your local veterinarian for specific information regarding your specific puppy’s breed and age.

  • 4 – 14 weeks – Feed your puppy at least 4 times a day.
  • 14 – 26 weeks – At this point your puppy is still growing fast but his digestive system is maturing, so cut back to 3 times a day if your puppy was on 4 times a day and gradually increase the amount a little for each meal.
  • 6 months – 1 year – At this stage your puppy’s digestive system is quite matured so cut back to only 2 times a day, without feeding him less in quantity per day.
  • 1 year and after – At this stage it’s quite safe to keep feeding twice daily and for smaller breed pups, cut back to only once a day, without decreasing the daily amount he eats.

Puppy Food Labels: Read Them Carefully

Manufacturers of dog- and puppy foods use different ingredients in their foods. It is important to learn how to read their labels carefully and to know what ingredients to look out for, either avoiding them or approving when appropriate.

  1. Meat in all premium puppy food brands must be specified. Beware of terms like “meat”, “animal” or “animal products” as these are by-products and are low in nutritional value. Look for terms such as “beef” or “chicken”.
  2. Look out for fillers such as:
    • high corn content – corn has a high glycemic index, is not highly digestible and the corn used will be of the lowest grade. You don’t have to completely avoid corn at all costs, just beware that it is a very cheap ingredient and a cheap dry dog food may be cheap because of the high corn content.
    • high grain content – again grains used in dog food are of the lowest grade and are very cheap for the manufacturer to purchase. There are many studies that link high grain content kibbles with skin irritations in dogs.
    • high brewers rice content – this is a cheap rice by-product with no real nutritional value
    • high salt or sugar content
    • high preservative and dye content

Final Puppy Feeding Tips

Family First – While it’s not easy resisting those huge, pleading eyes, always try and eat before you feed your puppy. This will teach your puppy to wait his turn and that you as his owner indeed calls the shots around the house. This will aid in FacilityTeam’s your puppy’s overall obedience training.

Say No to Leftovers – Do not give your puppy any human food leftovers as not only will this interfere with your puppy’s feeding schedule, but human foods are not always suitable to canine digestive systems and may cause upsets in little tummies. Humans and dogs’ nutritional requirements are vastly different.

Closed – BBL – It is important to not overfeed your puppy. Take away any leftover food after 20 minutes of feeding and never leave the bowl filled with kebble so your puppy can feed on it whenever he wants throughout the day. Stick to your feeding schedule.

Resting – Let your puppy rest after each feeding. This is the time when his body digests and redirects all that nutrients, vitamins and minerals he just absorbed to the organs that need it. This will also aid in prevention of digestive upsets in his tummy.

Feeding your puppy the correct amount of food according to his breed, age and size and at the correct times during the day will ensure he gets the correct amount of nutritional value he needs to get through his daily activities, grow strong and healthy and be the kind of puppy you and your family always wanted – healthy, strong and well-behaved. Stick to a regular feeding schedule and you have the best shot at succeeding in every other aspect of his life.

Specially Formulated Dog Food: Underlying Medical Conditions

Unfortunately underlying medical conditions know no exceptions to certain living beings and our canine friends aren’t excluded. Sometimes a dog develops a serious underlying medical condition and needs to be taken proper care of to prevent more serious complications and even death. As with humans, treating underlying medical conditions in cheap jerseys dogs almost always involves adjustments to the diet. Luckily with today’s advancement in the animal health industry, specially formulated dog food is no longer a thing of the future.

Specially Formulated Dog Food Manufacturer: Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Prescription Diet Series

Specially Formulated Dog Food: Underlying Medical ConditionsHill’s Pet Nutrition has a variety of specially formulated dog food to help control most underlying medical conditions and we have put together a list of foods you can use to help control the most commonly known medical issues. Remember that Hill’s Pet Nutrition is only one brand we here at Best Puppy Food Brands trust and recommend. There may be other dog food manufacturers that also produce specially formulated varieties.

