Beulah is recently adopted, and she had a litter of puppies not too long ago. She is drained of nutrients, her coat is not looking so hot, but she is still beautiful. She's about 10 lbs underweight. She is 18 months old and I just got her. What food do you guys like? I bought Eukanuba puppy chow to get her going. That brand was recommended to me, is it an OK food? I know it isn't "all natural" and that is something that I care about, but know little about....and I didn't want to spend a lot of money and be "duped" into a bad food for her. Any experts? I just want her to get 100% of what she needs. Is that asking too much? Are there vitamins she should get too??? I don't want to go overboard, what does she need? Thank you.
For the price of a 40# bag of Eukanuba large breed (puppy or adult), you can buy a large bag of:
Eagle Pack Holistic Innova Chicken Soup for the Dog (Puppy) Lover's Soul
for a little more you can get a large bag of:
Wellness Solid Gold Natural Balance Merrick's
Any of the foods I listed above are all natural and way higher in quality than the Eukanuba, and please stay away from Science Diet - it's no better. You didn't say what breed or mix and that might help decide which food to go with. These foods can be found at smaller Pet food stores and some feed stores. Most will not be found at Petsmart or Petco.
I have Siberians and am currently feeding them Eagle Pack Holistic and Chicken Soup. I mix them around so the girls aren't eating the same thing all the time (how boring). Their fur is now soft and shiny. Probably softer than it should be, but I'm happy and their happy (so what if the standard says coarse - we aren't show dogs). Their backyard deposits (poops) are no longer puddles. Makes clean up a lot easier. You may have to try a couple different foods (so don't buy the big bag right off) to find out what works best for you. My girls started with Eukanuba (I learned better pretty quick), then went to Merrick's Puppy Plate (dry), then to Innova, and finally ended up with Eagle Pack Holistic (purple bag). I recently added Chicken Soup for a change of taste. So far so good.
Some of the foods have one protein, some have multiple proteins. Most have all the vitamins a dog or puppy needs. Check with the people at whatever store you can find the food at. Merrick's and Innova are too hot (rich) for my girls activity level. That itself is surprising, since sibes almost never stop. What works for one dog doesn't always work for another. I got lucky and all three seem to do well on the same food.
Sorry about the novel - hope some of the information helps. There have been a lot of questions about food choices lately, and I'm sure I left a few favorites off my list, but it will give you a place to start.
oops, guess I missed the breed in the title
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 8/30/2005 4:22:42 PM*** Reason: ++
Thanks. She just had puppies a bit ago, she got spayed, has kennel cough, has an ear infection, is constipated, is losing hari, didn't eat for an entire week, etc.... (As you can see, got quite the pampering in the shelter!! Yes, that was sarcastic.) So she only gets the puppy food treatment until the medium sized bag is gone and I see her eyes light up again. She's so scrawny! Then it's back to the grindstone and boring old adult food. (She finally started eating yesterday, though.) Thank you for your knowledge, I'll see what I can find in Salt Lake (quite a pet friendly place, so the search should be simple)