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Question Switching off of puppy food.

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My golden Lacey is turning 1 on August 1st. Time to start looking for a new food for her. We've been feeding her purina one puppy food for the last few months as we tried a more expensive one and she didn't seem to like it. I'm wanting a good food but one that doesn't cost a fortune. I look on line and it stresses me out. Seems to be good and bad to every food. Any suggestions to help me out?
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I switched Bayne to OvenBaked Tradition and he seems to love it, the transition was minimal. He was on Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy switched to Adult at 6 months and then I noticed he started to lick/chew his paws so I switched to OBT because it is NO Soy, Corn, Wheat or Gluten and he is doing so much better... he doesn't poop as much and the consistency is normal. He also tends to eat less since there is no filler that makes him hungry later. OH, and OBT is Canadian made.
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I recently switched Tucker from Purina Pro Plan puppy to PPP all life stages food. The transition was really easy, and he seems happy.

I try to go for the middle of the pack in price. I stay away from the supermarket foods like many on here. But the truth is, you need to find a food that works for your dog AND your budget. The main thing is to not switch around a lot based on the price. You don't need to buy the expensive high-end foods if your dog is doing well. If Tucker had allergies, gas, or other problems, I'd try something new but they're doing well.

The other thing is, once you settle on a product that works for your dog, you can look around for good prices on it. I recently got a 33lb bag of Tucker's food for $28 (regularly more like $35 or $40, depending on the store). And some internet stores have competitive prices and don't charge for delivery.

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We recently switched Max to Acana Wild Prairie. It is a little expensive at around $55-$60 for a 30 pound bag, but he only eats 3-4 cups per day. It is grain free, made in Canada. So far, about 1.5 months into it, he is doing very well. His coat looks better and his stools have been firm.

He had been on Kirkland large breed chicken/rice,but we were concerned about all the recalls from Diamond, and his stools were pretty big and soft. Prior to the Kirkland product, he had been on Eukanuba large breed puppy for over a year. We first tried switching him to the Eukanuba Retriever formula, but it did not agree with him.
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If she is doing well on the Purina One--I would suggest going with Pro Plan. Either the ALS formula, the Sensitive Skin/Stomach or one of the Selects formulas. I would personally stay away from the Shredded because I'm not a fan of the soy.
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