Sean W. wrote:...so I guess Purina Pro Plan puppy food is out of the question for you guys, eh?
Here are the ingredients for the Chicken and Rice formula; not sure which you are feeding:
Chicken, brewers rice, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), whole grain corn, corn bran, animal digest, egg product, fish oil, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite. *
Chicken is the first ingredient vs. chicken meal. After cooking, this drops it much farther down on the list. You want to avoid any food that lists 'by-products' this could be ANY part of an animal including nails, teeth, droppings, etc. Brewers rice has little if any nutritional value. Whole grain corn AND corn bran are listed. There is no need for either one of these ingredients at all, and corn is a common allergen w/dogs. Animal digest is also suspect, as they do not specify exactly what is in the digest. You could do a lot better. Check out some of the kibbles listed here. They are more money, but the results are well worth the switch. You also will wind up feeding less, which makes them a bit more cost effective.