10 Human Foods That Can Kill Your Dog [Infographic]

10 Human Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

We all want to share in the joys of our favorite foods with those closest to us, including our beloved pets. But pets, and dogs in particular, may not always share our taste for certain foods and beverages. In fact, you may be putting your dog in serious harm. Here are the 10 human foods that can seriously harm or kill your dog.

10 Human Foods That Can Kill Your Dog


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1. Foods Containing Alcohol

Never give your dog an alcoholic beverage as it could easily cause death. But what most pet owners need to be extra cautious about is food containing alcohol. Certain pastries, pies and meats are cooked with alcohol and retain traces of it.

2. Chocolate

The dangerous component in your favorite comfort food is theobromine. Because dogs metabolize it slowly, it can build up to toxic levels and cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and heart attack. Small dogs are at greater risk of death.

3. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes, whether fresh or dried (raisins), are highly toxic to dogs. They can cause severe kidney damage. Though not all dogs are seriously affected by grapes, it is best to err on the side of caution.

4. Macadamia nuts

While there are several nut varieties you should keep away from your dog, macadamia nuts are often singled out for their toxicity. They affect mobility, causing your pet to feel week, pant frequently and develop swollen limbs.

5. Garlic and onions

Garlic and onions are highly dangerous to dogs regardless of the form they are in – powder, raw or cooked. Be especially careful about foods containing garlic or onions.

6. Bread dough

This one is dangerous for two reasons. One is that the dough keeps expanding even when ingested causing bloating and vomiting. Two is the alcohol in yeast that causes poisoning.

7. Mushrooms

Avoid giving any type of mushroom to your dog. A majority of mushroom varieties are toxic and could lead to serious organ damage and death.

8. Foods with Xylitol

Xylitol is an alcohol-based sweetener found in some candies, baked goods and gum. Even in small amounts, it can lead to seizures, liver damage and death.

9. Tobacco

Nicotine in tobacco is bad for humans but deadly for dogs. It damages major organ systems, affects the heart rate and could be fatal.

10. Caffeine

Caffeine is found in many things including energy drinks, coffee, certain pastries and tea. Too much ingestion is dangerous to dogs. The health effects of caffeine toxicity in dogs are similar to those of theobromine found in chocolate.



Best Dog Bloggers To Follow In 2017

By admin / February 23, 2017
Best Dog Bloggers to Follow 12

If you are like most dog owners, then you know firsthand the obsession with acquiring as much knowledge as you can on everything dogs. You have become an expert at scouring the internet for tips and advice from the best foods to feed them to best training techniques to 'should I be worried about a runny nose?’.

We know how important quality information is to you. So we have compiled a list of the top 50 dog bloggers you should be following right now. Almost all of them are dog owners and they share the advice, tips and experiences they have gleaned along the way.

1. 24 Paws of Love

“​Our unique experience and journey of the unconditional love of our two packs of dogs.”

24 Paws of Love

The blog features six dogs, hence the name 24 Paws. As you can expect, more paws means more fun. Follow the blog to read about all their adventures and find out what it is like owning that many dogs. You will also learn a lot about dog behavior, feeding and health.

2. Barking from the Bayou

“A fun place for dog tips, product reviews, and laughs”


Melissa describes her dog, Bentley, as a human trapped in the body of a Basset Hound. Bentley’s best four-legged friend is a Westie called Pierre. Melissa’s husband does the photography, Melissa does the typing but it is the dogs that do the talking. Get ready to smile and laugh a lot.

The blog also contains product reviews to help dog owners stay in the know about what’s new in the market. If you are lucky, you might also come across an offer or discount sandwiched between hilariously silly dog talk.


3. Beagles & Bargains



Owning a dog is not exactly a cheap affair. When you factor in the costs of food, toys and visits to the vet, the dollars add up pretty quickly. Luckily, Jessica is here to help you be a good pet parent on a budget. With the help of her rescue Beagle, Luna, she will give you tips on bargain hunting and where you can pinch a few bucks.


4. Chronicles of Cardigan

“​a comedy coated in pet hair”


There is no shortage of humor on this blog. Everything from the About page to the blog posts and even the font just makes you smile. The genius behind it is Elizabeth alongside her two Corgis, Jon Farleigh and Dewi. If you want a laugh or two, make this blog a daily visit.

Chronicles of Cardigan
Chronicles of Cardigan

5. Come Wag Along


Come Wag Along is a mishmash of stories and advice on a range of subjects including kids, family and dogs. But there is plenty of dogs to keep any dog owner hooked and coming back for more. The best part about it all is how Kia, the mom, wife and dog parent behind the blog, integrates her dog’s experiences with that of the family. She calls her mini schnauzer her first child.

On her blog, you can also find product reviews and helpful bits and pieces on keeping your pup healthy and happy.


6. Dakota's Den


The about page is written by the dog, co-writer is Caren. That should tell you all you need to know about this lighthearted yet immensely helpful blog. It mixes in the funny bits with helpful information for dog owners. When you are done scrolling through the sweet pictures (in about several decades), check out the book review section for some interesting reads. The blog also features important causes you can be involved in as well as product reviews.


7. Dancing Dog Blog

“a friendly voice - an expansive view”


No, there is no gif of a dancing dog on the front page, thought that would be nice. Dancing Dog Blog is Mary’s project. Her aim is to help dog parents keep their pets healthy, fit and happy. The blog is split into four main sections; dog health, dog hotels, pet insurance and popular dog lists.

8. Dog & His Boy

“​Deaf Dogs And Beyond”


Bernard is on a special mission to help deaf dogs and raise more awareness regarding their condition. His is himself a parent to a deaf dog and intimately knows the difficulties and joys of raising one. For other def dog parents, this is a great place to get insights and encouragement to keep you and your dog healthy and happy.

In his posts, you will learn how to communicate with your deaf dog, how to understand its needs and how to train it. It is one of the best resources on the web for owners of deaf dogs.


9. Dog Fashion Online

Dog Fashion Online

The blog is about dog fashion which features stunning dog photography, showing off our furry friends in all their beauty and color. Among the pictures and dog fashion aricles, you will find a sprinkle of tips on being a dog parent. The blog focuses on positivity and happiness for both the dog and its owner.

10. Dog Mom Days

“​Inspiring dog moms to live modern, meaningful lives.”


Amanda is a dog owner with a passion for helping fellow dog moms with information and resources. Aside from the personal stories peppered with plenty of cutesy pictures, you will also find a trove of information regarding dog nutrition, dog health and dog training. She also features a variety of product reviews to help dog moms everywhere buy the best for their pets.

11. Dog Splendor

“​Tips, review & whimsy for discerning dog parents”


There is plenty of information for dog parents at Stefanie's blog. She has numerous tips for dog owners. She offers advice on health, training and foods. In the blog, she also shares her fun adventures with her two partners in crime, two Schnoodles called Izzie and Maddie. You will also find helpful product reviews for various dog products.


12. Dog Trotting



Sherri's blog is another great blog for travel lovers who take their dogs with them, or would like to. Dog Trotting is a platform where travel adventurers can meet share experiences. If you want tips on how to travel with your dog and advice on important do’s and don’ts, this is the blog to follow. Even if you do not globe trot with your pup, there are tons of fascinating stories to read up on.


13. Dogs N Paws

Dogs N Paws

This is another great information-centric blog, perfect for all dog owners regardless of breed and age. The blog has specific tips for senior dogs, dog training, dog grooming and dog treats. It also touches on general dog health issues.

Lisa is the amazing human behind the blog. She shares often on her experiences taking care of four dogs.


14. Dolly the Doxie

“​a stubborn rescue mix living healthy in big city”


Dolly is an adorable dachshund living in the city. The blog provides other urban dog parents with tips for keeping the dog healthy and fit in the city. This includes nice places to visit, suggestions for where you can take walks and information on pet health and safety. You will also find a range of product reviews and giveaways.


15. Golden Woofs


This colorful blog features Sugar the Golden Retriever and his enviously adventurous life. The dog parent doing the writing and posting ridiculously cute pictures is Rosalyn. As well as sharing the wild adventures of dog and owner, the blog provides a trove of helpful information to all pet parents out there. You will find dog product reviews, important how to’s and other essential bits and pieces.

