I am rescuing an 11 week old GSP. I pick her up on Monday.. I am trying to research food to feed her the absolute best! She will not be hunting or be a show dog, just a pet. Any suggestions? I was leaning towards Orijen but is it too high in protein (40%) and fat (20%)? Any input would be a great help!!
I just went to a natural pet food store and the owner spoke very highly of that food. She said that food works wonders on dogs. I actually just put Stella on Acana which she said was just as good; just a little less expensive. I have only been using it for 2 days so I will let you know how it goes. I had her on Taste of The Wild for 3 days and she kept vomiting.
I feed Orijen. I've never had a problem with it but I have just switched my boy to adult as he's over 14 months now and I am noticing soft stools. I will give him a few weeks to see if it settles but if not I will have to consider changing. Will probably go toTaste of the Wild as I had my older dog on it before Orijen was available at a resonable price here.
Our dogs have been on the same food since they started eating solid food (an all stages food recommended by the breeder). We have never had an issues with the food. It is a product called TLC pet food.
A great Web site to check out is dogfoodanalysis.com. Ultimately, the best food for your pup is the one they like and do well on.
On another note, I found that when Bo was a puppy, he was very sensitive to changes in water. Even going to my in-laws (literally across the river, but different city, so different water treatment) would upset his stomach. So if the pup is coming from elsewhere, be aware that that could cause some tricky tummy issues for a couple days.
Welcome to the forum and don't forget to post pix when you bring your puppy home!
I went through several foods before going with Nature's Variety Instinct. I alternate between the Duck & Turkey kibble and the Salmon. I really think it comes down to what agrees with the dog and what they like. Kpwlee is right on with how much you feed them - we have a small pet store where I live and the folks are very knowlegable and I was explaining to the lady that the dogs were starting out with firm stools but would sometimes end up with it being soft. She told me to cut back a little on the food and voila it worked.
There's another website that is very informative on the different foods - www.dogfoodadvisor.com