|Barked: Wed Sep 2, '09 11:12am PST |
|Okay, so I know I've seen a lot of similar posts, so I apologize. But still looking for more info...
I have a 4-month old mini-doxie. I've been feeding him Royal Canin Puppy-33 since I brought him home, since that was what the breeder had started him on and all seemed ok.
The vet I go to (Banfield, in PetSmart) seemed to be happy that he was on that food, and said that it was a good food. However, last week, the puppy class trainer (ALSO from PetSmart) informed me more about food choice and what to look for/avoid. When I told her that the vet had said that Royal Canin was a great food for him to be on, she asked which vet had said that. When I told her that it was the one at the PetSmart, she wasn't surprised, and informed me that a vet there that was actually endorsed by Royal Canin (I should have known better when I saw Royal Canin posters around the area).
The trainer showed me how to read labels, and suggested a few higher-end foods that I might try: she said that Blue Buffalo was one of the best overall (good nutrition, good palatability, not too expensive and easy enough to find), but that if my dog wouldn't eat it (since he seems to be a bit picky) that I might try Orijen since it has more protein (and said that a friend's finicky dog had good luck on that one).
I tried Orijen, but I didn't like it. Not sure my tiny, indoor dog needs THAT much protein. And his digestive system didn't seem too fond of it... (excuse the details), but his "business" was a bit mushy and VERY stinky.
I'm thinking about trying Blue Buffalo, but wanted some feedback on this. Everything I've read so far looks like most dogs avoid the tiny extra nutritious bits. That's okay with me, because I actually give my dog NuVet supplements. But I want to see if any picky dogs will eat this food.
I am also looking into Nutro Ulta. (A friend recommended this one to me), but wanted some feedback there, as well.
I didn't think much of it till I read a lot of different reviews, but my dog scratches a lot. Wondering if skin irritation would be relieved by a better food, which is one of the reasons I'm thinking of switching from Royal Canin (besides other reasons).
Sorry so long... but... help?
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