My fiancé and I recently bought a AKC Black Lab, she is approximately 15 weeks old right now. She went to the vet today and she said that our pup "Dahlia" looks great! Her only concern was the food we are feeding her....we have her on the Kirkland Puppy Food. Our vet said that the Kirkland puppy food is high in protein and calcium, therefore causing growth to fast. I want my pup to be healthy and therefore eat a good quality food. I see many recommendations for all the spendy foods, organic etc.... I have absolutely no problem feeding her that if it's what's best. I just am not interested in getting into all the hype over super spendy foods etc.
So I ask this, what is a good quality, proper food for my little Dahlia to eat that will be adequate for her growth? Also, how long should she be eating the puppy food?
Last edited by dahlia82; 03-29-2012 at 12:34 AM.
Hi and welcome to the forum! I have found the following dog food advisor helpful. Some members don't use these sites, but I like this one because it actually lists ingredients and amounts of calcium etc. Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Ratings I would look there, and when you find a food you like, go to their website and read about it there as well. Also, read the bag. There are a lot of members that feed Pro plan. They seem to like it. I feed Tast of the Wild because Sophie is an allergic dog, so we have her on grain free. Whatever you chose, take a week or so to make a gradual change. We look forward to seeing pictures of Dahlia!
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Welcome to JL.
What is the calcium/phosphorus ratio in the Kirkland puppy food? What ratio did the vet recommend?
I think Dahlia could probably be switched over (gradually) to adult dog food, maybe the Kirkland adult formula? How is she doing on this brand?
And yes, we love seeing photos!
Kirkland Puppy Food is just fine. Switch the dog over to adult over the next month or two and you'll be fine. Kirkland Adult Chicken/rice is good to move to.
Just stay away from Champion Products.
The family sold out, not that it was good when they ran it - how many recalls?, but its controlled by people in the chemical business now.
I like the Kirkland as one of very few puppy foods that the calcium phosphorus ration is within .2 difference. This prevents many problems in the future. When I use to do Blue for example when I went off raw fed, it was always at 4 months old. With the Kirkland, it has a great ration in the cal/phos area.
It also has the same rating as Blue at 4 stars. I feed it to my own dogs.
Last edited by BorzoiMom; 03-31-2012 at 08:19 PM. Reason: adding " I feed it...."