Dog Food recommendation

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Barked: Wed Feb 25, '09 10:07pm PST 
Hello. My yellow lab Daisy is turning 1 next month and i'm looking for recommendations on dog food. right now we use the Blue Buffalo brand. she likes it fine but is a bit pricey. Just wanted to see what other brands are good for labs. Would appreciate your suggestions and recommendations.


Barked: Wed Feb 25, '09 10:25pm PST 
Hi Daisy!

I feed Blue Buffalo too! In the long run, I think the pricing evens out more. For example, I was feeding 5 cups a day before and when I switched to Blue we cut back to 3 cups (during winter it's closer to 2.5 cups) a day! So a 30lb bag lasts a lot longer. You can also check out the Petsmart/Petco you buy it at for specials (sometimes they do $5 off with your petperks card and things like that). While you pay more upfront, just remember you aren't buying it as often as you would with something else!

Plus, Blue is such a fantastic food! What better way to avoid unnecessary vet visits (and save $$) than by keeping your pup as healthy as possible! The first step starts with a good diet!

I could go on and on about how awesome Blue is, but I'll spare you big laugh

Barked: Wed Feb 25, '09 10:29pm PST 
Oh also, if you are looking to hunt with Daisy or do field trials, agility, dock jumping, etc etc Blue makes a great food for active dogs, which is what I feed. It's called Wilderness and it's high protein/low carb and I'm pretty sure it's grain free (there might be a little oatmeal in there?). However, it's for adult dogs, so it would be more appropriate for her once she is a year old. Just something to keep in mind smile


I'm a wild child- and proud of it.
Barked: Mon Mar 2, '09 5:27pm PST 
Nutro Ultra is what I eat. I tried the Blue buffalo before and it upset my tummy. Nutro has been great on my tummy. My stools are much morefirmerthan they were with Blue.

Barked: Fri Mar 6, '09 1:12am PST 
If you purchase food at Petco and use your Petco card they keep track of how many bags you buy and after 10 your next one is free. They have Blue Buff, Wellness and Halo which are all premium foods!

Check out this list from the AKC, tells you how your food ranks and how the grading scale worked...

Dog Food scores:
Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+
Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C
Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C
Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C
Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Pupp y / Score 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+
Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
Purina Ben full / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Solid Gold / Score 99 A
Summit / Score 99 A
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
Start with a grade of 100:
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all
the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) I f corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first
one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but
"chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are
pesticide-free, add 1 point

A = 94-100
B= 86-93
C = 78-85
D= 70-77
F= 70 or lower
Donovan'sMajesticJet of Solace

Street sweeper!
Barked: Sat Mar 7, '09 1:21pm PST 
Wow, ours is the highest!

the happiest pig- ever
Barked: Wed Apr 22, '09 8:33pm PST 
it was in our contract to continue feeding winston what the breeder feeds to her dogs....that is TLC.....I love it! it isnt sold in stores (delievered right to your door).....

check out the site if you are interested....www.tlcpetfood.com

there isnt any fillers in it which result in less waste which in turn means less pick upssmile

pkus, not to mention, winston LOVES it (but then again, what doesnt he love?)

La Deee Dah
Barked: Sat Jun 13, '09 6:46am PST 
We use Blue Buffalo for puppies and got it on sale with a 15% off coupon off of www.slickdeals.net. So it was around 38 dollars

Let's go for a- swim
Barked: Sun Jul 19, '09 7:54pm PST 
I think Blue Buffalo and all the other premium foods are a waste of money. I see too many highly valuable service dogs thriving on common brands such as Iams and Pro plnan to believe the other foods are any better. Can the highly experienced professionals be wrong? I think all the rating systems based on the ingredients are nonsense. I have seen nothing to back them.

Sweet as- chocolate
Barked: Mon Jul 20, '09 9:26pm PST 
We always feed Iams. shock I know, not the best.

Edited by author Mon Jul 20, '09 9:26pm PST

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