There is also a store where you can buy a few things for your furry companion including collars and bow ties.​



“​A Dog Friendly Lifestyle Blog from Los Angeles”


The blog is as happy as it sounds. In fact, the main character is a Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound mix called Happy. There is also Hazel, the proud mom behind the blog. The blog is a mixture of fun adventures by Happy and Hazel and a variety of product reviews. Follow along for happy stories and even happier pictures.


17. Have Dog Blog Will Travel


Another amazing dog travel blog for pet parents who want to satisfy their wanderlust with their dogs on their side. On the blog, you will find pet travel tips and destination recommendations. The blog also touches on other topics including dog fitness, health and nutrition.


18. Have Dog Can Travel


Travel blogs have become something of a trend and this is one of the best around the web. Hazel shares fascinating stories and stunning pictures of her travel adventures with her dog. If you are looking for destination ideas and dog travel tips, we highly recommend Hazel’s blog. When you visit it, immediately head over the listings page, where you will find a handy map and list of pet friendly locations.


19. Heart like a Dog

“​The good, The bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs!”


Jodi describes her blog as the good, bad and the Oh My God of living with dogs. She has two adorable dogs; Samson and Delilah. The blog is a hearty collection of stories about her experiences with the two dogs. She shares her good moments, her great ones and her funniest ones. There is also a community page where pet owners come together to share and share helpful tips and advice.




The full name is Sadie & Co – Her and her dogs, plus the cat. Here, you will find a range of stories detailing various dog-owning experiences. There is also plenty of information on subjects like dog rescue, animal welfare and dog health. For those always on the lookout for great dog products, the blog has a few recommendations for you and your pawed friend.


21. I Love My Chi


Here, it is all about Chihuahuas. Cathy, the owner of a Chi called Kilo, shares helpful bits of advice with fellow Chihuahua owners. She focuses her writing on health, training and product recommendations. There is also a gallery dedicated to cutesy pictures of adorable Chihuahuas.





Kelsie calls herself the fur-covered girl behind the scenes. That explains her self-confessed soft spot for dogs, especially large breed ones and in particular Pyrenees. She herself is a dog parent to Atka and Mauja and they are as cute as their names.

Her blogging is mostly about Pyrenees where she covers topic such as training, behavior, nutrition and general health. If you own a Pyrenees or are planning to own one, this is a must-follow blog.


23. k9sOoverCoffee


Barbara Rivers blogs about dog health and nutrition, motivated by one of her dog’s experience with cancer diagnosis and recovery. Her two dogs, Missy and Buzz are featured regularly in her posts. If you are looking for information on raw feeding, supplements and general dog health, this is the place. On the side, Barbara also offers Dog walking and Pet sitting services.

24. Kari Neumeyer ~ Rhymes with Safari

“​Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.”


Kari’s blog is as personal as it gets. In a passionate yet humorous way, she shares insights she has gotten from owning three beautiful German Shepherds. She writes in various topics including dog training, nutrition and having fun with her furry friends. If not for anything else, follow her blog for the amazing pictures she posts often.

25. Little Dog Tips

“​Little Ways To Make A Big Difference In Your Dog's Life”


Despite the name of her blog, Lindsay does not just write about small breed dogs. She blogs in the company of her two dogs; a Chihuahua called Matilda and a mixed breed (Black Lab and Blue Heeler) dog called Cow.

Her blog mostly focuses on positivity-based training and gives dog owners tips on how to nurture good behaviors in dogs through positive motivation. She also features helpful dog product reviews as well as tips dedicated specifically to small breed dog owners.


26. Montecristo Travels Blog

The Team

For dog parents who travel often with their dogs in two, this is a great blog to follow. The company, Montecristo Travels, helps dog parents travel with their dogs through advice, recommendations and connection to official travel sites.

Stefan & Sonja are humans behind the blog and the blogs inspiration and voice is their dog, Montecristo. Their blog contains everything you need to know about traveling with dogs including how to prepare, what to carry the pet in and the best places to explore.


27. My Kid Has Paws


Rachel is a former veterinary technician, so her blog takes on a more serious and educative tone. You can find lots of tips on dog nutrition, pet toys, dog health and dog safety. For all pet parents – as she calls them – looking for some advice and guidance this is a great blog. She spices it up with amazing pictures and personal stories.


28. My Life with Dogs


Christy focuses on alternative techniques in her health and wellness focused blog. Being a Certified Veterinary Technician, she has a lot of helpful tidbits to offer to dog owners. She herself is the parent of three hounds.

In addition to advice on health and wellness, she offers ideas on outdoor adventures with your dog. She also reviews the best foods and toys for dogs.

My Life with Dogs
My Life with Dogs
My Life with Dogs


“​My Mission is to help fight the stereotypes of the Pit Bull breeds and fight against BSL”


As the name suggests, this is a blog dedicated to Pit Bulls. In her writing, Laura, fights the violent perception surrounding Pit Bulls. Visit her About page to read about the beginning of her love affair with Pit Bulls and then head over to her blog to read more on Pit Bulls. This includes recipes, health and training.


30. My Rotten Dogs


No, the blog owner does not hate dogs and no, she does not think her furry pets are rotten brats. Rebekah lives in Central Indiana and she couldn’t be more in love with her three dogs; Neeko, Bruce and Faolan. As a side note, she also writes about her rotten cats.

Rebekah is a strong advocate of feeding dogs raw food, in accordance with their primal needs. If you would like to learn more about the raw dog diet, check out this blog. You will find stories on her personal experiences and helpful resources to keep your dog healthy.


31. Oh My Shih Tzu

“​A Small Athlete Breaking Stereotypes”


As you can guess from the name, it is all about Shih Tzus. The stars of the blog are three Shih Tzus named Riley, Katie and Trixie. The blog focuses on the health, nutrition and happiness of Shih Tzu dogs. You will find posts on a variety of topics including what to feed your dog, how to have fun, training, breeding and so on. There is also a variety of dog food and treats reviews.


32. Paw Province



Paw Province is about a 13-year old girl, Robin,  and her adventures with Christmas, her beloved Dachshund. There is a lot to like about Paw Province including the awesome contests, humorous writing and best of all, the irresistibly adorable pictures.


33. Peaceful Dog

“​Fostering, grooming, and training dogs for a better world”


Kirsten works with shelters around the country to groom and train dogs. This helps improve adoption numbers. If you want to learn about dog grooming, training and behavioral therapy, this is the place to be. Alongside tips and advice for dog owners, Kirsten also writes on her experiences grooming and training dogs.


“​The only UK travel site written by dogs… for dogs!”

Phileas Dogg

The blog describes itself as the only UK travel site written by dogs for dogs. And it’s true, every single post is written in the voice of traveling dogs. They explore the world, recommending the best hotels and vacations spots for dogs and their owners. If you want to feel a bit if envy, there are plenty of pictures to drool over.


35. Puppy Leaks


Puppy Leaks is an advice-heavy blog run by freelance writer, Jen with the help of her dog Laika. The blog is full of advice and tips on how to give your dog the best life possible. In a series of articles and videos, she offers dog owners great advice on everything from positive reinforcement during training to the healthiest treats you can give to your dog. It is also a great place to learn why your dog does what it does as well as keep up with the latest science has to say about dogs.

If you are looking to for an information-centric dog blog, this is one of the best.


36. Retrieverman

“Natural History by Scottie Westfall”

Scottie dedicates his writing to dogs, nature and wild animals. So you will find a little bit of everything here. You will read a bit coyotes, the great outdoors and a lot on dogs. If you are a nature lover and you love to take your dog out with you, there is a lot to love in Scottie’s writings.


37. Rosa Doodle

Rosa Doodle Logo

This blog focuses on the doodle dog breed, providing dog owners with advice on keeping the dogs fit and healthy. You will find interesting recipes for puppies, adults and seniors as well as tips on positive training and behavioral management. If you are on the hunt for some new dog bowls, you will find a variety in the shop section.


38. Rubicon Days

“​Life, love & learning with the ginger sisters”


Immediately you open the blog, you are hit by a mishmash of bright colors. The blog is just as vibrant in its writing. Lara, the one doing the writing, tells of her experiences as a dog owner. She advices other dog owners on various subjects such as positive training and dog food. She is currently the mom to two dogs, Ruby and Boca.


39. Ruby the Airedale

Come for the cute photos, stay for the funny stories. Most of the posts in this blog are written from the dog’s perspective and it’s endlessly hilarious. Join the more than a hundred subscribers to receive your regular dose of dog fun – served in adorable pictures and silly dog speak.