Diabetic Control

Diabetes Mellitus is a commonly known health condition in some dogs. Their bodies are either not able to produce any insulin or not sufficient amounts of it. As with humans, a Low Fat, Low G.I. wholesale jerseys diet with limits to carbohydrates and bad fats, is an essential component of effective diabetes control in dogs. Training Hill’s Pet Nutrition has you covered with a diabetic dog food product.

Hill’s Prescription Diet w/d Low Fat – Diabetic – Gastrointestinal Dry Dog Food 17.6 Pounds

  • balanced and complete dog food that promotes a healthy body weight in your pet
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Kidney Health

Dogs can develop kidney failure as a results of ingesting toxins, including antifreeze, certain medications, tainted foods, etc. Other possible causes of this type of kidney problems are decreased oxygen or blood flow delivered cheap jerseys to the kidneys, infections and urinary obstruction.

While acute kidney failure often has immediate causes that be treated, chronic kidney failure occurs over a longer period of time and exact causes are hard to determine, This type of kidney failure is often caused by an underlying illness and congenital and hereditary conditions. A main cause of chronic kidney failure in dogs is dental disease. Bacteria related to advanced dental disease enters the blood stream and invades multiple organs, causing irreversible damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.

Hills K/D Renal Health Dog Food 8.5 lb

  • Reduced phosphorus to help maintain healthy kidney function
  • Reduced levels of protein to help reduce kidney workload
  • Reduced sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure
  • Increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids to help blood flow to the kidneys
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Metabolic Health

Some dogs may develop metabolic problems caused by various factors over their lifetimes. Ineffective weight control is just one possible cause of a metabolic condition. Keeping the metabolism healthy and functioning at optimal level can be achieved by using the advanced metabolic weight control solution by Hill’s Prescription Diet.

Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Canine Dry Dog Food, 27.5-lb bag

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Gastrointestinal Health

Gastrointestinal disorders affect a dog’s stomach and intestines, resulting in pain and other possible complications. These disorders prevent the digestive system of a dog to properly digest foods, resulting Ortona in further complications. A healthy digestive system of your dog is required to absorb the necessary nutrients from the food he takes in order to build and repair tissues and obtain energy.

Hills I/D Gastrointestinal Health Dog Food 35 lb

  • Highly digestible protein and fat to help assimilate nutrients and repair tissues faster
  • Mixed fiber source to help maintain gastrointestinal health
  • Optimal balance of nutrients to help replenish the body and help encourage recovery
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Hepatic Health

Liver disease in dogs is not uncommon and the early warning signs include loss of appetite, weight loss, and chronic intermittent vomiting and diarrhea. 80% of the liver cells must die before the liver starts to fail. The liver of a dog can heal itself up to a point of normal liver function if the condition is caught early and properly treated with diet and medication. Hill’s Prescription Diet assists with the latter with their specially formulated solution.

Hill’s Prescription Diet l/d Hepatic Health Dog Food (12 13-oz cans)

  • High quality and highly digestible protein in moderate quantities to help reduce liver workload and helps maintain liver function
  • Added L-Carnitine to help maintain normal fat metabolism in the liver
  • Added antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and C to control cell oxidation and promote a healthy immune system
  • Reduced in sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure

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Dental Health

Bad breath are often joked around with, but it’s a lot more serious than most people think. Dental disease affects up to 80% of pets over the age of three, and just like humans, there can be serious consequences of poor dental health. Dental health issues can affect the heart, kidneys, intestinal tract, and joints if not treated properly.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition has to two specially formulated dog food products to assist with traditional dental care like brushing etc.

Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d Dental Health Dry Dog Food 25 pounds

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  • Ingredients to reduce bad breath in dogs

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Hill’s Science Diet Adult Oral Care Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag

  • Healthy Immune Function
  • Reduced Plaque Buildup and Fresh Breath
  • Healthy Teeth
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Allergies

Dogs can start to show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to regard certain everyday substances as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in many everyday circumstances and harmless to most dogs, dogs with allergies can have Food very dramatic and serious reactions to these allergens. A variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear as the body tried to rid itself from these allergens.

