Thanks. But at almost 9 months can we start to feed her adult instead of puppy? It seems that Kirkland has a few more choices in Adult than puppy. Also before I start a new thread, why is Maggie keep getting "sleepy" under her eyes? It started when we got her. I can wipe both eyes and 10 min later its there again. Can it be the food or maybe allergies? As I said she has those the day we picked her from the dog warden. It started with 1 eye and now its both. Now big deal...just one wipe and thy are gone.
Hi there, buckeye1! I work at one pet supplies in the Toledo area, I saw that you had mentioned them in one of your posts. Usually, our stores carry a grain free all natural dog food made by diamond, its he cheapest grain free natural dog food around. Quite a few of the members on here feed it to their dogs, and are satisfied with the results. I believe the biggest bad is $30-40 (i cant remember exactly!) Earth born is also a good food, though it may be out of your price range. Another cheap natural dog food is chicken soup for the dog lovers soul. It still has some grains in it, but your can get a HUGE bad for $30-40 (again, I cannot remember exactly!) much better then nutro in my opinion.
And if your really in a pinch, Iams Simple and natural (dark blue bag!) is probably one of the better grocery store brands. I also saw some of Rachel Ray's dog food and does not look too bad. You could also get science diet, they recently edited their recipe though im still not a fan. Corn is not "bad" for dogs and if ground is completely digestable though it obviously has its downsides (it can mess with the glycemic index, not good!) and science diet also has low protein (some vets claim high protein is linked to kidney disease, this origenated on studies with rats, they did a recent study and found out that high protein does not cause kidney disease! Many vets still believe this so that is one of the reseasons that they recomment this dog food!), and it also has things like animal fat in it (NASTY!). I would say give the diamond naturals a shot, if you dont trust it try the chicken soup.
And as for switching your dog to adult food at 9 months, I would go for it. It helps them grow slower so they wont have issues with their pasterns. I've fed Celia adult dog food since she was 8 weeks old, and she is in perfect health. But, that is just my experience and she was eating it rather young. I would say anywhere after 6 months for a large breed dog should be fine
For Celia's food I personally trust wellness core (id switch to origin or fromm if we carried it!!!) and i supplement with primal frozen dog food by mixing it with her food.
Im not a pro, these are things i found during research and reading dog ingredients on bags at work when im not busy and doing alot of research, i do suggest you do your research aswell! Not every dog food is perfect, some people may even disagree on some of the things in this post.