Originally Answered: What is your opinion of eagle pack puppy food for a large breed puppy?
Nutritionally controls the critical growth period from weaning to 18 months of age through proper balance of protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and digestibility. Enhances the long term wellness of the adult dog.
In 1990 Eagle Pack was presented with the statistical results of a national survey among owners of 3,000 large and giant breed dogs. The survey focused on three bone growth problems--HOD, OCD, and Pano--and was conducted by professor/breeder and canine consultant Linda Arndt of Blackwatch Kennels. Armed with this data, results of feeding trials, and the knowledge that a leading text Small Animal Clinical Nutrition III lists these three problems under nutritional issues, and not under generic diseases, Eagle Pack set out to develop the first formula specifically for large and giant breed puppies and adults.
The key to the correct formulation in their researched opinion was to create a highly digestible diet, then balance digestibility and protein (amino acid) levels with metabolizable energy, calcium, and phosphorus levels. The challenge was to provide balanced growth of skeletal structure, cartilage, and muscle in the growing puppy and then to maintain the long term wellness of the adult.
The diet was test fed extensively by large and giant dog breeders. Puppies were fed the diet from weaning to 18 months of age. There were no reported cases of the three bone problems. Armed with these results, Large & Giant Breed Formula was introduced. Now, over a decade later, their success in maintaining the long term wellness of these breeds has been outstanding.
Since 1990, other companies have introduced their versions of large and giant breed diets. Some are higher in protein, some are higher or lower in calcium. None are as highly digestible. How then does the caring pet owner select from the many brands available? Pick the formula that involved leading breeders and the knowledge of a nutritional consultant specific to the breed. Know that a family owned company was the first to care and the first to respond. And finally, select the formula that has the longest track record of being fed to these breeds--Eagle Pack is not experimenting on your dog. That diet is Large & Giant Breed Puppy Formula.
Enzymes enable the digestive system to absorb more nutrients from the food.
The three most digestible animal proteins, from quality grade meats, are used in the formulas. Lamb meal originates from range-fed lamb. Our naturally preserved fish meal is harvested from pure ocean waters. Our chicken meal is hormone and antibiotic free.
A natural omega 6 source. Finely ground, it provides 99% carbohydrate digestibility and leaves no stool residue. It is an excellent energy source. Rarely does it cause an allergic reaction or food intolerance. A review of more than 200 confirmed cases of food allergy in veterinary literature revealed only three were caused by corn (Small Animal Clinical Nutrition IV). Corn is not a filler. It is an ideal carbohydrate when used correctly in animal protein based diets, as the first listed ingredient. The corn is purchased annually during harvest from farmers known to Eagle Pet for more than 20 years.
HAVE BEEN PURCHASING EAGLE LARGE & GIANT BREED PUPPY FORMULA FOR MY
GREAT DANE SINCE SHE CAME TO US AT THE AGE OF 7 WEEKS. THIS IS MY 2ND
GREAT DANE. MY FIRST ONE I OWNED OVER 25 YEARS AGO. I KNOW WE DID NOT
HAVE THE NUTRITIONAL KNOWLEDGE FOR DOGS BACK THEN AND I STRUGGLED TO
KEEP WEIGHT ON HIM. THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL FOR MY CURRENT
DANE. SHE HAS SIMPLY THRIVED ON THIS FOOD. HER COAT IS BEAUTIFUL, HER
MUSCLES ARE TIGHT AND STRONG, AND SHE HAS STEADILY GAINED WEIGHT
APPROPRIATELY. AT 11 MONTHS, SHE IS EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE AND VERY
HEALTHY. WE ARE SO SATISFIED WITH THE DOG FOOD AND BECAUSE WE CANNOT
BUY THIS PRODUCT WHERE WE LIVE, WE GLADLY ORDER IT FROM PETCO."