OK This is my first post on here. I have a 14 week old Choc Lab Puppy named Gus who is currently on Science diet for large breeds. I know this is not the best food. My Vet suggested it, probably because he is a dealer. Is it true that I should be feeding a food that has meat as a first ingredient? i.e. Chicken meal? I have been told this is the most ideal. Also, is 26-27% the proper protein right now. I am told not to go higher or lower b/c of his joints and hips. This is my first Lab and want to do right by him. If it is helpful, he had a Vet visit today and his weight is 26.3 pounds.
YES! you want the ingredients to list to be the meats first. I've heard to stay away from corn starch, and wheat?( my dog is white/yellow so I believe this makes her darker and is the reason why to stay away from it)
Ideally the first ingredient should be a meat meal, but if the rest of the ingredients are of poor or average quality, having meat as the first ingredient is useless. Unfortunately, most Science Diet formulas fall into that category. There are some far healtier, affordable dog food options on the market these days -- just ask if you want anyone to give suggestions.
I agree with Trickster wholeheartedly! Dog food ingredients are required to be listed in order of predominance by weight prior to processing. You want to look for a food with a meat meal listed first...to put it simply, the water has already been processed out of the meat and it results in a much more accurate representation of the quantity of that meat in relation to the other ingredients. You should avoid any foods that have corn, wheat or soy in them. I have never heard that they can affect the color of a light dog as Serg4u suggested, but dogs do not digest them well and they are suspected of being the cause of allergies and ear infections.
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