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Alright new food suggestions

Looking for Grain Free pup food that would mix well with my Orijen LBP Food. We've tried several things and it has to be the food. We tried giving him less, fasting him, rice, pumpkin, flora.. lots of stuff. I didn't want to switch his food, but I don't want my dog to have loose stools forever. My local food supply recommended ToTW for All Stages, but I've heard mixed reviews on All Stage food. I couldn't find a lot of LB Pup food. One was Holistic and had grains, but I don't know what to get.

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With a puppy you're going to have a really hard time finding an acceptable grain free food with low enough calcium. Many of the grain free foods encourage too fast of growth when it comes to puppies, def not good for a large breed like the GSD.
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I agree with Lin. If I were feeding a pup kibble I would go with Wellness super5mix puppy, if the Orijen wasn't working out.
This blend has the proper ratio of calcium and phosphorus and the grains are rice and barley.

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Horizon Legacy puppy is a dog food that I use in my rotation. A major factor in feeding their product is that they make their own food, in thier own plant. Companies like Wellness have a manufacture like Menu foods make their foods. I would feel very uncomfortable feeding a food made by a company who has had so many recalls.

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Both seem great though I'm leaning towards the grain-free... Any other suggestions? If orijen is too rich.. are these significantly different from it?

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Both seem great though I'm leaning towards the grain-free... Any other suggestions? If orijen is too rich.. are these significantly different from it?
as far as grain free, no. id have to know the maximum Ca level in the Horizon Legacy Puppy (and it is not listed on their site). the only one that i know for a fact has Ca levels close to where they should be is Orijen.

is there a reason you must have grain free at the moment?

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Companies like Wellness have a manufacture like Menu foods make their foods. I would feel very uncomfortable feeding a food made by a company who has had so many recalls.

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Wellness does not use menu foods to produce their kibble: only their canned products.

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Wellness does not produce any of their own dog food !!! They could be having American Nutrition (UGH) make it. It really doesn't matter, the fact is they don't make their own food, someone else does, then they put their name on the bag. Notice on their website how they say,that is the key.....
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You posted this topic and you listed Wellness as producing their own food.
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...d-feeding.html

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I know this topic has been derailed, but I need serious recommendations. My reason behind grain free is that my pup seems to have a sensitive stomach and I figured it'd be safer. If you think there are better options with grains please list them and explain why. My local store can get the Wellness which would be nice as it is cheaper for them to order things in than it is for me to get them online. I really need to get somewhere with this issue.. I've done research, but with opposing views and different opinions everywhere.. it is becoming a pain. I need help getting my pup healthy. He hasn't had good stools since he was 7.5 weeks old. He is now secreting from his anal glands and I think it is due to his loose stools also. This is pretty stressful and I really want to get something that will help him.

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when my boy did eat dry food I gave him Orijen LBP....it is a great food, but only if it works for you dog. Only thoughts I have is to add psyllium husks to each meal to boost fiber; not enough fiber can also cause loose stool. It worked well with our IBD female, the pumpkin did not. Also, you could consider mixing Orijen with another food of your choice that is not as rich....I have heard of that working for some people.......good luck

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