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What is the best dog food for my puppy?

Updated on May 13, 2011
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

Dog Food

In general the best food to feed a puppy is going to be a premium brand dry food. A puppy would need to eat a one and a half times semi-moist food, or even twice as much can food to get the same nutritional value as in dry food.

Dry dog food will, also, help a puppy's teeth. Where can and moist food can soften the teeth.

When chosing a new dog food brand, make sure to gradually change your dog, or puppy, over to the new brand by adding it to the previous brand, It should take about a week, give or take, to fully graduate your canine to the new premium dog food brand of your choice.

Premium Dog Food

As for brand, you want to stick with a premium dog food brand, meaning no grocery store brands. That does not mean that you can't purchase good, or decent, food at a grocery store. It means you want to stay away from brans like Alpo and store brand items.

The premium brands include Hill's Science Diet, Nutro Natural Choice, Castor and Polluc, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Wellness, EVO, and other natural dog food brands. These are readily available at many pet stores.

By purchasing a premium dog food, your dog will get less fillers and more nutrition from each and every bite. Less fillers, also, means that the dog will not need to eat as much to get the same nutrition, meaning less goes in, so less comes out.

Premium dog foods ensure that your dog is getting the best foods that you can afford. But many premium brands can be pricey. Do not purchase Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Beneful, Alpo, Ole Roy, Pedigree, etc.

Dog Food Ingredients

You do want to check the back label of a dog brand that you're not sure of. Make sure that the first ingredient is not a filler such as corn, grain, or something therein. But, if the label reads a rice and chicken flavor, you might see rice as the first ingredient; in this case, you want to check the other ingredients in the top 5, making sure that the second ingredient is a protein based ingredient.

You want the first ingredient to be a meat product, like chicken, beef, pork, etc.

In terms of the first ingredient being a meat, you still have to be careful as to what the ingredient actually is. You don't want the first ingredient to be (for example) "poultry" becuase you still don't know what it is. Poultry is a broad category of bird and could include many things. You don't want you pup eating beaks and feet.

You also want to make sure that the dog food does not contain by-products, such as "beef by-product," or meal, such as "meat meal."

Not to call out a few brands, but Beneful, although it looks health and inviting, really isn't. The first few ingredients are a grain or filler. Kibbles and Bits, Alpo, and Puppy Chow, are all along the same or similar tract.

So, if you're not sure, check the label. You carefully read what is in the food that you eat, so you should do the same for your dog.

Dog Food Kibble Size

If you've found the brand you want to use, but are still confused about what kind to get. There are going to be three basic kinds of dry foods, labeled between small bites, large breed, and original, but of course there will be beef and rice, lamb and rice, and chicken and rice, as well. As for the flavors, that's up to you and your dog. Otherwise, you may want to consider:

  • Small Bites: If you dog is going to be a smaller dog, usually sized up to 30 pounds, give or take, but you can feed a small bite formula to medium sized dogs, as well.
  • Large Breed: For puppies that will be over 50 pounds. Large breed foods are forumlated for healthy growth of bones and muscles for dogs that will be of a larger stature.
  • Original: The original forumla can be feed to dogs of any size, for the most part. But you do want to consider a dogs size when picking a particular type of food.

You don't want to feed a 6 week old chihuahua puppy a dog food that has kibble bigger than his mouth. So be careful of the size of the food, as well as the brand and ingredients in the food.

Breed Specific Dog Food

For the most part when choosing a dog food for a particular breed, whether a purebreed or a mix breed dog, it doesn't really matter as long as the brand and size of the kibble is appropriate. Again, as I have just mentioned, you don't want to feed larger kibble to a very small puppy.

Some brands, like Eukanuba and Royal Canin (both great premium brands), have specially formulated doog foods for certain breeds, such as German Shepherd, Yorkies, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Bulldog, Dachshund, Labrador Retriever, etc. So, if you want to go with a breed specific food, you can, but I, personally, am not sure of the difference.

Avoid Dog Food With High Content of the Following Ingredients

1. Wheat

2. Corn

3. Soy

4. By-Product Meal

5. Digest

6. Ethoxyquin

7. Egg Product

8. Brewer’s Rice

9. Preservatives

10. Cellulose

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      Mia 3 years ago

      I have a 2wk old pit bull, an very unsure what kind of dog food to start my pup when its time. But the advice on dog food really does help.... Thanks!!

