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Old 03-21-2017, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to do my research, but i have a kind of specific question. I'll be bringing a boxer pup home in about 8-9 weeks. (the pups are due in a week or so). The breeder will be feeding the pups Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice for puppies. It seems to me that Blue Buffalo is on a downward trend and thats why I'm asking for advice on what i should do.

Is it still considered a good food? Do i immedietely begin transitioning to something else (grain free)? Should i just see how things go for a few weeks before making a decision?

PS-Im hoping to stay in the range of 45-50 bucks for a 30 lb bag....so id gladly take recommendations on other foods that will stick roughly within that budget.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-22-2017, 01:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If your a Costco member there Kirkland brand and there Natures Domains are rated pretty high. I did feed the regular brand and then switched over to the Natures Domain (grain free) becasue of my GSD's itchy issues. My Struddell and Gunther never had that problem but my GSD does???

The switch did not really seem to make that much of a difference but it doesn't hurt and he likes it. And "Zach's" dog is rated highly but it's availability depends on where you are??Zach's Dog Food Home - Zach's Quality Dog Food

And Victor's dogs food are also highly rated they may or may not be hard to fine where you are???

But they can be ordered online at "Chewy's."
https://www.chewy.com/s?rh=brand_facet%3AVictor

And you can find tons of info on Dog Foods and recalls here.:
At Dog Food Advisor:
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-f...lity-dog-food/

If you do change foods you should transition over a couple of days to be a change to quickly would most likely result in Diarrhea.

As for the "Blue Buffalo" issues ... I don't know??? Crap happens from time to time. I think the "ACANA" brand ... in this country is the only one that has never had an issue??? Your right to be concerned and following developments is key ... but how a company handles issues if they crop up is important to! As long as a product is not killing dog's ... it's reasonable to cut them some slack.

That said ... I'd just as soon a product I'm feeding my dogs is not making headlines.
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If your a Costco member there Kirkland brand and there Natures Domains are rated pretty high. I did feed the regular brand and then switched over to the Natures Domain (grain free) becasue of my GSD's itchy issues. My Struddell and Gunther never had that problem but my GSD does???

The switch did not really seem to make that much of a difference but it doesn't hurt and he likes it. And "Zach's" dog is rated highly but it's availability depends on where you are??Zach's Dog Food Home - Zach's Quality Dog Food

And Victor's dogs food are also highly rated they may or may not be hard to fine where you are???

But they can be ordered online at "Chewy's."
https://www.chewy.com/s?rh=brand_facet%3AVictor

And you can find tons of info on Dog Foods and recalls here.:
At Dog Food Advisor:
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-f...lity-dog-food/

If you do change foods you should transition over a couple of days to be a change to quickly would most likely result in Diarrhea.

As for the "Blue Buffalo" issues ... I don't know??? Crap happens from time to time. I think the "ACANA" brand ... in this country is the only one that has never had an issue??? Your right to be concerned and following developments is key ... but how a company handles issues if they crop up is important to! As long as a product is not killing dog's ... it's reasonable to cut them some slack.

That said ... I'd just as soon a product I'm feeding my dogs is not making headlines.

Thanks for the reply! Hmmmm I'm not a Costco member, but i do live very close to one...Might be worth the yearly $55 fee to join. Wonder how many others feed their boxers Natures Domain with good results?

Yeah i know Blue Buffalo is SUPPOSED to be a quality brand...but it seems they have had quite a few recalls lately. If i were to stick with blue buffalo, i guess it would be beneficial to go to their grain free version?

The brand i had originally had in mind to switch to, just from my research/budget requirements, was Taste of the Wild. They seem to have very positive overall ratings, and a 30 lb bag goes for about 45-50 bucks which is very reasonable compared to other grain free. Any thoughts on TOTW?
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I use Victor Select high energy, red bag....$40 at local feed stores for a 40 lbs. bag.

dog food advisor..taste of the wild
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LOL well Lindar already covered it.

I have no first hand experiance with TOTW?? I have no objections to it either. You want to buy the highest quality kibble you can afford ... somewhere between three and five and you should be good. But ... just becasue a particular brand works for others does not necessarily mean it would be good for your dog??? So that's kinda sorta a variable?? But I understand there are thousand's of choices out there and it must look pretty overwhelming?? So asking others what they feed is a pretty good way to narrow the field down a bit.
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I use Victor Select high energy, red bag....$40 at local feed stores for a 40 lbs. bag.

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Thanks! Is the type you feed grain free?
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Thanks! Is the type you feed grain free?
WE use this one.
VICTOR | High Energy
Victor Select high energy, red bags. Our trainer uses it on all his catahoula dogs right from weaning. Kai had been on royal canine boxer by his breeder, which isn't as highly rated and our vet and the trainer didn't want him on puppy formula as they said it was better for his bones to develop more slowly. We switched him at 5 months, but if i were to get another pup I'd most likely do it right from the get go. Kai has always been gassy, could clear the room but after I added a probiotic to his meals he has been so much better. We didn't do that till much later. Every dog is different, so keep in mind the first food you choose my not always be the last one. Some dogs just do better with different formulas or raw diets. This works for us, Kai is actually my daughters dog and she wanted a food she could afford so that when she moves out she can continue to feed. LOL
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WE use this one.
VICTOR | High Energy
Victor Select high energy, red bags. Our trainer uses it on all his catahoula dogs right from weaning. Kai had been on royal canine boxer by his breeder, which isn't as highly rated and our vet and the trainer didn't want him on puppy formula as they said it was better for his bones to develop more slowly. We switched him at 5 months, but if i were to get another pup I'd most likely do it right from the get go. Kai has always been gassy, could clear the room but after I added a probiotic to his meals he has been so much better. We didn't do that till much later. Every dog is different, so keep in mind the first food you choose my not always be the last one. Some dogs just do better with different formulas or raw diets. This works for us, Kai is actually my daughters dog and she wanted a food she could afford so that when she moves out she can continue to feed. LOL
Ok, so not grain free, but seems like a quality food! I'll have to keep it in mind for sure. Very affordable at $40 for 40lbs too! Thanks for your help! My breeder has been breeding boxers for 40+ years, and she's been using Blue Buffalo for a while...so i think my best option will be to see how the pup fares with that, and if any problems start coming up i'll look to switch at that point. Thanks again for the recomendation!
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Went to one of my local pet boutiques recently and found that they carry Fromm. Think I may be leaning that direction. A bit more $$ than I was hoping to spend at about 58 bucks for a 26lb bag...but they say the higher quality the food, the less food needed. So hopefully 26 lbs will last a little while. Plus they have the buy 12 bags Fromm, get 13th free, so that helps. My next question...should I stay away from the puppy formula? I've read differing opinions on whether or not puppy formulas are actually beneficial. Some say that the fact that it encourages growth is bad for larger breeds. Their puppy formula is "large breed", does that make it better by not encouraging growth as quickly?
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We use Fromm. Have very good results with it. We cycle between beef and pork so they get a change every week and a half. (3 boxers) 1 c in AM, 1c in PM. When they were younger we went 1 1/2c each meal.
I think the difference between large and small breed food is just the size of the kibble
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