Melanie Hamilton: Best puppy pads and puppy food?
So my family and I are getting 2 Shih Tzu puppies soon, so we of course need to buy all of the necessary supplies. Does anyone have a brand of puppy pads that they recommend? Some of them look so thin that it's hard to believe they'll actually absorb anything. Also, what is the best (and preferably cheap!) puppy food? Thank you!
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Ok due to some of the answers I would like to add that I am not saying that the cheapest stuff is all I can afford. I'm just asking if there are any good puppy foods that happen to not be too expensive... Also I will of course gradually switch their foods, I am not just planning on throwing their digestive system into shock. And the dogs will eventually be trained to potty outside...the puppy pads are for times when I can't watch them and they might need to go.
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Answer by Liv
Not sure about the puppy pads, but for the food I would reccomend Nutro!!! I adopted a dog who was also thin, and he gained weight very steadily with this food :D It's not necessarily cheap, but you shouldn't be getting two dogs if your worried about spending money on food. Especially dogs who are thin! In order to gain weight they need proper nutrition, and cheap food doesn't offer that :) Good luck with your new dogs!
Here is a link to Nutro Natural Choice dog food on Amazon
Answer by Leanne
Are you in uk ? If so I found the boxes of 100 petplanet did to be of the best quality rather than anything I got a pets at home.
Unfortunately cheap and good quality don't necessarily go hand in hand with dog food.
Try to buy the best quality you can afford.
Answer by Lorraine
First of all forget the puppy pads. You need to train your dogs to go outside and not indoors.
Secondly, no good breeder would sell two puppies together and I hope you realise just how much work two pups will be. One is hard work - two together is really hard as they get bad habits off each other and bond too much together. If you get two then you need to separate and train endless amount of time, and even walk separately to train as well.
Thirdly, you shouldn't be choosing the food at all yet, as you MUST keep them on whatever the breeder has them on otherwise you will give them tummy upset. Only change when they are settled into the home and poops are firm. Then do it gradually over at least a week. If you have to buy the cheapest puppy food then you really shouldn't be getting two pups together. Your dogs body and health depend on a good quality food to promote good muscle and bone. Don't feed cheap stuff.
Answer by Labman
I suggest against using pads.
Stick to the food the puppy was on before. Quite often it is an inexpensive, common brand of dry puppy chow. Ignore those suggesting expensive food. There is a mentality that devoutly believes nothing inexpensive made by a large company can be any good. There is no evidence of that. It is the opposite of both my experience and many, many others. The supposedly inferior common brands are certified and tested to to meet nutritional standards, http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm047120.htm You can continue whatever the puppy is on in confidence.
If you must switch, the longer you wait, the better and do so gradually over a week or more. Otherwise you have more risk of digestive problems.
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