The best large breed puppy food your pup needs to grow steadily into an adult, can be quite daunting to understand. There are quite a couple of facts to know and understand, therefore have we compiled this easy to understand article on NolongerWild.com to help you every step of the way:
First, take a look at these best 5 dog food brands in order:
- Flavor: Lamb & Oatmeal
- Flavor: Chicken, Salmon & Rice
- Flavor: Salmon (No Grains)
- Flavor: Chicken & Oats
- Flavor: Chicken
Holistic Select’s: Natural Dry Large Breed Puppy Food, is my favorite and recommended because of a variety of reasons mentioned above, but in the end, will the best foods for puppies depend on your own unique circumstances, and your pups nutritional requirements.
Holistic Select provides puppies with potent, quality ingredients most of them need to grown into healthy adult dogs. We have found the dog food is also rich in prebiotics, probiotics, natural fibers, botanicals and digestive enzymes.
Compared to other puppy food brands, does this food cause little irritation to the digestive system of puppies. A definitive plus to any puppy owner who have had to regularly change a pups diet due to to regular stools.
Always carefully go over the pros and cons of each dog food before purchasing, and remember to introduce any new food gradually into your large puppy’s diet.
Whenever purchasing or deciding on the best food for your large breed puppy, have a look at the following to ensure the food contains:
Dr Coates, from PetMD, in her article advises to pay attention to the importance of noting a large puppy need more amino acids, vitamins and minerals than adult large dogs do.
Have a look at the Fat, Protein, Arganine, Faline and Calcium for instance in the diagram above, and you will notice the amount needed is a little higher. Therefore, is it important to check the label of puppy food before purchasing.
She further suggests ensuring the food you purchase is high in omega 3 fatty acids. These acids aids puppies in maintaining a healthy skin, and helps with development of their eyes and brain.
Susan Wynn (DMV) at IVC Journal (Integrative Veterinary Care), notes several dietary recommendations for large breed dogs:
Just as there are certain food elements that are great for large puppies, are there food stuffs to rather refrain from. We now have a look at 4 foods that you shouldn't feed your puppy:
I recommend these following:Is the labeling of one single ingredient multiple times. You might have seen labeled before, brown rice, white rice, rice gluten meal, rice bran. This might mean that the dog food contains to much carbs and to little protein.
Is pulverized meat (or half-meat by-products) that can be anything basically that the butcher didn’t want or that was not suitable for human consumption. This type of ‘meat,’ (or bones, beaks, paws etc.) can also be anything from donkey’s, horses, cats, etc.
It didn’t matter whether or not these animals died from natural causes, sickness, tumors and/or poison, there is often not much regulation about the meat by-products factories can not use in their dog food. Ensure the dog food you purchase is from a responsible manufacturer.
Veggies, fruits and nuts may be great for humans, but the same can not be said for dogs. The intestines of a dog is much shorter than that of a human, and has been adapted to process meats (proteins) much more effectively.
And while humans are omnivorous, have dogs since ancient times been primarily carnivorous. Domestication has of course forced dogs to consume a more omnivorous diet, but this is not very healthy to them; and forcing a vegetarian (or vegan) diet onto them, is harmful to their overall digestive system and health.
You will thus want to guard against purchasing dog food, especially for large breed puppies, claiming to be ‘vegan,’ ‘vegetarian,’ or ‘completely natural.’ Ensure your dog food contain a high level of protein, and not as much carbohydrates. (Carbs are actually mostly added to dog food for the binding process, and to add to the volume of the food, more than for nutritional value.)
Dog food containing to much grains normally irritates a dog’s digestive system since their digestive track is not equipped to handle such elements as humans are.