Let’s begin at the beginning when it comes to foodWhere did you get you dog?
If you adopted your dog from a shelter, a friend, or a like source, find out what the dog is being fed and purchase some of the same. It will aid in the dog being comfortable in his new environment. You can change later after the dog is assimilated into the new home.
How about a pet store? Get a small quantity of what they recommend. You will probably make some sort of change after your first trip to you vet. That will occur in the first few days, right?
From a breeder? This is a judgment call. If the breeder appears to have a professional operation, take their advice and use that as a starting point with your vet. I have found that a reputable breeder often knows more about specific breed requirements than a, let’s say, a vet that isn’t particularly engaged with your breed. Ask the breeder a lot of questions and prepare for the vet by doing a lot of research.
If the breeder is a mom and pop, two dogs in-a-house situation, you don’t necessarily know what type of advice you are getting. Get a small quantity of what they recommend, do your breed-specific research and get to the vet as soon as possible.
The bulk of our experience is with large-breed dogs and Chihuahua’s. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t feed a Chihuahua, St. Bernard, Lab, Shepard, Malamute, Samoyed, Rottweiler, and Mastiff the same food over different stages of their life. You can do permanent harm to your dog.
It is very tempting to purchase commodity brands of dog food because of the price. When you do your research you will find that those brands need to be supplemented with vitamin and nutrients which can easily exceed the price of a quality dog food. If a product like Dinovite dietary supplements are warranted, you are going to understand what I’m saying.