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I would love to hear your answers to the following diet-related questions. I realize choosing a food is highly personal, I’m in the process of figuring out what is the best food we can afford for our puppy coming home in early December.

1. What food/supplements to do feed?
2. Why did you choose this?
3. What is your estimated monthly food expense?

I really appreciate the input!!
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It's definitely personal and I think there is more than one good option. I'll just answer what we do.

1. Nom noms fresh food delivery. No supplements.
2. Convenience, delivered in prepackaged servings. healthy with whole food ingredients, one of our dogs has a sensitive stomach.
3. For two small dogs $180 a month. (one puppy would be half. the serving size is the same because puppies need more calories per pound) If I had a large dog this would absolutely be cost prohibitive. But it works for us with this breed.

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It's definitely personal and I think there is more than one good option. I'll just answer what we do.

1. Nom noms fresh food delivery. No supplements.
2. Convenience, delivered in prepackaged servings. healthy with whole food ingredients, one of our dogs has a sensitive stomach.
3. For two small dogs $180 a month. (one puppy would be half. the serving size is the same because puppies need more calories per pound) If I had a large dog this would absolutely be cost prohibitive. But it works for us with this breed.
Thank you Melissa!! Yes it’s so nice that these little buddies need a lot less food! We’ve always had big dogs and been limited to high quality kibble but now I’m interested in learning about the other options. Really appreciate you sharing 🙂
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Be sure to continue with the puppy food your breeder has been feeding. The switch to adult food comes later, maybe 9 to 12 months.

Shadow eats Victor Yukon River Salmon & Sweet Potato for almost 3 years now. My local pet store sells it for $13./5lbs. which feeds him for a month. He is crazy for it and that's what he gets for treats also. No supplements on a regular basis.
Why? Victor is made in USA with US sourced ingredients. They have never had a recall. Several of the breeders I've talked to feed Victor to all of their show dogs. It is easy to find at many pet food stores as well as Chewy.
So $13. a month for food plus he drinks only bottled purified water, maybe $5. total $20.

When you switch foods, be sure to do it very slowly to avoid digestive(messy!) problems! Good luck with the new arrival!
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As a different view from this, I have been told by a number of vets that the nutritional needs of puppies and dogs is the same by the time they leave their breeder. Brands sell "puppy formulas" to have more "shelf space" in the pet stores. If you choose to feed kibble, as long as the kibble is small enough that the puppy can eat it, it makes no difference whether it is a "puppy formula" or not. I bought into the idea of "puppy food" for my first. My others started eating the same food as my adult dogs as soon as they came home.

I am not evading your question, but mine now eat a specialized diet because one has special health needs that your puppy will not have. So it really has no relevance to your situation.
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Be sure to continue with the puppy food your breeder has been feeding. The switch to adult food comes later, maybe 9 to 12 months.

Shadow eats Victor Yukon River Salmon & Sweet Potato for almost 3 years now. My local pet store sells it for $13./5lbs. which feeds him for a month. He is crazy for it and that's what he gets for treats also. No supplements on a regular basis.
Why? Victor is made in USA with US sourced ingredients. They have never had a recall. Several of the breeders I've talked to feed Victor to all of their show dogs. It is easy to find at many pet food stores as well as Chewy.
So $13. a month for food plus he drinks only bottled purified water, maybe $5. total $20.

When you switch foods, be sure to do it very slowly to avoid digestive(messy!) problems! Good luck with the new arrival!
Thanks so much!! So nice Shadow loves his food! I appreciate you sharing what works for you both. As far as supplements we used things like salmon oil, probiotics and missing link with our large breed dogs in the past. Depending on what we settle on I may introduce some of those with this pup. Yes great reminder on transitioning foods slowly!
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I currently feed a raw homemade diet as well as some ground whole prey items from My Pet Carnivore. I do not feed any supplements.

I switched to a raw diet from kibble because I knew a lot of people who fed raw and raved about its benefits, including my holistic vet, so I was curious. I am from Missouri (the ďShow MeĒ state) so I guess I like to see things for myself. I also wanted to try it because no matter what kibble I fed Mia she would poop 8 or 9 times a day and this was making potty training difficult. Therefore, started feeding Natures Variety raw. This made a huge difference in Miaís pooping! The dogs loved it too. A couple times I tried to feed them kibble again and they looked at me like I was crazy. I must confess I do love it when my dogs enjoy their food. So I never fed kibble again. A couple other benefits I noticed feeding raw is that my yorkie smelled better. He used to have an odor and required frequent baths. Mia never had an odor so maybe this is a yorkie thing. Also, Mia no longer had tear stains. I eventually started making my own because I wanted greater control over the quality of the ingredients and because they started using HPP for a lot of commercial raw and I did not want that. We raise some of our own beef and my husband deer hunts so I wanted to be able to include these ingredients in their diet. I have been feeding raw for over 10 years and they are now 12 years old. They are both healthy, but of course I have no way of knowing if they would be healthy eating something else!

As far as cost, I am not sure. I do not keep track but would think it is reasonable for a small dog.
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I must have gotten you confused with another new puppy coming person..I thought the new arrival was going to be your first dog ever!
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When we brought Shama home, we gave her the kibble that our breeder recommended, Now Fresh for Small Breed Puppies. Our breeder said we had to consult her before changing Shama's food! We eventually switched to the Adult variety of Now Fresh for Small Breeds. Meanwhile, we were supplementing with canned Wellness food and canned pumpkin.

Recently, Shama was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, so she eats Hills Prescription K/D Diet kibble and canned. She also still gets her canned pumpkin.

DH bakes training treats with the canned food, the canned pumpkin, dried blueberries, and a bit of flour to hold it together. She really likes those treats! I also use tiny bits of raw carrot and baked crunchy apple chips for training. (I was worried she'd lose interest in training, but she seems to like training. She just did a fabulous job in our agility class tonight, for example!)
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Your question really made me stop and think! I realized I havenít really considered the exact numbers in a while. Iím guessing based on how often I buy food, but these estimates are on the high side because I normally donít stock up on food due to freshness, but due to covid Iíve increased my food cushion a bit. When I fed high quality kibble alone, which was only for a short time, my guess is a bit less than $25/month. Now I feed a mix of baked raw kibble and freeze dried and itís about $45/month. I almost did freeze dried raw exclusively and changed my mind based on how quickly we went through the first bag. Instead I decided to do one $30 bag of freeze dried raw per month and mix it with kibble. Take this all with a grain of salt since DH says my estimations regarding money are often interesting. In my defense, heís good at math in his head so his estimations are usually almost exact, and my estimations are more like educated guesses

I just finished a large probiotic supply and switched to Proviable last week. I didnít look around for the best price because I wanted to try it for a month before buying a larger quantity, but it looks to be about $12 month. Itís more expensive than what I have been using but Iím interested to see if it helps with mild tear stains, as long as itís still effective as a digestive probiotic.
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