A 9 month old Boston Terrier just joined our family and I want to make sure we're feeding my guy the best quality and nutrious food we can. (He's a fantastic little guy, of course!!).
He's currently doing well on Nutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice for puppies. When we first got him he was underweight, dull coat and dry skin. That's all changed now. There's so much to choose from and everyone has a different opinion so I'd appreciate some ideas from people who aren't sales reps.
It might be that I'm just a "mom" again but my last love Casey, Shih Tsu, died suddenly at 5 years from a VERY fast growing cancer.
it sounds like from your description your babuy is doing well on the food he is on. why noit just continue with the adult formula of the same brand ? there are many excellent foods out there but it basically boils down to what your dog does well on.
i feed purina dry and merricks canned food with sometimes some yogurt on it
I was also considering once he is well into this food, to supplement his dry food with weekly treats of a boiled egg, salmon and other "whole food" treats to help with his growth and health. Recommend?
I also use the Nutro puppy foods, canned and dry. My dog likes it and I think she is growing and developing very well. Look for the AAFCO approval under the ingredience on the lable. I would like to try Merricks, but it isn't available here.
***Edited By: Littledogs Mom on 6/23/2005 3:57:39 PM*** Reason: sp
Someone said it right, sounds as though he is doing good on the current food, I say stick with it. We prefer Purina ONE and Kal Kan canned food, it has done wonders for the condition of them, especially the show dogs. If it ain't broke, don't fix it
I like the Merrick's canned, but we feed Innova Large Breed Puppy (dry) to the sibes. Innova has no BHA or BHT. That's very important to me. Royal Canin has small breed specific blends. I guessing the kibbel is designed for the jaw structure of the specific breed. Many of the Royal Canin line can be found at PetCo or PetSmart. The rest of the PREMIUM food generally have to be purchased at an online site or a local pet food store.
lpn169 - OMG Kal Kan is still around? I don't think I would ever feed it, but then I don't like Purina either.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 6/23/2005 5:33:24 PM*** Reason: +
I know some people will hate me for this but I feed Jesse the generic grocery store brand because she will not eat anything else! Strange huh?! If she eats anything else, she gets the runs and starts to vomit, even if we gradually try and replace it by mixing the 2. So, works for us, she's healthy, nice coat, good skin, and my wallet doesn't get hurt by buying 60$ worth of dog food a month.
"Look for the AAFCO approval under the ingredience on the lable."
I don't think I would rely on the AAFCO, Kibbles & Bits carrys their approval and we know that is junk as well as many other commercial "grocery store" brands. I would more look at the ingredients of the food. Look for no grains, by products or chemicals. I feed Canidae and Evo. I like Chicken Soup as well. Also if she is doing well on what you are feeding the I would stick with it.
Mizzi, I don't understand how you can say that grocery store brands are "junk". I feed my dog a grocery store brand and she loves it more than pedigree or whatever other expensive brands are out there. She outright refuses to eat anything else but and she's healthier than if she were to eat anything else. Yet you say that whatever she's happy eating is good for her, how can you contradict yourself so much? I was just wondering is all...
Please don't lump pedigree in with expensive brands.. it is also grocery store junk.
Junk = food stuffed full of filler.. ie corn, wheat, grains = food with fat not labelled as specific animal fat = food that is chock full of by products
The first 2 ingredients should be meat.. there should be no corn.. and rice should be brown if it is in the food.
Beyond that.. there's a ton of junk out there.
People have mentioned a bunch of high quality food. Grocery store food is just that.. junk.
If your dog is doing well on junk that's great.. but you can't say your dog is healthier than if it were on better food, cause you wouldn't know if you've never fed wellness, or something of that calibre if the dog won't eat it.
***Edited By: MafiaPrincess on 6/26/2005 3:02:13 PM*** Reason: add
I've actually tried her on pedigree and iams (by mixing the 2 until she was totally on the new stuff) and all she did was have the hershey squirts and vomit all the time! She does not do this with the "junky grocery store" brand as you call it.
I'd have to say she is healthier with what I buy her. I will put pedigree into whatever category I want because to me, anything that makes my dog sick and unhealthy is "junk". I will keep feeding her what I am now until she needs to be on old dog food or overweight dog food, unti then, my wallet and my dog both thank me (my dog moreso)!!
That wuld be my point. Iams and Pedigree are junk food. Read the labels.
Most of us pay less for expensive dog food than we did for crap cause you feed less for the same nutrition without junk in it.
You haven't mentioned any high quality food that you've tried, so you've only switched around with junk.
I've found the actually decent dog food seems to taste better to most dogs.. but it only comes from feed stores.. rather than the grocery store, or places like Petsmart.. although Petsmart has one or two types that are mid grade.
A generic grocery store brand is the same as iams, or pedigree's lower forms, or even alpo. It's got questionable ingredients.
***Edited By: MafiaPrincess on 6/26/2005 3:12:47 PM*** Reason: add
Mafia - Whatever you might consider as "junk dog food" is actually high quality food to some people and "junk dog food" to me since my dog won't eat it and I won't feed it to her. I don't feed my dog any more than you do with the food I buy her instead of the food you would WANT me to buy her.
I hate people telling me what I should be doing with my dog, what I should be feeding her, how to train her, or whatever. If you feed your dog an 18kg bag of dog food that costs 60$ a month and I want to feed my dog a 8kg bag of dog food that's gonna cost me like 10$ a month, than who's getting the better deal? I feed my dog 2 cups a day, and a bag lasts me a month, and she poops twice a day, after each feeding (she grazes but pretty much eats twice a day).
The vet gives her a clean bill of health every visit even compliments me on how shiny her coat is and her nice her teeth look! Her eyes are always glossy, she's in great shape and she's not over or under weight. And you're trying to tell me that what I'm feeding her is "junk"? Think again, I'm not one of those people with an over weight dog who only let's them go out in the back yard to do their business, doesn't bring them for walks and let's them lie on the couch all day. My dog is active, hyper and very very very healthy!
Too each is own canucktigger. If your dog does well on commercial grocery store dog food then by all means feed it to himher....I personally care about what goes into my dogs bodies just as I do my children. I could feed my kids fast food and junk food all day, everyday and they would get a clean bill of health from the doctor as well. But look at the long term effects from it. I choose to feed my dogs and my kids healthy foods that constists of fresh meat and veggies. Check out the link below and compare what your currently feeding to some of the higher quality foods. And if you really don't see a benefit to changing then don't.
The lower quality, (grocery store foods) are sprayed with fat to make them more palletable. Thats why they enjoy them so much. Wouldn't you rather have a slice of chocolate cake, rather than a piece of broccoli? They have corn in them, which is poorly digested and can lead to many allergies.
Your dog may seem to be doing well on it now, but in the long rum, you will find that she will be less healthy as she grows older than she could have been on a premium food.
Also, dogs that "wont" eat are usually made to be picky by owners who give in to their whims.
As far as cost, premium foods usually require that you feed less, so in reality, they are quite worth the money.