(Closed) Puppy food brands… so many options! Help!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We feed our girl Blue Buffalo.  She loves it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you looked at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com ?

Check it out and review some foods. Pretty much if you can find it in a grocery store / walmart / target, it’s not consider a ‘good food’.

We feed Blue Buffalo was well, a mix of the standard food and the Wilderness series. It’s a little more expensive, but we usually try to find it on sale and use a coupon ($3 off or $5 off in Sunday paper every other month or so). We go through at least 1.5 big bags a month.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve heard great things about Canidae brand.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper

I am a food snob for my dogs. At first I opted to cut costs and one of my pups developed skin allergies (Iams…blech!). I quickly learned my lesson.

I have heard great things about Blue Buffalo.

We feed our dogs Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets dog food…..Fish and Sweet Potato. The change is incredible and their coats are beyond smooth, soft and healthy. This brand is especially great for dogs with allergies.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Taste of the Wild

Ill never use anything else!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What food do you have him on now/how much are you feeding?

We feed Taste of the Wild.  Its a grain free food that seems to agree with our dogs, and keep their coats in good condition, and them at a healthy weight.  With puppies its hard.  Is he having digestive issues (runny poop, no poop etc) or is he just not eating as much?  Ours would go through stages where she ate less for a week or so and then pick back up.  What worked for us was offering the foods at the same times each day, and not allowing her to graze throughout the day.  

Are you doing any training with him right now?  If he is getting food based rewards for training, he may be getting full on those and not be as interested in dinner.  A lot of the puppy “treats” are actually pretty high in fat/calorie content, and with a small dog it doesn’t take much for them to fill up.  You can try offering pieces of food in place of treats, and then offer a smaller meal when you feed.  

A lot of vets wont recommend bouncing around foods if they just aren’t eating a lot, when there are no other digestive/illness issues going on.  It can lead to picky dogs who are sure if they don’t eat for long enough that mom/dad will give them something better.  You also have to transition dogs slowly from one food to another so finding a food that agrees with them and keeping them on it can be a slow process. 

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

We fed our pembroke corgi Evo small bites when he was young. He looooved it.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Usually a large breed puppy formula or an all life stages is recommended for corgis. We’ve used wellness, fromms and avoderm with good results. I personally would not use anything higher than 30% protein for a growing corgi puppy as it can make them grow super fast which can cause bone/joint issues down the road.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

His training treats may have a lot to do with the not eating.  I would try this for a day- everytime you give him a treat, put a second one in a cup or ziplock bag somewhere.  When it comes time for dinner, take a look at the cup of treats and how much food he has already eaten.  Healthy veggie treats are great, but you might be surprised at the volume of food it comes out to when you see it all together.  We tried this and realized our puppy was getting almost a whole cup of treats over a day when we were intensively training (potty training, obedience, and just general awwwww you are adorable treats) We ended up reducing the amount of food we gave her for dinner a little, and mixing some kibble in her treat jar so it was 50/50 whether we pulled out a treat or a piece of food.   Just like with people- if you snack all day, you probably wont want a huge meal for dinner.  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Another vote for blue buffalo – it is such a good brand!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My dogs eat a raw diet now, but when they were on kibble I did a lot of research on choosing food for them.

Here’s a set of “rules” I came up with:

1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). “Meal” has the water removed, so “chicken meal” actually has more meat thant he same weight of “chicken”.

2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes. (Dogs actually have no nutritional need for carbs; but all kibble must have a carb/starch, otherwise it wouldn’t hold it’s shape and would be “crumble” instead of “kibble”.)

3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.

4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers (beet pulp, brewers rice, etc).

5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).

6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.

7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).

8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts: http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid: http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

This website has a pretty good rating system: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

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If you’re interested in raw feeding, here’s a good starting place: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

Just another thought – food companys want to sell food.  Usually the recommended amount of the bag leads to very heavy animals.  Veterinarians usually recommend less.  It’s the culture we live in to want to eat and feed.

Is he a good weight?  Healthy looking and has good energy?  Maybe he doesn’t need to eat all the bag says that he needs to.  Don’t be afraid to change brands but also don’t obsess over amount too much rather than looking at your dog.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Science Diet natural balance puppy is what my 8 month old pup gets. Blue buffalo is what we started him out on but the super high protein content was too much for him. 

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