I am looking for help with what to feed a 17 week old Beagle pup currently eating IAMS puppy formula. I started him on Eukanuba Excel after we picked him up from the breeder @ 13 weeks, and that food was great! He was growing in a thicker coat, had NICE muscle tone, healthy energy levels and pooped once a day. Then the pet store stopped carrying it, and it is very difficult to come by online. I bought a different food on Amazon after the Excel ran out, and this pup lost muscle mass within a day, got fat, pooped 4-6x daily, and his coat thinned out.
Last week we picked up a bag of IAMS Puppy, and I noticed several things. He seemed to temporarily lose housebreaking (frequent urination), coat is thinning significantly but looks healthy otherwise, his activity has increased to the point where he's verging on hyper, and practically overnight he seems to have developed some dominance aggression issues. The latter is already being worked out with training, but I believe the high protein levels (30%) might be contributing to the increased energy levels, accidents and aggression that literally appeared within 24 hrs of starting him on it.
This dog was 100% housebroken in under 3 weeks, and was dominant but showed no signs of aggression previously, so obviously I am concerned that this food might be at the bottom of, or at least exasperating, these sudden onset problems.
So, we are looking for a puppy food that is no higher than 28% protein that is at least moderately priced and will not give us a direct pass into ye olde poor house.
My local pet store carries Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Pedigree, Royal Canin, Dog Chow, Nutro, Iams/Eukanuba, Science Diet, Red Barn, Merrick & Ideal Balance... plus a few others that I consider bottom of the barrel. Blue Buffalo is out of the question because of a.) price ($20 for 4lbs is ludicrous) and b.) 36% protein levels in a puppy food is equally insane.
Of those foods, I'm considering Ideal Balance, because it seems to have the best price/protein/quality ratio, and I like that Hill's has feeding trials behind their formulas. I am also thinking of trying Puppy Chow or Purina ONE (or Pro Plan, for that matter) after an 8 or so year hiatus from using that brand, and would love to hear opinions from anyone currently feeding it.
That being said, I am open to suggestions about any food that doesn't run over $15 for a 4lb bag. Thanks in advance for opinions/suggestions. It's been a while since I had a pup and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed!