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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I've spent quite a bit of time trying to find an answer to the question "What should I feed my puppy?" The only answer I have found helpful is to find a food that has high quality (meat) protein for its first few ingredients. After that, y'all can't agree on a brand. One person likes this one, somebody else says its too high in protein. He then states the he feeds a different brand which somebody else says is too high in calcium.

My head is spinning and my puppy's poop is runny. I think I'll buy a small bag of every TOP quality food and see which he does best on...heck, I can't do that because its not good to switch their food so often.
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Everyone has a different opinion. We aren't all going to agree on things.

Some people dont feed puppy food, some do.

Some people feed "cheaper" brands, some spend lots of money.

Some people feed once a day, some feed twice and some feed three times a day.

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I agree it isn't easy making that decision. There are several good brands to choose from and some dogs do well on some and not others which is why you see the disparity in responses. Pick a quality food and see how your pup does on it and go from there.
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There is no one best food for all dogs. That's why you're not getting a definitive answer.

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What does your vet say ? My vet told me bluntly that there are lots of forums like this one on the net with people of different opinions and experience levels. The folks posting on this forum are dog lovers (like myself) and not necessarily practicing vets. So, I would first and foremost follow the suggestion of a vet that I can trust and then experiment slowly based on the plethora of advice available on this forum.
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One person likes this one, somebody else says its too high in protein. He then states the he feeds a different brand which somebody else says is too high in calcium..
i think there is a pretty good consensus on this board that the higher protein is not a problem. the problem lies in many of the higher protein kibbles having Ca levels that are too high....but, the high protein in itself is not a problem.

there can never be total agreement on any one food, as different foods work better for different dogs.

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What does your vet say ? My vet told me bluntly that there are lots of forums like this one on the net with people of different opinions and experience levels. The folks posting on this forum are dog lovers (like myself) and not necessarily practicing vets. So, I would first and foremost follow the suggestion of a vet that I can trust and then experiment slowly based on the plethora of advice available on this forum.

a vet is the very last place i would recommend anyone go for advice on dog food. contrary to what would seem logical, vets have VERY little knowledge on canine nutrition and it is not something that they spend any significant time learning about in vet school.

i cant even count the number of times people come on different forums saying their vet recommneded Science Diet or Purina, or told them that high protein is bad for their dog.....its dumbfounding how little (most of them) know about whats even in the marketplace.

medical issues-yes
food advice-no thanks

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What does your vet say ? My vet told me bluntly that there are lots of forums like this one on the net with people of different opinions and experience levels. The folks posting on this forum are dog lovers (like myself) and not necessarily practicing vets. So, I would first and foremost follow the suggestion of a vet that I can trust and then experiment slowly based on the plethora of advice available on this forum.
I would not ask a vet about what to feed my dog. They learn very little on pet nutrient and what they do is sponsored by Hills or Purina. Most vets will try to get you to feed Hills which is the biggest crap. My vet wanted to kill my kidney dog with his diet.

None of us can tell you what to feed your dog, we can only give you knowledge to help you make a educated decision. You must realize that all dogs are a bit different and what works for one may not for another. However you should be able to walk into the store feeling like you at least understand how to read the label and give one a try. Allot of stores will also have samples, maybe you can grab a few. Believe me I am sure that most here learned the same way I did. Trial and error, research and reading lots of information and talking to others, just the way you are doing now.

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What does your vet say ? My vet told me bluntly that there are lots of forums like this one on the net with people of different opinions and experience levels. The folks posting on this forum are dog lovers (like myself) and not necessarily practicing vets. So, I would first and foremost follow the suggestion of a vet that I can trust and then experiment slowly based on the plethora of advice available on this forum.
Vets are the last ones I would take advice from on nutrition. They will without a doubt suggest Science diet.
If it were a holistic vet, then I may listen to what they have to say, but make my own choice based on my own research.

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Everyone is absolutely right about a vet's advice. Do your own research and come to your own conclusion about which food is right for your puppy. If a vet recommends Science Diet or Purina more than likely he/she is being paid to push those foods to their patients. One of our vets used to try to push Science Diet and our dogs did horrible on it. They hated that brand and so did our cats. Go to a pet store or feed store and get opinions. Read others opinions and take a fair medium. If lots are recommending the same brands then make a list and try them out and if those don't do it go to the next on the list. If you try one food and it doesn't work out then slowly mix in a new bag of something else until you find the right one.

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