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#2643885 - Tue Apr 10 2012 09:29 PM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
HarnedOutdoors Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 04 2010
Posts: 16
Loc: Perry County
I use Purina Pro Plan with my 18 month old Weim...he loves the beef and rice mix. He's never had any digestive issues or really bad gas. I usually mix in a little Purina Pro Plan chicken and rice wet food at dinner time too. It's a bit pricey, but you can usually get it at Petco or another retailer for about $35-$40 for a 35lb bag...plus you can usually find a coupon somewhere.
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#2644216 - Wed Apr 11 2012 01:02 AM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
Big Don Offline
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Registered: Sat Apr 07 2012
Posts: 738
Loc: Northumberland PA USA
I've been feeding Diamond Extreme Athlete for about a year and am in the process of going back to Pro Plan Performance. Dogs did well on the Diamond but the stool production seemed excessive and the gas could be smelled inside the truck cab even though the dogs were riding back in the bed in their crates! It was bad!! I don't normally change their feed in the summer, just feed them less.
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#2644400 - Wed Apr 11 2012 11:39 AM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
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Registered: Mon Jan 17 2011
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Scratch the Hi-Energy. Feed them a softball, they'll leave you a basketball.
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#2645104 - Wed Apr 11 2012 10:56 PM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
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Registered: Sun Nov 11 2007
Posts: 466
Loc: My own slice of heaven
I feed my GSP EVO red bites. good stools, very little waste and a great coat. Expensive though but he's worth every penny
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#2645482 - Thu Apr 12 2012 03:14 AM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
Pheasant hunter Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 02 2010
Posts: 239
Loc: Archbald, PA
If your going to go with the Diamond brand, I would go with the Diamond Naturals line. A lot better ingredients. I currently feed my 2yr old GSP Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete and she does really well on it, aside from the bad gas. Cheaper food her coat looks dull and gets dandruff. I have a 4 month old Deutsch Kurzhaar (GSP), which I feel Orijen cut with Taste of the Wild since its so rich and the pup is doing great with it. I'm thinking about doing the same with the 2yr old since the coat on the pup is noticeably better, and I mean way better looking. Even the vet was amazed at how good she looked. Only problem is that Orijen isn't cheap. It's about $70 for a 30lb bag, and another 40 for the Taste Of The Wild. Although it does last longer since I use the TOTW to cut the Orijen down a little.

For looking through different foods, check the dog food analysis website. But like someone said above, take the reviews with a grain of salt, and just use the content and ingredients for comparison. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog-food-index-a.html


Edited by Pheasant hunter (Thu Apr 12 2012 03:15 AM)

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#2652403 - Thu Apr 19 2012 01:27 AM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
t-setter Offline
journeyman

Registered: Tue Dec 07 2010
Posts: 76
Loc: Tioga County, Pennsylvania
I've been feeding Blue Seal Performance and think it's a quality, reasonably priced dog food. Stools are consistently firm. Gas was not much of an issue with my female, but my male can clear a room in a hurry. Not sure if that's the dog food, or all the pens, nerf darts, occasional remote controls and tissues he eats! Overall, though, I am very satisfied with Blue Seal.

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#2652570 - Thu Apr 19 2012 12:17 PM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: George K.]
RunNGun410 Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 24 2012
Posts: 266
Loc: Western PA
Purina Performance Pro Plan is right up there with about any dog food there is also great taste for the dogs with the shredded blend. I also would feed Exceed and Taste of the wild all great foods.
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#2652647 - Thu Apr 19 2012 01:39 PM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: Lyco Setter]
Carl Bergen Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: Tue Jan 27 2004
Posts: 1892
Loc: Nazareth, Pa 18064
When I first started to go to trials, they would talk about knowing what certain pros fed by walking by their trucks and stake outs. Your nose would tell you.
This thread tells you why there are so many foods and so many opinions. I feed whatever is on sale and they are all doing fine, even the pups!! Don't fall for the marketing!!

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#2652933 - Thu Apr 19 2012 08:40 PM Re: Looking into new dog food...need help! [Re: Pheasant hunter]
Ducks-n-Labs Offline
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Registered: Wed Dec 31 2003
Posts: 359
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: Pheasant hunter
If your going to go with the Diamond brand, I would go with the Diamond Naturals line. A lot better ingredients. I currently feed my 2yr old GSP Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete and she does really well on it, aside from the bad gas. Cheaper food her coat looks dull and gets dandruff. I have a 4 month old Deutsch Kurzhaar (GSP), which I feel Orijen cut with Taste of the Wild since its so rich and the pup is doing great with it. I'm thinking about doing the same with the 2yr old since the coat on the pup is noticeably better, and I mean way better looking. Even the vet was amazed at how good she looked. Only problem is that Orijen isn't cheap. It's about $70 for a 30lb bag, and another 40 for the Taste Of The Wild. Although it does last longer since I use the TOTW to cut the Orijen down a little.

For looking through different foods, check the dog food analysis website. But like someone said above, take the reviews with a grain of salt, and just use the content and ingredients for comparison. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog-food-index-a.html



Wasnt there a recent recall on that line of food?



Edited by Ducks-n-Labs (Thu Apr 19 2012 08:41 PM)

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