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all"life stages" dog food

Hello. I am curious about dog foods that claim to be good for all "life stages" of your dog. Does this mean you can use this dog food from puppy stage to adult stage? Have any of you used this type of food for your dogs? Thank you for your input and have a great day!
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Yep, . Most puppy foods are a marketing ploy. Very little difference between adult. I'lll be back with a link. http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....the_right_food Other good article there as well.

and here's the part that I took from the site that pertains.

"Dogs need a food product appropriate for their life stage

This is what pet food manufacturers want you to believe, but it is just a way to secure their customer base early on and increase sales. The more items in a particular line of food, the higher the visibility of their product on a store shelf - an of course the more likely people are to buy and stick with the brand through the whole life of the animal. Fact is that a food declared as suitable "for all lifestages" will feed a growing puppy just as well as a lactating bitch, an adult or a senior dog - just the amounts you have to feed will change. Puppy and senior food is often more expensive than the regular type of food of the same brand, yet does not differ much in nutritional value. Compare the guaranteed analysis and ingredient list.

Further, puppy food can cause large and giant breed puppies to grow at maximum rate, which is not healthy for them. A slower, more even growth results in far less risk of orthopedic problems and a healthier adult dog"

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I'm curious about this too as we have a 3 year old collie with a sensitive tummy. I'm trying her on natural balance sweet potato and fish. The package says from puppy to adult and that appeals to me as they both want each other's food. The link is interesting but for me, very wordy. Would love to hear what others are feeding their havs.
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I feed both dogs "Taste of the Wild" all stages dry food. I switched to Jack when we brought him home. Never been a problem except for when they were affected by the Diamond dog food recall.

My old Aussie got seasonal itchiness so we used to mix a 5 lb. bag of their 'Sweet Potato & Herring' into a 30 lb. bag of 'High Prairie' mix. It helped and made his fur glossy.

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I feed natural balance fish and sweet potato. Trooper is doing well on it. I think I switched him to it at 4.5 months, don't really remember. Switched him to it after his first ear infection. He hasn't had another one and he doesn't itch as much as when he was on chicken and rice based kibble.

He's doing well on and the vet says he's a very healthy boy.

He also gets the treats that are bison and sweet potato and likes those too.

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Thank you for the information. I recently changed my Oz's food from Innova to Nutrisca chicken and chick pea formula. I think he is actually enjoying his food. He has eaten everything in the bowl. The Nutrisca also states that it is a All life stages food and I have a Havanese baby girl joining our family in three weeks. I would like to be able to slowly add this food to her diet. Now my hubby and I just have to decide on a name for her.
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Definitely going to check out the nurtrisca. With the natural balance, they love it, but we are having MANY more BMs.
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I have tried a couple different dog foods for my 6 month old havanese. Slowly was switching her to natural balance chicken for small breeds - I really like the ingredients, etc. But she still doesn't eat it as well as the Costco Kirkland puppy food. Is Kirkland an ok puppy food?? Way cheaper but not the issue . . . Just want her to stay heathy!!
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I have tried a couple different dog foods for my 6 month old havanese. Slowly was switching her to natural balance chicken for small breeds - I really like the ingredients, etc. But she still doesn't eat it as well as the Costco Kirkland puppy food. Is Kirkland an ok puppy food?? Way cheaper but not the issue . . . Just want her to stay heathy!!
Welcome to the forum. I haven't checked the ingredients of Kirkland but I'd be willing to bet it's not that great. And could be worse. I'd try something different. But don't ask me what. What's good for my dog might not be good for your dog. If you want to spend some well spent money, get a consultation with Sabine . A number of us have used her. Very reasonable. Quite often the cheaper less healthy foods are tasty to the dog. Just like our human foods.

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I feed one of my dogs Natural balance because it is limited ingredient and grain free. I have also heard that the Kirkland brand food is not that bad, especially for the price. Way better than Purina, Iams, etc. I use dogfoodadvisor.com. They are great at breaking down the ingredients in the foods.
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