The puppy stage in a dog’s life is very critical. After weaning, this stage sets the tone of the health and physical development of your puppy later on his life.
Similar to human babies, the physical development of puppies is at its greatest during this stage. The foundation is formed for the growth of muscles, skeleton, strong teeth and internal organs. In addition, the immune system, brain, cognitive and nerve function all come together in a pretty short time.
It is crucial that your puppy is fed with the best high quality nutritional food you can, alongside showering it with love and care.
What is Puppy Chow?
Puppy chow is a type of dog food that is made specifically for puppies. It is generally smaller in size than regular dog food and the bits are softer for them. This is important so they do not choke on their food. It is also easier for them to chew this type of food since their teeth are still going to be sensitive.
How to Choose Puppy Chow
There are a lot puppy chow variety packs in the market that claim to have the highest quality ingredients. The key here is to make sure you get the best form of puppy chow by reading the labels on the packaging.
Puppies thrive on a variety of meats complemented with smaller amounts of fruits, vegetables and grasses. They need animal protein for healthy growth and building strong organs, skin and a shiny coat. Your puppy’s diet should be higher in proteins and lower in carbohydrates. They need a balance of meats, fruits, vegetables and grasses that they might find if they were living in a more natural environment – outside the house, or in the wild.
Read the Label on the Packaging
The best way to choose the right puppy chow for your puppy is to read the labels from the food packaging. Make sure that meat sources are high in the ingredient list. Three of the first five ingredients should be protein sources – chicken, bison, turkey, whitefish, lamb, venison, etc. The best grains for puppies are the whole variety form – rolled outs, barley, quinoa, millet and brown rice.
Vitamin E & Vitamin C or animal fat are natural preservatives that are much better for your dog.
Things to Watch Out For in Puppy Chow Ingredients
Most manufacturers include animal by-products such as chicken beaks, feet, bones, heads, intestines, etc. It is recommended that you steer clear of packages that include these as they are used as fillers.
Watch out for preservatives. While they are necessary to keep food edible they do not have to be artificial cancer-causing chemicals. Avoid chemical preservatives BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin.
Corn is not as digestible as wheat, rice or barley. Grains are a great source of energy for dogs, but manufacturers can use them as fillers and they might make your puppy fat. Choose whole grains to provide your puppy with fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Feed Your Puppy with Small Frequent Feedings
Your puppy still doesn’t have the digestive capacity to absorb nutrients in larger meals. Feeding them smaller meals throughout the day ensures that they get the nutrient they need.