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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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When you think about it, that makes sense - the only way to charge less is to use cheaper ingredients.
Another way to charge less is to forgo an expensive national advertising campaign. That's why many of the best foods for the price are brands you've probably never heard of. I was feeding Blue Buffalo for a time, but decided that most of what I was paying for was TV advertising.

I don't think a vet is necessarily the leading authority on canine nutrition, but my own vet urged me to switch to a grain-inclusive kibble because of possible links to cardiac issues related to an exclusively grain-free diet. She also suggested I avoid so-called "all-life-stages" kibble. I eventually settled on ProPlan. My younger dog is on a ProPlan weight management kibble because he's gotten a tad chunky and my senior girl is on the ProPlan senior formula.

Sadly, a certain amount of trial-and-error is inevitable. I got a huge bag of Victor kibble after reading high praise on Dog Food Advisor, only to find out I'd ordered a performance kibble, which was much too rich for either of my dogs.
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