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View Poll Results: Which Puppy Formula Would You Choose?
Artemis Fresh Mix Med/Large Breed Puppy 0 0%
Merrick Puppy Plate 1 5.88%
Wellness Super 5 Mix Large Breed Puppy 16 94.12%
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which Kibble For Puppy Should I Choose?

I was changing 11 week old Malice over to Solid Gold Wolf Cub but I think I want something of higher quality.

Which one would you choose if you had to?

Artemis Fresh Mix Med/Large Breed puppy
Ingredients
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey, Fish Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Rice, Oatmeal, Tomato Pomace, Millet, Potatoes, Egg Product, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Duck, Salmon, Flaxseed, Flavor Enhancer, Salmon Oil (A Source of DHA), Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Probiotics, Kelp, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Spinach, Cranberries, Rosemary Extract, Parsley Flake, Pea Powder, Green Tea Extract, Barley Grass Extract, L-Carnitine, Enterococcus Faecieum, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Saccharomyces Cerevesiae Fermentation Solubles, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement , Folic acid.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, min.27.0%
Crude Fat, min. 13.0%
Crude Fiber, max.3.0%
Moisture, max. 10%
Vitamin E, min.300 IU/kg
MBiotin, min.0.33 mg/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, min.*2.5%Omega-3 Fatty Acids, min.*0.4%DHA (Docosohexaenoic Acid) min.* 0.05%

Merrick Puppy Plate
Ingredients
Chicken,Turkey Meal,Chicken Meal,Ground Rice,Oat Meal, Pearled Barley,Chicken Fat(Preserved with mixed tocopherols),Ground Whole Barley, Duck,Natural Flavor, Rice Bran,Yeast culture, Dried Egg Product, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Salmon Oil (a natural source of DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid)*, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Potato, Dried Carrot,Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Apple, Dried Peas, Dicalcium Phosphate, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Choline Chloride,Dried Blueberry , Dried Cranberry,Yucca Schidigera Extract, Inulin (from Chicory Root),Egg Shell Meal,Ground Fennel ,Dried Parsley ,Dried Marigold, Rosemary Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Complex,Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei,Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex,Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3,Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Proteinate, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite, Colbalt Carbonate

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (Not Less Than) 28.0%
Crude Fat (Not Less Than) 16.0%
Crude Fiber (Not More Than) 4.0%
Moisture (Not More Than) 10.0%
Docosahexaenoic Acid-DHA* (Not Less Than) 400mg/Kg
Vitamin E (Not More Than) 50mg/Kg

Wellness Super 5 Mix Large Breed Puppy
Ingredients
Deboned Chicken, Whitefish, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Peas, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Salmon Meal (a source of DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomatoes, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil (a source of DHA - Docosahexaenoic Acid), Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Salt, Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite], Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement], Choline Chloride, Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation products.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein Not Less Than 26.0%
Crude Fat Not Less Than 12.0%
Crude Fat Not More Than 13.50%
Crude Fiber Not More Than 5.0%
Moisture Not More Than 11.0%
Calcium Not Less Than 1.0%
Calcium Not More Than 1.40%
Phosphorus Not Less Than 0.90%
Phosphorus Not More Than 1.20%
Vitamin E Not Less Than 150 IU/kg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids*Not Less Than 2.50%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids*Not Less Than 0.50%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)*Not Less Than 0.13%
Beta Carotene*Not Less Than 5 mg/kg
Lycopene*Not Less Than o.25 mg/kg
Taurine*Not Less Than 0.09%
Total Micro-organisms Not Less Than20,000,000 CFU/lb
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I would go with the one she eats. I fed mine Wellness Super Five, didn't try the others.
Mine was a picky eater and couldn't handle Orijen LBP
Good luck, it's always a tough choice.

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You've only got a max calcium number for Wellness?
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My Rocky is almost 18 weeks now and he has been great on Taste of the Wild. I also throw a dehydrated chicken puck in with it to increase the flavor. Put the puck and food in water for 10 minutes and he is good to go. His coat looks great and his energy level is perfect. I also tried orijen LBP and my pups stomach didn't agree with that either. I will probably try it again when he gets a bit older.
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My experience with 2 of the 3 foods:
Wellness 5: Tried 2 fosters and Medo on it. NONE of them did well--constant soft poops. Have heard this a lot with GSD people and Wellness...for some reason a lot of GSD's dont' do well on it. But who knows--its a good food, so Malice could do great.

Merrick: Went from Wellness to this. He did good on it for awhile, but gradually poops got softer until it was too regular for my taste and switched.

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My Rocky is almost 18 weeks now and he has been great on Taste of the Wild. I also throw a dehydrated chicken puck in with it to increase the flavor. Put the puck and food in water for 10 minutes and he is good to go. His coat looks great and his energy level is perfect. I also tried orijen LBP and my pups stomach didn't agree with that either. I will probably try it again when he gets a bit older.
Yes, and you shouldn't be feeding your 18 week old TOTW. The Ca and P levels are too high for growing puppies
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My puppy did very well on Origen Puppy for large breeds. He had no problems with allergies, his coat was always beautiful, and he didn't get soft stools. The only problem is that it can get expensive.
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What brand of kibble do you suggest I feed her?

Blue Buffalo is sometimes too rich for puppies so I dont want to feed that either.
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I'm very pleased with how Kastle is doing on Fromm Puppy
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Try this: Best Puppy Foods
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You've only got a max calcium number for Wellness?
Most important number to compare, really. Info here: Feeding Puppies
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