July 13, 2008

Can you recommend a good large breed puppy food?

Hey everyone, I could really use some good opinions on this. I'm looking into getting another German Shepherd puppy soon and I started thinking about what food I should use this time. With my other GSD, I used Nutro Natural Choice because that's what the vet recommended, but I wasn't very impressed with it. It must have tasted terrible to her because she'd barely eat it and when I switched food, she couldn't get enough. The same thing happened with my friend's Great Dane. I've asked around and gotten mixed opinions. A vet recommended Eukanuba and a breeder told me never to use it. I don't know who to believe. So, I was just wondering what you fed your large breed puppies and/or which ones you'd recommend and why. Thanks a lot.
I guess I wasn't really specific. I'm looking for a premium or all-natural puppy chow. I don't mind having to pay more for better quality.

And about the Canidae, is it really good for all stages? I've been told that puppies have nutrional needs much different than adults. I've heard its a really good brand, I'm just curious as to how it works for them?

I'm not really trying to be rude here, but how can you recommend Ol' Roy of all things? Its got about as much nutritional value as a Big Mac does for you. Yeah, it fills you up and covers one or two the food groups, but you wouldn't want to eat a Big Mac for every meal or you wouldn't live more than a few years.

I use Innova Evo for my two dogs and it has just worked wonders for them. They eat much less since I've switched them yet gained a healthy weight, they go to the bathroom less, have more energy and better coats. Canidae, that was already recommended, is also a great food. They both have human-grade meats, no fillers, and no chemical additives. As for your question about Canidae being appropriate for all ages, look at it this way. Wolves do not feed their pups a specific diet. They eat what the adults eat and because it fills all their nutritional needs, it works for all members of the pack. Essentially, that's how Canidae works. It provides everything a dog needs nutritionally whether he's a pup or a senior.

This site was recommended to me by the breeder I purchased my GSD from and it has some great information about dog foods and their nutritional value and tells you what ingredients to watch out for. I strongly urge all of you who have any question about dog food to read it.
http://www.asuperiorgsd.com/dog.food.html

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August 3, 2007

foufoudevique @ 11:36 pm

try Canidae
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Yo LO! @ 11:36 pm

Go with Canidae for all stages. 1 food for the dog's life. It's a little more expensive, but worth every penny!

Added: To those of you feeding your dogs crap like Ole' Roy and Dad's - Do you realize that 90% of those foods are fillers and that the nutritional value in that food is virtually 0? Look at the label…Would you eat it? NO, so why should your dog?!
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Arei M @ 11:36 pm

Purina Puppy Chow is good.

My Lab has liked the NutroMAX dog food, but he seems to like all of the other stuff hes eaten more, even cheapo Old Roy O_o
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mary r @ 11:37 pm

my dogs love "dad;s" it is cheap and smells good. they have been eating for years.
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feldwebel @ 11:38 pm

Old Roy(made by Purina) @ WalMart. About 1/2 the price. Have fed my dogs it for years and they are doing great !!
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pam h @ 11:41 pm

iams large breed puppy is really good.
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Seeblob @ 11:43 pm

I would suggest Purina or Nature's….uhm O_o something. I forget actually what it was called, but going for a less common, organic food would be good also. My mom worked at a pet supply store for awhile, so I'm pretty sure that Iams ISNT a good brand to buy. Try and get something less eccentric, also, because I honestly dont think dogs like apple flavored food (yes, I've actually seen fruit flavored brands-yeuk!).

Of course you really dont have to listen to me, seeing as my dog ate a hamburger for every meal all of his life. Lived pretty long too, if you ask me, lol.

EDIT: Nutro, that's it. That's a really good brand. Heh… *scratches head nervously*
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shortyrogue @ 11:45 pm

Merricks (it' s the best!!!) Organic/ inexpensive/ etc..
Check out this link, read there ingredients

http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/dry_dog_food.php
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cavalierkcs @ 11:45 pm

Merrick (organic and no fillers) Artemis, for the same reason or Flint River. Merrick and Artemis do not use wheat. Steer clear of Eukanuba.
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Peg D @ 11:46 pm

I've owned a Great dane and a alstation shepard. They were both brought up, as puppies on purina puppy chow, puppy chow for a full year, till there full grown -). The dane, of course, needed a bit more meat so I mixed a third of canned food in with the food. once they were older, about 2, I switched their food to tuffy's. High protein, this was wonderful for both, heathy coats, very active, i never went with the food the vet recommended, they just get a cut if they recommend a certain product now days. As they get older, large breeds around 5 or 6, you can get a tuffys brand for older breeds. My dane lived till almost 10, and my shepard to 16. Worked great for them.
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chelsea m @ 11:55 pm

I have the perfect puppy chow it is Purina One large breed puppy food,it is what I am using for my lab and so far my lab,german shepherd,and siberian husky are happy and healthy like they should be!whch the lab is 12wks.the gsd is 5 months,and the husk is 9 months,this chow is specially formulated for large breeds you can't get more specific and better than this at least try it
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August 4, 2007

Jules or Juliet @ 12:18 am

Ol Roy
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charmed_and_dangerous_destiny @ 2:34 am

I'm not really trying to be rude here, but how can you recommend Ol' Roy of all things? Its got about as much nutritional value as a Big Mac does for you. Yeah, it fills you up and covers one or two the food groups, but you wouldn't want to eat a Big Mac for every meal or you wouldn't live more than a few years.

I use Innova Evo for my two dogs and it has just worked wonders for them. They eat much less since I've switched them yet gained a healthy weight, they go to the bathroom less, have more energy and better coats. Canidae, that was already recommended, is also a great food. They both have human-grade meats, no fillers, and no chemical additives. As for your question about Canidae being appropriate for all ages, look at it this way. Wolves do not feed their pups a specific diet. They eat what the adults eat and because it fills all their nutritional needs, it works for all members of the pack. Essentially, that's how Canidae works. It provides everything a dog needs nutritionally whether he's a pup or a senior.

This site was recommended to me by the breeder I purchased my GSD from and it has some great information about dog foods and their nutritional value and tells you what ingredients to watch out for. I strongly urge all of you who have any question about dog food to read it.
http://www.asuperiorgsd.com/dog.food.html
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Did a lot of research on this when I changed my dogs' food.

mcghankathy @ 4:49 am

I use Nutro Large Breed SENIOR, even for my younger dog, with the chicken. It has less protien, which in a large breed you need to watch for the overdevelopment of bone-to ward off the possibility of future dysplasia, common in big dogs. My vet sz it's ok and they love it. Not the lamb- the chicken.
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chihuahua lover @ 5:02 am

Canidae All Life Stages!
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Dane Lover @ 11:29 am

Canidae is a very good food and yes it is fine for all life stages.

Some other good choices:
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Wellness, Merrick, Fromm, Premium Edge, Percise, Solid Gold, Innova

*****Peg D, I sure hope you never fed a Dane puppy any kind of puppy food. Dane puppies should NEVER have puppy food of any kind not even large breed (they are a giant breed not large)the protein level as well as calcium levels in puppy foods is way to high and can cause some very, very serious growth issues. A Dane puppy should NEVER have a food over 24% protein. They also should be fed a food taht doesn't contain corn, wheat or soy.******
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vet tech for 34 years, extensive study in canine nutrition & feeding

July 16, 2008

Linda Corpe @ 3:56 am

Please, get your puppy and grown dogs on premium dog foods and feed extra vitamins, meats, fruits, and vegetables whenever you can. Learn about ingredients on dog food. Remember toxins are: chocolate, grapes, raisins, grapeseed extract, onions, garlic, and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity). If you see this on the ingredients, run! I recently bought a bag of dog food and realized I didn't check out the ingredients well enough and it contained Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity). I took it outside and dumped in my compost pile. No way my dogs are eating that! They will eventually get very sick. Look it up on the internet and see what you find. Be careful with all brands of dog food. Study the ingredients before buying. You mentioned some brands I would not recommend. Before taking anyone's advice, read the label and look things up on the internet. Remember to "Feed them Life!" May your puppies live a very long and healthy life.

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