Can Puppies Eat Bananas?

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can puppies eat bananas

Just as fruits offer plenty of wholesome nutrients to humans, they can benefit your dog too. Fruits contain fiber, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that can boost your dog’s health and energy.

However, you have to be careful about what fruits you add to his bowl. Certain varieties including grapes, cherries and apricots are toxic and can cause severe reactions. But most other fruits including apples, watermelon (without seeds and rind) and strawberries are great.

For a growing puppy especially, the nutritional supply from fruits can foster healthier development.

Can Puppies Eat Bananas and In What Proportions?

To that list of healthy fruits you can feed your dog, add bananas. Ripe bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral that is especially crucial for developing puppies.

Potassium is essential for healthy cell, muscle and enzyme function. The body also uses it to maintain proper fluid balance in the body. In fact, veterinarians recommend bananas over other not-so-healthy potassium sources such as salty treats.

Other benefits of bananas

  • They contain magnesium, another essential mineral for the dog. Magnesium is crucial in bone development. A puppy growing up without adequate magnesium in its diet could experience serious muscular and bone problems later in life. This mineral is also used in numerous enzyme reactions.
  • They are rich in fiber. If you puppy constantly experiences digestive issues such as diarrhea or constipation, the problem might be deficiency of fiber in its diet. While fiber does not deliver any energy or nutritional benefits, it greatly aids the movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract. Additionally, fiber is highly recommended for weight management and prevention of diabetes.
  • They contain plenty of other nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B6, biotin and copper. Combined, these components boost the immune system, keep the dog’s muscles working and maintain skin and coat health.
  • They have low amounts of sodium and cholesterol. One of the biggest concerns for puppy owners is the nutritional value of the treats they buy. Too many treats contain high levels of salt and bad fat. Bananas are low in both, making them great as a treat.

Do Puppies Even Like Bananas

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This will depend on your individual puppy’s peculiarities. Some puppies absolutely love the taste of bananas while others cannot stand the smell let alone the taste.

So the only way to find out is to start with a small piece. Let your puppy smell it and lick it to decide whether it is his new favorite treat.

If he likes it, here are a few ways you can add the fruit to his diet.

How to Feed Bananas to Puppies

Veterinarians highly recommend using bananas as treats and not part of the main diet. The main reason is the high sugar content. It can lead to an overload in calories and even cause constipation.

Additionally, keep the peels away. They are hard to digest and could cause a blockage in the dog’s digestive tract. This can be especially dangerous for a puppy whose digestive system is still developing.

The simplest way to feed a banana to your puppy is by giving it to him directly. Ideally, you should cut it up into smaller, easy-to-chew pieces.

If you have to use it as part of the primary diet, only add it as a compliment to the main puppy food. Just mash up a banana and mix it well with his food. It is a good idea to test whether he likes the taste and smell of bananas before adding it to his food. Otherwise the entire bowl of food will go to waste if he happens to hate bananas.

You can also mash it and mix it with peanut butter (make sure it is xylitol-free) or yogurt. It makes for a really sweet and starchy treat.

If you don’t want a messy situation, try freezing the bananas and then peel and slice into small pieces. This is especially ideal for hot days.

Any Warnings?

Like most foods, do not overdo it. The high sugar content can cause digestive and health problems if the puppy eats too many bananas. As mentioned, excessive consumption can also lead to constipation. Also don’t forget to throw the peels out.

So can puppies eat bananas? The answer is a resounding yes, as long as he likes it. If not, there are many other safe fruits to explore.

Best Dog Bloggers To Follow In 2017

Best Dog Bloggers
Best Dog Bloggers

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

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.

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Benetley

3. Beagles & Bargains

“​SURVIVING PET PARENTHOOD WITHOUT GOING BROKE”

Jessica

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.

Luna

4. Chronicles of Cardigan

“​a comedy coated in pet hair”

Elizabeth

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

Kia

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.

Simba

6. Dakota's Den

Caren

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.

Dakota
Cody

7. Dancing Dog Blog

“a friendly voice - an expansive view”

Mary

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

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.

