German Shepherd Puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Gillian Girvan, May 19, 2017.


  1. Gillian Girvan

    Gillian Girvan PetForums Newbie

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    I am looking for advice on best dog food for a German Shepherd 14 weeks old, vet recommended hills science plan, large breed, puppy to prevent speedy growth with could cause leg joint problems later on in life

    Regards
    Gillian x
     
  2. AlexPed2393

    AlexPed2393 PetForums Senior

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    Vet will be sponsored by Hills so will want you to buy it ;)

    What was the breeder feeding our puppy?
     
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  3. Gillian Girvan

    Gillian Girvan PetForums Newbie

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    pedigree puppy food,
     
  4. smokeybear

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    Please explain in what way vets are "sponsored" by food manufacturers..........................................

    None of the vets I know are sponsored by anyone in any field.
     
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    GSD really do well on most things however Ardern Grange was developed by GSD breeders many years ago

    https://www.ardengrange.com/Pet-Food/puppy-food.asp

    Another food which thousands of GSD do well on is this

    https://www.royalcanin.com/products...-shepherd-puppy-dry-dog-food-30-lb-bag/418003

    My GSD was brought up on raw and Orijen.
     
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  6. Gillian Girvan

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    Thanks guys, one last thing I was told to add a little water to the dry food, is that right, and what else apart from carrot can I treat with for training x
     
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    There is absolutely no need to add water to the food as the puppy has a set of teeth that can cope with dry kibble.

    You can treat your puppy with any fruit or vegetable bar grapes, avocado and onion.

    I tend to use the dog's daily food ration for training rather than give it for free in a bowl or use a food dispenser such as a Kong Wobbler, Tug a Jug or Bob a Lot to enrich the environment.
     
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    Affiliated would be the correct term. They have a vested interest in selling a specific brand of food
     
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    I know no vet which is "affiliated" to a manufacturer of dog food again, how do you determine this?

    And what is their vested interest in selling a specific brand of dog food?

    Again none of the vets I know get anything in return for stocking particular foods, toys etc but perhaps the vets you know have a different arrangement?
     
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    AlexPed2393 PetForums Senior

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    I know that the two local vets for me got some commission for selling the 'veterinary' food that they stock. May be different for different vets.

    Also they consistently have reps come and do talks for people in the area to push that brand of food. Toys etc they do not
     
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    Vets struggle to get a free pen from their food reps, never mind anything else!
     
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    But I am sure it is a very special and valuable bribe, I mean incentive for the vet to stock the food.................................. ;)
     
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    Don't underestimate the power of a free pen!!
     
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    Pet shops obviously never get reps...With overbearing sales talks? Or is it just here where I live that we got loads and loads phoning and popping in? Don't think with the different foods the pet shop sold we were affiliated with any, but had reps round often even issuing signs to advertise their wears in the shop.

    I don't mind that vets sell certain foods, especially those that have prescription diets. Although I am well aware there maybe alternatives out there, majority of people are not and prescription diets can really help manage conditions or prevent reoccurrence.
     
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    Would love to see photos of your puppy too :)