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    1. #1
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      Pro Plan Question for Friend's Golden

      Not a lab question, but a very good friend of mine got a golden retriever puppy at 9 weeks old. The "breeder" fed Purina Puppy Chow, and that's what he's been feeding since he brought her home. The dog is 5 months old now. He'd like to move to a better food. He reports "gooey poops," and I don't think he's overfeeding. This guy isn't a dog-food hobbyist, so he doesn't care about boutique brands. Nor is he a cheapie when it comes to anything. He earns good money and is fine spending whatever on a dog food. I'm not going to recommend raw-feeding to him.

      I think moving to Proplan is reasonable. My questions is, which formula exactly should he try? The geniuses in Purina's marketing dept. have devised a cryptic naming convention for their foods -- "Focus" and "Select" and "Savor," etc., which do nothing to describe what they are. I know the Savor line has soy, which most here frown upon. Any suggestions on which one is ideal? This is a regular family pet -- i.e., never likely to do any kind of rigorous exercise, farming, working, or anything. Also, the dog is 5 months old right now, so the puppy/adult-food distinction would also be helpful. I got Yogi at 7 months and never really fed puppy food.

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      I think the ProPlan Sport 26/16 is often recommended. It's an all life stages food so it can be fed to puppies as well as adults. It comes in 26/16, 28/18, and 30/20 (protein/fat) but for a family pet that's not a working or performance dog, the 26/16 is probably fine. I think some of the breeders who feed ProPlan use this, others say they use the 30/20 formula and never use puppy food. Both lab breeders that I got my dogs from said it was OK to switch from puppy to adult food between 4-6 months. Some say once the baby teeth have fallen out and adult teeth come in can be a good time to switch.

      How are you and Yogi doing?

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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      I think the ProPlan Sport 26/16 is often recommended. It's an all life stages food so it can be fed to puppies as well as adults. It comes in 26/16, 28/18, and 30/20 (protein/fat) but for a family pet that's not a working or performance dog, the 26/16 is probably fine. I think some of the breeders who feed ProPlan use this, others say they use the 30/20 formula and never use puppy food. Both lab breeders that I got my dogs from said it was OK to switch from puppy to adult food between 4-6 months. Some say once the baby teeth have fallen out and adult teeth come in can be a good time to switch.

      How are you and Yogi doing?
      Well said. I fed Pro Plan 20/30 for months. They looked great. Now that the dogs and I are not walking as much 26 / 16 works good too.
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      Yep, I'd recommend the sport 26/16.

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      Thanks, all. Very helpful and straightforward.

      Smartrock: Yogi is good! Thanks for asking. We've been loving agility. I also lost a great deal of weight recently and have taken up jogging again (for the first time in at least a decade), so Yogi is loving that too. Almost nothing feels better than off-leash jogging with no one around in an environment like this:


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      You could also recommend the Selects Turkey and Rice.
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      We fed the Pro Plan Focus puppy until this last bag and transitioned him to the Sport 30/20 (at 7 months old) since we're a pretty active family and Thor is outside with us a lot running around. Both are a chicken and rice based formula and he transitioned with no distress (normal poops, coat, energy, etc). We spent about a week mixing in a higher percentage of the new food each day until it was 100% changed. He's always done really well on the Pro Plan and we haven't tried anything else.
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      My 4-month-old lab puppy eats Pro Plan Sport 30/20. At 5 months old, your friend's puppy is still growing rapidly, so I'd recommend that one over the 26/16, at least for a few more months.

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      I switched my puppy from Focus chicken and rice to the Sensitive Skin and Stomach. Mostly because she didn't like the Sport 26/16.

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