Orijen Large Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food has a Protein (min.) 42. Lots people say this is to high for a puppy?simoncgy\";p=\"65916 said:Hi there! I'm not an expert, but I know you should avoid the following ingredients and this is only some of the most dangerous additives:
BHA (avoid entirely -Cancer)
BHT (avoid entirely - Cancer)
Ethoxyquin (avoid entirely - Kidney breakdown)
Propyl Gallate (avoid entirely - Cancer)
Menadione Sodium Bisulfate
Also look for color additives and fillers.
It's definately worth checking out this website, I was shocked at how many commercial brands have these additives and they are not good for your dog and I did a lot of research - I'm kind of a health nut and thought my dog deserved the same.
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php ... ngredients
It's really worth checking out some of the premium brands available at specialty pet stores. Brands like Orijen, Prairie, Nutura, Evo, Riplee's Ranch etc... are all natural and have no harmful additives - most are safe for human consumption (though not recommended). If you can't find a store, I know Riplee's Ranch will mail the food anywhere in North America. Most importantly - don't be put off by the price of these brands, it's actually cheaper! My breeder was using Purina Pedigree, and when I switched Jake to Natura, he started eating less (amount and frequency). Because they aren't stuffed with fillers (corn, brewers rice, cereal food fines etc), your dog will actually eat far less. The benefits: a healthy dog, cost savings, their gas isn't so offensive, and stool is firm and smaller, their coats are shinier, they have more energy and they aren't exposed to harmful chemicals that are proven to be carciogenic. I would never judge anyone who uses grocery store brand dog food, (my previous German Shepard was on it for years) but it's worth researching and you may find it a beneficial move.