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I've got a new puppy coming home in a few weeks (Portuguese Water Dog). I'd like some suggestions on decent dog foods. I plan to do better than Aplo, etc. but I'm not going to cook my dog a fresh meal every day.

What do you guys like?
Old 11-30-2016, 09:32 PM
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Blue Buffalo Senior for the hound.
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After hearing about some brands killing dogs or something about 2 years ago, the girlfriend did some research and found Natural Balance L.I.D.
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All ingredients from the US, grain free, my dog loves it, and she is in great shape and feels better than when I fed her that other "popular" brand.

Whole Earth Farms

http://www.feedgoodness.com/
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Many a dog has lived a long and healthy life on regular old Purina. I would not overthink this.
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Wal-Mart...ol roy....


Lol, my GSD and yorkies all get blue buffalo and do well on it...
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This is a great website to use for research
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

IMO avoid anything with fillers (corn/spy/wheat etc even peas) especially of the starch and grain variety.

Fish can be very good for their coat, joints and health overall. I use a wild Alaskan salmon oil and add it to my dogs food. It's a pump bottle. It has helped bring his vitamin D level up to the proper range (yeah, I had that blood tested) and make his coat better as well.

I prefer raw. If you go full raw it is a lot of work but there are some frozen raw choices (I feed darwinspet.com) and in my case it is delivered to my door and I just defrost a couple days at a time in the fridge. Then dump into his bowl, mix with a bunch of water and squirt the salmon oil on. A bit more work than leaving a bowl of kibble out but not much. He's much happier with it as well. They weren't designed to eat cereal 24/7

He gets full raw treats from time to time. Beef marrow bones (cheap at Whole Foods, like $3/pack vs 3x or more at the pet store) turkey necks, lamb shanks, even some pure liver, and other body parts, fish fillets, whole Cornish hens, Whole rabbits, etc.

I don't want to eat the same cereal or the same anything all the time and he definitely enjoys the variety as well.

My next best if I had to change would be Origen fish formula. One of the best options for dry IMO. Still very oily so the fish oil isn't completely gone.

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This is one huge reason I don't like any food that doesn't specifically say what the actual ingredients are:
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-f...ogs-meat-meal/

It is disgusting. There has been credible testing that has found amounts of pentobarbital, which is used for euthanasia actually in dog food because the euthanized animals are fed to animals used to produce dog food, or sometimes in the food directly. But supposedly at safe levels. How safe is it really, to consume a drug used to kill, over the course of your dogs entire life, even if it is "considered safe" in a test period of 8 weeks.

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/pentoba...er-resolved-2/
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here's another dog food site

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
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IAMS, I mix the dry with a half can of wet and my Gracie cleans the bowl. She is 8 now and going strong. We leave dry in her bowl all day so she can pick, but mix in the wet at our dinner time.
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I am a big fan of Dr Tims

https://www.chewy.com/dr-tims-kinesi...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

I have not meet a dog that won't eat it all in one sitting. Plus my lab that was hit by a car and shattered his pelvis four years ago hasn't lost a step. He runs a little funnier but still has full range of motion.

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I've used Diamond Naturals for a long time... and have had lots of dogs (50+). Nary a problem with the dog food, no digestive problems, no allergic reactions, good stools, always eaten. Never a health related issue from the food.

http://www.diamondpet.com/our-brands/diamond-naturals/
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You can go off the deep end with designer dog foods, but in my opinion, Iams is a good reasonable choice. It's readily available anywhere and won't break the bank. I would start dry and stay dry if you can, it's just way easier. Second choice would be Science Diet.
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Take s look at Taste of the Wild products. Good reviews and not top end in cost.

Long story...Started our lab pup on Wellness Large Breed Puppy Food. Planned to switch to Adult but he had gastro issues with that. Decided to get away from all chicken and switched to Wellness Core Ocean formula, which he loves and has tolerated very well. Will likely try moving to Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (salmon) for lower cost. Wellness Core is very good but expensive.
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Originally Posted by Cwellman View Post
I am a big fan of Dr Tims

https://www.chewy.com/dr-tims-kinesi...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

I have not meet a dog that won't eat it all in one sitting. Plus my lab that was hit by a car and shattered his pelvis four years ago hasn't lost a step. He runs a little funnier but still has full range of motion.
We recently started to transition the dynamic doggie duo off of Orijen large breed puppy. Thank god too, at $85 for a 29lb bag it was killing me financially.

Anyhow, after extensive research, we narrowed it down to 3 brans. Dr Tims, Victor, and HiTek. We ended up choosing HiTek mostly because it's a good value for grain free. Not all dogs need grain free but since they had been grain free for the last year, we decided it would make the transition easier. All three brands are very well rated, come in 40lb plus bags, and are reasonably priced.

I have no affiliation, but we autoship from chewy.com
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Originally Posted by andyp262 View Post
We recently started to transition the dynamic doggie duo off of Orijen large breed puppy. Thank god too, at $85 for a 29lb bag it was killing me financially.

Anyhow, after extensive research, we narrowed it down to 3 brans. Dr Tims, Victor, and HiTek. We ended up choosing HiTek mostly because it's a good value for grain free. Not all dogs need grain free but since they had been grain free for the last year, we decided it would make the transition easier. All three brands are very well rated, come in 40lb plus bags, and are reasonably priced.

I have no affiliation, but we autoship from chewy.com
The auto ship is awesome, never have to worry about remembering to pick it up. Once you dial in your time between shipments life is golden!
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The auto ship is awesome, never have to worry about remembering to pick it up. Once you dial in your time between shipments life is golden!
Compare Chewy vs Amazon (if Prime). For my food Amazon is cheaper with 15% discount for monthly subscribe and save program.
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Taste of the wild waterfowl dry food Long story but you can thank me later
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We have had our new doberman puppy for 5 weeks now. We are using Merrick's food and are very happy with it. Our puppy is growing very rapidly, his coat looks great and he has plenty of energy as all puppies do! According to the website posted above it rates very well.


http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-fo...ntry-dog-food/


Meet "Barron" he is 15 weeks old. I think he is going to be a big boy! He was 33 lbs at 13 weeks.

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Diamond naturals Lamb and Rice- best bang for the buck, IMO My doodle has been on it for 8 years and no problems at all.

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