Choosing the right food for puppies

More calories, proteins, and fats are essential to satisfy puppies' high demands for their fast growing bodies. Use of puppy foods in feeding your puppy is a must since these are manufactured to suit your puppy's needs.
It is better to use specially formulated puppy foods for the reason that these foods have the capacity to fulfill the nutritional needs of puppies. But if you want to use adult dog food in feeding your puppy, you have to check if the ingredients used are digestible and if the nutrition that can be acquired will suit your puppy.

Make sure to use puppy food that has a balanced formula and of high quality. It might be quite more costly than the regular ones but it will surely help your puppy grow well and rarely get sick. There are several kinds of puppy foods to choose from: dry, dehydrated, canned, semi-moist, and wet foods. It is up to you which is suitable for you puppy. But it is best to consider the health benefits that your puppy will obtain. You may also try human grade and organic products contained in puppy which are both good and healthy options.

There are several brands of puppy foods to decide on. Each of which has different ingredients and contents. Always make sure that your puppy's food contains more meat and less grain. Puppies have low nutritional requirement for carbohydrates and very high for proteins. As much as possible, try avoiding foods that has meat byproducts and those that contains soybeans. Also, be cautious of the source of fats (it must be from beef or chicken meat) when listed in the ingredients; if not mentioned, simply avoid it. Most fats which has unspecified sources are of low quality and, therefore, indigestible.

It is important to take note of the type of preservative used in your puppy's food, naturally-preserved foods must be chosen over chemically-preserved ones. Chemical preservatives such as BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin, which are heavily used in pet food industry, are medically-proven to deteriorate the health of your puppy. Keep in mind that labels are often deceptive.

The key in feeding your puppy effectively is to provide him a well-balanced and varied diet. Your puppy might get bored if he is served with the same food for a long period of time. It is recommended to have 3-4 puppy foods with different ingredients in hand.

With the points that have been discussed, there are three essential things to keep in mind when choosing the right food for your puppy:

* the food should be specially formulated for puppies;
* it should be composed of high quality ingredients; and
* it must be naturally-preserved.