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I searched the forum for recommendations. I am feeding my puppy ProPlan Puppy for sensitive stomach. (I THINK the “sensitive stomach” was really more from the split elk antlers that this pup devoured the marrow like no other, than the food she was eating. I learned from this forum that THAT was definitely NOT a good choice for pups.) Ugh.
Anyway, it is now time to switch.

Suggestions on a good reputable brand? Should i stick with purina proplan since it seems to agree with her? The past few weeks she seems to be getting tired of it though. She is skipping bfast more often, and less than enthusiastic about eating her dinner, but she does.

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Have you looked here? Their reviews are spot on and can't be bought. Admittedly. Purina pet foods are not for me.

www.dogfoodadvisor.com

If you have a Costco close by, their Dog Kibbles are made by Diamond and rated 4-5 stars. I fed their Chicken and Rice kibble for over 25 yrs and to multiple dogs. Had to switch to the Diamond Chicken and Rice Kibble during the pandemic due to availability and prices. (I own 3 large dogs). The formulas are very similar, and so are the high ratings.
 

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We have always had large dogs and hen we started out as a family, to save money we bought Purina ... when i went out to clean the yard, we needed a wheel barrow,... you would think we had kept horses.

I very much agree with the dogfoodadvisor recommendation . They also give good advice on when and how to transition from puppy to adult foods ...


You should also look at your breeds health profile. Many brands have options which include various ingredients known to promote good joint health (Salmon and Sweet potatoes.). We have always had large dogs so that's been a consideration ... we also buy two flavors at a time and alternate how they are fed ... Flavor 1, Flavor 2, Flavor 1+2

We tend to stick w/ the 5* options but these are getting expensive... in addition everybody seems to be reducing bag sizes. Buying 40 pounds for two 60+ pound dogs means it lasts a few weeks so we can watch for sales or deals ...typically (USA) looking at Chewy, Amazon and Petco most often. Most days, they all have the same prices... occasionally there's special or combo deals and that's a good tome to order. What's weird is that if you order at Petco and then order online ... you typically save 10% sometimes 15%.

Instinct Brand is expensive and they have their +Raw line which includes some chunks that dogs find extra appetizing, You can also buy these chunks as a topping. Like training their are many proponents to specific types of food most with very strong opinions of which is best ...there is very little if any data to support this tho... for a while grain free was considered "the choice" . Here's one of the better articles on the topic

nutrition-general-feeding-guidelines-for-dogs | VCA Animal Hospital ...

"At 6 to 8 weeks of age, they need to be fed about four to six meals a day. By 6 months, the need for food is decreased because puppies are about 75% of their adult size and can be fed two to three meals a day. A good-quality puppy food has advantages over adult dog food because it has been specially formulated for a puppy's demanding nutritional requirements and contains the appropriate amount of calcium. Because of their rapid growth, any nutritional mistakes made during puppyhood will have more severe, even irreversible and lifelong, consequences. Because growth is almost complete by 8 to 10 months of age, the average puppy can be switched to adult dog food at about 12 months of age. "

and a blog site with tone of great articles

AKC recommends changing dog fod brands, formulations and types should follow a transition period:
  • Day 1: 25% new diet and 75% old diet.
  • Day 3: 50% new diet and 50% old diet.
  • Day 5: 75% new diet and 25% old diet.
  • Day 7: 100% new diet.


Of course, while this will provide a good background, ask your vet as to recommendations on every visit.
 

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Loved the dogfoodadvisor website and spent a lot of time there last night. I signed up for recalls too. Thanks yo the friends here. i appreciate the advice. This is my first puppy in a long time! Our vet uses nutrisource for his pup. I did a comparison and found orijen has best percentages of the good stuff, so Ill try that. I had tried Orijens with her a few months ago, but then soft stools set in. I thought it was dog food, but turned out i think it was the split elk antlers snd, again thanks to this forum, problem solved.
 

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I have fed Acana (still feed it) made by the same company as Orijen, to multiple dogs (I was feeding six med/large sized dogs for a number of years) for over 15 yrs. every dog has done well on it, never had one refuse to eat it, nor have I ever had any problems/ issues with the quality of the food.
I did find the Orijen too rich for my dogs, but that is not to say your pup will not handle it just fine.
 

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Orijen is a high quality food, but it has a high protein content approx. 40% (not a bad thing) but some dogs just don't tolerate it as well as food with a lower protein content. The Acana I feed has a protein content of approx 30%. One thing to keep in mind is that when feeding a higher quality food you generally feed a smaller amount - my 75 lb golden retriever was fed 2 cups of Acana a day and maintained good health and good body weight and lived an active life until he passed at the age of 13 1/2 yrs.
 

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I searched the forum for recommendations. I am feeding my puppy ProPlan Puppy for sensitive stomach. (I THINK the “sensitive stomach” was really more from the split elk antlers that this pup devoured the marrow like no other, than the food she was eating. I learned from this forum that THAT was definitely NOT a good choice for pups.) Ugh.
Anyway, it is now time to switch.

Suggestions on a good reputable brand? Should i stick with purina proplan since it seems to agree with her? The past few weeks she seems to be getting tired of it though. She is skipping bfast more often, and less than enthusiastic about eating her dinner, but she does.

thanks!
I use the adult Purina Pro Plan for sensitive stomachs for all my schnauzers and they are doing very well on it. I also add Forti Flora and NuVet Plus as supplements to help boost their immune system. When mixing in these powders and wetting the kibble they like it. I free feed my pack so they have food like this out all day and they graze when they are hungry. Hope that helps!
 

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I use the adult Purina Pro Plan for sensitive stomachs for all my schnauzers and they are doing very well on it. I also add Forti Flora and NuVet Plus as supplements to help boost their immune system. When mixing in these powders and wetting the kibble they like it. I free feed my pack so they have food like this out all day and they graze when they are hungry. Hope that helps!
Thanks! This helps!!
 
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