Into the Bag, The Diamond R Perspective on dog food quality and health.
Updated: Feb 4, 2021
Your new puppy is like a well-oiled machine, it's young, fluffy, and full of energy. But just like a machine, the lifespan of your puppy could very well depend on the quality of the fuel that you are putting into it. Let us start off with a few basic questions.
1. Do I need to feed my new fluff ball puppy food or can I feed it what my other dog eats?
Well yes you very well can feed both dogs the same products and you may never tell a difference, but a puppy needs specific nutrients that are found in puppy-specific dog foods, yes you heard that right, kibble size is not the only difference in puppy versus adult food. Some brands have a mix of the two so the food provides the needed nutrients for both puppy growth and maintaining adult health.
2.Is grain-free dog food really bad for my dog?
Studies are starting to come out that do show scientific data that says grain-free diets can lead to an increase in heart disease in your dogs. Although we have used grain-free diets when this news came out we decided to dig a little deeper and jump into the mysterious world of dog foods. Our conclusion was that you cannot argue with data and so we decided to transition all of our pack off of grain-free. We personally feed Victor dog food as we have really loved the company and have seen great results from their dog food. We like to use https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ to research dog foods and really recommend everyone do their research and figure out what's best for your specific puppy!
3. How often should I feed my new puppy?
We recommend you feed your puppy twice a day. We also recommend that you find a schedule that fits your lifestyle and stick to it. Your puppy needs to learn routines just like you did when you were a kid. Your puppy needs to learn when to eat but you also need to keep in mind that food will digest quickly in a growing puppy so setting up feeding times should revolve around when you are there to set up bathroom breaks. Success to potty training is all about you setting up your puppy for success.
4. Are most foods safe for dogs?
No, there are lots of foods that are not safe for dogs to eat, here is a list of a few!