I will be bringing home my new black lab puppy in two weeks. He will be 8 weeks old. I have everything I can think of for him except one thing...his food. The breeder currently has him on purina one large breed puppy and swears by it. I haven't heard such great things about this food and I am looking to switch. I plan to buy a smaller sized bag of what he is currently eating and not just switching him cold turkey. The question is what should I be feeding? I would like something natural.
I have heard nutro max is a good choice and they also have a large breed puppy formula. I have also been looking into taste of the wild high prairie. Does anyone have any suggestions of some others that are good for the puppy?
I wouldn't feed Nutro if it were given to me for free!!! There have been numerous recalls and issues with that food.
I require that my puppy buyers feed ProPlan chicken and rice puppy (not the shredded blend). It's what my puppies do best on. You might want to check with your breeder about switching foods because most reputable breeders are a bit fussy about what they want their puppies fed. THEY know what's best for their dogs and if you are trusting them enough to buy a puppy from them, then you need to trust them to know what works for their dogs in regards to feeding.
With a puppy you need to be VERY careful about calcium/phosphorus levels. Making a mistake can harm your puppy for life!
And BTW, Large Breed puppy formulas are unnecessary for Labrador puppies. Labs are not a large breed, rather a medium breed. LB foods are a gimmick thought up by the dog food companies.
♣ Laura ♣
Thank you for the reply. I will stay away from nutro. She doesn't have a problem with switching the food. She just advised us to not switch within the first month due to the puppy having enough changes to deal with at this time. I will look into the pro plan formulas. Is there a certain one you suggest? I see there are a few different formulas.
Puppy Chicken and Rice - Dry Dog Food - FOCUS - Purina® Pro Plan®
That's the old Puppy Chicken and Rice. It's very similar to the Purina ONE puppy, but the ingredients are switched around a bit and I think the ProPlan is a bit better food. Just make sure it's not the Shredded Blend when you're in the store.
This is the crap you DO NOT want Shredded Blend Puppy Chicken & Rice - Dry Dog Food - SAVOR - Purina® Pro Plan®
♣ Laura ♣
Pro Plan is better but ONE is fine. Why change?
My Hanna was being fed Purina when I first got her too. I wouldn't recommend any brands such as that listing ingredients such as ground corn, soy, by-products, gluten, animal fat, meat and bone meal, artificial colors, etc... all unnecessary additives that are harmful to your dog. I have since done my research on many bags of dog food and will never go back to those. If you're really looking for something more natural, I can recommend Diamond products such as Diamond Naturals(I have my dogs on this right now) or Diamond Naturals Grain-Free(brand new), Chicken Soup For the Dog Lovers Soul and Taste Of The Wild- all make formulas for puppies. I would also recommend other foods such as, Innova, Evo, Fromm, Solid Gold, Wellness, Orijen, Go! Natural, Now! Fresh and many others out there. There are also freeze-dried raw diets out there if you are really looking to avoid kibble altogether and go as natural as you can, then there's brands like Honest Kitchen, Ziwi Peak and Primal out there. Good luck with the food change!
Plenty of high quality foods use chicken fat as their fat source...even Orijen. You don't need to run around not considering foods that include fats.
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