I am getting a GSP puppy and have narrowed down the foods, or so I thought.
I think we are going to start him on Fromm Gold Puppy, but I like the look of Taste of the Wild as well for variety once he is out of the puppy stage. However I saw Native being recommended for this specific breed. Of course, I will probably give variety in the form of cans, fresh, and perhaps raw later like I do with my beagle-terrier mutt (he’s on Fromm now but has eaten Wellness and Blue Buffalo as well).
For a puppy, would you stick with Fromm Gold or go ahead and do TOTW or Native Puppy or something else? I can’t quite afford to do all fresh with 2 dogs, so I’m looking for dry with cans/fresh/raw as a supplement.
theres a lot of info on what to feed a puppy here on the forum. search calcium levels in the forum. You wi get a list of recommended foods based o calcium levels
The thread PugMom suggested is a GREAT one, and helped me figure out what to feed my Presa Canario pup (mastiff).
What you’ll find in the thread is that the protein content for large breeds is not nearly as important as the calcium and phosphorous levels. Hound Dog Mom put together a great list of 4 and 5 star grain free foods for large breed pups.theBCnutMember
I don’t think GSPs are a large breed.Hound Dog MomParticipant
I agree with Patty – I wouldn’t consider a GSP to be a large breed so I wouldn’t worry about the calcium levels. Unless the breeder tells you differently. I wouldn’t do TOTW – it’s manufactured by Diamond. I have used Native in the past and I think it’s a great food and very reasonably priced. I would go with the level IV formula (this is what I used) – it’s rated 5 stars and great for active dogs. Fromm is great too. There’s not reason you couldn’t rotate between the two brands or even try other brands.AmbystomaParticipant
Thanks! I thought it was ok to rotate brands and vary the diet. It seems boring to have so little variety as the same kibble forever, so I like to add some different foods now and then as well as rotating.
Diamond has recall issues, correct?Hound Dog MomParticipant
Yes – I’d recommend avoiding products manufactured by Diamond. Their products are a great value, but it’s not worth the risk – imo.
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