This is all great stuff. Thank you. You are right I was considering the heart meat as organ meat. I will definitely take note of the liver. I was planning on putting the meat and veggies in food processor and then freezing small portions to subsidize the kibble food. Great idea for the treats.
I am just so surprised that everyone leans towards the purina versus foods like Origen or the like which is just so much more expensive. Really good to know!!
I am learning a lot from you!! Thank you for all of your help . Greatly appreciated.
Sometimes expense isn't (or shouldn't be the best item to choose food) I think Origen is a perfectly good food but over time it has turned out to not be the best thing to fee puppies--a awful lot of puppies end up with continuous soft stools or diarrhea when fed Origen. And I think for it's price it's not the best thing to feed if you are considering your pocket book along with value.
I also prefer to use foods that are manufactured by company's that use vet nutritionists to create formulas and then actually field test the product on live dogs to see if the formula does what it's supposed to do.
A lot of years ago I asked my vet what the best food to feed was? He said, buy from the big company's--the ones who make and test the foods on dogs.
So I've kind of done that since 1959. And it seems to have worked for me and my dogs.
But the bottom line is that what you feed should be what your dog likes and eats eagerly. It should give you a dog who has bright eyes, great energy, shiny coat, solid stools and you shouldn't have to feed a ton of it to keep the dog in good weight.
Not all dogs do well on the same thing--not even similar formulas from the same manufacturer.
One of my Dobes was very hard to keep weight on--over a period of time I finally ended up feeding him a diet that was 50% ProPlan Chicken and Rice and 50% Costco's regular Adult Chicken and Rice. And I've had at least one dog who needed and got a prescription diet for most of his life. And at the other end of the scale one of my roommates had a Beagle who had terrible skin and had outbreaks of allergy type stuff that made him itch, scratch himself raw and I was in a big feed store buying food for my dogs and there was a guy who was buying food--I recognized him from dog shows as a Beagle breeder and asked what he was feeding. Told him about my friends Beagle and the skin problems that had him on steroids often.
He told me what they were loading into his truck was what he fed and recommended it. I bought a bag--the ingredients were terrible--it looked kind of like floor sweepings. But we fed the Beagle that and only that and by the end of the first bag no more itching scratching--skin healed up and he never had a problem again.
A lot of times what is the best food for your dog has nothing to do with price--it's what works--and sometimes trying foods to hit on the best one is appropriate. But if you are working your way through a trial and error on food make sure you are feeding a trial food long enough to get a real idea of if it's working.
The bottom line is between two and three months but the exception to that would be if your dog doesn't eat a food eagerly from the beginning --try something else.
Good luck with your puppy to be.