Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods

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The following is a list of 5-star dog food brands that contain at least one dry puppy food.
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To qualify, every puppy food must meet AAFCO nutritional profiles for either all life stages or growth.

Within each review, look for products that include the word “puppy” in their names.

In addition, many other products are appropriate for all life stages — a category that includes puppies.

You may also find the following lists and articles helpful, too:

Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods

  • JeremyScott10

    You’re very welcome. Many people like Dr. Jean Dodds vaccine protocol. She recommends limited puppy vaccines plus one year boosters, but I only do puppy vaccines and titer tests still show immunity years later.

    I forgot to mention the importance of non-toxic grooming products. I like Earthbath but will also use baby shampoos from the health food store. I avoid the chemical flea and tick products and use natural repellents.

    And you may want to check out Dr. Karen Becker’s newsletter. She has some of the best nutrition advice.
    http://healthypets.mercola.com/

    I do think having a pet is the best anti-depressant in the world, and a happy little yorkie is a great choice. Also, if you haven’t read the book, Healing Anxiety and Depression, I highly recommend. And for a quick fix, you can learn EFT for PTSD and anxiety. It’s very simple but it works.

  • Shannon Campbell

    Thank you kindly for these links! The dog aware link is immensely helpful. I did not see the article for the dog naturally magazine link however, it is now saved so I can dig around. I had no idea vaccines could be risky since vets do not share that info. I will be rereading this article and investigating further to see how our local registration/licensing law will comply. I am aware of herbs and essential oil usage can be safe with proper precautions and thorough research prior to use and self selection applied. What you’ve added has increased my knowledge arsenal.

    The yorkie is my pick because I love their temperament and appearance. They are humorous happy dogs that require a lot of attention in addition to grooming needs. I am planning on training with a teeth brushing regimen as well, especially since they are prone to dental issues. The yorkie, I am hoping, can help me with my depression, ptsd, and anxiety. Thank you for your referrals.

  • JeremyScott10

    Congratulations on your new addition.

    Here’s a good article on fresh foods to add to commercial food.
    http://www.dogaware.com/diet/freshfoods.html

    Here’s another good article.
    http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/feeding-fresh-food-to-dogs/

    I always buy the smallest bags of food because they start going rancid after about one month.

    One way of saving money is to stop vaccinating after puppy shots, and get titers done to measure immunity.
    http://peterdobias.com/blogs/blog/11017397-unsure-about-the-vaccination-safety

    Another money saver is to start to train your dog to have her teeth brushed so you can avoid the expense (and danger) of dental cleanings. I had a great trainer who taught me how to gradually get my pup to accept getting her teeth brushed. It was worth the effort.

  • Shannon Campbell

    We are getting a yorkie puppy in the next couple weeks. We gave usually been on tight budgets and fed our dogs the “cheaper” brands which I’ve learned are filler and not just a generic form. Being uneducated on proper nutrition and in the last year learning about holistic care, I’m looking for recommendations for proper nutrition for a puppy, or all dog stage. Also, what types of fresh foods can I offer? I’ve heard frozen carrots are excellent for teething. Thanks for suggestions. We are budgeting to purchase food in bulk and in advance to allow the higher budget needs.

  • les

    does anyone know why Solid Gold is not on the list. I checked ingredients and they look similar to ones on the list. I used it on my last pet and was considering it for my 2lb chihuahua which I am picking up this week. Just wanted to make sure there is nothing massively wrong with it that it isn’t reviewed. Also she is on (of all things right now) Eukanaba and Hills’ diet canned !!!!!!! I want to get her off this quick! And I don’t want to have to buy a bag just to use about 1 cup to mix in with the SG over 3 days. Do you think it would be ok to change her over completely instead of gradually. I certainly don’t want to make her sick or more stressed. thanks

  • theBCnut

    If you mean the Earthborn, it’s an All Life Stages food, which means it has been formulated for growth. But more importantly, it has the proper calcium and phosphorus levels for a large breed puppy.

  • Lorri

    Thanks! Does it say puppy on the labels or just dog?

  • theBCnut

    You need to get a food that is for large breed puppies, either one marked for growth or for all life stages. The adult dog can eat this too, you just need to make sure you don’t overfeed, because these foods are usually more calorically dense. Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast or Coastal Catch are good foods for large breed puppies. So is NutriSource Large Breed Puppy Food.

  • Josie

    Feed him Gerber baby food the steak and gravy one and slowly mix in the puppy food. I did that with my dog until he eventually was weaned off completely. It took about a week and a half. I started him on blue buffelo wilderness but I’m hearing more and more bad things about it so I’m looking to switch.

  • Storm’s Mom

    “all ages” IS puppy food. Or rather “all ages” food is fine for puppies AND adults. If your dog is expected to grow to be more than ~50lbs, they have specific nutritional needs (low calcium, and a particular ratio between calcium and phosphorous). A lot of the Fromm “all ages” (officially called “All Life Stages”) formulae are appropriate for a large breed puppy. I’d encourage you to head over to the Forums on this site and look for the Large Breed Puppy thread.. there’s a document there that lists all the foods that are appropriate for large breed puppies.

  • chuffer

    HI, getting a Vizsla, breeder now feeds them Fromm All ages. Not happy that they arnt being fed puppy food. Any other suggestions please

  • Mayowa Dalero

    I have a 4 month old boerboel puppy, he weighs about 15.5kg, I feed him presently with Diamond dry puppy food. I need advise as to a better brand for my dog.

  • InkedMarie

    Pick a food from the list above. Both Amicus & Natures Logic are small in size; others probably are, too.

  • Brandy

    I have a 9 week old chihuahua who weighs 1.2 lbs he is on pedigree puppy and want to switch him to something better. Any suggestions ?

  • InkedMarie

    I’m guessing you get dog food at the grocery or department store?

  • JVB

    Never heard of any of these brands.

  • Pitlove

    NutriSource Small & Medium Puppy is about 535 kcals/cup. That could be a good food to switch to to help your guy gain some weight. Also NutriSource is a very easy food for dogs to switch to.

  • autobots

    The breeder was the one with the issue. Now that I have him he is eating great. I am just looking for a food that will help him put on weight, and catch up with his size.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Have you contacted the breeder regarding the problem?

  • autobots

    I just got an 8 week old goldendoodle who is very undersized because he had trouble weaning and didn’t each much during his first week of food (rather than milk). He’s only 2.5 pounds but should be closer to 8 pounds. Any food advice for catching up? I’m looking for a brand or a strategy to catch up. Thanks.

  • InkedMarie

    you need to type in “how we rate dog foods” in the search here.