Hill’s Prescription Diet has an answer…

Hill’s Prescription Diet z/d Canine Ultra Allergen-Free Dry Food 25-lb bag

  • digestible proteins that minimize the chances of bad reactions from your dog
  • Hill’s z/d ULTRA Allergen-Free dog food contains NO whole animal proteins
  • incorporates digestible carbs and fats to minimize gastrointestinal strain in your pet’s system
  • contains boosted omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to improve your pet’s skin health

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Sensitive Stomach

Many dogs have guts of steel and can eat just about anything he finds tasty without any issues. However, not every dog is this lucky. If your dog gets intermittent loose stools, occasional vomiting or excessive flatulence, he may have a sensitive stomach and may require a specially formulated dog food to help control this.

Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag

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  • Appropriate Nutrient Absorption
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Skin Health

Many dogs develop some sort of skin or coat issue every now and again as a result of many factors, including allergies. wholesale mlb jerseys The condition of a dog’s skin and coat is a clear indication of a dog’s general health. You as a dog owner can ensure your dog’s skin and coat stays healthy li?ty by providing him with a specially formulated dog food designed to keep his skin and coat in top condition.

Hills Presciption Diet d/d Potato & Venison, Skin Support Canine Dog Food – 17.6lb

  • Highly digestible single intact animal protein source and single carbohydrate source to help avoid common food sensitivities
  • High levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that help nourish the skin and coat
  • Combination of antioxidants helps maintain a healthy immune system and skin barrier function
  • Four different novel protein sources to provide more choices in managing food sensitivity

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Weight Control

Dog obesity can have serious negative impacts on your dog’s general health, including heart disease, eye sight problems, etc. It is very important that you as a dog owner keep a close eye on your dog’s weight on a regular basis to ensure he stays healthy. If your dog tends to put on weight very easily or are older and not that active any longer, you may need to help 21.20.00 keep your dog’s weight under control by using a specially formulated dog food type, such as the one produced by Hill’s Prescription Diet.

Hill’s Prescription Diet r/d Weight Loss – Low Calorie Dry Dog Food w/ Chicken 8.5 Pounds

  • Clinically proven to reduce body fat by 20% in 3 months.
  • Low fat and high fiber decrease caloric, which helps reduce body fat
  • High natural fiber levels satisfy pets while losing weight
  • High levels of carnitine to help burn fat while maintaining lean muscle mass
  • Delicious taste for easy transition from your cat’s current food

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Depending on your dog’s specific medical condition, you may need Puppy to do some thorough research of your own to find the best diabetic dog food, low fat dog food, gluten free dog food, look into low sodium dog food brands such as Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s Prescription Diet variations, high fiber dog food brands or something as simple as dog food for sensitive stomachs.

Specially formulated dog food used to assist in the treatment of underlying medical conditions may be the only effective way you can wholesale nba jerseys control your dog’s medical condition effectively. Be sure to chose a reputable and trustworthy manufacturer of dog food brands as this is the health and life of your dog you have in your hands. Always remember that no advice precedes the professional advice from a veterinarian, so be sure to visit yours as soon as the need arises.

 

Best Canned Dog Food Brands: An Alternative to Dry Kibble

The best canned dog food, also known as wet dog food, is a healthy and nutritious alternative to the traditional it? dry dog food market. A good option is to even combine dry and wet food and serve it together as a meal, getting the benefits and best of both worlds.

The main reason why most dog owners prefer dry food over canned or wet dog food is price related. Canned dog food is far more expensive than traditional dog food. However, wet dog food does have a tremendous cheap mlb jerseys amount of other benefits over cheap mlb jerseys its dry rivals…

Best Canned Dog FoodListed below are 15 benefits of canned dog food that you need to consider before deciding 3.8.1 it’s too pricey for your pocket or not a healthy alternative to dry dog food.

