We're getting a Newfie
puppy! This is our first dog and we want to feed him the best food
There are so many kinds and brands and they all say
Complete and Balanced and all claim to be "the best you can
feed". Are all dog or puppy foods the same or can you tell me
which one is the best?
what is... best food...
Truthfully, there are several excellent
puppy and adult foods available today and they all are meat-based; that
is, an animal or fish source is the main ingredient and will be listed
first on the Ingredient List. Dogs, although not classified as a
"true carnivore" as is the cat, thrive best on dietary
meat sources of fat and protein. (Dogs with special medical problems
may need a therapeutic diet, some of which are only available on the order
of a veterinarian.)
You would do well to select a nationally
distributed brand of meat based diet such as a chicken and rice dry
food. And with growing pups of large breeds (or any breed) such as
the Newfoundland you must not restrict the protein level as was in
vogue several years ago due to faulty test protocols. However, you
do have to only feed an amount that permits normal growth and maintenance
without allowing the dog to become overweight.
Important points about
Buy only good quality food because everything about the dog is founded
on the nutrients from the diet.
dog is too thin, feed more: if too heavy, feed less and increase exercise
Meat based formulas are best for dogs and cats.
Ignore "how much to feed" suggestions on the label and only feed
an amount that maintains good body weight.
Each dog is unique regarding "how much to feed".