What to feed my dobie? New owner

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We just brought Gemma, our fawn baby home on Tuesday. She is 7 weeks old. I also have 2 other dogs a poodle/shihtzu mix and a Chihuahua. My poodle mix has an autoimmune skin disease called pemphigus so we have her on Zignature to help with any allergy issues she may have as well. I started the puppy on the Zignature also. We began noticing she poo's right after she eats and poo's around 6 times a day maybe more. That seems to be way to many. Today I went to 4 different dog food stores to see what my options are because it doesn't seem like the Zignature is a good fit for her. Fromm was highly recommended to us. They seem a bit pricey and don't seem to have much meat content. My chi has no skin issues besides hes just a picky eater. Is there a food that would work for the dobie and the chi? Is it possible to find a food that will work for all of them? I want to make sure they are getting proper nutrition.

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We fed Dallas  " TASTE OF THE WILD" it is a meat based food and moderately priced they also make a cat food that we feed our cat.  It has high protian and seems to make the animals  feel full whithout lowering their energy.

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We have a blue and rust Doberman.  We feed her Taste of the Wild as well.  Since she's a dilute, she also gets fish oil supplement.  Fawns are dilutes, too.  I don't know if your breeder mentioned the issues with blues and fawns, but if they didn't give you some information, you should probably do a search for skin issues with dilutes.  Feed the best food you can within your budget but remember (in my opinion, anyway) that better food prevents other issues that might lead to vet visits so feeding what you might think is an expensive food can be (again, in my opinion) more economical in the long run.  Avoid grains and be wary of chicken - some Dobermans are alergic.

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Same here. I feed taste of the wild to my blue and rust baby. We also give him fish oil supplements. Learn as much as you can and don't be afraid to ask questions there are some very knowledgeable people on here. Btw welcome to the forum. 

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Thank you all but I cannot feed them taste of the wild it makes my poodle mix extremely ill. Last time we tried it she vomited for 2 days, it was awful! Weve been checking in to Fromm. Has anyone tried that? Should we stick to grain free only since the fawns are more prone to skin issues?

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Is there anyway your other dog will stick with the same food they take and different for your dobie?

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Grain free is generally thought of to be better for any color (or breed).  I've never fed Fromm, but have heard its a good food.  There's a website you might find helpful - I don't remember the address, but I'm sure if you Google "dog food ratings" or something similar you'll be able to find it. 

MichelleE - how much fish oil do you give your boy? 

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Right now we are giving him one pill a day. I think its 1000mg. He has done so much better since we started him on those. 

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OK - that's what we give Ziva, too.  Just wanted to see what other folks did.  Her coat is much nicer than when we first got her.   Thanks!

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Try TOTW Salmon!!  It took us several dog food choices after Alexis was eating TOTW Bisson and nothing worked! She had diarhhea for months! So we went back to TOTW and changed to the Salmon!!! Success within days! Apparently she cant handle the meat in the dog foods! And she is doing great after 7 months on Salmon!!! Fish is easier on their digestive system and they still get the protein that they need! No dog really seriously has to have MEat - Its the protein that they need!!Rena

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I feed my two dogs different foods Ben gets veggies and some dog food and Pepe gets wet food out of a can, they are fed at different points in the kitchen and never go after the other's food and don't even sniff each other's bowls. I would try to feed them different food for each of their needs. Fromm is a good food we were going to put Ben on it and actuall was driving out to buy it when I dropped by my vet's office and we began discussing Ben's diet again and he showed me the ingredients for both Fromm and Orjen and I liked the Orjen better cost and ingredient wise Orjen was the best in my opinion. Ben loves it.....look online and open two windows and compare the ingredients in both and do the same for any other food you are considering it is a daunting task but well worth the work. I used the websites for the food in question and also Amazon as they have eveything and it's easy to find the ingredient listings

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I used to feed fromm and it was great for my pit mix diesel but not for my dobie Zeus who's a red his coat started changing color he had some dull spots and then darker spots but he was at a good weight very happy eating it but I ended up switching him back to instinct raw boost which is slowly helping his coat 

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I feed Hills Science Diet. That's what my dads vet clinic carries and all of my dogs have always done great on it. There is different kinds for different types of health levels, i.e. sensitive skin, sensitive stomach. My boy is healthy and beautiful but is also a black/rust so I don't know if their skin is different than the lighter colors. She would be on the puppy kind though

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Hello,

I'm feeding TOTW Salmon puppy for my 11 week old, Ruby.

(She's been on it since I brought her home at 8 weeks.)

The vet asked if I was feeding a large breed puppy food...

I see that all of you think TOTW puppy is one you have used.

Is there no worry of them growing too quickly with it (thus causing structural issues)?

I want to do the best thing I can for her.

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Anyone have thoughts on Orijin? I have been asking myself this same question. Juneau is currently on Canidae Pure Land, and although it is a very good food I am concerned at their recent formula change and reluctance to list guaranteed analysis. I am torn on the protein issue. Origin has a very high protein content, but it is all naturally, high value, easily digestable proteins, which I have read do not contribute to many high protein disorders due to not needing to eat as many calories since the proteins are more available to the body. It also contains two kinds of liver which I am hesitant to feed on a daily basis. But it gets consistently high reviews for quality. Wondering if anyone has fed it to their dobe. For reference, Juneau responded horribly to Blue Wilderness.

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I used to feed Orjen to my other rottweiler who had cancer he was pretty food sensitive due to the cancer and he did great on this due to the fact it was a "cleaner" food even though it was higher in protein.....his coat looked great and he didn't throw it up like some of the others.....not sure about the differences in dobermans stomach's with food but that's my input with a dog with cancer......and it was my holistic vet that put him on that food.....

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I had Rosco on Orijin Large Breed Puppy since I got him, he has never had an issue with it, even with the higher protein. Now that he is older we switched to Acana Large Breed (sister company, made at the same factory), this is even less protein than Orijin so I went with it. He always gets compliments on his shinny coat and loves his food!

I can't recall if Orijin had an Adult Large Breed formula but Acana definitely does and so far I love it, he would be fine on any of the regular formulas but make sure you read the label as both brands have special formulas (Sport, Senior, Red, Grasslands) which tend to have higher protein than just the base formula

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Thank you Talisin and Steph05. I will have to look into Acana also. Orijin does not have a large breed puppy formula that I can tell but at nearly 8 months I am ok feeding him a balanced adult formula. Right now I am looking at their Regional Red and I am impressed by the quality and diversity of proteins. Given your reviews of the food I think that I may give it a try. Thank you both.

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Hello, I am new to this forum. I feed my 16 week old Red, Fromm large puppy food. Anyone feed their pup this and how much do you feed at each setting ?? Thank you

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I understand that Fromm is also like Orijen my holistic vet had suggested Fromm for Ben but we chose Orijen as it was easier to find in my area.....Fromm is supposed to be great but others will know more about dobermans and Fromm

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hi i have my 7 month old dobe on blue buffalo lg breed i want to change her to a grain free food thinking about merrick any feed back is welcome!! thanks for all the great info

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I feed mine a 50/50 mix of the Blue Buffalo Large breed Freedom and Science Diet Ideal Balance grain free.  Both are grain free. We tried 100% Blue Buffalo but her stool consistency was not ideal.  Both are pricey but she is worth it.  I believe the website is dogfoodadvisor.com.  Most of what is sold at grocery and discount stores are terrible...fillers and by-products. I had fed my min pin science diet for years and he had terrible skin allergies and ear infections. Never was advised it could have been food related.  I didn't know better back then.