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      Lori 5 years ago

      We buy a premium brand you mention in your article (Natural Balance Synergy.) We love the ingredients and high quality, (and our dogs love the taste and never get tired of it), but what we love the most is that it is formulated for both puppies and adults, so we never had to gradually switch foods like you also mentioned. I think this saved us from a lot of potential problems that go along with that, like upset tummies, diarrhea, and dogs just being picky.

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      Sandy 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for his information. We are considering getting our first dog and I didn't know where to start with all the basic information like food!

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      Josteph 5 years ago

      I've got a 4 month old Maltese just introduced her to hills science small breed puppy, she'd rather not eat at all then even try it. Help! How do I get her to eat it, I want her to have the best possible diet?

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      magladore 5 years ago from redding ca.

      i have an 8 week old american bulldog and i am feeding him iams dry large breed puppy food ,he dosent like it very well he prefers the dry pedigree but i know he needs the iams, also iams keeps getting caught in his throat from time to time and he coughs it up. is he to young to give boiled chic breast as a treat? i just want to do what i can afford and what's the healthiest for him

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      robert 5 years ago

      i have a american bulldog and i give him diamond dog food and he looks good!!!\

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      holisticpuppyfood 5 years ago

      @Patty I would try something of a higher quality such as Orijen and blue buffalo, Nutro Ultra, etc.. Do your research before you buy anything. Try to lean towards maybe a holistic brand if your really serious about your terriers nutrition. Although the food may cost more your pet will get the proper nutrition and ultimately need to eat less.

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      Patty Pacheco 5 years ago

      I just got a Jack Russell Terrier, she is only 4 months andf the breeder I got her from was feeding her Purina Puppy Chow I've read all the fillers it contains I want to feed her something better any suggestions???? Please help

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      king_k0ng22 5 years ago

      I just want to say that this post is very informative with the exception of the list of dog foods considered premium. Everyone needs to know what these ingredients consist of. The most important ingredient to learn about is by-product meal. People by products meals are simply put dead diseased animals from zoo's, road kill, euthanized pets from vet offices. Also they consist of parts of the animal that is not fit for human consumption i.e. heads, hooves, fins, and other useless animal parts. If you care about your dogs best interest then find a dog food with no by-product meals at all but real meat and grain free in some cases. Orijen and blue buffalo are a couple good ones though they are pricey. Science Diet is a food you def want to stay away from its full of corn products which are for the most part useless to dogs, I hope this helps guys and have a long happy life your pets, God bless.

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      Candis 5 years ago

      I am grateful you actually listed brands that I can go into a store and buy. However, I have a great dane puppy and was told to NEVER feed her puppy food of any kind. FYI for other giant breed owners. Not all puppies are the same. :-)

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      Hello all I was wondering what type of dog food is good for my dog I gave her beneful and she has had the diarhea for two days. Any suggestions?

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      Tanya Mcdonald 5 years ago

      I am purchasing a spring spaniel pup at the weekend and he has been getting fed spillers museli mix and pedigree puppy, not sure if pedigree is meat or dry mix, should I continue with this combination or should I change it as we are not going to be "working" the spaniel? thanks.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      The dog should be on dry food already. I wouldn't suggest Pedigree though.

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      sreedevi 5 years ago

      when should i give dry pedigree for my puppy. He is 3 month old

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      raman 5 years ago

      hii ... i jst got a lhasa apso .. he s 2 mnths old .. which puppy food is best for him ????

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      T.Campos 6 years ago

      I have a lab mix and I give her science diet kibble, but she doesn't seem to really like kibble, so i mix in a few spoonfuls of IAMS canned food and she slurps it up!

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      southerngirl68 6 years ago from Ray City, GA

      Nutrish is a great dog food. It also is a great way to support Animals. It is Rachael Ray's brand and proceeds go to charity to help animals.

