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Of course this will be based some off of opinion, but I would like your opinions on which food you would recommend out of the choices below for a papillon puppy. I will be picking him up when he is 11 weeks old. If you prefer a food that isn't listed below please let me know. All the ones that I listed are available to me at a local Olsen's Grain. Thanks.


Wellness Super5Mix Just for Puppy Lamb, Salmon, Chicken and Sweet Potato Puppy Food.
Ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Salmon Meal (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaneoic acid), Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), Ground Brown Rice, Tomato Pomace, Rice Bran (from brown rice), Tomatoes (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Chicken Flavor, Rye Flour, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Millet, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride.

Natural Balance Ultra Premium Formula
Ingredients: Chicken, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Duck meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil, Brewers Yeast, Salmon Meal, Salmon Oil, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium

Innova Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
Ingredients: Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Barley, Brown Rice, Rice, Chicken Fat, Herring, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Apples, Tomatos, Carrots, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Potassium Chloride, Herring Oil, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Cottage Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Dried Chicory Root, Direct-Fed Microbials, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Vitamins/Minerals
 

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Of course this will be based some off of opinion, but I would like your opinions on which food you would recommend out of the choices below for a papillon puppy. I will be picking him up when he is 11 weeks old. If you prefer a food that isn't listed below please let me know. All the ones that I listed are available to me at a local Olsen's Grain. Thanks.


Wellness Super5Mix Just for Puppy Lamb, Salmon, Chicken and Sweet Potato Puppy Food.
Ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Salmon Meal (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaneoic acid), Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), Ground Brown Rice, Tomato Pomace, Rice Bran (from brown rice), Tomatoes (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Chicken Flavor, Rye Flour, Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Millet, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride.

Natural Balance Ultra Premium Formula
Ingredients: Chicken, Brown Rice, Lamb Meal, Oatmeal, Barley, Duck meal, Potatoes, Carrots, Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Canola Oil, Brewers Yeast, Salmon Meal, Salmon Oil, Whole Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberry, Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium

Innova Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food
Ingredients: Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Barley, Brown Rice, Rice, Chicken Fat, Herring, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Apples, Tomatos, Carrots, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Potassium Chloride, Herring Oil, Sea Salt, Sunflower Oil, Cottage Cheese, Alfalfa Sprouts, Dried Chicory Root, Direct-Fed Microbials, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Vitamins/Minerals
That is actually tough, they're all three good foods! I use Wellness for my dogs, and Natural Balance when it's available...but Innova is just as good. You're definetly on the right track, you just have to make a decision!
 

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I agree. Three really good foods there. Some can nit pick at them, but they are much better than a lot of other foods out there. I would see which ones the dogs did well on, and maybe later on you could rotate?
 

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Honestly, I'd try them all. Some dogs are picky about taste, and some dogs' GIs just don't settle well with certain foods. Your pup may very well end up making the decision for you. No point settling on one food when it turns out to give your pup really bad gas.
 

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Thanks for the replies I guess I will just pick one to try out first. I will probably buy the innova of natural balance. Olsens Grain carries the Wellness brand but the Wellness puppy food would have to be special ordered.
 

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Okay thank you for that info. Since he is my only puppy to feed and reasonably small sized I am willing to spend money for his food. I just want him to be a healthy pup.
 

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Okay thank you for that info. Since he is my only puppy to feed and reasonably small sized I am willing to spend money for his food. I just want him to be a healthy pup.
You will be really happy with the Orijen... just remember serve food completely wet..thats to say fill bowl with food, then water as well, the food will absorb the water..grow about 50 %..its good for you pup.. as your pup grows to adult stage..try the orijen 6 fish... or rotate in, every three or four months wellness Core ocean formula, .. any grain free product kibble. I just happen to like the fish based products..u will too if you try them.. whats nice too is you can feed treats as often as you like..not worrying about it.. and of course, table left overs.. etc.. i feed healthy snacks as well, apple slices..start young when there a pup....they love them.. yogurt..plain.. cottage cheese..any kind of cheese really.. carrots etc... theres tons of things you can feed..... and as we all know, its nice to spoil our furry friends...lol.. good luck
 

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Grain-free can be too rich for some puppies. Wellness, Natural Balance and Innova are good choices if the Orijen doesn't work for your pup.
 

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I'm not so sure I like the idea of a food with a high content of fish. I really worry about possible mercury content there could be in there. I myself am vegan and don't eat any meat, dairy or eggs. I would probably feed my pets raw if I didn't have such an aversion to meat. Although I may buy and cook him a few treats every once in awhile. I hate supporting factory farms, but I know there's really no other way of getting food for my pets. Thanks again for everyones help. I'm going to be looking into the orijen food to see if they even have it available here without ordering online.
 

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What is the breeder feeding him now?

I would suggest that you keep him on what the breeder is feeding him for a couple of weeks prior to switching him. He'll be away from his litter mates, in a new home etc. You don't want to tramatize him too much by switching foods too soon.

Congrats on the new pup btw!! He's sooo cute!!
 
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