I'm starting a new thread so I can get more opinions. Faye-I see you are on again. Do you feed your pups NB or wait until they are 1 year old? If not, what do you feed them? Here is an interesting article. All you experienced dog people please tell me what you think! http://www.doglogic.com/feedingpups.htm
I am curious too because I was told on here that it was okay for my pup to eat it. I haven't finished her purina puppy chow yet but I was going to switch her to NB as soon as that was over with. Now I am not so sure......
The article was good and essentially correct. I don't care for Eagle, but a friend of mine swears by it. The dealers get a lot of free food for distributing it. I recommend, and do not often enough give, cod liver oil to balance calcium absorbtion.
Well, I have to say that that is not always true. Mercedes threw up all the time, a few times a day(american shorthair) and two other vets told us that she probably had liver problems or kidney problems, after a hectic day of running around and fighting with vets, we went to our regular vet and the first thing he did was check her blood just to be sure but he just said to switch her food and it has been a godsend, she has only thrown up a couple times since then and it has been because she was eating the Christmas tree! So, although they might not advise the best everyday food, I think they are (well at least mine is) pretty good about helping animals that are having food problems.
My dogs did lousy on the foods vets offices have. If my vet was a dietition I would be more readily to believe.Most of them don't study foods, and are more willing to give shots and meds to doctor up any health issues. I found my own help for my dogs, not thru the vet but thru dog forums like this. Its the people that have used the particular brands that can help. Since day three, My pup is already having her stools more firmer. She is on a 50-50 of Chicken soup and natural balance. Soon to be 100% natural balance. Well after that ration is gone. She will have been on a mix for about a month when its gone.
Most vets know nothing about proper pet nutrition....the one or two nutrition classes they take in vet school are (big surprise here) funded by companies like Hills(Science Diet), Procter/Gamble (Iams/Eukanuba) and Nestle (Purina). There is nothing wrong with feeding an all life stages food such as NB to a puppy. Compare the ingredients. If you're still convinced you NEED to feed a puppy formula, at least stick with a good premium brand like Natura (Innova and Cali Natural) They make a puppy kibble. It really is up to you what you feed your dog, but don't rely on the word of your vet when it comes to feeding. My vet raves about how wonderful my dogs look and how healthy they are, yet if I listened to his nutritional advice they'd be eating Science Diet (yuck). Do your own research...read labels...compare ingredients...its amazing what you'll find out. :)
***Edited By: Smooshie on 1/2/2005 12:54:19 PM*** Reason: sp