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All Life Stages or Large Breed Puppy Food??

As you can imagine, the search for the perfect dog food can be overwhelming. What was once a premium dog food several years ago is not recommended today (Royal Cainine, etc). I am looking for advice what to feed my 9 week old puppy. As the title say, All Life Stages or Large Breed Puppy. Also, could you please let me know what specific food you are feeding your pups as I would like to see if my local petco or feed store carries it. Thanks.
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You might want to do a search on feeding as there have been many discussions on what to feed. There are so many dog foods out there, and the new trend is to not feed grain free. Depending on your budget, there are lots of good choices.... but ultimately, you have to find out what your dog does well on.

A medium priced kibble that many Dobermans do well on is Pro Plan. There are a ton of different formulas - I have not fed Pro Plan in at least 15 years, so don't have a lot of information on them.
A couple of good higher priced kibbles that come in both grain free and not grain free are Fromm and Annamaet. Annamaet is what I feed, but it is a locally made kibble for me (SE Pennsylvania) and not available everywhere. Chewey.com does carry it.
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If your puppy is 9 weeks you must have gotten him recently from the breeder. My recommendation is that you continue to feed whatever the breeder was feeding for at least a month after you get a puppy. Puppies have to deal with so many big changes in their life when they leave the breeder and go to their new home that I try to at least leave one of the big things in their life, like food, the same while they are adapting to a new place, new people and new water.

I have, in the past fed Large Breed Puppy (specifically I fed Eukanuba's formulation and it was OK and did solve the problem that one of my puppy's litter mates was having which seemed to be a result of the adult food that they were being fed.

About the time that I switched my adult food to ProPlan Salmon and Rice (which has gone through a number of name changes and is now called ProPlan Focus Sensitive Skin and Stomach) and I'm not even sure it's labeled as an all life stages food but it's what my dogs get from the time they go through the change from whatever the breeder was feeding for the rest of their life.

So I don't feed Large Breed Puppy any more but would probably feed the Purina version of ProPlan's large breed puppy formula if I was going to do that.

It's not necessarily the best food for every dog and sometimes you just have to try foods out but be sure you give the new food (whatever you choose to feed) for at least a month or more before changing to something else.

I also don't feed grain free--tried several brands but none of my Dobermans did well on it--one didn't like the food and didn't eat enough to maintain proper weight and the other two tended to have either very soft stools or frank diarrhea. So much for grain free.

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McCoy is pushing 5 yo.

At the recommendation of our breeder, whom i trust, recommended Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy. Lot's of folks dis Eukanuba, but their Large breed Puppy is a 4 star kibble and McCoy did really well on it. Never an issue.

At 14 months I transitioned him to Orijen and Acana. Not one problem. I finally settled on Acana Wild Prairie (now Meadowland in the US).

As I have have not jumped on the "NON" grain free bandwagon yet, he is still fed Acana, along with all the other foods he gets. I have never had a dog that had less food issues than McCoy being fed his current diet. I mean no issues.

That's why I am holding off on switching to a non-grain food until I see definitive proof that quality grain free kibble contributes to the DCM problem in Dobermans.

A few years (and tears) back we had a boy die from DCM related causes. He had never been fed a grain free diet in his life.

Lot's to think about when it comes to feeding a pup.

This is just my most recent experience.

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I agree with dobebug to not switch for a while, and I also feed Proplan.


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I have also been feeding Anamaet not grain free but I have been on a facebook site about feeding one of the 5 brands that are approved by WASVA. I am trying to decide whether to switch foods to Pro Plan
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I use Earthborn grain free.......Hoss does great on this....the only time I run into problems is when he eats something different...............then poop gets softer.
So wait awhile before you change.........IF you change the food introduce it real gradually..............so you can monitor the poop changes ...........once you make the change stick with it ..be patient and let the dogs body adjust.
These changes can take some time.......so timing is everything.......for instance if you are in the middle of potty training ......I would hesitate to mess with the digest tract........maybe make the change later as the dog matures ..at 8 or 9 months etc.....
If he gets loose stool in the house due to food changes ...might set you back on training...........just something to consider before you start any changes.

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I have also been feeding Anamaet not grain free but I have been on a facebook site about feeding one of the 5 brands that are approved by WASVA. I am trying to decide whether to switch foods to Pro Plan
Unlike a lot of the Johnny come lately brands, Annamaet has been around since 1986. The company is family owned and run, and I believe the owner has a PHD in nutrition. I've personally spoken to the owner of the company at events that the pet food store I go to holds. My veterinarian feeds Annamaet to his own dogs (Wire haired German pointers that he hunts with), and recommends it. I personally think that it is one of the best brands out there bar none. If your dog is doing well on it, I would not switch.

Right now, I'm feeding a mix of Annamaet Aqualuk grain free.... which my dogs have been on for many years with excellent results, and Annamaet Option which is still fish based but not grain free. Of course, I add a lot of fresh food each meal - especially for Jezebel who has copper storage liver disease. I've spoken in depth with the people at Annamaet because of trying to maintain Jezebel's liver values. At age 7, she still shows no sign of liver disease and her values are staying steady (still high, but not getting worse) for several years now. The copper levels in Annamaet are kept very low - you can only get lower copper levels in LD RX kibble. The ingredients are all human quality.

I really should work for Annamaet - hahahahaha!!
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