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What is the best dog food brand for Golden Retrievers? For puppy stages and soo on?

I don't trust Purina or any of those usual ones. I worked at a pestore and heard too many bad things from the customers about those.
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Ah, well you'll only hear good stuff from me regarding the commercial brands.

I don't think there is a "best". Its what ever works best for your dog. I think a food should have a good track record....I have trouble trusting anything new. The only experience I have with Holistic is Innova and Lucky just absolutely loved it.
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I feed Innova and all my dogs love it and have done well on it.

But like was said above you need to find the right food for the dog. The Whole Dog Journal publishes a list of "approved" dog food each year, as well as a guide for selecting the right food. I think the new one comes out in February... But you can buy the 2008 issue still...

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I don't trust Purina or any of those usual ones. I worked at a pestore and heard too many bad things from the customers about those.
There is no one best food for all Golden Retrievers. Dogs are all individuals and need to be treated as such. Consideration must also be given to the demands of each individuals age and lifestyle.

Take what you hear at the petstore with a grain of salt. Most pet owners are swayed by the latest fad diet or recent magazine article and are not very experienced when it comes to making long term decisions about canine nutrition.

Nestle Purina makes 100's of pet food formulas. Some are not the best, others are simply outstanding products. To simply dismiss every product Purina makes is very short sighted.

When you begin searching for a Golden, ask the Breeder what they're feeding the litter and what they're feeding their adult dogs. They will be a much better information source than the petstore.

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My dog loved Solid Gold Hundenflocken. I think it really kept her coat shiny.


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I have Kirby on Canidae All Life Stages and he's doing great. He came to me from the breeder on Eukenuba Large Breed puppy food - I switched him to Iams LB puppy food and he ate that until a year old. I decided to go with a better food at that time after learning so much about foods here and on another forum.

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Dogs are definitely individuals. We use Purina ProPlan for our Golden puppy and he has done amazing on it. On the other hand, our 9-year-old German Shepherd would not eat any of the more expensive "premium foods." We even decided to try Candidae this past summer and she got sick with vomiting and diarrhea and completely stopped eating it. As soon as we put her back on strictly Pedigree, she was back to her old self 100%. She has eaten Pedigree since she was under a year old and has done so incredibly well on it. She will be 10 in May and she is now on the Pedigree senior dry food and it has even helped her arthritis so much. Basically, each dog is different. Some will do great on one food while other dogs do horribly on that same food. Goldens are no exception to that. Once you find a food that you like and your dog does well on, just stick with it. Don't even worry about the brand if the food is working for your dog.
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Mine as puppies to adults ate, Innova Canidae and now there on grain free Fromm and love it.

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we switch from Canidae Platinum to Taste of the Wild
thruout the year..
Our girls never have any Canidae Problems as they would eat drywall if we let them..
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There are tons of good food out there...... it's more as to what your dog does best on. We use the Eagle Pack Holistic line and the Fromm 4 star. I top with either canned tripe (Trippets) or The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw. Innova, Natures Variety (my mind is going blank) are just a couple of other good food.



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