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#6320707 - 06/02/16 08:52 PM Dog Food
mskeeter Offline
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I am new to the forum and have my first German Shorthair pointer. She is 10 months old. My question is, what dog food do you recommend? What are some I should steer clear from?

I currently use PMI Red Flannel Red 27%. My dog is very active and has good muscle tone, but her ribs are showing. I know they are naturally thin dogs, just curious if she is maybe to thin.

Thanks for your comments.
Michael

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#6320726 - 06/02/16 09:02 PM Re: Dog Food [Re: mskeeter]
BradyBuck Offline
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In my opinion Dr Tim's Pursuit is an excellent choice. If I didn't feed Dr. Tim's I'd go with Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20

Do your research and take a long look at the ingredients of any other foods suggested.


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#6321049 - 06/03/16 07:23 AM Re: Dog Food [Re: mskeeter]
Sweese Offline
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Expect to get a lot of answers on this post. It is like arguing Ford, Chevy or Ram.

Here is some advice I picked up many years ago: Your dog should show a waistline, an indent behind the rib cage. You also do not want a flat back. You should be able to feel that backbone. Lastly, if your dog is neutered they need about 50% less food than is indicated on a required feeding label. Yes, a lot of calories go to their reproduction system. The dog may still seem hungry, but does not need it. I am sure you have witnessed many overweight, neutered/spayed retrievers in the neighborhood.

With that said, most intact GSPs are naturally lean and will burn a lot of calories,especially when working in the fall/winter. You may need more protein for your dog, in order to have her work and look to her full potential.

Plug to follow:
I feed Orijen Regional Red which is in effect 38% protein (75% meat). Link: http://www.orijen.ca/products/dog-food/dry-dog-food/regional-red/

It has given my dog all day energy in the field. In 2013, 2014, I ran her on PP sport 30/20 and in 2015 switched to Regional Red. There was not much difference in the duck blind, but quartering a field for pheasants is where I really saw it. She has much more endurance on RR and will keep a strong pace for hours. Orijen RR can be found at specialty pet food retailers. Be prepared to spend more for a higher quality food.
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#6321206 - 06/03/16 09:03 AM Re: Dog Food [Re: mskeeter]
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Consumer Reports did a study on dog foods. They concluded that all the tested foods were fine. You can put some meat on those ribs by adding a slice of buttered bread to each feeding or a little cooking oil.
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#6321280 - 06/03/16 09:57 AM Re: Dog Food [Re: mskeeter]
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Congrats on your new GSP. I've run GSP's for quite some time and I've used a variety of foods. All of them good but here is my suggestion. If you're happy with the PMI Red Flannel, throw a few more dollars out and move up to the Exclusive line of PMI. It's a much better quality food and my dogs loved it. Also, I believe if you buy 6 bags from a PMI dealer you get a free bag.

I'm currently using 4Health from Tractor Supply and dogs coats seem to be a bit better and there's a little less stool. Good luck!
JMc


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#6321349 - 06/03/16 10:57 AM Re: Dog Food [Re: Sweese]
BradyBuck Offline
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Registered: 10/18/07
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Originally Posted By: Sweese
Expect to get a lot of answers on this post. It is like arguing Ford, Chevy or Ram.

Here is some advice I picked up many years ago: Your dog should show a waistline, an indent behind the rib cage. You also do not want a flat back. You should be able to feel that backbone. Lastly, if your dog is neutered they need about 50% less food than is indicated on a required feeding label. Yes, a lot of calories go to their reproduction system. The dog may still seem hungry, but does not need it. I am sure you have witnessed many overweight, neutered/spayed retrievers in the neighborhood.

With that said, most intact GSPs are naturally lean and will burn a lot of calories,especially when working in the fall/winter. You may need more protein for your dog, in order to have her work and look to her full potential.

Plug to follow:
I feed Orijen Regional Red which is in effect 38% protein (75% meat). Link: http://www.orijen.ca/products/dog-food/dry-dog-food/regional-red/

It has given my dog all day energy in the field. In 2013, 2014, I ran her on PP sport 30/20 and in 2015 switched to Regional Red. There was not much difference in the duck blind, but quartering a field for pheasants is where I really saw it. She has much more endurance on RR and will keep a strong pace for hours. Orijen RR can be found at specialty pet food retailers. Be prepared to spend more for a higher quality food.


That looks to be a nice food.

To the OP...If you are wanting a higher protien food Dr. Tim's Momentum 35/25 could be another option. It has a higher fat content and the addition of probiotics and prebiotics.

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#6321400 - 06/03/16 11:28 AM Re: Dog Food [Re: mskeeter]
scalebuster Offline
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I'm feeding the 4Health from Tractor Supply. I'm satisfied with it. I think the grain free made a difference in my oldest dog.

When I was a kid we fed the cheapest dog food and table scraps. We hunted our dogs every evening during quail season and all day on Saturdays. We hunted on foot but I never saw any of our pointers or shorthairs run out of gas. Hunting dogs hard like that they usually didn't last past 6 years old. Maybe the diet had something to do with that.

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