which food is good for a 13 week old puppy?
I know that there are plenty of threads out there for different types of food, but i am still new to the site and I am still having few problems remembering where something was posted!
Anyhow, my question is related to which food is the best for 13 weeks old puppy?
Currently i feed Lora, our new puppy, with Purina Puppy Chow
here is what the bag looks like:
is this food good for my puppy?
Also currently I feed her twice a day, in the morning and at night, about a cup and half, each time!
What about water?
what is the correct amount that she should drink a day?
You will get alot of different opinions. My opinion is to use a food free of soy and corn glutin (which serves as a protein source)...A purely meat based protien is better.
I've had good luck with Iams and Eukanuba.
As far as water....Lucky had a water bottle. That was really helpful in keeping him from over drinking in the evening. I know some people put the water up an hour or so before they retire to aid in potty training.
Last edited by Lucky's mom; 01-03-2010 at 12:32 AM.
I personally would stay away from Purina Puppy Chow and Dog Chow. It's basically Purina's lowest end product. There are much better foods out there. Every dog is different, so there is really no such thing as the "perfect" food. A lot of people have had really good luck with Pro Plan, Eukanuba, and several others. We feed California Natural and have had great success with it. Whatever food you decide to go with, just be sure to make the change gradually to prevent your pup from getting an upset stomach.
I think someone started a food threat stating it was giving them a migraine headache, researching all the different foods. IMHO, there's really no "best" food. The best food is the one that fits your budget, that your golden eats, that doesn't cause a problem for your golden (firm poops, no gas, no stomach upsets, no itchy skin or flaky coat or infected ears). If the food meets all those requirements--no need to make a change unless you want to. You'll get lots of suggestions--but it could be out of your price range, or not accessible to your area, or cause problems for your golden, etc. etc.
I bought my golden pup from a breeder who recommended a certain feeding guideline with specific food brand(s). It's what she follows, so that's what I've done, and I've had no problems. As for water, I gave water freely, only limiting access up until 1 to 2 hours before bedtime for a young pup. And that was only for the first month or so--then after that, water anytime--there's a bowl in the kitchen, and one in the master bath.
People get pretty funny about food choices around here. I will tell you what I use & why. My 1st dog had multiple medical problems. Seizures, went blind, tumor. I do not know what cause all the problems, but I vowed to do the best I could for my new puppy. I read a LOT about food, vaccinations, toys.
I first looked at recommendations for a large breed puppy. What I found as recommendations was a large breed puppy food, OR a all stages food, but not a regular puppy food. You do not want a large breed puppy to grow too fast, it isn't good for bones & joints.
Another thing I looked at was recalls. I wanted to stay away from large manufactures that had dangerous recalls. For me, that eliminated a lot of companies. I have a list of dog food manufactures & what foods they produce.
Next, good ingredients. I wanted something with good meat content. I eliminated anything with corn especially as a 1st ingredient. Dogs digestion is not the same as people and they have more trouble digesting corn than even people, so why would I buy a food with corn.
Next ingredient I didn't want was Wheat Gluten. It is a filler & basically a paste to help hold food together. It is also the ingredient that contained chemicals from china when so many animals died. I also have a spreadsheet on nutrition & based my decision on nutritional values. While there were several foods that semed nutritionally pretty good, I eliminated because of the manufacture.
I narrowed down to Orijen, Merrick, & Fromm. Orijen had a problem with bone fragments about the time I was choosing so I eliminated them.(I still feel they are a good food) Merrick would not tell me their food sources were equoxiphen free. (It is a known carcinogen) Fromm is made ONLY by Fromm in their own plants with human grade food. They never had a dry food recall. They have been in business a LONG time. Partially because they do not use over seas sources. They DID guarantee they do not use wheat Gluten or equoxiphen & pay extra for equoxiphen free food sources.
The nutritional values were where I wanted them. The first ingredient is meat & there is no corn. They make a large breed puppy food and as adults they have several "flavors". They are not overly expensive & you actually use less than you do of grocery store brands so cost is as good or better than a lower quality food. Kind of long but those are the majority of my reasons.
I still have the spread sheet with nutritional values, & some word documents about manufactures. Another food that recently came to my attention is Acana, they look like a decent food also. There are others that are good, but those are some of the reasons I chose the one I did.
I fed my 1st dog Iams. She did fine as far as eating it, but she would have eaten anything. Did it cause her problems, I will never know. My son would be happy & gain weight if he only ate cookies & candy. But what are the long term effects. People do fine on bacon & sausage but down the line it takes it's tole. So I chose based on what I felt was best, because they would eat most anything I gave them. The dogs ate the poisons just fine in the dog foods that killed so many, doesn't mean that is what you should give them.
Personally I would not use purina. If you really need something budget wise, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul was about the best ingredient wise for a "budget" food. I didn't like who they were manufactured by because of past recalls.
If you really want to use Purina, the Proplan is better than Puppy Chow. 2/3 of the 1st ingredients contain corn, Proplan still has corn but not as a 1st ingredient.. Meat should be listed 1st.
Last edited by Traz; 01-03-2010 at 02:15 AM.
Wow, thanks Traz. That was so helpful. I'm also trying to decide what to be feeding Hudsen. I have him on Bil-Jac Large Puppy. He likes it a lot and it has a lot of protein- his coat looks great. But, I had never heard of it until a clerk at PetSmart suggested it (when I first was looking for a food) and it doesn't seem like many people on here feed it. Do you have any thoughts on Bil-Jac? The first four ingredients are: Chicken, Chicken by product (organs only, sourch of arginine ), corn meal, chicken by-product meal. Hudsen is around 37lbs and 4 months old- I feed 1 and half cups twice daily. The bag says to feed 3-4 cups/day for puppies between 30-40lbs. It then goes up to 4-5 cups for puppies between 40-60lbs. I really want a good food I can get at PetSmart or Petco (since it is the most convenient)- I've been considering switching to blue buffalo but just not sure if the budget will allow that all the time. Any suggestions for other foods I can get at PetSmart? Thanks!
the information you gave me really opened my research for a good puppy food, at this point, Lora is doing good on the Purina, but i would definitely change the food i give her.
as for the transition i am thinking about mixing the old an d new food for a few meals so she doesn't get confused
once again thanks!
When we brought Frankie home from the breeder, we fed him Purina Pro Plan Selects, as that is what the breeder recommended and had all her other 8 pups on.
Right around 12-13 weeks we started gradually switching him over to Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy Health. We did it over the course of a week and Frankie responded very well to it. He is a little gassy at times...Thinking that's normal though..little guy can clear a room
Everyone seems to agree there is no perfect or best food you can feed, however when making the decision we were able to narrow down the choices by referring to the Whole Dog Journal which publishes a yearly good & bad dry/wet food article.
Wellness was on the list of superior dog foods. I was also leaning towards Canidae, but found it was harder to find where I live. So my decision was partially based on being readily available to us at the local Petco and pet stores.
People recommended keeping the treats the same as the brand of food we decided to go with. So in our case, we feed him Wellness brand treats, although we also feed Frankie Charlie Bear treats which are low in calories, I think around 3 calories per treat. We find them helpful when training, as he can eat a bunch throughout the day and night.
Hopefully this is helpful in making your decision
Last edited by Frankie; 01-03-2010 at 10:21 PM.