Best Canned Dog Food: The Benefits…

1. Palatability

It is a fact – Most dogs will prefer the rich scent and wet, meaty taste of canned dog food over the dull, dry food brands. Canned dog food are extremely palatable, making it an excellent choice of dog food for picky eaters.

2. Decreased Stool Volume

Dogs fed canned food tend to have a lower stool volume than dogs feeding on dry food types.

3. Convenience

Always in a hurry? Opening a can when in a rush is far easier and quicker than fetching dry food from outdoors, measuring the right scoop size of dry food etc. Store it easily in something air tight in the refrigerator.

4. For Highly Active Dogs

Dogs, especially little puppies, are active little creatures that burn a lot of calories during their exploring and playing activities. Wet dog food contains much more fats and nutrients as the same quantity dry puppy food.

5. As a Complement to Dry Food

Premium canned food brands can wholesale nba jerseys be served alone or as a healthy complement to the dry food diet.

6. For Senior Dogs

Some older dogs may start to lose their appetites. A healthy and premium quality wet сайта food may just be the motivation your dog or puppy needs Quadcopter to get Dry excited about eating again. Strong scents and meaty tastes are the life savers here.

7. To Disguise Medications

At times your puppy may need to take medication. Medication doesn’t always have the best taste around and getting your puppy to actually chew and swallow it may tend to be a little more difficult at times. Disguising medication in canned food is a breeze.

8. Special Treat

Since you may not be feeding your puppy canned food on a regular basis, giving a tasty flavor canned food as a special treat on occasions is a brilliant idea.

9. Variety is the Spice of Life

Canned foods come in a variety of flavors and having a much bigger variety to alternate often keeps your puppy interested in his food at all times.

10. As a Nutritious Reward

Again, when canned food aren’t part of your puppy’s regular diet, rewarding him with a tasty flavored can of food when he has been obedient is a great idea.

11. To Increase Water Intake

The best canned dog food brands consist of between 70 and 78% moist. Feeding your puppy canned food is a great way to increase his moist intake and keep his hydration up to top notch.

12. For Thin Dogs

Wet dog foods contains much more cheap nfl jerseys proteins and fats than dry food, so if you need to get your puppy’s weight under control, canned dog food is the way to go.

13. Longer Shelf Life

Canned foods are preserved with heat sterilization and vacuumed preservation in an oxygen free environment.

14. For Dry Skin & Coat

The added fats and moist contained within canned food is an excellent way to treat your dog’s dry and dull skin and coat.

15. To Address Food Sensitivities

Some dogs and puppies require specially formulated diets perhaps due to an underlying medical condition. Some premium, high quality food brands produce specially formulated canned food, like grain free, gluten free, etc.

