How do you find the best dry puppy food? All puppy foods say they are the most natural or the best. What makes a brand better?

First, the best dry puppy food should be certified to sell on the European market as well as in the US. You will find most pet food companies are routinely certified according to the nutritional profiles of AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials). But many are not certified by APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service)

APHIS is a USDA certification that allows the sale of a finished product to the International market, including the European market, which has extremely high standards on ingredient sources, much higher than the US. Under APHIS certification, the pet food plant and ingredient facilities are routinely inspected. This duel certification assures you that the puppy food is of the highest quality.

Secondly, the best dry puppy food should have a high quality protein source. Protein is essential for all bodily functions including those of the brain, heart, skin, skeleton and more. It is one of the most important ingredients in a puppy food. There should be an average of 26% protein in a food and it should include high quality protein like chicken meal or catfish meal.

Lastly, the best dry puppy food should be free of by-products. By-products are what is left over after the meat for human consumption has been removed. They can contain anything from chicken heads, intestines, fur, feathers, blood, skin, bone, feces, and even dirt or sawdust from the floors. By-products are not kept fresh, and have been known to sit for long periods of time before they are taken to the dog food plant. This is definitely not what you want in your puppies food!


by Candice Lee