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What to Look for in Dog Food for Pitbulls

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If you have a pitbull puppy, then you’re probably looking for the best possible food, right? You want to make sure they have food that’s going to be healthy for them with the proper nutrients. But just how are you going to find the perfect meal?

Well, it’s going to depend a lot on your dog, and it’s going to mean doing a decent amount of research. But that’s only if you don’t take a look at this article, because we can help you find the right puppy food and get a great start. So, what is the best Food For Pitbull Puppies?

Find a Good Dog Food Brand

One important thing is the brand of the food that you choose. You can find food in every price range, but you’re not going to find high quality at a super budget. You want a brand you can count on to support your dog as well, which generally means going with a brand that’s well known and respected within the dog family community.

If you go with a no-name brand you could end up with something that just isn’t as good or doesn’t have the level of standards that you would expect. There are reasons that some brands are more popular and better known.

AAFCO Certified

You want your dog food to be AAFCO certified because it’s going to show that these foods are good quality and that they’ve been tested as a dog food brand. That lets you know more about how safe they’ll be as well.

There are specific rules and regulations for dog food to say that it ‘meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.’ If the food says this, then you automatically know that it’s going to give your dog a complete, balanced diet. It means that there are certain amounts of different nutrients to provide your dog with what it needs to grow healthy.

Healthy Calorie Count

Another important thing that you need to pay attention to is just how many calories the food is. Look at the actual serving and then how much you’re feeding your dog and how many calories they eat in a day.

Your vet will be able to give you a better idea of how many calories you should be giving your dog so you can make sure that the food you choose doesn’t get too over-board. Just like any of us are supposed to eat set numbers of calories every day, your dog is supposed to eat only a set number of calories too.

Designed for puppies

There are several different dog foods out there and not all of them are designed for puppies specifically. The truth is, puppies need different ingredients and nutrients than adult dogs do. You want to make sure that you have dog food that’s designed for a puppy who needs help to grow up healthy. After all, your puppy is similar to a human baby. They need more care, more nutrients and a different diet than an adult does. So make sure you get a food that’s specifically for puppies.

Designed for Pitbulls

Next up, your pitbull is going to need different nutrients and help than a different breed (like a German Shepard or a chihuahua). That means you want a food that’s designed to give your pitbull the right nutrients, and you want something that’s designed to help your pitbull continue to grow and stay strong.

This may take a bit more work because you’re looking for something great for specifically pitbull puppies, but you’re going to find something. And it’s going to be entirely worth it when you realize that you’re getting something that’s helping your dog. The right food sets them up for success throughout their life.

The Right Ingredients

There are all kinds of different ingredients in dog foods, and you want to make sure that you’re finding the right balance of various nutrients like protein and vitamins. It’s all going to be about getting those healthy ingredients and we’ll talk more about some of the specific ingredients in a minute, but for now, make sure that you’re getting a balance.

Talk to your veterinarian to find out more about the specific quantities of different vitamins that your dog needs and make sure you’re not overloading on some of them. Too much of a specific thing could hurt your dog in similar ways to getting too much.

High Protein

With a pitbull, it’s important that you get them a high amount of protein. Your dog has a whole lot of energy and it’s going to need the protein to make sure that it can do everything that it wants to.

Not only that, but your dog is large and that means it needs more protein just to be able to function healthily. Even at a bare minimum, your pitbull is going to need more protein than other dogs so that it can continue to be at its best. So make sure you get large amounts of protein and meat as the first ingredient on the food you choose.

Avoid Fillers

Fillers aren’t a good idea for any dog because they take away nutrients and they don’t tend to make your dog feel any better. When you’re giving them empty calories, you’re going to be hurting them in the long run. Instead, look for more protein and vegetables rather than a whole lot of grain or other fillers. They’re not going to fill your dog up and instead they may cause bloating or other health problems, which is only going to make things worse for them.

