What is the best kind of dog food for a chihuahua? My 11 week old eats Science Diet right now because the breeder sent a supply home with us when we picked him up. We are almost out and I don't know what kind to by him. What do you all suggest to buy him? We have a PetSmart about 45 minutes away.. What is the price range for good dog food? The vet assistant reccommended Pedigree.
Here's an article written by the Whole Dog Journal that might be helpful.
Whole Dog Journal's Top Ten Dry Dog Food
Note that WDJ states: "We do not conduct either feeding trials or laboratory tests on the foods. We selected our favorites by conducting a thorough label review, and holding this data up to the criteria listed in the "Foods Should Contain" and "Foods Should Not Contain" boxes "We have not seen every dog food on the market. New foods emerge on a monthly basis, some are available on a regional scale only. We've tried to list foods that are good examples of the kinds of foods you should be looking for."
Quality Foods Should Contain:
Superior sources of protein, either whole fresh meats or single source meat meal (ex. chicken meal rather than poultry meal)
A whole-meat source as one of the first two ingredients.
Whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables, and other foods. Nutrients and enzymes are more likely to be found in unprocessed foods.
Quality foods should contain a MINIMUM of the following:
Food fragments - lower-cost by-products of another food manufacturing process, such as brewer's rice and wheat bran...Manufacturers usually include at least one fragment to help lower costs. Beware any food that includes several fragments.
Meat by-products (not handled as carefully as whole meat) - any food that contains meat by-products as the MAJOR protein source indicates a low-quality product.
HIGH-QUALITY FOODS SHOULD NOT CONTAIN:
Fats or proteins named generically (ex. animal fat/poultry fat instead of beef fat/ lamb meal)
Artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin)
Sweeteners (corn syrup, sucrose, ammoniated glycyrrhizin) to improve unappealing food
Propylene glycol - a toxic substance when consumed in large amounts; added to some "chewy" foods to keep them moist.
Azmira Tucson, AZ 8% "...uses many herbs, chelated minerals, extra vit. C; combination of beef and fish is nice."
Here are the top dry foods (alphabetical order) according to the Whole Dog Journal, based on ingredient list only. Keep in mind that not all of these use human grade ingredients. You should make sure that any product you buy is AAFCO certified, not all of these foods mention that on their web sites. Also note that where a specific food is mentioned, others of the same brand are not included in the recommended list:
Artemis * 800-282-5876 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients
Azmira * 800-497-5665 Human grade ingredients
Back to Basics from Beowulf Natural Feeds * 1-800-219-2558 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients
Bench & Field Holistic Natural * 800-525-4802 Uses organic chicken
Blue Buffalo * 800-919-2833 Human grade ingredients
Burns * 877-983-9651
California Natural * 1-800-532-7261 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients. Often recommended for dogs with allergies, has the fewest ingredients.
Canidae * 800-398-1600 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul * 800-442-0402
Drs. Foster & Smith * 800-826-7206 Hormone free meat
Eagle Pack Holistic Select * 800-255-5959 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients. "Eagle Pack Super Premium formulas are nutritionally balanced so pet owners can mix up to 25% raw food with the Eagle Pack formulas."
Flint River Ranch (multiple distributors) * 909-682-5048 Human grade ingredients
Foundations and Go! Natural from Petcurean * 866-864-6112
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals * 1-800-325-6331
Innova * 1-800-532-7261 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients. Also check out Natura's new HealthWise food.
Innova is now offering a new grain free dog food called EVO, which is also very low in carbs, more so than any other dry food I have seen. The ingredients look very good.
Innovative Veterinary Diets * 800-359-4483 or 800-466-0912 Special diets for specific conditions, including allergies, IBD, kidney disease, etc. as well as a standard line of pet foods. Available from veterinarians, also available at http://www.waggintails.com/
Karma Organic * 1-800-532-7261 Over 95% organic ingredients
Lifespan (Petguard) * 1-800-874-3221
Merrick Pet Foods * 800-664-7387 Human grade ingredients
Natural Balance Ultra Premium * 800-829-4493
Newman's Own Organics * 800-865-2866 Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients
Organix * 800-875-7518 At least 70% of ingredients are organic, including chicken
PHD (Perfect Health Diet) * 1-800-743-1502
Pinnacle from Breeder's Choice * 800-255-4286
Prairie from Nature's Variety * 888-519-7387
Prime Life * 888-881-7703
Royal Canin Natural Blend * 800-592-6687 (US) or 800-527-2673 (Can)
Showbound Naturals from Integrated Pet Foods * 800-542-4677
Solid Gold * 800-364-4863 Specific products mentioned are Hund-N-Flocken and Mmellennia, but all are considered good
I would definitely recommend Acana or Orijen. Best quality dog food ever! Really.
