Feeding Your Puppy: Pros and Cons of Dry Food

February 26, 2023
As a dog owner with over 25 years of experience, I can attest that having a dog is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened in my life. The companionship and joy they bring is incomparable.

Ensuring that your new puppy receives proper nutrition is a crucial part of integrating him into your family. A healthy diet is fundamental in facilitating the growth of strong muscles and bones, a lustrous coat, bright eyes, and boundless puppy energy. Establishing a regular feeding schedule, in addition to providing a nutritious diet, is also important. There are a variety of options to meet your puppy's dietary needs, including dry, canned, raw, and natural foods. It's crucial to research the best choice of diet for your puppy before bringing him home. Consult your breeder for suggestions, as reputable breeders may provide you with the same food your puppy has been eating, to avoid abrupt changes in diet. If your pup is from a shelter, inquire about the food they have been feeding him. If you decide to change your puppy's diet, do so gradually by feeding the original food for at least three days before introducing the new food at a 25:75 ratio. After three days, switch to a 50:50 ratio, and after another three days, feed the new food at a 75:25 ratio before your puppy is completely transitioned to the new food.

It's recommended that you seek advice from your veterinarian, who can recommend a proper diet for your new furry family member. Veterinary nutritionists are also a valuable resource for finding the perfect foods for your puppy, as they specialize in balancing diets for pets. A healthy diet should comprise the appropriate amount and balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, in addition to an adequate supply of fresh water. Neglecting any of these components or feeding your puppy an unbalanced diet can lead to irreversible health issues.

To keep your puppy hydrated, provide him with plenty of fresh water throughout the day. You can also add moisture to his meals by mixing in some canned food or adding water to his dry food. Additionally, it's essential to provide your puppy with appropriate treats. Ideal puppy treats include small, soft, and easy-to-digest treats that provide a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Avoid treats that are high in calories, sugar, or fat, which can lead to obesity and other health issues in the long run.

Dry Dog Foods

Although dry dog food may seem unexciting, it offers numerous advantages if you choose the right one for your puppy. While canned or homemade meals may look more appetizing, your puppy's taste buds care more about the flavor than the appearance of the food.

The Benefits

Dry dog food, or kibble, is a convenient choice for many pet owners. It can be easily packed for traveling, and most brands are readily available even when you're on the go. Unlike canned or homemade food, kibble does not require refrigeration or any special preparation. Moreover, it can help improve your dog's dental health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup. With various brands, flavors, and types of dry foods available, you can find one that satisfies your puppy's nutritional requirements and taste preferences. Dry dog food can also be more affordable than canned food, though high-quality options can be pricier.

The Drawbacks

Most dry dog foods contain grains, and while many dogs can tolerate them, some may have allergies or intolerances to specific grains like wheat or corn. If your puppy has such sensitivities, you'll need to search for grain-free options, which may be available online if not in your local pet supply store.


When choosing dry dog food, be sure to check the label to ensure it contains all the necessary nutrients your puppy needs. The ingredients list should be in order of weight, and a list that starts with a meat protein source is typically the best option. However, if the list contains several versions of the same grain, such as whole corn and cornmeal, they may add up to more than the meat listed as the primary ingredient. Always choose food labeled for puppies or that's nutritionally complete for all life stages.

Feeding Guidelines for Your Puppy by Size

Large-breed puppies require a specific balance of nutrients for their rapid growth, particularly regarding protein, calcium, and phosphorus. Therefore, it's best to choose a food specially formulated for large-breed puppies, or one labeled for all puppies or complete and balanced for all life stages. For small-size puppies, they may need extra feedings throughout the day to maintain proper blood sugar levels, but be sure to use their regular diet and not treats that may lack the proper nutrients.

Encouraging Finicky Eaters

Some puppies may be picky eaters and turn their noses up at dry food, especially those going through teething with sensitive gums. In such cases, try adding warm water to the food to enhance its aroma and soften it. You can also add a teaspoon or two of canned food, but make sure it's also nutritionally complete and made for puppies. If your puppy doesn't eat all the moistened or canned food at once, discard it.

In conclusion, dry dog food is a convenient and nutritious option for feeding your puppy. By selecting the right food, you can provide your pet with a balanced diet that supports their overall health and well-being.

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