  • NamasteBitches

    Why is Blue Buffalo still on the list? After the whole lawsuit and lying issue? How can that be a trustworthy brand?

  • InkedMarie

    SD is not a good food. Look up above, there’s a whole list of puppy foods. I don’t feed puppy food, I used an all life stages food for puppies.

  • Denise

    I have a mini schnauzer puppy. She has the worst gas ever. I have been feeding her Science Diet, small puppy food. But oh my gosh the odor is so bad! I always thought Science Diet was a very good quality dog food. We really want to make sure this puppy is healthy. We just lost our mini of 9 years, and are still mourning her. We bought this puppy before we knew our older dog was sick. Has anyone got an idea of what food could help this puppy?

  • Jen

    I just took my 16 week old puppy off blue buffalo. Repeated bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.
    Would resolve by taking her off the food and reoccur when putting her back on the food. Thought it was one of the best. Turns out almost all complaints are the same issue. Very disappointed.

  • Bel

    google Blue Buffalo and vomiting and diarrhea. (We had to take our puppy to the vet due to vomiting after having Blue Buffalo.) Good luck!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Ashley- I would highly recommend trying NutriSource and if your pup will be 50lbs or more at mature weight, use the large breed puppy formula.

  • Ashley McGrew

    I just got a Husky puppy, she’ll be 5 months old in 2 days. I have her on Blue Buffalo Wilderness but she has really runny stools and I was wondering if anyone knew if there was anything better to try.

  • BoxerBliss

    Victor chicken and rice or lamb and rice.

  • Janet S Nelson

    Thank you for the help!! I really appreciate it!!

  • Pitlove

    Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy, NutriSource Large Breed Puppy, Country Naturals Puppy Entree, Taste of the Wild (both puppy formulas).

    Those are the most budget friendly ones I can think of off the top of my head

  • Janet S Nelson

    I’m on disability so I’m really limited on funds. I’m going to get a golden retriever puppy. Could you give me a list of 5-10 large breed dry puppy foods that are cheapest?

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  • Pitlove

    And that has literally zero to do with the research I’ve done on pitbulls in general.

    This is now going to be the third time that I’m going to ask you to drop it. As usual on DFA, the conversation has become completely off-topic and the OP has not even posted in this thread again.

    Go argue your point on a forum that specifically discusses pitbull type breeds. The OP wanted help on her poor 12 week old puppy losing weight- something I attempted to do. Why do you feel the need to come in and flip the conversation around just to “prove me wrong” about something I said as a part of my message to her? It makes you look pathetic.

    Drop. It. Now.

  • Chelsea Peterson

    Amstaffs are apbt….. apbt is the ukc and amstaff is the akc

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    I had my first pit bull over 40 years ago, when the term pit bull only applied to the American Pit Bull Terrier, and pit bulls weighed about 35 to 45 lbs.

    It wasn’t until the 1980’s that I first started seeing what were claimed to be 80 lb pit bulls. Then the race was on to create a bigger, badder, pit bull, even if outcrosses to larger breeds like the Tosa Inu, and other mastiff type dogs were needed to accomplish this.

    Then about 1985 a breeder called “Land Of The Giants” came on the scene and voila the first 100 lb “pit bulls” were born.

    Except they weren’t purebred pit bulls (American Pit Bull Terriers) at all, they were the beginning of the bastardization of the pit bull into what we have today. A world full of “bully type breeds” where the term ‘pit bull’ has been corrupted to mean anything that resembles the original pit bull AKA the American Pit Bull Terrier 😉

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    If reading someones posts on DFA is;

    “Creepy stalking type behavior.”

    Then I’m guilty as charged dude 😉

  • Pitlove

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers are another great pitbull type dog. I used to have one that came in regularly when I was a dog bather. She was a cute little blue Staffy.

  • Shawna

    I had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier growing up — they have always been my heart dog since then. As I’m sure you know, they are much shorter and weigh less than the other bully/pitbull (right or wrong, I’ve always heard them used interchangeably) breeds but huge heads and really really stocky.

    I didn’t realize el doctor at one point had a pitbull until he got in this argument with you.

  • DogFoodie

    So typical, James!

  • theBCnut

    Typical James behavior.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Wow, I actually didn’t think it was the same person posting until two names, despite the same personality and writing style, but it appears you were right! Well done!

  • LabsRawesome

    I don’t know. I hope so.

  • DogFoodie

    Is he gone!?

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    If reading someones posts on DFA is;

    “Creepy stalking type behavior.”

    then I’m guilty as charged dude 😉

  • LabsRawesome

    Creepy stalking type behavior. Dude, she has asked you twice now to leave her alone. You need to stop. Seriously.

  • Pitlove

    Wrong and wrong. Now drop it.

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    “You’ve no clue my age,”

    25

    “nor my knowledge of the APBT as a breed and its history.”

    Very limited

  • LabsRawesome

    Hmmmm. There are two regular posters on this site with the same argumentative, need to be right personality. And the same exact writing style. I wonder if it is the same person posting under two different names.

  • Pitlove

    You’ve no clue my age, which does not matter, nor my knowledge of the APBT as a breed and its history.

    I understand that you are an argumentative person and have a need to be right, but this conversation is now way off topic and not even close to helpful for the OP. I’m not going to continue indulging your need for argument. Let’s drop it.

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    I had my first pit bull over 40 years ago. This was before the breed, “American Pit Bull Terrier” AKA the pit bull, began to have it’s history rewritten by the younger pit bull aficionados like yourself.

    The following are excerpts from the “American Pit Bull Registry”;

    Today the Pit Bull breed is in fact the most unregistered pure bred line of dog in existence.

    The history of the Pit Bull is quickly disappearing and being re-written. One of our goals at the APBR is to capture the true history before it is gone forever.

    The history of the Pit Bull varies depending on the sources you refer to.

    In fact some sources go so far as to claim the Pit Bull is not a pure breed at all.

    This is an often perpetuated myth by registries and those in the humane care community that do not support the Pit Bull breed and others that do not understand the Pit Bulls well established history as a pure breed or what it takes to meet the standard of a pure breed line.

    The Pit Bull in fact has a lineage that goes back further than most other considered pure breeds in existence today.

    http://pitbullregistry.com/PitBull%20History.htm

    I’m posting this to let you know that your version of the pit bull, and the “umbrella of breeds” under the pit bull moniker, is the corrupted version,, which DID NOT EXIST back before the recent super sizing and bastardization of what was once the American Pit Bull Terrier AKA the pit bull.

