What Is the Best Brand of Dog Food for My Westie Puppy?

Bringing her home next week & I'm tring to be prepared.

Much of the foods that have been recommended to you so I will not feed my dogs they range for poor to medium quality, some have food colouring and other ingredients that could potentially causing cancer, some have next to no meat, some have ingredients that dogs are often highly allergic to, some may contain euthanized pets, or rotting road kills that were picked up off the side of the road. Some contain peanuts shells often refered in an ingredient list as cellulose fiber, learning what ingredient terms means is important in choosing a good dog, learning what ingredients are dog for dog or bad for dogs is also advantageous. So I am going to give you a list of sites to read so you know what to look for in a good food. A vet is not always the best person to recommend a food, their nutrition course was put together by some of the worst dog food companies when it comes to quality ingredients example Hills who makes Science Diet, they use some of the cheapest ingredients possible and have next to no meat in their food, dogs were born to eat meat all you have to do is look at their teeth to see that is what they were designed for, ever seen a wild canine sitting in a corn field eating corn in place of meat? Yet that is the main ingredient is Science Diet.

While you do your reading and research I will recommend Canidae as quite a good food that is price in the same range as most of the food listed above but unlike the other foods uses lots of human grade meat that is hormone free and antibiotic free, and they use pesticide free rice, they use no dyes, chemical perservative or other ingredient which are known carcigens, and they do not use ingredients that dogs are most likely to be allergic to, it can also be fed to dogs of all ages http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html

For reading resources
This give you a reason why you want to learn about foods

http://www.y2khealthanddetox.com/annmartin.html

http://drjackie.freeservers.com/articles/mar28-1999_food_even_a_dog.html

http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&more=1

Now for sites to learn from

http://www.doberdogs.com/menu.html

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main

http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html#commercial

For my own dogs based on a lot of research I have chosen
Innova EVO RM

http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B@id%3D%271404%27%5D

I chose to go with a very high meat protein diet with no grains

One of the reasons I chose a no grain food is because every single major dogfood recall pretty much is related to high levels of mycotoxins that have occurred in various grains, and which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of dogs

Today a new recall went into effect due to dogs dying of kidney disease details will be released to the public tomorrow morning info about is on Yahoo but I am pretty sure the news will be related to some kind of grain toxin.

Diamond foods had a toxic batch of corn with high levels of aflatoxin about a year ago which resulted in many dogs dying from liver failure, reported number of deaths as a result is much lower than actually occurred the only numbers counted are from those owners who decided to go ahead with a necroscopy(autopsy) after their dogs died, if an owner does not do due to finances or emotion pain their dogs or they lost their dog before the recall was announced and could no longer do are not counted into the death toll. Over the years there have been several other food recalls as a result of mycotoxins

I also chose because of research I had done on protein requirements for dogs especially seniors since 2 of mine were older dogs, many vets do not recognize the newer research and will still tell us it will cause kidney disease, original high protein research was done on rats not dogs, current research was done on dogs and the finding wee complete opposite if the rat study research.

http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/protein.html

Canidae is a good food, has a better meat ratio than most other dog foods but about 18% less than EVO, EVO is one of the most expensive foods available, so it is much higher than most people feel comfortable buying, and the reason I recommend the Canidae as a good food to start on plus it can be fed to large and giant breed puppies with out risk of causing Pano.

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  • allyalexmch

    Royal Canin is the number one rated food by vets. You can only by it a vet's office.

    Nutro is another great choice and can be purchased at most pet stores.

    Stay away from Iams, Pedigree, Ol'Roy and other store brands
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  • Racheal B

    I am a Vet tech and we recommend Eukanuba Medium breed puppy food. Hope I have helped! It is a great food for their overall health and great for their coat and teeth, too!
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  • Sara D-B

    Nutro Ultra small breed adult. Nutro makes the prettiest coats, and has the least incidence of "issues" in my experience…
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    MANY years of training, showing and compteing with my own dogs and many others….

  • dog's best friend

    The breeder will have started the puppy on a food, so first, ask her what she is feeding the puppy. You will need to buy some even if you plan to switch brands.
    Eukanuba has recently redsigned their small breed kibble, also Solid Gold and Bil Jac would be good foods for a westie.
    But, talk to the breeder first. She may even have a starter bag of food to go with your puppy for youl.

    Best wishes!
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    breeder

  • suki.kami

    benniful salmon and rice… it has the best overall health bennifits with pleanty of omega 3 to boot for healthy skin and coat
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  • akadole

    I feed my dog Natural Way "Lassie" brand. Its all natural with no preservatives or artificial junk in it. She loves it and it keeps her fur healthy and shiny. It comes in different flavors like chicken or lamb and rice. Only thing is, I can only get it at Kroger, Im not sure where else they carry it.
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  • Bee

    1 -Just a head's up on Westies, they can tend to have allergies that result in upset stomach and skin problems. You might find you need a good potato / fish formula and avoiding wheat, corn, soy and other common allergens might be necessary.
    2 -Another thing to consider if you want to be prepared is that he/she should continue on the food she has already been eating for at least 2 weeks while you make a gradual change to a new food. A sudden change to a new food can be quite a shock to the system and result in symptoms like lethargy and diarrhea.
    My sister in law has a Westie and he's such an adorable, handsome little charmer. Good choice!!
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  • Brea A

    I have fed all of my puppies Beneful puppy formula.
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    owning and raising dogs

  • statecalifornia2009

    Well, you should buy some squeeky puppy toys that might like to play with like small safer ball, stuffed animals ,a nice colorful collar with leash, course dont forgot to make a dog tags for youre new pupppy incase she or he get lost . well doesnt matter what kind of puppy food you want to feed youre new pet but if its only just a young puppy then go get somethng like Dried puppy chow or even Natural Lamb & Rice made with 100% New Zealand Lamb meat with no added flavors ,colors, or perservative . or choose canned puppies foods thats come from smalll cans . and maybe a chewing soft doggy bone or treats ? Dont forgot the feeder dishes ?

    if you wanted to check out with other brands dogs foods for youre new dog .

    here's are few other brand foods that you might want get for youre pet.

