Feeding your puppy all-natural or USDA-certified organic ingredients is the only way to ensure he gets the best nutrition. Whether you choose to feed your puppy commercial dog food or prepare your own meals for him, you need to make sure he is getting a balanced meal to strengthen his growing body without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics.
For the first eight weeks of a puppy's life, he should be nursed by his mom. A puppy who have been separated from his mom needs a formula that is similar to her milk. You can make organic puppy formula using a few fresh ingredients. Combine 3/4 of a cup of half and half, one cup of whole goat milk and two eggs. Add 1/2 tablespoon protein powder -- from animals, not soy -- and one to two days' worth of crushed adult dog vitamins. Once the puppy is 2 to 3 weeks old, start adding ground liver into the formula and ween away from the bottle after five weeks. Always use USDA-certified organic ingredients when making this formula.
Commercial Puppy Food
Once your puppy is 9 weeks old, he can start eating solid natural or organic dog food. His dog food should contain more protein, nutrients and calories until he is full grown, which is typically 12 to 18 months. Two of the best commercial puppy foods on the market are Wellness Just for Puppy canned food and Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken puppy food. Both of these brands are all-natural and protein- and calorie-packed with tons of fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals to aid in the growth of strong bones, muscles and organs.
Homemade Puppy Food
Making food for your new puppy is a way to make sure your pup is getting 100 percent natural or organic ingredients. A general guideline for cooking puppy food is to include 1/3 protein and 2/3 vegetables. A small amount of carbs can be added as well. A hearty stew with beef, carrots, green beans and a small amount of rice is a common homemade puppy meal. Make sure every ingredient you buy is USDA-certified organic or all natural to ensure the ingredients in your puppy food don't contain synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, pesticides or chemicals. Make sure you have a number of recipes to add variety to your pet's diet, and show each recipe to your veterinarian to make sure it meets all of your pet's nutritional needs.
Raw Puppy Food
Feeding your pup a raw food diet is another way to ensure every ingredient is 100 percent natural or organic. Puppies require up to 5 to 10 percent of their weight daily in raw foods. They can eat almost all of the same raw foods as adult dogs, aside from thick, weight-bearing bones, which are too big for their growing teeth. Raw diets are based on variety, so you'll need to rotate your raw food recipes often. Meats commonly used for protein are chicken, turkey, beef, pork and rabbit. Organ meat such as liver or kidney should also make up 10 percent of your puppy's diet. Your pup can eat the bones in these meats as long as they are not cooked, which can cause splintering and serious health problems. Raw meats are combined with raw vegetables like carrots and green beans to make a balanced meal. Like a homemade diet, choose all-natural or USDA-certified ingredients and have your vet approve your recipe rotation before you start.
Courtney McCaffrey graduated from the College of Charleston in 2008 with a B.A. in media studies. She has served as an editor for Blooming Twig Books and the MADA Writing Services publishing company. She is now a writer on various outdoor sports such as snowboarding, skiing, surfing and bodysurfing.