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PURINA® PUPPY CHOW® HEALTHY START NUTRITION

Puppies have different nutritional needs than healthy adult dogs. And for their first one to two years of life, puppies need a food that is formulated with specific nutrients for healthy growth and development. The Healthy Start Blend found in every Puppy Chow recipe includes all of these essential puppy nutrients to help lay the foundation for a long and active life.
WHAT MAKES PUPPY NUTRITION (AND PUPPY CHOW) SO SPECIAL?

Here are a few ways that puppies’ nutritional needs differ from those of healthy adult dogs.

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Puppies require even more protein than adult dogs.

That’s why every Puppy Chow recipe features 30% more protein* and is made with high quality-protein sources like real chicken and/or beef.

*compared to leading adult dog food

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Puppies benefit from DHA to support proper brain and vision development.

Puppy Chow sources this important fatty acid from fish oil to help our pups’ brains and eyes be as healthy as they can be!

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Puppies need an optimal calcium to phosphorus ratio for proper bone growth.

Puppy Chow recipes are formulated with the right levels of calcium, phosphorus, and other important minerals to support healthy joints and proper bone and teeth development.

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Puppies need healthy levels of antioxidants to aid their developing immune systems.

Because of this, every Puppy Chow recipe is balanced with antioxidants that our pups need to be at their best — including vitamins E, C, and selenium.

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Puppies also require more energy from food to fuel overall growth.

That’s why Puppy Chow recipes are formulated to be calorie-dense and full of the high-quality ingredients needed to keep up with the demands of puppies’ rapidly growing bodies.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN MY PUPPY IS READY FOR ADULT NUTRITION?

As a general rule, dogs that are less than one year of age are considered puppies, and it is important during that year that they are being fed a specially formulated dog food for puppies. There is some variation, however. Large and giant breed dogs are considered puppies until two years of age.

HELPFUL PUPPY ARTICLES: REAL QUESTIONS, REAL ANSWERS

Over the years, we’ve been asked lots of common-sense questions about puppies — with topics ranging from how to prepare your home for a new puppy to preventing unwanted chewing. We’ve turned the answers into short puppy articles. Just choose from the categories below. Thanks for asking.

The World Needs More Puppy Videos

Are there ever enough puppy videos in the world? Nope. We like them so much, we’ve made a few of our own. Play on.

Puppyhood

Puppyhood: Our First Puppy Poop

Puppyhood: Some Ground Rules on Housetraining