  • Pitlove

    Pitbull is not actually an abbreviation of American Pitbull Terrier. Only people uneducated about pitbulls in general believe that. The truth is that is does serve as an umbrella term for several breeds that display similar physical characteristics. Its important to know what sort of pitbull you have because that will determine their full grown size. True American Pitbull Terriers, especially a lot of the Colby bloodlines are very small. Some only 35lbs. Whereas pits like mine (AmStaffs) are much larger and are considered large breeds. American Bullies (which are a designer dog, and I don’t personally feel they fall under the pitbull umbrella though some do) get upwards of 100lbs. Even more important for them to be fed as large breeds.

    I agree its confusing, but it’s important to be aware of and most people in the pitbull community are aware of which “type” of pitbull they have.

  • http://dograp.com el doctor

    “Any idea what kind of pitbull he is?”

    I know there are people out there who think that there are several “Breeds” under the pitbull or pit bull umbrella.

    I think it only confuses things. There is a breed called the “American Pit Bull Terrier” and the term pit bull or pitbull is an abbreviation of that name.

    What is more accurate IMHO, is that there are breeds that fall under “Bully” type dog umbrella, this could include any bulldog, or bulldog cross, and that’s a very long list.

    Just my opinion 😉

  • Pitlove

    Try another food. Puppy Chow must not taste very good to him. Any idea what kind of pitbull he is? He may need to be fed a large breed formula for puppies.

  • Threasa Mcwilliams

    I have a 12 wk old Pit Bull and he is not eating very well. I had him at the Vets and he needs to gain weight. They have him on Purina puppy chow but he just nipples and then done. So he always has to have food in his bowl. I need to know what would work best for him. He is playful and happy just to skinny!

  • theBCnut

    They are “All Life Stages” foods, which is a fancy way of saying that they are puppy food and every other age too.

  • Clara Lee

    I noticed that these foods dont have ‘puppy’ on their labels but these foods all adequate for puppies since they are under the category of “best puppy food?”

  • Mitch

    Is there any that ship to or can purchase in Australia?

  • Melanie

    I just brought home an 8 week old Golden Retriever pup, and I need some suggestions. She was eating Nutrience, mixed half with grain free and with grain, at the kennel she came from. She doesn’t seem to like it unless I mix it with some yogurt, and I don’t want to keep doing that. I also tried her on Acana, but she’s very picky about it also! I’m so torn between what kind of food to give her. I want her to develop properly, so I need help. What is a good brand for Goldens?

  • Norman swann

    Thank you for your response, not really bothered about the cost, just want to get her to the weight & strength she should be for her age. Will consult with the vets tomorrow.
    Thanks for your help.

  • LabsRawesome

    Any puppy or all life stages food from the above list should be fine. Some of the foods I use from the list above are Victor grain free, and Earthborn. It just depends on your budget and what is readily available in your area.

  • Norman swann

    We have just rehomed a very thin 15 week old Staffordshire bull terrier bitch, they were feeding her the same adult dry food as they were feeding the 3 year old dog they had, it was a very budget branded product. We have purchased the same, but only so we can wean her off on to a puppy food which will get her to the heathy size she should be. She is going to the vets tomorrow, but would like advice as some vets generally push the brands they hold within there practice. What’s the best puppy food for her?

  • LabsRawesome

    A couple of the more budget friendly foods on the list that I personally use are Earthborn and Nature’s Domain. Be sure to get the specific formulas on the list as other formulas may not fit your needs. I feed puppies 3 times a day. How much to feed is different with every puppy. If he starts to look too thin feed more, if he starts getting chubby feed less. Use the chart on the bag as a starting point. The charts will have weight/age recommendations.

  • Thomas Junior

    Thank you. He is currently on purina puppy chow, that’s what they had him on. I will look at the list and decide. Also right now he is eating 1 cup 3 times a day. Am I feeding him enough? Not enough? Too much? Our other dog is a jack Russell so we haven’t had much experience with large breeds so just want to make sure iam doing everything correctly for him and his health! :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Thomas, your puppy is a large breed so he has special dietary needs. You want him to grow slowly so he doesn’t have joint issues. He needs foods with safe levels of calcium specially designed for large breed puppies. I will find the list and post it here for you.

  • Thomas Junior

    We just adopted a mastiff/king German Shepard puppy he is 8 weeks old. They had him on purina puppy chow. What’s the best puppy food for him?

  • Harsha

    We are adopting a 7 week old puppy from our local humane society. His mom is lab/dachshund mix and father we think is mastiff/unknown mix. The litter is currently on Diamond puppy food (solid) mixed with 2 tsp of Diamond puppy food (canned) mixed provided to the foster home. What would be a good food to transition him over to? He is 6 weeks old now and *looks like* a lab.

  • theBCnut

    Best is a rotational diet with fresh foods added.

  • Joseph Wood

    What would be the best dry food for a 12 week old boxer puppy

  • theBCnut

    See if you can find Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast or Coastal Catch. Also think about adding probiotics to your dogs food. Those should help the stool form up. You may want to have a stool sample sent off to the lab for analysis. Intermittent problems can be parasites that are hard to detect on regular fecal checks.

  • Debbie Burroughs Ratcliff

    I have a 6 month old Yellow lab, Abbey. I started her on Wellness Core Puppy at 8 weeks, as per the recommendation from this site. I recently read a post on the web about an ingredient change to the wellness formula, that they have added green tea extract to their formula. Green tea extract has been linked to liver toxicity. Please help I don’t know what to change her food to. About a month ago she started having bad gas. Her stool is not always of good form.

  • Pitlove

    Most Husky males will be over 50lbs when they are at their mature weight therefore he needs to be fed as a large breed puppy. I would suggest Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy, NutriSource Large Breed Puppy or Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy. These foods have safe levels of calcium and phosphorus to help the puppy grow slowly and reduce the risk of orthopedic disorders. 5 star is not even as close to important as making sure the food is formulated correctly to meet the needs of a growing large breed puppy.

  • Harley

    Switch to grain free …. And your 4 month old should still be eating puppy formula

  • Harley

    I’d stick with science diet

  • Harley

    Feed him Rachel rays or wellness purina puppy chow is decent. Never had problems with these my oldest dog is 14
    Fed them all puppy chow for their first 2 years
    Never been sick a day in their life’s

  • Nanda

    Help! I just got a 10 week old Siberian husky puppy , what foods will be best for him? We fed him Cesar’s cuisine food but then he started getting constipated at the same time we were also feeding him some kibble sample bag the vet gave us and he seemed to like the Cesar’s one way more. He’s my first pet I’ve ever owned so I’m really in need of some guidance for high quality 5 star puppy food brands. (I fed him canned pumpkin for constipation which I hear works wonders for puppies)

  • Tashera Grant

    Thanks a lot!