40. Sand Spring Chesapeakes

“​5 Chesapeakes, 1 Furangel AND A Marsh Kitty!”


The blog features three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers getting the adventure of their lives in over 200 acres of land. Follow their adventures and get important tips on pet nutrition and health. The blog also features pieces on rescue dogs that need homes. If you are looking to adopt a dog in south central Wisconsin, follow this blog.

Marsh Kitty

41. Sarcastic Dog



Sarcastic Dog is a resource-packed blog covering everything from dog behavior to their health and nutritional requirements. Alison, the blog owner, writes a lot on her adorable pack of three dogs. In addition, she features upcoming projects and events that dog owners might be interested in. These events and projects are mostly focused in Colorado.





Love sewing? Are you also a dog owner? Then this is the perfect blog for you. It features numerous sewing projects, where you make cute pieces for dogs from bowties to blankets to collars. If you have a weekend to spare, head over to Erika's 'Sew Doggy Style' blog and find a DIY project to immerse yourself into.

Sew Doggy Style Dog

43. Spencer the Goldendoodle

“​The Adventures of a Rescued Goldendoodle”

Spencer does most of the talking on this blog. The adorable golden doddle shares his adventures with his mom. The blog includes tips on dog safety and health as well as product reviews and recommendations. There are plenty of adorable pictures to keep you scrolling.


44. Tails Around the Ranch

“​A pawsome pooch and the adventures of a pet therapy team”


Meet the main stars; Monika, a member of a pet therapy team and Sam, the most adorable poodle you will ever lay your eyes on. In her writings, Monika mixes in a little bit of everything; funny experiences with her dog, important tips for dog parents and other bits and pieces covering various topics. You must check out her yummy peanut butter and oatmeal dog biscuits recipe.


45. Talking Dogs

Talking Dogs

Talking Dogs is a unique and laid back blog with bits and pieces on everything dog. From lovely pictures to silly songs and funny stories, you will find a little bit of everything here. The author behind the screen is Sue and her furry companions are Rudy, Jeffie, Lucy and Tucker.



“​Your Guide to Tail-Wagging Travels”


Yet another dog travel blog and its great. At the center of the riveting tales are Belinda Jones and her dog, Bodie. She details her explorations with Bodie in the UK and US. On her blog, she gives advice on a variety of subjects including dog health, dog exercise and of course, dog traveling. It is a fresh, fun blog with no shortage of pictures to fill you with wanderlust.


47. The DIY Dog Mom

“​As Seen in TAILS Magazine”


The DIY Dog Mom is like any other parenting blog, only that it is for dog parents. Alicia, the dog mom behind the blog, is the proud parent of three dogs; Mylah, Hudson and Izzy. With a focus on natural and organic approaches to dog care, Alicia writes on dog health, dog recipes and fun DIY projects.


48. The Poodle (and dog) Blog

The Poodle (and dog) Blog

This is a mix of assorted topics and posts touching on every topic related to dogs, and sometimes humans. There is plenty on dogs with tips on training and feeding. The author, Jan, has a humorous and laid back take on everything.

49. Tiffany's Diamond Dogs

“​Posh Puppies, Healthy Hounds, & Muddy Mutts”


The blog, and accompanying website, stars an Australian cattle dog called Bella, an Australian cattle dog mix called Kronos and a Purebred Australian shepherded called Terra. Tiffany, the owner, calls them Queen Bella, Princess Terra and Prince Kronos.

But it is not just all about cute dog stories and pictures, there is also plenty of information dog owners will find useful. There are product reviews, tips on various dog-related topics and product recommendations.


50. Travel With Choppy



The star of the blog is a cute mutt called Choppy and the hand doing the typing belongs to Sarah. She is a lawyer with a fondness for road travels in the company of her dog. The blog mixes a little of everything but consists mostly of humorous posts, cute pictures and personal experiences. Be sure to check out her hilarious dog jokes.



That’s a lot of following for you to do. We invite you to explore each blog to find out what it has to offer. If you can keep up with all of them, feel free to subscribe to each of the 50 blogs mentioned above. Whether you follow 2 or 10 or the entire list, there is a wealth of information and fun waiting.

M. K. Clinton - February 6, 2017

Thank you so much for including us on your list! I am honored. ☺

Sand Spring Chesapeakes - February 6, 2017

What a wonderful group of dog blogs to follow!! I am honored that you have chosen us Sand Spring Chesapeakes to include in your list of Best Dog Bloggers to follow in 2017. I will display your badge proudly. Thank you!!

Christmas the Dachshund - February 8, 2017

OMD, thanks soooo much for including me! I think I’m going to celebrate with a puppachino, BOL!

Barbara Rivers - February 8, 2017

Thank you for including K9sOverCoffee 🙂

The OP Pack - February 9, 2017

Wow, we are amazed at how many of your honorees we follow. Congrats to all of your winners.

Woos – Lightning and Misty

Sadie - February 9, 2017

Thank you for including us on this list. It is such an honor to be included among these fabulous bloggers!

IPupster - February 10, 2017

Great list of bloggers , some I know personally and wish to congratulate each and one. Hopefully we can make next years’ list.

Monika & Sam - February 17, 2017

Wow, I’m so humbled and honored to be included with these ‘pawsome’ pet bloggers, many of whom we follow. Many thanks for including us. 🐾

Hormones Gone Segregation Gone Somewhat – Sand Spring Chesapeakes - February 24, 2017

[…] overdue thank you and shout out to PetNitro who put Sand Spring Chesapeakes blog in their Top Dog Bloggers To Follow in 2017 list. We are […]

Caren Gittleman - April 27, 2017

Oh my!!!!! I came here to look at the list after seeing a fellow dog blogger blog about it and was I ever SURPRISED and HONORED to find that we are here too! Thank you and thank you for such a wonderful paragraph about us!! Caren and Dakota

Caren Gittleman - April 27, 2017

Also, I feel it is important to let you know that I would LOVE to blog about this, but sadly, I can’t. I am under contract with a major pet food brand and I am not permitted to link to anything in my blog that links to other pet food. I AM deeply honored that you included us though, THANK YOU!


Nutro Dog Food Reviews: Is Nutro a Good Dog Food

Nutro Dog Food
Nutro Dog Food Reviews

For decades, Nutro has provided some of the best pet food brands in the market. With an obsession for safety and a passion for nutritional quality, Nutro has continually produced top pet foods with numerous health benefits. Their recipes are based on all-natural ingredients packed with energy and beneficial nutrients for your dog. The Nutro brand is based on the principle of providing top notch pet nutrition at an affordable price.

To help dog owners decide whether Nutro dog food is right for their pets, we have written a comprehensive Nutro dog food review. Go through the various Nutro dog food reviews to find out which specific type of Nutro food is best for your dog. The foods listed are available in canned form, kibble or as healthy treats.

Our review of Nutro dog food also details past recalls to ensure that you are adequately informed before making any purchase decision.

Food Type by Formula

Nutro offers 8 different types of dog food formulas. Each of the specially formulated recipes is designed to meet a specific nutritional need whether it is a need for more variety or weight loss. Here are the different formulas.

  • Original Dog Food – This is a premium formula containing high quality natural ingredients and the right combination of minerals and vitamins to ensure healthy development in your pet. The main ingredient used is farm-raised chicken. Others include whole grains, zinc and omega-6 fatty acid.
  • Limited Ingredient Diet – for dogs with food sensitivities, it is important that they be exposed to as few ingredients as possible. This Nutro formula takes care of that by using a select number of special ingredients such as lamb and easy to digest starches.
  • High Protein and Grain Free Diet – for active dogs with sensitivities toward grains, this is the best diet. It delivers plenty of filling proteins without any grains.
Nutro Dog Food Review
  • Grain Free – if your pooch has grain allergies or intolerances but does not necessarily need more than the usual amount of proteins, this is the formula to go for. It is made using real meat and a combination of other healthy ingredients for maximum nutritional benefits.
  • Lite and Weight Management Dog Food – this diet is best for overweight and obese dogs. When using this formula, your dog will feel fuller without consuming too many calories. If you vet is worried about your dog’s weight and health, try this food.
  • High Endurance Dog Food – This is a high-protein, high-fat diet for dogs that are often in high-endurance situations such as police work or disaster relief. Two other special formulations are the Nutro Rotations to add variety to your pet’s diet and Nutro Farm Harvest which contains real farm fruits and vegetables.