Edison

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

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”

Stefanie

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.

Maddie
Izzie

12. Dog Trotting

“​GLOBAL TRAVEL FOR DOG LOVERS”

Sherri

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.

Victor

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.

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Summer
Teddy

14. Dolly the Doxie

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

Sandra

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.

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Dolly
Rhette

15. Golden Woofs

Rosalyn

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.​

Sugar

16. HAPPY HAZEL

“​A Dog Friendly Lifestyle Blog from Los Angeles”

Hazel

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.

Happy

17. Have Dog Blog Will Travel

CeliaSue

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.

Cici

18. Have Dog Can Travel

Hazel

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.

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19. Heart like a Dog

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

Jodi

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.

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Delilah

20. HER AND HER DOGS

Sadie

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.

Reese

21. I Love My Chi

Cathy

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.

Kilo

22. IT'S DOG OR NOTHING

“LIVING LARGE . LIVING FLUFFY”

Kelsie

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.

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23. k9sOoverCoffee

Barbara

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

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”

Lindsay

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.

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Matilda

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.

Montecristo

27. My Kid Has Paws

Rachel

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.

Rooney

28. My Life with Dogs

Christy

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

29. MY PIT BULL FRIEND

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

Laura

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.

Bentley

30. My Rotten Dogs

Rebekah

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.

Sugar
Sugar
Sugar

31. Oh My Shih Tzu

“​A Small Athlete Breaking Stereotypes”

Christine

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.

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Trixie

32. Paw Province

“​The Life Of A YOUNG DOG HANDLER AND HER DACHSHUND”

Robin

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.

Christine

33. Peaceful Dog

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

Kirsten

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.

34. PHILEAS DOGG

“​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.

Attlee

35. Puppy Leaks

Jena

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.

Laika

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.

Retrieverman

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.

Rosa
Keira

38. Rubicon Days

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

Lara

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.

Boca
Ruby

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.

Ruby

40. Sand Spring Chesapeakes

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

JoAnn

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.

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Marie
Preacher
GLory
Gambler
Marsh Kitty

41. Sarcastic Dog

“​LEARNING TO WAG OUR TAILS WITH UNINHIBITED JOY”

Alison

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.

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Zora
Piper

42. Sew DOGGY STYLE

“​FASHION - DIY - ADVENTURE - FUN”

Erika

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.

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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.

Spencer
Callie

44. Tails Around the Ranch

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

Monika

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.

Sam

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.

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Tucker
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Jeffie

46. BODIE ON THE ROAD

“​Your Guide to Tail-Wagging Travels”

Belinda

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.

Bodie

47. The DIY Dog Mom

“​As Seen in TAILS Magazine”

Alicia

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.

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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”

Tiffany

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.

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50. Travel With Choppy

“​I TRAVEL. I PUN. I DRESS UP THE DOG AND THE CAT.”

Sarah

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.

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Wrap-up

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.


Nutro Dog Food Reviews: Is Nutro a Good Dog Food

Nutro Dog Food Reviews
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.

Protein

21 %

Fat

13 %

Fiber

3.5 %

Moisture

10 %

Linoleic acid

3.5%

Zinc

250 mg/kg

Niacin

250 mg/kg

Bitotin

2.5 mg/kg

Glucosamine

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

A Basic Dog Training Guide for First Time Dog Owners

Basic Dog Training Guide

For new dog owners, dog training can seem like an insurmountable challenge. That is why it is always a good idea to hire an experienced dog trainer if you are not sure of what to do. But there are some basics you should be aware of whether you train the dog yourself or hire a professional to do it. Keep these 5 golden rules in mind.

Basic Dog Training

1. Start with a name

Start by choosing the right name for your pup. This is a really important step as it will set the tone for your relationship with the dog. Choose a name that is short, memorable and ends with a strong syllable. Some good examples include Max, Buddy, Ginger and Jake. The strong ending makes it easier for the dog to hear you when you call.

Find a name that evokes positive emotions. This is especially important if the dog is coming from an abusive situation. Once you have the name, all that remains is letting him know it is his. Use it often and he will be used to it in a few days.