  • theBCnut

    Start off with the same food that the breeder is using since sometimes just moving to a new house will cause stomach upset. Depending on which Purina is being used, look for a food that is one star higher and transition to that first. Then go one star better until you get where you want to be. Some good brands along the way are Earthborn, NutriSource, and Fromm. And yes, considering her size, I would use 4 or 5 lbs. bags.

  • Jamie Berenbaum

    Hi
    Were getting a Vizsla in the next few weeks.Any suggestions? Have used science diet in prior dogs and never any issues. Also never tried wet food. Thanks

  • Tashera Grant

    So should I just start off buying the 5lb bags and transition like that? And which brand do you suggest I start the transition with?

  • theBCnut

    If you go straight from Purina to Orijen, it may take a long time for stools to return to normal. It is a very big change, even with a slow transition. I would try a good food that is in the middle and then switch again after that.

    When I started feeding a rotational diet to my dogs, I would use a bag of food to transition to the new food, then feed a bag of the new food, then use a bag of food to transition again, but my dog had been on the same food for years and was known for getting upset stomachs easily. You could probably start switching with every bag with such a small dog and still have slow transitions. Eventually, you won’t have to do transitions between foods. I feed my dogs something different every single day.

  • Tashera Grant

    Will have an 8 week Maltipoo home in early Feb. the breeder will be feeding them purina but I want to switch over to Orijen, is that ok? And I see you all saying switch up brands and such, how often should I do that?

  • Pamela Alexis McDonald

    Thank you, Aimee, this was very helpful.

  • Pamela Alexis McDonald

    Thank you!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Pamela, the best way to feed a dog is rotational feeding. Choose foods from several different manufacturers, and protein sources. I switch up brands and protein sources with each new bag of food. I also add canned and fresh food food to the kibble. Some of my dogs favorite add ins are scrambled eggs, sardines, cottage cheese, and various meats. Some of the kibbles I use from the above list are Victor, and Earthborn. I use several other brands as well. There is a page on this site on rotational feeding if you would like to read more on the subject.

  • aimee

    Hi Pamela,

    Congrats on your new little life in your home. When I look for a food for raising a pup I want to see that a vet nutritionist is employed by the company, formulated the diet and that the company feeds their diets to actually puppies and monitors their growth and health.

    Your current company does all those things which is likely why your vet said “it was fine”

    Here is info on choosing a dog food written by a vet nutritionist. https://weethnutrition.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/consideratiothat you can search thoughtns-to-help-you-find-the-perfect-for-you-pet-food/

    Also you may want to visit petdiets dot com which is another sight from a vet nutritionist. Click on the tab “Ask the Nutritionist” and enter “select a puppy food” in the search term box to see how she answered other concerned pet parent’s questions.

  • Pamela Alexis McDonald

    My husband, son and I just brought home a four month old beagle puppy. The Humane Society that we got him from was feeding him Science Diet and the vet said that it was fine so we’ve stuck with it. I’ve been Googling and researching different puppy foods and I’m super confused. Any experienced dog owners out there have any advice, suggestions, etc? We truly love our fur baby and want only the best for him. Thank you!

  • LabsRawesome

    I am not a fan of Blue Buffalo. My cousin’s Pit had the squirts on it also. She couldn’t get enough water when she ate Blue either. I would try another brand. My 3 dogs do great on Victor dog food. I rotate through a lot of other brands as well.

  • Trudy Louden Anderson

    I have been feeding my now 4 month old Blue Heeler Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe. She constantly has loose stools. The Blue Buffalo Rep suggested it has too much protein. I have had her on Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Chicken & Brown Rice for over a week now and the loose stools persist. She eats very well and is very active with my 1 year old dog. Any suggestions on dog food other than giving pumpkin, cuz I have tried that as well? Thanks.

  • Jondra Smith

    I have an 8 week Chihuahua, what is the best brand dry puppy food? Blue Buffalo, Evo, Nature’s Variety, or Wellness or is there a brand not listed that is the best?

  • theBCnut

    See if you can find Earthborn Holistic anywhere near you. Feeding TOTW can be risky depending on where you live.

  • Carl

    Any suggestions for a Bull Terrier, 5 Months Old. My cousin had him on Natrual Balance but many good suggestions on this site. I think Ideally something with no grain and higher protein I would think. Thanks for any feedback and suggestions!

  • Arturo Guillermo Bermudez

    Melissa I appreciate your input and thank you I currently reside in Costa Rica and it is very limited quality dog food, and after reading all options out there my wife and I chose
    Taste of the Wild (Dry) no grain and he loves it Blessings to you and family

  • Melissa

    We have an English Bulldog puppy and also volunteer for a local bulldog rescue. Stick to this site for recommendations. They are often prone to yeast issues and many other issues. Try to steer clear of grains. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to his food and a capful of Braggs Apple cider vinegar (has to be organic ACV with the “mother”) Should keep him healthy. We feed our pup “Honest Kitchen” they only make a few that are acceptable for puppies so read all ingredients. (We feed Revel)

  • Melissa

    Stick with Taste of the Wild etc.. Iams is garbage…

  • Brenda Kauffman

    I just brought home an 8 week old cocker spaniel who is eating Taste of the Wild Puppy food. Is that the best choice? I feed my previous cocker Iams and thought I would do the same for this one, but the breeder began with Taste of the Wild and I don’t want to change while he is adjusting to a new home, or maybe not at all. Cost is an issue, but I want good quality, too! Suggestions?

  • Julia Zgorliski

    Hi in January I will be bringing home an 8 week old rough collie. The people raising him are currently feeding him Purina puppy chow, but I would like to switch him to a high quality food. Should he be on a large breed formula? Wet? Dry? Recommendations on switching? Brand recomendations?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Mona- Boxers tend to be large breeds so he will need a good large breed puppy food that has controlled calcium and phosphorus to promote slow growth and reduce the risk of orthopedic disorders. My top 3 LBP foods are Fromm Gold Large Breed Puppy, NutriSource Large Breed Puppy and Precise Holistic Complete Large & Giant Breed Puppy.

    Best of luck! Boxers are awesome :)

  • Pitlove

    I really have never seen a lab that was not over 50lbs at mature weight, so yes I would absolutely feed the pup as a large breed. My lab is 80lbs and I use a Large Breed Adult formula.

