• Beau Elliott

The Best Puppy Food

What is the best food for puppies?

If you just got an adorable new puppy, chances are you are looking for the best dog food to meet your puppies needs. Providing your puppy with the proper balance of vitamins and nutrients is essential in your pups first few months, so making the right choice is crucial! And we know finding a good puppy food at a reasonable price can be hard, so we reviewed all the dog foods made for puppies on the market and compiled a list of the top 5 foods for puppies to keep your new best friend healthy and happy!

#5 Iams Proactive Health Smart Puppy

Sniffer Rating: 4.5 Paws Up

Best for: Small/medium sized breed puppies

Ingredients (first 6) : Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Dried Beet Pulp

Price: $

Why we love it: The protein in Iams Smart Puppy comes primarily from chicken and eggs, making it great for a growing puppy looking to develop strong muscles. The food contains grain, which new studies have indicated may actually be good for your growing puppy. The high Omega 3 content in this food is great for your little pups growing brain and can help improve learning and memory function. At this price point, Iams Smart puppy is a great puppy food for your dogs first year.

#4: Victor Purpose Grain Free Active Dog & Puppy

Sniffer Rating: 4.7 Paws Up

Best For: All Breeds, Active lifestyle dogs

Ingredients (first 7) : Beef Meal, Peas, Sweet Potato, Chicken Fat, Menhaden Fish Meal , Blood Meal, Garbanzo Beans

Price: $$

Why we love it: Victor Active Dog and Puppy is a great grain-free option for puppies with an allergy or sensitivity to grain. The quality of ingredients, especially the meat protein sources, makes Victor one of our top food picks for your puppy. The high protein content makes this an ideal food for puppies or dogs with a very active lifestyle. However, if your pup spends most of its time indoors napping, this may not be your best choice.

#3: Merrick Grain-Free Puppy Plate

Sniffer Rating: 5 Paws Up

Best For: All Breeds

Ingredients (first 5) : Deboned chicken, chicken broth, duck, sweet potatoes, carrots

Price: $$

Why we love it: With a 96% meat ingredient list, Merrick is the perfect choice for a growing good-boy. The meat is USDA inspected and deboned before making its way into your dogs belly, making it a safe, tasty choice for any dog. This wet food mix will be perfect for any picky eater, as the savory smells and tastes in wet food are always preferred over dry.

#2: Go! Carnivore Puppy Chicken, Turkey and Duck

Sniffer Rating: 5 Paws Up

Best For: Small/Medium breed puppies

Ingredients (first 6): Chicken meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey, de-boned trout

Price: $$$

Why we love it: The complex profile of meats assembled into this ingredient list is one of the most diverse in the marketplace today. The myriad of flavors and nutrients makes this one of the best possible food choices for you puppy. If you are searching for the best puppy food, you cannot go wrong with Go!

#1: Orijen Puppy

Sniffer Rating: 5 Paws Up

Best For: Small/Medium breeds

Ingredients (first 7): Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, Atlantic flounder, cage-free eggs, whole Atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver

Price: $$$

Why we love it: While this puppy food is at our highest price point, it is without a doubt the best puppy food for your growing good boy. This bag is specifically designed for small/medium breed dogs, although there is another version made specifically for large breeds. Orijen has perfected the puppy food recipe and created a delectable puppy chow to keep your new best friend happy and healthy for years to come.


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