Our Nutritional Recommendations
What do I feed my adult dogs and puppies? I get this question every day! For the past years my answer has changed many times as I’m always on the search for the best nutrition, low amount/odor poop (let’s be real, there is a lot of poop at my house!), and the best bang for my buck. And you must realize I have many different nutritional needs at my house, from the adult retired breeding dog, the pregnant/nursing mom, and the very young puppies.
We feed our dogs and the young pups, K-9 Kravings which is a raw food (yes it is uncooked, no preservatives all-natural, and balanced raw food). We do this because I believe it is the healthiest for them and builds a stronger digestive system for life. In my opinion that is evidenced by the fact we never (knock on wood) have diarrhea anymore. We used to get breakout episodes of diarrhea at every developmental stage (4 weeks, 6 weeks, and 8 weeks) and have to often treat by putting antibiotics in their little bodies, which in turn would throw off the flora in their digestive tracts…it’s a vicious cycle. However, feeding raw food is not inexpensive and not always convenient. My adult dogs also get Canine Caviar. It is an alkaline-based food and a wonderful balance to raw which can be very acidic. (Think about burn spots on your grass from where your dog goes potty.)
When your puppy goes home, you will be given a transition supply of Canine Caviar all stage food. It is a dry kibble food that works better than any we have found to transition from raw to other commercial kibble-type foods. You can continue to use it or choose any other premium food of your liking. It is found in your better dog food stores or you can order it online as well. For a 25% discount, you can use the code GOODDAY25 at https://www.doggiebagdelivers.com/product/free-spirit/
We also recommend Life’s Abundance. This is the food I started my pups out on many years ago. I’ve tried many, many foods and always come back to Life’s Abundance All Stages Food. Today it also comes in Grain Free. Life’s Abundance has never had a recall from its manufacturing plant! It is fresh and of the highest quality with respect to ingredients! The All Life’s Stages Grain Free is what I recommend for my families with miniatures and medium puppies. For my families with Standards (the really big guys), I recommend the Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy food. The protein content is lower which is important for the large guys with bones that are growing so quickly. Too much protein resulting in extra/rapid growth could cause problems. At 10 months to one year, when growth has settled down, those families can switch to the Life’s Abundance All Stages Grain Free. This product has gained the coveted 5-star rating from dogfoodadvisor.com.