    IAMS dogs food
    Nutro Max Natural Dog food
    Purina ONE dog dried food
    Eukanuba dog food
    puppy chow,
    Pro Plan with chicken & rice formula
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  • Shelly t

    I see a lot of expensive brands being listed. you need to make sure you are mixing what the breeder was using with what you use if you decide to change it. Iams and science diet are very good brands the vets actually carry them. as well as walmarts and grociery stores so pretty easy to find. I recomend dry food over wet. do not mix wet with dry as when the dogs eats it it expands inside of its stomache and the dog throws up. I had this problem with my first one as they fed her that where I got her and she threw up the whole way home. You may wet the dry food if you feel neccasary but dry is best for there teeth.
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  • Dane Lover

    Steer away from the corn, wheat, soy, beet pulp and by product laden store brands such as Science Diet, IAMS/Eukanuba,Purina, Pedigree they are low quality foods..Particualrly stay away from Beneful, Kibbles n'Bits, Alpo, etc they are poor quality foods.
    Corn, wheat, soy are all allergens. They are also hard to digest. They don't give dogs proper nutrition either. Soy & corn are also implicated in recent studies as one cause of unexplained seizures in dogs. Beet pulp adds nothing but bulk and unnecassary sugars. Remember dogs are carnivores…meat eaters not grain eaters. It takes up to 3 times more of grain laden foods for a dog to get proper nutrition then it does of a good quality meat based ( meat as at least the first 2-3 ingredients) food.

    Some real good choices:
    Canidae, Innova, Solid Gold, Percise, Premium Edge, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Wellness, California Natural, Blue Buffalo just to name a few.
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    veterinary tech for 34 years, extensive study in canine nutrition & feeding

  • OntarioGreys

    Much of the foods that have been recommended to you so I will not feed my dogs they range for poor to medium quality, some have food colouring and other ingredients that could potentially causing cancer, some have next to no meat, some have ingredients that dogs are often highly allergic to, some may contain euthanized pets, or rotting road kills that were picked up off the side of the road. Some contain peanuts shells often refered in an ingredient list as cellulose fiber, learning what ingredient terms means is important in choosing a good dog, learning what ingredients are dog for dog or bad for dogs is also advantageous. So I am going to give you a list of sites to read so you know what to look for in a good food. A vet is not always the best person to recommend a food, their nutrition course was put together by some of the worst dog food companies when it comes to quality ingredients example Hills who makes Science Diet, they use some of the cheapest ingredients possible and have next to no meat in their food, dogs were born to eat meat all you have to do is look at their teeth to see that is what they were designed for, ever seen a wild canine sitting in a corn field eating corn in place of meat? Yet that is the main ingredient is Science Diet.

    While you do your reading and research I will recommend Canidae as quite a good food that is price in the same range as most of the food listed above but unlike the other foods uses lots of human grade meat that is hormone free and antibiotic free, and they use pesticide free rice, they use no dyes, chemical perservative or other ingredient which are known carcigens, and they do not use ingredients that dogs are most likely to be allergic to, it can also be fed to dogs of all ages http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html

    For reading resources
    This give you a reason why you want to learn about foods
    http://www.y2khealthanddetox.com/annmartin.html
    http://drjackie.freeservers.com/articles/mar28-1999_food_even_a_dog.html
    http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&more=1

    Now for sites to learn from

    http://www.doberdogs.com/menu.html

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main

    http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html#commercial

    For my own dogs based on a lot of research I have chosen
    Innova EVO RM
    http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=product-detail&pxsl=%2F%2Fproduct%5B@id%3D%271404%27%5D
    I chose to go with a very high meat protein diet with no grains

    One of the reasons I chose a no grain food is because every single major dogfood recall pretty much is related to high levels of mycotoxins that have occurred in various grains, and which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of dogs

    Today a new recall went into effect due to dogs dying of kidney disease details will be released to the public tomorrow morning info about is on Yahoo but I am pretty sure the news will be related to some kind of grain toxin.

    Diamond foods had a toxic batch of corn with high levels of aflatoxin about a year ago which resulted in many dogs dying from liver failure, reported number of deaths as a result is much lower than actually occurred the only numbers counted are from those owners who decided to go ahead with a necroscopy(autopsy) after their dogs died, if an owner does not do due to finances or emotion pain their dogs or they lost their dog before the recall was announced and could no longer do are not counted into the death toll. Over the years there have been several other food recalls as a result of mycotoxins

    I also chose because of research I had done on protein requirements for dogs especially seniors since 2 of mine were older dogs, many vets do not recognize the newer research and will still tell us it will cause kidney disease, original high protein research was done on rats not dogs, current research was done on dogs and the finding wee complete opposite if the rat study research.
    http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/protein.html

    Canidae is a good food, has a better meat ratio than most other dog foods but about 18% less than EVO, EVO is one of the most expensive foods available, so it is much higher than most people feel comfortable buying, and the reason I recommend the Canidae as a good food to start on plus it can be fed to large and giant breed puppies with out risk of causing Pano.
    References :