2. Create a good and relaxing environment

For the training to be successful, your dog needs to feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. Start by setting up a sleeping area. A nice and comfy dog bed in a warm spot should do. You can also set up another spot where he or she can relax on a mat during the day. Make sure he feels accepted by every member of the family.

Such a positive environment reinforces good behavior from the get go and will make the dog more receptive to training.

3. Positive reinforcement

A good dog owner knows that a dog does not respond very well to threats, shouting or any other negative aspect of training. Dogs learn best in a positive environment where positive reinforcement is the bedrock of the training.

Positive reinforcement is based on the practice if rewarding your dog when he does something good. A reward, whether in form of words, a gesture or a treat, makes it more likely that he will repeat a certain action.

From early on, get into the habit of positively reinforcing good behavior and ignoring bad behavior. Naturally, this results in more of the good habits and less of the bad ones.

4. Establish the alpha

Make sure the dog understands that you are the alpha, the leader. This is important in setting the nature of the relationship between you two and determines how successful the training will be. If the dog does not recognize you as the alpha, it will not come when called or respond to any other commands.

Start by calling the dog by its name and telling it to come. Go down to his level to encourage a positive response. Do this several times and remember to provide effusive praise to the dog each time. Later try it when the dog is deeply engaged in something. If he drops what he is doing and comes, this is a good thing and will come in really handy as the dog grows older and you explore new things and places together.

5. Teach the basic commands

There are five basic commands that you can teach your dog. They include;

Basic Dog Training Commands
  • Come – start with this essential one. It reinforces your position as alpha and can help keep your dog safe later on. Remember to get down to his level and use plenty of positive reinforcement.
  • Sit – One of the easiest commands for the dog to master. For this, use a treat held out near his nose to make him sit down. Repeat it every day until he masters it, remembering to reward him whenever he sits.
  • Down – this one is a bit complicated and should be done after he has already mastered the SIT command. Use a treat and lower it to the floor until the dog also lies down. Take away the treat and say 'No!’ when he stands up. Reward with the treat when he stays down.
  • Stay – this command is useful when you need the dog to remain in a certain place for a period. It can take some time to teach especially for high energy dogs.
  • Leave it – this is another important safety command for when the dog’s curiosity gets the better of him.

Conclusion

It is all about positive reinforcement. Focus on the good behavior, reward good habits and ignore any bad ones. With this recipe and some patience, basic training is easy.

Video: Why Train Your Dog?

7 Must-Have Dog Apparels – A Useful Guide to Dog Clothes

Dog Cloth

Dog clothes have become serious business. In addition to the fun and cute apparels that are common, some clothing items have practical benefits to dogs. Good examples include winter boots to keep their feet warm in the snow and life jackets to keep them afloat in water. As you stock up your own wardrobe, here are a few essentials to get for your dog.

1. A winter sweater

Must Have Dog Apparels

The fur on dogs is meant to keep them warm when it is cold. But some dogs have a thicker fur coat than others. If you see your dog shivering or appearing cold when temperatures are low, a sweater can supplement its own fur.

Winter sweaters come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Take all the necessary measurements before making a purchase. This includes the neck, chest and waist. This will ensure that the sweater is snug and warm. As for the right material, wool is the best but acrylic is also good.

If you have a large breed with thick fur, be more cautious with your purchase. Most such breeds are perfectly warm without any clothes and a sweater can cause overheating.

2. Dog goggles (doggles)

It is not just humans that need protecting from harsh UV rays. Doggles, or dog goggles, protect the dog’s eyes from UV rays as well as physical debris. They are also great if your dog has an eye problem or is recovering from eye surgery.

When looking for dog goggles, size is one of the most important things. Check that the goggles will not keep falling off even when the dog is running around. Also make sure they are strong enough to withstand numerous bumps and falls.

3. Paw boots

It may look strange getting your dog to wear boots but they can be really helpful in certain situations. For instance when you go out for walks in winter, boots keep the dog’s feet from freezing. They can also come in handy when walking on salted roads, hiking along rocky trails and walking on hot sand or asphalt.