Food Type by Life Stage

Nutro has foods customized specifically for different life stages; puppies, young adults, adults and seniors. Each food type delivers the required energy and nutrients for a specific age.

  • Puppy Food – made for dogs under the age of one year. Nutrients contained in Nutro puppy food help strengthen teeth and bones while also supporting the developing immune system. Check out Nutro puppy food reviews to find the best puppy food for your dog.
  • Young adults – development is still taking place at this stage and the right nutrients are crucial. Nutro dog foods for young adults are low in calories to prevent weight gain at this important development stage.
  • Adults – Nutro dog food for adults addresses various adult dog needs including a healthy skin, digestion sensitivities, energy requirements and bone strength.
  • Seniors – Foods for senior dogs are designed to keep bones strong, support brain health and boost the dog’s immunity.

Food Type by Breed Size

Different breeds have different nutritional requirements. Toy breeds for example tend to have high energy needs while large breeds need to develop strong bones and stable joints. Nutro has specially formulated recipes for Toy, Small, Medium and Large breed dogs. Here is a sample nutritional table for a large breed food. Note the many minerals included. They help support bone development and maintain a smooth and healthy skin.


21 %


13 %


3.5 %


10 %

Linoleic acid



250 mg/kg


250 mg/kg


2.5 mg/kg


150 mg/kg

Chondroitin Sulfate

350 mg/kg

Nutro Dog Food Recall

Nutro dog food has been recalled twice in its history. The first time was in September 2009 when small bits of melted plastic were found in dog food. The second time was in December 2015 when customers were warned of the risk of mold in certain dog foods.

Nutro Dog Food Coupons

As every dog owner knows, keeping your dog healthy and well fed is not exactly a cheap affair. But with Nutro dog food coupons you can spend less on dog food while still ensuring that your dog is getting the best.

Is Nutro a Good Dog Food?

From the above review of Nutro food products for dogs, it is obvious that Nutro knows exactly what dogs need and they provide it. So is nutro good dog food? Definitely yes. It is one of the best foods you can buy for your pet.

Whichever dog you have – large, small, puppy, senior, allergic, picky eater and so on – Nutro has the right food waiting.

Nutro's Official Video: Quality & Food Safety

Best Low Protein Dog Food: Low Protein Diet For Dogs

low protein dog food

Dogs are naturally carnivorous though they have evolved over time to handle other non-meat foods like grains and other starches. This is why most dog foods have protein as one of the major components. In fact, many dog foods contain real meat. But there are some dogs that experience adverse health effects when on this protein-heavy diet. For instance, some have allergic reactions while others experience digestive issues. Some dogs simply refuse to eat foods high in protein content.

Best Low Protein Dog Food

In such cases, a low protein diet for dogs is the answer. The diet should consist of dog food with lower protein content than normal. Such food will typically contain a slightly increased amount of starch and fats to make up for the reduced protein content.

When is a Low Protein Diet Necessary?

For healthy dogs, a low protein diet is not necessary. This is because proteins are essential to healthy growth and development. But some situations call for low protein food. Make sure that you consult with your vet before you start your dog on a new diet.

1. When the dog has kidney or liver problems

Digesting proteins produces various toxins as byproducts. These toxins are processed by the kidney and excreted through urine. When a dog is suffering from kidney or liver problems, veterinarians generally recommend that protein intake be lowered.

This has the benefit of reducing the amount of toxin buildup in the kidneys, thus reducing their workload. Too much protein can potentially aggravate current health problems. However, you should be careful not to eliminate proteins or reduce it too much since the dog still needs it for growth and development.

Alongside a reduction in protein content in dog food, experts also recommend switching to low phosphorous dog food. It helps mitigate kidney and liver problems.

2. When the dog is overweight

Proteins are naturally heavy on calories. Most of the high protein dog foods in the market have high calorie counts, especially the canned ones. If your pet is on a weight loss diet, you might want to cut back on the proteins to reduce the calorie intake. Weight loss dog foods will usually have reduced protein content, low fat content and no grains at all. This results in drastically reduced calorie intake, which when combined with regular exercise, helps shed the excess pounds.

If for any reason you cannot reduce protein content in your dog’s food (maybe because of a health issue), then look for brands that use low-calorie protein sources in the recipes. Additionally, look for recipes with higher fiber and vegetable content. These will help the dog fill up faster and thus eat less.

3. When the dog is allergic or sensitive to certain proteins

Some dogs are allergic to certain protein sources, especially meats. Your dog may be allergic to salmon, chicken, beef or some other type of meat. In some cases, it could just be that the dog’s digestive system cannot process a certain protein properly resulting in digestive issues like diarrhea, abdominal pain and constipation. Low protein foods are great for pets that display adverse allergic or digestive reactions after eating protein-heavy foods.

Once you start your dog on a low protein diet and the adverse reactions keep recurring, you should see your vet. Together, you can narrow down what specific protein is causing the problem and eliminate it completely from the diet.

What Is The Best Low Protein Dog Food?

Low Protein Dog Food

Generally, low protein diets are not very common. This is because a majority of dogs naturally need plenty of proteins in their food and only a few instances is a low protein diet for dogs necessary. Some of the brands that carry low protein dog food include Flint River Ranch, Royal Canin and Purina. Compare what different brands have to offer and pay close attention to the detailed analysis of each food, noting the percentage of protein content.

For instance, here is a detailed analysis table of a certain Kibble food from Flint River Ranch. Most foods have protein content of 25 percent and above. This food only has 18 percent protein.


18 %


8 %


5 %


10 %


48 %

Whether you are looking for low protein puppy food, adult dog food or senior dog food, we highly recommend you talk to your vet first. The vet will recommend how best to go about lowering the protein consumption for your dog.

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4 Health Dog Food Reviews: Everything about 4health Products

4health Products
4health Dog Food Review

​4health is one of several premium dog food brands sold by the Tractor Supply Company. 4health dog food is based on a meat-first diet where the natural nutritional needs of dogs are a priority. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are then added on to ensure the best, most balanced and healthiest meal your pet can enjoy. None of 4health puppy food or dog food varieties make use of wheat, corn or soy in their recipes.

If you have a dog – whether a puppy, adult dog or senior dog – our review of 4health food for dogs below will help you make the best choice in terms of what kind of food you should buy. Remember to consider your dog’s taste preferences, nutritional needs and health situation when comparing among different foods. It is also a great idea to talk to your vet for nutritional advice and recommendations.

​Regular and Grain Free Dry Dog Food

​There are two types of dry dog food offered by 4Health. The first is regular dog food, which contains all the ingredients you would expect in dog food; meat, grains, starch, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and so on. But if your dog has an issue digesting grains or if you are looking for a lower calorie option, 4health offers grain free dry dog food. This variety is completely free of grains instead getting is carbohydrates from sources like potatoes. Here is a sample nutrients table for grain free beef and potato dog food











​Depending on how your dog likes its food, you can feed it the dry food as it is or mix it with some warm water for easier munching and digestion. Puppies and senior dogs would especially benefit from wetted kibble.

​Regular and Grain Free Wet Dog Food

​If your dog does not like dry food, try one of the tasty and filling canned stews offered by 4health. These wet dog food recipes are based on fresh meat as the main ingredient. The best part about 4health wet dog food is the variety. No matter what tastes your dog prefers, there is something for her. Available flavors include chicken, salmon, beef and lamb. In addition to the meat, the recipes have ingredients like rice, potato and vegetables.

Like the dry food, 4health’s wet dog food comes in two main varieties; regular and grain free. The regular type of food is ideal for most dogs. For dogs with sensitivities towards grains or those on a weight loss diet, 4health grain free wet food is ideal.

As mentioned earlier, neither the dry nor the wet food contains soy, wheat or grain. Additionally, both types of dog food use real fresh meat as the main ingredient.

​Treats and Special Formulas

4health Dog Food

​For any dog owner, it is important to have tasty rewards on hand all the time. 4health dog treats come in various tasty varieties including biscuits and chewables. Just because they are treats does not mean that they are not as healthy. 4health dog treats are loaded with nutritious ingredients to keep the dog healthy and fit.

For dogs with special nutritional needs, 4health has special formulations such as senior dog food, large breed dog food, weight loss dog food and limited ingredient foods for sensitive pooches. For dogs with bone and joint issues, 4health has specialized hip and joint recipes filled with minerals to support strong and healthy joints especially in large breed dogs. For performance dogs, 4health has high-energy and high-protein foods to meet the growth and energy requirements in these dogs.

