Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog food forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old April 4th, 2007, 09:42 AM
Coopsmom Coopsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
Best Dog Food

Hi all - I have been feeding my 8 month old shepherd mix Eukanuba Adult Large Breed (the vet told me to take him off puppy food months ago because he is quite large). I would like to switch to a better food. I have been thinking about Innova, Blue Buffalo and Newman's Own, but I am open to other suggestions. I would prefer to do kibble over a raw diet. Suggestions, advice, comments? All appreciated - thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old April 4th, 2007, 10:54 AM
SnowDancer SnowDancer is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 1,900
My just turned 3 Eskimo has been on Fromms Four Star since age of 9 months and does wonderfully on it. For him, I like the Salmon A La Veg because Eskies do well on a fish based diet. They also make it in Chicken, Duck and Whitefish. Also - it was NOT! on the recall list.
__________________
:king:
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 4th, 2007, 12:04 PM
Goldens4Ever's Avatar
Goldens4Ever Goldens4Ever is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: GREEN BAY, WI!
Posts: 349
Those are good choices. Two others to consider: Timberwolf Organics & Orijen.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old April 4th, 2007, 02:41 PM
Prin Prin is offline
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 28,492
Innova is good, but not the Evo formulas as they are not suitable for growing dogs. Orijen is the same- it's a good food, but not for a puppy.

Another good food is Canidae.
www.canidae.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old April 4th, 2007, 03:01 PM
Coopsmom Coopsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
Thanks!

I appreciate the input everyone. Prin, after perusing the forums, you seem to be the expert. What would you go with. He is a 60lb 8 month old shepherd / hound ???? mix. Very active. Exercise about 2 - 3 hours a day. More on the weekends. LOVES any food - not picky at all.
__________________
Coopsmom
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old April 4th, 2007, 03:10 PM
Prin Prin is offline
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 28,492
I'd go with Canidae. It seems to be the best value for the best ingredients around. If you can't find it, then innova regular is just as good.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old April 4th, 2007, 04:31 PM
geisha geisha is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 265
Hi there. I agree with Prin's recommendations, however if you want to try some other brands you may wish to visit the following sites dogfoodanalysis.com, dogaware.com, & dogfoodproject.com. Not only do they have recommendations they also answer questions that you may have or never thought about. I like to recommend Canadian dryfood companies. Champion pet foods who make Acana & Orijen are made here in Alberta. Some would say that Acana is "grainy" and has beet pulp, however I have seen some VERY healthy dogs @ the off leash park on Acana premium & Salmon & Potato. One of the other foods I would recommend is Go! Natural Chicken Fruit & Vegetable. They also make a grainless Go! however I would wait until your dog is older to try.
Remember it's what your dog does best on!!!! Good Luck!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old April 4th, 2007, 06:16 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prin View Post
I'd go with Canidae. It seems to be the best value for the best ingredients around. If you can't find it, then innova regular is just as good.
I agree. I can't get Canidae here so I feed my boys Innova regular and they are doing very well on it.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old April 4th, 2007, 07:44 PM
coppperbelle's Avatar
coppperbelle coppperbelle is offline
Owned by goldens
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Montreal
Posts: 1,806
Best dog food

I recently switched to Canidae and my dogs are doing wonderfully on it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old April 5th, 2007, 02:04 AM
lt_danish's Avatar
lt_danish lt_danish is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 153
I just recently switched to Orijen puppy formula. I emailed to company to ask if they suggest the adult or puppy formula for my particular dogs breed and age. My vet told me to switch at 7 months. They suggested I keep her on their puppy food for the first year.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old April 5th, 2007, 10:32 AM
SuperWanda's Avatar
SuperWanda SuperWanda is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Posts: 668
I was feeding Eukanuba for awhile and have since switched to the grainless Orijen. I have noticed a big difference in my two dogs coats, digestion and energy levels. They still really love it - even after 8 months of feeding. I also love that their ingredients are regional and they manufacture their own food!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old April 5th, 2007, 11:00 AM
Coopsmom Coopsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
You guys are great. Thanks! I actually did go on the pet food project website, when I began looking for a new food and learned a lot about what to look for in a food. I definitely recommend the site for novices like myself! So, I am thinking Canidae - or Orjen. Decisions, decisions.

Thanks again - from Cooper too - very helpful!
__________________
Coopsmom
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old April 5th, 2007, 12:41 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Good luck. Let us know how Cooper makes out.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old April 5th, 2007, 09:30 PM
lt_danish's Avatar
lt_danish lt_danish is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 153
I know there are some people on here that mix types or alternate food every bag or two for variety. Maybe thats an option. Or just type you puppy on each for a period of time and see what is best for him.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old April 9th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Coopsmom Coopsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
Canidae seems awesome!

So far Cooper really loves it and I feel much better knowing I am feeding him a healthier diet. And it's so reasonable - same price as what I was paying for the Eukanuba. One more question - should I throw some fruits / veggies / eggs in there every so often?

Also, just read the thread about Sable - the missing dog. So sad! Everyone say a prayer!
__________________
Coopsmom
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old April 9th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Prin Prin is offline
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 28,492
If you want to add things, you can, but personally, I'd wait for your doggy to adjust to the new food completely first.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old April 9th, 2007, 04:52 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coopsmom from post #12
So, I am thinking Canidae - or Orjen. Decisions, decisions.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coopsmom View Post
So far Cooper really loves it and I feel much better knowing I am feeding him a healthier diet. And it's so reasonable - same price as what I was paying for the Eukanuba. One more question - should I throw some fruits / veggies / eggs in there every so often?


So, did you go with the Canidae or the Orijen? And, I agree with Prin about waiting for Cooper to adjust first before adding anything to his kibble. Good luck and let us know how he does.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old April 10th, 2007, 09:52 AM
Coopsmom Coopsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 6
I went with Canidae just because it was available right at my local petstore. I live in NYC, so walking a long distance with 40lbs....I just don't have muscles like that! But, people have recommended switching foods from time to time, so the Orijen will be the next one I try. How long to wait before I start adding fruits / veggies / egg?
__________________
Coopsmom
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old April 10th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Prin Prin is offline
Senior member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 28,492
Till the stools have been firm consistently and there are no effects of the change at all (no gas, no itchiness, etc).
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old April 10th, 2007, 11:43 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Also, don't switch him to the Orijen until his poops are consistently firm for awhile.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:34 PM.