We have nine diets that are designed to support puppies during their rapid growing months. The dehydrated recipes we recommend are our Grain Free Turkey, Grain Free Beef, Limited Ingredient Chicken, Whole Grain Chicken, Limited Ingredient Fish, and Limited Ingredient Duck. We also have three Whole Food Clusters recipes that are puppy-friendly, our Grain Free Chicken, Grain Free Turkey, and Grain Free Beef! You can find information on each of these recipes at the links below:
- Grain Free Turkey: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-grain-free-turkey-dog-food
- Grain Free Beef: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-grain-free-beef-dog-food
- Limited Ingredient Chicken: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-limited-ingredient-chicken-dog-food
- Whole Grain Chicken: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-whole-grain-chicken-dog-food
- Limited Ingredient Fish: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-limited-ingredient-fish-dog-food
- Limited Ingredient Duck: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dehydrated-limited-ingredient-duck-dog-food
Whole Food Clusters:
- Grain Free Chicken: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/grain-free-clusters-chicken
- Grain Free Turkey: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/grain-free-clusters-turkey
- Grain Free Beef: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/grain-free-clusters-beef
- Grain Free Chicken Puppy Blend: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/puppy-grain-free-clusters-chicken
- Whole Grain Chicken Puppy Blend: https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/puppy-whole-grain-clusters-chicken
The reason some recipes are appropriate for puppies while others are not is because puppies have slightly different mineral needs than adult dogs. Of particular interest are Calcium and Phosphorus. Not only are the actual levels important, but also the ratios of one to the other. The diet should contain between 1:1 and 2:1 parts Calcium to Phosphorus.
It is recommended that excessive amounts of Calcium should be avoided in large and giant breed pups because of their increased propensity to develop bone and joint problems. That being said, there is a tendency towards excessive focus on percentages and milligrams of particular nutrients.
For large and giant breed puppies, it is also particularly important to not over-feed or provide too many calories, especially during rapid growth periods, because this can lead the pup to grow too fast, which may result in developmental bone and joint problems in later life. If you have a large breed puppy, we recommend starting out with our Dehydrated Limited Ingredient Chicken, Dehydrated Grain Free Beef, Dehydrated Grain Free Turkey, Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Chicken, Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Turkey, and Whole Food Clusters Grain Free Beef recipes. These recipes offers a Ca:P ratio ideal for a growing large breed pup. This is primarily important during the first 4-6 months of rapid growth. After about 6 months, you may transition/introduce the rest of the diets listed above.
For puppies that are not large/giant breed, you may rotate all nine puppy friendly recipes. Most vets advise that a puppy should be on a puppy diet until 12-18 months of age.