(Closed) What do you feed your puppy/dog?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 62
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My english bulldog loves his purina pro plan… but then again.. he’ll eat anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 63
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@twodoghouse – Thanks! It’s funny, I was a little apprehensive when I first decided to finally switch to raw, but after watching them eat their first raw meal, I was like “THIS is how dogs are supposed to eat! Why didn’t I do this sooner?!”

Post # 64
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@abbyful: I had the EXACT same reaction with my cats!! It’s like watching lions on the Discovery Channel!!  I was blind but now I see!!

Post # 65
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Im surprised so many of you feed raw! Im excited, Im planning on doing raw when we finally get our puppy ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the OP, the higher quality foods are DEFINITELY worth the price!! Poops will be smaller and they will eat less. While dogs can live long full lives on corn and heavy-grain based foods, they are not thriving. Many have dull coats, have a dog smell (which goes away on high quality or raw food), commonly get ear infections, I could go on and on. I helped my parents successfully switch their dog from a mid-grade food to a raw diet and her improvements were insane. shes like a completely different dog! 

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feed my two yorkies royal canin they both love it. @lawgirl12 – I feed my dogs pumpkin too if they have diarrhea , except I use pure pumpkin from a can(like Libbys)Pumpkin is the best way to rehydrate them and give them nutrients back after having tummy problems.

Post # 67
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, I feel like a horrible doggie mommy now… we rock the Kibbles n bits at our house. And he seems to like it fine. We have always fed our dogs (we had a small dog who like to be 21 on it) and my parents two medium sized dogs eat the same thing. Though he does seem to itch an awful lot; we had a yard infested with fleas from the previous tenants and have yet to manage to get rid of them no matter how many baths with flea shampoo he gets or if I reapply his flea oinment. I wonder if it also might have to do with the food though… not that I can pay $50 for a baf of dog food anyway. 

Post # 68
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We have been feeding our puppy Kirkland Brand (from Costco) and it actually has pretty good ratings, we are only feeding that because that is what the breeder had her on, however I’m glad to see its not a bad food for her! Also keep in mind that some vets suggest staying away from some of the 5 and 6 star foods (from those rating sites) or foods with a ton of protein in them when they are puppies, and it has something to do with their bones (it explains it on dogfoodanalysis.com), but good luck!

Post # 69
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have my golden on a rotation diet of grain free foods with raw used as special treat now and then.  We are in touch with other people who got dogs from his litter and I love that mine is a trim, athlete compared to most of the others.  The owner of his father says he looks the most like the father.  That makes me feel so good.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Our current list:

Nature’s Variety Instinct – all flavors (beef & lamb, duck & turkey, rabbit, chicken)

Taste of the Wild High Prairie (bison & venison)

Blue Wilderness – all flavors (duck, salmon, chicken)

Inova EVO – all flavors

Wellness CORE (ocean, chicken)

 

I used to keep a list, but now we just buy a differnt bag each time and do a slow turnover to the new protein. 

I add a raw medallion here and there.  He also loves, loves, loves frozen turkey necks and buffalo knuckle things from the Nature’s Variety freezer at our pet store.

Post # 70
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@pinkshoes:

I know I ama bit late on this post but I wanted to comment (not having read through everyone’s responses). The basics with dog food in my opinion is that if the first few ingredients on the label aren’t something you would eat, don’t feed it to your pet. If it is chicken and rice? The first ingredient should be whole chicken breast, not pork bi-product, or any other kind of bi product. GAK! It absolutely is worth the money IMO for your pets overall health. However there are many affordable options that have come out recently that are decent and not all natural, but better than alpo type brands. Beware of Science Diet – these are commonly peddled by vets because of science diet’s huge vet school scholarships. If you look at the labels though? They are not as healthy as the vet will tell you. Also most vets spend a very minimal time in school discussing nutrition so unless your pet is on a special diet for a medical condition I would be wary of advice to just feed them science diet, and check the labels for yourself.

 

Either way I’m sure your pup will be happy and healthy! Have a great time with him/her! 

Post # 71
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsStormy: The high protein issue with puppies has been proven to not be an issue if the the protein is from meat, not fillers, so grain free foods are going to be higher in protein than grain-inclusive, but it is still in the acceptable range because it is an appropriate form of protein. Newer studies show this (possibly because of the recent popularity of higher quality foods) but most older studies dont take into account what type of protein. Hope This Helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 73
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I give my Dog (Sandy – a Sharpei / chow/ golden ret mix – yes all in one lol) Great Life, Chicken or Buffalo, Sometimes she gets a little wet food – Weruva. She had severe allergies, ear issues and a lack luster coat when I adopted her. Holistic food changed her entirely. Shes never been healthier, shes 9 and more active than a puppy.

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