The Ultimate Canned Dog Food Guide

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Wellness Canned Dog Food for Puppy, Just for Puppy Recipe, 12-Pack of 12-1/2-Ounce Cans Wet *12-Pack of 12-1/2-Ounce Cans
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Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul Canned Food, Chicken Formula (Pack of 24, 13 Ounce Cans) Wet Pack of 24, 13-Ounce Cans $$ 4.5
Merrick Puppy Plate Dog Food 13.2 oz (12 Count Case) Wet Pack of 12, 13.2-Ounce Cans $$ 4.3
Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Lamb & Rice Food for Puppies, 13.2-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24) Wet Pack of 24, 13.2-Ounce Cans $$ 3.8
Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Gourmet Chicken Entree Dog Food, 13-Ounce Can, 12-Pack Wet Pack of 12, 13-Ounce Cans $$ 4.8
Pedigree Meaty Ground Dinner with Chicken & Beef Food for Puppies, 13.2-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24) Wet Pack of 24, 13.2 Ounce Cans $$ 3.6
Taste of the Wild Canned Dog Food for All Lifestages, Pacific Stream Canine with Smoked Salmon Formula (Pack of 12, 13.2 Ounce Cans) Wet Pack of 12, 13.2-Ounce Cans $$ 4.2
Hill’s Science Diet Puppy Savory Stew Beef and Vegetables Dog Food Can, 12.8-Ounce, 12-pack Wet Pack of 12, 12.8-Ounce Cans $$ 5.0
Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food, Chicken and Rice Entrée, 13-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) Wet Pack of 12, 13-Ounce Cans $$ 4.0
Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food, Chicken and Brown Rice, 5.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 24) Wet Pack of 24, 5.5-Ounce Cans $$ 4.2
Cesar Canine Cuisine Puppy with Chicken & Beef In Meaty Juices for Small Dogs, 3.5-Ounce Trays (Pack of 24) Wet Pack of 24, 3.5-Ounce Trays $$ 4.1
Merrick Classic 3.2-Ounce Puppy Plate Dog Food, 24 Count Case Wet Pack of 24, 3.2-Ounce Cans $$ 4.3
Cesar Canine Cuisine Variety Pack (Filet Mignon, Porterhouse Steak) for Small Dogs, 3.5-Ounce Trays (Pack of 24) Wet Pack of cheap nfl jerseys 24, 3.5-Ounce Trays $$ 4.3
Holistic Select Puppy Chicken, Canned Dog Food (Pack of 12 13-Ounce Cans) Wet Pack of 12, 13-Ounce Cans $$ 4.3
IAMS Proactive Health Puppy Food, Ground Savory Dinner with Chicken & Rice, 13.2-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) Wet Pack of 12, 13.2-Ounce Cans $$ 3.8
Royal Canin 24-Can Canine Health Nutrition Puppy Canned Dog Food, 5.8-Ounce Per Can Wet Pack of 24, 5.8-Ounce Cans $$ No Rating Yet
IAMS Puppy Food Chunks, Tender Chicken & Beef Simmered in Gravy, 12.3-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) Wet Pack of 12, 12.3-Ounce Cans $$ No Rating Yet
Newman’s Own Organics Turkey & Chicken Formula for Puppies & Active Dogs, 12.7-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) Wet Pack of 12, 12.7-Ounce Cans $$ 4.2
Newman’s Own Organics Turkey & Chicken Formula for Puppies & Active Dogs, 12.7-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) ( Value Bulk Multi-pack) Wet Pack of 24, 12.7-Ounce Cans $$ No Rating Yet
Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Chicken Recipe Canned Puppy Food, Case of 12 Wet 12 Cans $$ 4.7
Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Puppy Chicken Dinner with Garden Vegetables & Brown Rice Canned Dog Food Wet 12 Cans $$ 5.0
Blue Buffalo Small Breed Canned Dog Food, Chicken Dinner Recipe (Pack of 24 5.5-Ounce Cans) Wet Pack of 24, 5.5-Ounce Cans $$ 3.6

That was a list and comparison of 22 of the best-selling, most popular and the best canned food brands for puppies in terms of quality at the time of writing this article. Always remember that if you are unsure about which canned food is best for your puppy, consult the professional advice of your local veterinarian.

Puppy Feeding Schedule: How Important is it?

It is very tempting for new puppy owners to just fill a bowl of your puppy’s favorite food and have him nibble away when and how much he pleases. However, taking this approach is not a good idea, for a number of good reasons. Setting and sticking to a regular puppy feeding schedule means you are able to control how much and when your puppy fills that little stomach of his.

Routine for any puppy, especially young puppies that are still under training and housebreaking, is very important. You need to know when your puppy will need to eliminate so you can train him where, when and how is appropriate to do so.

Setting a Proper Puppy Feeding Schedule

Puppy Feeding Schedule

Quality of Food

For a young puppy still under development, it is essential that he gets the right amount of nutrition to ensure optimal development. Some cheaper puppy food brands contain a large amount of grains and animal byproducts. These ingredients can make your puppy feel full but in actual fact doesn’t provide the vitamins and minerals a young puppy under development needs.

