My mom is doing research for what kind of food to feed our new puppies when they go to their new homes. One site says that dogs dont need the high protein diet... another said it does. What is everybody feeding their puppies?
Well, I would just have to say shop around till you find what suits your dog and not everyone else's. What may be suitable for some may not be for others. Look for ingredients with no yellow corn or meat by products. A lot of people now are going to organic hollistic foods. Take in consideration of what you are able to afford also. Just look at the ingredients, if it has yellow corn and by products don't get it.
Cinnamons, I feed my dogs raw. The puppies, when they go home, are usually fed on a high quality food with supplements, and are later changed to raw, either cold turkey or gradually. There's a number of high grade foods, and a few sites with unbiased opinions. It might be easier to get some examples of what to stay away from, rather than what to buy.
I agree with asking another breeder or two about your specific breed. Vets in general....and I dont mean this in a bad way, are not totally informed when it comes to dog food. They generally sell science diet, eukanuba etc through their office and that is what they recommend.
Not all breeds are the same, not all dogs are the same. Some breeds require a higher protein content then others based on a variety of things. You are best to find out according to your specific breed and play the hit and miss game from there. My dogs do great on one food, that someone else gave their dog and didnt like the result.
Stay away from low quality foods such as IAMS, Pedigree, Purina, Science Diet, etc...basically, whatever you can get at the supermarket is not what you want to be feeding your dog...look for the higher quality premium foods that I suggested ^
When I read this topic I feel like crap because I am not able to afford a $40.00 to $45.00 bag of organic dog food for my dogs. I would if I could. The dog food my dogs are on now do fine and I have not had any problems with it. If people can afford it, then I see nothing wrong with organic hollistic foods, maybe if I just had one or two dogs I would buy those brands.
I feed Nutro Puppy Chow (I believe it is a lavender colored bag with a Cocker Spaniel puppy on front), along with an occasional BARF item. I'd also suggest allowing your puppy (I started mine at five months) one raw egg per week - you should see a difference in the quality of their coat.
Not everyone is in a position to purchase what some consider to them, 'the top ranked foods'. I would rather see someone buy a low end dog food for their dogs than to have the people that dont buy anything and starve their dogs to death.
All dogs are different as well. What my dogs do great on may not do well for someone elses dog, etc.