The Top 10 Healthiest Dog foods For your Puppy

Getting a new puppy? But how are you supposed to know which puppy food to feed him? Usually the breeder or adoption agent will recommend the food they’re currently feeding him. But what if that food isn’t available in your area? Also, just because the pound feeds him a particular food, it does not necessarily mean it is ideal food for your dog. They often feed all dogs the same brands due to budgetary constraints or deals they have arranged with a particular dog food company. So perhaps you should ask your veterinarian when you take him in for shots. Again the veterinarian (if he is smart) will often recommend the food he is selling only which also may not be ideal for your dog. That is why we have comprised a comprehensive list of the top ten dog foods for your puppy.


  1. Eukanuba LifeStage Formula (Small & large Breed)Eukanuba LifeStage Formula

Eukanuba LifeStage Formulas are made for both small breed puppies and large breed puppies alike giving you a customized nutrition product for your pup. The food features Fiber from a blend of natural beet pulp and prebiotic FOS promoting nutrient absorption and optimizing digestion. And although the first ingredient features chicken, the following five contain unhealthy or unnecessary ingredients such as  Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, and Chicken Flavor.


  1. Pro Plan Natural Turkey & Barley


Edging out the higher end of commercial puppy foods, this protein packed puppy food features turkey as the number one ingredient and features oat meal for fiber. Although this food omits unnecessary ingredients like corn, wheat, soy or any artificial colors or flavors, they do have a some rather controversial ingredients like copper sulfate. Another thing we like about Pro-Plan Turkey & Barley Formula is that they add Omega-6 fatty acids giving your pup skin nourishment and a shinier coat.

  1. Blackwood Puppy Food Growth DietBlackwood Puppy food Growth Diet

This ‘super premium’ dry puppy food features both pre and probiotics for smooth digestion. Also, there is no corn, wheat or soy-all common ingredients in most leading dog foods which are highly unnecessary. Be advised, although the product advertises ‘all natural chicken and protein’ a quick look at the actual ingredients reveals chicken meal and chicken fat preserved with preservatives.

  1. Instinct Raw Chicken Formula

It’s hard to get healthier than Nature Valley’s Instinct Raw Chicken Formula. We like this stuff simply because it’s about as natural, healthy and wholesome as they come. The food is freeze dried and never cooked which ensures vital oxidants for the dog’s health and digestive strength. Just look at the first ten ingredients and compare them to any other dry dog food: ‘Chicken (including Ground Chicken Bone), Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkinseeds, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Apples, Ground Flaxseed’


6. Simply Nourish Grain Free PuppySimplyNourishlogo

Although the second ingredient is chicken meal, the first ingredient is chicken featuring ‘real deboned chicken’. This puppy food is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals including Flaxseed, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrots, Dried Spinach, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Blueberries, and Salmon Oil for a shiny coat and optimal digestion.


  1. Natural Planet Organics Turkey Formula Grain FreenaturalPlanetorganics

Although Natural Planet does not make a food specifically for puppies, they don’t need to. Their product is so healthy the food transcends age. And while many other leading dog food companies claim their food is ‘natural’, Natural Planet upped the ante with real organic food. Topping our list for health, their primary ingredients include Organic turkey, organic peas, turkey meal, organic tapioca flour, organic pea flour, organic alfalfa, organic flax seeds, canola oil, organic potatoes.


  1. Petguard Organics Adult Dry Dog Food

Petguard Organics lives up to its name. The food made of almost entirely organic products including Organic Quinoa, Organic Oatmeal, Organic Ground Barley, Organic Brown Rice, and organic apples. The only issue we have is that there’s no meat. It’s entirely vegetarian. And although there is some disagreement with regards to the health benefits of vegetarianism in humans, dogs are carnivores and meat should be a central ingredient in their diet.


3. Turkey & Chicken Formula Small Bites Dog Food

Inspired by the natural diet of a wolf in the wild, Evo omits grains from its ingredients making way for a more protein based, lean and natural diet for your canine. Ingredients include chicken and turkey but also includes preserved chicken fat with Mixed Tocopherols as well as Menhaden Meal, a main ingredient in lipstick.


  1. IAMS Naturistics Puppy Dry Dog Foodiamsnaturisticspuppyood

Iams Naturistics claims their food is made with high quality, natural ingredients and fortified with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This is backed up by the fact that their first ingredient is chicken. However, the remaining ingredients include bulk and other preservatives including Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Fructooligosaccharides and Monosodium Phosphate.


  1. Raw Food diet

This might sound radical, but there is a movement in the international dog community gaining steam that involves feeding your dog raw meat and raw vegetables. This is not attributed to any particular company (although there are companies that do provide this service), this almost strictly a homemade movement. The idea behind it is that the same way a wolf (who shares the same digestive system of a domestic dog) eats an animal without cooking it, so too should your dog. The raw food diet will typically include raw chicken wings and carrot/cucumber peel to mimic the vegetation inside the prey’s stomach. advocates of the raw food diet have attributed their dog’s shinier coats, cleaner teeth and odorless hard stool to the controversial diet.

Be advised that any dramatic switch in your dog’s diet (even an upgrade to a healthier food) can result in digestive issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. When switching your dog’s food, gradually mix the new food with the old food until the old food is gradually phased out.

Do you have a favorite puppy food you think should be on the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

David Sidman is a certified professional K-9 trainer with a specialization in training military and Police working dogs. Sidman qualified as an I.D.F explosive detection dog handler and was certified in Police K-9 Training by the Eastern States Working dog Association (ESWDA)

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