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Definitely not a fan of Purina products. Avoid products that are advertised as "puppy food." This is a marketing ploy to get you to spend more than you should. It is best to feed your pup a well balanced diet that s/he will use from puppy to adult. I do vary Ricky's diet slightly from time to time to add variety. Be careful with 100% kibble diet, it can cause crystalline deposits in the urine, which is not good. If you feed kibble, mix with water (about 50/50) so your dog is forced to drink lots of water with it.
Having said the above, our go to diet for Ricky is Honest Kitchen dehydrated base. We add the recommended amount of fresh boiled chicken or tuna or lean beef or organs for protein. This diet is moderately priced, but definitely not inexpensive (I think we spend about $40 a month on his diet, but really don't know because we don't keep track). He goes nuts for this food. We mix it with enough water so the end result is moist (like canned dog food), but not wet and soupy. Therefore Ricky gets plenty of water in his diet. The best guide is to check the stool. The stool should not be mushy. It should not be rock hard. It should be well formed "tootsie rolls", soft but holds form when you pick it up - sort of like Playdough rolls. Ricky poops anywhere from 3 to 5 times a day, it just depends.
As my amigos have said in above posts, there is no one best dog food, but some are much healthier and better value. Dogfoodadvisor.com is a good place to start...............but only use it as a guideline, not the final authority. YOU are the final authority for what works best for your dog and what fits best into your budget and lifestyle.
Keep asking questions, we're all here to help.
Tigerlily's Welcome to the Jungle (Ricky Ricardo)
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