Supplying your puppy cheap mlb jerseys with proper, quality puppy food is important as this determines how much and how often your puppy wholesale NBA jerseys will and need to eat. Make sure that the puppy food brand you select consists largely of actual meat and as little filler as possible. Having your puppy learn to eat the right amount of food at the right time will ensure that he gets the daily required vitamins and minerals he needs to develop into a strong and healthy puppy. You can refer to our best puppy food brands comparison chart to decide among the most popular and top puppy food brands available, or you can always ask your local vet for any recommendations on the best puppy food to start him off with.

Metabolism

You will need to find out what your puppy’s metabolic rate is in order to know how much food he will need on a daily basis to provide enough calories and energy to get him through the day and his activities. Larger breed puppies essentially burn more energy than smaller breeds; more calories are burnt and will therefor need larger amounts of nutrients to provide for his daily nutritional requirements.

Unfortunately there is no easy way of knowing what your puppy’s metabolic rate is just by looking at him. The best advice if you’re unsure how much food your puppy will need per serving is to visit your local vet and ask them to help you determine the actual scoop size you need to feed your puppy, per serving. Most top quality puppy food brands also have a feeding chart imprinted on the label Food: of the product that gives an estimate of how much food to feed a puppy based on a certain weight. Note that these are always general guidelines only and can’t be substituted with professional advice from your local vet.

Keep a close eye on your puppy’s weight and learn how much food he is comfortable eating per meal serving. Ensure that he doesn’t overeat and also that he gets enough food per serving to ensure his weight strays under control.

Age

Your puppy’s age is a clear indication of where he is at in his development, and thus giving you a clue Hacker as to how often he needs to be fed to ensure he gets the right amount of nutrition on a daily basis. Generally puppies younger than 8 weeks should still be nursing and feeding from their mothers. It is generally accepted that puppies up to 6 months should feed at least three times a day – morning, noon and at night. After six months feeding a puppy twice daily is sufficient. Smaller breed puppies like Yorkies and Chihuahuas are prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and may need to feed four to five times a day to keep their glucose levels stabilized. Again, the importance of the professional advice from your local vet can’t be stressed enough.

The Feeding Times

As mentioned earlier, routine is very important in all aspects of your puppy’s life. Proper feeding times isn’t an exception. Keep in mind that your puppy will need to eliminate around 30 minutes after feeding so it’s essential that you ensure that you are around.

It is a good rule of thumb to schedule your puppy’s feeding times around your own schedule, three to four times a day – morning, noon and at night. Regular feeding times Hello will ensure your puppy gets the right amount of nutrients he needs on a daily basis to provide for his energy level. He will be less likely to beg for food in between meals. A good place to start is 7am, 12pm and then 5pm at night.

Not only does a regular, controlled <a href="http://www.pawclub.com.au/nutritionandgrooming/feedschedule.aspx" onclick="_gaq Read Full Report.push([‘_trackEvent’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://www.pawclub.com.au/nutritionandgrooming/feedschedule.aspx’, ‘puppy feeding schedule’]);” target=”_blank”>puppy feeding schedule ensure your puppy gets the required daily nutrients he needs to function, but it will also take care of him mentally. You puppy won’t need to worry where his next meal is coming from or when it will arrive, giving him the chance to just be a puppy and enjoy his puppy life. Always remember that your local veterinarian is a good resource to get a cheap NFL jerseys professional feeding guide from.

Wet Dog Food or Dry Dog Food: Which is Better?

Deciding between whether you want to use wet or dry dog food to feed your puppy? Wondering which is the better choice? Which is more healthy? Which are recommended by the experts for optimal nutrition?

Truth be told, none is better than the other. Both have their pros and cons and deciding which you want to use is simply a matter of weighing up the pros and cons of each against one another and choose the one that suits your liking the best.

