So on my long list of research for my soon to be new puppy. I am on to trying to find out what brand of dog food to switch to after I wean her off of what she is currently eating. I wanted to do a natural dog food, but natural doesn't always mean healthy.
I wanted to try Blue Buffalo puppy dry and wet food and change to one of the Wilderness ones when she is a adult. Anyone have any personal experience or have a better brand to go with? or just stick with normal dog food and skip the natural all together?
I am pretty sure I want to stick to a mix of dry and wet kibble, I thought about doing a raw diet but I don't think I have the time and experience to try something like that yet.
ALSO: I wont feed my puppy with any rabbit products in it. I have a pet rabbit that lives loose in my house and I don't want to be feeling the puppy anything I consider a pet. Plus I don't want her getting a taste for what would be her new brother. lol
I don't know, raw seems more of a pain than it is worth. I am worried about it making them sick and it seems very expensive. Plus I don't think they would get enough nutrition from it.
I would do cooked meals but, I currently don't even cook myself meals so I don't think I would stick with that either.
Actually, I found raw to be quite simple... I use Nature's Variety (when I don't make my own). It comes in various "flavors" so pup doesn't get bored. It comes in bags of medallions - mini burgers if you will. I just plop a day or two's worth in another container in the fridge to thaw over night. Then put as many as I need per meal in the bowl & it gets lurped up by a corgi-hoover. I rotate between the chicken, lamb, bison & venison. (I get plenty of beef from work).
I also have been using Taste of the Wild with good results. I'm thinking of switching to Orijen as it seems to be the only dry that doesn't have canola oil in it. I won't eat that stuff so I don't want my furkid having it also.
Personally, I have never let the expense of my pet's food deter me from feeding what I believe to be a proper diet. I feel the same about my own. I figure I make up for in the lack of medical expenses :)
In the end, you will choose a diet that works for you & your buddy. Like the others, I vote for anything devoid of grains & soy... (dogs are carnivores)
oh, I forgot to add that with raw &/or grain-free foods, the portion sizes are smaller so the supply lasts longer (you are using a more nutrient-dense food as opposed to a Purina-type product)
Yea, I have looked though the FAQ's but didn't see a whole lot that helped me. I am still pretty lost,
I am more looking for a good brand to with because I don't want to waste a bunch of money trying out dog foods. I have heard good and bad on Blue Buffalo and talked to their representative at the pet store, but she didn't seem to know a whole lot about the dog food. I have a ton of pets stores around me and a large selection so I am in reach to about all of them. So if there was something that a lot favor on here I would try it out.
Either way I will get my vets input but I am really wanting something with recognizable ingredients and corn free and mostly grain free.