    I would use the Science Diet she is feeding for the first few weeks while he is getting used to you, your home and his new family. Stress from the new environment can cause GI upset. I would then switch to another LBP food that you find to be better quality.

    Each dog is different. There are lots of dogs that do fine on Science Diet or Taste of the Wild or Orijen and some do horrible. Also switching foods every so often is not bad at all for dogs. It gives them variety and helps them from getting bored with one food and it also keeps their stomach healthy by constantly repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria. Dogs who aren’t able to handle dietary change have unhealthy guts, but it can easily be fixed by offering different foods and even with probiotics.

  • Mona Whaley

    We are adopting an 8 week old Boxer mix puppy. Recommendations on what to feed him?

  • Jourdan

    Thank you! So this breeder has them on science diet (sigh). When I asked if it was large breed puppy, she said regular. As there are about 1000 types, it really isn’t helpful. I am wondering if I get the large breed puppy and then slowly transition him to something better, if that will avoid the pitfalls of switching up the foods. The large breed puppy calcium to phosphorous ratio was shockingly fine. What I find surprising is the breeder told me she doesn’t like Diamond (TOTW) because she had dogs get sick after the recall but apparently Hills is ok?? And then I have the breeder from my Golden who wanted strictly Orijen Large Breed Puppy, even if it wasn’t working well. I can’t win.

  • Pitlove

    You would want to feed either of the puppy formulas as they are safe for large breed puppies. If you would like to feed the Southwest Canyon formula you would need to email ToTW and find out the max calcium and phosphorus prevents and input them into the calculator tool provided in the Large Breed Puppy article on this site to make sure it’s safe.

  • Jourdan

    Would anyone recommend or discourage feeding a 9 week old lab puppy TOTW Southwest Canyon formula? I know it is an all life stages food, but I’m not sure that it is really the best option. My one year old golden is on TOTW Southwest canyon (after Fromms and Orijen puppy did not work out) so it would certainly makes life easier. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank!

  • Pitlove

    What is available near you? Can you get Fromm? Its very similar to NutriSource. Both are excellent foods. Shame that no one near you carries NutriSource. My dogs love it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Nutrisource is a really good food at a really good price. Which variety of Nutrisource did she come with? Regardless, one thing you could do is go to your local store(s) with the ingredient list for the Nutrisource and find the one that’s the closest to it, and switch to that one.

    From there, I would encourage you to gradually switch her food every bag or so to get her (and her stomach) used to switching foods often. Use a teaspoon or so of pure canned pumpkin (NOT the pie filling stuff), probiotics, and digestive enzymes to help with the transition from one food to another, until you’re sure she can switch without tummy troubles. Hope this helps, good luck, come back and let us know how she’s doing..and maybe post a pic? (Shiba’s are so cute!! I’ve got a spitz-breed too – a Swedish Vallhund. A spitz can be a handful but are such a joy to have around!!)

  • Arturo Guillermo Bermudez

    I get a puppy he is 2 1/2 months English Bulldog, any suggestions on what to feed him? I have read that they are prone for upset stomachs …
    I would like to avoid that…I am hoping in feeding my dog the best possible food.because I know I would suffer as well

  • Helen Choi

    Any recommendations on a Full Breed of Shiba Inu? The Breeder is giving her Nutrisource so we got some for her to transition. But seeing what is the best to give her once we transition! Nutrisource isn’t offered at many places, and wanted to get something we can get locally – not only online. Thank you!

  • Sayk

    I’ll do that, thanks so much for the help!

  • Tamara Murdock

    Thank you

  • Pitlove

    Some of my personal favorite puppy foods are Fromm, NutriSource, and Precise Holistic Complete. Take a look at those.

  • Tamara Murdock

    I am about to get a 12 wk old puppy. Dachshund and Terrier mix, any suggestions on what to feed her?

  • Crazy4cats

    Yikes, I didn’t realize how young your pup is until I read Marie’s reply. Just one month old? Usually it’s best to wait until two months to separate from it’s mother. Have you taken her to the vet? It is very important that the pup is not dehydrated. It can be very dangerous for a pup so young not to be eating. The vet can give her some fluids and supplement to keep her from getting sick from not eating.

  • InkedMarie

    can you take her back to her mother? She is too young to be away.

  • Sayk

    She’s mixed breed.

  • Sayk

    Sorry english isn’t my first language. I’m not sure what’s her weight. But i feed her pedigree and rice with meat or broth.

  • Crazy4cats

    What is she crossed with? Will she be large, 50 pounds or more? If yes, you should feed an appropriate large breed dog food. What have you tried so far? Where do you shop?

  • Sayk

    Hi everyone, i got a puppy, a crossed breed golden retriever. She’s about a month old. But i dunno what to feed her cuz lately she’s rejecting foods that im giving her. What should i do?

  • Priscilla Saenz

    Thanks for all the info! Got a lot of reading to do :)

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Priscilla:
    Large and giant breed puppies have special dietary needs. Feeding an appropriate level of calcium until they reach 80% of their adult weight, about a year old or longer for giant breeds, should help them mature at an appropriate rate. It is also recommended to avoid excessive physical activity and over feeding. This will keep them lean during their growth stage while their joints are still developing. Here’s an article explaining their needs in more detail with references for further research:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    Here are some brands that would be suitable for your dog Nutrisource LBP, Hill’s Ideal Balance LBP, Orijen LBP, Holistic Select LBP, Wellness Core puppy, Fromm Gold LBP, and Precise LBP

    Here’s a link to a DFA forum about large and giant breed dogs. Read the first three or four pages and the links provided on the first page for more info:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    Here’s a link to a list for some foods that may fall into the recommended parameters on the forum. The list has not been updated in a few years. If you choose a food from this list I suggest you contact the manufacturer to be sure the calcium levels are optimal for your puppy, Look for a post dated July 23, 2013 at 1:51 pm and click on the link:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    To make your search easier you can also join the Dog Food Advisor Editor’s Choice for an up to date list of recommended large/giant breed puppy foods. Good luck and have fun with your pup!
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

  • Crazy4cats

    Thanks for the information.

  • el doctor

    Hi C4c

    “Here is another link that helps explain that meals are just the dried product after cooking.”

    I read the link and I have to respectfully disagree!

    Meat meals, named or otherwise are made in rendering plants. I have been on the inside of a few of these plants and I honestly believe that if you could see what I’ve seen you would never feed any of your pets a rendered product like meat meal again.

    I have also been on the inside of a few sewage treatment plants and I believe they are similar in that they both turn garbage into something a little less disgusting.