Wet or Dry Dog FoodLet’s look at the pros and cons of each, and then down below I’ll even put them head on next to each other in a nice and neat comparison table for you, deal? Let’s do this…

Wet Puppy Food: Pros & Cons

Wet Puppy FoodThe term already suggests it; wet puppy food contains a lot more fluid as opposed to dry dog food. Active puppies need a lot more fat and fluids and wet puppy food is the ideal type of food to supplement this requirement. Certain health considerations make wet puppy food the better choice, such as older dogs with damaged teeth or digestive issues, wholesale jerseys dogs with smaller mouths or even poorly aligned jaws. Some dogs may have lost their olfactory senses and may be inclined to Testinl?gg prefer foods with a richer scent and flavor.

Wet dog foods have several drawbacks. Puppies eating wet food usually leaves the place messy, the bowls dirty which gives its caretaker a little extra work to keep things afloat. Probably the biggest drawback of wet dog food is that as soon as the can is opened, it immediately loses it shelf life. The food then cheap nfl jerseys needs to be refrigerated and used within two or three days from opening. Wet dog food should also not be left open or exposed as Happy it is easily contaminated with bacteria. Puppies living off wet dog food are also in need of more regular dental care as opposed to puppies eating dry dog food. The final drawback of wet puppy food is that it is definitely not as economical as dry dog food. As a result, smaller amounts will probably be bought at a time where as dry dog food can be bought in bulk.

Dry Puppy Food: Pros & Cons

Dry Puppy FoodKibble, or more commonly known as dry dog food, is by far the most convenient type of dog food to keep around. It has a long shelf life, can be bought in bulk, can easily be cleaned or wiped up if spilled all over the place and well, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be stored in an outside room or the garage. The fact that dry dog food has an extremely long shelf life, makes it quite convenient for dog owners to fill up a larger bowl and leave it there for their dog to feed out of for longer periods of time. Dry dog food doesn’t wholesale nba jerseys spoil so contamination isn’t even a factor. Dry kebble can be used as a training treat and some dry dog food brands are specially formulated to clean the teeth when chewed. Dry dog food is much more economical than wet dog food, and can be bought in bulk.

Of course, dry dog food doesn’t provide as much moisture and hydration to active puppies as wet food does. This lack of moisture also means a lot more carbohydrates than wet dog food, which is not always a good thing. Dry dog food may also not be the best option for puppies and dogs with health issues, poorly aligned jaws or damaged teeth.

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Nutrient Dry Food Wet Food
Protein 18-32% 28-50%
Fat 18-22% 20-32%
Carbohydrates 46-74% 18-57%

Wet or Dry Dog Food: The Verdicts?

Earlier I mentioned that none is better than the other; both has its pros and cons and it’s simply a matter of deciding which suits your puppy’s health, your circumstances and of course your pocket the best. Looking at the following table, it seems that wet puppy food wins the battle between wet and dry dog foods by a mile…

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Feature Dry Food Wet Food
Overall Convenience
More Economical
Higher in Meat Protein
Higher in Natural Fats
Lower in Carbohydrates <img src="http://bestpuppyfoodbrands sertraline online.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/check_25x20.png”>
More Appetizing
Fewer Chemical Additives
Longer cheap jerseys Shelf Life
More Filling
More Meat Choices
Easier to Chew
No Refrigeration
Extended In-Bowl Feeding Time

However…

Overall convenience, economical benefits, extended in-bowl feeding time and dental health benefits weigh more than enough to world! pull the scale even.

Best of Both Worlds

With the cons of both food types, why not mix the two together and have ALL the benefits combined? If there were certain health risks involved with either food type I’d happily hand the trophy to its counter part, but the fact is there isn’t any. Unless your puppy has very specific dietary requirements, you may want to speak to your local vet and find out what the best combination of wet or dry cheap nba jerseys dog food for Redken your specific puppy breed might be.