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I had trouble with my Chloe at first. She is on FROMM duck and sweet potato. It is an all stages dog food. She was on Fromm puppy and my vet switched her around 4 months old to the all stages b/c he didn't want her to grow too fast. Sometimes he said puppy food maked bigger dogs grow too fast and it can hurt their joints in the long run. Hope this helps.
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In all honesty, I would take any advice from a pet food store with a grain of salt. They promote whatever food they can get the most return on. Do you think they'd recommend a food that is lower priced & a lower profit margin -NO.

I feed my 3 1/2 year old golden boy, Purina pro plan & he does GREAT! He enjoys excellent health and his coat is absolutely AMAZING - his coat shines like a special grooming product has been used and it shines like that all the time.

My 3 year old & 1 year old are both on Taste of the Wild Salmon & it works but I do find that their coats are a bit dry. I would feed them the Purina but it doesn't agree with either of them.

As far as cost - the TOTW costs double what my Purina does.

I am purchasing (2) bags of TOTW monthly for Thai & Razz @ $68/bag plus 13% tax whereas I buy (1) lg bag of Purina @ $63 plus 13% tax & it will last 2 mos. Yes, the Purina bags are much larger!

I do supplement all my guys with wild, canned salmon along with coconut oil and I have observed an improvement in the TOTW coats.

Basically, feed your dog what works because you'll find that everyone has an opinion on their food being the best.

I most recently went into the pet food store & the guy says to me "You have a pile of dogs & just wanted to let you know that we have a new, cheap food that you might be interested in." I asked him about it and all he could say about the quality is "My dogs like it so it must be good".

Well, sorry dogs will eat roadkill and that doesn't mean that it's good for them! That's sometimes the quality of people working in pet retail stores - my opinion only!

I have also fed Wellness products but out of a mini protest on the ever increasing cost of the products, quit purchasing. My dogs did ok on it but every time I went to purchase the food, it had gone up in price with the excuse that the ingredients had gone up in price. Ironically some of the ingredients that had gone up in price, weren't even ingredients in the food.

I will note that I live in Ontario, Canada & our pet food prices are significantly higher than those in the USA. I DO stock up when I travel across the border.

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I always feed my Golden pro plan. He did greet on it. His coat was always glossy and dark red. Even as he approached 13 he did not have any gray or white on his face. But every dog is different.
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I switched from another premium food to NUTRO when a friend recommended I do so because my dog had huge coat issues, ear infection issues, and a tumor in his stomach. After he died I got a new puppy and went back to the other premium food bc a Vet was recommending it. After some coat issues came up with him, my friend bawled me out and helped me pick out Natural Choice for Large Breeds. Now for 11 years and 5 dogs I have fed NUTRO. You may have noticed by my "name" that I love the food so much I went to work at the company about 7 years ago. The best thing I can say about NUTRO is everything they promised it would do for my dogs, it DID! That goes for my cats too. My favorite characteristics; less shedding and less backyard clean-up and less litter box odor.

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I switched from Purina Pro Plan to Orijen Large Breed Puppy on the advice of the vet and several trainers I trust. Higher protein.
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I feed my dogs http://www.nativedogfood.com/. It is a great food. All of my dogs are look good and dont poop alot plus the three forumals they have all have the same ingridents just different protein levels. So as I work Jige he has the active level and when we hits down times I can give him less protein but I have not changed anything else.
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I decided to use ProPlan Sensitive Skin and Stomach after a lot of trouble with other foods..my boy is doing great.

Just because a food is considered "high quality," doesn't mean it is going to work for your dog. Find what works for your dog and stick to it. It doesn't matter what brand it is..


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In Canada, I use Grain Free Performatrin Ultra.. Salmon, Turkey and Duck..
They devour it!!!...

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Fromm 4 star

I finally settled on Fromm 4 star, they have interchangeable lines, and mine likes the duck/ sweet potato and pork/applesauce the best. the others are great also.
I did much research from store brand to the high high end and found Fromm is the best quality, good meat, and not loaded with carbs.
I always hated when the responses were '"whatever works best for your dog". LOL I tried Blue Buffalo, candidae, purina pro plan and wellness. Fromm is what we are sticking with. AWESOME and good luck to you
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Tucker was on Canidae for awhile but for whatever reason it started giving him ear infections and the itchies!

He's now doing well on Horizon Complete.

Reece eats Purina. She doesn't do well on premium foods for some reason.

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