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Old 04-23-2012, 11:14 PM
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Default Need help choosing a puppy food.

Its been Years since I have had to feed a kibble food to a dog. I plan on supplementing raw, and eventually putting puppy on full raw. Right now I need a kibble for a few reasons. I also want him used to eating kibble as he will have to when we travel, or when he goes to the breeders to show.

I kind of want to feed him a grain inclusive diet just to get him used to having grains in his diet. I feed alot of grain treats and leftovers. Riley was a garbage gut and could handle anything. I want that again, and am hoping that if I condition him to things early he might be (poodles can be So GI sensitive). IDK. Sounds stupid?

I do have access to alot of really great foods. There is a local feed store I like to support and they carry good brands. I was thinking Innova, Exclusive, or TOTW. I know Exclusive isnt the best, but its a good food and hasnt ever had any recalls (which I worry about). I might have access to others through a new carrier at work (for at cost $!), so any others, please list.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:20 PM
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Innova and TOTW are both grain free, aren't they?

What will the breeder be feeding the puppies?
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:42 AM
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Innova and TOTW are both grain free, aren't they?

What will the breeder be feeding the puppies?
Innova is not grain free, TOTW is.


I just switched both my dogs to Victor Grain-free ALS and I am seriously impressed with it. I switched them both over to it from TOTW cold turkey after feeding random cans of dog food for a couple days (mostly Nature's Variety - I didn't realize I was so low on kibble). Both dogs handle it beautifully, not even a soft serve poop. Logan almost always has squishy poops when I change food. He's even been eating other junk (grain-inclusive treats, eggs with shells, etc) along with this food, and not a single loose stool. AND it's much cheaper than TOTW, at just under $35 for 30 pounds. And I like the ingredients better than TOTW. The one con is that it's not readily available everywhere yet. It just arrive at the feed store here 2 months ago.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 AM
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Do they have earthborn holistic or Fromm? Those should be in the same price range and I would feel more comfortable feeding those than anything comin out of Diamond or P&G factories.

If I was going to pick one for you, for grain inclusive I would absolutely suggest Fromm Large Breed Puppy.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:15 AM
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Maybe one of the Acana foods? I think they have some with grains.

Grace gets a lot of Orijen's six fish (it's grain free); they're owned by the same company, Champion, which I like.

I intended for her to be almost fully on raw, but with all the training we do, I have to use kibble as a reward; I also use a lot of different food toys in the crate. Helps keep me sane.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:33 AM
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Maybe one of the Acana foods? I think they have some with grains.

Grace gets a lot of Orijen's six fish (it's grain free); they're owned by the same company, Champion, which I like.

I intended for her to be almost fully on raw, but with all the training we do, I have to use kibble as a reward; I also use a lot of different food toys in the crate. Helps keep me sane.
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Nature's Variety has a REALLY good puppy food. (: That or you could just start him on Nature's Variety Prairie/Instinct. It isn't too high in protein & its super high quality.

Fromm is also an awesome kibble.
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Nature's Variety has a REALLY good puppy food. (: That or you could just start him on Nature's Variety Prairie/Instinct. It isn't too high in protein & its super high quality.

Fromm is also an awesome kibble.
Natures Variety isn't all that great for the price you're paying.

I'd agree with Fromm if you can get it.
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Nature's Variety has a REALLY good puppy food. (: That or you could just start him on Nature's Variety Prairie/Instinct. It isn't too high in protein & its super high quality.

Fromm is also an awesome kibble.

Prairie isn't super high protein, but Instinct sure is! When I had Murray, I had him on the NV puppy, the kibbles are super tiny. Saga is on the NV Prairie lamb formula and it's really working for her. I just recently started giving her the raw for breakfast on work days and she is having no issues with it whatsoever, which with her normal sensitive tummy is a near miracle. Nico is on the NV Instinct chicken formula for now because he burns calories like crazy.
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Natures Variety isn't all that great for the price you're paying.

I'd agree with Fromm if you can get it.
Depends, sometimes with sales I can get it cheaper than TOTW.
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