  • el doctor

    Hi Geneviève

    Your very welcome!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours 😉

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Genevieve-
    How exciting, a new puppy!! I’m assuming that your new pup will be considered a large breed. Here is a link that may be helpful when choosing what to feed her.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-large-breed-puppy-food/

    Large breed puppies grow so fast. Extra care is needed to protect their bones and joints to prevent elbow or hip dysplasia. I do not believe that meat meals are bad as long as they are species specific, such as chicken or beef meal. Here is another link that helps explain that meals are just the dried product after cooking.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/about-meat-meal/

    I also believe that it is best to add fresh food to our dogs’ diets, but it is also very important to make sure that all the proper vitamins and minerals are provided. For me, feeding a commercial diet, whether it be dry, wet, freeze dried, dehydrated or frozen, appropriate for a large breed puppy would be the only way to go.

    Please post pics of your new addition!

  • theBCnut

    There are a couple issues here you need to be aware of. If your GD is expected to be a large dog then you need to be very careful about what you feed. There is plenty of info on this site about the issues with feeding large breed puppies, so do a search and read, read, read. Second, best is feeding a variety. You may, after reading about feeding large breed puppies elect to feed something simple while your dog is growing, but for the life of your dog, feeding kibble is never best. Even the best kibbles are highly processed foods and fresh foods have so many benefits, even for our pets. Many people here use kibble as a base then add a variety of fresh foods to it.

  • Geneviève Nathalie Roberge

    Thank you so much for this information! It was really helpful and I hope I can feed my dog the best possible food.

  • el doctor

    Hi Geneviève

    Congratulations and welcome to DFA!

    Well let’s start with the bad news, there is no perfect food, and I also believe that meat meals, even named ones like chicken meal, are pretty far from what a dog should be eating.

    Now for some good news! Feeding a dog should be like feeding a child, fresh is best, and processed foods like kibbles and canned should be kept to a minimum, or not fed at all.

    We pretty much get brainwashed by the dog food industry into accepting that ultra-processed foods that come in a bag or a can are what we should be feeding our dogs.

    What about a fresh food properly balanced diet like the kind that most of us agree is the best for people?

    Sorry for the rant 😉

    If you are open to feeding your dog a homemade properly balanced canine appropriate raw OR lightly cooked diet, then that is about as close to perfect as you’re going to get!

    Here’s a link to a good book to get you started on the road to homemade.

    Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982533128/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687562&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=098253311X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1ZDTH4WK59W523ZDRDTN

    And here’s a link to a video here on DFA by the author of that book, that gives you an overview of the different types of dog foods and how she thinks they should be ranked.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dog-food-best-to-worst/#comment-2377642603

    Of course everybody has their own opinion on which foods to feed and so on.

    Good Luck with the pup!

  • Geneviève Nathalie Roberge

    Hello everyone, I will be getting my first puppy in January (female goldendoodle) and I’m trying to find THE perfect food. After reading forums and articles for countless hours online I have become completely confused. It seems like a lot of these dog foods have “meat meal” as an ingredient which I’ve read is bad. If anyone has any suggestions for a first time goldendoodle puppy pet owner, please help! Thank you.

  • Pitlove

    Have a look at NutriSource. It’s an excellent food for dogs with GI upset. Specifically their Large Breed Puppy formula.

  • Kendra White

    I have a 6 month old female black lab. She is happy and hyper, but has had some stomach problems. Shortly after we got her, she would get diarrhea pretty bad about every two weeks for three days or so. We would take to the vet where she was first treated for worms extensively (hook and whip worms are a problem in our area) but that didn’t fix it. She then had antibiotics, went away and came back. Had antiinflammatories, went away came back. I finally put the poor dog on a ground turkey, sweet potato, and pea diet. No diarrhea since. This is costly and time consuming and I am afraid lacking in the vitamins she needs. I am looking for a good dry puppy food to help with this issue. She does swallow her food whole so I don’t know if that is what gave her the diarrhea and the basically predigested sweet potato eases that or if she was reacting to the kibble she was on (for health puppy brand tractor supply). Any suggestions or insight to what could be going on? We have been diarrhea free for over a month now.

  • Dori

    Hi fookU, just thought of you and your puppy and wondering how your puppy is doing?

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    Have you had any success with your pup yet? Did you get the diarrhea to stop? I hope things are improving!

  • Crazy4dogs

    Have you tried a kong wobbler? The dog has to physically work with the toy to get the kibble to spill out.

  • Hopeful

    My puppy a boxer did the same thing. I had to hand feed him for a while to teach him how it should be done to prevent vomiting. Now he does well. I controlled his speed and how much he ate with each bite. Time consuming but worth it to keep him from vomiting al over my floor each time.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Was the fecal sent out to a lab and tested specifically for giardia and coccidia? The unfortunate thing is unless they are actually being shed and in the stool, they can actually come back with a negative result.

    C4C is correct. Metronidazole is generally the treatment that works, but it may need to be repeated.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    Just curious…which dewormer are you using? Also, have you tried metronidazole at all?

  • Dori

    Please post back after Friday’s recheck.

  • theBCnut

    Good luck. I had a GSD that I just had to throw his food all across the floor to slow him down. Nothing else worked.

  • fookU

    He has been checked and dewormed again as a precaution, and I will be taking in another stool sample this Friday to be rechecked

  • fookU

    I have tried the muffin tin, it didn’t slow him down at all. But now I will try the cookie sheet. Ty for your help

  • Dori

    I’m assuming your puppy has been checked for worms and parasites? Even if he has, I’d have the vet recheck him.

    Edit: Sorry I should have read posts further down where I see this issue has already been addressed.

  • theBCnut

    Another trick to try to slow eating is to put their food in a muffin tin or spread it out on a cookie sheet, so they can only pick up a few pieces at a time.

  • Melissa Vazquez Carrera

    I heard taste of the wild is very good. Usually grains give issues and protein is better for them. I am actually planning to do raw. I heard their stool size are smaller. An firm and not as smelly and their gums are healthier even their breath. You can either buy raw dog food. Or make your own and isn’t as expensive as you think. A friend of mines has two German shepherds and they strive. No vet visit other other rabies and stuff but never sick. One is already 10 and her New pup loves it…

  • Melissa Vazquez Carrera

    Have you tried one of those dog bowls that are for slow eating. It makes them hard to eat the food fast. They sell the in petco and petsmart. I also have seen them on Amazon. You should look into them..

  • Crazy4dogs

    Fromm Grain Free and Wellness Trufood have very small kibble.