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      zain 6 years ago

      i have one month old puppy but i have no idea which kind of food to give my puppy..plzzzz guide me

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      vix 6 years ago

      im getting a mini aussie and im not sure what is the best food for him and is it safe to still give hime puppy milk replacer stage 2 at 9 wks old i want to keep him husky

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      lt 6 years ago

      I have a 8 week old puppy, and she loves science diet!!!!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'd recommend something of higher quality with less fillers.

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      maria 6 years ago

      I have a pit/American bull dog mix and I am looking for the best dry food him. I am giving him IAMS is this good dog food.

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      Greg 6 years ago

      The first ingredient in science diet is whole grain corn. I just got a bullmastiff and the person that I got him from was feeding him retriever brand food from Tractor supply, when I looked at the list of ingredients of the two foods they were the exactly the same. At a third of the price I would be more willing to stick to the cheaper brand. Just because it cost more does not always mean better.

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      jose  6 years ago

      Hi I have a female brindel pit dat was giving to me as a gift wat should I feed her cuz her ex owner feed her pedigree should I keep feeding her dat

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      puppy chow isn't an ideal dog food anyway. I would change her on a natural dog food without all the preservatives and fillers. Keep her on puppy food for at least 12-18 months before putting her on adult food.

      When changing to adult food, you want to mix a little puppy food with the dog food until you can eliminate the puppy food altogether.

      She is getting sick because you are just switchign altogether and not letter her body get adjusted to the change of food.

      Plus, you're feeding crap food.

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      Mikie J.  6 years ago

      Hi i've been feeding my 6-7 month old blue nose pitbull puppy chow i tried to feed her dog food and she wouldn't be digesting right it come's out watery and i'm wondering if that's supposed to be happening or do i keep her on the puppy food for a little while longer?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that is a good brand.

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      I've recently been feeding my puppy(toy poodle 10 weeks) Blue buffalo dry food. Is this a good food for my puppy?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      all natural, no grain, large breed puppy food

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      denise 6 years ago

      hello im getting a german rottweiler in about 1 month and i am confused on what i am supposed to feed him any suggesting????

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      Angie 6 years ago

      HI I have a toy poodle puppy 14 weeks old what is the best dry biscuit food which puppies all like.. and dogs too.?

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      willy 6 years ago

      hello... I just had a 3 months old terrier spitch ( mixed breed of terrier and japanese spitch) he doesn't feel like eating pure dog foods. What shall I do to give him the right nutrition?

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      Tirzah Laughs 6 years ago from USA

      Diamond is a decent dog food, not the best but decent quality.

      If you can't find it in your pet stores, it's because in the more Southern States, its only carried by feed supply stores. It's usually a bit cheaper than some of the brains as well.

      My only caution is that the lean version is usually less liked by dogs than the regular version.

      Do NOT buy the high energy and unless you have a dog doing miles up on miles of work each day. Your dog will get chubby otherwise.

      The regular version is great for most regular active dogs.

      My sister uses it for her Dingo dog.

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      Tapion 6 years ago

      I have a 4 year old and 11 month old ABPT. My 4yr old gets 1/3 cups EVO large bites twice a day @ 6 and 6. My pup gets Innova Large Breed Puppy 2 cups @ 6:00am, 1 cup @ 3:00, and 1 cup @ 9:00. I'll start feeding my pup 2cups twice a day this week.

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      lisa 6 years ago

      is diamond high energy dry dog food good for my 7 week old puppy?

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      Mackenzie 6 years ago

      Chicken Soup For the Dog Lovers IS VERY good! I feed my dogs that and it is holistic.. my chihuahua loves it and she is a picky eater... my pitbull/husky loves the puppy food since he is still a puppy.. and its small bites so your little chihuahua could eat it with no problem!

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      6 years ago

      I have a 6-8 week old chihuahua and want to know what brand or kind of food would be good for him

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      ChristinaMarie01 6 years ago from Georgia

      Ok. As of right now I am feeding my APBT Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy, (he is 7 weeks old). I will stick with this food for a while and see how it goes. Thank you so much for all the information! =)

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I have heard good things about Blue Buffalo, just make sure to check the ingredients.

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      ChristinaMarie01 6 years ago from Georgia

      I have recently seen commercials for Blue Buffalo. Is that a good brand?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I would recommend going with a premium dog food. Purina is not a good brand. It will be important to first figure out what in the dog food your pup is allergic to.

