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Best Dog food to give?

buffytwin
January 11th, 2006, 11:00 AM
Hi there, wondering what your opinions are on what is the best dog food to give to your doggy. We have a boxer. He is 6 months old right now so we're still giving him puppy food. He's eating Technical Puppy Food, we chose this for 2 reasons, one the breeder was giving him that before we took him home and our vet said it was a good choice of puppy food. We want to give him the best food there is and we know nothing about it. I've read a lot about what everyone says the ingredients should be and shouldn't be, but does anyone know specific brands that are good? Both puppy food and when they're adults? Also what age do you start to give your puppy adult food? Thanks, always love hearing peoples comments, this site is sooo helpful! Whenever I have a question or anyone I know has a question this is the first place I come! If it's related to a pet of course, haha:D

Prin
January 11th, 2006, 11:06 AM
For starters, here are my two favorite puppy foods:
Solid Gold WolfCub (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=61&code=180)
Wellness Super5Mix Puppy (http://www.omhpet.com/dogs/wellness_detail.asp?pCode=dryDogSup5MixPuppy)

Merrick Puppy Plate is also good: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=14&s=20280

technodoll
January 11th, 2006, 11:47 AM
large dogs should be transistioned over to adult food before they are 1 year old; some feed adult food to puppies, regardless. as for good foods, find a holistic petshop and you can be assured that everything they carry is good. some brands to look for:

Canidae
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
Eagle Pack Holistic Foods
Fromm 4 Star Dry
Go! Natural
Innova
Life Abundance
Natural Balance
Nature's Variety
Precise Plus
PHD
Pinnacle
Solid Gold
Wellness
Wysong

...don't be afraid to supplement with as much wet food, real meat, canned fish, cottage cheese, eggs, etc as you can to help your dog achieve optimal health through good nutrition!

good luck! :)

Byrd
January 11th, 2006, 04:13 PM
That first one sounds like a yeast infection! :p

I made meat loaf yesterday, had a bit left over, so cooked it up for the dog as treats (no onions in mine), so she's got the meat, the eggs, and the etc...LOL

So where do you get these foods? Local pets store, or specialty?

wdawson
January 11th, 2006, 05:26 PM
we feed beathoven merricks canned in the morning and evening and 1 cup science diet puppy is out for a snack in between , he is 9mths next week.
we buy merricks at pet value , not cheap though $3.00 a can x 2 a day i think i need a second job just too feed him:D

Prin
January 11th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Yeah, Merrick cans are expensive... but tasty...

Byrd, there are stores that sell just dog and cat food (and maybe some bird/rodent food too). At the one I go to, the "lowest" dog food they have is Proplan. They carry it and Wellness, Innova, Solid Gold, Merrick (I think only cans), and a few others. They also have supplements and healthy homemade cookies.

They don't have science diet, Royal canin, or any of the cheaper, pretend to be good but full of corn foods (seriously, no offense wdawson... There are stores here who sell science diet by the truckload and it's not the best at all. People think because it says "science" on it, it's good...)



For larger breed puppies, the important thing is to have the calcium between 0.8 and 1.2%. But Boxers are more of a medium sized doggy so it's a bit less of a concern (the solid gold Wolf Cub is 1.5%, which should be ok).

wdawson
January 11th, 2006, 08:45 PM
Prin

no offence taken , i was feeding science diet canned for about 2 weeks when we first got him and only because our cats are on the hills c/d so we thought that if they manufacture other retail products they must be fine. i went with merricks canned because of your posts on this food and have asked my local store to order me puppy plate dry , and canned also , they only seem too carry 5-6 flavours at the 4-5 pet value stores i can get too and no other store carries merricks at all. if anyone knows who stocks the dry food in the hamilton-mississauga area let me know.

mona_b
January 11th, 2006, 09:12 PM
The names of the foods that technodoll and Prin posted are good premium brands.:)

My boy is on the Eagle Pack Holistic Dry..He also gets canned.

I switched my dogs to adult when they were 6 months old.This is what my breeder suggested.You don't want your pup to grow to fast,this "can" effect the bones as they get older which can lead to early arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.Something you don't want.