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John_Stark 05-18-2014 02:30 AM

Puppy Dog Food
 
I just wanna share and discuss this puppy dog food, what do you think about it's features, ingredients and guaranteed analysis?

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Serbrider 05-18-2014 02:56 AM

Both rice and wheat are in the first three ingredients. And based on that alone, I wouldn't feed.

And "poultry meal"? I mean, it's not by product meal, but what type of poultry? Chicken? Turkey? Duck? Some random mix?

I also don't like "puppy" foods because they can cause very rapid growth... Something you especially don't want in larger breeds. Or they offer no significant nutritional value that you wouldn't find in the "all ages" food.

This food does seem better than most grocery store foods... But IMO, that isn't saying much.


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John_Stark 05-18-2014 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Serbrider (Post 5531521)
Both rice and wheat are in the first three ingredients. And based on that alone, I wouldn't feed.

And "poultry meal"? I mean, it's not by product meal, but what type of poultry? Chicken? Turkey? Duck? Some random mix?

I also don't like "puppy" foods because they can cause very rapid growth... Something you especially don't want in larger breeds. Or they offer no significant nutritional value that you wouldn't find in the "all ages" food.

This food does seem better than most grocery store foods... But IMO, that isn't saying much.


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Okay, which do you prefer Vitality classic or vitality high energy? what's the difference.

Momto2GSDs 05-18-2014 09:14 AM

What is the exact name of this food so that we can look it up?
Moms:)

Serbrider 05-18-2014 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by John_Stark (Post 5531706)
Okay, which do you prefer Vitality classic or vitality high energy? what's the difference.


Neither. Both are high in grains with inadequate meat content. Even if you don't believe in feeding completely "grain free", you can do better.

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...t=2001&cat=all

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...t=2002&cat=all




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kr16 05-18-2014 10:50 AM

Here we go start here or the second like link you can watch

How to Select Top Quality Canned Dog Foods – You Have to Read the Labels! - Whole Dog Journal Article



shepherdmom 05-18-2014 10:55 AM

I do use large breed puppy food. I believe it is important for a puppy to have the proper level of certain ingredients and to much calcium/phosphorous can be bad for a large breed puppy.

Feeding Large Breed Puppies | IVC Journal

Serbrider 05-18-2014 01:30 PM

Shepherd mom, hadn't gotten into large breed vs "normal" puppy food. As you said, phosphorous and calcium levels are extremely important for large breeds. Sometimes a good quality "large breed puppy" will have the appropriate levels, sometimes it.'a just a label, which is why I encourage more people to look at the ingredients and nutritional values rather than the front claim.

Phosphorous and calcium should be around a 1:1 ratio, at around the 1.5 level each.


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