The best food for large breed dogs is arguably non-corn recipe foods. I’ve owned a grey hound as well as a few labs in years past. When we adopted the Grey, we learned that they were allergic to corn based dry feed. After a few months of feeding all our dogs this special feed, their stools were firmer, their coats were shinier and their teeth whiter. This food tends to be a bit more expensive, however I’ve found nothing better for my dogs.
When selecting a dog food, read the label! The first ingredient should be some form of the meat – too many lesser foods are based on corn or wheat, which can cause skin problems in many dogs. A reasonably active adult dog should get a food that is between 18-20 % protein, and avoid the preservative ":ethoxyquin":, which can be toxic to dogs. It is probably also a good idea to choose a dog food that contains omega-3 fatty acids (for coat and skin), glucosamine (for joints) and little ":filler":. If you are in the United States, some reasonably widely available ":premium": foods that I recommend are: Nutro Natural Adult, Nutro Ultra Adult, Innova, Canidae, Solid Gold, and Wellness. I do NOT recommend ":grocery store": brands like Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Pedigree and the like – these are largely grain-based.
In the larger breeds, like some German Shepherds, it is important to keep them on the lean side to prevent arthritic problems in the long run. If your dog is very active – say, a working dog, or a dog who likes to run and play all day long, you may want to go with a higher protein percentage – say, 21%. The higher protein content will really boost the dog’s energy, so if your dog is a ":regular": companion dog, I recommend the lower protein percentage.
In my experience with dogs, I found that spending a little more money on dog food will save money spent at the veterinarians!
I’m a firm believer in the high end dog foods. The shelter I volunteer for changed from a Purina type brand to Science Diet and our food bill dropped a lot. They don’t have to eat as much because it isn’t full of fillers and they are much healthier. No bad breath, they have good skin and coats.
My vet told me I should always make my decision by the first ingredient that is in the food. Not ever fillers. or by products. It should always be Chicken, lamb some kind of pure meat. Not meat by product. I always use Iams Or science diet for my cats. But the some applies for dogs. Good animal food it always going to cost a lot more that the other because the other is full of garbage. for a small bag that last my cats for twp wks cost $13.00 . Compared to the other crap that is on the market. that only cost 6.00 for the same size. Your pets deserve the best you can give them.
Definetly look into Cannidae. But don’t be afraid to go to your local pet store &: ask them to help you make the right decision.
Eukanuba Lamb and Rice: it is excellent.
i feed mine,,dog chow,,never had a problem,,,hes 3
Feed him beer and cheese…let the two of those fight it out inside him.
feed them pedigree(adult).they will become very healthy