Dog Food Important Information That You Should Know

One of the questions asked most when people pick up their new puppy is, “What kind of food are you feeding?”  The answer to this question changes from time to time.  We send a gallon baggie home with each puppy, filled with the puppy food we are feeding at the time.  This will give you what you need to transition your puppy from our feeding program into yours.  We encourage you to do your research before choosing a puppy food.  Some people have a favorite brand that they are feeding a dog they already have, others prefer we recommend something.  Currently we are special ordering our puppy food from our local feed store.  Below are several recommendations for you when you are choosing your puppy’s food.

1.  Be sure there is no ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT listed in the ingredients.   These are cancer causing preservatives found in some dog foods and dog food products such as treats.  There are other healthy preservatives that should be used. (Vitamin C or E or Rosemary might be listed)

2.  A meat byproduct should not be listed.  A byproduct can be any part of the animal ground up and put into the food (i.e. bones, hair, etc.).  A meat should be one of the first ingredients listed and should be listed as chicken, turkey, beef, chicken meal, lamb meal, etc...

3.  One of the first ingredients listed should not be corn.  The ingredients that are the most prominent in the food will be listed first, which should be a meat.  Corn meal listed somewhere in the list is fine.

4.  An omega 3 in a 3/6 ratio is also a good ingredient to have present.  Chelated minerals as well as probiotics are also usually found in quality foods.


Please keep in mind that expensive does not always translate into quality.  In general, however, you can expect to pay more for a quality dog or puppy food.  There have been recent complaints against dog foods, and they are not the grocery chain “cheapo” foods either.  Liability issues restrict us from naming names.   However, you may go to www.consumeraffairs.com and type “dog food complaints” or “dog food problems” into the search box.  Names are named on this site, and the consumers exact complaints listed.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT A DOG FOOD THAT YOU HAVE “FED FOR YEARS” may at sometime start causing problems for your dog.  ALWAYS be suspect of a food problem if your dog develops ANY gastrointestinal problems.  If your vet cannot explain the problem, do a trial run of a different food and see if the problem clears.  Unfortunately, some dog food related problems are not always evident until it is too late.  Poor quality dog food can be responsible for cancer to constipation and everything in between.  That is why we encourage you to do your research.