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Old 12-09-2015, 02:57 PM
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Dog Food Suggestions

I have an almost 8 month old large breed puppy (husky x malamute x collie). In January I might be moving out of my parents house, and will be taking him with me. I am wanting to switch his dog food to something different, but I would like some suggestions on a cheaper quality dog food that can be found at a store like walmart, or a pet supply store.

Right now he is on Purina Alpo ranch house (no red dye). I will bring a bag of this food with me when I go, so I can switch him over properly, but what do you guys feed your dogs (not interested in a raw diet or wet food, he gets dry food only)

Do you find feeding Blue Buffalo expensive for one dog? I was thinking about getting him on that, but won't be able to afford a really expensive dog food, along with other expenses for him, my horse and myself.
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I have an almost 8 month old large breed puppy (husky x malamute x collie). In January I might be moving out of my parents house, and will be taking him with me. I am wanting to switch his dog food to something different, but I would like some suggestions on a cheaper quality dog food that can be found at a store like walmart, or a pet supply store.

Right now he is on Purina Alpo ranch house (no red dye). I will bring a bag of this food with me when I go, so I can switch him over properly, but what do you guys feed your dogs (not interested in a raw diet or wet food, he gets dry food only)

Do you find feeding Blue Buffalo expensive for one dog? I was thinking about getting him on that, but won't be able to afford a really expensive dog food, along with other expenses for him, my horse and myself.
Welcome and may i ask what your budget is? trouble is with all those brands from walmart and any supermarket and any from vets well you have to feed more for the dog to get nutrients where say if you fed for example acana you would have to feed way way less food to him to get those nutrients. Blue buffalo were in a lawsuit for not being honest about their ingredients and labelling. On here if we can learn what your budget is we can help you choose a better food to suit the budget.

Others on here will be able to help you more then me probably since i raw feed one dog and the other is on acana a high quality food and trust me my brothers lab was eating royal canin neutered adult large breed and he was on 6 cups a day of food to get the nutrients. Now on acana he is on 2 cups daily. Look to be more expensive but when you look at it feeding guidelines and see you feed way less then currently (most likely esp if you were to see how much to feed once adult at adult weight) you save more in long run but not all of us can afford such foods and i more then anyone understand and respect that. i was just using the above as an example for you incase long term you can afford a better quality food.
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I would not be looking to cut costs when it comes to food for your dog. Blue Buffalo is good food, Science Diet, and some others, but what they eat is really important for their health and longevity. Talk to your Vet, for his recommendations.
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Wal mart makes their own brand called Pure Balance that doesn't read terribly. Obviously you can't trust the quality of the company since it's Wal Mart but if that's the best you can afford, then that's what I would do.

If you have any local tractor supplies you could feed 4 Health.
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One brand that, to my knowledge, has never had any recalls or allegations of using cheap/unhealthy ingredients is Earthborn. It can be hard to find as it isn't stocked by Petco or Petsmart but is well worth the search. I got the largest bag that they carry in stores (I think 30 lbs) and it was alittle over $50 but lasted almost a month. It's got 4.5 stars on dogfoodrating.com, which is pretty reliable. However, I switched to Wellness when I got my second puppy as I could not find Large Breed Puppy food at any physical locations.

Other good options would be Wellness or Timber Wolf or Blue Buffalo, which are all stocked by most pet stores and are reasonably priced for very high quality foods.
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Go raw! If you find a good lead on meat, it's cheaper than expensive dog food.
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I would not be looking to cut costs when it comes to food for your dog. Blue Buffalo is good food, Science Diet, and some others, but what they eat is really important for their health and longevity. Talk to your Vet, for his recommendations.
Blue went to court recently for lying about ingredients. both blue and hills science diet, eukanuba, purina, and some others contain by products and just load of grains/fillers so i wouldnt reccomend it at all. Vets also arent qualifed in nutrition and just recomend what they sell.

My best friend in uk listened to her vet about food he said to feed supermarket or somethign else barkers or something simliar her chihauaha wouldnt eat. I educated her about food and we went to pets at home and found a great quality food wainwrights 70% meat and 30% fruit and veg no grains her dog ate it right away over the old food which was meat and animal detraitives.

Whilst she was happy he liked the food and eating it she was very angry at the vet and for listening to the vet. i cant blame her
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[QUOTE=crazy;2837113] Vets also arent qualifed in nutrition and just recomend what they sell.

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That's a ridiculous statement. I think you need to find a new Vet, one that cares about his patients and one that takes the time to understand nutrition. I'm sure some are not qualified to recommend food, some are probably not qualified to even be Vets, but to infer that all are too stupid to understand nutrition is insulting to the vast majority of Vets that do care and do know what nutrition is required.
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That's a ridiculous statement. I think you need to find a new Vet, one that cares about his patients and one that takes the time to understand nutrition. I'm sure some are not qualified to recommend food, some are probably not qualified to even be Vets, but to infer that all are too stupid to understand nutrition is insulting to the vast majority of Vets that do care and do know what nutrition is required.[/quote]

That was very rude. You can ask majority of people on here if vets are qualified about nutrition all the training they get is few hours training from either hills or royal canin and therefore have to sell that food.

FYI my previous vet admitted to me they don't get training on dog nutrional needs but only get trained with medical and surgical things.

My vet I've had for two years is the best I found he knows a bit I found for my dog and the most caring vet in my experience. So caring if animal sick enough he will stay up all night looking after the sick animal until its on way back to full health and he offered free microchip when all was alarming number cats and dogs going missing which was very generous.

Only qualified people in vet industry for nutrition are vet nutrionist.

dogs need more meat then grains and they sure do not need fillers. Science diet eukabuba pedigree purina are full of fillers grains and hardly any meat and got by products. My lab is fed acana a top quality food with hardly any fillers or grains full of meat and veg. Happy to copy and paste ingredients for you to compare.

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I'm with @crazy. Vets may know some basic things, but they don't know the ins and outs of nutrition all that well. It's the same with most general practitioners - they could tell you a bit about nutrition, but if you want deeper info you'd go to a dietitian. I've got a friend in vet school who thinks it is perfectly acceptable for a dog food to contain corn as a main ingredient.

I've loved my vet a lot in the past, but the day she looked me in the eye and told me that my dog was reactive because he was "protective" was the day I realized she really didn't know everything.

OP, I don't really care much for Blue Buffalo. If you have a Tractor Supply, I've heard 4Health is a good food for a decent price. You could also head over to dogfoodadvisor and look at some 4-5 star foods, then price them in your area. Websites like chewy.com can also ship the food, and it tends to be more inexpensive.
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