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Ok so you guys where GREAT with your help with Dexter's weight lose so I thought I would give this question a go.

I have been looking into different dog foods, I try to feed a good food that will not cast me a arm and leg expectantly scene Dexter is a growing pup. However I do not mind spending money to feed something good (I hope that makes sense) I buy my food at a pet store not the grocery store. Well I have been feeding my Corgi Nutro Max and I have feed her that for the past 4 years. When I started feeding her it there was no corn meal that was one of the main reasons I picked it that and chicken meal is the first ingredient. So I started Dexter on there large breed puppy. He eats it and seems just fine. But now I notice that there is Corn Gluten Meal, They say it is good for them and digestible.... I have never heard of it before I did not think any corn was good for a dog, my understanding was corn is just a filler.?

I have also read that Goldendoodles are kind of prone to tummy problems. So does anyone have any suggestions of good food? Any thing that would be good to add to food for him??

Thank you for your input!!

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Comment by Krystal Segale on February 25, 2012 at 10:02pm

Well an 11 year old Great Dane is awesome. Maybe I will just stick with the Nutro. I am hoping Dexter dose not have tummy problems when he gets older. It seems like there are many good things in many foods. Thank you all very much!!!!

Comment by Erica Carano on February 25, 2012 at 4:08pm

I've been feeding Nutro Max from day one based on my vet's recommendation. My Great Dane lived to be 11 years old, and I believe Nutro Max was part of the reason for that. Just my opinion. Vito does just fine on it, and so does my toy poodle, Jasper. 

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 25, 2012 at 2:35pm

First, I very much agree with everything that Jan said. For what it's worth, Gracie came to us eating Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul-Large Breed Puppy. When it came time to switch her to adult food, we tried Blue Buffalo Large Breed. She wasn't excited about it, and our local pet supply doesn't stock it, so we switched back to Chicken Soup - Large Breed Dog. She seems to like this :} I came across a Website that I found helpful:  - It's supposed to be unbiased and it does seem to be. They have tons of information on many, many brands and they have ratings from 1-5 stars (Chicken Soup is a 4). They also have an info. page about corn gluten, that you may be interested in reading:

Hope this helps!

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on February 25, 2012 at 12:08pm

I feed my (adult) dogs a grain-free diet.  At the moment it is Acana Pacifica.  Previously, it was Orijen 6-Fish.  Both are made by the same manufacturer in Canada.

The only thing is, I don't know how appropriate these foods are for growing large breed puppies.  I'm not sure if they might not promote too fast a growth rate.  I really wish I knew.

Comment by Krystal Segale on February 24, 2012 at 5:04pm
I have been thinking of a gluten free food because one I don't want to feed my dog a bunch of fillers. Two I do not have a fenced in yard nor do most of the people around me, it is nice because the kids run around playing through the yards. But that also means I am cleaning up poop ever time I take the dogs out and that is fine I made the commitment when I decided to be a dog owner but it would be nice not to have to clean up so much... And he is going to be a big dog and like my mom says... "big dog big poop" So has anyone tried that kind of food? What did you think of it?
Comment by Margaret and Opie on February 24, 2012 at 4:53pm

Jan had a excellent, very informative comment (Thank you Jan, now I am looking at the cost per day vs. the price difference between two bags!)   I feed Opie 'Diamond NATURALS'.  The regular diamond is FULL of fillers and by products.  But the natural line isnt.  I also feed him the large breed puppy.  I also really like Blue Buffalo  and might end up switching when I take him off of the puppy stage food.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on February 24, 2012 at 4:42pm

Ah, food.  The most difficult question, lol ;)

First, feed what suits your dog.  If they like it, have firm poop, and are generally well, then the food suits them.

Yes, corn gluten meal is a filler, with a catch, it provides some of protein listed on the bag.  I personally prefer to avoid foods with corn of any kind, but as I said before, if the dog / puppy is doing well on the food, then maybe it's best not to mess with it.

Dexter is a large breed puppy, and should be eating either "Large Breed Puppy" food or "All Life Stages" food until he's at least 6 months, when "All Life Stages" or "Adult" might be more appropriate...  Regular puppy food may encourage too fast a growth rate, or so I've read.   Some Vets recommend switching large breed puppies to adult food at 4 months, by the way.  Perhaps that was before the advent of foods targeted to Large Breed Puppies (which may be nothing more than a marketing ploy - I admit my two dogs were adults before the manufacturers came out with these foods).

Finally, when figuring the cost of food, realize that some foods appear to be more expensive, yet when you look at the feeding chart, require less volume of food per day than other less expensive (per pound) food.   That's why I added the cost / day part to the food calculator.   Hopefully, it helps people compare foods by how much they'll actually be feeding, not on price per pound, which can be hugely deceptive.  Example - Dog / puppy that needs 900 calories / day: Brand A is 300 Kcal / cup  -> 3 cups per day, Brand B is 450 Kcal / cup -> 2 cups / day...  Brand B has less useless filler that you just end up cleaning up from your yard.  ;)

Good luck, it is sometimes hard to find a food the dog likes and suits them.

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