  • theBCnut

    My pup that did that ended up having food sensitivities. You may have to move to a limited ingredient diet.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hmm? I wouldn’t think inhaling food would cause diarrhea either. As BCnut stated, I think it would be more likely to cause vomiting. Yes, definitely try adding water. I add a little water and either canned, fresh or frozen to my dogs’ meals. They ate extremely fast when they were young also. Luckily, they have slowed down a bit now. But, still quick so they can go help the other one finish!

    I have a friend who feeds her dog kibble in a big Kong and that slows him down. He has to work a bit for his meal. Have you tried a large breed puppy food? They tend to be a larger sized kibble. I once got a sample of large breed Now Fresh and it was quite large in my opinion.

    Are you sure he doesn’t have a sensitivity to an ingredient in the food? Is the prescription food high in fiber? Have you tried any type of supplement, such as, a probiotic? I’ve used supplements made by Vetri-Science, Thorne and The Honest Kitchen that help soothe the intestines and help with loose stools.

    Please report back on how he is doing. I bet he’s beautiful!

  • Pitlove

    Hi- I follow a YouTube channel called Gone To The Snow Dogs. The couple owns 3 Huskies, 2 of which inhale their food just like yours. Can you post a link to the type of slow feed bowl you’ve tried? They have tried several and have a few videos about the ones that have slowed their Huskies to 5 minutes eating time. You may find some of their videos useful.

    Also what food was your pup on at the breeder? Did you keep him on that food while he was adjusting to your home?

  • fookU

    Had a stool sample tested last week.It was negative for the giardia and coccidia, and no worms present. Vet decided to give de wormer again and put him on the prescription food. He inhales his food, but will sit down and chew a dog cookie.

  • fookU

    I have gotten the slow feed bowl, it doesn’t slow him down at all. He inhales a half cup of kibble in less than 10 seconds like he is starving But I haven’t tried adding a bit of water to his food. I will give that a try next. Have had his stool checked and it was negative for giardia. He has had diarrhea since we picked him up from breeder 2 weeks ago.

  • theBCnut

    Not chewing should not cause diarrhea, but it can cause vomiting. Most dogs that inhale their food still inhale bigger kibble. Try getting a slow feed bowl, or putting something large in his bowl so he has to eat around it or add water to his food. Have a stool checked at the vet and consider adding probiotics and/or digestive enzymes to his food until the stools are normal again for a couple weeks.

  • Crazy4cats

    Have you brought in a stool sample to be tested for giardia and/or coccidia? It’s not uncommon for puppies to have parasites or worms that can cause intermittent diarrhea.

  • fookU

    Hi , I am looking for a puppy kibble that is larger in size. My Siberian In hales his food and does not chew at all. He is currently eating Royal Canin Gastrointestinal / High Energy. He is 10 weeks old and my vet put him on this current food because he has constant diarrhea. I am thinking the diarrhea is from not chewing now, so maybe a larger kibble would help.. He chews dog cookies just not his kibble. Have feed Acana to other dogs. Suggestions??

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    Amicus and Nutrisource small/med breed Puppy are tiny.

  • InkedMarie

    Natures Logic is very tiny kibble.

  • Lana

    I need a tiny size kibble for my teacup chihuahua. I want a 5 star that he can fit in his little mouth. Any suggestions?

  • Ally

    Well, now he’s been on the Simply Nourish for 4 days. He’s constantly itchy/chewing, his ears are getting gross, and he’s sneezing white mucus. He’s also showing signs of constipation. We’re going to the vet tomorrow and DEFINITELY switching food. I just don’t know what it will be switched to. I’m trying not to be super worried because we went through this with our lab, but she was already 2 years old not a little 6-pound squirt. I just want him to be okay and not so aggravated all the time. He wasn’t like this when we picked him up from the adoption center.

  • Ally

    We have a 2.5-month-old male beagle whom we got from a PetSmart Adoption Center and they pushed Simply Nourish onto us. There have been no problems so far, but he can be fickle about eating all of his food. Additionally, looking through the comments here has us a bit terrified of what the next bag could bring. So, we’re looking into other brands. One of the bigger problems is that we’re in a very small town and don’t have many options so we’d most likely have to order online. From reviews, I’m thinking Fromm, Orijen, or Acana for our little tyke, but to be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about foods. I’m slowly learning and I really don’t know what would be best for him, but I do know that my dad’s idea of “let’s just go to Walmart and get him some Pro-Plan” about gave me a heart attack. We went through several dogs with food allergies before we even knew that was a possibility. We want to avoid as many problems with food as possible with this little guy. He is pretty itchy on the Chicken & Turkey Simply Nourish, but we’re not sure if it’s the food or the fact that he insists on spending hours outside with us each day. Any help on selecting a food or just some direction would be appreciated because I really don’t want to go my dad’s route of buying somehting a commercial recommends.

  • Phil

    I have had my six month old Chocolate Labrador female on the Orijen puppy large breed dog food and cannot be happier. This food is one of the more expensive, but she is very healthy with a shiny coat. I know it is more expensive, but if you end up at a Vet due to significant health issues with your young pets the costs even out easily. We follow the feeding suggestions on the bag and get between five and six weeks per bag which also helps with the costs. We will be transitioning her to one of the other Orijen dog foods at a later date.

  • Caitlin Nicole Sealey-Brown

    I have two Pit Bull mix puppies and we are trying to figure out what food to give them. We currently have them on Pure Balance puppy food. I read one woman had two dogs end up with kidney failure after being on this food. Does anyone have a good recommendation for two growing puppies?

  • theBCnut

    You might want to try a course of probiotics and/or digestive enzymes and see if that clears up the gas. Bad gas is a sign that there is either something in the food that your dog cannot handle or that the protein is too high too suddenly and your dog isn’t used to handling that. If it is a protein issue, the digestive enzymes should help clear it up and your pups should start producing enough of the necessary enzymes in short order. In the long run, high protein is good, but some dogs take longer than others to adjust.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Emily,
    I do like Earthborn in my rotation, but terrible flatulence should not be a part of the food. This formula might not be working for you. You might look into the grain free versions or some other food. DogFoodie is correct.

  • DogFoodie

    No, you don’t, Emily! If your dog is having severe flatulence, he’s not properly absorbing nutrients from the food. Foods that cause my dog to have gas are eliminated from the rotation immediately.

    I agree Earthborn product s are great. Maybe you might consider one of their other foods. I think I’d first try one of the brain free formulas and see if it helps.

  • Emily Hendrie Donato

    I also use Earthborn, but the puppy vantage. They both have terrible flatulence. However, it’s a great food, so you got to take the good with the bad,right?

