Choosing the best puppy food can be an extremely frustrating task. After all, there are so many choices! How do you even begin to choose? To begin, you should begin searching for foods which are high in meat-based protein, natural fats and oils. You should also search for foods which are low in carbohydrates or fillers. Of course you also need to look at the vitamins and minerals contained in various puppy foods. Find out more about ingredients in dog food.
Complete in Essential Nutrients
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has determined the nutrients necessary for a puppy to remain at an optimal level of health. The AAFCO indicates a minimum of ten amino acids, twelve minerals and eleven vitamins to ensure puppies are healthy. In addition to this, the AAFCO have included a statement on every package of dog food to allow the pet owner to choose food wisely. How to read pet food labels?
What Makes it Good
The best puppy food will support your growing puppy. Puppies require more protein than adult dogs to support their growing bodies. DHA, a nutrient which is found in the mother’s milk to support vision and brain development, is also often included in puppy food. The best puppy food supports a puppy’s weak immune system and assists the immune system in advancing to adult stage.
Puppies have a delicate stomach which is also the reasoning for their food being significantly different than their adult counterparts. Their food must be palatable and easily digestible. Rice and oatmeal are found in the best puppy foods to support a puppy’s delicate stomach.
If you have any questions regarding the best puppy food, our in-house pet nutritionist is available to assist you.
Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.
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