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Pure Balance puppy food

We have a new puppy in the house from a rescue and the breed is unknown, we are waiting for the DNA tests. The shelter thinks he may have some German Shepard mixed with a smaller breed, possibly Beagle, (he has the howl). We adopted him at 8 weeks old and 10 lbs. He is now 10 weeks and at least a couple of lbs or more heavier. He is very active and playfully aggressive. He has been eating Pure Balance puppy dry kibble food from Walmart for two weeks with no issues and likes it. He did however throw up for the first time in the middle of the night which we will monitor and tell our vet. He has some dry skin or dandruff in his coat now too. My question is can I continue with this puppy food, it is priced lower than a lot or is it poorly rated?
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Pure Balance is a decent food for the price. And a more expensive food isn't always "better". I've tried high-end "super-premium" foods that I paid a small fortune for, only to have my dogs look terrible on them, and my Rattie to develop acute pancreatitis on one.

Dry skin and coat can be caused by factors other than food, like intestinal parasites and/or over-bathing.

That said, you can see if changing your pup's diet makes a difference, since there is no one "best" food for all dogs. My dogs are doing well on Pro Plan, despite the fact that there are a lot of people who hate anything Purina.
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You must not watch much TV, then, and aren't on Facebook. :) There is a TON of advertising out there.

I do agree that vets are not necessarily the best source of diet info. A vet friend told me years ago there were financial incentives to him from the manufacturers for pushing certain brands of dog food. I doubt that's any different today. I've read articles claiming that the only nutritional education vets get comes from the big dog food manufacturers, but I don't know if that's true or exaggerated, and I'm not sure it would be a bad thing anyway as I know companies like Purina do a lot of nutritional research, even if some of the kind of testing they do makes me queasy.
They take university classes on nutrition. And no, they aren't paid for by pet food companies. They do, however, cover a wide variety of species, and unless a person has a particular interest in and/or wants to pursue a career as a canine nutritionist (or feline, equine, bovine, whatever) then they don't usually study more than generalities.

I can't say that vets don't get rebates, etc. from companies for selling/prescribing their foods, but I can tell you that the vet I worked for in Oklahoma said he lost more than he ever made on food, because we fed Science Diet in the kennels, and used four to five bags in-house for every one sold to clients.

As far as research, Hill's Prescription Diet k/d food has been around since the late 1930s, and they have been a leader in canine and feline nutrition for decades, along with Purina.
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My only experience with Hills was with k/d for a cat. All the research in the world is worthless if your cat won't eat it, which my vet said is a pretty common attitude of cats toward k/d. :)
I had a couple of cats on Hill's k/d. The only reason I switched to Purina's NF after about eight was that it was a bit less expensive. Sandy was poisoned or something when he was about three, and ate either k/d or NF for the next 15 years with no problem. The other cat (can't remember if it was Marble of Cappuccino, now) ate it for about eight years.
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