​4health Dog Food Coupons

​You do not have to break the bank to keep your dog healthy and well fed. Use 4health coupons to get great deals and enjoy lower prices when buying dog food.

​A Natural Diet for your Dog

​The domesticated dog evolved from a wolf. This is why dogs still prefer a meat-heavy diet. 4health foods take this fact into account, making sure each recipe begins with fresh meat before adding other nutritious ingredients and creating a balanced meal for your furry friend.

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Blue Buffalo Dog Food Reviews: A Blue Buffalo Products Guide

By admin / September 20, 2016
Blue Buffalo Pet Food Review
Blue Buffalo Dog Food Reviews

​Blue Buffalo sees pets as not something we own but as important members of the family. They apply the same passion, dedicational and quality control when preparing dog food as they would when preparing food for any other member of the family. In addition to quality, they carry a variety of dog foods, allowing dog owners to choose whatever suits their budget and needs. Whether you are looking for quality puppy food, senior food or the best treats for your dogs, you will find them all at Blue Buffalo. Our Blue Buffalo dog food review below will help you choose what to buy for your furry friend.

Go through the Blue Buffalo dog reviews, understand the features of each food type and decide what food will work best for your dog. If at the end of the Blue Buffalo review you still do not know what food type is best for your dog, we would recommend you talk to your vet for advice.

Dog Food by Life Stage

Dogs in different life stages have varying nutritional requirements. For instance, an adult dog will need more energy than a puppy hence its food will have more starches. Puppies on the other hand need a diet that sustains their rapid development and growth. This means ensuring an adequate amount of proteins and fats in their food. Look at the table below to see how adult and puppy foods differ. Note the higher percentages of protein and fat in puppy food.

Chicken with Vegetables
Puppy Food

​Hearty Beef
Adult Dog Stew













Blue Buffalo Dog Food

​Blue Buffalo has three types of food based on a dog’s life stage; puppy food, adult dog food and senior dog food. Puppy food is prepared to cater to highly energetic and rapidly growing puppies. As you have seen in the table, it has more proteins to ensure proper development and adequate energy.

Blue Buffalo adult dog food is designed to help an adult dog maintain its healthy body and cover its energy requirements. At this stage, it is essential to have plenty of fiber in the food to ease digestion and prevent excessive eating.

For senior dogs, nutrition is extremely important and Blue Buffalo sees to it that their senior dog food has all the necessary ingredients to keep your aging dog healthy. Additionally, the food contains a higher amount of fiber to prevent any digestive complications.

Each food you buy at Blue Buffalo comes with a feeding guide based on your dog’s age. Follow the recommended feeding schedule for the best results. If your dog has any special nutritional needs such as allergies or food sensitivity, talk to your vet for advice on the best Blue Buffalo dog food to buy.

Dog Food by Type

Blue Buffalo Sample feed Chart dog wilderness salmon

​So far in our Blue Buffalo reviews, we have seen the different types of food Blue Buffalo has for different dog ages. For each life stage – puppy, adult and senior – Blue Buffalo offers three types of food. They are dry dog food or kibble, wet dog food and tasty treats. All three types of food are made from wholesome natural ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors added. They start with real meat and then add other nutritious components. So whether you fill the dog’s bowl with kibble, give her a bowl of beef stew or encourage her with treats, you are assured that she is getting the most nutritious of food.

Blue Buffalo’s dry dog food comes mixed in with small dark components full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to benefits your dog’s health. Their wet dog food is inspired by home cooking to ensure the richest tastes and flavors for your dog. The stews are prepared from real meat and feature all-natural ingredients.

Finally, there are treats packed with tasty and healthy ingredients. Treats come in many forms including crunchy biscuits, chewy treats and meaty morsels. Whether you are training your dog or you would love to reward him often, these healthy, tasty and wholesome treats are a must.

​Blue Dog Food Coupon

​If keeping your dog healthy and well-fed feels a bit too pricey, Blue buffalo coupon can help you keep costs down. If you are planning to buy anything mentioned in our Blue dog food reviews, coupons will be helpful especially if you are working on a tight budget.
Healthy and Wholesome Food for all Dogs

As you can see from our Blue dog food review, Blue Buffalo has everything your dog could ever need to remain strong and healthy. Whether you have a puppy, an overweight dog or an aging dog, they have the perfect formula for your pet. Use the Blue buffalo dog food review above to start your search for the right dog food.

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Best Large Breed Puppy Food Reviews: A Complete Guide

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Large Breed Puppy Foods

Large dog breeds face certain health problems not encountered by small and medium dog breeds. Some of the common health risks faced by these breeds include hip dyslexia, bone inflammation, obesity and arthritis. Due to these health risks, large breed dogs have specific nutritional requirements that must be considered when shopping for dog food. These requirements not only extend to adult dogs but also to large breed puppies.

In this article, we provide the best large breed puppy food reviews. We look at the best foods including the top brands available on Amazon for large breed puppies. We also have a helpful buying guide for owners who are looking for the best large breed dog food.

Keeping your puppy healthy and well fed is essential to its development. This is why we have scoured the market for only the best puppy foods for large breeds. These foods contain the right ingredients your puppy needs to develop properly. If your dog has any ongoing health issues, we recommend you talk to your vet and find out whether you need to buy special puppy food formulations.

Best Puppy Foods Comparison Table for Large Breeds







Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Puppy Chicken Meal and Oats Dry Recipe

Chicken - Puppy

15.5 - 30


Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Rice Formula

Puppy Large Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

18 - 34


CANIDAE All Life Stages Large Breed Puppy Duck Meal, Brown Rise and Lentils Formula

Large Breed Puppy Formula with Chicken, Lamb & Fish

15 - 30


Wellness Complete Dry Large Breed Puppy Chicken, Rice and Salmon Formula

Large Breed Puppy



Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy Chicken Formula

Chicken Formula Large Breed Grain Free



EUKANUBA Puppy Dry Dog Food

Chicken - Large Breed

5 - 16 - 33


Diamond Naturals Large Breed Dry Puppy Food


20 - 40


Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food for Puppy

High Prairie

5 - 15 - 30


NUTRO Puppy Dry Dog Food

Chicken - Large Breed

15 - 30



Chicken - Puppy Large Breed

15 - 30.6 - 38.5


Available Types of Food

Puppy food for large breeds comes in two main categories; dry and wet.

• Dry food (kibble)

Most dogs, regardless of age and breed, are fed dry dog food. One advantage of dry type is that it does not spoil fast even after opening. Additionally, most experts consider it better for healthy development of strong teeth as it allows puppies to 'exercise’ their teeth when eating.

It is easier to control portions of dry food compared to those of wet food. This makes it ideal for large breed puppies, which are prone to obesity. You can measure out exact portions to keep the puppy from overeating.

In most cases, kibble for puppies is the more cost friendly option. Getting high quality canned food is often very expensive.

• Wet food

The other category is wet food. It comes in canned form and usually consists of meat-based stews with an assortment of starches and vegetables depending on the specific recipe. While it is more expensive then kibble, wet food is beneficial for puppies that tend to be choosy in their diet.

Because there are many tastes and flavors available, your fussy puppy is likely to find one that suits its preferences. The main challenge comes in giving the puppy the right amount of portions. There is an increased risk of the puppy putting on excess weight. One tip experts give to dog owners is to use wet food as a supplemental to kibble. Feed it a little wet food but leave kibble as the main meal. We highly recommend you talk to your vet for the best recommendation.

In addition to these two categories, there are also puppy treats that come in various tastes and forms. Biscuits are especially common but you can also find dried treats and small chewables. Make sure you find treats that are low in calories and filled with nutritious ingredients.

Top Brands

There are tons of dog food brands in the market. Some have been around for years and are trusted by customers while others are fairly recent. But all have appealing product choices with each claiming to offer the best dog food for large breed puppies.

1. Canidae

Launched in 1996, Canidae has grown to become one of the most respected dog food brands in the market. All their dog foods are made from fresh farm ingredients and real meat. They have a number of both dry and wet foods for large breed puppies.

These foods are made with the nutritional and health needs of large breed puppies in mind. They provide the right combination of energy and nutrients necessary for the puppy’s healthy growth and development. For instance, they are high in protein content to facilitate the puppy’s development. They also have enough fat to keep the puppy energized. Most importantly, the calcium content is kept low to prevent any bone and joint problems from developing. Too much calcium has been linked to arthritis, hip dyslexia and other orthopedic issues.

