Ask the Vet: Best Dog Food for Puppies
Dr. Charles Livaudais, DVM
As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions here at Harmony Animal Hospital regarding the feeding of dogs and cats, and specifically the feeding of puppies. I thought I would take this opportunity to go through some of the more common questions we get about how to feed a puppy.
What is the Best Dog Food for Puppies?
The first question we are often asked is “what do I feed my puppy?” Well, there are a number of reputable brands out there, but what I always look for in any dog or cat food is that it is made by a reputable manufacturer that bears the AAFCO label. AAFCO stands for the American Association of Feed Control Officials, and they’re a voluntary group of local, state, and federal agents who are tasked with monitoring the feed quality and distribution of foods to pets in the United States. There are three different guidelines you might see on an AAFCO label on a puppy food bag.
- One is that the food has been actually tested on puppies through food trials. That would be the best label you could see.
- You might also see a label that says the food contains nutrients comparable to food that has actually been tested.
- The last one is that the food contains nutrients that should satisfy an AAFCO label.
Ideally, you would choose a food that has actually been tested, ensuring it works well for puppies. Again, there are a number of those, so be sure to look for that AAFCO label.