Your puppy will grow the fastest during the first six months of his life, so you'll want to take special care to plan a healthy diet from the start. "Growing puppies have a lot more energy than adult dogs," says Madan Khare, DVM. "They require more nutrients in each bite because they can't eat in large quantities."
That means you'll be looking for a premium puppy food with key ingredients such as animal-based proteins (chicken, beef, or lamb) for strong bones and energy-rich fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3 are two) for a healthy skin and coat. When perusing the products at your grocery store, don't be tempted by the low-cost brands in the huge bags. They might be packed with fillers and preservatives and may not provide your dog the optimal nutrition he needs. Premium puppy food, such as IAMS™ ProActive Health™ Smart Puppy Original, is more easily digested and has additional nutritional value, containing nutrients such as DHA that are naturally found in milk from the puppy's mother. Discuss with your vet and read package labels to determine an appropriate formula for your dog's breed and size. Here, more tips for feeding your healthy, happy pup.