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 Post subject: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:38 pm 
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What is the best food other than raw to feed a six week old pup? I have read a lot and no brand names to go by. Can anyone give some name brands? I fed my last pup Science Diet until he was old enough to go on Taste of the Wild. Would like to here more.
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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:51 pm 
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I really do think raw is best, even for puppies, but I understand that it's not for everyone. (We feed dry dog food when we don't have meat.)

Taste of the Wild makes a puppy food...can you not get that locally? Blue Buffalo also makes a grain-free puppy food. I know a lot of Lacy owners feed Victor dog food (it's also grain-free), but I'm not sure if they make a food specifically for puppies.

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 Post subject: Re: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:12 pm 
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I have not seen Taste of the Wild puppy food. You read so much these days it's hard to keep up with. I read some where that Science Diet was not what they advertise, that's why I am checking into it a little more. I have gotten a lot of info here but I wish it where simple, get this and your good to go. lol
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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:27 pm 
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Science Diet is about like Purina, except that you pay more. Science Diet is always being ripped by the anti-kibble people.

Here is a website that maybe will help you. I kinda glanced over it and if you want to feed kibble, it is a pretty good website. There is a page that lists good puppy food, so you should be able to find a puppy food that you would be happy with.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog- ... ppy-foods/

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Now that's a hand full of reading. lol
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 Post subject: Re: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:00 am 
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:)) :)) Joe

The main thing that I know is that you need to make sure that the food is for puppies. A good kibble will have meat as the top listing. There should be no corn, grain or soy. Vegetables are not digested, but you will have to choose between fillers-corn, soy,grain, vegetables are all fillers- choose vegetables. The higher the ratio of fillers, the less meat the pup is getting. Meat by-products are just that- by products- not the real thing. By-products will be something like chicken feet, beaks, etc. which really dont have any meat on them. Some kibbles now have highly ground up feathers in them. Not sure how they count in the scheme of things, but probably as protein. It's all a big game to the producers of the kibble- try to get the cheapest products and hide them so that the consumer cant figure it out!

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 Post subject: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:46 am 
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Victor puppy is fine for my mutts. 30/20 mix in the turquoise bag


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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:11 pm 
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Betty has good info. When I shop for kibble, I try to keep 5 things in mind:

-Are the first ingredients a named meat product? In other words, does it say "beef, beef meal, chicken, ect..." or does it say "meat meal?"

- Does the food contain by products?

- Does the food contain grains? My dogs have been on grain free kibble their entire lives except for brief periods when I fed them something that contained brown rice. While brown rice is not considered to be as bad as corn or wheat, when my dogs eat it, their skin gets flaky and dry. Every time. Within a couple weeks of removing the rice from their diet, their skin clears up.

- Does the food contain BHA? BHA is a preservative and known carcinogen that is banned for use in human food.

- Cost...let's be realistic...when you have multiple dogs, the cost of premium dog food can add up quick. I'm a coupon freak when it comes to dog food. I look for special promotions and offers. You would be surprised how much you can save. For example, right now, Petco has a $5 off coupon for Wellness brand food. Our local feed store has a buy 8 bags, get one free deal for Infinia brand dog food, and our Pet Supplies Plus store always has food on sale. I'll just call the store and see what products are on sale this month and what will be on sale next month.

Taste of the Wild is a pretty good food but some critics say to avoid the fish formula because it could contain Ethoxyquin.

Our gyp is pregnant and has suddenly become a very picky eater. I bought a bag of Orijen Puppy and she eats it pretty well. I'll probably stick with it until the puppies leave.

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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:11 am 
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Here's one of my pups on the victor puppy seems fine to me


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 Post subject: Re: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:29 pm 
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Colby,

No one said that Victor wasnt fine for your 'mutts'. No one is telling you not to feed it.

This thread was started by Joe who asked
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What is the best food other than raw to feed a six week old pup? I have read a lot and no brand names to go by. Can anyone give some name brands? I fed my last pup Science Diet until he was old enough to go on Taste of the Wild. Would like to here more.


Amber gave some names and gave her opinion and told what they did. Since Joe didnt want to feed raw, I did the best I could do and looked up a website for him. That said, I'll be blunt- you dont have worry if you feed raw- God put it all there for you. Then, I told Joe what little bit I know about feeding kibble. You voiced your opinion and Courtney came on and back up what I said- mostly because she knows that I dont know much about kibble- and she added a bit to it.

If you believe that such and such dog food is fine for your mutts- go for it. This is a discussion forum and all are welcome to discuss things. I'm sure that Joe appreciates your input.

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 Post subject: Re: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:22 pm 
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Victor seems like a good food - Petfoodadvisor gives the grainless formula 5 stars. 3.5 to 4 stars for the cheaper formulas. It's hard to find, though. No one carries it around here.

Here are the brands I have used with good results:

Taste of the Wild
I and Love and You
Wellness Core Puppy
Innova Evo
Infinia
Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free
Nutro Ultra Puppy

By the way, some of these are "all life stages" foods, meaning they have high fat and protein content that meets the growth requirements for puppies.

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I tried to feed mine some really high protein 5 star food a while back. If I remember correctly it was Diamond brand. After trying a couple of bags to get them used to it I switched back to my other food. My dogs just couldn't handle it. I was cleaning up puke daily and they looked like cows out grazing which told me they were not digesting it at all.


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the one time i had to feed slim some kibble was the last time i will fed her kibble. hell she will skip a meal or two if my only option is kibble. she pooped 3 times as much as normal and her stomach must have been hurting bad because she was so lethargic for almost a full day. I would have taken her to ER it was so bad but I figured it was the kibble.


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 Post subject: Re: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:18 pm 
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Luna is my garbage disposal. I can feed her anything at anytime and her rock solid GI tract can handle it.

The other dogs are a little more sensitive. It seems going from raw to kibble and back or even switching kibble formulas makes them vomit and have loose bowels.

It's funny how they are all so different.

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 Post subject: Puppy Food
 Post Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:31 pm 
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Betty L. wrote:
Colby,

No one said that Victor wasnt fine for your 'mutts'. No one is telling you not to feed it.

This thread was started by Joe who asked
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What is the best food other than raw to feed a six week old pup? I have read a lot and no brand names to go by. Can anyone give some name brands? I fed my last pup Science Diet until he was old enough to go on Taste of the Wild. Would like to here more.


Amber gave some names and gave her opinion and told what they did. Since Joe didnt want to feed raw, I did the best I could do and looked up a website for him. That said, I'll be blunt- you dont have worry if you feed raw- God put it all there for you. Then, I told Joe what little bit I know about feeding kibble. You voiced your opinion and Courtney came on and back up what I said- mostly because she knows that I dont know much about kibble- and she added a bit to it.

If you believe that such and such dog food is fine for your mutts- go for it. This is a discussion forum and all are welcome to discuss things. I'm sure that Joe appreciates your input.


Honestly wasn't trying to force feed anyone my opinion was just postin a pic. Lol gee wiz Betty easy down turbo


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