      Also, keep in mind that blue is a dilute color, that makes dogs of that color prone to skin issues, especially demodex mange (not contagious and easy to treat although it can come back throughout the dog's life).

      Check out the link below for food allergies:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Dog-Food-Allergy

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      bodydropsmomma 6 years ago

      whitney i have a 11 week old blue pit with blue eyes also looks just like the one in the pik lol but he is having a allergic reaction to something and im guessing his food he is itching alot bt doesnt have fleas or anything like that we were feeding him purina puppy chow we are thinking of just making our own food for him do you think this is healthy or should we go to a diffrent dog food ( we feed him dinner n i realized that his stomach neck and ears got red !!!!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I use EVO Innova.

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      Elizabeth  7 years ago

      i am trying to suprize my family with a puppy but my dad like me to research stuff before i actually get it so when he asks me stuff about dog food i need to tell him exactly what YOU use for you puppy i am getting a female baby terrier.

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      heyy. i am getting an 8 week old Jack Russell Terrier. what should i be feeding him?

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      CarolC 7 years ago

      Hi i just got a rottweiler puppy and ive heard so much about the types of dog food but i still don't know what the best would be for him...any suggestions??

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yorkies may take up to 2 years to house train. Although, that's not for every yorkie, but that's about the average. They are one of the hardest breeds to house train. When house training, don't switch back and forth between different methods. You will confuse the puppy. Just stick with one method. Crate training is the most effective. When you can't watch the dog, put it in the kennel. Put the puppy on a schedule- feed, walk, play, nap, walk, play, nap, feed, walk play, bed. You want to leash walk so that the puppy knows what he has to do when he's outside. Once he gets the hand of it, then you don't have to leash walk, but in the beginning, it just makes it simpler, as the pup will want to go outside and play before pottying, and you want play to be a reward after.

      Iams is definitely not the best dog food to feed. I've never heard of hyvee.

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      Jessica Quimby 7 years ago

      I have a 8mo old yorkie poo. He poops alot I've changed his food to iams puppy food. he was on a generic hyvee brand from last owners. Hoping that works. Also I'm having a hard time potty training I've done the kennell, rewards, positive reinforcement. he just shows me no signs of having to go potty. take any suggestions

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'd avoid rawhides, as they can turn into glue once in the dog's intestines. I've heard of cases, where dogs who haven't had rawhides for years, end up in the vet for emergency surgery because there's one still undigested in the intestines.

      Nylabones are good. Kongs are supposidely indestructible and when stuffed will keep the pup busy.

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      veganmama 7 years ago

      I have a 6 month old Rott mix, he is on Nutro and has had terrible bout of diarrhea, I suspect becuase of the rawhide he was eating. I have taken it away, however, now he is into chewing on things in the house that don't belong to him! I have tried the nylon bones and he has ZERO interest in them. I'm nervous to give him any other actual bones, are there any that are safe for pups to have?

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      Maricruz  7 years ago

      im getting a new puppy girl but i dont know what to feed it? whats the best food for small puppies?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Alpo isn't a great brand. It's pretty low quality.

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      kasmere 7 years ago

      hi whitney ,

      i have 2 lhasa apso puppy 1-2 months old (not sure)

      i've giving them alpo (ground rice and chicken)

      do you think its a right kind of food for them ? .

      thanks.

      GOD bless ..

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nutro Max is the cheap version. It doesn't include nearly as many natural ingredients. Of the two Nutro Natural is better, but in general, there are many better foods than Nutro; although, I did use it for a while with my APBT puppy.

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      passion 7 years ago

      Hi Whitney,

      Okay here's my story I just got a pitbull puppy last week at the so very yound age of 4 weeks which of course is way to young for her to be away from her mother but the byb (back yard breeder) who had them didn't want to put in the work of caring for the pups after mom refused to nurse them any longer so he got rid of them. So now my baby is 5 weeks old and I've been giving her Nutro Max Puppy recommended to me by a worker at Petco and I'v also was mixing it with some puppy replacement milk and she loved it. I've taken her off the replacement milk because I don't think she needs it anymore or in the first place so I just let the Nutro sit in some warm water until it nice and soft and she devours it lol. Anyway my question is should I switch her to Nutro Naturals or keep her on the Nutro Max because I've seen in some of your responses you said Nutro Naturals is better? Thanks in advance for your info.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      No, you need to feed the puppy a puppy dog food.

