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Old 10-19-2012, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Another food and nutrition question for my adopted 8 week old

Hi all

We recently adopted 8 week yo pit bull puppy from the local shelter,and we decided to switch him to Eukanuba formula for puppies,since he didnt like the shelters food too much(dont know what kind they gave us small amount in plastic bag for transition)

Eukanuba from what I see here is not a good choice so I will kindly ask you all to point me in the right direction.
I have access to all regular pet stores, Walmart....money is not a big deal as long as i can purchase it in pet store.

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Welcome to GP.

A good rule of thumb, is if you can buy it at the grocery, or wal mart, it's not a good food.
I personally feed raw to my bulldog, but I feed Acana to my chihuahua.
Not sure what others feed.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Price wise each category goes from great to good
Higher cost
Orijen
ZiWi Peak
Acana
Before grain
Cost from 40.00 to 70.00

Medium Cost
Core
Taste of the wild wilderness
Blue buffalo
Cost from 30.00 to 50.00

Lower Cost
Kirklands Naturals Domain
Diamond Naturals
Cost from 25.00 to 45.00

All do NOT have Corn, Wheat or Soy
Which are not good for dogs
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My boy was on taste of the wild and I recently switched to Acana. Ecko made a great point about the food at walmart and such... however, u wont find Acana very many places. Maybe a small mom and pop store or a feed store. But u could order it online, I order from Chewy.com. but when it comes to bulldogs, grain free is usually the best choice. I've also learned that more than one protien source is a good thing. The Acana wild prairie that I use has 3 or 4 meats. I forget. Lol. But if u find something u like don't be afraid to ask
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I was feeding Acana but, due to the price increase on MrChewy.com I switch my dogs over to Merrick for now.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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You guys are great Im looking at the sites right now......I want him to get the best since he is such a good little pup......I wish my German Shepherd was nice like him.

This community is so helpful Im very impressed..... and ty
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I was feeding Acana but, due to the price increase on MrChewy.com I switch my dogs over to Merrick for now.
I noticed that too. And I don't really wanna switch him... but we'll see what I can figure out. I emailed Champion about it like KM suggested.

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You guys are great Im looking at the sites right now......I want him to get the best since he is such a good little pup......I wish my German Shepherd was nice like him.

This community is so helpful Im very impressed..... and ty
Awesome! Glad to here it! And ur very welcome!
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Price wise each category goes from great to good
Higher cost
Orijen
ZiWi Peak
Acana
Before grain
Cost from 40.00 to 70.00

Medium Cost
Core
Taste of the wild wilderness
Blue buffalo
Cost from 30.00 to 50.00

Lower Cost
Kirklands Naturals Domain
Diamond Naturals
Cost from 25.00 to 45.00

All do NOT have Corn, Wheat or Soy
Which are not good for dogs
I disagree entirely, though i guess everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

TOTW, Diamond, Kirklands, etc is all the same feed, same sources, low quality sourced ingredients that the only difference is labeling, packaging and marketing. TOTW has plenty of meat content, but the quality of meat content is that of Diamond and the other Diamond lines of feed. Ever been to a Diamond facility? I have, twice and it was anything but sub-par and disgusting.

Blue Buffalo is mostly marketing, widely produced feed that is nothing but sub par. A big name that spends a great deal of money for advertising, packaging, hiding recalls and simply a mass produced market which suffers in quality in the end. Regular Blue Buffalo, Wilderness, etc.. Yup, all the same, same as Diamond.. Same quality ingredients, different packaging, marketing, etc. Though i will note i would feed BB before Diamond if i had to pay $40 for BB and Diamond was offering me free bags of feed PLUS paying me.

I can go on but i won't, just because a product or company doesn't include heavy grains or listed "Bi-Products" does not automatically put them into a higher league, quality, etc of feed. It LOOKS better but looks doesn't mean much of anything. Many of these large big box feed companies out source their ingredients, many still use the legal loop holes to get by with a cheap as possible while making their products look great while making higher profits.

Orijen and Acana are the only two i would personally recommend, at least from that list. While yes, all companies make profits, Champion (company that produces Orijen and Acana) has some of the lowest company mark ups in the industry, middle of the road if not lower budget for advertising, makes no blunt excuses for any product mishaps which has been zero recalls for quality as well as some of the highest in the industry for quality and consistency. They are not perfect, naturally and there are other decent to good feeds out there, however..

If you want the most natural, appropriate feed for a dog go with prey model raw. If you want a dry kibble, the best thing next to raw is Orijen, specifically i would suggest Regional Red if your looking for essentially raw but in kibble format, however any of the Orijen lines are excellent. Acana Regionals is the only line of Acana i would suggest as there is no grains UNLESS on a budget or only feed in season, winter or summer "filler feed" than regular Acana offers the excellent quality but with the addition of a grain.

I can suggest more later or you can just search the health section, i've posted in several threads and have helped quite a few members here that can vouch for, at least, my suggestions if not my knowledge as well depending on who they are.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
 

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Km I put them in category bc of level of quality and price ...
But personally all my dogs are on Raw ..
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Welcome!! I think Acana have had an increase due To a fire at their facility. At least I am hoping it goes down again lol I am lucky and have a store that sells it about 20
Minutes from me. Keep in mind when you feed quality kibbles you do not need to feed as much, so it doesn't really cost a lot more since it lasts longer.
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