You don't have to feed any dog canned really. And it's not great for their teeth. I give Riley 2 cups of dry 1/2 can of food a day. I started him on canned because he literally wouldn't eat for about 2 weeks. I didn't give him treats, I took the food away after 10 minutes, but he wouldn't eat. He'd take maybe a bite and that was it. So I tried Merricks canned, thanks to everyone here who suggested it, and he started eating again. Now he loves his dry food, canned food, whatever I give him :)
But anyway, just plain dry puppy food will be fine for your baby.
Riley is sooooo right! (thank you!) I hear of so many people who have toubles with their dog's dental health. It's because we come at the dog food issue with a human perspective especially when dealing with puppies. We look at them and say to ourselves 'Aw. They are so tiny they can't possibly chew that hard stuff'. Alot of pet owners get ensnared in the canned/soft food cycle-- And it is very difficult when you are dealing with picky eaters.
It's okay to give canned/soft occasionally...but not a straight diet of it.
I personally tried the Nutro Max, Small Breed Adult as well as the puppy. I was NOT pleased with the results. We had waaaaaay too much poo and it was a very funky red color. But I won't knock the food because others may have better luck. It just didn't work in our house.
We have to really watch the protein and fat contents in the food for my husbands' hounds. Especially during the running season. They require much more energy than the average house-pet...and then in the off season we have to back the protein/fat way down to prevent excessive weight gains.
I must say that with such a drastic difference in nutritional requirements (Scent Hound vs. Chihuahuas) we have sure tried a lot of different brands!
Puppy Cuddles- You are definately doing a good job of researching and asking about dog foods. I wish that all owners were as responsible. You will sure start your new baby out right............. :-)
Speaking of wet food with puppies... I have 5 pup/dogs ages 7-11 months and they are terrible about NEEDING canned food mixed in their dry. I mean really really bad where I have to mix it up so that there are no 'dry' pieces of food without canned on it or they will not eat any of it and flip their bowls over and dump it all over the place. I have tried to go 'cold turkey' with them and they will not eat for 3 days, start getting ribby and thats about when I give in. I know its bad, and they are controlling the situation, I just don't know how long to let them go. They are stubborn but I don't want to starve my babies.
My chocolate lab puppy has tried every line of Nutro. She does very well on Nutro. Hershey right now eats both Nutro and Wellness. Awhile back, she preferred the Wellness over her Nutro Ultra Puppy dry foods. Lately though, she has become more fond of the Nutro Ultra. Maybe it's the salmon in it. Once her Nutro Ultra is gone, I still do want to change her over to Wellness since Wellness is a more nutritious dog food than Nutro Ultra.
I feed my boy Oz a raw diet similar to Gunny minus the bun, lol. Oz has been fed raw from day one and at 16 weeks he weighs in at 43 pounds, just right, not too skinny but not fat either, nice pearly white teeth, no doggie breath, shiney coat, happy boy, small firm stools that turn white and decompose after a few days (no land mines in my back yard!). I spend a tad more feeding raw vs kibble but the benefits are priceless. I feed Oz about 3-3.5 pounds per day, he is a Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff).
We feed "Innova" to Rufus, that cured the itchies in him, and I feed "Artemis small breed holistic hormone free" to my Poodles.
When I first got a dog(Rufus) I did what many do and went with what I saw at the vets, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Then Iams. The whole time my dogs had the itchies, That was why I kept switching. then to Avoderm, still itching. Then Innova. No more itchies.
***Edited By: puttin510 on 9/7/2005 2:14:01 PM*** Reason: add
Alright many people here have said how purina and nutra and especially how science diet brands are for dogs and puppies. I just got a new pitbull pup and actually picked up the science diet for puppies. I was probably fooled by all the advertising it said how it contains DHA and is the best brand for brain development. Now i will feed my pitbull pup the rest of this science diet and try to change him to a better one. People have suggested that innova and wellness for puppies are pretty good. Can someone give me some strong suggestions so i know exactly where to go when i go to the petstore. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could email me at email@example.com with their suggestions or just post back on here. Thank you so much.
My chocolate lab puppy does well on both Nutro Ultra Puppy and Wellness. In my opinion, Wellness appears to have more nutritious ingredients than even the highest end of the Nutro line which I believe is Nutro Ultra. I know Wellness has a dry dog food, as well as, canned food specific for puppies. Wellness also has Super5Mix Chicken, Fish & Sweet Potato, Super5Mix Lamb, etc. I recommend Wellness. Try to see if it works good for your puppy. Wellness is only carried in a few stores--unfortunately not yet at PetCo. When I mentioned Wellness to PetCo, they said that several requests were made for Wellness and that they might start carrying Wellness in the near future. I will be so glad when and if they do. For now though, I go to Scraps Dog Company to buy Wellness.
Well, I have a Golden and a Basset and I feed both of them Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. I used to have a Lab, but she was a very sickly dog. We feed her Innova and she liked it, but then we tried Beneful (before we knew how bad it was). Well, while eating Beneful she became very sick, and after about a week died. So, I highly recommend NOT to feed it.
I use Natural Balance and LOVE it. My vet reccomends it and so does my dog trainer. My dog is extremely healthy and he loves his food. I will probably never switch......unless they change the ingredients! lol
Wow...this food thing is very confusing. We are trying to figure out a good food for Brandy. The Shelter started us with Iams...we're mixing adult large breed and puppy. After reading here though, I guess she shouldn't be on that....so now what? There's so many recommendations...how do you know which one?
well if I can't buy the good stuff from a pet store I'll just buy it off the internet. I see Innova Adult Dry food for 36.49 for a 35lb bag. or Eagle Pack Adult Original for 21.49 for 33lbs. also would it be bad to feed both my beagle and rotti the same stuff? should i buy large breed for my rotti or would it be okay to feed them both the same innova?
***Edited By: BluePetBull on 9/24/2005 4:34:39 PM*** Reason: bah
I'm not familiar with Innova. Large Breed in any dog food will have extra nutritious ingredients that a large breed dog needs. It's OK to feed Innova Adult to both your beagle and rotti. It would be easier on you to feed the same thing to both of them provided that both do well on it. Not all dogs do well on a certain food. You'll just have to see how healthy they look and how their stools are from the food. By the way, $36 is a great price for a 35 pound bag of dog food. I know that Hershey's Nutro Ultra 35 pound bag cost over $40 and her Wellness 30 pound bags cost several dollars more than Nutro Ultra. Before you buy Innova, see if they sell it in a local store. To my knowledge, Innova is carried in stores that also carry Canidae, Wellness, and Natural Balance. Do you have a store called Scraps Dog Company/ Scraps Dog Bakery? If so, check with them about the Innova before you buy online. Good luck!
Thanks i appreciate it. I think I'll try to feed them both the same thing while giving my rotti suppliments. Hartz Everday chewable vitamins and Nutri-Vet Hip&Joint Plus. I hope that will cover what would be in the large breed food.