If your dog has an injury on its paw, boots keep it protected, ensuring it heals quickly without any complications. Paw boots are sold in a set of four and vary in terms of size, design, traction and level of warmth. Find out what is available in the market and decide which boots are best for your dog.

4. Dog backpack

For dogs that are ready to go on adventures with their owners, a dog backpack is a must-have essential. The dog can carry its own water and food. Make sure the backpack is comfortable and does not cause any strain on the armpits, chest or back. This is especially important for long hikes. Additionally, check that the load is well positioned and balanced so as not to cause any strain or soreness.

5. Cooling vest

During the hot days of summer, dogs run the risk of overheating which could lead to heat stroke. This is an especially big risk for active dogs that love spending time outdoors. A cooling vest helps keep temperatures under control. Different vests work in different ways. Some work through evaporation. You soak them in water and as the water evaporates, it takes away heat from the dog’s skin. Others contain icepacks to keep heat at bay.

If you are planning any outdoor adventures with your dog – hiking, camping, road trip and more – consider a cooling vest as part of your essential gear.

6. Life jacket

Another essential gear is a life jacket. If you love playing out in the water with your dog whether it is swimming, wading, canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddling, a life jacket is a must even if you are in calm water. Many dogs can swim but the current can be stronger than it seems and the water deeper than you can tell.

Make sure the life jacket has an easy-to-reach handle you can quickly grab if things get choppy.

7. Safety wear

Finally, get a variety of safety wear for your dog. This comprises mostly of accessories that keep your dog highly visible during the day and in the dark. Examples include an LED dog collar that can light up when it is dark and a reflective jacket for easy visibility in any light.

Conclusion

Dog clothes are not always goofy. Sometimes they can be a life saver. They will keep your dog safe while looking cute too.

Must Have Dog Apparels

Video: DIY Dog Cloth

Can Dogs Drink Milk? – Advice and Expert Recommendations

Can Dogs Drink Milk

For most people, picturing a dog drinking milk is a ridiculous idea. But can dogs drink milk? Is it healthy or can it result in side effects?

Can Dogs Drink Milk

We are used to cats lapping up their milk noisily not dogs. While it is generally not a good idea to give your adult cat milk, the advice when it comes to dogs is not so clear cut. It all comes down to how each dog handles components found in milk. Some dogs will do fine with a bowl of milk or a lick of ice cream now and then while others will experience adverse reactions ranging from a simple abdominal ache to severe diarrhea.

What is in Milk?

Milk contains sugars. These sugars are referred to as lactose. This component decides whether your dog can drink milk or not. When dogs (and even humans) drink milk, an enzyme called lactase produced by the body breaks down lactose in milk. This enables smooth passage through the digestive tract.

Most dogs will be able to produce enough lactase to digest the sugars in milk. Others however, produce too little or none at all. It is these dogs that belong to the 'no/little milk’ category.

Lactose Intolerance

Puppies, like any other young mammals depend on the mother’s milk to survive and grow. So while it is not common for adult dogs to drink milk, puppies greatly depend on it until they are weaned. At this age, they can easily handle lactose because there is an abundance of the enzyme lactase.

But as they grow out of puppyhood, the body’s ability to break down these sugars in milk starts declining. This is as a result of reduced levels of lactase available in the body. At this point, giving the dog milk could cause some uncomfortable reactions.

Most dogs can handle a sensible amount of milk without any issue. This is because there is still some lactase enzyme available to digest lactose. But too much milk and dairy products can affect most dogs, overwhelming their digestive systems and causing symptoms like a bloated tummy and lose stool.

Some dogs have serious lactose intolerance making it difficult to digest even little amounts of dairy products. For such dogs, ingesting milk or any other dairy product results not only in digestive discomfort but also in serious clinical symptoms that require a trip to the vet.

What Experts Recommend

Can Dogs Drink Milk

The best thing you can do is observe your dog closely. It is not essential that your dog’s diet include dairy products. But if you really want to include dairy products in your dog’s diet, keep a close eye on it especially over the next 12-24 hours. Watch out for symptoms like gas, lose stool, serious diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting.

