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gnarf 05-07-2014 09:22 PM

Switching foods, need advice.
 
Hey all,

I got a GSD from my buddy who had to get rid of him. Hes 14 months old and his name is ghost.

They have been feeding him purina puppy chow up to this point.

They gave me a small amount to hold him over until I buy him some food.

I am almost out and having been doing some research on food. I am considering changing him to adult food and have some questions regarding it.

(Don't worry its going to be a recommended brand :))

He has been with me for almost 2 weeks now.

1. Would you agree with my decision to switch to adult chow? He does seem a bit lean yet, ribs poking out a bit more then i think is recommended, but is quite large frame, however I don't have a weight on him currently.

2.Would I just supplement with a bit larger amount of adult food until a healthy weight is maintained? He took 2 days to start eating again, likely from moving stress which caused him to be a bit skinnier then the previous owners remembered him.

I have also been feeding a moderate amount of food, perhaps not enough.

3. Should I buy a small bag of purina puppy chow to gradually mix in whichever food i change him to? Or will just changing it be ok?

Any other advice?


Heres some pictures for reference:

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Thanks for reading!

Neko 05-07-2014 09:34 PM

Some recommendations, depends on the budget: Taste of the wild, honest kitchen, orijen, california natural. Just keep it grain free. He will look and have an amazing coat in no time if you get him on a good diet :)

I have a puppy on adult food, some people never use puppy food. It's fine.

gnarf 05-07-2014 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Neko (Post 5488514)
Some recommendations, depends on the budget: Taste of the wild, honest kitchen, orijen, california natural. Just keep it grain free. He will look and have an amazing coat in no time if you get him on a good diet :)

I have a puppy on adult food, some people never use puppy food. It's fine.

Thanks for the response!

Should I slowly mix the new food into his current food or is just switching ok? I've heard about digestive issues if you just switch right off.

Pax8 05-07-2014 09:39 PM

My 10 month old is on adult. I just give him enough to keep his ideal body condition. Having some of the previous food usually makes the switch over much easier. You can also put a spoonful of 100% pure canned pumpkin over his food for the week or two you take to switch food brands. It'll help keep his stool firm and likely pique his interest in eating. Beautiful pup by the way :)

LaRen616 05-07-2014 09:42 PM

I recommend Wellness Core, it's one of the best brands out there right now and it's what I feed my GSD.

Neko 05-07-2014 09:51 PM

I would switch gradually, just to make sure. should take 1-2 weeks to switch.

My boy was doing awful on his previous food and i did a cold switch, it was like a magic cure the day i did it.

eddie1976E 05-07-2014 10:13 PM

I usually switch very slowing over a month. 25% every week. Heard good things about 4Health (tractor supply), Fromm, and the others already mentioned. Depends on budget.

gnarf 05-07-2014 10:39 PM

Im trying to choose a better brand of dog food that doesnt break the bank.

So far wellness core seems to be the best choice of quality/price

Trying not to spend more then $15-20 a week if possible..

Pax8 05-07-2014 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by gnarf (Post 5488874)
Im trying to choose a better brand of dog food that doesnt break the bank.

So far wellness core seems to be the best choice of quality/price

Trying not to spend more then $15-20 a week if possible..

Fromm is great. I've also fallen in love with Go! if it is available in your area. One of the few I feel is comparable to Orijen.

gnarf 05-10-2014 08:46 PM

I went into my local small business pet store and asked an employee about foods. After a 10 minute conversation and lots of advice I went with Taste of the wild dog food and hip/joint health dog treats.

Thanks for all your help guys!


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