I use 4Health, which I believe is also made by Diamond, and is sold at Tractor Supply Co. It does not have corn, or wheat, or soy, or glutens and the first two ingredients are Chicken and Chicken Meal. It is also 29.99 for a 35# bag. Which is similar to the Diamond food. My dogs like it. I do not use large breed formula and I do not switch to puppy.
When all things are normal, I skip a meal of kibble (I feed twice a day to adults) and give a raw chicken leg quarter about 1-2 times per week.
When I have a pregnant female, I start out by giving her dog food as normal for the fist 3-4 weeks, and if she goes off her feed, I let her for a couple of days, but then I start adding half a can of can food into her kibble at each meal. Then I start leaving kibble down for her at all times. By the end of her pregnancy she will be getting two cans a day plus kibble and the occasional 1/4 pound raw hamburger, or chicken piece with bone.
Once she has the puppies her meals well be 4-5 times a day, a cup of kibble 1/2 canned food, yogurt, cottage cheese or raw meat, and a hard boiled egg (usually 2 total in the day). If I have runny poo I add some pumpkin. Usually the fifth meal is whatever I had for dinner -- yeah, I'm a sucker, but my girls love beef stew, potato soup, roast chicken, chicken papricka. They have a big job to do, and I want them to get the nutrients they need.
I weigh the puppies twice a day to make sure they are gaining.
ETA: I think that the bitch is going to get better nutrition from yogurt, cottage cheese, American Cheese, Egg, and raw meat than they would from any kibble, however much you up grade. If you go with a decent kibble and it generally works for her, then adding the extra means she is getting nutrition that has not been baked/processed to death. That gives me peace of mind.
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Last edited by selzer; 03-17-2012 at 10:58 PM.