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I just dont know what to feed my dog anymore...She is a 4 month old chocolate lab, she is on hills science diet which I read has no nutritional value so I want to change her food. I wanted to change her to 4health but this brand does not have a large breed puppy formula. I heard that large breeds need the large breed puppy food instead of regular puppy food because there bones will grow too fast... So I dont know what to feed her anymore.... I really wanna get her ff of science diet as soon as possible.

I was gonna try canidae but there are good and bad reviews so I dont know how I feel about it anymore... what are yalls thoughts?

Should I have her on canidae until she is old enough to switch onto 4health adult breed?
The only places I have nearby are walmart and a tractor supply to buy dog food.
 

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Are you having any problems with the Hills diet? Poor coat condition, sloppy poops, itchy skin, not maintaining a healthy weight, etc? If not, you don't have to be in a rush to change. There's a lot of debate surrounding the 'best' dog food, and honestly it comes down to what you're able to feed re: cost and availability and what your dog does well on. Hills has nutritional value - it wouldn't be legally able to be sold as a complete food otherwise. I do feel like their commercial, non-veterinary diets are a bit overpriced for what they are, but you're absolutely not going to have nutrient deficiencies feeding it.

If you're still interested in changing that's fine, I just don't want you to feel panicked about it due to some people having more extreme opinions about dog food brands. If you do choose to switch, make sure to do it gradually over a few days so it's easier on her tummy. I've heard good things about both Canidae and 4Health, though haven't used either myself. I don't know enough about large-breed puppy requirements to speak to whether there's any 4Health food appropriate for large breed puppies, since none are marketed specifically as a large breed puppy formula, so I'd lean towards Canidae since they have an all life stages large breed formula. But hopefully someone with larger dogs can chime in.

Have you looked into ordering online through a place like Chewy.com? That'll give you some more options.
The only problem with science diet is her coat. I might just stick with science diet until she can be weaned into adult food and then go to 4health.
 

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Honestly? I would feed a good "all life stages" food and not worry. I fed Canidae ALS for years (including puppies) until I switched to raw. I have an older dog who decided she did not like Raw first thing in the morning so switched her to 4-Health rice based formula in the morning and raw at night (she will be 11 soon.. she gets whatever she wants).

I have German Shepherds, so a large breed.

The biggest thing is to keep your dog a bit on the thin side, even as a puppy, so as to not overload joints. My vet recommended the thin part.
So then I shouldnt worry about her joints right now?
 

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Hills Science Diet is a perfectly good food. However, it's not the right food for every dog, and since you say that your pup's coat isn't that great, then I would suggest trying another food. 4Health is a good food for the price. My preference is Purina Pro Plan, though.

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I dont like purina. I would rather do 4health. I just dont know weather to worry about her joint because it doesnt have the ingredients to support her joints.
 
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