Ok first thing is first....
High-quality ingredients are essential for a healthy food. Some economy brands of dog food are made from inexpensive ingredients that are not easily digested, and therefore, do not provide the best nutrition. While they may technically meet the legal specifications for percentages of protein, fat, carbohydrates, etc., these foods have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins. Because of this, many health-building nutrients may pass right through your dog's system without being absorbed. It also means that you have to feed larger amounts of that lower quality food to provide your pet with the same nutrition as a smaller amount of premium food. When you compare the cost of these foods on a per-serving basis, and realize how quickly you go through a bag, economy foods may actually cost more in the long run.
Some high quality foods on the market are not suitable for your puppy because the protein and or calcium, mineral levels in the food can believe it or not be so high that it can be a health risk to your puppy. Foods like this put your pup at risk for multiple conditions caused by growth that is to quick. The key is to have them on a food that promotes nice steady paced growth, avoiding the rocket fuel effect of some diets on the market today. The goal is to find a food that is quality but has the right balance necessary to keep your puppy healthy! You would think that putting your puppy on a "Large Breed" puppy formula would have you covered. Well it doesn't! I used to think the same thing! Depending on the brand they are all over the board, and still many are above the levels that most breeders of giant, large, and certain breeds prone to bone disorders recommend. We ideally want to have your puppy at a Protein level of between 22-25% and a Calcium level of between 0.7-1.3. Bellow I have information on the food your puppy is currently on as well as some other options if you choose to swap now or down the road. I know that for some people that are used to feeding standard puppy food this idea is foreign and can cause worry especially if your vet is not familiar with these dietary scopes. That is why I have provided information on this site, and also make myself available to discuss this one on one with you as well.
Rice is good to stay away from due to allergies. Dogs can sometimes a reaction to chicken so I would steer to a Turkey, or other protein source if you are worried about that. Natures domain has multiple proteins available. The Turkey is a cooling protein and, easy for Boxers to digest (Less gas). The ND Organic formula comes only in a chicken.
STAY AWAY from ALL foods with Wheat, Corn, or Soy - known to be allergens!
Your Puppy Is Being Fed...
KIRKLAND/COSTCO "Natures Domain"
TURKEY SWEET POTATO FORMULA
If you are looking for a quality food for less money and you are a Costco member you luck out!
The ingredients are exactly the same as those that go into the Taste Of The Wild. The formula is just a bit different. This food is GRAIN FREE !
Feeding a kibble with protein meal is actually recommended over whole meat source when the kibble is the whole diet or makes up most of the diet of the dog. This is due to the fact that the protein in meal is more concentrated so that a better balance is met with the carbohydrate (sweet potato) in the food then if it is a whole meat source.
Costco sells in such mass quantities that they can charge less, and Costco spends no money on marketing their product, advertising or on pretty packaging, so they can keep the cost low!
Turkey Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs...
Nature's Domain Grain-Free Turkey Meal & Sweet Potato Dog Food is made with turkey meal and ocean fish meal for quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids, this formula offers great nutrition for overall health and vitality for all dogs.
Probiotics and natural prebiotic fiber from dried chicory root help maintain the proper balance of beneficial bacteria in your dog’s intestines. Active9™ Probiotics are developed from probiotic strains naturally found in the canine GI tract and processed under strict human-grade standards to ensure purity. Each pound of food provides 100 million live, active cultures that help support healthy digestion and help your dog maintain an active lifestyle.
Turkey meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, potato protein, potato fiber, natural flavor, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid
***Nature's Domain (Grain-Free)- Turkey & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs offers great nutrition for overall health and vitality for all dogs. (NO CHICKEN OR CHICKEN FAT) Formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages! Protein level... 24% Calcium...1.3
ACANA Chicken & Burbank Potato...
Loaded with a full 25% of fruits and vegetables, including Red Delicious apples, Bartlett pears, butternut squash and Burbank potatoes – all delivered fresh each day from our prairie farms and the sun-drenched Okanagan valley so they’re bursting with natural goodness to support your dog’s peak health and immunity. Packed with 55% of chicken, fish, and eggs, ACANA matches your dog’s evolutionary adaptation to a meat and protein rich diet. ACANA‘s rich variety of fresh meats mirrors the diversity and freshness Nature intended.
Chicken meal, deboned chicken, whole potato, steel-cut oats, peas, whole egg, deboned flounder, sun-cured alfalfa, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherals), oat flakes, chicken liver, chicken liver oil, herring oil, pea fiber, whole apples, whole pears, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, spinach, cranberries, blueberries, kelp, chicory root, juniper berries, angelica root, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, lavender, rosemary.
***ACANA Chicken & Burbank Potato is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All life stages! Protein... 28% Calcium... 1.3
ACANA Duck Bartlett Pear...
Featuring cage-free duck as the sole source of animal ingredients, ACANA DUCK & BARTLETT PEAR is a unique Limited Ingredient and biologically appropriate diet that’s perfectly suited to diet-sensitive dogs of all breeds and life stages. delivered fresh in richly nourishing WholePrey™ ratios that include flesh, liver, fat and cartilage, ACANA supplies nutrients in natural whole food form, dramatically reducing the need for synthetic ingredients. Infusions of freeze-dried duck liver naturally enhance palatability for selective eaters.
Duck meal, deboned duck*, green lentils, red lentils, duck liver*, pears*, duck fat, green peas, yellow peas, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin*, carrots*, freeze-dried
duck liver, kelp, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint leaf, lemon balm, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
***ACANA Duck Bartlett Pear is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All life stages! Protein... 27% Calcium... 1.3
Organic Chicken & Pea Formula for Dogs...
Nature's Domain Organic Chicken & Pea Formula for Dogs is made with organic ingredients to provide your special adult dog with an organic solution in a complete and balanced food. Organic chicken is the number one ingredient for great taste and excellent protein nutrition. Organic whole foods such as peas, lentils, garbanzo beans and sweet potatoes provide quality nutrients for overall health and vitality.
Organic chicken, organic peas, organic lentils, organic garbanzo beans, organic sweet potatoes, organic canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic pea protein, organic sunflower meal, organic canola meal, organic flaxseed, natural flavor, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, taurine, organic kelp, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
***Nature's Domain OGANIC (Grain-Free)- Organic Chicken & Pea Formula for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance. Protein Level.. 22% & Calcium Level... .9
NuVet Plus® is the culmination of 8 years of research and development, formulated with the goal of creating a nutrient formula that would go beyond mere vitamin replenishment. The supplement is instead a full-spectrum nutritional supplement that focuses on the root cause of illness and disease while simultaneously boosting your pet’s immune system and overall health.