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Old 07-29-2014, 05:37 AM
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We are picking up a lab puppy on Friday after losing our Golden 2 months ago. I've been talking to a few friends with dogs who swear by the grain free foods like Blue Wilderness and Taste of the Wild.
The only downside I can see is price. Our golden had lots of skin issues (hot spots) and my understanding is that the grain free foods do wonders for this kind of thing.
What are you guys using?
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:41 AM
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We used to use taste of the wild, solid gold etc. Now we are using the grain free from Costco and have been very happy. It's the salmon sweet potato in the blue bag. Vet said Salmon is good for coat and allergies.

It's about 40% less money than taste of the wild and blue buffalo.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:42 AM
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We've been feeding our 11 year old labradoodle Costco brand kirkland dog food since he was a puppy. I really like the ingredients, mainly because meat is the first product, not cornmeal. The vet says if they didn't know his history, they'd guess him at 5-6 years old. Great teeth, fur, and very energetic. Never any health problems.
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I used Blue wilderness for the longest - then my 1.5 yr old German Shepherd just stopped eating it...
I then started making his food for him every week
5 lbs of chop meat, rice, potatoes, mixed veges, and oates. when I put it in his bowl I added a scoop of greek yogurt.

got to be a pain in the ass - even after he stopped eating it...
back to blue and he loves it again haha
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:42 AM
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We feed our dogs Blue. Higher price for smaller bag. Dogs love it and do very well on it. Less feed/filler = less poop.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:44 AM
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I've always used Wellness Core for dry food. On occasions we use wet food and use Merrik.

This website is useful for ranking dog foods.

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
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Fromm's Grain Free - has done wonders for our 11 year old lab who developed allergies. Vet recommended after anal gland issues. All issues disappeared after 3 weeks! It is expensive but so was the vet every month.
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any food with meat as the main ingredient is best- of course you have different levels of that type of food- we have been using Purina One Lamb and Rice- our dog loves it and is super healthy, granted he is a large breed and we started feeding him this food after 1 yr- I believe when he was a puppy we used some Rachel Ray food- was stupid overpriced though. The Purina One is nice because it is not AS pricey as some of the other premium foods-

http://www.purinaone.com/dogs/produc...rmula-dog-food
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I use natural balance. Its in the middle on the high side. Sweet Potato and venison, he has allergies and this cleared it right up.
http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/

I personally would never use iams
http://www.iamscruelty.com/
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I use Purina Pro Choice chicken and rice. Thats what his breeder feeds so I stuck with it.
For my [previous dogs I used Anamaet. Comes in 2 protein levels. Low level during off season and high level during the race season, they were Huskies that mushed. Good stuff. Developed by a veterinarian.
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Yes, we just switched from Blue Buffalo over to Purina Pro Plan for one reason costs.

The Golden and Bichon seem to love it so far.
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I've got a Vizsla (very high strung breed) and he's somewhat sensitive to the fat/protein ratio. Too much protein and he starts to get kind of edgy unless he's spending a lot of time outdoors to burn it off (which doesn't happen for a short hair dog in MN winters). He seems to do best on Purena One & Eukanuba Senior. Going on 12 years old now and still moving like he's 1/2 that age.
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We used to use Taste of The Wild, but switched to VIctor Grain Free (Red bag) as it was cheaper - its about $40 for 30# at our local feed store.
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My Corgi puppy gets Blue Freedom Beef, he loves it and it agrees with his system. We also use the Blue training treats, they are pretty small so you can give him a bunch in a day without overfeeding. He also gets a Greenie every night after dinner to keep his teeth clean, he goes apeshit for those.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:11 AM
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Our lab will be a year old at the end of August. He gets a ratio of 3 parts Wellness large breed puppy food and 1 part Purina Pro Plan Sport. I like to mix in the Pro Plan because I find that a bit of grain in his diet helps keep his poop a bit more solid. I used to feed him just the Wellness and add tablespoon of canned pumpkin, which kept his poop solid too, but it's just easier to mix in the Purina with the Wellness ahead of time.
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I did a lot of research on various websites (dog food analysis etc) and ended up going with Diamond Natural's Lamb and Rice formula for my Goldendoodle. She likes it, no coat problems, firm stools etc. It's kind of "middle of the road" price wise. Tractor Supply carry's it as well as Amazon Prime.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
I did a lot of research on various websites (dog food analysis etc) and ended up going with Diamond Natural's Lamb and Rice formula for my Goldendoodle. She likes it, no coat problems, firm stools etc. It's kind of "middle of the road" price wise. Tractor Supply carry's it as well as Amazon Prime.
That is what I feed our lab/boxer mix. Get it from tractor supply.
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Pitbulls.

He loves 'em.


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This website is useful for ranking dog foods.

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
The info on this site is many years old. Perhaps it is still relevant, but I do not trust it anymore.
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