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Old 07-26-2018, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Very best food

So, my 12 week old puppy has been eating Blue Buffalo puppy food, a mix of dry and wet. We just visited our vet today, and the vet made a big point to say how much she hates blue, and how it’s the worst of the high quality dog foods. She recommended switching to Royal Canin. I’ve done my research, and Royal Canin seems to rate just a hair below blue on every sight I visit. Plus, I noticed in the vets office, they sell Royal Canin, so I’m wondering if she’s getting paid to recommend it.

However, if Blue is really not a good food, I want to switch. I want my girl to have the best and most healthy food available. I’m not concerned about price, I’m willing to pay for quality. What is everyone’s recommendation for the very best food?

(Note) I would love to prep her meals from scratch myself, but it simply isn’t feasible.
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:26 PM
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Acana gets my vote. Switched my dogs a year ago and haven’t looked back.

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Royal canine? Lol Just No.

Personally I like Victor. Made and sourced in the US. Non GMO. No corn or wheat. And a very reasonable price. You can look on their website and see how much protein is from meat and how much from vege. Very transparent company
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Old 07-26-2018, 01:56 PM
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I wouldn't feed either Blue or RC ... I don't trust either company.

There's no such thing as the 'best' food. If you are sticking strictly with kibble my favorites are (in no particular order) Acana, Orijen, Fromm, Victor, Annamaet, Dr. Tim's, Earthborn Holistic, Go! (and others from Petcurean) ... All foods from companies that are privately owned and manufacture their own foods, or have their foods manufactured by excellent third party manufacturers.
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Decent foods for a reasonable price: Canidae (ALS), Victor, Dr. Tim's.

I'd feed any of the above without concern.

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Old 07-26-2018, 08:47 PM
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Interesting, my vet also recommended royal canine good also. Even gave me a coupon.
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Old 07-26-2018, 08:50 PM
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Royal Canin is the new Science Diet / Iams... with clever marketing

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Went to the ER vet recently and they recommended royal canine, I straight up asked them if they were getting kick backs from sales and they said yes. Don't buy that crap...
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Old 07-26-2018, 09:00 PM
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Well, I don't know that much about kibble either -
but here is all I have learned!

- Look for a high protein content/ percentage

- Some dogs are sensitive/allergic to beef or chicken?
Rumo's itchy nose skin healed when he switched to "lamb and rice".

- Avoid dog foods made with lots of corn stuff and weird chemical names
(this actually goes for humans, too!)

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Old 07-26-2018, 09:34 PM
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I had my pup on Acana since he came home while it’s an excellent food it was just too rich for Ozzy. Switched him to Fromm and he is doing great. I never use puppy food with a pup so he is on Salmon and Tuna.
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