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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2010, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to feed my new puppy good

I bought a 8 week old German Shepherd puppy. The lady said she had been raising them on Purina Puppy Chow. That's what my dad used to raise a million Brittany Spaniels on, so I got some. Then I started reading online. The main ingredient was corn. Ick! So I went out and got some Purina One large breed puppy food. Main ingredient was chicken so I'm good right? Not even close. I read more on Dog Food Reviews - Main Index - Powered by ReviewPost and found out my main ingredient of chicken didn't count for much, and it had a massive amount of corn in it. So now I'm down like 35$-40$ of corn dog food in 2 days. I read about some stuff called 4HEALTH® PUPPY FORMULA DOG FOOD. It's made by Diamond, and gets 4 stars at the dogfoodanalysis.com place. I bought that for $29 for 35 pounds and now feel my dog has went from living on McDonalds, to McDonald's 2/3rds of the time, to McDonald's once a week. Much better! The 4HEALTH® PUPPY FORMULA DOG FOOD is 1.2% calcium. They don't have a large breed type of puppy chow. Is 1.2% calcium ok? I'm hoping It's good enough. It's better food than I can get my children to eat. But it's not a large breed food. Should I worry about it?
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A few months ago I convinced my parents to switch their dogs from Hills Science Diet (ugh, in hindsight I cant even believe what awful garbage the stuff is, and at vet recommendation too!) to 4Health, and they haven't had any problems. A little gas at first during the transition, but that seems to have passed, and while the ingredient list obviously isn't perfect, for the price it's certainly better than science diet and the other grocery store garbage.
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It's a decent food and much better than purina, so you should be ok feeding it. There are better foods out there, but i don't know what your budget is and what's available in your area.

That 1.2% is the minimum calcium percent, not max. When judging calcium in food and if it's ok for a large breed puppy, you need to always go by the max amount. If you can't find that maximum amount on the bag or website, i suggest you call the company who manufactures the food.

As for it being an adult formula, it's not big deal. A lot of people here never feed large breed formulas, myself included. Just make sure the ingredients are good and the MAX calcium percentage isn't about 1.7 or 1.8 and you should be fine.
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Good for you for being proactive in your pups nutrition! There are a couple of threads around here about 4Health. Seems like a good buy for the money. But remember the best food for your dog is the one your dog loves and does great on

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