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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Food choice for new V owner

I am new to this sight, and already I have learned so much great info!! One thing I still am uncertain about however, is food choice. I understand the difference between the different quality foods, and it seems as though most posters feed very high quality kibble to their pups (blue buffalo, orijen, etc.) Unfortunately, as much as I would love to be able to afford a premium food for my new vizsla puppy, tanner, I simply cannot afford it. Is Eukanuba really that bad of a choice for my puppy? It is the best I can afford at the moment. He just had his check up at the vet for second round of vaccinations, and he was deemed a very healthy puppy What do you all think?
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My Vizsla Leia is 4 months old and was on Kirkland when we brought her home... she didnt really like it and I was told by the vet to switch... so I tried Orijen large puppy which she didnt really like either and since it was so expensive of course I was happy to try something else... next I tried blue buffalo chicken for puppies... once again, not a fan... so yesterday I went to the pawshop and spoke with the man there, Ive now switched to the all-life-stages by Canadae which she does like so far... he said she may just not be into the chicken based foods and the new bag is a mix of lamb fish chicken etc etc.

I dont know what your dog will like but I suggest buying small bags of premium food at first... I bought the 30 pound Orijen ($68), the 15 pound Blue Buffalo, and now I bought the smallest 5 pound Canadae until I figure out how shes going to do on it... Dog food for thought =)

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I dont know what your dog will like but I suggest buying small bags of premium food at first...
Or any food for that matter...
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 07:49 PM
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http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

Make the choice for yourself.
Do bear in mind that a lower quality food requires a larger serving, so the difference in price is not as black and white as lbs/$.

A large bag of food lasts us well over a month and we feed 3 cups/day.
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Make the choice for yourself.
Do bear in mind that a lower quality food requires a larger serving, so the difference in price is not as black and white as lbs/$.

A large bag of food lasts us well over a month and we feed 3 cups/day.
You make a great point, guess I haven't thought of it that way. My original thought was there are plenty worse foods I could be feeding him, but I also know there are better.
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If Tanner is responding well to the food you are feeding now, I don't see a problem. My V. Sophie came home from the breeder with a big bag of Eukanuba. I noticed after a while that she was often scratching and licking her paws, as well as nibbling at her upper thighs. We switched to Orijen + some canned food, and she got much better within few weeks. She's still on Orijen - feeling and looking great. Good luck finding the right food for your V. boy

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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Great advice Suliko. He seems to like it and is growing like a weed. If I start to notice problems, I would definitely switch. Most important is that he is healthy and happy
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P.S. Tanners_mama, if you were to consider a better quality food for a fair price, I have heard good things about "Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul". Maybe someone here has had experience with it and can share their experience

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You can do research on your own (lots of threads re: food on this forum), and you can also use sites such as dogfoodanalysis and dogfoodadvisor for investigation. There are some foods of higher quality that are within $10 of a 20lb bag of Eukanuba. Some prices depend on the retailer; however, feeding quantity tends to lessen with better foods. If your dog is thriving, it is a hard choice, but if I could swing it, I would choose a different food. Natures balance is a good food in a similar price range. Go! Natural Grain Free is superior and within $10. Blue Buffalo & other manufacturers often offer coupons. Also, Pet Smart will tell you (at least ours does) when reps for certain brands will be at the store. The reps tend to love giving out coupons for their product.
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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 01:34 AM
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Natural Balance Sweet potato and venison.

So far best poop quality, although I don't like the sodium selenite in it. May be hard pressed to find any dog food without it. Innova has yeast based selenium, it is much better.

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/art...-selenium.html

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