We’ve made a switch and I wanted to make sure all our puppy adopters are aware of it so they can plan ahead for their new puppy.
As I’ve mentioned before, I honestly think a raw diet is actually the most correct diet for our dogs, but we’re not quite there yet ourselves (with the prep time required and cost for more than a couple of dogs 😉) If you’re interested there are a number of great, pre-made frozen, raw and freeze-dried brands (Answers, Primal, Stella & Chewy’s, Northwest Naturals to name a few). And your puppy can’t be switched over easily from our puppy kibble to one of these).
But back to our puppy food….We are now using Fromm Family Classic Puppy Food with “Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Whole Egg, and Real Cheese”. (I’m being specific about the name because Fromm has several different puppy foods). We order ours online from PetFlow. You can also go to the Fromm website and use the store locator to find a supplier near you. (The closest one to us is two hours away which is why I order online and have it shipped to my door).
You may have heard the new news about “grain free dog foods causing heart disease” that’s been in the news lately. I think there’s more to the story than that. Dr. Karen Becker has a really informative video out with more information. I’ve posted the link below if you care to watch it.
With that being said, I personally think my dog’s more natural inclination would be to eat “grains” like the rice found in the “normal” foods than the protein added to the grain-free which consists of things like lentils, peas, and sweet potatoes. I don’t know if any of these used in moderation are really bad, but I’d rather my dog get his protein from a meat source than a legume. And like I said, this is just my personal opinion. I’m not a veterinarian, a nutritionist or any such specialist. I read I watch, I listen and make decisions for what I think is best for my dogs. There has also been a lot of information out about peas causing reproductive issues in dogs (because of the estrogen found in peas) and that’s the last thing I need with my girls, but obviously not an issue for your pups that will be spayed or neutered.) The grain-free puppy food (and most grain-free foods) which we use for our puppies and expectant moms contain peas as one of their protein sources. So to be on the safe side, that’s another reason to go back to the food that contains rice.
So, my short post about changing puppy foods turned into a general food ramble, but there you have it! hehe