Canned Puppy Food Unleashed

This Golden Retriever puppy is happy and healthy, and he dines on Blue Buffalo canned puppy food.

Puppy food recalls are on the rise

Concern over quality puppy food brands, due to recent puppy brand food recalls, makes you wonder if what you are feeding your puppy is really safe.

The first layer of discovery shows us that most of the puppy food for sale in most any pet store is really the same food - only repackaged for different brands.

So it's true that you could be paying too much for puppy foods that are just the same old thing in a shiny new package with another puppy food brand's label on the outside.

Deceptive - or not? We went out on the streets and uncovered the truth behind those dog food labels! Important facts like

  • Where it is made…
  • The quality of ingredients used, and most importantly…
  • The integrity of the puppy food brand.

It's a fact - many puppy foods are just the same old thing in a shiny new package with another puppy food brand's label on the outside. It's totally deceiving, don't you think? But we're so onto their scheme.


Feed Your Puppy Smarter - Compare Top Brands

We took a hard look the best selling brands of puppy food and put them to the ingredient test. Here's what we found:

Royal Canin puppy food…

Owned by Mars (the candy bar company). Mars also maintains ownership of Nutro and Pedigree - both of which are low end puppy food brands. Royal Canin puppy food was founded on the principal that our dogs are like family - and idea that now has gone commercial since the merger with Mars.

Top ingredients are:

Chicken meal, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, chicken fat, corn, wheat gluten, dried beet pulp, natural flavors, rice flour, wheat, fish oil

Blue Buffalo puppy food...

Privately owned and manufactured, Blue Buffalo offers a healthier brand of puppy food that is readily available. One of the reasons we like Blue Buffalo is that it's no nonsense, healthier puppy food.

You won't find a gazillion choices - only two: Large breed puppy food and small breed puppy food. Real simple - just exactly what your puppy needs, Blue brand puppy food.

Top ingredients are:

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Rye, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Menhaden Fish Meal (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Potatoes, Peas, Whole Carrots, and Whole Sweet Potatoes.

Wellness puppy food...

Wellness is just one of the brand labels under Berwind Corp. Wellness puppy food is manufactured at Diamond Pet Foods, and is included in the disastrous dog food recall of 2012.

Top ingredients are:

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Salmon Meal (a source of DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid), Ground Brown Rice, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomato Pomace, Rice Bran, Tomatoes, Natural Chicken Flavor, Rye Flour, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries

Science Diet puppy food...

As part of the Hills branded labels, Science diet puppy food owned by none other than Colgate-Pamolive. It's undetermined where this brand of pet food is made, but a quick glance at the ingredients will tell you it doesn't matter… it's junk food anyway.

Top ingredients are:

Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Brewers Rice, Dicalcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Fish Oil.

Integrity Growth formula

Integrity puppy dog food is a top quality dry puppy food, unfortunately it is only available in the western USA - Calif, Nevada, Arizona and one location in Hawaii. It is manufactured in California, by a private feed manufacturing company.

Top ingredients are:

Poultry Meal, Ground Rice, Fish Meal, Oat Meal, Ground Barley, Poultry Fat, Dehydrated Potatoes, Beet Pulp Shreds, Rice Bran, Whole Dried Egg, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Brewers Yeast, Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicory Root, Salt (Sodium Chloride), Chicken Cartilage (naturally occurring source of glucosamine & chondroitin)

Our Recommendations For Top Puppy Food Brands Are (In Order Of Preference)…

  1. Blue Buffalo puppy food
  2. Royal Canin
  3. Integrity Growth (if you can find it!)
  4. In a pinch - Wellness puppy food
  5. And not recommended - Science Diet

We came to these recommendations based on 2 important criteria...

One - the quality of ingredients, and two - the quality of the company behind these puppy food brands.

Feeding your pup Blue Buffalo puppy food assures that your puppy will dine on real chicken - not any sort of meal, and certainly not corn and corn by-products.

Royal Canin was just "OK" - their nutritional data was a bit low in our puppy food comparison, however the company integrity is present with every product.

Wellness out sources their products, and therefore has zero control over the quality of the ingredients nor the manufacturing process.

Science Diet - Let's just pass on this one for overall poor quality.

Where To Find The Best Puppy Foods

You can find Blue Buffalo at most of the large pet stores, or you can order it online and spend more time with your new pooch.

My favorite place to find Best Selling Puppy Food is on Amazon. In fact, I believe there is a sale going on right now.

Can Puppy Food Be Mixed?

Here's a thought - can puppy food be mixed - both canned (wet dog food) and dry food?

This question comes up every now and then, and the answer is - yes! Your pup needs lots of stimulation for his teeth and gums that canned puppy food just doesn't offer.

Just be sure that the kibble size is not too large for his small puppy mouth.

Why does my pup do that?

Find out all you need to know about puppy care, from choosing your new pup to puppy behavior. Find your answer at the Puppy Dog Place.

Steps You Can Take Now

Variety is the spice of a puppy dog's life, and you can change up our puppy diet with some homemade puppy food - find simple, original recipes here...

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