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sunnymoon
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posted 06-27-2003 03:27 PM           Edit/Delete Message
HELP! I currently have my newly adopted dog on Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice. I'm thinking about switching to Purina ONE. What do you guys think???

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Maisey
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posted 06-27-2003 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
I think you should read the Whole Dog Journal and find out all that you can about what is in foods made for dogs. Research well and then choose. I do not feed the same food all the time, it used to be thought that you should not trade food, that is no longer the opinion of many. To help prevent food allergies and to give my dogs variety, I switch their food every couple months, so I have chosen several foods that I like and will feed. This does not work for all dogs of course, and you should always change gradually. I put a bunch of links below that should help you get started in researching dog foods, hope it is helpful.
http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/index.html
http://members.aol.com/smplyschnz/nutrition/wdjtopten.html

Below is my favorite site because it has an "ingredient wizard", you can learn all about each ingredient, even ones they do not use in thier foods. http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=home-tab
http://forpaws.ca/main.php

Precise is what I am feeding my dogs currently. http://www.precisepet.com/
http://www.canidae.com/
http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/
http://www.wysong.net/3coupon.htm
http://www.flintriver.com/default.asp?gg=Y

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bellasmommy
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posted 06-27-2003 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bellasmommy     Edit/Delete Message
i used to use nutro max puppy but when she turned 1 year i slowly switched her over to innova dog food (which you can read about at the naturapet website that maisey left a link to).. i absolutely love the innova and seems that bella does to.. we've been using innova for about four months now.. i switched since i heard a lot of people raving about it.. definitely check out those links maisey posted above and do research.. good luck choosing a food.. by the way what type of dog is it and how old?

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nern

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posted 06-27-2003 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sunnymoon..what breed, size and age is this dog?
I agree with the info. posted above and here is another link to help you: http://www.api4animals.org/doc.asp?ID=689

Also a fan of Innova pet foods

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Jas

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posted 06-28-2003 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jas     Edit/Delete Message
i don't feed kibble but for those looking for a high quality brand food, I too tend to recommend the whole dog journal's top ten.
some others that may or may not be part of the top ten ~~~ Wellness, Solid Gold, California Natural, Innova, Canidae, Holistic Blends.

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Maisey
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posted 06-28-2003 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
Sunnymoon...a side note here..when I started looking at new foods, I brought home a bunch of samples of the ones I was considering, I put each in a bowl with the package under it and then brought my dog in and watched to see which one he preferred. I did this with all three dogs separately and I am glad I did because I was leaning strongly in the direction of Innova but not one of the three liked it. Palatability is important, they gotta eat it, they should like it. Most dealers of these quality foods have sample bags they give out for free. Consider doing a taste test, we had fun doing it too!

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