Nutrition

There have been many advances in canine nutrition in the last few decades.  With so many options, it can be very challenging to choose a quality food for your new puppy.  

Recently studies have been conducted on an increase in dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs fed a grain free diet.  Dilated cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle causing it to pump ineffectively and can lead to death.  At this time, the research is pointing to grain free diets high in legumes, which were previously thought to be high quality, premium dog foods.  Current recommendations are to choose a food with less legumes (such as peas, chickpeas, lentils, or soybeans).  We are currently feeding Nature's Logic Chicken, but there are many high quality options to consider.  I recommend discussing food recommendations with your veterinarian.  You can also follow the AKC's updated page for current information on this investigation- 

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-fdas-grain-free-diet-alert/

For treats, we recommend dried meat, fruits, and vegetable products that are made by reputable companies.  Our dogs LOVE chicken jerky, Zukes treats (the "Minis" are great training treats), and dehydrated sweet potatoes.  These are just examples of high quality options, and most natural dog food stores have many, many healthy dog treat options.