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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Carbon County, PA
Re: Dog food
I'm a firm believer in feeding the best food that one can afford. The higher end, nutrient dense kibbles can come with some initial sticker $ shock but because they are so nutrient dense you often feed less per feeding and get better results. For hardworking dogs like your hounds I think you want a kibble with a high protein/fat ratio. Something around a 30/20 or more.
My 70lb male Drahthaar gets fed Dr. Tim's brand Pursuit formula kibble which is 30/20. I feed 3-3.5 sometimes up to 4 measured cups per day. In the summer he'll typically eat only 3 cups, sometimes less per day. I get a 44lb bag for $66.99 delivered to my front door every 7 weeks from Petflow. My dog is always in prime condition and does fantastic on this food. Small company, made in USA and made in small batches. Look up their website for more info. Personally I don't like corn in my dog's kibble so that's the reason I switched off Pro Plan.
I have a friend that feeds his entire kennel of working Braque Francais' on Diamond brand kibble. It's a good food and more economical than what I feed. Its had a few recalls over the years which is the reason I stay away but I know many guys that are satisfied with it and their dogs do well.
I think most guys in my NAVHDA chapter feed one version of Pro Plan or another. They also get the "pro club" price or checks too and save that way.
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