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    Default Recommended Dry Foods

    I have a 12 week old Golden Retreiver and just wondering what Dry foods everyone recommends? He is only fed dry food and occasionally bones a couple of times a week.
    We were recommended Nutro from Petstock. (He is currently on) Recommended Royal Canin from friends. Recommended Innova from the breeder.
    So many choices! He seems to gobble up all his food but I havent heard anyone else that feeds Nutro to their dogs.

    Also, we dont feed puppy canned food as we were told not to by our vet and petstock, maybe to just feed it twice a month to break it up?

    Thoughts everyone?

    Thank you !

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    Breed specific Royal Canin is VERY HIGHLY recommended by vets as a complete diet for dogs with raw bones and raw mince as treats. I use Royal Canin and my dog is very healthy and shiny.

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    I have found Holistic Select to be very good.

    I could be wrong but isn't Innova only available at Pet Paradise or one of those types of pet shops? Could be hard to get if there isn't one near you.

    I have only fed canned food when Hamish was unwell.

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    I like supercoat and raw.

    Remember, the best diet is the one your dog does best on. Sometimes it can take some trial and error. With dry foods I look for the first two or three ingredients being meat products, not fillers.

    In saying that though all previous dogs in my life have thrived on pal meaty bites, wet food and some raw and suitable scraps lol

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I also go on the old adage, if it ain't broken..don't fix it. If your pup is eating this well then I would stick with it.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Purina Supercoat Puppy is my recomendation for a 12 week pup..

    I have a friend who has been feeding Nutro to their Corgi who has a weight problem..

    More discussion on food can be found HERE.
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    Nutro, and all the others you have mentioned in your original post are premium quality foods.

    If that is the diet you wish to stick with, then like Di, I would ask what is wrong with what you are feeding at present? As in, what is the reason you are considering changing?

    Some owners find their dogs have too loose stools on a certain brand, or copious amounts of crap, or dry and itchy skin, or ear infections...the list goes on. Most ppl will change a food/diet whenthey feel a problem is occurring in the well-being of their dog, and the obvious culprit is the food.

    If you are not having any trouble, why change, if you are happy with it, and your dog?

    I've heard great stuff about Nutro, also Royal Canin is top quality for a dry food, and I;ve heard excellent reports about Innova, but each dog is different.
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    Like everyone else has said, if your dog is doing well on his current food there might be no need to change. I'd just make sure you get what you're paying for i.e. don't pay 5-star prices for 1-star food like Science Diet. If you're happy to pay top dollar, look for foods where meat products are among the top ingredients and avoid cheap fillers like corn meal, brewer's rice and animal fats.

    Don't know which particular Nutro you're feeding but this is a review of Nutro Max Large-breed puppy food: Dog Food Reviews - Nutro Max Large-breed Puppy (puppy food) - Powered by ReviewPost (US website but a lot of the brands are the same)

    IMO no dry food is suitable as a complete dog food but my dogs get it every morning simply for convenience then raw meaty bones for dinner. Right now phasing out the HSD and starting them on Artemis. Eagle Pack looks like a good dry food too from what I've seen. Do what's best for your dog without getting ripped off by dodgy claims of 'complete and balanced nutrition'!

    FYI had both my dogs from 6 months + so wouldn't know a thing about what to feed puppies

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    My labrador pup's has been on Nutro his whole (solid food) life and does well with it. If there's nothing worrying you about your dog's diet, I wouldn't change it.

    As for throwing in wet food, we've never used canned food - J. gets a spoonful of chicken mince and a dollop of cottage cheese (or, rarely natural yoghurt - but he's not as keen on it) on each meal, if you were looking for wet variety? Did your breeder recommend a purely dry food diet?

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    Ive been using Pro Pak Large puppy for the last 15 months as well as Pro Pak Large adult for 4 years. Works well for me.
    I also buy all different brands when they pass there best buy dates at my local store (at discounted prices) to mix in with the Pro Pak. Every bit helps when your dogs eat more than a kilo a day.

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