Puppy food and puppy potty
I have read many opinions about dog food -- some say it is best to use a prepared puppy food so that the puppy gets the supplements it needs that may not be in a home cooked meal, others say home prepared meals are best.
But most dog food advice does not address puppy food specifically, rather it addresses adult dog food. Please can you give me advice on a PUPPY food that is mostly organic, has no additives and by-products, and would be suitable for a two month old Portuguese Water dog?
A related question-- my two month old PWD is going potty very often. Sometimes it can be less than ten minutes between potties, while at night in his crate he goes four hours at a stretch. He is not drinking much water at all. When we brought him home he passed slightly bloody stools so I took him to the vet. He is on an antibiotic and has been wormed, and I've been feeding him on boiled organic rice and shredded organic chicken (with some water added for moisture) according the the vet's advice. He is doing much better and the stools are now clear, though he only defecates once a day. He's VERY energetic and eats voraciously (three meals a day) -- there's been no lethargy or vomiting at all. The vet said to start transitioning him from the rice and chicken to regular puppy food slowly, but I am in a real quandary about what puppy food to use.
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
Yes, finding the best food can be a challenge, especially for puppies.
While I don't have the necessary breakdown and information on all the best foods on the market, I can direct you to a page on my site where you will find a system to enable you to 'rate' any dog/puppy food according to the quality of it's ingredients. It also takes into account organic, probiotic, vegetables, fruits and other such ingredients.
If you narrow your choices down to one or two foods you can then use this system on their ingredient list and find out which is best for you.
There are a couple of very good foods for puppies, that rate an 'A' or higher using this system. These are Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy (Score 94, A), Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable (Score 108, A+)
Innovas' range of foods is excellent also. Their 'Evo' foods are about as close as you can get to a 'raw' diet while still using a commercially prepared food. They can be used for dogs of all ages (no puppy or senior formula required), and are recommended for dogs with sensitivities or allergies.
You can find a good range of these foods here.....All Natural, Premium Dog Food at Only Natural Pet Store
One other alternative you may want to try, is Sojourner Farms Products. They have a raw food mix, that you can use to help provide a well-balanced, home made food for your puppy/dog. You just need to add meat and water to their food mix (you can also add appropriate fruits/vegetables etc.) and you can be sure your pup is getting superior nutrition.
I have several pages on my site devoted to the discussion of dog/puppy foods, you may want to check them out as part of your research -
Dog Food Ratings
Organic Dog Food
Best Dog Foods
Dog Food Comparison Chart
Hope you can find the info. you need here. Best of luck with your puppy.