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What makes the best dog food for puppies?

Marketers have made working out what's healthiest for your puppy so confusing. Here's how to determine the healthiest dog food for puppies.

Best puppy food
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Protein

Puppies require at least 22.5% protein (on a dry matter basis). A high-quality protein provides the essential building blocks for muscles and organs. But not all protein is created equal. Dogs do better on high-quality animal protein. Plant-based protein is cheaper but not as easy for your pup to digest. The best dog foods for puppies have a specific animal protein as the first ingredient and no cheap plant-based concentrated protein.

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Energy from animal fats, not carbs

Puppies use a lot of energy to grow, explore the world and make us laugh. The best energy sources are from specific animal fats. The minimum amount of fat required for puppies is 8.5%. High protein and fat together also help your puppy feel fuller for longer. This also leaves less room for carbohydrates. Carbs are not a great source or energy and puppies don’t require any for healthy growth.

Salmon Dog Food

Plenty of good Omega’s

The best dog foods for puppies pay very close attention to Omega Fatty Acids. Getting the right ratio between Omega 3 and 6 ensures healthy brain development as well as being vital to skin and coat. Be wary of vague labelling that can suggest low-quality ingredient sourcing (e.g. fish oils) and seek specific cold water fish like Salmon that provide the best sources of DHA & EPA (Omega 3’s).

The right amount of salt

Most commercial dog foods will have healthy levels of salt for all life stages, but some might not have enough for growing puppies. Puppies require at least 0.45% salt in their food. Be careful that they’re not adding too much as some brands add a lot to improve taste.

Did we mention we have just the food for them?

Puppy parents around Australia are getting them started on Scratch. We said no to dog food stores and yes to real ingredients, made fresher on subscription and delivered to you.

Our Scratch dog food is a premium puppy-friendly food with the right amount of salt, premium Kangaroo protein, healthy beef fats and plenty of DHA from both algae and Salmon Oil.

Ethics

Australian through and through.

Sourced, made, and owned right here in Australia. We mix everything together in New South Wales using 97% locally-sourced ingredients. That 3%? That's coconut oil & vitamins we get from o/s to give him a boost that products grown in Australia can't.

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Nutritionally Complete.

We fine-tuned our recipe with an animal nutritionist to make sure every ingredient was spot on and mighty delicious.

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Made fresh on subscription.

We use data to know what your dog needs and when they need it. The subscription model means no more late night dashes to the supermarket. Just fresh dog food delivered to your door without any artificial preservatives.

Premium Grain-free Kangaroo Dry Dog Food

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All Ages Kibble
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Grain Free Dog Food

Everything your mate needs – nothing they don’t.

Premium kibble for healthier skin, a shinier coat, a stronger immune system, and all the energy to chase down some magpies. Free from artificial preservatives, dodgy meats, and cheap ingredients.

Skip the scare tactics and huge product ranges, this is the ultimate dry dog food for nearly all ages and all life stages.

The Scratch Difference:

  • Made fresher
  • Whole ingredients from known sources
  • Nutritionally complete for stronger bodies and a tougher immune system
  • Low GI and high in healthy fats for longer lasting energy without the 3pm crash
  • A 14%+ saving per kilo over those other premium-sounding dry dog food brands
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Feeding Puppies

You will generally start with feeding your puppy 3 or 4 meals per day and reduce to 2 as they mature. With this many feeds per day and with a puppy that’s getting bigger each day it is hard to know how much to feed them and the back of the pack is too hard to understand.

With Scratch, you get a personalised feeding guide. As you update your dog's weight and age you receive a new feeding guide for your pup. It is important not to overfeed your puppy as excess weight increases the risk of many muscular-skeletal problems.

What about large breed Puppies

Scratch is great for all puppies except for large breed puppies (woofers who are expected to weigh over 30 kilograms as an adult).

Large breed puppies have very specific requirements to allow them to grow healthily and to reduce the risk of developmental orthopaedic diseases.

Scratch has a touch too much calcium than suggested for large breeds which grow rapidly in their first year. Once they reach adult size then they can join the pack.

Small and medium sized puppies? Welcome to Scratch!

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The nitty gritty

You won’t find generic names that could mean any part of an animal.

