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View Poll Results: Which food would be best for a 7 week old puppy?
Wellness Core 0 0%
Innova Large Breed 1 33.33%
Innova Prime Grain Free Chicken & Turkey 0 0%
Merrick Grain Free Chicken & Sweet Potato 0 0%
Other Merrick Grain Free 0 0%
Merrick Classic Chicken or One of other classics 0 0%
Merrick Classic Chicken - Puppy version 1 33.33%
Blue Buffalo Chicken - Puppy version 1 33.33%
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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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Foods for 7 week old puppy?

Hi! As most of you know, I have recently adopted Lightning, who at this moment is 4 weeks old. However, I want to know which food I should put her on?

I know there has been debate on puppy vs all age foods, and personally I seem to lean towards the all age foods. However, I was wondering which of the foods I should choose? Looking at food analyses websites, I've chosen some of the locally available food brands that were 5/6 stars (highest rated) amongst the sites.

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Site 2:

Site 3:

From this list, I've chosen:

Wellness Core

Innova Large Breed

Innova Prime Grain free Chicken & turkey

Merrick Grain Free Chicken & sweet potato

Or one of the other Grain free Merrick Grain free foods

Merrick Classic Real Chicken & brown rice or One of the other classic foods

However, if I should choose a puppy food, I was leaning towards Merrick puppy food

My cousin constantly insists that I should Stick to Blue buffalo Chicken & brown rice

What are your opinions?

EDIT: I forgot to mention they are currently on Nutro Puppy at the breeder's. Would you recommend keeping nutro upto a certain age?

Thanks guys!

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I fed Hank Innova LBP and was very happy with it. He's on the LBA formula now.

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Wait is your puppy 4 weeks or 7 weeks? It says both in the your post. Personally I don't like blue buffalo- I've seen lots of dogs with issues on it. I like purina proplan, but that is my personal choice. You will get a million different answers from everyone.

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My puppy was on Kirkland generic puppy food at the foster home and when we got him we switched him to Blue Buffalo large breed puppy food. He's doing great on it.

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There are a lot of foods to choose from. I would feed a food designed for large breed puppies. I believe growing puppies need the maximum nutrition possible.

From your list, I would go with the Merrick Puppy Food. Max ate Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food until he was about 16 months old, and did very well.
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None on the list are appropriate for a small puppy.

Did you consult your breeder about food choices?

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I am no expert but in my opinion most of those foods Are too rich for a puppy. I have heard so much about blue buffalo causing loose stools I would just stay away. I'm not trying to stir any drama about what to feed your puppy but I would try foods with less protein and not as much richness in the food, just because their tummys are really sensitive. I changed my puppy to Fromm which is what majority of people feed on this forum and he did horrible on. Farted like crazy and his stools were super soft he was originally on Purina pro plan and because I went to Petco yesterday and they were all out of pro plan I decided to try natural balance only because the manager was there and he gave me a pretty good deal and if Chester does bad on it I can always return it. Plus later on I'd like to change him to their limited diet just because I would like to know what exactly I'm feeding my dog. Best of luck and I really hope you find the kind of food you are looking for. Maybe try speaking to your breeder to see what he or she thinks
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Hi, my puppy is 4 weeks at the moment, but when I pick her up she will be 7.

My breeder said she uses nutro (forgot which one) and recommended it, but dog food ratings from the sites I mentioned above did not include it which I why I'm asking for a different food type that's available locally.

For those who say all these food types are too rich, what would you recommend? From reading most of the posts it seems like poultry products are normally preferred over fish, and if the smell from fish products is as bad as others say, I'd like to stay away from it too..

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I am a bit skeptical of dog food rating sites. My 2 are on Nutro Ultra LB puppy and are doing fine. I tried Acana over the spring and summer and it was too rich for them, so I switched back to Ultra. I believe most members recommend keeping a puppy on his breeders food at first, to allow him time to adjust to all the other changes in his life when you bring him home.
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My opinion is the best food the puppy eats is what he HAS been eating and you know he can handle. You will have plenty of time later on to switch to a different dog food. <- And I have to say that I've been happy enough with what my littlest guy is eating that he may continue to eat the adult version when the time comes. And who knows I may put Jacks on the same food when that time comes. It's not a huge deal to me, because I know the food is good quality. Were the breeder feeding puppy chow or Pedigree, I'd have a completely different opinion.

Nutro is fine. Our Sam and Danny ate Nutro all their lives. Healthy gorgeous dogs. Jacks also ate Nutro for the first 2-3 years, but I switched because I wanted to get his weight down. That's probably my only concern about the food.

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