All Canidae foods do not contain soy, wheat or corn. The exclusion of wheat and corn is especially important in controlling how much weight large breed puppies put on as they grow.

2. Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo carries a line of dog foods exclusively created for large breed dogs including puppies, adults and seniors. If you have a large breed puppy or several, this is one of the best brands you can choose. The food is prepared with the aim of creating the best nutritional foundation for the puppy, one that will help it grow into a healthy adult.

Blue Buffalo puppy food contains more proteins and fat to cater to the puppy’s rapid growth and high energy needs. In addition, it contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, which have numerous health benefits for the puppy. They boost immunity, keep the puppy’s bones strong and ensure the skin remains smooth and healthy as the dog grows.

You can get Blue Buffalo dog food in both wet and dry forms. All contain nutritious ingredient with real meat forming each food’s foundation. They also have special formulations for puppies with specific nutritional needs. To keep your dog happy, they also sell a variety of ultra healthy treats formulated specifically for large breed puppies.

3. Nutro

Nutro is one of the most affordable dog food brands in the market. For pet owners that want to keep their dogs healthy while not spending too much money, this is one of the best brands. Nutro offers different dog foods to fit various life stages. They have food for senior dogs, adult dogs, young adults and puppies. Their puppy food is created to support the development of strong bones and joints as well as a healthy immune system.

Because large breed puppies experience rapid growth, Nutro puppy food is also high in protein content to cater to this quick change in bone and muscle structure. The ingredients also provide an energy punch to keep the puppy up and energized. If your dog is in need of any special nutrition, Nutro carries a number of special formulations including grain free, weight management, high endurance and limited ingredient. Talk to your vet to find out if your dog needs to be placed on a special diet.

4. Merrick Pet Care

Established in 1988, Merrick Pet Care is one of the longest running dog food companies. Their passion for healthy, wholesome and nutritious dog food has made them one of the most loved dog food brands. In addition to their popular adult wet and dry dog foods, they also carry a variety of foods aimed at large breed puppies.

All Merrick Pet Care foods contain real meat as the main ingredient. This provides the puppy with a wholesome and tasty source of proteins and other essential minerals. They also come with a variety of other ingredients to provide fat, vitamins and fiber to cater to all nutritional and health needs of the developing puppy.

They also carry a variety of healthy dog treats including biscuits, sausages and raw meat.

5. Natural Balance

For years, the name Natural Balance has been associated with the best dog foods in the market. Their range of healthy dog foods caters to dogs of various breeds, sizes and age. For large breed puppies, Natural Balance has a variety of wet and dry foods aimed to meeting the needs of these rapidly growing animals.

Through a perfect balance of ingredients, Natural Balance foods provide the right amount of proteins for growth support, adequate fat and carbohydrates to meet energy needs, fiber to ease digestion and all vitamins and minerals necessary for all round health.

Natural Balance also provides rolls made mostly from meat. These rolls are ideal as a nutritional supplement to the puppy’s food. They can be chopped, sliced or grated. They also come in handy as a quick meal when you are travelling with your puppy.

5 Best Food Reviews

When looking for the best dog food, most dog owners are seeking a product that ticks all the right boxes. These include nutritious, natural without any harmful artificial ingredients, energy-giving and fairly priced. Based on these factors, we have scoured Amazon for the best dog food for large breeds.

We have picked these top five foods based on what customers have to say about them, their ratings and of course the nutritional benefit of each recipe. If you are looking for the best puppy food for large breeds, feel free to take your pick from the top five reviewed below.

1. Hill’s Science Diet Large Breed Puppy Chicken Meal and Oats Dry Recipe

Hill's Science Diet Large Breed Dry Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet is a brand respected for its experience and expertise when it comes to making the best dog food for large breed puppy. Their formulation for large breed puppies is wholly natural with no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors used. Meat forms the foundation of the meal with other ingredients added on to create a fully balanced recipe for your quickly growing puppy.

Here is a table showing the average proportions of each dietary component. Note the high levels of proteins. This is necessary to cater to a rapidly growing puppy. The fiber is important to ease digestion. Fat content is kept at 10% to ensure adequate energy without causing weight gain.


26 %


10 %


3 %


10 %

Aimed at dogs less than a year old, Hill’s Science Diet food comes in the form of canned food, kibble and treats. Whichever food type you give to your puppy, you are guaranteed the healthiest formulation with plenty of vitamins and minerals to support the dog’s development.


2. Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Rice Formula

Purina Pro Plan Focus Dry Dog Food

This is one of the highest rated puppy food on Amazon. With over a thousand reviews, it is obvious that customers trust it and have seen their puppies enjoy immense health benefits when on this diet. Based on real chicken (no chicken meal used), there are enough high quality proteins in this formulation to support your puppy’s development.

The rice provides energy-giving carbohydrates to fuel the muscles. In addition, the formula contains fish oil that is rich in DHA fatty acid. This supports the healthy development of the brain and eyes. There are also antioxidants to boost the puppy’s immunity as it grows.

As we mentioned before, large breed dogs are exposed to increased risk of joint problems. Natural glucosamine in the formulation supports developing joints, ensuring they remain stable and strong as the puppy becomes bigger.

The food is available in a variety of sizes from as small as 4lb to as big as 37.5lb.


3. CANIDAE All Life Stages Large Breed Puppy Duck Meal, Brown Rise and Lentils Formula

CANIDAE Life Stages Dry Dog Food for Puppies

CANIDAE Life Stages Dry Dog Food for Puppies

The Canidae brand is synonymous with quality. This is why their puppy formulations are considered some of the best in the industry. All their large breed recipes are vet formulated to ensure the best nutritional benefits for puppies. The recipe uses no wheat, corn or soy, which are often seen as empty calorie sources.

Duck meal provides a wholesome source of proteins to support quick development especially of the bones and muscles. Brown rise provides a source of energy without being too high in calories. Lentils are a healthy source of carbohydrates that also contain various minerals and vitamins.

Puppies, regardless of breed, are prone to digestion issues especially if they are just starting out on a new formulation. This is why Canidae adds probiotics to their food formulation. They prevent sensitivities and ease the digestion process. The food also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to keep the puppy’s skin healthy and beautiful.

Canidae All Life States food is available in several sizes including a 5-pound bag, a 15-pound bag, a 30-pound bag and a 44-pound bag.


4. Wellness Complete Dry Large Breed Puppy Chicken, Rice and Salmon Formula

Wellness Complete Dry Large Breed Puppy Chicken, Rice and Salmon Formula

Wellness Complete Dry Large Breed Puppy Chicken, Rice and Salmon Formula

This recipe contains everything your puppy needs to grow into a healthy adult. It is all-natural and contains no artificial colors or flavors. This ensures no adverse effect at all on your puppy. Deboned chicken is the main source of calories for this formulation, ensuring that your dog receives adequate proteins to support rapid bone and muscle development. A variety of minerals and vitamins support the immune system and gives the dog a smooth and vibrant coat. DH fatty acid is added to support the development of the eyes and brain.

Because large breed puppies can easily put on weight, this formulation comes with controlled calories, reduced fat content and increased fiber content. This ensures that the puppy gets full without overeating.

Wellness Complete food comes in large kibble size, which is perfect for these types of dogs. It allows the puppy to strengthen their jaws and teeth as they chew on the dry food.


5. Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy Chicken Formula

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Dry Puppy Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Dry Puppy Food

When it comes to highly nutritious and health-packed dog food, BLUE Wilderness is a name you will encounter often. In addition to many popular flavors and formulations they sell, the company also has a specialized high protein formulation made specifically for large breed puppies.

Large breed puppies tend to grow very quickly. To support this fast growth especially in the bones and muscles, it is extremely essential that their diets contain enough protein. This is why a high protein diet is highly recommended by vets for large breed puppies.

This formulation is also rich in DHA fatty acid, a component that experts have identified as crucial to eye and brain development. To support bone development and prevent bon problems so common in large breed dogs, Blue Buffalo’s formulation contains the perfect balance of phosphorous, calcium and various vitamins.

The food comes in special kibble sizes to encourage the development of stronger teeth and remove tartar as the puppy chews. It is available in a 4.5-pound bag, an 11-pound bag and a 24-pound bag.


