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

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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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