|Barked: Wed Jan 14, '09 10:35pm PST |
| Not to embarrass you, but good for you to be going on forums and stuff BEFORE you get your dog! I wish more people would do that. No need to be bashful -- you're awesome for that.
So, like the others said, you can feed a "puppy" formula of dry food, or an "all life stages" formulation. There's also the possibility of not feeding something out of a bag or can at all, but that's up to you. (You can visit us on the "raw food" or "homecooked" forums here on Dogster if you want more info on other ways to feed your dog.)
"Puppy" food became a necessity when commercial dog foods took a turn for the worse quality-wise, historically. Puppies don't actually have that different a requirement for the food that delivers them nutrients than adult dogs do, they just need a lot more of it pound for pound and they don't necessarily get the nutrients the same way out of the food you feed them vs. an adult dog.
The foods we feed dogs in kibble form don't deliver the essentials in the same way that a more "natural" diet would, either, therefore the big differences in "life stages" when it comes to commercial dog food. Foods that offer a puppy formula probably do so for a reason, but that doesn't by any means make them "better" than a company that makes an "ALS" forumla -- quite the opposite in fact.
One thing that is widely debated is whether you should feed a puppy a "rotation" style diet or not. A "rotation" diet is the idea of feeding several (at least three) different commercial foods from bag to bag and protein type to protein type to expose your pup to many different protein sources (i.e. lamb, chicken, fish, beef) as they can be exposed to. You can stick with the same brand (Nature's Variety, Innova, and Nature's Logic are brands that offer differnt proteins) or switch brands completely. (It's harder for the person to get used to that idea!). Some say you should let a pup "get used" to one food to avoid tummy upset. This is largely based on some common dog-food myths out there.
You're right to be concerned about the calcium levels of the food you're going to feed -- too high calcium can contribute to too-fast bone growth which isn't good for any dog -- including a Sammy. Samoyeds aren't really considered a "large breed" dog, but proper nutrient levels for ANY dog is important. Some kibbles out there are manufactured with that in mind, others aren't. Choosing a good food is important!
Tripe is good stuff. For SURE. Have you ever smelled green tripe? It's icky, but dogs LOVE it. And it's good food. It's one totally self-LESS act you can perform just to see your dog happy. It's super healthy for them, too. If you want to feed some green tripe with a diet of mostly a good kibble, that's great. You can get it fresh (if you're lucky -- or maybe not lucky), canned, frozen,or freeze dried. Maybe you'll feed it as part of a home-cooked, raw, or commercial wet-food diet. All are pretty great ways to feed a dog, each comes with it's own "thing". I wouldn't worry about the calorie content so much, but on top of a balanced diet tripe should be a "sometimes" thing, for sure.
Welcome to Dogster! We'd love to see your dog once you get him/her on a Dogster page. If you have any more questions please ask! Feel free to p-mail (like e-mail, but the "pup" version here on Dogster) if you have any questions about anything I said. It's pretty late in my neck of the woods and I'm going to bed tonight but I hope that was sensical!
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