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Old 01-22-2013, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, my pup is currently 4 months and my vet convinced me to buy Science Diet - Puppy Larger Breed for my pup. She's doing alright with it, but i've heard for that price there are much better foods I can buy. I have heard foods such as Canidae Grain Free (and All Life Stages) and Taste of The Wild are much better. So now I am looking at these foods because they are within my price range, and are supposedly much better than Science Diet. One of my worries is that because the Canidae and Taste of The Wild do not have specific formula's for Large Breed pups, could this be a problem for her development?

Also which food would you guys recommend out of these foods? If there is any type of food which may be better for my pup within my price range, please do suggest it, but keep in mind I am from Australia so certain foods you may have, may not be available here.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We switched from Science Diet (our vet also suggested it since they sell it at their practice, go figure) and Suki was doing terribly on it. I had to basically force her to eat it. At around 10 months, we switched her to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free and she loves it. We rarely 'top' her food with anything. She eats the Duck formula, but it also comes in Salmon and Chicken. They have a puppy formula as well. As far as the 'large breed' food goes, it depends on the dog. Suki is topping off at 13 months at 70-72 lbs, she's done much of her growing so we weren't worried about switching to a non 'large-breed' formula. That would be best to discuss with a veterinarian and decide based on how large your pup is estimated to get.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would switch her to adult food at 6 months. If your dog is doing fine on the Science Diet now, I would wait until you switch her food at 6 months. You find people that really like both the Taste of the Wild and Grain Free Canidea. I'm not convinced grain free is the way to go unless your dog has some reaction to grains. JMO
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I honestly think science diet isn't good quality like you have said. I give my dog natural choice and I would recommend it for you. There are large breed puppy and adult formulas, and it costs about $50.
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