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      trell 7 years ago

      i have a 6 week old pitbull puppy i was wondering if i can feed him straight white rice?

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      Lala 7 years ago

      hi,

      i have a 2 month old mixed breed puppy its half chow chow and half doberman pinscher ,i wonder what is the best food for her , can you help me ?

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      ty 7 years ago

      this is the best site ever and my dog is so much happyeir know that he has good dog food

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Kibbles and Bits is a very poor food choice.

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      TONI 7 years ago

      HI,

      I HAVE BOUGHT MY DOGS KIBBLES AND BITS,IS THAT A GOOD DOG FOOD? I HAVE A 15# MINIPIN AND A 12# LONG-HAIRED WEINER DOG?

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      Meadow 7 years ago

      We adopted an 8 week mini doxi from a very reputable breeder. Unfortunately, she was being fed Eukanuba by the breeder (which we basically had to force her to eat). We noticed frequent scratching, tearing from her eyes and frequent thin stools. After researching various diets, we decided on Horizon Legacy Grain Free Puppy Food from Canada. The ingredients are human-grade (yes, we even tasted it!) and obtained from known sources very close to its company in Saskatchewan Canada. No filler, no by-products. My baby's coat is now unbelievably shiny, she has decreased the scratching and tearing and her stools are fewer and bulky and formed. Not to mention, she LOVES the food. Can't recommend enough!

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      Hedi01 7 years ago

      Hi

      I have a 6wk old shih tzu and the puppy food they had her on she didn't like it so I put her on this Puppy Vantage food that has worked for our other dogs but not her. I heard that the puppy food called Blue Buffalo was supposed to be good but when I saw some of the reviews they did not seem to help any of the puppy's who were on it. Does anyone know what type of nautral puppy food would be good or if the Blue Buffalo is okay to use?

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      Nathanp 7 years ago

      My vet recommended Orijen, Its about $3.00 a lb so its very affordable. The ingredients are Deboned chicken, chicken mean, turkey meal, russet potato, deboned salmon, herring meal, sweet potato, peas, deboned white lake fish, deboned walleye. chicken fat, chicken liver, salmon meal, deboned turkey, whole eggs, deboned herring, sun-cured alfalfa, salmon oil, chicory root, dehydrated organic kelp, pumpkin, carrots, spinich, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, saskatoon berries, black currants, choline chloride, psyllium, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile flowers, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, sea salt, vitamin supplements, mineral supplements.dried lactobacillus, acidophilus, dried enterococcus faeciumfermenation product.....Thats the order it is in on the label also...the bag states it is 70% Premium animal ingredients, 30% fruits, vegetables, and botanicals, and 0% grain. It is made in Canada. with never frozen, regional ingredients...it was canadas pet food of the year 2009-2010 and is certified by the glycemic research institute in Washington D.C. What does everyone think? Good or bad choice?

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Another great post, and another link on my Dog Tails blog :D - I'm sure I'll be back for more! You have such great information - thanks so much!

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      Stacy 7 years ago

      I am getting a puppy that is a (mom)puggle mixed with a (dad)lab & chow... I know weird. He will be 6 weeks when I get him. What do I feed him?

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      NathanP 7 years ago

      I heard the company that makes EVO is being sold to proctor & Gamble, who plans to discontinue the EVO line...does anyone know if this is true?

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      Christina 7 years ago

      Hi! I just wanted to compliment you on your patience and straight-forwardness with questions. Many people obviously asked questions before reading your article. Props for having tact! :) And thanks for all the great info.

