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      I have asked this in another post, but I am hoping for more feedback... My 7 month old lab is currently on Science Diet LB. I am thknking about switching because I am reading that Science Diet, even though recommended by my vet, isn't the best choice. Breeder had her on Eukanuba, I read its better than Science Diet, but maybe still not great. Thoughts on Royal Canin? Thought about switching too Blue but have read some really bad reviews on that also. She is also a picky eater, which I always though was unheard of for a Lab, but apparently a somewhat common problem. Anyway, suggestions?

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      It is recommended to keep your pup on what the breeder feeds for a while. If you trust your breeder you should feed based on their recommendation.
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      I'm not expert but will try to relay some of the information read here.

      Is there a reason you switched from Eukanuba? Royal Canin is a good food. From posts here, I believe it is Blue that has had recalls. I feed Fromm but not sure which variety is best for a youngster. Sorry, not much help because I have experience with seniors.

      As far as being a picky eater, do you add a little warm water to the kibble? That jacks up the aroma. You could add a bit of topper, some fruit, a spoonful of can food to make it more appealing. Also, do you freed feed? If so, try putting the meal down for 15-20 minutes and then pick up what is left. After a few meals, your pup will get the idea that if he does not eat when food is available, it will be gone. This is, of course, dependent on there not being any medical reason he is not eating.

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      I switched her because I had mentioned to the vet that she wasn't a good eater, she said she likes to see dogs on Science Diet, so I gradually switched her. I am just not hearing great things about science diet. I would like to make a switch and keep her on it. I say she doesn't eat good because she doesn't gobble like my other dogs have, but she is 7 months old and 70 pounds! So she eats, but I often pick it up after 30 minutes and she has only eaten a little... I do not free feed. She has had people food, but mostly fruit (like melon) she has also had small amounts of hot dog during training for her to come... it works better than a dog treat!! Thank you for your help!

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      What does vet say about her weight?

      All 3 of ours are on Pro Plan Lamb Small Bites. Recently switched from Pro Plan 30 / 20 as the labs were chunking up and the fuzzball needs to trim down. So I figure the food, more exercise and some green beans will get them in shape.
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      For a female, 70# at 7 months is on the upper end. I'd go with Pro Plan Sport 26/16 aim for 3 cups a day and see how she does.
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      IMO Science Diet is over-priced for its caliber of ingredients. Eukanuba could be a fine choice and evidently the breeder thought so too for her dogs. If you want to try something else, many people find their picky-eater dogs seem to love Fromm foods. Their Fromm Puppy Gold would be one to take a look at but it's not sold in big box stores. It may be easiest to first try going back to an appropriate Eukanuba formula; recheck the amounts you're feeding; and add a little warm water just before serving.

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      At 7 months I would find an appropriate adult food. Proplan Sport or Select would be my first suggestion, Eukanuba is also a perfectly fine food to feed. I feed some of the Blue Buffalo formulas with no issues but my girls are adults and are used to rotating to all sorts of foods. I do not recommend Blue Buffalo for a 7 month old.

      I have nothing against Science Diet foods, the presciption foods serve a very valuable purpose but as a regular daily food, you are simply paying for the name.

      I personally wouldn't try a so called premium food, your dog is used to science diet, a switch to something richer might not go well. That is why I recommend Proplan or Eukanuba.

      For her pickiness, try mixing in some warm water. That seems to work for a lot of dogs.

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