We only use real names for real ingredients and tell you exactly how much of it is in there.

Just hover over any ingredient below to understand why we use it. Doesn’t have a percentage shown? That means it is included at 1% or below. Small, but important!

Meat
Kangaroo (Roo Meal 28%, Meat & Liver Digest 5%)
Dog Food Meat
Kangaroo is our main protein source. It’s high-protein, lean, great for dog's with allergies and free of added hormones.
Veggies
Broad Beans 27%,
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Great source of protein, fibre and vitamins & minerals. "I guess veggies are ok…. As long as it means it is Grain Free, Soy Free and not carb filled potatoes or tapioca either."
Chick Peas 27%,
Chickpeas
Great source of protein, fibre and complex carbs.
Beet Pulp,
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Moderately fermentable fibre to support good gut health
Chicory,
Prebiotic that promotes beneficial gut bacteria
Alfalfa,
Protein, fibre and vitamins & minerals
Yucca Extract,
Plant extract to help reduce stool odour. "Me, trying to be nice to my Poo Slave"
Carrots,
Carrots
Natural Source of Vitamin A & Beta Carotene. "Carrots help me see better right? All the better to see you with!"
Chia,
Berries
Omegas, fibre & B vitamins
Spinach,
Antioxidants, Vitamin K & Iron. "Soo much tastier than Kale"
Pumpkin,
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Fibre, Vitamins & Potassium
Kelp,
Kale
Concentrated source of iodine, zinc, iron & copper
Turmeric
Source of Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant. "Like a daily Golden Latte. When is our next trip to Bryon, or Brunswick Street at least?"
Fats & Oils
Beef Fat (7%),
Great tasting source of energy. "Can I pleassse lick the bowl?"
Sunflower Oil (2.7%),
Excellent source of Omega 6 to help maintain healthy skin and glossy coat. "Shinny fur helps me get my strut on at the park"
Salmon Oil,
Salmon Dog Food
Tasmanian Salmon oil is a great source of Omega 3 EPA & DHA to support brain development in puppies.
Flaxseed Oil,
Included for its high percentage of Omega 3
Coconut Oil,
coconut
Concentrate source of energy that helps maintain healthy skin. "This is paleo right?"
DHA from Algae
Kale
Long Chain Omega 3s that helps brain development in puppies and healthy skin & coat
Vitamins & Minerals
Monosodium Phosphate,
Needed for healthy bone development.
Salt,
Salt is required to maintain the electrolyte balance, organs and nervous system.
Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate,
Important for healthy skin and coat as well as immune system. "Having good skin = more belly rubs"
Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Concentrated supplement of vitamins and minerals to ensure that your woofer has everything he needs to thrive. Bet you can't say them in one breath! - Choline chloride, Calcium carbonate, Zinc sulphate, Vitamin E, Ferrous Sulphate, Vitamin C, Copper Sulphate, Vitamin B3 Niacin, Vitamin B5 D-Calpantothenate, Vitamin B2 Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin, Vitamin B1 Thiamine, Selenium, Manganous oxide, Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B9 Folic Acid.
Natural Antioxidants
Mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary Extract
Vitamin E and other natural mixed Tocopherols combine with Rosemary Extract to make sure bacteria doesn't build.

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein (Min) 28%
Fat (Min) 15%
Total Carbohydrates(calc) 22.5%
Metabolisable Energy 341Kcal/100g

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Grain-free
Turkey, Lamb & Beef

$69 per box

 

Grain-free
Kangaroo

$79 per box

Large Breed Puppy Kibble
Both Recipes Share:
  • 97% Aussie ingredients
  • The same whole veggies
  • The same extra vitamins & good oils
  • Nutritionally complete
  • Tons of meat
  • For all life stages, from puppies through to silver foxes
  • Great for allergies & intolerances
Dog Food
Kibble size
30% Protein
Large breed puppy friendly!
Multiple animal proteins for diverse nutrients
Larger sized pieces to slow down fast eaters
Differences:
Kibble size
28% Protein
Not for large breed puppies
Single animal protein - amazing for dogs with allergies or on elimination diets
Ethically-sourced Kangaroo
More Kangaroo than any other dry food