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Old 08-16-2011, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to feed my Doberman puppy

My doberman is 14 weeks old. The breeder had her on Taste of the Wild All life Stages and I have switched her to Cannidae All Life Stages. She has done well on both of these, but just curious as to what other doberman owners fed thier puppies. Should she be on puppy food or is all life stages ok?
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ALS is good. Some ALS has too high calcium for a large breed dog. I feed Acana pacifica and some raw red meat.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Those both are supposed to be good foods. However, IMO Natures Variety Instinct, Orijen, and Acana are superior to those foods. Whatever you feed, be careful and dont overfeed. It is much better for your pup if he is kept at a lighter weight. It would be fine if you could even see his last rib or two. An all life stage or large breed puppy food is what you should be feeding. One other thing, it is better to feed a food with only one or two meat proteins. More is not better when it comes to meat proteins in a puppys food.
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I've feed my puppy "all life stages" from 8 weeks old...never used puppy food.
Many years on Canidae...with excellent results - produced a real shinny, soft coat.
Latter I went to a 50/50% blend of Canidae & Holistic Blend Lamb & Rice.
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I feed NOW- puppy food. Originally I put him on Blue Buffalo but the protein content was just too high for his poor little tummy and we had major diarrhea problems.
The breeder said his dad had the same problem so I switched him over to NOW and I cant believe the difference. Now not only is he a champion pooper but his coat is so healthy and shiny.
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I Am currently feeding hills science diet puppy it says one cup suggested for feeding my puppy seems so hungry when I feed her how much should I be feeding she is 9 weeks and 16 lbs and what brand is recommended
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I feed Orijen.
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Breeder has been feeding it to all her puppies/dogs regardless of age for 25 years.
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I Am currently feeding hills science diet puppy it says one cup suggested for feeding my puppy seems so hungry when I feed her how much should I be feeding she is 9 weeks and 16 lbs and what brand is recommended
Don't feed hills...

Some puppies will always tell you they're hungry but it is worse if they're not getting what they need from a food.

I recommend three foods as a raw feeder I am quite fussy about kibble

Orijin or Acana
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Always make the switch very very slowly. Too quick a switch can create serious GI upset.
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I Am currently feeding hills science diet puppy it says one cup suggested for feeding my puppy seems so hungry when I feed her how much should I be feeding she is 9 weeks and 16 lbs and what brand is recommended
if you were eating nothing but potato chips, you'd be hungry all the time, too. find a better food, Hill's is nothing but filler and crap. read this thread thoroughly, look up the ingredient lists of the foods mentioned, and compare it to the ingredient list of the crap you have.

also, don't feed puppy food.
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After having a reaction to Viand PHD, I switched to Acana and am amazed by the results. No itching, her coat is beautiful and she poops like a champ.
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Check out this website to compare dog foods. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor Most people here will say only go with a grain-free four or five star food, but I'm personally fine with a three star food with grain, as long as it's corn-free.

Also, pay attention to the feeding instructions. Usually, an ALS food will give the recommended amount to feed an adult, and then say to feed a puppy of the same weight double the adult amount, and to adjust as the puppy grows.
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I give Lupo -Nutri Source Performance Large breed all life stages

The breeder had him on it, and when I found out that there was a pet store (no not petco, but a healthy pet food store) near me that sold it, I decided to keep him on it.

I started off with the Nutri Source large breed puppy, and then when he turned 6 months I started him on all stages Nutri Source Performance (its good for high energy dogs).

He does great with it!! No, (how can I say this without being blunt) passing gas with it, which I am very surprised about since my last Doberman had horrible gas all the time ( I know it was the food I was feeding him but his tummy was a little more sensitive and couldn't eat "good" dog food)

I also give Lupo carrots, apples, peas, strawberries and other "human" fruits. He absolutely loves it. The one thing I suggest if you do give him fruits, it to make sure he is trained that it is actually human food. One day my daughter was eating a carrot and he completely took it right out of her hand (this was when he was like 4 months old) and at that time even though he knew he cant have our food, I think he was confused bc he knew I gave carrots to him.