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      Alexandra 7 years ago

      Hi Whitney, I liked your comment on dog food, but I have a question for you and I hope you can answer it, I'd really appreciate it. I have a 10 week old Doberman puppy and I'm feeding her with Pedigree and Dog Chow, I know they are not excellent choices, but they are working fine on her, well at least for the 3 weeks she's been with me. I'd really love to change her on a Premium diet, but the problem is I live in Mexico and here, there are no choices, the options you mentioned like Natural Balance and Solid Gold, simply don't exist here in the market, the only ones are Eukanuba, Pro Plan, Royal Canin and alike, but they are plain expensive and I heard they suck. What do you recommend to me?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      LanCe, an all natural small bites puppy food is good. You're feeding the absolute worst, or one of the worst at least. There are many brands listed that are good to feed your dog within the comments and article above.

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      LanCe 7 years ago

      hey ?? whitney .. i have my 2months oLd chihuahua .. what kind of dog is best for her?? be specific .. kind a newbie .. im feeding her alpo puppy ..

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      hott2molly 7 years ago

      I pretty much agree with Jenna. I wouldn't touch Science Diet, or Nutro for that matter. My 6 mo Red Pit rescue was severely malnourished when I rescued him (he was an abuse case)and with a diet of Nature's Variety kibble and Raw, supplemented with Missing Link, we have gotten him up to a healthy weight and he now sports the most beautiful glossy red coat.

      I have worried a little about the high protein content, but sadly the malnourishment has stunted him and he is no longer growing (so protein shouldn't be too much of an issue).

      For those who cannot in anyway afford better food I would recommend Healthwise, California Natural, and even Costco's Kirkland brand supplemented with fresh food (frozen veggies, canned salmon, canned pumpkin, etc).

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      Jenna 7 years ago

      Hill's Science Diet or any of that other crap that vets peddle as "premium" quality dog food is an utter falsehood. Ever look at the ingredients on the back of those brands? It's crap.

      People, do not cheap out on your pet's food. Would you feed your child nothing but cheeseburgers, pizza, chips and junk food for their entire lives? I would hope not.

      An amazing brand of dog food that is not too pricey is anything made by "Solid Gold" (I'm a 23 year old college student, with 2 cats, 1 dog, a mortgage and a part-time job and I can afford it!). I feed my German Shepherd mix puppy "Wolf Cub (large-breed formula)" and plan to ease him in to "Wolf King" as he matures. It's got almost everything a dog could need, no fillers, no corn, no grains (Did you know that dogs have NO nutritional need for grains of any kind, whatsoever?) human-quality meats and vegetables are the FIRST ingredients.

      I also blend raw into my pup's diet for additional nutritional benefits and to help with digestive system. They are only 4 dollars a bag for frozen.

      Another amazing supplement would be "Missing Link" it's got everything your dog needs & its simple to sprinkle on top of your premium or store bought kibble/canned food.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maybe I should clarify. BARF diet is a great diet as long as it is properly administered. There are many people who do not properly balance a raw diet, and end up with very malnourished dogs. I've seen dogs that should be a good 45-50 pounds weigh a mere 25 pounds because the owner wasn't balancing the diet properly. Personally, when it comes to raw, I wouldn't offer it to pups necessarily, but blending a high quality dry kibble with raw is perfectly fine, again as long as the owner is carefully watching for changes in weight and health.

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      AXS 7 years ago

      So I have an American Bully breed and I've been feeding Taste of Wild and Raw. Our vet said feeding Raw is just as good for him if not maybe better. I've talked with lots of breeders and they too feed there dogs raw. Every forum I have read says feeding raw is best. I notice you said that no one should feed raw. Why is that? And what is your input on taste of wild.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm always a big EVO fan personally. Both brands are good, though. An American Bulldog/Beagle mix is an odd combination; hopefully the person who let the dogs breed keeps them separate to prevent any future accident litters.

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      LauraBelle 7 years ago

      I've been researching healthy dog foods for a few days now and my mind is going crazy. It seems every website gives different information. I'm getting my puppy on Friday. She's a 11 wk old Beabull (American Bulldog, Beagle) and I want to feed her the best possible food. I of course will keep her on what she's already eating at first until she feels at home. Do you have any suggestions on what we could try. I was thinking Innova or Canidae, but have seen mixed reviews on the two. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Diamond is better than Nutro

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      jackiez 7 years ago

      I have a 3 week old akita whos mother died when he was 3 days old. he is healthy and still taking a bottle well, i am thinking of starting him on diamond puppy or nutro which is better for a large breed.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      belliott, I have heard of W/D although, I do not have any experience with it. I'm just not a big Science Diet fan.