But, never EVER feed Iams food to your pets.
Iams is cruel to animals:
For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator worked undercover at Sinclair Research Center, a laboratory hired by Iams, and discovered a dark and sordid secret beneath the wholesome image of the dog- and cat-food manufacturer. Dogs had gone crazy because they were confined to barren steel cages and cement cells, dogs were left piled on a filthy paint-chipped floor after chunks of muscle had been hacked from their thighs, dogs were surgically debarked, and horribly sick dogs and cats were neglected and left in cages to suffer without any veterinary care.
Footage shows that Iams representatives toured the facility and witnessed dogs who were circling in their cells and sweltering in the summer heat. Iams knew the truth yet did nothing to protect the animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture investigated PETA's complaint and agreed that the laboratory had failed to provide veterinary care and pain relief to suffering animals, failed to provide animals with adequate space, and failed to train employees—along with nearly 40 other violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Sinclair Research Center paid a penalty of $33,000 for its violations.
After intense pressure from PETA and its supporters, Iams agreed to make the following significant changes in its testing program: Iams bowed to pressure and severed its ties with Sinclair Research Center. Iams ended all invasive and terminal experiments on dogs and cats. Iams agreed to begin conducting humane in-home tests for palatability studies. According to Iams, about 70 percent of the animals now in its tests reside at home with their families. In these studies, people volunteer their companion animals to participate in food and nutrition experiments from the comfort of their own homes. The human guardians can easily be trained to feed the animals and properly collect fecal and urine samples for laboratory analysis to determine the quality of the animal's food. "In-home" studies have been shown to work and have strong scientific support, as shown by the successful PetSci program, which was developed by Dr. Charles Abramson and Dr. Timothy Bowser of Oklahoma State University.
Even so, Iams still keeps up to 700 dogs and cats in its Dayton, Ohio, laboratory for non-invasive nutritional studies. They claim that this laboratory provides a decent environment for the animals, but they refuse to allow a PETA representative to see inside. Iams claims that some studies are too complex for in-home programs, but PETA urges Iams to collaborate with veterinary clinics for studies such as these. Veterinary clinics regularly see patients who suffer from ailments that a particular dog or cat food might help alleviate.
Iams has also refused to end invasive experiments on species other than dogs and cats. For one study, Iams gave Purdue University nearly $200,000 to conduct a two-year study in which experimenters taped the tails of mice to the tops of cages to keep their hind legs suspended in the air. This was done to cause muscular atrophy—the wasting away of muscle tissue. When PETA protested, the experiment was cut short.
Iams has also fought the release of information from a public university that had conducted a study funded by the company in which a painful disease was induced in dogs. What was Iams hiding?
Iams has made progress, but as an industry leader, it must send an even clearer message: No animal deserves the fate of those who remain in their laboratories. Safe, healthy cat and dog food does not require harming cats and dogs.
PETA continues to press Iams to ban conducting and funding invasive or terminal experiments on all species and to adopt 100 percent humane, non-invasive, and cage-free "in-home" testing, as many of Iams' compassionate competitors have done.
Until Iams agrees, we urge consumers to purchase dog and cat food from companies that do not test on animals. In the meantime, read about some other ways you can help the millions of animals every year who are abused and inadequately cared for?all in the name of research.
I heard raw meat with crushed bones in it is the healthiest thing to do... Word is it gives thur energy a boost, shinier coat, cleaner teeth, and freshr breath. Thur immune systems r different from ours so salamailla isnt possible. Plus I heard kibble has lots of grains in it, which LOTS of dogs rea allergic to. Anyone know if all this is acurate?
It can be expensive, but Blue Buffalo is a great dog food. You should look into it. It used to be hard to find but now it has become very popular and is sold in many pet shops. Additionally, while I haven't tried them I have heard that Orijen and Innova are also quite good.
"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail." - Henry Wheeler Shaw <br>
My family runs a meat shop where we make our own dog food. Its beef hearts, beef liver (both cooked), raw carrots and cooked rice. My dogs' skin, coat and overall health has improved quite a bit since they've been on it.
Not trying to sell the stuff my work makes, but I'd make sure to read the labels and go for all natural, with minimal grains and ingredients that you don't recognize.