Ok, I am new at providing good food for my animals. I have a 13 year old dog I got in college. He grew up on cheep dog food. I now have another 10 week lab puppy. He isn't eating as well as he used to. I am considering putting him on a good puppy food. I just am ignorant when it comes to figuring out which is best. What is it you are supposed to look for. I would like to switch both dogs to the same adult food when the puppy is of age to be switched. I am not extremely wealthy..lol..I don't want to spend more on dog food than the groceries to feed the children..I just want to make sure I can feed my animals good quality food. The 13 year old is lab/shepard mixed. Thanks
Thanks. I was actually looking to switch both dogs and 2 cats to Nutro brand foods. I think the puppy one isn't on there. It is Nutro Max puppy. I am hoping it is good. I am really unsure what the petstore has. With 4 animals I do want to make sure the cost isn't outrageous, but I am going to make sure they get good food. Thanks..I will try and print this to take with me. Is it bad to feed one brand of puppy food and then switch to a different brand adult food. It looks like the Nutro brand rates high B and A's...
Nutro is decent, but not great. I like Canidae or Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul if you're concerned about cost.
Be careful you don't JUST look at the price marked on the bag. Peek at the recommended daily portion for your dogs size. It is just a recommended amount, but with most of the lower cost/medium grade foods you tend to feed more kibble. The key to being cost aware is not how much you spend per bag, but rather per month.
You also have to know a little bit what the mindset of the company is too... Canidae obviously caters more towards pet owners and their recommended portion sizes are kind of marked towards spay/neutered house bound dogs (so my intact, active, stud/show male ate about twice the recommended portion to maintain his ideal weight - and my lazier spayed girls at the low end of the recommended amount). On Chicken Soup, I think they cater more towards breeders as a general rule as their portion size recommendations fits my intact, active, dogs, but my spayed girls need about 1/2 of the recommended portion size.
I'm not a huge fan of Nutro's ingredient panel... but it's MUCH better than like Iams or Science Diet - and especially than Alpo, Ol'Roy, Kibbles N' Bits...
OMG now what do I do? It does look like it was all moist food. I plan on dry food. Is dry food what your dogs were on? Now I don't know.. There are so many choices. I am not so cost focused..I just will be buying for 2 dogs and 2 cats...What about all the recalled stuff?
I dislike wet food for dogs as a general rule. It promotes tarter buildup on their teeth and unless you plan to brush their teeth daily, it's hard to keep up with their teeth care on wet food.
Dry kibble is best. Try going to Chicken Soup or Canidae's websites and see if you can find a retailer near you (they have a "locator" on each of their sites). California Natural or Innova are both also VERY good foods. Again, google the food and get their website.
Most really good foods are sold at independent "Pet Supply Stores". PetSmart and Petco usually carry 1-2 decent brands... it's easier to find good food at small stores instead.
Kibble also promotes tartar and plaque to accumulate on the gumline. I think feeding wet food makes their teeth soft unless you are giving them raw bones to keep their jaws and teeth strong. Kibble only cleans part of the teeth but not down to the gumline. Thus, youhave to brush their teeth at the very least, 2-3 times a week. If you feed raw, then this is not as much of a worry but since you are feeding kibble, I would keep this in mind. You can mix wet with the dry for the first little while to make it more palatable or even just add a little warm water to increase the palatability. CAnidae is a good food. so is Eagle Pack's Holistic Selects - they have an all life stages formula called Chicken Meal and Rice or other formulas like Duck and potato, Lamb or Anchovy and Salmon.
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I have been changing over from Puppy Chow to Blue Buffalo Puppy (Chicken and Rice) and my 8 week old dog loves it. Blue was recommended by the pet store as their Premium brand. It has de-boned chicken and rice rather than processed chicken parts, corn or wheat products which can cause allergies and skin irritations. Supposed to also be really helpful in keeping shedding to a minimum.
As a new puppy owner I am always open to suggestions. Anyone familiar with Blue and have any suggestions?
I feed Orijen, Innova Evo, supplemented with raw 'treats',at the moment. I have found a lot of invaluable information on the following site. www.dogfoodanalysis.com In general, I would look for the food with the least grain content possible, avoiding corn, synthetic preservatives, like BHA and BHT(try to find one preserved with vitamin E and mixed tocopherols. (sp?) If there is fish in the food, try and find a food that is ethoxyquin free (another toxic preservative). Look closely at the bag, because some companies try to hide the word ethoxyquin by using a simple E. I have been looking at Flint River Ranch brand,and thinking of giving it a try,if I can get it here in Canada. For their 200 pound bags,I would pay at least three times as much for the same amount of the brands I'm using now. Has anyone had any experience using this food?
Hi blastbeat! I understand that the foods I am feeding are a little costly, and there are plenty of other good foods out there.One of the reasons I justify the cost, besides the way my dogs look, and how healthy they are, is that you don't feed a large amount of the food, and there is very little waste product. I breed Boston Terriers, so a large bag goes a long way. I'm glad you are having success with Wellness with your lovely Golden. That's one of the foods I have not tried yet.
Wow...this is my post "a blast from the past". Max will be 2 years old in November. We have settled on Nature's Variety Prairie brand foods. They have raw you can supplement, but I haven't tried it yet. It is pretty costly at almost $50 for a 30 pound bag. However, Max eats so much less of this than when on Nutro. His black coat is so shiny!!! He is such a great dog! He deserves good food too.
Pen is absolutely correct regarding a premium food. Yes, the initial cost may be a bit more, but when you feed less than half as much, it actually comes out just about right. Not to mention the health and nutrition of the dogs. That's priceless.
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