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Old 11-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today at the vet, my vet told me about some of the dangerous stuff that is in Beneful, what we were previously feeding King. She recommended Nutro Natural Choice puppy food for Large Breeds. We haven't fed him any yet, but it looks to be a well-accepted and nutritionally complete food.

Have any of you guys used this food brand?
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I wouldn't touch it. I had three sick dogs on exactly that food. Many people had sick dogs on that food. There is much better out there for the same price.
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I wouldn't touch it. I had three sick dogs on exactly that food. Many people had sick dogs on that food. There is much better out there for the same price.
Hmm, I will see how it goes. If it doesn't agree, we can get a refund and a free bag of new food.

Are you sure they didn't just get sick because of the transition of foods? There usually is a bit of an upset digestive system after any abrupt change in diet.
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No. They did not get sick from transition. None of my dogs have ever gotten so much as gas from a "transition". The boxers had pools of dark blood and diarrhea and Jax was lethargic. Good luck with that.
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No. They did not get sick from transition. None of my dogs have ever gotten so much as gas from a "transition". The boxers had pools of dark blood and diarrhea and Jax was lethargic. Good luck with that.
Ouch, sorry to hear about that. Hope you found a better solution.
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The company has a history or recalls. I personally wouldn't use it. What is your budget?
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The company has a history or recalls. I personally wouldn't use it. What is your budget?
There is not really a budged. I mean, under $50 for a medium sized bag of course.

I really want to give the food a chance, Nutro is a safety certified brand, and if it doesn't work out, I will switch.

Have any of you guys heard of Hill's dog food? They claim to be the #1 veterinarian recommended brand.
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My dogs did fine on it for a few years. Well until all that crap with the menu-foods recall. There was malomime in the rice-protein concentrate, or corn-gluten. At that time, there was a lot of recalls on a lot of foods. Several of my dogs did get sick.

I think it is hands down better than Beneful, so Kudos to your vet for getting you to switch.

I also think there are better foods for the money. I was shocked at how much Nutro was charging recently. Their food is a middle of the road type of food, not terrible, not premium. I think if you are paying much more than $1/pound for the ingredients in that stuff, your are getting rooked.

The thing is, if you go to a more premium food, the chances are you will feed less and make up the difference, and not even pay more even though a bag of the better food will cost more money.

I went from Nutro to Canidae, and it was true that by feeding less of the better food, I actually paid less. And my dogs did well on the new food. Until they had a problem, switched manufacturers, and changed their formula.
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Sierra has done well on Canidae ALS.
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Hill's, no I would not feed that. It is Science Diet, and they are the most recommended because they target vets to market and sell their food. They also have some specific diets designed for particular issues. Mostly, though it is over-priced garbage food.
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