      Kit Kat, not all dry kibble contains cornmeal, or byproduct. EVO is a raw diet in the form of dry kibble. I do agree though that raw can be a great diet but sometimes it's not the best on its own and not always the most balanced, if the owner isn't careful.

      Jai, I wouldn't offer any candy to the dog. You can actually cause many health problems long term. One of my coworkers caused her dog to develop diabetes because of candies and sweets.

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      jai 7 years ago

      We have a 15 month old Rat terrier jack mix. No problems with training. Our main concern is that he (Louie) loves GOOD & PLENTY candy. He knows where it's kept, even if we move it. We give him about 3 P&G'S a day. We are wondering how harmful is it?

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      Kit kat 7 years ago

      most if not all dog foods have corn meal and byproduct meal in it..If u really want to feed ur dog healthy then go by REAL MEAT!..dogs are pretty much just wolfs who have been bred to tolerate humans..Real Meat=Real food for dogs. Yea dogs can eat fruits and veg but they are more meat eaters then anything!!..So If U went to give ur dog the best go get meat scraps and bones and make it into a big like soup that is healthy for a dog!..

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      belliott 7 years ago

      We have a Bichon Frise that recently had a severe bout with pancreatitis. The dog was at the vets on IV and medication for about a week. It was very serious. The vet said that this bred is predisposed to this kind of problem. Our dog is now on a special diet so the pancreas is not overworked - Hills Prescription Diet w/d Have you ever heard of this and do you have any thoughts?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You could try a different flavor or a different food altogether. The patch of hair could be demodex, which is a form of mange that is not contagious and can be cleared up with a cream although if that is what it is you may see the dog loose hair in spots throughout his life especially in times of stress. I've never heard of proteins causing hair loss, unless the dog is severely malnourished.

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      Keeley Bryant 7 years ago

      I have a 20 week old Staff on Lamb and Rice Eukaneuba but I dont think he likes it as much as others we have tried. He has a dry bold patch on his head and our vet suggested changing the protein from Chicken to Lamb, what do you suggest?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would not feed Purina Puppy Chow; it is full of fillers and junk. I would try to find an all natural high quality dog food. As I've mentioned, breeders who feed low quality foods, aren't breeders you should trust, as they're not breeding dogs for health and form.

      I would recommend EVO, Wellness, Innova, Canidae, and even Nutro Natural Choice. There are a few others, but right now those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. There's another brand I've tried and is a great brand, but I can't remember what it was called.

      There's no reason to moisten the food. As long as the puppy is about 6 weeks, she can eat just fine.

      Do not give her water before bed. That will help with the urination at night. Food won't have anything to do with urination. If it's an UTI, the dog would pee then try to pee a few dribbles near every time she goes. If it was an UTI, it would appear as though she's having trouble peeing.

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      Bstone 7 years ago

      I just got a 5 week old American pit female. The breeder was feeding her puppy chow. I got a bag of purina puppy chow healthly life nutrition. I mix it with water to soften. As I read your article n comments you say it's not a good brand. What brand should I get n where can I get it?? Also she gets up alot at night to go out to pee. Could the food have anything to do with it?? The vet said she may have a urinary tract infection n put her on meds. Any ideas??

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      No, Purina is not a quality dog food. German Shepherds are an average of about 50-90 pounds, not 100-125 lbs. None of those brands are good. You need to find a high quality, all natural large breed puppy food. Purina puppy chow is better than Alpo, but it's still a low quality food full of fillers.

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      Mikie19642000 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      OK so I read that Purina puppy chow is not what you would recommend but our vet says it's a great puppy food...now what?! I have a German Shepherd pup that is 4 months old. He should grow to be 100 lbs. to 125 lbs. I certainly don't want to skimp on nutrition since he is going to be so large it might affect his bones or hips...We live in a small town so our choices are limited (Purina, Alpo, and some stuff from a local feed store) unless I order online.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nope, not the ideal dog food I would choose. There are many, many better choices. A good breeder uses good quality food. A breeder who uses a mediocre or poor quality food, isn't one I would do business with, as it's more than likely a person just wanting to breed for money, not for the health of the dogs and betterment of the breed.

