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Old 07-08-2017, 10:36 AM
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Exhausted from Research... Puppy vs Adult Brands and Formulas

I am so lost. Iíve gone down the a rabbit hole and am overwhelmed. I have look at and priced so different foods itís ridiculous. Iíll look at one, then another just to go back to the first and then again the third and them a fifth. Like I said overwhelmed. So my fist issue is choosing a brand. Now itís age stages. My puppy at adulthood will be between 20 and 25 lbs. Do I feed puppy the regular adust, puppy then small breed or small breed for all life stagesÖ
Foods that I seem to come back to are Castor & Pollux Organix, Natural Ultramix Grain-Free and Fromm Gold. I am on a budget. I am disabled, autistic and on ssi. But I want to feed the best I can afford. I want to try and stay under $50 for a 30ish pound bag. Iím not above ordering online. also if I go with a puppy formula, I would like use an adult or small breed formula from the same brand. I want to stay away from grains and Chinese and Japanese foodstuffs. If anyone can help me or point me in the direction of a good quality food I would be forever grateful! I have been at this for months and I am exhausted!
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:02 AM
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Fromm is an excellent food that I've used in the past. I wound up switching to Wellness Simple when one of my dogs developed digestive trouble, but had no real complaint with Fromm.
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Puppy or all life stages will be fine for a puppy that's going to be 25lbs as an adult. The only time you really want to be careful to feed puppy or large breed puppy is if your puppy is a large or giant breed, that's because you have to be careful about the calcium and phosphate ratio. So in your case just go with the brand of food that you like and don't worry if it's puppy or all life stages.

Small breed kibble is just referring to the size of the kibble, the kibble will be small in so that a small breed dog can easily eat it. It's generally a good size for a puppy. Some food, like Fromm, has a small size kibble but is they do not bother labeling the food small breed.

I feed Fromm but feed the grain free line, I like the fact that it's reasonably priced, that they have a number of different formulas that are chicken free, and that my dog does well on that brand. I get it from Chewy and buy the 4 to 5 lb bags, they cost around $12 a bag and each bag last us around a month. For reference my boy is only 8.6 lbs.
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Old 07-14-2017, 02:59 AM
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The only difference nutritionally between adult dog and a puppy is the amount of calories that a puppy needs. That is literally the only difference so you can feed puppies adult dog food just make sure you feed more of it and you can feed adult dogs puppy food just feed less of it this is why mother dogs are often fed puppy food while pregnant and nursing it helps keep weight on.

From 4 Star would be an excellent brand it's an all life stage all breed brand. Meaning it can be fed appropriately to meet the needs of puppy, adult, and senior dog or any breed and size.
Fromm is one of the most reputable and honest pet food companies on the market. Second would Orijen/Acana. Acana would fit into your budget as well.

REMEBER when feeding a higher quality food you feed LESS.

A 25 pound bag of Orijen, Acana, or Fromm Would last my 55 pound border collie a month. Basically it would be like a 2 month supply for 25 pound dog.

So you would not need a huge bag of dog food. As it spoils after 30 days of opening REGARDLESS of what everyone says. ALSO REMEMBER to either keep the food in its original bag or in a DARK airtight container. Exposure to light can kill of nutrients and healthy bacteria in the food.
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I am so sorry I haven't replied to your posts. We have had a bit of a crisis with our Bailey that didn't turn out the way we hoped. If anyone is interested in the long story that it is I'll post my Facebook post.

As far as food, I think I have settled rotating Fromm and Nutro Ultra Puppy kibbles. I'll mix in defrosted frozen Peas and Carrots, in every meal, add an egg to breakfast and maybe mix in a little wet Nutro Ultra Puppy.

My question now, how should I prepare the egg? I was planning on scrambling one in my microwave in my Nordic Ware microwave egg cooker. Or is it better raw? I don't think I'LL do tof many treats as we'll be working on training with boiled Chicken throughout the day. Maybe some chopped Raw baby carrots.
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