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Should I change his food?

May 2nd, 2005, 11:04 AM
Our puppy was fed Purina Puppy Chow before we got him and so we've been feeding him that since he's been with us also(2 weeks). Now from what I understand basically this brand is not good for him.So here are my questions. 1) What exactly is wrong with it?
2) What affect will it have on him?
3) Should I switch or is there some kind of additional vitamin we should give him?
4) If you think we should switch, what is the best way to do this?

May 2nd, 2005, 11:08 AM
1) corn and filler mainly, leads to skin problems and extra weight gain which is only fat
2) Also can lead to multiple ear problems
3) feeding the proper diet means no additional additives required
4) switch very gradually over a two week period

May 2nd, 2005, 11:12 AM
So what are some good foods?

May 2nd, 2005, 11:13 AM
there are tons of threads on dogfood. It depends on your budget what you end up choosing. :)

May 2nd, 2005, 11:15 AM
Vitamins won't help if the main food is not good. It would probably be nearly as expensive to give a good vitamin than the difference in price between puppy chow and a better dog food.

Corn is just not absorbed properly and that means you are paying for poop. The more corn in the food, the more comes out the other end.

Also, not enough protein is coming from meat sources. Whether it's 18% or 27% protein, if it comes from a plant, dogs are not likely to metabolize it.

Better food = healthier dog = less vet bills

May 2nd, 2005, 11:22 AM
Here are some threads where I posted dog food websites-- you can compare the ingredients: (post #5)
and this one has a post with all the other food threads on it (post #7)