Dry Dog Food

You’ve likely seen the dry and wet dog foods that are out there, and you might not realize what these different types of food mean for your dog. With your pitbull, the best option is to go with dry dog food because they’re going to give you the most healthy ingredients and the least fat and calories.

On the other hand, you can also opt for meat-based foods that are refrigerated or raw food diets (as long as you do your research to make sure that you’re following through with it in the right way) or homemade diets. Just make sure that you talk with your veterinarian to find out more about which is the best way to go.

Filling Food

If you’re giving your dog enough of the vitamins and nutrients and protein and not too much of the fillers you shouldn’t have to worry about the food being filling for them.

But it is something that you want to pay attention to anyway. If the food isn’t filling your dog is going to be hungry more frequently and that could mean they overeat. Finding a portion of food that fills them means that you can give them less of it (the right amount) but they won’t feel like they’re going hungry and they won’t overeat.

Special Needs and Restrictions

Pay attention to what needs your dog has as well. If you have a dog that has allergies or dietary needs or a sensitive stomach, you’re going to see that they need different types of food and they need different help from you. Talk with your veterinarian if you find out your dog has different dietary needs than the average pitbull so you can make sure you’re meeting all of those needs and that you’re getting them the right levels of nutrients and ingredients.

Who You Need to Talk To

When it comes down to it, there are several different people that you need to pay attention to get the right dog food. With each of these, you’re going to get some useful information and you’re going to find out more about how to keep your dog healthy, happy, and comfortable for a very long life.

After all, that’s what it’s all about, right? You want your dog to have everything possible, and if this is the first time you’ve owned a pit bull puppy you might not know how to give them that on your own.


The first person you should be talking to is your veterinarian. You want to make sure that you talk to them about your dog specifically and that you find out what they know about different types of dog food. They’ll be able to tell you which ones are better and which ones you should avoid. Even if you’re looking for budget options versus high end they can give you some variety and let you know the most important things to look for in a new food brand.

Pitbull Owners

Other people who own Pitbulls are going to have some insight into what your dog needs and how you can make sure that they are getting the right things. These are people who have raised their Pitbulls and know how to keep them healthy and happy.

For you, that’s going to be worth its weight in gold because you don’t have to worry about trial and error with your poor puppy. Look for groups of other people who own Pitbulls online or in your community and then ask them your questions to get a head start.

The Breeder

Who did you get your puppy from? They can tell you the best puppy food for Pitbulls because they’re raising them. They’re breeding the adult dogs and taking care of the puppies for a while before sending them to their new homes. They would know the type of food that they feed all of their puppies, and that’s going to be an excellent place to start. After all, feeding your puppy the same food it’s been eating is a unique way to make sure they’re off on the right track and that they’re not going to get an upset stomach from switching foods too quickly.

Your Dog

Okay, you’re not exactly going to talk to your dog, but you do want to make sure that you pay attention to them. If you give them a certain type of food and they suddenly seem to have more energy or less energy you want to pay attention to that.

If you give them food and they seem to be hungry all the time or they don’t eat as much you want to pay attention to that as well. Looking at what’s going on with your dog and how they’re reacting to different things is going to be a crucial step and it’s going to help you make the right decisions.

Food Labels

Once again, you’re not talking to anything, but you should be reading the nutrition labels on any food that you even consider giving to your dog. If you don’t you could end up with something that looks like it would be tasty or healthy but has very little nutritional value.

You want to pay attention to protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and calories as well as other vitamins and nutrients. If your dog isn’t getting enough of these it’s going to affect their health, but luckily for you, all the information is right there on the label and all you have to do is make sure that you look at it.

Wrapping it Up

When it comes down to it you can find several great foods for your dog. The best puppy food for Pitbulls is going to include a whole lot of different vitamins and nutrients, including plenty of protein. Just make sure that you’re paying attention to the ingredients list and that you’re working with your dog and your veterinarian to find the perfect combination of everything that they need. Your dog deserves the best, and you can provide them with the best if you’re putting in the time and the effort that they need from you.

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