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Q: What is the best food for large breed puppies?

September 7, 2009 | By Amy N. | 9 answers | Expired: 1805 days ago

Amy N.

They have so many out there....Eukenuba, Nutro, Science Diet, Blue Buffalo, Iams....I am at a loss! I don't want to pay more for expensive brands if some of the less expensive brands are just as nutritious. Does anyone use Beneful? How is that?

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Zak C.
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Sep 14, 2009

I would not recommend anything you have heard of or seen on TV before. Eukanuba, Iams, Beniful, Science Diet and Nutro are not the best foods out there. They have fillers and some have by-products and corn gluten (the stuff that was making dogs sick during the pet food recall a few years ago). I think you should go with Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lovers Soul Large breed formula or even Canidae or if you wanna get a bit more pricey Wellness.

These brands are much more natural and will give your dog a great coat. But If you want to do more research, go to your local pet store with a pad and paper and write down the ingredient in some pet foods that you have no idea what they are. It helps to understand what's in your pet's food!

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Denise L.
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Sep 09, 2009

I highly recommend PetPromise or Blue Buffalo (although Blue Buffalo gave my German shepherd/yellow Lab mix the runs, but it might be good for your dog). As long as the first &/or second ingredient(s) are chicken, beef, etc. & not some grain/filler or meat meal. I also agree with what sheltervt had to say

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Mary C.
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Sep 09, 2009

For a reasonably priced very good quality natural dog food try Premium Edge, Chicken Soup for the pet lover's soul or Canidae (just to name a few) Stay away from Beneful, it is considered the Twinkies of dog food! Yes the packaging and commercials make it to look good but read the ingredients, for the same price or comparable you can buy one of the foods listed above with natural healthy ingredients and no fillers, chemicals or artificial preservatives. Even though you may want to pay less for your dogs food a better diet makes for a healthier pet in the long run and with less vet bills due to possible allergies and skin issues assossiated with the lesser quality foods. I also agree with sheltervt, most vets will start large breed pups on just an adult formula, you must watch the protein and calcium levels so your pups bones will grow at the proper rate to avoid any hip and joint issues. Dogfoodanalysis is a great start to finding a great dog food!

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misty
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Sep 08, 2009

i use chicken soup for the soul for my fur-kids & the puppy formula for my great dane... it does cost more, but they dont have the the primary ingrediant of corn or rice... they use more meat & veggies, less fillers...

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Liam D.
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Sep 08, 2009

I have a lab and when he was a puppy we feed him pro plan

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Anonymous
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Sep 08, 2009

My vet says that it would be ok to use a good commercial brand like Iams smart puppy for large breeds. She said that as long as they are approved by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials, the organization that sets the standards for nutritional content in dog food in the us) and is says complete and balanced nutrition for growth you should be ok. She recommended a food that contains between 28 and 32% protein, between 8 and 15 percent fat, and between 1 and 1.5 percent calcium. This information is found in the "guaranteed analysis'' section on the bag. It may seem weird to go to your local walmart and stare at dog food bags for 2 hours but it is worth it to find the information you need. I would check with your vet to help you find one that is right for your puppy and your budget. I personally used Iams for my shepherd and he is flourishing. Best of luck to you and your puppy/

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Lilyrose
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Sep 08, 2009

There are lots of good brands. You can go to www.dogfoodanalysis.com click on the word index down in the corner by the picture of the two puppies. There will be an alpabetical listing of dogfood brands. It gives actual ingredient content and nutritional value of each one. They are also reviewd and either recommended or not. I would also ask your vet for his input. I have not used Beneful.

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daryl b.
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Sep 08, 2009

this may sound too easy but when there were litters of newf through trial and error we found the feed store brand was what they did the best on. and the best part it was the cheapest. i guess each feed store has a different one so try it and see.

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Sheltervt
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Sep 08, 2009

the simplest answer is ANY food that has between 20-25% protein, and no corn, no wheat, no soy, no glutens, no vegetable proteins, and no byproducts. Those basic criteria will rule out 95% or more of the dog foods available.

Also, don't fall for the large breed puppy food hype. most large breed formulas are actually too high in protein to be healthy for large breed puppies.

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