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Too many choices!

Discussion in 'Commercial Food' started by Sandy in CT, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

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    Looking at dog food info makes my head spin! I've been feeding my small standard doxies Merrick GF Buffalo for years and years and years. Lost the oldest last year at age 14. Kooper is 10 1/2, healthy (knock on wood), regular, super high energy, has never grown up, he is our wild child. Have always made a point of having thin doxies, nice trim waists are best for back health. Coat, body weight, overall appearance, small hard stools - never any issues with it. I did try once or twice to switch the dogs to a different brand but never did - it was easily accessible, lacking of a recall history until May of last year - so I stuck with it.

    New puppy arriving soon - breeder has them on Purina ProPlan Savor. Until reading all the threads here I had planned on gradually switching over to Merrick Puppy once he was settled in with us.

    Reading here though, that shelties should be on a lower protein diet with fillers like peas further down the list. Well Merrick is a higher protein percentage at 38%. Also read higher proteins might be okay if Essential Amino Acids are higher - that is not divulged on bag. I do realize that Purina bought out Merrick.

    I see Fromm is recommended here on several threads and the analysis seems to lie within those within the long thread on foods. SCARY to switch brands after so many years, not a fan of something I cannot run out and pick up on a whim. But it does lie within those guidelines listed here of 24-32% protein, the Merrick is higher.

    Help!!!! I know no-one can tell me what to feed my dogs, but looking for honest opinions on why I would switch from something I've had years of no issues with.
     
  2. Calliesmom

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    I'd say try it with your puppy and see how it goes- you can switch to something else if that food doesn't work for your puppy.
     
  3. Ann

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    First, I'd suggest that you feed the puppy a puppy food for the first six months or so of his life. I usually switch to adult food around 6 months depending on how the puppy is growing and weight, but I do feed it longer if the puppy needs weight.

    I've always fed Fromm Puppy Gold and had great results from that, but there are other puppy foods on the market that are equally good if there's one that works for you. The guidelines I'd look for are a food with protein in the high 20s to 30 in puppy food (lower for an adult), NO byproducts, wheat, corn, soy or fillers, and with meat as the first ingredient. If you order from Chewy, there are many choices there and you can look at the nutrient list right on the site which I find helpful. Also fast, free shipping over a certain amount. I know there are so many choices that it's daunting! Hope this helps a bit.
     
  4. Sharon7

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    Hmmm, I hadn't heard about the lower protein, and I'm not sure what percentage my food has, but we've had all our Shelties on Wellness Lamb and Barley and they do wonderfully on it. No recalls to my knowledge. I'm sure they have puppy food choices. My vet also likes the Wellness brand, and she doesn't like the grain-free idea. I agree; it can make your head spin with all the choices!
     

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