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Q: New puppy, what should i use?

August 12, 2009 | By Gypsylady87 | 5 answers | Expired: 1947 days ago

I'm getting a new puppy in a few months and i was just wondering what the opinion out there was for food...He's supposed to be a pure Husky but i don't think he is, mostly cause the dad weighs 100lbs and is very proportionate not overwieght at all....I've had dogs before but i never had a puppy so any guidance is most appriciated.

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Meganpwnsyourface
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Aug 17, 2009

Well, nothing from the grocery store. Those are all corn filled, animal by-product junk. I'd say go to Petsmart. Or if you live around any speciality stores that sell more organic dog foods. I'd say the best "cheap-ish" dog food i've food is Nutro. My dogs LOVED it. And it costs about $50 for a 50 pound bag. I've heard great things about Royal Canin, but I could never afford that stuff. It's like..$25 for a 5 pound bag. But if you really want the best for him/her. You can do the homemade diet, or the raw diet. Both require a great amount of research though. Good luck though. :)

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Jody
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Aug 13, 2009

Wow, do NOT get Ole' Roy dog food at Walmart. As a matter of fact do not use any of the foods at Walmart or the grocery store, or even PetSmart, etc..

I use a holistic/all natural food for my dogs. The quality is so much better than anything else you could use. There are many, many natural brands out there, with great ranges in price. I ended up getting HealthWise Lamb and Oatmeal for a skin sensitive dog. At first I was feeding Purina One Lamb and Rice (on my vet's recommendation) and she would keep having breakouts in her skin and lose some hair due to poor quality of the food. Also, she was eating nearly 6 cups per day! (That is a lot of poo).

Once switched to the HealthWise, she now eats approximately 2 1/4 cups per day. And she is not hungry, nor has she lost any weight, and her energy level is even a little higher!

You do pay more for these food in the short run, but obviously, in the long run, you save a ton of money. Also, you cut down on the amount/times they poo per day. The natural foods have very little or no cereals in them (corn meal, etc.) so everything they eat is used by the body, instead of being simply discarded.

The coats of all my dogs have improved drastically, with the shedding cut down drastically. Because they LIKE the food, they eat when fed. After 15 minutes, I pull up any uneaten food and do not put it back down until their next feeding.

Again, PLEASE, do not use a generic brand food like Ole Roy, or even supermarket foods. You will be much happier in the long run, and your dog will be healthier as it matures into an adult dog.

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AnnaBehlmann
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Aug 12, 2009

we usually get Ole' Roy dog food, but if he's really small you could get it wet. Also Purina puppy chow.

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Lilyrose
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Aug 12, 2009

One of the most important things to remember is to feed your puppy a high quality food formulated just for puppies. Most pet stores carry some very good quality brands. Please get advice from your veterinarian also,they are a great source of information. Check with the breeder you are buying him from and see what brand they use. If you want to switch brands do it gradually so you don't upset your dog's tummy. Congrats on your new puppy!

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Mary C.
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Aug 12, 2009

We have an AKC dna'd Siberian husky and he weighs 106#, a lot of people think he's a Malamute so it is possible you still have a puebred. Try to find a food closest to the husky's natural diet, a grain free diet I think is the best commercial diet, there are many great choices out there. Husky's are also prone to Zinc deficincies so check into more info on that. Also either feed a lower protein grain free or go right to a good (no by-product) adult diet to avoid any hip dysplasia or joint problems( ours has hip dysplasia- bad breeding) so you will have to keep his weight down. Check out www.dogfoodalyasis.com for ratings and reviews on dog foods to help you with your choice. Good Luck!

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