Puppy food in the test: growing up healthy

Little good puppy food in the test.

When a puppy moves from the breeder to its new home, the dog’s new owners have to decide: whether they want to give it dry or wet food and how much money they want to spend on it. Stiftung Warentest tested dog food for puppies for the first time: wet food. Only two of the six youth products are recommended. Two diets fail: they recommend inadequate servings and lack some nutrients.

Here’s what the Stiftung Warentest puppy food test offers

  • Test results. The table shows ratings from good to poor for six wet foods advertised for puppies and growing dogs. You can choose from well-known brands like Rinti and Pedigree. A daily ration costs between 98 cents and 2.93 euros for a ten-week-old puppy with a final weight of 15 kilograms.
  • Purchase advice. Nutritional quality and feeding recommendations were evaluated. In addition, each food was analyzed for harmful substances and undesirable components. If you click on the product photo in the table, you will read all the details about the product, as well as its strengths and weaknesses.
  • tips. Read free tips on feeding puppies, such as how to switch from breeder food to new food and how to recognize if they overeat.
  • Magazine article. If you unlock the theme, you will get access to the Test Report PDF of Test 5/2022.

Puppy food in the test.
All puppy food test results

Puppies need strong bones

The right food is important for growing dogs. It should help them build a large amount of tissue and strong bone in a short period of time. Compared to adult food, for example, the food should be more energy-dense, contain high-quality protein, and offer adequate amounts of minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, as well as trace elements such as copper and zinc. The test winner meets these requirements, also as a puppy food for large dog breeds.

Feeding errors take revenge

There are a number of things to consider when it comes to feeding puppies the right way. When young dogs overeat they tend to go into overdrive: the bones may not mineralize enough and become as strong.

The insidious thing is that owners often do not recognize overfeeding because young animals do not usually put on weight. However, over time, they can get used to overfeeding and gain fat later in life.

Advice: After the puppy phase, your pet needs adult dog food. You will find good products in our wet dog food and dry dog ​​food tests.

Best wet puppy food instead of BARF

The best puppy food in the test provides puppies with all the nutrients they need. We advise not to vomit. The abbreviation BARF stands for Species Appropriate Organic Raw Food. For one thing, the nutrient supply in BARF cannot be precisely controlled. On the other hand, puppies could come into contact with germs that they are not yet able to tolerate (see also our interview at BARF).

think about insurance

Dogs bring a lot of hustle and bustle with them. Think about important insurance policies when a puppy comes into the home: dog liability insurance covers any property damage caused by the animal’s roommate. You can find the best policies in our comparison of civil liability insurance for dogs. In the dog health insurance test, you’ll find out which policy is best for cushioning high veterinary costs.

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