"So what’s unique about puppy food?"

Puppy food has a different nutrient profile than most adult dog foods to support a puppy’s growth and development.

Did you know that at certain times during his growth your puppy will need higher levels of many nutrients than adult dogs do? For example, at six to eight weeks of age, he requires as much as three times the adult caloric requirement per pound of body weight.

But there’s more to the story than just the increased amount of calories. It’s where those calories come from that makes the difference.

Puppies Have Unique Nutritional Needs

• Higher Protein: More protein helps your puppy develop muscles. For example, Purina Puppy Chow guarantees 28% more protein than Dog Chow Complete Adult.

• DHA: Docosahexaenoic acid (or DHA), an Omega-3 fatty acid found primarily in fish oils, helps your puppy with brain development and immunity.

• Appropriate Amount of Calcium: To help develop and strengthen their bones and teeth, your puppy needs the right amount of calcium. It’s not simply about more. It’s about reaching the exact-right level.

• More Energy: Take one look at the blur streaking across your living room. He burns a lot of energy. And he needs more energy to fuel his growth. Each kibble of Puppy Chow is more nutrient-dense than Dog Chow Complete Adult, which means every bite packs more power.

Click here to learn about feeding your puppy a well-balanced diet.