German Shepherd Dog > German Shepherd dog food (51 replies)
German Shepherd dog food
by BOJ on 26 July 2012 - 15:46
|What are the best dry dog foods to feed a geman shepherd puppy?|
by HighDesertGSD on 26 July 2012 - 16:45
|Best is hard to say.|
If you have Costco membership, the Kirkland chicken based pup food is good. It is rather rich in protein and moderate in fat and only moderately high in calcium.
One common characteristic of dry kibble is low fat, moderate protein, and rather high calcium. One can only pick one that has only moderately higher than ideal in calcium.
Never feed a GSD pup free choice. Food intake must be regulated to achieve a lean pup.
by hunger4justice on 26 July 2012 - 20:19
|NO NO NO and HELL NO Kirkland is made by Diamon Dog Food, Haven't you seen the recalls in the news!!!!! Please Google the Diamond recall to see how many other brands made by them have also been recalled and never give them a dime. Fromms Gold is great, family owned, high quality and you get every 13th bag free.|
by HighDesertGSD on 26 July 2012 - 22:25
A recall does not discredit a company for good.
by lil foot on 26 July 2012 - 22:57
I feed Diamond products and have not had a problem yet. and will continue to do so.
by Jenni Von on 26 July 2012 - 23:04
WOW ......... I agree it does not discredit a company for good food as Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance was also under recall and they are a good food .....BUT that is not the issue here ..... how many dogs have died from bad food to initiate the recalls? Many ....to damn many .....
Now, if you want to continue to use their food...the only thing you are doing is playing russian roulette with your dog every time you feed them .....
Diamond Brand has had about 5 recalls in the last 6 yrs in which 100's of dogs and cats have perished........ I dont have a 10 dollar dog so I guess I might be a little more concerned
Here is the list I would recommend to stay away from :
by beetree on 26 July 2012 - 23:35
|Does any body on this thread know what voluntary means? No dogs died of salmonella poisoning. Children got sick. I think I've said this three times on three different threads. |
People, try to understand the ramifications of it all.
by Jenni Von on 26 July 2012 - 23:59
Beetree....I beg to differ ...over the past 6 yrs their recalls have been the cause of 100's of Dog and Cat deaths ....can you debunk this claim?
by CMills on 27 July 2012 - 00:09
|I have fed Diamond for 20+ years with never a single sick dog, the dogs love it, they are excellent condition, so I will continue to use it. I find it quite comical that for YEARS on this board people swore by TOTW, and how good they thought it was, until they heard of the recall, then all of a sudden it is shit food????????? NOT HARDLY! The people who swore by the TOTW should be ashamed of themselves by all of a sudden talking crap about THE EXACT SAME FOOD.|
by lil foot on 27 July 2012 - 00:22
|So what you're saying jenni von that if you feed a food that has been recalled, then you have a 10.00 dog?|
by Jenni Von on 27 July 2012 - 01:23
After the succession of recalls by Diamond and the continued neglect they have shown in the last 6 yrs ....and the conditions in their processing plants ...... yes ...if you continue to feed you dog those brands of food ....1 you dont really care about your animal, 2 ...you are cheap ... 3 you arent informed....
Doesnt it bother you that given their track record over the yrs ...... you are playing roulette when you feed your dog? If it doesnt ...........see above
I personally saw the Health Departments copy of the report taken by their inspector at the SC plant........ deplorable conditions! ....... I would NEVER ever use their brands again ....... they are only in it for the money.
by Jenni Von on 27 July 2012 - 01:27
Here is the preliminary report ....the actual final I will find.....
by CMills on 27 July 2012 - 01:40
Well I hate to tell you Jenni, but Diamond foods are NOT cheap, as you mention, if someone wanted to be cheap they'd buy grocery store feeds. I don't know about your area, but here Diamond Premium Adult, and their Puppy, which is what I feed, is priced comparably to more of the "higher end" foods, but I feed it because I've always had great results on it. As a matter of fact, I was just at a show last weekend in Ga with 3 of my dogs, and the judges all commented on how well conditioned my dogs were, and that they had excellent coats. To me, proof is in the puddin! If you haven't noticed, dogs eat all kinds of carrion, dead stuff, garbage, rotten junk, etc, they aren't picky and they don't get sick eating this kind of crap, it's how their digestion works.
by Jenni Von on 27 July 2012 - 01:44
by clc29 on 27 July 2012 - 02:39
|When my boy was a puppy I fed Wellness large breed puppy.....It was recommended to me by a man that specializes in animal nutrition (MS from Cornell).....He felt that this was the best balanced kibble for a large breed puppy.|
As my boy got older (7 months) I transitioned from Wellness to Orijen Adult.....IMO...you can't go wrong with Orijen. It's expensive but, he's not had any major growth spurts, has grown at nice even rate and is as healthy as a horse :)
If you are limited to what you can spend on dog food I would recommend researching for a grain free dog food that has a good calcium to phosphorus ratio (VERY IMPORTANT) and quality protein (meat) being the first ingredient. There's a great website (I can't remember what it is at the moment) that evaluates kibble dog foods. Hopefully some one will post it.
There are many knowledgeable people (way more than me) on this forum. If you don't get the answers you seek from this thread PM me and I will try to help you or send you to someone who can.
Have fun with your Puppy :)
by Siantha on 27 July 2012 - 04:03
|sometimes peoples dogs dont to good on the best. i had a friends dog that origen a amazing food i wish i could afford to feed it but if i was going to pay the money for orijen i would just do raw. but my friends dog got super sick on it and they deemed it to just being too rich for the dog they droped her back down to like totw not sure i dont think it was that but could be and the dog did amazing.|
its all about what works for your dogs
by beetree on 27 July 2012 - 11:52
Once again, NO DOGS DIED. A VOLUNTARY recall due to SALMONELLA .... yes, this is OLD NEWS for this board, but people just LOVE to want to destroy certain entreprises no matter what. Clearly the article is about addressing the issues, too. You can't lump all recalls throughout the years into one big One Size Fits ALL.
by Conspicuous on 27 July 2012 - 14:48
|I feed Orijen LB puppy.|
It's locally sourced, sustainably raised ingredients and an award winning factory. They won pet food of the year for three years straight, I think it was?
It was a bit rich for my pup at first, but she seems to be adjusting to it now. They also make Acana which is good too. Maybe check those out? Jenni recommended Fromm's Gold to me too, so maybe check that out too?
And I know a lot of people have had success with Diamond foods, but after all the recalls, I am staying away. I know it can happen, but it seems to be an excessive amount for one company. Also I think if they voluntarily do the recall then they can't be sued, so your family and pet's best interests may not have been what prompted the recall? I could be wrong on that though, so don't quote me. Anyway, if it's working for you and you're happy, then that's all that matters, I guess.
by missyfly96 on 27 July 2012 - 14:49
|I fed Acana Wild Prairie-grain free to all my dogs from 8 weeks old to 6 years old|
They all do great on it, good stools, soft shiny coat and they all love it!
It is made by the same company Orijen is from but lower protein, I think 31%.
by ziegenfarm on 27 July 2012 - 15:01
|as i posted on another thread......i got sick of trying to keep track of recalls and worrying about ingredients. i've got 8 shepherds and 1 mastiff on orijen. as long as i can afford to keep them on it, i will.|