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Whats the best puppy / dog food ?

Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by andy64, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. andy64

    andy64 New Member Registered

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    Hi,

    I have a 13 week old patterdale pup and have been feeding him pedigree chum puppy vital protection its a complete dry food. I have been mixing it with pedigree chum puppy wet dog food. I bought it because it`s what we used to feed our dog when I was a lad so just bought it without thinking really.

    I have now been doing some research on the internet and a lot of people are saying how bad pedigree chum food is for your puppy / dog ect. So I was wondering what people recommend as a good dry complete puppy food. I only have the one pup so don`t mind paying a bit extra for the right food but like most people don't like being ripped off :) . Their is a lot of choice so unsure what to do. I must say that Ozzy seems to like the Pedigree chum puppy complete and I have been mixing it with a little water and there has been an empty bowl most feeding times.

    Thanks

    Andy.
     
  2. Blossom_Beagle

    Blossom_Beagle New Member Registered

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    Hi. There are many foods on the market claiming to do this that and the other, most of which unfortunately don't do anything other than fill the dog.

    Firstly look at the ingredients not forgetting the first item on the list is what there is most of. EG: if it says chicken first the main ingredient is chicken.

    Beware of terms such as derivatives, poultry, meat and proteins these mean nothing. You really don't want to know what derivatives are.

    What you want to see is named meat sources such as Chicken (not poultry) lamb (not meat) chicken / lamb / salmon meal and (not meat meal or derivatives). Named vegetables try to avoid vegetable fibres such as potato starch, pomace or veg proteins)

    The ideal breakdown should consist of meat + a good digestible vegetables.

    My favourite foods are Canidae, Orijen or Raw chicken.

    Look for simplistic recipes, the less ingredients are usually the better products.

    I hope this helps.
     
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    muttscutts New Member Registered

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    I buy Royal Canin every time.
     
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    chelynnah Whippet Servant Registered

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    This is what I go by. The only thing I would add to that is NO corn (it's a filler, and just bulks out the food. What goes in comes back out in giant poos), and NO wheat or gluten - wheat and gluten can trigger food allergies and sensitivities later in life.
     
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    eingana Do my ears look big in this? Registered

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    Having a dog who is desperately ill (to the point that the vet suggested having her put to sleep) on every prepared food we could find (including the sensitive diet the vet prescribed) I'm a raw feeding convert.

    It does entail having lots of freezer space and being prepared to handle raw meat, but for Molly the difference was amazing and I'm so thankful that the advice to try raw was given to us, because it changed her life.
     
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    poppy2714 New Member Registered

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    My breeder advised that I feed royal canin to my new pup but after doing some research I am going to change her onto Natural dog food (natural dog food company) because I didn't like the sound of some of the ingredients in royal canin.

    Have you changed the food yet? Any recommendations? :)
     
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    silver bullet New Member Registered

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    I've got my whippet on nutriment raw formula. I wouldn't feed him anything else now. He loves it and it's all good natural food. He's 12 kg so it works out at about 80p a day which is cheaper than the kibble we were feeding him and it's much better for him.
     
  8. Blossom_Beagle

    Blossom_Beagle New Member Registered

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    Raw feeding is good and I would advise it but don't forget dogs are omnivores and not carnivores therefore raw should ideally be balanced with digestible veg. The reason many people feed kibble is that it is convenient and it ensures your dog is getting the balance correctly, In some cases anyway but you would need to look at the likes of Canidae or Orijen. The daily feeding cost based on a 10kg dog is 73p per day (Canidae) or 85p per day (Orijen). My personal choice would be raw or complete Canidae.
     
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    silver bullet New Member Registered

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    There is veg in the nutriment formula along with human grade meat and minerals and vitamins. Orijen is a good kibble if you decide to go down that route. Check the labelling. The higher the meat content the better. Try this website www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk
     
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    eingana Do my ears look big in this? Registered

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    That's really expensive if you have a big dog! Molly's raw diet, supplemented by the fruit that she loves and the vegetables that she leaves, and small amounts of goat milk, yoghurt and cheese (which all come from our food) is only about 65p a day for a 40kg dog. That covers 500g of mixed minced beef and lamb with offal, bones and blood, a chicken carcass or back (bought in bulk from a wholesale butcher), some fruit and vegetables as we eat them and a little dried black pudding or liver jerky as treats.
     

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