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by stormtrooper on 21 August 2020 - 20:08

Storm is 13 weeks old and I have been feeding “Taste of the Wild“ puppy ever since we brought him home.
My Vet says it is a terrible food, and wants me switch to Science Diet.
She is against grain free diets ( heart problems)
What do you guys think?

Western Rider

by Western Rider on 21 August 2020 - 20:08

Simple, get a new Vet. Not saying Taste of the Wild is good bad or. Just better than Science diet. I have fed grain free for over 30 years no problems but then I do feed raw meat.


by stormtrooper on 21 August 2020 - 20:08

Thank you. I appreciate your answer. I will continue feeding grain free,

Q Man

by Q Man on 21 August 2020 - 20:08

Your Vet is an Idiot...They don't take many classes on nutrition and most of them know very little...They also get paid to use Science Diet and offer it to their clients... There are many dog foods out there...I have a kennel of Geman Shepherds and if you PM me I'd be more then happy to tell you what I use and what I feed... I will tell you Do Not feed a German Shepherd puppy any puppy foods...They grow too fast and growing fast is not a good thing...So feeding a dog food that helps them grow quickly is not a good thing...

Check them out...they are a Non-Profit Org and can give you some good information...



by stormtrooper on 21 August 2020 - 21:08

Thank you. I sent you a PM.


by Koots on 21 August 2020 - 22:08

In Canada, the Acana Large Breed Puppy is what my pups get, and have been doing very well on it with no long-bone or growth issues. BUT, the American Acana formulations and manufacture is not the same as in Canada, and there have been issues with the US Acana foods.


by stormtrooper on 22 August 2020 - 13:08

Thank you Koots!

by GSCat on 22 August 2020 - 22:08

I used to feed Orijen Large Breed Puppy, which is grain free and 36 percent protein. It's specifically for large breed puppies (bones/growth rate). Also continued to work well for my dog when she became an adult. It does have lentils and peas, which may be at least part of the cardiomyopathy issue.  There are significant differences between the Canadian and U.S. versions of all Orijen and Acana foods (both made by Champion).

On an (overabundance?) of caution about the cardiomyopathy and (potentially) contaminated fish, especially in the U.S. version of Orijen, and on the the advice of my vet, I switched to Wysong Fundamentals, which is 40 percent protein. The Wysong isn't grain-free, but the only grain ingredient is rice, and there's no fish. My dog loved/s both, and she did/does well on both/either.

I'd feed raw or partly raw if I could, but simply not an option right now.

by gsdsteve on 31 August 2020 - 16:08

A lot of vets are advising their clients to not feed grain free because of it's implication in nutritional DCM. i also wouldn't trust Dog Food Advisor as they also recommend a lot of grain free foods and it's owned by a dentist not a veterinary nutritionist! I will not take a chance of my dogs possibility of early heart disease!


by crazystyna on 31 August 2020 - 18:08

“Taurine occurs naturally in fish and meat. The availability of taurine is affected depending on how the food is prepared, raw diets retaining the most taurine, and baking or boiling resulting in the greatest taurine loss.Taurine has been shown to reduce the secretion of apolipoprotein B100 and lipids in HepG2 cells.[24] High concentrations of serum lipids and apolipoprotein B100 (essential structural component of VLDL and LDL) are major risk factors of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Hence, taurine supplementation is possibly beneficial for the prevention of these diseases.
Non-hereditary DCM used to be common in the overall cat population before the addition of taurine to commercial cat food.”(Wikipedia)

IMO, whoever is worried about DCM should feed their dogs raw diet. Or find kibble with meat being at least first 3-4 ingredients plus added taurine.


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