Puppies rely on their mother’s milk entirely for the first few weeks and provided she is properly nourished, that is the best puppy food. Once their eyes are open, they begin to explore and chew on whatever they find. In the wild, this could include grass, twigs, bark, insects, herbivore droppings and anything their mother managed to catch for them. Mother Nature knows best, so aim to imitate her!
The Best Puppy Food Is Raw!
From about 4 weeks old onwards, they’ll need more than just their mother’s milk. The best puppy food is raw meat-and-bone mince mixed with an equal volume of liquidized green vegetables and Pet Plus to provide their rapidly growing bodies with the whole range of essential nutrients. Vary the greens so they’re different each day. Choose clean, organic, nutrient dense greens, like parsley, broccoli, and even grass.
Dogs are essentially carnivores, so are designed to get most of their nutrients by eating other animals, whole and raw. If you give just the meat, there will be too much phosphate and not enough calcium (and other minerals) so the puppy would not be able to develop strong bones. So the best puppy food contains both meat and bone, raw, minced together in the proportions found in nature. The minerals are still attached to their enzymes and so are readily available to the puppy’s rapidly developing body. Once cooked, these enzymes are destroyed rendering the minerals virtually inaccessible. So raw is the way to go!
Why Liquidized Greens?
Most of the animals the dog would eat in the wild would be herbivores, eating a diet largely of grass. Herbivores have teeth and digestive systems specially adapted to digest vegetation. They chew it for ages, grinding it to a pulp, which then passes very slowly through their very long digestive systems, where it is further broken down by bacterial fermentation and enzyme activity. When dogs eat herbivores, they consume the guts as well as the meat and bone. In order to follow nature and provide the best puppy food, we need to include some of this grass soup element. Carnivores lack the teeth to grind up plants so liquidizing it helps. Pet Plus provides the remaining nutrients and probiotics required for healthy development.
How Often Should We Feed Them?
Puppies’ stomachs are very small, so they do best on a little and often, so 6-8 little feeds a day at first, gradually reducing to 4 bigger feeds by 3 months. Either give them individual small plates of food or arrange the food around the edge of a bigger plate and make sure there is enough room around the plate for them all to feed at once. Puppies climbing through the food make a terrible mess of themselves and their environment! When they’ve had enough, take the plate(s) and any remaining food away, or give it to the bitch. It is disgustingly unhygienic to leave the food lying there all day.
Why Not Biscuits Or Tinned Food?
Healthy, slow growth is the best way to minimize developmental problems, especially with large breeds. Many commercial puppy foods encourage rapid growth which I suspect contributes to the ever increasing incidence of bone, joint and cartilage problems. The nutrients in these processed foods are denatured by the heat or chemical processing and are very difficult for the puppy to digest, absorb and assimilate, further exacerbating these problems. In addition, they are laden with chemicals which the immature, innocent puppy’s body cannot deal with properly.