1. Reading the dog food label is very important. There should be good protein, especially in the first 5 ingredients. Chicken meal is a good source of protein because it is a more concentrated form of protein than chicken alone. Catfish is a lean fish containing an ample amount of protein and also essential oils.
2. A Jug puppy needs good nutrition, especially in his first year of life. Make sure vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are in the ingredient list. Many of the health concerns that dog owners face today can be linked to what they were fed in their early years.
3. Always remember… NO corn, wheat, glutens, dairy or soy. Corn can lead to overweight issues when they get older and has been associated with allergies in dogs. Even if the ingredient list says natural, be sure and read the ingredient list first before you purchase!!
4. Many commercial dog food companies have made it quite confusing when it comes to choosing which formula to feed our dogs and puppies. As long as a food is high quality and has been approved for All stages of a dogs life, there is no need to feed a puppy food.
5. Here’s another big tip… Don’t feed your dog by products!! By-products are inferior ingredients and get added to many commercial puppy foods. This could include chicken feet, intestines, etc… Oh my gosh… yuk… you get the picture. If you see the word by product on the label… run!
6. Last but not least, look for a food that has small bites that are easy for your Jug to chew. Also try to find a food that actually tastes good! A good way to do this is to find a company that provides samples so you don’t have to get a whole bag just to find out if your dog really likes it or not!
Did you know that dogs fed a high quality dog food live on average 5 or more years longer than dogs fed lesser-quality food?
by Candice Lee