Now he definitely knows not to take any food from any kid (or adult) that enters my house, whether it is an apple or a carrot. He will sit and stare at you with a puddle of drool on the floor, but he wont take it out of our hands
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Also, pay attention to the feeding instructions. Usually, an ALS food will give the recommended amount to feed an adult, and then say to feed a puppy of the same weight double the adult amount, and to adjust as the puppy grows.
I'm not sure I understand this part.
I'm now feeding Acana, but used to feed proplan salmon.
I always fed him the amount stated for the weight of the adult dog, it had two values (minimum and maximum and always fed the maximum one) so in essence he always ate the same amount.
Now on Acana I give him the amount for an active dog. Should I have feed him more? is that why he is on the slim side? - But he never shown he stayed hungry, actually used to be a problem to eat and quite a few times didn't finish his food.

Thankfully he likes Acana, and he will always finish it and I don't need to mix things to it (tuna mainly) for him to eat it all.
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I'm not sure I understand this part.
I'm now feeding Acana, but used to feed proplan salmon.
I always fed him the amount stated for the weight of the adult dog, it had two values (minimum and maximum and always fed the maximum one) so in essence he always ate the same amount.
Now on Acana I give him the amount for an active dog. Should I have feed him more? is that why he is on the slim side? - But he never shown he stayed hungry, actually used to be a problem to eat and quite a few times didn't finish his food.

Thankfully he likes Acana, and he will always finish it and I don't need to mix things to it (tuna mainly) for him to eat it all.
I've been feeding the active dog amount since we switched to Acana. The vet says that her weight is perfect and not to change what i am doing.
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If you're not sure speak to a qualified professional - perhaps a vet. I'm sure they can give good consistent advice, and will answer any of your queries or concerns about puppy food.
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If you're not sure speak to a qualified professional - perhaps a vet. I'm sure they can give good consistent advice, and will answer any of your queries or concerns about puppy food.
unfortunately, while i'd like to agree with you, most vets firmly believe Hill's Science Diet is a perfectly acceptable food...and this is very, very wrong.
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Yes, and my initial vet (changed now) said royal canin was the best food for Keon and to feed puppy food until he was 2yrs old.
Another told me that puppies should be fed until they want no more food - I never did this.

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Vets are taught nutrition by kibble manufacturers. Some have nothing more than rudimentary knowledge of pet nutrition.

Use the guidelines on the bag as just that a guideline. Monitor body condition regularly and adjust feeding amounts accordingly.
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Yeah I ride with a girl who is now a vet technician and told me that raw was a bad choice because of salmonella. I said that is why I give human grade food, and she insisted that it was still risky etc. I walked away because it is obvious to me vets and vet techs aren't often specifically educated in nutrition. (Beyond obvious things like don't feed your cat a vegan diet).
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In the past three years I have wasted more money on food then I care to know about.
Ill post the results I had. Keep in mind all of these were just my opinion.

1. Canidae- nothing but the runs, dogs lost weight, hard to get them to eat the food. They advertise it as only "healthy grains" but they food is still filled with junk.
2. Pro Plan Performance-worked surprisingly well, but I had to feed way too much to make it worth my while.
3. Orijen-way to high in protein content. Stools were always loose. For the price that is unacceptable.
4. Acana (multiple flavors)- I had decent luck with this food. Long term feeding proved to much due to the protein content (made by Champion, same company as Orijen)
5. Wellness Ocean Core-My dogs did fantastic on this, just too expensive for such a small bag.
6. Precise Hollistic-Best food I have used as of yet. 50$ for 30lbs isnt bad. The only downfall is the store that sold it went out of business. So no beuno there.
7. Raw-Hell no unless you like your house being a cesspool of nasty things
8. TOTW-fish. Equally as good as Precise Hollistic, and it is what I have used for the most long term. All my dogs developed an intestinal infection due to raw, and this food brought them back. Highly recommend TOTW.
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