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Old 12-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help!! What brand of dog food should I get??

My goodness. Who knew making the decision on a brand of dog food would be so confusing??? The amount of dog food out there is a little overwhelming.
Some of the brands suggested had protein of 47%... but I read that around 24% is ideal. Are Grains okay or grain-free?
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Fromm, Acana & Wellness
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do homecook for Zoe but on when I don't have enough time I use Fromm wet food. I think it is one of the better foods with a reasonable amount of protein.
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I use Fromm and Earthborn Holistic, and a little Fresh Pet I would start with what the breeder is using and gradually add your brand to it, until you're feeding all your brand.
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...and just to round thing out and make the decision more difficult....I feed Acana Wild Prairie.

The amount of protein seemed appropriate and not too high (24% I believe), and he seems to be doing very well on it....and he's a pretty fussy eater.

I had the same dilemma as you...it's not easy, for sure! But there are many healthy solutions to choose from - much more than 20 years ago!!

Good luck!! I bet you'll do great!
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My goodness. Who knew making the decision on a brand of dog food would be so confusing??? The amount of dog food out there is a little overwhelming.
Some of the brands suggested had protein of 47%... but I read that around 24% is ideal. Are Grains okay or grain-free?
I've been looking into:
Fromm, Acana & Wellness
My sister's yorkie is doing really well on the grain-free Acana Regionals line. Toki is currently on Fromm and we just stocked up during their Black Friday sale. I tend to stick to grain-free formulas but sometimes rotate in a grain-inclusive formula. You'll have to go through some trial and error to find out what your dog thrives on I also tend to go for kibble formulas with between ~25% and ~30%. It's easy to get hung up on the microscopic details with all the choices out there but those three brands are good ones to look into!
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I was told to stay below 30% protein, buy grain-free to lessen chance of allergies, and make sure of no dyes because they can cause tear stains. Good luck in your decision!
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PHEW! Atleast I'm on the right track. hehehe Thanks
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Get Fromm, I switched from Nutro to Fromm and Boo loves it! He never used to finish all his food but now since he's on Fromm he eats everything most of the time
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Tennille get what you want. It does not have to be grain free.

READ ingredient lists, make sure the first several ingredients are things you can pronounce. I like the first 1-3 to be identified meat, followed by identified meat meal, and then a list of other whole ingredients. That is what I find in Fromm, and what I compare others to when I think of rotating.

I feed Fromm four star formulas. Now, I think we use the term 'allergy' far to often. Rocky does seem to have a sensitivity to to the grain inclusive four star line so I am for the time being sticking with the grain free-however if your dog has not shown any signs of a food sensitivity there is no need to avoid grain in the diet-unless you are one of those who just doesn't believe it belongs there.

Fromm is a great company with great customer service, you can try their foods if you like, but if you have a dog with food sensitivities it may not work as they are so ingredient heavy.

Compare ingredients and price-there are far too many brands out there that are so overpriced and you are basically purchasing a bag of peas or potatos-so look and compare.

Nutri Source is another decent company/brand combo if you're interested in kibble, but I would stick with their regular line, and not the pure vita-as most seem to believe the pure vita is mostly pea protein.
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