Deciding what to feed a new puppy can be a difficult decision, but it is an important one because a healthy diet is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.
It is a good idea to discuss food choices with a veterinarian before you bring your puppy home.
Organic puppy foods are fast becoming very popular. Although most organic foods will cost more, it can be worth the extra money. Spending more money on food could eliminate costly medical bills and yield a big savings in the end.
Why choose organic puppy food? One reason is that organic foods do not contain the unwanted fillers and additives that commercial store-bought puppy food does. These fillers and additives can cause allergies. Fillers can increase the size of a puppy’s feces, making yard cleanup an even bigger job.
The biggest problem with non-organic puppy food is the amount of chemicals and pesticides that are used. Toxins and residues from the chemicals can remain in the food.
Look at a bag of non-organic puppy food and you will probably see “meat by-products” listed as a key ingredient. Meat by-products in commercial puppy food refer to scraps from animals slaughtered for human consumption. This can include items such as lungs and intestines. In addition, unsavory items such as diseased cows, road kill and outdated meat from grocery stores are mixed into commercial puppy foods.
Organic puppy foods are easier to digest and can keep your puppy feeling satisfied for longer periods of time. The beneficial nutrients also help keep a puppy’s coat healthy.
Puppy immune systems are not as developed as that of an adult dog. A puppy cannot handle the same amount of unhealthy food that an adult can. Think for a moment in terms of feeding a human child. Infants can’t digest the same foods as adults. The same rule applies to your puppy.
There are quite a few organic puppy food choices, but you may have to go to a pet, health food or specialty store to find them. The Internet is another good tool to use in search of the organic food that is right for your puppy. You can find anything from free-range meats to organic vegetables and grains on the organic market for puppies.
Be aware that nutritional requirements can vary between puppy breeds. There are foods available that are formulated for different breeds of dogs, so be sure to search for those that apply to your puppy. For example, large breed dogs need supplements that can help avoid potential illnesses such as hip dysplasia and joint problems.
Organic puppy foods can come in a dry form. They can be canned or frozen. There are options for feeding a raw diet or a cooked diet. It is best to discuss dry versus raw puppy food diets with a trustworthy veterinarian and/or breeder.
Your puppy will thank you for caring enough to feed organic food by living a longer and healthier life.