i know this is a really late post. i feed both my french bulldog pups royal canin mini 33 .it was reccomended by my vet. not every location has every brand of food available so sometimes you have to get the best of what you can. their coats have flourished since i put them on it. i also feed them natural balance lamb. it comes in a tube . this i use for snacks. i personally reccomend this dog food as i have seen the difference it has made in my pups
i didnt know they made the natural balance in the can. i,m sure they probably have that too at the feed store where i bought the roll. i was wanting to get some canned food also. i will check it out. ..........thanx !!
Honestly I don't care for it. I feel there are better things across the board. I don't belive in food for breeds. Every dog is diffrent, and lines are diffrent. I feel its rather over priced for what it does. A lot of cat people seem to enjoy it, but eh, I wouldn't spend my money on it personaly. I was reading the ingrediants list and I wasen't that impressed, and the few people I know that used it where having very poor results in their dogs coats per growth and general luster and such.
Hound you said, "Honestly I don't care for it. I feel there are better things across the board. I don't belive in food for breeds. Every dog is diffrent, and lines are diffrent."
If every dog is different and lines are different why would you not believe in food for breeds?
I too feed Royal Canin and am impressed with the results. Food is a common topic on this forum so check it out. Basically you have to use your best judgement on what is right for your animal and what you can afford.
When people are impressed with Royal Canin- I can only imagine how much MORE impressed you'd be with the results of a better food. ;)
Seriously- RC is the European version of Iams/Euk or ScienceDiet. HUGE manufacturer doing their best to get you to pay lots for a food that they just want to make cheaper. Fillers, stool hardeners, flavorings- not something you find in truly premium foods.
I don't mind RC's Sensible Choice line nearly as much as their "Mini/Max" lines- which happen to be one of the most brilliant marketing schemes since puppy, diet, and senior kibbles hit the market. I can't begin to tell you how many silly people buy RC 33 because it has a dachshund on it- so it simply MUST be great for THEIR dachsie! Sensible Choice isn't perfect- I'd call it a semi-premium food- but I'd feed it MUCH more happily than the lower Mini/Max line.
Natural Balance's dry kibbles are formulated much more nicely than RC's Mini/Max line- and should be right in line with pricing. No corn gluten, more creative protein sources, less flavoring necessary- just a better food. The "rolls" are NOT a good food to feed as part of a diet- as a dried sausage like material, they are VERY salty- but do make a good training treat or Kong stuffer.
All that said- at least you're not crowing about Iams, Pedigree, Euk or SD. ;)
And I'd be MUCH quicker to call an insultive person with a crappy attitude ugly than ANY dog.
i see alot of different recommendations for dog food on here. we live in a small farming community and well off the main road. we dont have access to large choices of food brands. when we bought our male ,he had been on iams, and our female had been on hill science. i wasnt fond of either of those and wanted a better quality food. so i switched them together from what the breeders fed them to the royal canin. in my area it is the best available. i'm not saying there are not others that are not better. its just the best of what we have available here. and i have noticed a difference in their coats. my female had a very dull, dry, coat .her skin was flaking like dandruff. we switched her to the royal canin as soon as we got her and in just a short time her coat is fabulous. so all i am saying is , it is working well for my babies , maybe not for everyone, but mine are thriving on it
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thats exactly right dusty.........though there are certainly foods out there that are better than others, it all boils down to what your dogs like and how they do on it. it seems your dogs are doing well on this food so continue feeding it to them.
I like to use the RC( babydog 30) with my yorkies pups when they start to wean. I like the size of the kibbles and that they are a bit softer. with my tiny pups I have had a hard time getting the kibbles small enough for them. I have had to put dry food in the blender to chop, or hit it with a hammer. what a mess!! My pups do well on it and I don't have to worry about chocking on a kibble I didn't get small enough. I stick to what works for me. Not that I would ever feed it , but dogs did live on purina dog chow it the days where that was the only thing available and still lived to be 15 yrs.
Dusty, there are many good quality foods that you can order online. I personally use puppy evolve dry food and mix it with Merrick canned food in "Puppy platter" or "Grammy Pt pie" you can also try Extention dog food.Its natural without any corn, soy, or by products. I dont know the website for the dry food, but for merrick there is the oficial website, but its a bit expensive (much more than in the store that I go to) I googled. "Merrick canned dog food wholesale" And found it much cheaper...but to give you an Idea of what the ingredients are...so you can compare them to your current food here is the official website:
go to entrees and check out all the great canned food varities that they have. I havent tried all of them but they look good enough to eat my self (btw i tried it myself...curiousity...and it wasnt bad) lol.....
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I personally know of, and have heard of, more than a handful of Yorkies blood work that have elevated BUNs (from high protein) and Lipids (high in fats) and high bile acid tests when on RC YT28 food. The levels return to normal after they change diets for a while. All that fat and protein can be taxing on the pancreas and liver in the long run. Not to mention the use of corn for added protein is a cheap way to beef it up IMO.
All that added fat isn't needed for their coats. Its just added fat. But its a good marketing tool.
Did you see what the junk food did to the guys blood work in the movie "supersize me"? Liver enzymes were through the roof.
Of course I have to add the disclaimer this is JMO based on my own research. Everyone does what they think is best.
Longdogs-so you think Natural Balance is better than sensible choice? I've been using sensible choice and have thought of switching, although she is doing fine on it, but I couldn't really see much difference in the ingredients and didn't want to switch for no particular reason. But if its better, I will. What, exactly do you see as a difference? Just curious to know.
I really do like Sensible Choice. It's not a bad food at all. In some cases, it will be much better than Natural Balance's Ultra formula- as it sticks to a single protien source. NB has multiple protein sources, which I prefer to see when a dog can handle all of them well. Chicken gets a little overused. :)
Plus... NB is just a darn nice company. I would feel good supporting them. I have issues with companies who KNOW how to make a good food- but feel that it's just fine to put foods that are substandard to it on the market at the same time (my big beef with Nutro, btw). So I tend to take preference to the companies who devote themselves to ONLY put out foods they can be proud of. But- that's simply personal, and not something that should sway YOU away from a food that works well for your dogs.