  • Don Dawkins

    Thanks for the response. I just purchased Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken Meal and Brown Rice. I hope this resolves the issue.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Why don’t you try one of the other formulas. He might be having an issue with the formula of turkey, chicken and whitefish. The other formulas are different proteins.

  • Don Dawkins

    I have a 12 week old pit bull mastiff mix. He has a very bad gas problem. The vet has assured me that he doesn’t have parasites which could cause this problem. I am feeding him Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural. Could this food be too rich in protein? This has to stop! My home smell bad after each outbreak! Please help.

  • Tiffany Downing

    Hi guys,
    I have a 1 year old Dogo Argentino. I was advised to keep him on puppy food for another 6 months. As a young pup, he was on Nature’s Domain Salmon, same as my other dog since it is all stages. He ended up with chronic diarrhea. My vet and I ruled out intestinal parasites, etc so we thought maybe the food is just too rich for him. I ended up getting him Kirkland’s Chicken & Rice Puppy food and he did great on that UNTIL he developed a skin issue, seemingly concurrent with the food change. Now, the doc is recommending a food trial with something other than chicken and I’m afraid to try fish again after months of diarrhea. Do you guys have any suggestions? He’s about 75lbs and still growing and I have a plethora of other animals so I’m on somewhat of a budget. However, if a higher quality diet allows me to feed smaller portions, I’m willing to pay the difference if it will last awhile. Ultimately, I’m looking for something to make my boy beautiful again. Thanks!

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    Yay! We had a night with no vomiting or accidents! I’m hoping we’re out of the woods now.

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    I called the vet and whoever I talked to couldn’t understand why I switched the food from Beneful! She wasn’t much help, just told me what I already knew. We mixed the Earthborn food with some Pruina puppy and pumpkin today (2x) and she has been fine all day again. But now it’s night and we’ll see. My son said she was on the Purina puppy food before he bought the Beneful. Again, she’s been playing all day and acting fine — drinking no more or less than usual, eyes bright, gums pink. I’ll give it until Monday. If she wasn’t acting okay during the day I would just take her to the ER vet. She would be acting sicker all the time if it were something other than the food, don’t you think? Thanks again for all the help and concern.

  • Pitlove

    Mostly likely not. Could include an rX food as well that will really hurt your wallet.

    Let us know what they say and we can try to help find a non-rX food if possible.

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    Well I spoke too soon. I’m calling the vet today. She was really sick overnight — vomiting and diarrhea pretty bad. It’s weird because she’s fine all day; it’s just at night that this has been happening. She’s doing better now, playing outside. I’m stopping the Earthborn food also.Hopefully the vet will have an answer that doesn’t break the bank!

  • Pitlove

    try adding a probiotic as well. You can buy Lifeway kefir at Walmart for 3$. Get the most plain kind you can find. No added sugar or flavorings.

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    I’ve been giving her the Earthborn dry mixed with a dollop of pumpkin today. Gave it to her twice so far and it seems like she’s not in as much distress when trying to go. She did have 2 more accidents overnight last night. She’s okay during the day. I’m going to to give it the weekend and if there is no improvement by Monday morning, I’m calling the vet. She doesn’t seem sick in any other way — still playful, eyes bright, etc. I don’t remember what food she had before and thankfully the Beneful was only for about a week. thanks for all the advice and concern!

  • Pitlove

    Can he order online? sometimes its cheaper. Earthborn is definitely a good food though. I hope he can afford to keep her on it. Better food will pay for itself down the road with less vet bills.

  • lgd1650

    I just left the vets office due to emergency w/one of my dogs.When she ask what I feed I told her Beneful healthy .She told me it is the worst food you can feed your dog even the healthy one she said it was full of sugar! my dog was diagnosed today as a diabetic needing insulin shots! She is 7 I been feeding this for last 2 years!

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    I just bought Earthborn dry food on the advice of the person at the local Agway store. It’s pretty pricey though so I don’t know if my son will be able to keep her on it. Right now I just want her to start feeling better!

  • Pitlove

    even if it’s not the food I and most others would strongly urge u to change foods anyway. are u working on a tight budget? if so how much can u pay for food?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Since this post is several days old, I hope your puppy is better. If not, I hope she’s seen the vet.

  • Crazy4dogs

    It could be the food. Did this start with the food change? What were you feeding before changing?

    There are a lot of better foods to choose from. You might want to start by looking at the 3-4 ☆ foods on this site and begin a transition. If you don’t see an improvement in a few days you may need to have her seen by a vet to rule out any other issues. If she gets worse you should take her to the vet immediately. Good luck with your pup!

  • Bonnie Fedchak

    We have a 6 month old beagle/pit mix. Have been feeding her beneful dry food for about a week. The last few days she has been having accidents during the night and very loose stool. Could it be the food and what would be a better food for her? thanks.

  • Rovell Goh

    Thanks so much Dori. Thanks for your comment & the link. Wish you have a happy day.

  • Dori

    My three girls did exceptionally well on the food. The fish formula was the only one they could eat also. It was the Trout & something or other formula. Even Katie with all her intolerance issues did well on it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I’ve seen Zignature in one of the pet stores in town, but for whatever reason I haven’t picked it up yet (I think mainly because the small bag is so tiny, it looks like I’d run out of food so quickly with it! haha ..and I don’t like all the pea ingredients). I might as well try it next, though… probably the Lamb one, as I don’t think Storm’s had a lamb formula in a while (and the only other ones he can eat are the fish ones and he’s had a few fish ones in a row now).

  • Dori

    That’s great that she’s doing so well on the Zignature Lamb. It’s rated 4 stars here and appears to be a good food. Eventually you can gradually transition her to some of the other proteins in the line so that her gut gets nice and healthy and accustomed to the different proteins. Later till you can then start adding different brands into her diet and you’ll have a nice rotational diet going. She’ll get the best of what each has to offer and if some are a little lacking in nutrients or have a little too much of anything it will all balance out with what is known as a “rotational diet”. A rotational diet also serves a purchase in that if a food is recalled or your store runs out of what you are feeding there is no need to panic because you can feed her one of the other foods in her rotation without her experiencing any gastro issues. The link below is on rotational diets for dogs.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/diet-rotation-for-dogs/

  • Rovell Goh

    Thanks Dori. Actually I do not know what type of food did the breeder gave but guess not quality food as my puppy seems to poop quite frequent & a bit loose stools. I had switched to Zignature Lamb + Trout & Salmon and she is doing well…no more loose stool….no bad smell…haha

  • Jackie Wileman

    Thanks for your help pitlove. She is already a special member of the family.

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