You likely wont get a good response of the Purina puppy chow, or with any Purina product here. I use Purina myself, but only Purina ONE or Pro Plan. As they are a meat based food without as many grains and fillers.
vitamin K is not bad for dogs or humans, I'm not sure why people suddenly think all vitamin K is bad. In fact it's literally required for a healthy body, because it's directly linked to blood clotting, without vitamin k, both humans and animals would bleed nonstop after injuries.
That said.. well, millions of dogs have done fine on Purina dog chow and puppy chow over the years. But it is at besta mediocre food.
I breed show beagles and our puppies are fed Purina Puppy Food....with good results. A few of the adult dogs that I co-own with other breeders are fed Purina Pro Plan, the rest of my adult dogs are fed Sensible Choice. I've had good results with each of these products.
Well it makes you wonder why dogs get cancer and diabetes. Is it that we didnt know they had it back then, or are table scraps just better? I personally won't feed my dog a food with another animals feces in it.
And its not that vitamin k is bad for humans, its the menadione that is.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 5/29/2006 7:44:43 PM*** Reason: add
I feed all my boxers (including adults) Purina Puppy Chow Healty Morsels. It is hard to keep a healthy weight on boxers, especially young ones. Boxers need extra fat and weight, particularly mine that run all over their 1.5 acre fenced field. They are REALLY PICKY EATERS in general, and won't eat most of these 'healthy' foods which are more like processed vitamins than tasty food.
If I were feeding a hearty eater like pugs or labs, maybe I would use something different, but this is what I have the best results with.
Also when I dropped my dog off to the show handler she said over 1/2 her dogs in this circuit were on the same thing.
The people I bought Paris from have many Ch. boxers and they also feed Purina (but it is Pro-Plan). I suppliment each dog individually though so it really doesn't matter what I feed.
There are so many different responses . Feed your dog what you feel is the best for your dog ,not what some one says you should feed. You know what works.With that said I hope it's a bit easier to make a choice.
Alicat - mine seem to think Canidae is pretty tasty. In fact, my young ones think pieces of their food work better for treats than anything else I've offered them (including beggin' strips...). I think you just have to find a "healthy" food they like. My picky eaters are even chowing down on Canidae.
People can say all they want their pet does fantastic on old roy. But unless they have tried more than that, it's meaningless.
I know everyone can't afford the super premium stuff. I do understand.
But a little research into what's in the lowest dog foods, and one should be ashamed at choosing to feed something that terrible.
It's not a giant price jump into something moderate with ingredients that aren't really sketchy.
But the majority of people who think the worst foods are amazing are the people who have never bothered to look into what is actually in dog food. But, they would have to choose to look into it, and not freak about it.