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Another food question...

Postby ejm4 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:49 am

Our DD is coming on her one year birthday. The breeder had been using Eagle Pack food and we continue to use this food. WIth her birthday approaching shortly, I think I have become obsessed seeing the ads in the hunting magazines for Pro Plan.

My question, and maybe it's like Ford or Chevy... Should I move her to the Eagle Pack large breed or switch brands to Pro Plan Sport?

My vet who breeds GSP uses PP, but also had no objections to Eagle Pack when she asked what we were feeding her.

I guess I could always buy a small bag of each and see which she likes better?
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Re: Another food question...

Postby orhunter » Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:57 am

Without seeing an ingredient list it's tough to judge food blindly. But, thinking blindly, I don't see changing. If the protein source is solid and the food contains no vegetable oil, it's probably fine.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby slistoe » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:02 am

The only thing I would wonder is why you think a DD need "large breed" food. Otherwise Power Pack is a very good food - I actually preferred it over PP.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby ejm4 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:30 am

slistoe wrote:The only thing I would wonder is why you think a DD need "large breed" food. Otherwise Power Pack is a very good food - I actually preferred it over PP.



I never looked at their whole line. I assume since my DD weighs 56lbs, that was a large breed.
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Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:47 pm

Large breed is very important during the growth period. It’s marketing when dogs are adults.

Feed her whatever you think she does well on. I often switch my dogs to something new for 2-3 months in the off season to see if something else will work better.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby orhunter » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:55 pm

I did what MissK does. Usually bought three different foods at a time, mixed according to hunting or off season. And of course, what is available, since when you find something you like, it gets discontinued or just, unavailable.
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Postby Dakotazeb » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:26 pm

A 56 lb. DD is certainly NOT a large breed. If your dog is doing well on the Eagle Pack puppy formula I would just switch to the Adult Formula. You could always try ProPlan for a few months and see if you note any differences. A dog needs to be on a new food for 2-3 months before you might see any changes. Good luck with your dog.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby slistoe » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:57 pm

ejm4 wrote:
slistoe wrote:The only thing I would wonder is why you think a DD need "large breed" food. Otherwise Power Pack is a very good food - I actually preferred it over PP.



I never looked at their whole line. I assume since my DD weighs 56lbs, that was a large breed.

Try Bullmastiff, Saint Bernard - 150lbs plus. That is large breed.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby slistoe » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:59 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote:Large breed is very important during the growth period. It’s marketing when dogs are adults.

Are you sure you didn't mean "portion control is very important during the growth period"?
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Re: Another food question...

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:36 pm

slistoe wrote:
Misskiwi67 wrote:Large breed is very important during the growth period. It’s marketing when dogs are adults.

Are you sure you didn't mean "portion control is very important during the growth period"?


Large breed PUPPY food is important during the growth period. It’s considered beneficial to any dog that will be over 50 pounds at maturity, and essential for any dog over 70 pounds. Very soon foods will be labeled as suitable/unsuitable for dogs over 70 pounds. Both my DDs are over 70 pounds so I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:37 pm

slistoe wrote:
ejm4 wrote:
slistoe wrote:The only thing I would wonder is why you think a DD need "large breed" food. Otherwise Power Pack is a very good food - I actually preferred it over PP.



I never looked at their whole line. I assume since my DD weighs 56lbs, that was a large breed.

Try Bullmastiff, Saint Bernard - 150lbs plus. That is large breed.


NO. Those are giant breeds.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby Calvinator » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:22 pm

If it isn't broke why fix it!

As for large breed food, you don't want the pup to grow too fast. It's all about calories. I see more PP pups being fed PPP develop panosteitis than those fed other high quality kibbles. Generally I think it is because people feed too much food and like the look of an over weight puppy/dog.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby ryanr » Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:58 pm

slistoe wrote:
ejm4 wrote:
slistoe wrote:The only thing I would wonder is why you think a DD need "large breed" food. Otherwise Power Pack is a very good food - I actually preferred it over PP.



I never looked at their whole line. I assume since my DD weighs 56lbs, that was a large breed.

Try Bullmastiff, Saint Bernard - 150lbs plus. That is large breed.


Those are extra large breeds
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Re: Another food question...

Postby ejm4 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:56 am

You are correct, nothing is broke. I guess it's like a Ford guy thinking about trying a Chevy. I see a ton of advertising for he Pro Plan and didn't know if I was missing out on something.
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Re: Another food question...

Postby Misskiwi67 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:28 am

Calvinator wrote:If it isn't broke why fix it!

As for large breed food, you don't want the pup to grow too fast. It's all about calories. I see more PP pups being fed PPP develop panosteitis than those fed other high quality kibbles. Generally I think it is because people feed too much food and like the look of an over weight puppy/dog.


Performance 30/20 is too calorically dense to be appropriate for large breed puppies.
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