View Full Version : Choosing a Dog Food

05-28-2009, 04:59 PM
So i have read up on a lot of the previous threads here about good dog foods etc. the site http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ (http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/)
i have visited a ton and one thing i can't seem to find an answer to is what to feed a puppy. Chewy is 5 months old and at present is itching like crazy. we currently feed nutro natural puppy and i think he may have some alergy to it? when i visited the above site i noticed that all of the 6 star foods (dry) mention they probably arent suitable for puppys???? at 5 months old, can i still give him one of the 6 star foods (esp the ones for puppies ) even though they mention having too high a protein content for puppies?



05-28-2009, 05:37 PM
Be careful about Nutro, there have been some problems with their food. Google Nutro and I'm sure you'll find the info.

As for Protein, often puppy food for larger dogs doesn't have as much protein as puppy food for smaller dogs.

Linda Watkins
05-28-2009, 05:42 PM
Look into the Natural Balance foods -- several of them are suitable for puppies and adult dogs -- and some are nonallergenic. I feed NB duck and potato.

Your other option would be to look at feeding raw -- there are a number of commercial raw suppliers and truly if I only had one dog, that's what I would be feeding.

Kita's Mom
05-28-2009, 06:18 PM
Also check into Blue Buffalo. I feed that and I love it. And I feed all the foster pups that I have the blue. Its a great food.

05-28-2009, 09:44 PM
Your pup most likely has some kind of allergy to grain. Obviously it could be something else, but it's a common allergy among dogs. I'd opt for something grain free. Orijen has a puppy formula - not sure if it is available in your area, but it's worth a try. Raw is an excellent suggestion too, but make sure to research it well (or buy commercially prepared as someone else suggested) so that you are sure that your dog gets all of the proper nutrients.

05-29-2009, 12:42 PM
I feed Castor and Pollux. I took my puppy off puppy food at 6 months. He grew really fast between 4 and 6 months. He is now on adult food. Love Castor and Pollux. Be careful not to overfeed.

05-29-2009, 06:38 PM
Canidae has a grain free All Life Stages formula that would be fine to give him. The All Life Stages means it's fine from puppies on up through seniors. My girl Scout has a slight grain allergy and is doing great and finally gaining weight on Taste of the Wild (grain free) but the protein might be too high on that for pups. Never understood what the deal was with some food being bad for puppies, so I just put Buck on Canidae ALS when he was young so I wouldn't have to worry about changing food later.

05-29-2009, 06:58 PM
My dogs get Orijen adult, and man, I love that food!! It is grain free in all stages, and they have an original puppy and a large breed puppy formula. The protein count in grainless diets will be higher, but most dogs and puppies do fine on it. You will feed a significantly less amount!

Jan and John at Chevland
05-29-2009, 07:17 PM
I would highly recommend that you look into feeding your puppy raw food. I know it's easy to open a packet or can and throw it in the dogs bowl, but you just don't know exactly what you are really putting down your dogs neck. I'm not surprised your baby is suffering allergies - it could be the grain in the food or any number of ingredients the manufacturers use.

05-29-2009, 10:13 PM
Dogs and cats have died or become very ill because of this food.
For more information please check out

Try chicken soup (puppy), Cal Nat etc. or even better raw diet or home cooked.

I have a recipe for mutt loaf here.... http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/flip195/items/Homemade_Dog_Food_Recipe

05-30-2009, 09:52 AM
California natural fixed up my friends very itchy pup.