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Heys guys.. I've been feeding my GSD low quality food that i get from Walmart really cheap. I think its time for a switch for a good quality one. She always has taken her time while eating. Like she eats a little bit then she plays with her toys, eats a little bit more, plays again. I usually do a mix of dry and canned food. Do you guys feed just dry food? canned food or both? And please any recommendations on a good quality food. I have petco, petsmart and pet supermarket nearby. Thanks.
 

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Pro plan
Brady has been on it all his life from puppy to adult
you can get it from Petsmart $33.00
 

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Originally Posted By: littledmcPro plan
Brady has been on it all his life from puppy to adult
you can get it from Petsmart $33.00
Cool. Do you feed him also canned foods?
 

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I have been through a bunch of food for Rocky including Pro Plan. (He ate this food three times and threw up three times right after eating.)

Currently he is on Natures Recipe lamb and brown rice. I think I pay about $35 for 40 lbs. He has food allergies, and this food works well for him.
 

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We feed Chevy Canidae All Life Stages and he loves it and does well on it. A bit pricier but it's worth it in my opinion. We do not feed canned food.
 

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Originally Posted By: DSuddI have been through a bunch of food for Rocky including Pro Plan. (He ate this food three times and threw up three times right after eating.)

Currently he is on Natures Recipe lamb and brown rice. I think I pay about $35 for 40 lbs. He has food allergies, and this food works well for him.
Do you also buy it at Petsmart?

Originally Posted By: chevysmomWe feed Chevy Canidae All Life Stages and he loves it and does well on it. A bit pricier but it's worth it in my opinion. We do not feed canned food.
I think if i just start feeding her just dry food she wont eat at all
 

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My girl does enjoy a bit of dry food - I give her James Wellbeloved in chicken and rice. But other than that I feed raw
 

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Isend the Pro Plan as you can get it at all of those retailers. Depending o what you are willing to pay Petco also carries the new Dry formulas of Spot's Stew that look very good. I don't care for it myself by many Petco's are also now stocking Solid Gold foods.

Just take a ride, look around and choose one to try and see how it goes


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I think a lot of Petco/Petsmarts also carry the Eagle Pack lines now. I like those a lot - good products (no un-named meats, no byproducts,etc), good company, and the company makes their own products. I've also had excellent results with the Solid Gold products. They're a little pricier, but I saw a huge improvement in my dog's coat when I started using them.

I used pro plan for several months, but it didn't work out so well for my dog. His coat wasn't very good during that time and once I learned more about it, I didn't care for the ingredients much. But others here have had good results it sounds like....so guess it depends on the dog/situation.

Personally, I like to use a food that is at least 24% protein. I've used the higher protein kibbles with my younger dog and haven't really seen a change one way or the other. When my senior was on a lower protein though, I saw poor results - less energy and more poop eating. Since she's been on a high protein kibble, we haven't had ANY poop eating - go figure.

I also use a little canned with the kibble...probably a 1/4 cup per meal.
 

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Originally Posted By: mikaK9I think a lot of Petco/Petsmarts also carry the Eagle Pack lines now. I like those a lot - good products (no un-named meats, no byproducts,etc), good company, and the company makes their own products. I've also had excellent results with the Solid Gold products. They're a little pricier, but I saw a huge improvement in my dog's coat when I started using them.

I used pro plan for several months, but it didn't work out so well for my dog. His coat wasn't very good during that time and once I learned more about it, I didn't care for the ingredients much. But others here have had good results it sounds like....so guess it depends on the dog/situation.

Personally, I like to use a food that is at least 24% protein. I've used the higher protein kibbles with my younger dog and haven't really seen a change one way or the other. When my senior was on a lower protein though, I saw poor results - less energy and more poop eating. Since she's been on a high protein kibble, we haven't had ANY poop eating - go figure.

I also use a little canned with the kibble...probably a 1/4 cup per meal.
which canned food do you use??
 

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I'd go a bit higher in quality than Pro Plan, especially if she has some allergy issues. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ to pick a quality food. I'd pick something at least 4 stars.

Dogs will be picky if you let them. She'll do fine without canned food. You can usually add some warm water to the kibble and let it soften a bit at first.
 

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I use chicken soup for the dog lovers soul. I mix dry with the canned (same brand) and feed my dogs twice a day. Morning and night. I have a 3 yr old and a almost 1 yr old. They both are extremely healthy and their coats just shine. Your dogs food is very important to his health, please investigate and decide on whats best for him. Educate your self on the 4 D's of dog food: dead, dying, diseased and down.
Also be aware of the ingredients in your dog treats. I make my own--there are many recipes out on the internet. Good luck
http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
 

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Originally Posted By: KaitadogI'd go a bit higher in quality than Pro Plan, especially if she has some allergy issues. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ to pick a quality food. I'd pick something at least 4 stars.
IMO dogfoodanalysis would not know a good food if it bit them/her...that is just an opinion site based on very little information and mostly misinformation and guesses.......the opinions on this thread are much better IMO.

Personally I do not feel there is anything "wrong" with the quality of Pro Plan. I have used it off and on for years and always gotten good results. Thousands of show dogs eat this brand of food, you cannot win in competition with lousy coat and condition.....many top show winners eat Pro Plan. Pro Plan also has an awesome formula for allergic dogs that a number of people on this board feed.

Just wanted to interject that...

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I agree that Pro Plan would be a good starting point as they carry it at all 3 of the stores you have mentioned. If you do go with the Pro Plan I would suggest getting the Sensitive Skin and Stomach Formula, that might help with your girls skin.

Other options at Petco would be Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Nature's Recipe (you can also get this at PetsMart.)

The stores you listed here in Bama don't carry the Canidae or the Eagle Pack but if you can find those that would be a good choice too.

Good luck on your search! Oh, and if she likes the kibble she probably won't even think twice about the canned food. I give Cooper and Ava about a tablespoon of canned food with their morning meal only. I just started doing this about 8 months ago and up until that point Cooper who is 3 had never been given canned food. He and Ava both just at dry.
 

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Thank you all for your input. I just got back from petsmart. I spent about an hour at the food center. None ofe the brands you guys mentioned were there except the Pro Plan, and Natures best. But i've decided to go with Nutro Natural Choice :\ (http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750837)
Don't know if i made the right choice. Anyways, another big problem is that she has never eaten keebles by itself. I just fed her 2 1/2 of the new keebles and 1 cup and the old one. She only ate 2 cups. She doesnt like stay there and eat it, just eats a little bit then go somwhere, or just grab her toy, then eats a little bit more, and it gets frustrating.
 

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Originally Posted By: larrydee33I had 2 GSD's die from cancer feeding them Pro Plan. I now use Orijen
Feeding Pro Plan did not give your dogs cancer. I am sorry you lost your dogs as that is always a heart break, but the food did not cause the cancer.

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Not everyone can afford to feed Orijen - we have to do the best we can with what we have. And, I agree with Cherri ...
 
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