Need some help choosing a good food for my puppy please !!! gas natural

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Hello everyone. f gas certification logo At the end of the month we will be getting a new puppy. She is a bichon frise which is a small breed. The puppy will be 9 weeks old and weigh about 5 pounds. As an adult she should be about 10-12 pounds. I have been doing a lot of research in trying to find the best food to feed her. The breeder currently feeds her Purina Pro Plan chicken and rice which I will leave her on at least initially until she adjust to her new home. gas x extra strength vs ultra strength It has poor reviews on dog food advisor. I don’t mind paying more for a quality food as given her size she will be eating small portions.

I am reading so many conflicting opinions. Some say feed grain free, others say stay away from grain free. Many people have told me to avoid chicken all together due to allergies, yet most puppy foods are chicken based. I also see that many of the quality brands that get high reviews on dog food advisor are very high in protein (32% – 38%). Is that too much protein for such a small dog? The other thing I am concerned with is tear staining and how to avoid it. Especially being they have white fur it really looks awful to see those red stains near the eyes.

Thanks for asking this question, NadiaK. I, too, am researching pet foods for a new pup that I will get in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I cannot afford the high-quality foods christine_72’s suggested. grade 6 electricity test Those are in the $5 to $11 a pound price range. I rarely treat myself or my son to steak unless it’s on sale at less than $6 a pound, so how could I justify feeding steak-priced food on a regular basis to my dog?

I need to figure out a good compromise between excellent health and budget-friendly. I’m hoping to find a well-balanced kibble in the $2 a pound range. I have not decided for or against grain-free kibble, but am thinking of going with a corn-free brand. gas oil ratio chainsaw Kibble will be my pooch’s mainstay, plus I will add in a tiny bit of raw or cooked (without salt or seasoning) chicken breast, ground turkey, beef, veggies, fruits, rice, mashed potatoes, etc. (ie: little bits and slivers of healthy stuff from the foods I plan to cook for my human family members on any particular day).

Initially, I planned to go with Kirkland Signature (Costco’s brand). It has a 4-star rating on dogfoodadvisor.com and over the years I’d heard many good things about the brand from other dog owners. But when I did some research, I learned that a lot of people are having issues with the food, some who are customers that previously swore by the Kirkland brand. k electric share price Many of the complaints are of itching skin and sores developing on their dog’s stomach.

I know to look for foods with meat and/or meat meal as the first ingredient. I also understand that I should steer clear of foods that are made from "by-product meal" and to instead look for "chicken meal," "turkey meal" or other specific meat meal. Other than that, I’m lost. How much protein is enough? How much is too much? I’ve read that for medium/large breeds, too much calcium in the pups first year can cause fast growth that leads to bone and ligament issues. But how much is enough and how much is too much? Some people say that if going grain-free, to look for a food with Taurine. Others say to avoid peas in grain-free preparations. It’s all so confusing!

Thank you for your suggestions. I will definitely go check them out. As I mentioned, for me the price of the food is not at all an issue due to the fact that the dog is so small. I am curious as to what most people feel is a good protein amount for a puppy? Looking at the guaranteed analysis the protein percentages have quite a wide span.In my reading, it seems typical to recommend a minimum of 22% protein for puppies (no matter the breed size) and a minimum of 18% protein for adults. Most of the sites give no maximum percentage, but say that too much protein is bad for dogs with kidney disease and elderly dogs whose kidney’s might not be working efficiently. save electricity images A healthy pup should either excrete the unused protein or it will be metabolized as body fat if the excess protein leads to an excess in calories.

I have no idea who Drs Foster & Smith are, but their website says puppies need a minimum of 22% protein and a maximum of 32%. I found the information on their webpage to be informative. It explains how just the percentage of protein is not enough to go by, but that different forms of protein add amino acids that dogs do not produce on their own. https://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/a…?articleid=459