Food advice/recommendations wanted...

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What have you found to be the best choices in dry large breed adult food? Nothing high protein of grain free. There are an overwhelming amount of options available, I'm having trouble narrowing it down.

what to feed depends on so many factors - geography being one of them. If cost is a factor, I'd look at Pro Plan. Many Doberman breeders and pro handlers feed pro plan, and it is available country wide. 

I personally feed a product made by Annamaet - I do feed grain free, but supplement with fresh food. I'm also feeding my youngest bitch a mix of grain free (Aqualuk) and corn and wheat free (Option). Annamaet is made in eastern Pennsylvania and is a really high quality family owned business. Their food is available on Chewey.com , but is pricey. 

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Thank you. I will look into Annamaet.

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Purina... The Complete Adult with Chicken stuff.

And they do fine on it. Zero health or skin issues and they seem to like it fine.

 

The Purina kibble is about 80% of my girls diet and I suppliment their main meal each day with something 'special'.

Tonight that suppliment will be about 6 eggs scrambled and split between them (added to their kibble) but I try to mix things up and not give them the same extras over and over.

Tomorrow could be stew beef and rice,

Or ground beef mixed with a few cans of peas and carrots.

Last night I was lazy and they got to share the fridge leftovers. Some loaded salad that needing to go and a little hot chili with beans that was hanging around in there. Tossed a few slices of wheat bread on top the bowls before telling them it was time...

Corn is the only thing I have found so far with my current girls that has been completly ruled out for doggie consumption. While one tolerates it fine, her sister does not (skin issues).

I 'need' to buy them some strawberries while they are on sale here currently. They absolutely LOVE those things - Even more if frozen a bit before given to them! LOL!

 

 

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I do the same.  They are currently LOVING plain greek yogurt.  You should see them attack the bowl and get yogurt all over those dobie noses.

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The 'extras' help mine get excited about mealtime and pretty much eat on the schedule I set for them. When the food goes in at a regular time I have found that things also come out at a regular time as well. This is good!

I can see mine getting bored with the same old regular kibble day after day pretty quickly if that was all they were given. Yes, they would eat it but they would not be in any big hurry.

 

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I had to get him something immediately, which means from Petsmart in our town. I got Science Diet large breed adult, as it was the lowest protein available in that category. The vet said we should feed that type of food so he doesn't grow too fast. He had a mild case of carpal deformity, but it seems to have almost entirely corrected itself! I put a small amount of coconut oil in it once a day, as he has slightly dry fur. I boil some carrots and add them, this will have to do until we can order something better. 

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I had to get him something immediately, which means from Petsmart in our town. I got Science Diet large breed adult, as it was the lowest protein available in that category. The vet said we should feed that type of food so he doesn't grow too fast. He had a mild case of carpal deformity, but it seems to have almost entirely corrected itself! I put a small amount of coconut oil in it once a day, as he has slightly dry fur. I boil some carrots and add them, this will have to do until we can order something better. 

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So this had me wondering too. I had an extremely high drive German Shepard.  Given the choice between eating and playing she would pick playing.  It was a struggle to keep weight on her until I found Stewart Raw Naturals Lamb Recipe Grain-Free Freeze-Dried Dog Food.  OMG, her and my ToyRatTerrier just loved this food. I've never seen anything like it.  So has anybody here heard of this food or tried it?  This food is pretty pricey too but you know what they say garbage in garbage out.