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    DefaultAdult Food

    Luke is 7 months and during my last vet visit I ask, because it seems to be so controversial, when I should put him on adult food. My vet said to do it at 9 months for Luke. He has been doing so excellent with Wellness Large Breed puppy food, but it is like 55.00 for 30 lbs. Obviously I want a good food for him, but it is coming down to dollars and cents. Since I am going to have to switch him in the next couple of months I was wanting some opinions of a cheaper food that I can transition him too in an adult large breed formula. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    Try Nature's variety it for all ages http://www.naturesvariety.com/ I weaned my last litter on to this food and my 13 yr old it eating it. My 2 1/2 yr old eats the raw. All the other dogs (5) eat Taste of the wild http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com...anine_formula/
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    You might consider the Kirkland Chicken, Rice & Vegetables formula I feed Puff. (Kirkland is the house brand sold at Costco member only warehouse clubs.) The price for a 40 lb. bag has been gradually rising over the last several years; currently it's about $23 incl. tax.

    Its formula is very similar to the Diamond Naturals line (NOT the plain Diamond line, a much lower level formula). Diamond products are widely available. http://www.diamondpet.com/dealer_locator/


    KIRKLAND CHICKEN, RICE, & VEGETABLES

    Ingredients
    Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearl barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), egg product, beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamin mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyrodoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein_____________________________26.0% minimum
    Crude Fat________________________________16.0% minimum
    Crude Fiber________________________________4.0%maximum
    Moisture_________________________________10.0% maximum
    Calcium___________________________________1.0% minimum
    Phosphorus________________________________0.8% minimum
    Zinc__________________________________200 mg/kg minimum
    Selenium______________________________0.4 mg/kg minimum
    Vitamin E______________________________150 IU/kg minimum
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids________________________2.5% minimum*
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids________________________0.4% minimum*
    Glucosamine Hydrochloride_______________300 mg/kg minimum*
    Chondroitin Sulfate______________________100 mg/kg minimum*

    *Not recognized as an essential nutrient in the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient profile

    Calorie Content
    3,754 kcal/kg (393 kcal/8 oz cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

    AAFCO Statement
    Animal feeding tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials procedures
    substantiate that Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice &
    Vegetables Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    Nature's Variety tends to be more expensive than Wellness, at least in my neck of the woods. Taste of the Wild too.

    If you want to save money AND feed a good food, go with Bob's recommendation, which is what I feed my 5 as well and they are doing GREAT on it.

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    I appreciate the suggestions. I was trying to find someone who had a Costco card so I could get the 2nd card. In doing my research from your mention of Diamond I found a feed store that carries the Diamond for 28.00 per bag, I thought that was a good price, and no membership fee. Thanks alot!!!

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    I recommend you get the "Diamond Naturals" rather than the plain "Diamond"

    There used to be just one line but they've split it in two. "Diamond" now has various grains and fillers and is cheaper. "Diamond Naturals" is the higher level line and without any grains (wheat, corn, etc.).

    Here's a dealer locator link:

    http://www.diamondpet.com/dealer_locator/
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    Yes this was for the Diamond Naturals 60+

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    I don't know whether this will be applicable to your Luke or not but let me tell you what I went through with Puff, just in case.

    The Kirkland comes in 40 lb. bags and as an adult, Puff ate only about 2 cups/day, one in the morning and one at night.

    About half way through my first bag, she lost her appetite for it. After much experimenting I finally deduced that it was getting stale about half way through an open bag.

    Further much experimenting with how to preserve the contents once the bag was open -- smaller containers with snap tight lids, etc.

    Nothing adequately worked until I hit on transferring the contents into 10-11 Ziplock freezer bags and sealing them tight to keep any air out. Then I store those bags in the original paper bag.

    I think what happens is that, like cookies or crackers left exposed to air for a month, the kibble gets stale and unappetizing.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    Hmmm...interesting. I bought a bag of the Diamond Naturals 60 + yesterday to start about a 2 week weaning process and I was thinking to myself, this has no nice ziplock bag like my Wellness bag and it is 40lbs. as opposed to the 30lb. Wellness bag. I was already trying to think of a way to keep it fresh. I could be lucky and it will be no problem, but ziplock freezer bags are a good idea. Hopefully he will like the food and I will have good results. It is about 28.00-30.00 difference per bag tax incl.

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    DefaultRe: Adult Food

    I use these

    and these to store my dog food in
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