German Shepherds Forum banner

1 - 20 of 34 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,782 Posts
This would be better off in the "feeding our puppy" section. Hopefully a moderator will see it soon and move it.

That said, I feed Canidae ALS to all my dogs, from my puppy to my 10yo.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,840 Posts
Right now I feeding Lancer Nutro High Energy which is what his breeder uses.

Thinking about trying a switch to Taste of the Wild when we run down on the current supply/after the next bag which is what I feed Kayla.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
561 Posts
WHOPPER W/CHEESE!
They also like pizza,hot dogs,KFC,WENDY'S,and on special occasion i take them to DQ!




jUST KIDDING!
I feed them PURINA ONE.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,118 Posts
I was feeding Jolene Precise Foundation and have her over to Taste of the Wild. I DO see a difference in the coat, and Precise is good, but it costs the same as the super top brands.


Powell
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,260 Posts
I too use Canidae ALS for my pup and my adult dog, they love it, and it agrees with their systems. I also have been adding some Sea Pet Fish Oil to their diet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
92 Posts
Ok, I personally cannot afford to feed my 2 dogs (10 cups a day total) the MOST expensive foods, but I try to give them the very best that I can. Since you said you've been on Pedigree, I honestly would try Purina One. It's also a grocery store brand, but a step up from Pedigree. I buy ProPlan when I can find it on sale, but Gabby does great on Purina One sensitive systems, and she has severe skin allergies that are no trouble at all on that food. It's very high in Omega 3's and makes her coat beautiful. She also loves it because she thinks she's getting to eat kitty food because it smells like fish and has little bites of kibble. But be warned, it can give them fishy breath! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,271 Posts
herno1,

Here is a site that rates some of the dog foods out there. It isn't the be all end all (for example most of the 6 star foods you probably wouldn't want to feed a small puppy anyway as they are higher in protein)
But at least it is some info, or a start. But some people do not like the way they rate things, so take it with a grain of salt!
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

All the dogs are different in what they do well on.

Good Luck finding what works for you and your dog!

I feed RAW and Taste of the Wild Kibble.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,243 Posts
Mine started off one a German brand of puppy kibble. We switched them to Solid Gold Wolfcub but one didn't do well on it so we switched them to Canidae ALS. When we went through 60lbs of that we switched to 100% raw for them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,829 Posts
I fed purina one for a while - made my dog fat and I only saved a few bucks a month. Now the 7 y/o female and the puppy both eat canidae. I've also fed wellness and thought they did well on it, especially my male who's no longer with us. Luther had allergies and couldn't digest chicken, he did very well on wellness (pun intended)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,034 Posts
One thing to keep in mind - you will feed LESS of a high quality food so the cost could be similar.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,782 Posts
Originally Posted By: Lauri & The GangOne thing to keep in mind - you will feed LESS of a high quality food so the cost could be similar.
Or it could in fact be CHEAPER to feed a better kibble. Because you could literally only need to feed HALF as much.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27,245 Posts
I feed RAW and they get Taste of the Wild ~ one or two times a week, rotating pacific stream, and prairie~usually when it is raining (I feed RAW outside)or I forgot to pull something from the freezer..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,314 Posts
We feed Natural Balance, feeding Orijen and Solid Gold was so expensive!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,209 Posts
Originally Posted By: kelso
(for example most of the 6 star foods you probably wouldn't want to feed a small puppy anyway as they are higher in protein)
higher protein hasnt been shown to be a culprit, but those higher protein foods are above the 1.5% calcium that many recommend for a growing large breed pup. the only grain free food i would ever feed a gsd pup is orijen large breed puppy. most of the other grain free (including Taste of the Wild) are 2%+ calcium levels.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
Ours eats Nutro High Energy also.We left her with a friend for a week who has a boxer and thats what he eats.She was eating purina puppy chow @ the time and after that week she wouldn't go near it.she had been eating the boxers food the entire week and she literally doubled in size.Its a good brand if you can afford $33 for a 20lb bag.It usually lasts her two and a half weeks.Otherwise I would stick to the purina one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
We started him on Canidae ALS, but when they changed formulas we looked for a new food. Eventually we settled on Wellness lamb (the green bag). He did great during the switch from Canidae to Wellness, but once he went full Wellness he's had soft stools on and off. It's been about a month since he went full Wellness and the stools aren't any better, so now I'm considering switching again. Ronan is 8.5 months old, is that too early to switch to a food like Taste of the Wild since it has greater than 2% calcium?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,782 Posts
trmiv,

Any chance it is overfeeding that it is causing the soft stools rather than the food itself?

There are some folks that DO feed TOTW to puppies and say they have had NO problems. And there are others that will NOT feed a food that high in calcuim to puppies. You just need to decide for yourself if you are comfortable feeding a higher calcuim food to a puppy.
 
1 - 20 of 34 Posts
Top