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      Sern 7 years ago

      Hi i have a 6 week old pit bull the breeders had her on Iams Premium Protection Puppy Food and I bought some for her. Do you think its ok for her?

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      sheila 7 years ago

      Your ingredient article was informative. I found NutriSource dog food for puppies just what I want my Yorkie to eat Meat based and no corn! Poops have gotten back on track and her coat is shiny.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Free feeding is like you described, allowing the dog to eat throughout the day. It's best to set a designated time to feed the dog and remove the food after about 20-30 minutes or so.

      By first needle, I assume you mean vaccinations? If so, it's not uncommon for dogs to need their anal gland released. The blood though could be from the food, stress, or some other illness. I assume your vet checked out everything and did a fecal test to rule out various causes.

      Dragging could be from worms, and a severe case of worms can case blood in the poop and throwing up worms. A fecal test could have tested for that though.

      I've never heard of the dog food. I tried doing a search, but it seems that's not necessarily a brand by type of dog food. There seemed to be many brands that offered "lifestage" food. The corn, rice, and barley being top on the list is iffy for me, as is a meat meal being number one.

      I would avoid human food unless it's fruits and vegetables (all except onions, raisins, and grapes). The dog should get all the omega 3 from it's dog food, and if not, you're better off purchasing a dog supplement versus offering tuna. It's ok occasionally, but overall, it's still better to just purchase a high quality food where your dog doesn't need the tuna. Typically, a high quality food will be able to supply the dog with the nutrients it needs for a healthy coat.

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      saffie80 7 years ago

      hi,i have a ten week old jack russell, ive had him for 2 weeks now,really good house training,ive got the problem that he doesnt seem to be eating but then i read some comments at the top about free feeding,,is that when you leave food down all day??? i also took him for his first needle over a week ago and the vet said he had to squeeze his anal gland cause i had noticed a bit of blood in his pooh and the dragging of his bum,but he is still doing it,,ive just read the back of his food,he is on lifestage puppie food which the girl in the pet shop advised for me,,the ingredients are chicken meat meal(min 26%) corn(min 20%), rice,barley,chicken oil,sugar beet pulp,brewers yeasts,whole egg,fishmeal,whole linseed (min 4%) chicory,salmon oil,vitamins,minerals,DL-methionine,rosemary,, how does that sound hun,,is that ok for him,,,,,,AND ive been told to give him tuna sometimes as this would be good for his coat?!?!?!?!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      No matter what you feed the dog, he will poop. It's a matter of you house training him. The food is not the main issue, but the fact that the dog isn't house trained.

      In general, you don't have to feed dogs as much when they're on a high quality dog food, which in turn causes them to go to the bathroom less. But, puppies poop; they eat and poop. No matter what brand you feed the dog, you won't see a substantial change in how much the dog goes to the bathroom.

      House training tip 1, feed the dog, about 10 minutes later, take it outside. Generally, puppies are pretty routine and go to the bathroom shortly after eating.

      House training tip 2, do not let a puppy who is not house trained roam the house unsupervised. The puppy should always be in your site, and when you can't watch him, he should be in a crate or a puppy-proof room, like a bathroom or laundry room.

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      ezmer 7 years ago

      I have a 4 month old cocker spaniel puppy i was giving him benefull but he pooped alot so i changed to natrual balence and now he poops alot more and super melty he poops all over my carpet and i cant seem to house train him his to hyper im getting tierd of cleaning every hour i need a food that can make him poop less and hard... what do you recomend?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Read comments and suggestions above for food brand advice. Natural large breed food with few to no fillers and a lot of protein. Or EVO which is formulated for dogs of all ages and sizes.

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      TBrooks80 7 years ago

      Expert advise please: I have a 2 month old Blue Brindle Cane Corso. She is definetly a large breed dog. What food should I feed her?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Check out this article on coprophagia

      https://hubpages.com/animals/Coprophagia

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      IsabelM 7 years ago

      I need help please I have 2 bull terrier puppies they are 3 months old and they eat there own stool and i was told to look for foods with out corn,wheat and other ingredients. what kind of food is best for them. thank you for any help