(Closed) Puppy food recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Canidae is really good.  Or Eagle Pack Hollistic Select.  I have a lab that grew up on this and is 8 and looks and acts like a PUPPY.  It is amazing stuff.  I use this now because it is local: http://americannaturalpremium.com/

Post # 18
5147 posts
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:

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:

This website has a pretty good rating system: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
(I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars.)

And remember that your vet is one of the worst people to ask about nutrition for your pet. They haven’t been trained in nutrition, and it’s really not their job. They just recommend brands they know that send out sales reps.


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

Post # 19
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@abbyful:  “And remember that your vet is one of the worst people to ask about nutrition for your pet. They haven’t been trained in nutrition, and it’s really not their job. They just recommend brands they know that send out sales reps.”


I agree with this statement more than 100%!  I was shocked to find out in a dog food training class, that some of the foods that vets recommend cause your dog is having “problems” are because they get a kickback from it.  Not because they actually work.

Post # 20
336 posts
Helper bee

I feed my dogs Blue Buffalo- the Fish and sweet potato diet. I have also tried a food comparable to Blue that I found online called Nulo that they loved as well, I just preferred to have something I could pick up myself at the store. My dogs LOVE it (especially my old lady who gets some canned food to sneak in some medications with). 

I just want to note something. A lot of people assume things like corn allergies, but unless you have gone through a real food trial and discussed this with your vet, it’s not necessarily the case. When a pet has food allergies, corn and the like are very low on the list of things generally ruled out. The most common thing they have issues with are the proteins; for instance chicken, because it’s in everything. There is also a big difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. If your pets did better on a higher quality food, you probably notice the difference in the fact they are getting a more nutritious diet with less filler, so they are eating less/utilizing the nutrients better/digesting more easily, not necessarily because they are just “allergic to such and such.” If you are truly concerned about a food allergy, you need to talk to your vets and discuss a real food trial which is more involved. Just an fyi, sorry if I’m cramming anything down anybody’s throat that they already know ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 22
4369 posts
Honey bee

Canidae is a pretty good food for the price. But if you want even higher quality, look at brands like Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, and Newman’s Organics.

Post # 24
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Blue Buffalo or a Raw Diet.


I used BB for my Bulldog and Raw for my Airedale. Both were wonderful for them

Post # 25
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our pit has a number of allergies (Poultry being the obnoxious one, it’s in freaking everything!!) so we feed him Canidae Lamb & Rice.  It’s supposed to be All Life Stages but the protein/fat content is lower than I’d like for puppy chow.  Oddly though, our puppy likes that food better than his own food (NutriSource as that’s what he came with.)  I’m not sure why since the puppy food looks and smells MUCH “tastier” but whatever.  Right now we’re mixing them and once this bag of puppy chow runs out I think I’m going to go with Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul.  I ignored it for years because it’s so cheesy but it’s a good quality for a decent price.  I might try and avoid chicken with Piddles though and see if that helps her. 

A note on allergies, it’s really hard to tell what a dog’s allergic to without the test.  We tried for a year before getting in and realized we were making a lot of mistakes.  While trying to avoid giving him common allergens like chicken and other meat proteins I was giving him things like peanut butter and carrots for treats.  Turns out those last two are some of the worst for him.  Whoops.  ๐Ÿ™

Post # 26
2599 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My golden puppy gets Blue Buffalo Large Breed.  When we got him, the owner was feeding him puppy chow.  It took a while to get him to 100% Blue Buffalo, but he doesn’t seem to have any of the allergies that his littermates do (or the gas!) ๐Ÿ™‚

He’s about 5 months now and is doing really well with it.  It’s expensive, but when we were looking at all the ingredient lists I couldn’t believe what was in some of the other foods!

Keep an eye on whatever treats you give him, too.  Some of the things you watch for in their regular food are easy to overlook in a treat.

Good luck!

Post # 27
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We use Taste of the Wild (yellow bag). It is a multi-age food, so it can be fed to puppies and large dogs.  First ingredient is bison.  It’s all good and super high in protein.  

Post # 28
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We use Nutro (puppy food for large breed). He loves it & our vet raves about how shiny our lab/retriever’s coat is!

Post # 29
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sorry I didn’t read all the previous posts so hopefully this is still relevant:

My dog was allergic as well and we put her on Wellness whitefish and sweet potato food.  It seems great so far.  She’s been on it for about a year…

Post # 30
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We feed our puppy Orijen, which is really high quality good food.  If it wasn’t this, then I would have chosen EVO..  I give our cat the Wellness brand and it’s pretty good too.  No cheap stuff for them!

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