What am I buying when I pick up dog food labeled “for puppies?”
Generally speaking, puppy food is higher in protein and enriched with vitamins, minerals, and fats essential for growth–that is, when compared to dog food made by the same manufacturer.
Still, ingredients across brands can vary greatly.
In most cases, what you pay for is what you get. Lower-quality ingredients are found in the cheaper brands while “premium” and “performance” varieties tend to include higher-quality ingredients for improved digestibility.