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In anticipation of our new pup (next month) I'm looking for a good dog food (especially avoiding Nestle-owned companies) and I came across Eagle Pack which offers "holistic natural pet foods". Does anyone have any experience with this brand or have a brand you recommend?
 

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Eagle works well for some; I find that it causes loose stool and my friends' dogs that eat it have yucky, scaley skin.<br><br>
I feed raw, which is certainly Nestle-free, but I would recommend<br><br>
Back to Basics (online at beowulfs.com)<br>
Natural Balance (at some PetCo/PetsMarts)<br>
BilJac FROZEN (not the kibble--again, ask for it at PetCo and PetsMart type places)<br>
Canidae<br>
Solid Gold<br>
Wysong<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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Thank you! That does help. The pup is coming from a breeder and though I don't know what brand they feed, I'm sure it's probably a mainstream brand like purina or science diet, so I'm definately looking for something of better quality. Also, how much more expensive are the natural foods as compared to "regular" dog foods?
 

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Good quality food is never more expensive than cheaper foods. My guys eat Innova EVO, the price per bag is certainly more but the amount needed to feed is significantly less so often you're comparing apples to oranges. My dogs are both eating 2 cups a day, one is 110 lbs and the other is 87 lbs but still very young. If you were to compare that to Purina Pro Plan that a friend of mine feeds her german shepherds, her dogs all eat between 5 and 8 cups of food a day. So yes the pro plan is cheaper but in the long run it costs more.<br>
I'm not personally a big fan of Wysong as they use a LOT of grain fractions, but the food has almost a cult like following so obviously some people like it. To add a couple more brands to the list you currently have;<br>
Innova (either adult or EVO)<br>
California Natural<br>
Merrick<br>
Wellness<br>
Solid Gold (I'd personally only feed the wolf cub formula)
 

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shannon- this is off topic (sorry op) but wanted to let ya know that the link to molly's page in your sig doesnt work. it says the page has moved or is no longer there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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LOL, i was gonna tell her that too. i wanted to see if there was a pic of her dogs on there.
 

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Just found out our pup is currently being fed Iams puppy food. Still checking out foods. Where do you buy the Innova food? The nearest store that carries it is pretty far, any websites that sell it?
 

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We're getting a Cardigan sometime this year, so I've spent a long time talking with Corgi breeders about food. Most of them are slowly switching to a practice that large-breed breeders have had for years, which is NOT feeding puppy foods or going for a cute, plump, squishy puppy but instead keeping puppies relatively slim and feeding a low-protein adult food for life. There are still plenty of them that swear by puppy foods, but I think the nutritional trend is definitely in the direction of recognizing that they're not toy dogs; they're medium-sized or (in the case of the Cardi) even a medium-large dog with short legs.<br><br>
I would personally switch to raw, but if I had to use kibble I'd use an ADULT version of a really good food like recommended above. Evo is a great addition to the lineup; just make sure that you understand portion control. It is an extremely high protein food, and if you feed it willy-nilly you're inviting growth problems. As long as you keep in mind that a portion of Evo is a LOT of meat and bone dehydrated to a small nugget, you should be fine.<br><br>
Yes, lots of pet food shipping companies carry Evo--just do a Web search and you'll find tons.
 

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Yes, I totally agree that adult food is the way to go.<br>
Provided he's not malnourished, a dog will get to whatever size they were predisposed to get. To give an example, Havoc was never fed puppy food. at 7 mos old we met up with his brother/littermate. Havoc weighed 59 lbs and was a perfectly proportioned dog who was just small. His brother had been on Eukanuba puppy and weighed in at 85 lbs, his legs were too long, his tail was WAY too long, and he was a very "loose" puppy. He had bad problems with pano (sort of like growing pains that are very common in german shepherds especially european blood lines). We saw him again at 5 yrs of age. He and Havoc were the same size, he was still a loose dog. Havoc didn't reach full size until he was 3, this dog was full size at 12 mos. It's just not good for their body and bones to be forced to grow that quickly.
 

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Big thanks for the info about not feeding a puppy formula! I didn't know puppy food could cause growth problems!<br><br>
With the Evo, is it a food you can feed by itself, or is it meant to supplement the diet?
 

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you can feed it alone--although Molly supplements our guys with cheerios on a regular basis <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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