Best Large Breed Puppy Foods: Other Recommended

The next five foods did not earn a spot in our top five list of the best food for large breed puppies. But they are still good enough to warrant a mention. If you do not find what you are looking for in the above list, the following foods are also highly recommended.

EUKANUBA Puppy Dry Dog Food – specially made with animal-based proteins to support quick bone and muscle development in large breed puppies. (https://www.amazon.com/EUKANUBA-Puppy-Large-Breed-Pounds/dp/B006OLAJA0/)

Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice Formula – Sold in 20 and 40 pound bags, this formulation contsins DHA for brain and eye development, Antioxidants for a healthy immune system and omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat. (https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Naturals-Puppy-Large-Formula/dp/B000WFKDT6/)

Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Dry Dog Food for Puppy – contains a mixture of fish proteins for healthy bone and muscle development. It also comes with a blend of real fruits and vegetables to balance out the formulation with healthy minerals and vitamins. (https://www.amazon.com/Taste-Wild-Prairie-Formula-30-Pound/dp/B006BU77F4/)

NUTRO Large Breed Puppy Chicken, Oatmeal and Brown Rice formula – Nutro’s special formulation for large breed puppies is made from a variety of wholesome ingredients to deliver all essential nutrients to your growing puppy. It contains no gluten, corn, wheat or soy. (https://www.amazon.com/NUTRO-Large-Breed-Chicken-Oatmeal/dp/B00TQRK9QI/)

IAMS Proactive Health Smart Large Breed Puppy Dry Food – IAMS’ special formulation for large breed puppies has everything your dog needs for proper growth and all-round health. The formulation is based majorly on proteins sourced from chicken and eggs. (https://www.amazon.com/PROACTIVE-HEALTH-Smart-Puppy-Pounds/dp/B00C3HSSWU/)

Buying Guide: Important Things To Look For

With so many brands and products to choose from, it can be more than a little difficult to make the right choice. How do you decide what food to choose for your dog? Do you go for canned or kibble? How do you choose the healthiest treats?

Here is a brief buying guide to help you choose the best food for large breed puppy.

1. Understand what your puppy needs

Best Large Breed Puppy Food Reviews

We have already talked a lot about the nutritional needs of large breed puppies. They need plenty of proteins to help them maintain their rapid growth. They also need certain minerals such as phosphorous to keep the bones strong and prevent problems such as hip dyslexia.

Because of its high-energy needs, a large breed puppy needs to have adequate carbohydrates and fat in its diet. Healthy sources include lentils, brown rice and oats. Finally, a large breed puppy needs to take in a controlled amount of calories and fat to prevent excessive weight. The best formulations will usually include fiber, which allows the puppy to fill up quickly without overeating.

2. Check the nutritional information

You can easily check the nutritional information of foods before you buy them. Companies will often provide a recipe list containing every ingredient used in the formulation. They will also provide an analysis table showing the proportions of various components such as minerals, proteins, fiber and fat.

When checking these labels, look for foods with high protein content (ideally 23 to 26 percent), average fat content (around 10 percent), fiber and essential minerals and vitamins. Check that the calcium is not too much as it can cause orthopedic issues. The ideal calcium content is between 1.2 and 1.8 percent while phosphorous content should be between 1.0 and 1.6 percent.

Here is a short video with additional tips on how to read dog food labels. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkjUvFrPoZA)

3. Be wary of high calorie treats

Too often, dog owners do not consider how treats impact their dog’s health. They tend to give the dog too many high-calorie treats, causing weight gain and making the dog eat less of actual healthy food. When you buy treats for your large breed puppy, go for the healthiest options filled with nutrients and low on calories.

Best Large Breed Puppy Food Reviews


That’s a lot of information on foods to chew on (no pun intended). But it should help you raise a healthy large breed dog. Now you know the different types of food for large breed puppies, the top brands you can trust and the best foods available on Amazon. That should make your search for the right food so much easier.

As always, remember to talk to your vet if you think your pet has any health condition that warrants a special diet.

Merrick Dog Food Reviews: A Complete Guide for Dog Owners

Merrick pet care products
Merrick Dog Food Review

In 1988, Garth Merrick established Merrick Pet Care with the sole aim of creating healthy, nutritious and tasty foods for pets. Starting at trade shows, Merrick Pet Care quickly rose to popularity, becoming one of the best known pet food companies in the United States. Today, they retain the same care and passion for quality pet foods they had decades ago. This passion clearly shows through in their range of dog foods and treats.

In our Merrick dog food review, we look at what Garth Merrick and his company has to offer to dog owners. If you were wondering whether this brand is right for you, our reviews of Merrick food products or dogs should help you make the right decision.

Quality and Safety

Merrick Pet Care places the quality and safety of the dog food they make as top priorities. Everything from obtaining the ingredients to the preparation process is done under extreme care and quality control. To ensure the best results at the end of the production process, only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used.

As we go through various Merrick dog food reviews, you can rest assured that every product mentioned is safe and beneficial for your pet.

Available Food Types

To meet the needs of different dog nutritional requirements, Merrick Pet Care produces various types of dog foods. In our Merricks dog food review, we look at what varieties are available and the features and benefits of each type.

Depending on your dog’s nutritional needs and preferences, you can get most of these foods canned, raw or as Kibble.

1. Grain Free

Merrick Grain Free Dog Food

Grain free pet food is a relatively recent nutritional trend, one that has caught up quickly. Most dog foods have grains as the major source of calories. Examples of grains used include wheat, rice, oatmeal, millet and oats. Grain free foods eliminate grains from the ingredients list and substitute them with other calorie sources.

While generally grains are good for your dog, some dogs can benefit from a grain-free diet. For instance, some pets may show intolerances to specific grains while others tend to have allergic reactions after consuming certain grains. If you are unsure which grain your dog is intolerant or allergic to, then it might be a good idea to go completely grain free.

2. Backcountry

Merrick Backcountry dog food is an all-natural and grain free diet packed with plenty of nutritious protein sources. The high protein content is best for active dogs that need a lot of energy throughout the day.

You can get Backcountry either in canned form or as kibble. Some of the ingredients include raw meat, venison, fresh cut vegetables, chicken and rabbit.

For more information, see the videos about Merrick Backcountry ​at the end of this page.

3. BackCountry Raw

This freeze dried raw kibble can be used either as a mixer (adding to your dog’s food) or as a complete meal on its own. As a mixer, it helps prevent overfeeding while still delivering the right amount of calories and nutrients to your pet. As a meal on its own, you can let the dog eat it dry or add warm water to hydrate it.

Merrick Limited Ingredient Dog Food

4. Limited Ingredient Diet

The limited ingredient diet relies on a minimal number of ingredients, aiming to keep the food as simple as possible. This diet is great for dogs that have food sensitivities and intolerances. Merrick’s limited ingredient diet uses a single source of proteins, few and easily digestible carbohydrates and no grains at all. Despite the limited nature of components, the diet still packs a nutritional punch for your pet. You do not have to worry about your pet not receiving adequate nutrients.

Here is a sample recipe table for a turkey and sweet potato limited ingredient food from Merrick Pet Care.


26 %


14 %


3.5 %


11 %

Omega-6 Fatty Acid

3.5 %

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

0.3 %

5. Classic

Merrick’s Classic diet provides your dog with a balance of tasty, healthy and wholesome ingredients. The diet includes both dry and wet recipes. Some of the ingredients include real deboned meat, whole grains like quinoa, fresh fruits and vegetables and omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. The diet does not contain corn, soy or wheat.

6. Treats

Merrick Pet Care has a variety of treats to keep your dog behaving well. They include natural bones, deboned raw meat, biscuits, jerky, dental chews and sausages.

Merrick Dog Food Coupons

Getting the best for your dog means digging deep into your pocket. To make things easier use Merrick dog food coupons. They will help you keep your dog healthy while also minding your budget.

A Trusted Brand

Merrick Pet Care is one of the most trusted brands in the pet food market. When you buy any of their products mentioned in our Merricks dog food review, quality and nutritional value is guaranteed.

Video: Merrick Backcountry Dog Food

Best Dog Food For German Shepherds: A Review & Buying Guide

By admin / September 15, 2016
Best Dog Food For German Shepherds

German shepherds are regarded as large breed dogs. To sustain their large sizes and higher than usual energy needs, German shepherd dog food needs to have the right formulation. For one, the diet needs to be high in protein content. Proteins support the dog’s muscles and bones while also allowing the dog to sustain its rapid growth. Proteins are also an important source of energy. The food also needs high fat content, which acts as a major energy source.

