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What on earth to feed?

November 12th, 2007, 02:36 PM
I'm getting a new puppy soon, and have been doing some research on what to feed. My previous dog was fed almost exclusively on crappy grocery store brands, and was totally healthy her entire life, but I'd like to do things differently this time.

I've found a few high-quality foods including Orijen and N-R-G, and am considering feeding (in descending order of frequency/quantity) a combination of high-quality dry food, rotating brands and varieties every few months, supplemented with high-quality canned wet food, cooked no-bone meats and raw/cooked fruit, veg and eggs.

So far, Orijen seems to be the dry food most people are recommending. N-R-G seems really promising, as the ingredients are strictly dehydrated named meats, eggs, fruit and veg, but I'm concerned by price and the fact that their website seems to have been down for a couple of months.

I'll be weaning the puppy off the food the breeder has been giving and asking my vet for recommendations for a high-quality puppy food, which I"ll feed for the next several months before switching.

Any thoughts/suggestions?

November 12th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Consider home cooking, it's the best alternative, takes little time and it's very healthy.

I've been doing it for 4 yrs now and wouldn't have it any other way!

November 12th, 2007, 03:31 PM
I can barely get it together to cook for myself properly; I know I won't be able to do it reliably for a dog. That's why I'm planning on using high-quality prepared foods and supplementing them.

November 12th, 2007, 04:50 PM
Although it is important to feed a healthy line of food, it is equally important to feed a food that meets the nutrtional requirements of dogs at various life stages. In other words, even though a given food may be very healthy, it does not necessarily mean that it's right every dog. So be certain that whatever food you choose is right for your growing puppy.

November 12th, 2007, 05:02 PM
Hey it's all a matter of choice, you should give yourself more credit. You can do it. :D

November 12th, 2007, 05:10 PM
Since you mentioned N-R-G, I thought you might also be interested in some similar products by The Honest Kitchen ( I've never tried 'em as it's not currently available in my area, but it looks intriguing and has some great ingredients. For puppies, there's Thrive ( and Embark (