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 that contains a large amount of protein as well as essential oils.
2. A Jug puppy needs good nutrition, especially in his first year of life. Make sure vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are on the ingredient list. Many of the health problems dog owners face today can be related to what they were fed in their early years.
3. Always remember… NO corn, wheat, gluten, dairy or soy. Corn can lead to weight problems as they age and has been associated with allergies in dogs. Even if the ingredient list says natural, be sure to read the ingredient list before you buy!
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 of high quality and has been approved for all stages of a dog’s life, there is no need to feed a puppy food.
5. Another great tip… Don’t feed your dog any produce! Byproducts are inferior ingredients and are added to many commercial puppy foods. This could include chicken feet, intestines, etc…OMG…yuk…you get the picture. If you see the word for product on the label… run!
6. Last but not least, look for a food that has small bites that are easy for your Pitcher 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 buy an entire bag just to find out if your dog really likes it or not.
Did you know that dogs fed high-quality dog food live an average of 5 or more years longer than dogs fed lower-quality food?