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RCTurner 06-30-2014 08:55 PM

Need to switch foods...
 
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My family just got our GSD this weekend from a family who couldn't keep her anymore due to the size of their house. They were feeding her Purina Dog Chow (green bag), and feeding her what looked like 2-3cups twice a day, they were also feeding their little dachshund the same food..
Now I am no dog food expert, but I know that this stuff isn't great by any means.

I am looking at Orijen, Whole Earth Farms, and some other "high quality" kibble foods. I would ideally do a raw diet, but dont see how I would be able to keep my cost down to an affordable level.

She is around 11months old and 60-65lbs.

Mary Beth 06-30-2014 09:12 PM

What a lovely gsd! For her new food,I would recommend Solid Gold. Their Wolfking is for large breed dogs though my Sting loves their Barking At The Moon. Whatever food you decide on, I would do the switch slowly (mixing a little bit with the new and gradually increasing the amount of the new food and decreasing the old food) to avoid tummy upset.

mydogs 07-01-2014 07:15 AM

I feed Fromm. Other foods are Earthborn Holistics, Merrick, 4 Health, taste of wild.


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Shade 07-01-2014 09:20 AM

Fromm and Wellness are my top two choices, Orijin and Acana are also excellent choices. For a budget however I'd recommend Kirkland's brand sold at Costco, they have a grain free or grain included versions which are very reasonable and good quality

RussianGSD 07-04-2014 01:14 AM

I feed mine Kirkland brand Lamb and Rice. It's rate 3.5 by dog food advisor. I know it isn't great rating but, it really has very minimal fillers. I used to feed mine Kirkland Puppy, that was 4.5.
I think my dog is on the thin side, but the vet says he is really in great shape.
I can't find the above mentioned dog food at petco through....

blackshep 07-04-2014 07:54 AM

I loved Orijen although it didn't sit well with my dog (but no kibble did, she's now raw fed). They also make Acana, which is a bit cheaper, but all the same company.

Maybe check out Acana? You may not need to feed as much, since the food is more nutritious than Dog Chow, so it might be more affordable for you. :)

zetti 07-04-2014 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by RussianGSD (Post 5728681)
I feed mine Kirkland brand Lamb and Rice. It's rate 3.5 by dog food advisor. I know it isn't great rating but, it really has very minimal fillers. I used to feed mine Kirkland Puppy, that was 4.5.
I think my dog is on the thin side, but the vet says he is really in great shape.
I can't find the above mentioned dog food at petco through....

Kirkland is sold exclusively through Costco.

Magwart 07-04-2014 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by RussianGSD (Post 5728681)
I can't find the above mentioned dog food at petco through....


Not sure which one you mean....but Fromm is not available at Petco or Petsmart. It is mostly sold through smaller, independent, local stores. It is kind of nice to get to know one of those stores--I have come to love supporting a small, local business that way. (You can also buy it online from Chewy.com or Petflow.com, if you lack a local vendor.)


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Nigel 07-04-2014 01:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Magwart (Post 5730129)
Not sure which one you mean....but Fromm is not available at Petco or Petsmart. It is mostly sold through smaller, independent, local stores. It is kind of nice to get to know one of those stores--I have come to love supporting a small, local business that way. (You can also buy it online from Chewy.com or Petflow.com, if you lack a local vendor.)


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We started doing the same, supporting the little guy. We fed Nature's Variety to one due to allergies, Earthborne to 2 others and our pup was fed Fromms, it was getting ridiculous. We decided to go with Fromms for all 4 and its worked out great, even our allergy girl has been fine on it. Just one mom and pop shopping now vs running around town.

Nikitta 07-04-2014 01:36 PM

I feed **** Van Paten Natural Balance, kibble and meat rolls. My dogs do great on it and love it.


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