This food specially designed for the nutritional needs of larger breed puppies has the same mix of fruits, vegetables, and botanicals that the Artemis brand includes in all their products. These are thought to promote a natural approach to disease prevention and healing through prime nutritional status. Feeding your larger puppy an adequate diet is especially important so that he grows at the proper rate. Too-fast growth in larger breed puppies caused by too many calories has been linked to the development of some types of musculoskeletal disorders.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This puppy food contains 3500 Kcal per kilogram, which works out to 327 Kcal per 8 oz cup.
You can get this food in a 15 lb bag for around $35.99 or in a 30 lb bag for $59.99.
|March 11, 2013|
|Artemis Fresh Mix Medium Large Breed Puppy Dry Food|
- Chicken— fresh deboned chicken
- Chicken meal— concentrated cooked chicken high in protein and nutrients
- Turkey— fresh deboned turkey
- Fish meal— concentrated cooked fish high in protein and nutrients
- Brown rice — whole grain source of easily digestible carbohydrates
- Tomato pomace
- Egg product
- Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- Flavor enhancer
- Salmon oil (a source of DHA)
- Choline chloride
- Dried chicory root
- Rosemary extract
- Parsley flake
- Pea powder
- Green tea extract
- Barley grass extract
- Enterococcus faecieum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles
- Dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract
- Vitamin E supplement
- Iron proteinate
- Zinc proteinate
- Copper proteinate
- Ferrous sulfate
- Zinc sulfate
- Copper sulfate
- Potassium iodide
- Thiamine mononitrate
- Manganese proteinate
- Manganous oxide
- Ascorbic acid
- Vitamin A supplement
- Calcium pantothenate
- Manganese sulfate
- Sodium selenite
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Vitamin B12 supplement
- Vitamin D supplement
- Folic acid
The company website provided no specific AAFCO statement regarding the nutritional value of this food.
Good nutrition is important for every dog but especially for puppies. Your large breed puppy has particular requirements. Growing too fast due to overabundance of calories can promote the development of musculoskeletal problems like hip or elbow dysplasia. His growth should be gradual. You want to feed him a diet that provides appropriate but not excess calories while still giving him the complete nutrition that he needs. This food has slightly lower calories per cup and a slightly higher percent of protein than the regular adult Fresh Mix recipe.
Review and analysis of the extensive ingredient list shows that this kibble is based on whole grains with a significant addition of meat-based protein. Cooked whole grains provide the kind of carbohydrates that are easy for your pet to digest. The protein is probably supplied primarily by the chicken and fish meals, with some addition from the fresh chicken and turkey. Much of the weight that places these fresh meats so high on the list comes from water that is lost during cooking. The meals are high quality sources of protein and nutrients, though it would be nicer to have a named fish source.
The food contains complete vitamins and minerals, including minerals chelated to protein that are more easily absorbed. Probiotics in several forms encourage health bacteria growth in the gut and help to maintain a robust digestive system. Various sources of fatty acids supply these nutrients in the diet that are important for your dog’s skin and coat condition as well as for his general health.
You should feed your dog at first according to the package directions for his size and adjust how much he eats as appropriate to maintain a healthy growth pattern. Some signs that your pup is doing well are if he is energetic, has firm stools, and has a shiny coat.
The Artemis Company has its offices in California but no information was available on the company website about where the food is actually manufactured.