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OKay so I've finally given in and am looking to switch their food.  They've been on Purina Pro Plan Selects and are doing well on it aside from the eye boogies / runny eyes.  The main reason I want to switch is b/c I keep reading on here that Purina isn't that great... Also they've lost their taste for it.  I can only get them to eat their kibble when I mix it w/ canned food in the evening (which I don't really want to do b/c I've heard that canned food isn't that great for them either).  
I went to Petsmart today and picked up some RC (the one for Boxers) but I'm having secong thoughts... it says on the bag for 55lbs and up (Damien is 40lbs and Jasmine 30lbs).  Then when I got home I looked on the website for Canidea... they're food seems awesome (but I've read on here that our pup's tummies can't handle it)

Ugh- I don't know what to do.  Hubby is looking at me like I'm nuts... I'm so indecisive.  Which one is better (RC or Canidae)?

They gobbled up the RC when I mixed it in w/ a little bit of their old food... good sign?
 

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They are both the same  - human grade kibble.  All dogs are different.   So IMO try them both, try RC once, and then in 6 month Canidae.   Switch it up - make meal interesting.   Do a grad. switch to avoid tummy issues.   I am sure they will be fine on both.  You are just taking out some needless grains, and adding in better protein content.  

Hope they like it:)
 

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Thanks!

We'll see how it goes.  I've got the RC now... I hope it agrees w/ them  [-O<
 

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Actually for RC you should be on Large Breed Puppy 32 until 1 year or 15 months to switch to Boxer 26.  Britney has done very well with it so far....now that it has a tad bit of water! But as far as her coat, gas and poo all is good. The reason is Large Breed 32 is designed in mind for them not to grow so fast so it doesn't put as much pressure on their joints.
 

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I have been feeding my pups Solid Gold- Barking at the Moon and it has been great. No Alergies, reduced boogies, firm stool. Good Stuff
 

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IMO:  Royal Canin is a comparable food to Pro Plan Selects so I don't think you're necessarily upgrading.  I'd consider both middle of the pack, maybe slightly above middle of the pack.  Better than the cheaper regular purina, iams, kibbles & bits, pedigree, etc... but not a premium food like Canidae, Merricks, Timberwolf, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup, etc...


I'm a food mixer.  The past 3-4 months Lola has been on Pro Plan Selects Turkey & Barley and Timberwolf SW chicken & herb.  Recently I started adding Chicken Soup to the mix and I'm going to wean off the Pro Plan Selects I think since she's been eating that one the longest.  Right now I have a little of all three mixed together in my giant tupperware container and Lola gobbles it up no problem.  Lola handles the change fine but I'm not sure it's for all dogs.  I'm weaning off the Pro Plan Selects and going to the Chicken Soup since Lola's been getting that one the longest (4 months).  I'll probably keep mixing some Timberwolf in for variety.  In 4-6 months I'll probably switch to something different.  Variety is good right?

Yeah I'm weird   :eh:
 

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Purina and Purina Pro Plan Selects are different.  Alot of people feed Royal Canin boxer to there kids, but it's more expensive than Pro Plan, and you really aren't upgrading.  I hate seeing something like chicken meal, especially in the first 5 ingredients.  I always refer people to try Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul to begin with.  Pricing is pretty darn good, and it's a good kibble.  Both of mine loved to eat it, but Charlie's stool was never firm.
 

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The RC Boxer, is not for puppies.  It is actually for adult Boxers.  I had Tyson on the Royal Canin Large Breed, and he didn't do really well on it.  Very loose stools (everytime!).  I switched him to the Canidae and same problem!  He didn't do well on either.  I think it was too rich for his tummy.  So, everydog is different.
 

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Beka, I encourage you to look up any food you are considering on this site www.dogfoodanalysis.com there are reviews for probably all the foods mentioned so far.  There is also a great deal of info regarding ingredients in dog foods.
I used to feed Canidae ALS to my 6 year old and my puppy since he was 4 months and was pleased.  It is a good quality food but more affordable than most other brands of the same quality. Its less than brands of lesser quality too.
 
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