If the dog has no symptoms at all, then you can comfortably add dairy products to its diet but keep observing him for any additional symptoms. If the dog has mild symptoms, the problem is probably not the presence of lactose but the amount present in the dairy product. The best option in this case is to reduce the amount of milk you are feeding to your dog or find a low-fat and low-sugar dairy product.

Different types of dairy products have varying amounts of lactose as you can see in the table below.

Dairy Product

Amount of Lactose

1 cup of whole milk

11 grams

1 cup of skimmed milk

11 grams

½ cup of ice cream

6 grams

1 cup of low fat yogurt

5 grams

½ cup of cottage cheese

3 grams

1 ounce of swiss cheese

1 grams

1 ounce of cheddar cheese

None

Products like low-fat yogurt and skimmed milk are great for dogs that show some sensitivity towards lactose. They contain less fat and sugar, which helps prevent adverse digestive reactions.

If your dog begins to show serious symptoms like prolonged vomiting and diarrhea, call your vet immediately. Then consider cutting dairy products completely from your pet’s diet. It will not make it any less healthy. Make sure every family member knows the dog’s condition to prevent any serious incident involving milk ingestion.

Conclusion

So, can dogs drink milk? It all boils down to your specific dog. Reaction to lactose varies from dog to dog. Your neighbors dog might greedily lap up milk like a hungry kitten while your own has to deal with a rumbling stomach from just a bite of cheese.

But as we have mentioned, dairy products are not an essential part of a dog’s diet. So do not feel compelled to give your dog milk. Only do it if your dog likes it and shows no sensitivity.

Frontline vs Advantix Review and Comparison

Frontline VS K9advantix
Frontline VS K9advantix

Fleas, ticks and other external parasites can be a nuisance for your dog. They cause itchiness, discomfort and can lead to illness and even death. If left to flourish, external parasites on your dog can spread to other pets in the home and can become health risks to humans. Fleas are by far the most common external parasites and most dogs will inevitably get them at one time during their life. Other common parasites include lice, ticks and mites.

There are two leading products that homeowner can use against external parasites in dogs; Frontline Plus and Advantix II. Frontline Plus belongs to the Merial brand while Advantix II is produced by Bayer. In this article, we compare between the two to help dog owners make the right choice. If you are short of time, refer to the handy k9 Advantix II vs Frontline Plus comparison table at the end.

Frontline Plus

FrontLine Plus

Frontline Plus is designed for use against fleas, ticks and chewing lice. It is sold as a topical application with varying amounts depending on the dog size. So make sure you select the right package for your dog.

Once applied, the pesticide remains powerful enough to fight parasites for 30 days. The manufacturer recommends a single monthly application. Since it is waterproof, you do not have to reapply it after bathing your dog or if it goes swimming. A wait time of 24 hours after application is however recommended before letting the dog bathe or swim.

One of the benefits of Frontline Plus is that it targets all life stages of parasites. It will not only kill adult fleas and ticks, it also goes after their larvae, eggs and pupae. This offers complete protection to your dog.

As for adverse side effects, they are minimal. The only effect you may observe after application is a slight irritation on the skin. But this quickly clears up and there are no lasting side effects. Make sure you follow the recommended application tips for maximum effectiveness and to prevent any adverse reaction.

Frontline Plus should never be used on a cat. It is only designed for use in dogs older than 8 weeks.

K9 Advantix II

K9Advantix II

Advantix II by Bayer is one of the biggest heavyweights when it comes to fighting parasites in dogs. In a k9 Advantix II vs Frontline Plus comparison, Advantix has significantly more benefits. For one, it does not only kill but also repels parasites. This ensures that parasites have no chance of attaching to the dog and biting it.

Another big advantage is that it kills and repels more parasites. It targets fleas, ticks, chewing lice, biting flies and mosquitoes. Like Frontline Plus, it also targets also life stages, not just the adult forms. This keeps the dog protected even from parasite eggs and larvae.

K9 Advantix II is a monthly topical application, meaning it requires just a single application every 30 days. It is also waterproof hence no need to reapply after your dog has a bath or goes swimming. However, the manufacturer recommends the use of a non-detergent shampoo for the best results.

