If you already have a labrador puppy you already know that they love to eat. If you don’t have it yet, soon you will learn. Most likely you will have a question what is the best dog food for labrador puppy. I am going to tell you the whole story how we discovered Wellness Core Grain Free Dry Dog Food, which we are currently giving to Cheepsus.
Diana and I spent some time investigating available foods, reading reviews and of course trying some on Cheepsus. I won’t lie – he really enjoyed this part.
Feeding Your Dog
We are all very aware that long-term health is at least partly dependent on a decent diet, and that this applies to our dogs as it applies to us.
There are three categories of dog food:
- Raw food.
- Wet food.
And it is up to you to decide what you will be feeding your puppy. If you want to read a bit more about dog nutrition then visit this page
. We decided that we will continue feeding Cheepsus on kibble as his breeder.
How We Chose The Best Kibble Option
When we started our preparation before bringing Cheepsus to our home, we got some puppy kibble for him. It was a random Purina Beneful Healthy Puppy
kibble which we bought from Target on Black Friday. We bought it without much thinking, cause it was a good deal. We just assumed that all kibble was pretty much the same.
So probably during the first month, he tried all of these and enjoyed each – as all labradors do. But the question about the best food for puppies was still on my mind.
While I was researching puppy food on the internet, I came across dogfoodadvisor.com
website, which does dog food reviews and rates it. For members, they give access to Editor’s Choice section of the website, where they have a huge database of rated dog food.
I went through the list and selected the ones that had 4-5 stars rating out of 5 stars. With this list, I went to amazon.com
to see what was available as I wanted to use their Subscribe & Save
service for kibble delivery. That’s how I ended up with Wellness Core Grain Free Dry Dog Food Puppy Formula option.
Wellness Core Grain Free Dry Dog Food
Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars. The manufacturer claims the recipe meets AAFCO nutrient profiles
and to be “complete and balanced” for growth.
Below you can see a list of ingredients and nutrient content.
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. Most of that moisture is going to evaporate during cooking. This reduces the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
The second ingredient includes chicken meal
. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate
and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The fourth ingredient includes potatoes. You can consider potatoes as a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fifth ingredient includes peas
. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber
The sixth ingredient is potato protein, the dry residue remaining after removing the starchy part of a potato.
The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. In order to obtain chicken fat, meat needs to be rendered. This is done using a similar process to making soup. The fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The eighth ingredient is dried ground potato. A dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.
The ninth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient. This is a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup, and ketchup.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items. Ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
Four notable exceptions…
As you might know, Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
You should consider salmon oil as a commendable addition. Of course, this depends on its level of freshness and purity.
is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein. You should consider this factor when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin. This is a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary
fiber, it’s also prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals
, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. You will usually find chelated minerals in better dog foods.
A Final Word
We are very happy with Wellness
Core Grain Free Dry Dog Food Puppy Formula – Cheepsus has grown strong, healthy and very well built. His coat is shiny and very soft – everybody who pets him acknowledges this.
We are going to keep Cheepsus on this kibble for another four months, till he is one year old. Then we will switch to adult dog food. I will use the same dogfoodadvisor.com
website to find next kibble for him. So come back to follow-up.
Leave a comment below about your puppy’s favorite food.