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Old 10-07-2009, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone: I know there is much conversation about what is the best dog food...we have 3 poodles and feed them CA Nature (or natural I always forget!)..but someone recently told me that any food with "meal" in it is really bad. Right now our new puppy is on Smart Puppy from Iams I believe (would be nice if I had the bags in front of me!)...I would like to start her of right so any suggestion or your experiences would be great.

The only thing our vert said is to avoid food with grain as poodles particulary standards are subject to nasty ear infections (am having had one with constant ear problems I must say the higher priced food without grain worked well).

So just opening a forum to hear your opinions! Thanks! Karin
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I switched Flip to Orijen Large Breed Puppy, and I really like it so far.
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Thanks I just read about that...I am considering Orijen, Blue Buffalo and Pet Promise based on friend recommnedations. Thanks
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Orijen (from what I've heard is a great dog food) If you want lower protein you can go for acana which is also made by orijen but has less protein.

You can also check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com for ratings on all dog food. 6 stars is the best and it goes down from their.
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thanks, that is a great site! Sounds like Orijen may be better for adult dogs though so I will check it out in a few months.
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Karin,

Orijen comes in puppy, large breed puppy, adult and senior varieties and is a great food. I also really like Evo, but that one is an all stage dog food that can be fed to puppies through seniors. What you are feeding now (California Natural) is a good quality dog food, but I prefer higher protein and fat levels. This same company makes Evo and if you want to stay lower in protein Innova. All dry dog foods have "meal" in them, without exceptions. It's the quality and the source of the meat and meal that makes a difference.
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Thanks that is really helpful! I read that Orijens the puppy one though is too rich in protein..maybe I will try it and see!
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The Large Breed Puppy is lower in protien, at least that is what the girl at the food store told me.
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We have ours on Natural Balance small bites. It doesn't have puppy or adult formulas. I like the ingredients in that food so we are trying it out for a bit.
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We have ours on Natural Balance small bites. It doesn't have puppy or adult formulas. I like the ingredients in that food so we are trying it out for a bit.
I had my 2 of my dogs on natural balance, and I know they have recently changed the forumula and the ingredients are no longer manufactured in the US. Since that has happened 2 of our dogs had started vomiting up the Natural Balance Kibble, and this is not only limited to my dogs, I've read on another forum that quite a few people have had this same problem.

Here is one of the threads about the ingredient change:
http://www.dogforums.com/5-dog-food-...nges-duck.html
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