In addition to the two most important ingredients – protein and fat – the best food for German shepherd also contains other healthy ingredients including vegetables, omega-6 and 3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Check that the food contains health starch sources such as sweet potato.

Based on these needs, here are the top rated foods for German shepherds on Amazon.

Best Food Comparison Table for German Shepherds




Age Range




ROYAL CANIN BREED HEALTH NUTRITION German Shepherd Adult dry dog food



6 - 17 - 30 (lbs)


EUKANUBA Breed Specific Adult Dry Dog Food



30 (lbs)


ROYAL CANIN BREED HEALTH NUTRITION German Shepherd Puppy dry dog food



30 (lbs)


Orijen Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food



5 (lbs)


Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Beef, Venison & Lamb


12.5 (Ounce)

Can (Pack of 12)

1. Royal Canin German Shepherd Adult Dry Dog Food



Royal Canin is one of the most respected dog food brands. They have one of the best dog food for German shepherd on Amazon. The dry adult dog food comes in three bag sizes; 6 pounds, 17 pounds and 30 pounds. The kibble is designed in terms of shape, size, texture and formulation specifically for the German shepherd breed.

The ingredients used in the formulation support the dog’s sensitive skin, protect bone and joint health, provide for the dog’s high-energy needs and help with digestion. The recipe is based on healthy protein sources like chicken and fish. It also contains numerous vitamins and minerals.


2. Eukanuba German Shepherd Adult Dry Dog Food

EUKANUBA Breed Specific German Shepherd Adult Dry Dog Food

EUKANUBA Breed Specific German Shepherd Adult Dry Dog Food

Eukanuba is another popular brand with high ratings on Amazon. Their adult dry dog food specifically formulated for German shepherds has everything your dog needs to stay healthy. The kibble is formulated with animal-based proteins to support the dog’s high muscle mass. Omega-6 and 3 fatty acids are included to keep the dog’s skin shiny and smooth.

The food contains special ingredients to reduce tartar build up on teeth. Additionally, it is filled with plenty of fibre to maximize nutrient absorption and ease digestion. You can choose from three differently sized bags; 3 lbs, 10 lbs and 30 lbs.


3. Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin German Shepherd Puppy Dry Dog Food


In addition to their dry dog food formulated for adult German shepherds, the company also has kibble specially made for puppy German shepherds. This food is made for puppies between the ages of 8 weeks and 15 months. It is filled with nutritious animal proteins to support growth and development in the early stages. Fat content provides the highly active puppies with adequate energy to keep them up and running. There is also fiber to keep digestion smooth and easy.

Puppies need plenty of minerals and vitamins for healthy development and Royal Canin’s puppy kibble sees to it that these minerals and vitamins are present.


4. Orijen Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food

Orijen Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food

Orijen Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food

Orijen is a premium pet food brand providing one of the best dog food for German shepherds. If you are looking for the best German shepherd food, Orijen grain free adult kibble comes highly recommended. The food is formulated based on real meat, healthy starches and a variety of minerals and vitamins to keep your dog in shipshape.

Orijen adult dry dog food is high in protein, low in carbs, comes grain free and contains fruits and vegetables. The food may carry a higher than usual price tag but you are guaranteed the most nutritious and balanced food your dog can get.


5. Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Dog Food

Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Wet Canned Dog Food

If your dog prefers wet food to kibble, Wellness Core has an excellent recipe for your pooch. Their grain free wet canned food is ideal for most kinds of breeds including German shepherds. It uses high quality protein sources including beef, lamb, venison, fish and chicken.

The food is all-natural with no grains, wheat, soy, artificial colors/flavors or meat by-products. For dog owners seeking the best wet German shepherd dog food, this is a great choice.


Best Dog Food For German Shepherds


Choosing the best food for best food for German shepherd can be a bit challenging with so many brands competing for customers’ attention. Our list features some of the best and most trusted brands for quality dog food. With these brands, you are assured of a quality and nutritious diet for your German shepherd.

Natural Balance Dog Food Reviews: A Comprehensive Guide

Natural Balance Products
Natural Balance Dog Food Reviews

For your dog to be in full health and sound fitness, the right diet is essential. The food they eat is not only important in giving them the energy they need, it also supplies them with essential nutrients. Natural Balance Dog Food aims to provide the right balance of formulas to keep your pet at its filthiest. Their catalogue includes a wide variety of flavors and special formulas. This ensures that no matter what your dog’s nutritional needs are, there is a perfect formula for him or her.

If you are looking for the right food for your dog, read our natural balance dog food reviews below to find out what varieties are available and their benefits.

Types of Natural Balance Dog Foods

1. Canned

Natural Balance Canned Dog Food

Natural Balance canned dog foods come in a wide variety of tastes to suit even the pickiest of pooches. They are perfect for dogs that do not like or cannot take dry foods. They are also recommended for pets on a special diet. For example, if you want your dog to lose weight you can get reduced calories canned foods.

Like any other foods you will find in our Natural Balance Reviews, the canned foods are prepared with great care and a priority for nutritional balance. Everything your pet needs to grow and develop is right there.

Some of the yummy canned formulas include Buffalo and Sweet Potato formula, chicken and sweet potato formula, Duck and Sweet Potato formula and wild boar and brown rise formula.

2. Dry

Natural Balance Dry Dog Food Reviews

Natural Balance dry dog foods are ideal for all kinds of dogs including puppies, adults and aged pets. As you go through Natural Balance dog food reviews, you will often find the word Kibble used a reference to dry dog food.

Pet owners love dry dog food mainly because of its convenience. You can fill a bowl and leave the dog to eat at its own pleasure. It is also easy to store and lasts long without going bad. Natural Balance stocks a variety of flavors including Lamb and Brown Rice formula, Legume and Duck dry formula and Sweet Potato and Venison formula.

3. Wet

For dogs that have trouble eating kibble, a great alternative is Natural Balance’s Wet dog formulas. The main difference with dry foods is their increased moisture content. They work best for fussy dogs or those that have been prescribed wet meals by the vet. If your dog often refuses to drink water, wet food can help provide it with a healthy source of hydration.

As with all formulas mentioned in our Natural Balance reviews, you are assured of safety, quality and nutritional value. Some of the flavors available include Chow-Down Chowder Dog Stew Formula and Fish 'N Chicks Dog Food Wet Cups.

4. Rolls

Rolls come in a meaty form that can be chopped, sliced or grated. Packed with essential nutritional components, Natural Balance dog rolls are great for when you are traveling or training your dog.

5. Treats

These are must-have rewards for any dog owner. These foods combine great taste and premium nutrition to keep your pet well behaved.

If you are not sure which food to select from the above reviews of Natural Balance dog food, talk to your vet. You will be advised on the best choice depending on your dog’s health and behavior.

Special Natural Balance Dog Foods

Natural Balance also stocks a variety of special formulas. They include;

  • Grain Free formulas that provide plenty of energy without relying on grains.
  • Healthy Digestion formulas with higher fiber content for easier digestion. They are ideal for ill and aged dogs.
  • Healthy Weight foods that consist of low calorie formulas to help in weight loss. Look at the ingredient table below representing nutritional components in Natural Balance's Reduced Calorie Dry Dog formula. It contains 17% less calories than the normal Natural Balance dry food.

Ingredient Table:


18 %


8 %


10 %

Omega 6 Fatty Acid

1.7 %

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

0.3 %


330 kcal/8 oz cup

  • High Protein formulas, which are best food for puppies, lactating females and performance dogs that have high energy needs. High protein foods should not be fed to dogs with kidney problems and elderly dogs as they may cause health complications.
  • Limited Ingredients formulas to reduce food sensitivities while still providing the required nutritional value.
  • Vegetarian Formulas that are just as nutritional as meat-based formulas but with vegan ingredients only.

Again, we recommend talking to your vet for recommendation on whether your dog needs a special diet based on its health, age and mannerisms.

Natural Balance Dog Food Coupons

Keeping your furry friend well fed and healthy can be quite costly. In addition to vet costs, you have to ensure that the dog is eating the best food. The bill goes even higher if your pet has special dietary needs. Thankfully, you can get Natural Balance Dog food coupons to help you spend less while still keeping your pet healthy.


With so much variety in dog foods, it has become easier than ever to provide your dog with the diet they need to keep healthy and fit. Evaluate the various foods we have reviewed and determine which one is best for your dog.

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