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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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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:Victor

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

And you can find tons of info on Dog Foods and recalls here.:
At Dog Food Advisor:
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/zachs-quality-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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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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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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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
LOL ... luv that picture is the one in the foreground a girl??? What are there ages???
 

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Thx, Diezel(L) is 5, Lily(F)is 6, Ginger(R) is 7 1/2.
Ginger has the boxer sensitive stomach. She has problems with chicken, milk bones and occasionally other things. She does well with Fromm and 1 tbl spn canned Blue buffalo mixed in.
 

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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

Cute pups!!! Glad to hear you're having good results with Fromm. Really think I'm leaning toward them. When they were pups and getting 1 1/2 cups per meal, i assume it was 3 meals daily? Guess i'd start with the large breed puppy formula for a couple months then go with the adult formula.
 

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Yes it was 3 times a day until Lily was about 18months. Then we switched to twice a day. We rescued Diezel when he was 18 months, so he has always had only two feedings a day here.
 

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Our 4 month old was eating Royal Cainin Boxer Puppy. We ran out of food and didn't notice so we ran out to get some but they didn't have the brand she was on and went with what we thought to be a healthy brand Pure Balance-grain free, venison & pea recipe but she has had the runs for 3 days now.
Should we go back to the Royal Canin or is that even a good brand? Not sure what to do, I actually thought all food was created equal but like I said in other posts, I'm new to pet ownership.
 

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Our 4 month old was eating Royal Cainin Boxer Puppy. We ran out of food and didn't notice so we ran out to get some but they didn't have the brand she was on and went with what we thought to be a healthy brand Pure Balance-grain free, venison & pea recipe but she has had the runs for 3 days now.
Should we go back to the Royal Canin or is that even a good brand? Not sure what to do, I actually thought all food was created equal but like I said in other posts, I'm new to pet ownership.
Is pure balance at Walmart? I could have sworn I seen that brand there. Anyways there really is a difference in good quality kibble aposed to not so good.. big thing I found and I spent countless hours researching is the comparison of ingredients, reviews online about the kibble and the company it self such as how many recalls they've had etc... royal canin is not a brand is turn to, I think for the most part any kibble found at a grocery store is likely going to be crap... check out Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor and see where they're rated also a great site to point you in the right direction.
 

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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!
I'm not here to promote BB, but I have been using it since my guy has been a pup, and never had any digestive issues whatsoever. Not even diarrhea once. I think you have to just do your research and pick what works best for your dog.
 

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Thank you 4paws I will check it out and yes it was at Walmart.
Lesson learned-Walmart is great when you runout of things late at night but not when your going to have to be going out side multiple times a day with a squirting dog...lol
 
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