Because of its components, Advantix II should not be used on cats as it can cause harm. Furthermore, it should only be used on dogs 0lder than 7 months and heavier than 4 lbs. When buying, make sure you check the weight requirement on the label.

Frontline vs Advantix

The following comparison table provides a handy summary of Frontline vs Advantix. Refer to it if you need to quickly compare k9 Advantix 2 vs Frontline Plus.

K9 Advantix II

Frontline Plus

Targets fleas, ticks, lice, biting flies and mosquitoes.

Only targets fleas, ticks and lice.

Kills and repels parasites.

Only kills parasites once they get into contact with the dog's fur or skin.

Can be used on a dog 7 weeks and older.

Can be used on a dog 8 weeks and older.

Requires a single monthly application.

Requires a single monthly application.

Waterproof

Waterproof

Minimal side effects

Minimal side effects

k9 advantix vs frontline plus Comparison Table

In comparing Frontline Plus vs k9 Advantix, it is obvious that both are powerful pesticides. They are both equally effective at keeping your dog free of the most common external parasites. While Frontline Plus works relatively quickly (within 4-12 hours of application), Advantix Plus kills and repels a wider range of parasites. But by the end of the 30-day period, the performance of both is roughly the same. If you live in an area with a higher prevalence of parasites, including mosquitoes and biting flies, Advantix is the best option for you.

Hopefully, the above Frontline Plus vs Advantix II matchup will help you make the right decision. Remember that none of the products should be used on cats. If you want a pesticide for your cat, both brands carry other products made specifically for cats.

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Best Large Breed Puppy Food Reviews: A Complete Guide

Best Large Breed Puppy Food Reviews
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

Image

Name

Flavor/Style

Weight(lbs)

Packing

Rating

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

Chicken - Puppy

15.5 - 30

Bag

Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Rice Formula

Puppy Large Breed Chicken & Rice Formula

18 - 34

Bag

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

Large Breed Puppy Formula with Chicken, Lamb & Fish

15 - 30

Bag

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

Large Breed Puppy

30

Bag

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Large Breed Puppy Chicken Formula

Chicken Formula Large Breed Grain Free

24

Bag

EUKANUBA Puppy Dry Dog Food

Chicken - Large Breed

5 - 16 - 33

Bag

Diamond Naturals Large Breed Dry Puppy Food

Lamb

20 - 40

Bag

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

High Prairie

5 - 15 - 30

Bag

NUTRO Puppy Dry Dog Food

Chicken - Large Breed

15 - 30

Bag

IAMS PROACTIVE HEALTH Puppy Dry Dog Food

Chicken - Puppy Large Breed

15 - 30.6 - 38.5

Bag

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 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.

Protein

26 %

Fat

10 %

Fiber

3 %

Moisture

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.

https://www.amazon.com/Hills-Science-Diet-Chicken-30-Pound/dp/B003MWGR1E/

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

Purina Pro Plan Focus Dry Dog Food

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.

https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Pro-Plan-Chicken-34-Pound/dp/B002OY0Q9K/

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.

https://www.amazon.com/CANIDAE-Stages-Large-Breed-Lentils/dp/B00CU7W6IK/

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.

https://www.amazon.com/Wellness-Complete-Natural-Food-30-Pound/dp/B001J8LGEG/

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.

https://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-Wilderness-Puppy-Chicken-Formula/dp/B00CW4PYIA/

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

Conclusion

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 Dog Food Reviews
Merrick Dog Food Reviews

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 Dog Food Review

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.

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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.

Protein

26 %

Fat

14 %

Fiber

3.5 %

Moisture

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

Natural Balance Dog Food Reviews: A Comprehensive Guide

Natural Balance Dog Food Reviews
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 Dog Food Review

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 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:

Protein

18 %

Fat

8 %

Moisture

10 %

Omega 6 Fatty Acid

1.7 %

Omega 3 Fatty Acid

0.3 %

Calories

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.

Conclusion

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.

Video: Learn How to Get Your Dog to Eat Dry Food

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