When Gracie came home from the breeder, she was on Nutro Puppy Chicken. I wasn't thrilled with the quality of the Nutro and talked to my vet about it on one of her puppy shot visits. He agreed that Nutro wasn't one of the brands that he recommends. However, he did recommend California Natural due to its limited ingredient list (good for dogs with allergies) and Wellness if allergies aren't a problem. I chose Wellness Super5Mix Chicken because I actually didn't want to have her on a food with so few ingredients at this point, until we need fewer (if allergies become a problem). The Wellness has worked great for us! Her coat is much shinier and she seems to really like it.
Not sure how others feel about this...but, my vet also recommended that we switch brands from time to time, but stick with Chicken/poultry formulas until she gets older. The reason for this is that they liked to have multiple proteins as an "ace up their sleeve" as she gets older and possibly becomes intolerant to certain proteins. So, we stick with chicken because it's what she started with and has always been on...but, the same would go for lamb, or whatever.
Edited to add...forgot to say that I get Wellness at the pet supply store that's run by the vet. However, Pet Supply Plus also has a store nearby that carries Wellness. It's not available at Petco or Petsmart, though. From what I've read here, I think that RC and Natural Balance are the best brands available at those two stores...unfortunately, now their both part of the recall. Also, Om's Mom has been posting some very informative threads about dog food analysis that might be worth a read!
Last edited by Gracie's Mommy; 23rd April 2007 at 04:02 AM.
Lindsay, Andy and Gracie (our 11 month old Blenheim bundle of joy!)