I ended up buying the Zignature Turkey formula. I figured a little less protein was okay along with a little beet pulp, just as long as it didn’t have any potato in it. I’ll just add in some frozen chicken legs along with an egg twice a week to up the protein and fat, while…
Well, the biggest myth about feeding puppies a diet high in protein is that it causes a lot of growth problems. The biggest growth causing issue in large breeds, medium breeds, and small breeds is not a correct calcium to phosphorous ratio. Too much calcium, not enough phosphorous, in their bones causes too much growth, or irregular growth, whereas too much phosphorous and not enough calcium causes a vitamin deficiency or stunted growth. High protein is recommended for puppies because they’re growing and require more protein to sustain them than an adult dog. That’s why, when comparing a puppy food to an adult food, you’ll find that the puppy food is higher in protein than an adult or senior dog food. Puppies require 28% protein minimum and 18% fat minimum.
However, the kidney issue is mostly due to an extremely high fat diet where they can’t filter it through their system, or a diet very high in iron because both cause it to store up in the kidneys.
Another common misconception is that puppies need more carbohydrates. They don’t really, because a puppy hyped up on carbs is a crazy puppy that gets into a lot of trouble and is constantly hungry.
The rule is, low protein, low fat, high carb diet = crazy, flabby puppy with a stomach like a black hole and lots of poop. Not to mention blood sugar issues
high protein, high fat, low carb diet = well filled out puppy with a sustained amount of energy throughout the day, small amounts of poop (if the puppy can’t tolerate the food and has diarrhea, it’s due to the fat content, so lower fat content can be found in a different high protein food), can change behavior in a positive manor making them less spastic, decreases the chance of the dog developing diabetes later in life, requires less food because it keeps their appetite in check.
Wild dogs don’t need their intake regulated because sometimes they don’t eat for days at a time and they require the fat storage for periods of time where they are unable to find food. Domestic dogs should not be able to eat until they’re hungry, because most of them don’t have an internal clock to tell them when to stop. Obesity is a horrible thing for a dog because of many reasons, so monitoring their intake and adjusting it based on their activity level, age and weight is best for them.
As for the Zignature, I can’t find it here either, along with other amazing dog food brands, so I order all my food online at chewy.com. It’s sometimes cheaper than stores and they have amazing customer service. If you find a food you love, you can sign up for a delivery schedule and never have to worry about going to the store for food. Also, if they don’t have a food you like on there, just ask if they will carry it and they will put it on the wish list.
Natures variety instinct isn’t bad, I just think it’s too expensive. Just like with Wellness core, you can do better for that price. It’s like blue buffalo brand, it’s not that amazing for the amount you pay.
I think you would absolutely LOVE the Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural formula
Great analysis, thanks for the reblog! I agree with everything you’ve said. I also particularly like your explanation for scheduled feedings. My roommate doesn’t agree with it and thinks a dog is happier when free fed. Sure, some dogs do alright with the free feeding… But most of the dogs I know would eat constantly if given the opportunity. Especially my two!
I used to be really interested in learning about dog food and nutrition. I still am, but I don’t actively go seeking answers since I’ve always stuck with Nature’s Variety. I agree that it’s overpriced, but I think most good diets are. Just like you said, the Blue Buffalo. I don’t even like Blue Buffalo. It’s a good food and all, but not one that I prefer. I’ll have to check out the one you mentioned! I started Sam on Nature’s Variety Prairie, the grain one. Then eventually eased her onto the Instinct, grain-free verison. Earlier in the year I switched to the grain-free Innova diet, but I went back to the Nature’s Variety Instinct. I don’t feed the raw as often as I used to. It’s expensive…
My friend, who actively volunteers for our local German Shepherd rescue, feeds a raw diet based off of BARF. She said she’d show me how she does her mix. It’s a LOT cheaper and lasts longer than me buying Nature’s Variety. My biggest fear has been that if I fed a full raw diet, I wouldn’t distribute the ingredients correctly. I don’t want to give them too much of one thing, and too little of another.