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What's the best brand of puppy food?

Just curious of everyone's opinions since we have alot of puppy owners here.


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I used Nutro, Natural Choice Puppy, or was it NutroMax Puppy. Can't remember now, same company though.
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As far as I'm concerned I'll never feed my dog any of those Brands. I don't know all the best ones, or even all the reasons why they're best, but ones that I know are on among the best and healthiest are Canidae, Wellness, Nutro, and what I feed Dakota, Chicken Soup for the ... uhm, haha, I'm not even sure! Puppy, I suppose! Its the same thing as Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul company... LOL, I'll just shut it now, and let others reply. But those are great puppy foods... All have nutritional value instead of fillers and by-products....


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Depends on your price range. After doing a lot of homework I chose Nutro Natural Choice Puppy. I've heard great things about Innova too, but it's not as readily available.

Here's the web site for Nutro Natural Choice
http://www.nutroproducts.com/naturalchoicedog.asp

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I don't know much about Nutro, but have heard wonderful things about it from you all! I'm with you Mal, I had to choose "other". I can't stand Science Diet, had a horrible experience with that food when Jasmine was a puppy, I had no idea about all the by-products and stuff they put in the food! She had tummy problems all the time and was thought to have underlying health problems. The vet we took her to, (not our vet now) had said "Oh keep her on the food (SD), we want to see how her BUN/protien levels are at different intevals." and after that, we ended up at a specialist, to find all the tests to be completely normal, and this all was a result of a food allergy, most likely the by-products in this food!

I changed all my dogs and cats over to all natural, holistic foods. The dogs switch from Solid Gold to Wellness and the cats are on Wellness. So, whenever I get a puppy in the future, that's the foods he/she will be on!

Piggiemommy, Innova is a really great brand of food, too!

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i stick with Nutro. the dogs and my cat back home all hate science diet. i had penny on eukanuba once, but it has too much corn meal, etc.

Nutro's worked pretty well for me.


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kittygurl, Lady was having allergies too when I first got her and at that time she was on Pedigree. The vet I took her to (but won't be going back to) said "she can't be tried on medicine until she has her pups and they're weaned." I was frustrated because he never mentioned the possibility of a FOOD allergy and to me that was the easiest and safest thing to change during her pregnancy and see if it made a difference. After reading ingredients lists for hours, I also learned about the problems with by-products and corn. Nutro Natural Choice for Puppies doesn't have any of that junk and it's also wheat free. After switching her to that not only did her skin stop itching but her diarrhea problems disappeared too. I wouldn't recommend any puppy food for an adult dog, but Lady was given that because she was pregnant and now nursing. But I will continue her on the adult version of the Lamb & Rice (natural choice) when she's ready to go back to an adult food.

I think any food that doesn't contain corn and by-products would be a wise choice. There are a lot of options out there and typically the more expensive foods are so easily digestible that you don't have to feed large quantities.

Some may think Nutro is a bit pricey, but if you buy a 20 lb bag it's only $18-19, so less than $1 a pound, I think that's very reasonable.

Does anyone know the price of Innova? I couldn't find any store close to me that carries it.

I also switched my cats from Iams to Nutro Natural Choice for Indoor cats and they LOVE it!

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Hmmm.....so who makes Nutro, or is that the company's actual name?


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That's the name of the company, I believe and here's a link for anyone that would like to read more about it.

Nutro Products
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I have our dog and cat on the Royal Canin "Sensible Choice" line. It's a high quality food with no by-products and human grade chicken as it's first ingredient.

They poop less because it's not going straight through them and they won't eat as much for that fact, because they're full.

Here's their website....
http://www.royalcanin.us/

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I would have to agree with a lot of you, you know your dog food!! I feed Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul Dog Food...after a lot of research, it has proved to be a great food. I fed Wellness before the Chicken Soup Brand. Other great food brands are, some already mentioned, Canidae, Innova, California Natural, Solid Gold, Eagle Pack, Flint River Ranch, Natural Balance, Nutro...there are tons of great dog foods to choose from...some may be more expensive, but I would say to have a healthier dog it would be worth it.


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I have our dog and cat on the Royal Canin "Sensible Choice" line. It's a high quality food with no by-products and human grade chicken as it's first ingredient.

They poop less because it's not going straight through them and they won't eat as much for that fact, because they're full.

Here's their website....
http://www.royalcanin.us/
Royal Canin is a great food also!


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Thanks for the link Dena! I honestly haven't noticed it being sold in my area, but I clicked on the "where to find" link and found a feed store fairly close to me that sells it.


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The breeder I got my pup from feeds her dogs propac (www.propacpetfood). It is easier to find Iams or something around here, but I wanted to try to stay with the same food when we got our pup at 7 weeks. Its a little less available and its not the cheapest, but I have never read anything bad about it. I gotta keep my dog on a large breed food so he does not gain weight too fast (stress on hips and knees of a fat pup). Let me know if you guys have heard anything about the propac stuff. I might switch once my large bag runs out and my pup gets a bit older.
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Does anyone know the price of Innova? I couldn't find any store close to me that carries it.
Piggiemommy - Innova is a great food, also. The prices tend to be a little more than usual like Wellness. I'm not sure on the exact price but I tried a google search and found a few prices.
I found a price for a 6.6 lb. bag and it was $10.49. That's about right, that's what I remember, too.

Oh no! There isn't a store near you that sells it? I know, sometimes the store that carries the food can be hard to find and not as close. Here is the link to their actual site with their store locator..

http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=stores-tab

Hopefully, there is a store near by where you can go check it out! I hope this helps!

Melissa, the Chicken Soup for the dog lover's soul food sounds like a great food!!!

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