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good food for puppy?

I'm sorry if this has been asked many times but a search didn't come up with much. We fed our past dogs Iams but are feeding the hav Diamond because that's what she was fed by the lady we got her from. I understand Iams isn't the same as it used to be. Problem is, Tasha is pooping up to 8 times a day and that doesn't seem normal. I did print out the list posted by AgilityHav because they are foods I've never heard of. I'm sure there is no one answer of what to feed but any suggestions of where to start would be helpful. thanks.
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I'm feeding Pablo Purina Pro Plan (Puppy) Chicken&Rice 3x 1/4cup per day and Pablo is SO muscular and full of energy. He weighs 6+ pounds at 13.5 weeks, but it's all lean muscle. I'm sure it mostly has to do with genetics, but the food seems to be fine with him. He poops 2-4x/day.
His breeder fed him Precision Puppy kibble, which is a great choice as well, but the closest seller was 25min away and our Vet happened to give us a big welcome bag of that Purina kibble, so after I got my breeder's OK, we changed. Hope that helps.

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I feel my 12 week old Wellness Just for Puppy.
She is fed 3x a day, breakfast, lunch, dinner. She poops 2-3x a day.
Are you leaving the food out all day for her to munch on? I think having them on a feeding schedule helps alot with potty habits.
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I am not fmailiar with Diamond. We started with Chicken Soup for Puppies, but quit during recalls (they had some cans recalled.) Moved to Innova for puppies, but I had to travel to get the food. I am a nurse and started to look for research on dog's nutritional needs but found very little evidence. We settled on Wellnes for Puppies because it was balanced and my dogs would eat it. If you know about Roxie from other threads we are continuing our search for the proper food.
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I'm sorry if this has been asked many times but a search didn't come up with much. We fed our past dogs Iams but are feeding the hav Diamond because that's what she was fed by the lady we got her from. I understand Iams isn't the same as it used to be. Problem is, Tasha is pooping up to 8 times a day and that doesn't seem normal. I did print out the list posted by AgilityHav because they are foods I've never heard of. I'm sure there is no one answer of what to feed but any suggestions of where to start would be helpful. thanks.

Missy was doing this when I bought her home and then I found she was very sensitive to alot of the treats I was feeding Casper....to the point were she was having diarreaha alot. We ended up going to rice and beef (human food) until I could figure out the dog food....but I really had to read the labels on the dog food and the fewer extras added the better. She is on Solid Gold now and it seems to be ok. She is finally having two poops a day that are normal!!! I am so excited !!! I don't even care if they are on the pee pad Well maybe I care....we will work on that next.
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8 times a day is NOT normal, when Guch was a puppy, she'd poop 2-3X a day and now at almost a yr. old, she poops 1-2X a day. She's on homecooked food now,

But the "Fromm's Chicken kibble" was probably the best kibble I had her on, as far as 'liking it'. All dogs are different, the Purina Pro Plan gave her eye stains, gas, and too many poops, like 4 a day or sometimes more! lol

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Another vote for Wellness....

It's a really good dog food that's still relatively affordable.

We're onto adult now but Winston did puppy until about 6 months [whenever the last bag ran out].

Good luck.

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I also fed my three the Wellness puppy. Now they are on the Wellness Lamb.

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I agree with the wellness- although my boys wouldn't touch it. I think the purina pro plan was good for my boys but it also caused staining for Jasper.

I like the nutura products (Innova, California Naturals (not EVO for a pup) ) and Fromms is great-- do they have a puppy? My boys also did well on Royal Canin. If you are limited to Petco, Petsmart sort of places I would go with the royal canin over the purina. Although the purina is great for well formed poops. My breeder referred to them as little tootsie rolls, a term that stuck in our household.




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tehe, someone got info from my post! I feel special

Anyway, A lot of those foods are meant for adult dogs, you dont want a puppy to eat to much protien(no one is sure or not if it is even good for adult dogs!) because of their develpoing, and in turn sensative digestive systems. As far as foods go, I would also reccomend Wellness puppy. Its what we will send all of our puppys home with! Personally, I would try to stay away from pro-plan, the second ingrediant is corn-glueten meal. While it wont necisarally hurt your puppy, all it is is a filler, and dosnt offer nutriotial value......they dont digest it, and what goes in comes right back out, which wont necisarally help your problem
I would try to stay away from any foods with corn or wheat(rice is fine, but actual wheat, especually wheat gluten you want to stay away from) Like I said, I would reccomend Wellnes for Puppies, and if not wellness Inovva puppy.

I hope that helps!
Oh, and if you have more than just the puppy, and the wellness/innova seems a little pricy, there is also Canadae. Its not quite the quality, but it is still a good food, and puppies, adults, and senoirs can all eat the same food, making your job a little easier

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