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    we have a lab/boxer mix named samantha she is about 63 pounds and she is a year and a half.

    we have her on nutro lamb and rice

    but we wanna make sure we are giving her exactly what she needs

    what food would you think is best for her?

    preferably something that brings out her coat

    thanks in advance

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    We aren't big fans of Nutro here, it's very grain-heavy with questionable quality protein sources. It works well for some dogs, but many of us know dogs that have "coincidentally" gotten sick on the food even after the slow transition switch. To me, it isn't worth the risk anymore.
    What kind stores for buying dog food do you have in your area?

    As far as good brands PetCo has:
    Wellness
    Solid Gold
    Natural Balance
    Blue Buffalo

    PetsMart has:
    Blue Buffalo

    If you have a specialty dog food store or two in your area, almost anything you can get from them is good, but just in case they aren't the best:
    Orijen
    Innova [Evo]
    California Natural

    Also, check out dogfoodanalysis.com to help you make a decision.
    An ounce of nutrition is worth a pound of vet bills.

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    thanks alot for replying

    so... as far as you know has the only problem with nutro been that some dogs stomachs get upset by it?

    just mainly want to make sure there are no harmful chemicals that could catch up to samantha if she stayed on it

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    I feed both of my Boxers Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice and have had good luck with it on the gas issue. It's gluten free which is a must as my dog is allergic to gluten and it has wholesome ingredients. I get it at PetCo and to feed both of them (both are 65 pounds) it costs me around $50 a month, but PetCo has a deal that you buy 10 bags and get 1 free so that's a nice perk. I also give vitamin E and fish oil daily for health reasons and coat reasons.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oVer.do$e View Post
    thanks alot for replying

    so... as far as you know has the only problem with nutro been that some dogs stomachs get upset by it?

    just mainly want to make sure there are no harmful chemicals that could catch up to samantha if she stayed on it
    Many people believe it's been responsible for their dogs being seriously ill (ie organ problems) and/or dying. It's really a low quality food especially for the money, it has beet pulp in it which is a bit of a controversial ingredient right now. If it were me I would switch to something of better quality that either is the same price or not much more.

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    thanks alot yall

    very important info

    im going to look into these foods

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    Another food that I have used in the past and had great luck with and is very inexpensive is Kirkland Lamb and rice. My dogs coats where so shiney and their stool was very solid and smaller than on many more expensive brands I have tried after. I feed mostly Solid Gold now and mix in Merrick or Wellness canned, but every few months throw in a few bags of Kirkland. The dogs love it and so does my budget! Kirkland also has canned and Chicken kibble but noticed best results on Lamb and rice for coat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerMommie View Post
    I feed both of my Boxers Natural Balance Lamb Meal and Brown Rice and have had good luck with it on the gas issue. It's gluten free which is a must as my dog is allergic to gluten and it has wholesome ingredients. I get it at PetCo and to feed both of them (both are 65 pounds) it costs me around $50 a month, but PetCo has a deal that you buy 10 bags and get 1 free so that's a nice perk. I also give vitamin E and fish oil daily for health reasons and coat reasons.

    Good luck.
    oh i meant to ask you

    only 50 a month for 2 boxers!!

    either thats great pricing or my dog food gauge is wayyy off

    how old are they and how much do you feed them a day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oVer.do$e View Post
    oh i meant to ask you

    only 50 a month for 2 boxers!!

    either thats great pricing or my dog food gauge is wayyy off

    how old are they and how much do you feed them a day?
    Well Natural Balance that I get is $38.99 per 28 pound bag and that lasts me EXACTLY 3 weeks, so it may be more like $53-$55 a month for the 2 of them.

    My female is 65 pounds and gets 2 cups per day and is 6 1/2 years old (approx she's a rescue so not 100% sure on that, but it's a good ball park), my male is probably about the same weight 65 pounds (he's going to the vet tomorrow I'll update this if I'm wrong) will be 15 months old in a couple of days and eats 2 3/4 cups per day. Both are at healthy weights for them.

    She eats around 950 calories per day and he eats around 1,300 calories per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerMommie View Post
    Well Natural Balance that I get is $38.99 per 28 pound bag and that lasts me EXACTLY 3 weeks, so it may be more like $53-$55 a month for the 2 of them.

    My female is 65 pounds and gets 2 cups per day and is 6 1/2 years old (approx she's a rescue so not 100% sure on that, but it's a good ball park), my male is probably about the same weight 65 pounds (he's going to the vet tomorrow I'll update this if I'm wrong) will be 15 months old in a couple of days and eats 2 3/4 cups per day. Both are at healthy weights for them.

    She eats around 950 calories per day and he eats around 1,300 calories per day.
    i am by no means telling you how to feed your dog

    just out of pure curiosity

    for dogs that big doesnt the natural balance chart say 1 dog that size should get 4 cups a day?

    if i get this food should i feed by 63lb boxer/lab only 2 cups a day?

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