Puppy Nutrition — What They Need from Puppy Food

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Puppies have different nutritional needs than adults. That’s why it’s so important to choose a high–quality puppy diet. Like mother’s milk, good puppy diets provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition and all the essential vitamins and minerals your puppy needs. And because puppies from different breeds grow at different rates, it’s important to have a diet that takes this into account. While small breed puppies become adults in as little as nine months, giant breeds may continue to grow for up to two years.

That’s why EUKANUBA™ has unique formulas for small and large breed puppies and why EUKANUBA™ puppy food contains over 30 of the same nutrients as mother’s milk, including DHA.

DHA—or docosahexaenoic acid—is a fatty acid that’s key to the growth of neural pathways in the brain, certain aspects of the central nervous system and the development of sharp eyes. In a study, puppies that were fed meals enhanced with DHA actually outperformed others given more typical foods in a maze test over a 30–day period. And more interestingly, DHA can even help puppies be more trainable.* That makes a difference when being housebroken or learning new commands.

Beyond DHA, EUKANUBA™ formulas use clinically proven ingredients for healthy puppy growth and development:

  • Animal protein to support lean muscle growth.
  • Omega–6 and omega–3 fatty acids to help promote healthy skin and a radiant coat.
  • Calcium and phosphorus for strong joints and bones.
  • Prebiotics and beet pulp for optimal digestion.
  • Antioxidants for a strong immune system.


Like his wolf ancestors, your dog is designed to hunt, eat and digest meat. Generations of domestication mean that he no longer needs to hunt, but his body still functions best on a diet derived from meat. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why we insist that all EUKANUBA™ formulas have high–quality animal protein—not cereal—as the main protein source.