I have a 6 month old male American Bulldog. I am looking for any suggestions or advice on what brand of dog food is the best for my dog. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I hear that some of the dog foods out there are actually bad for you dog.
As far as I know my dog (Tyrus) does not have any allergies. We've mostly just fed him Purina and he eats the stuff so fast it's ridiculous! It's almost comical to watch him eat. The vet says Purina is fine and he's a family friend, but others say it's bad. He seems to really like it so we just stuck with it. I would now like to try something 'better' to see what Tyrus thinks.
ALSO REMEMBER TO READ MOST DOG FOODS EVEN PURINA ARE MADE WITH FILLERS WHICH SERVE NO PURPOSE AND CAN ACTUALLY HARM YOUR DOG IN THE LONG RUN SO READ LAD LABELS 1ST INGREDIENT IS THE MOST AND SO ON ALSO WATCH OUT FOR COMPANIES THAT PROMOTE NATURAL OF WHOLE ITS EASY TO PASS OFF A POOR FOOD AS NATURAL AND THIS TERM IS RELATIVE.GOOD LUCK
I have a Lhasa Apso, and when I first got him, he was on Eukanuba Puppy. I thought that was just fine. When he was a year old, I would need to switch him to adult food anyway, so I switched him to Innova. Last year at this time, while he was still on Eukanuba, he had trouble breathing at night. He snorted, snored, and was constantly waking up every 5 minutes to shift. The vet said it was due to him being a short nosed dog (as your bulldog is I believe). Now that he's on Innova, his breathing problems have completely disappeared. He sleeps like a log through the night.
No offense to your family friend/vet, but most vets know absolutely nothing about foods. They get money to promote Hills, so that's what they recommend. I recall someone on here that was in vet school, saying that the schools don't cover the benefits of feeding a good food, they start promoting Science Diet in vet school.
Rule of Thumb...if you can get it in a grocery store, don't buy it! All of the recommended dog foods are good, but if you are on a budget, Chicken Soup is the cheapest good food that you can get. I live next to a dog food mill, and can get a 40 lb bag for about $20.
Bil Jac is not even close to a quality dog food. It is average at best which is fine, but it contains by products and corn which top dog foods do not contain. Below is Bil Jacs top 4 ingredients. I would also agree with Dane that Purina is bad and definitely stay away from Ol Roy. Any food starting with Corn should be avoided. You definitely get what you pay for. If you want top quality dog food then use Wellness, Eagle Pack, Natural Balance, Canidae, Nutro Ultra. I did use Nutro Natural Choice, but they started putting soy in some of the products, which akitas can have problems with, so I changed. I am currently using Natural Balance. I realize some people cannot afford the premium dog foods, but there are some brands below these that are less expensive and have alot better ingreients. Meal is a more concetrated meat product less the water, so you may see a meat as the first or maybe even a meat meal. I would recommend to stay away from any by products in your dog food. Good Luck
I have been reading this thread and have narrowed down my search to two foods I can get in my area. CHICKEN SOUP, &CANIDAE I would like to know what others think would be my best choice? I own 2 German Shepherds 3&6 . CHICKEN SOUP I can get for $29.00 for 35 lb bag,and CANIDAE I can get 40lb bag for $36.00 so price is pretty much the same to me.So any advice would be appreciated .ty
OK,I guess I have another question:chicken soup ingredients start out with...chicken,turkey,chicken meal ocean fish meal,and canidae ingredients start out with ..chicken meal,turkey meal,is chicken ,and turkey meal as good as chicken,and turkey?
Every dogs nutritional needs are different. Yes Canidae is a good food, but my terriers looked like doodoo on it. They use to eat Premium Edge Chicken and Rice, no wheat, no corn, no soy. I loved the food, apparently they did not. When I went to work for the professional dogshow handler, they were feeding ProPlan by Purina(which is different from the Purina products you get at Wal-mart, the supermarket or most feed stores) This would not have been my food of choice. But the dogs loved it and thrived on it. There are more show dogs on ProPlan, Biljac, and Eukanuba than any other foods. Maybe they need to corn to keep in weight. Not sure. Right now I house 15 dogs, and I am feeding 4 different diets. Along with supplimenting with raw. One thing I do not recommend is feeding puppies, puppy food. It can cause structural damage to puppies. It is like bringing a newborn home from the hospital and feeding them steak and potatoes. It just makes no sence. A pup in the wild never eats a diet that rich in protein. Just like human children, there is an obesity problem in our pet dogs as well.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I recommend feeding raw. My yorkie eats Nature's Variety Frozen Raw diet. They come in frozen medallions that you just thaw out and feed. They are 95% meat, bones, and organs and 5% fruits and veggies. There is no grain at all in it...dogs don't need grain and it's the source of a lot of allergies. Lacy does great on it!
IMO, there is nothing Purina makes that is worth dragging home.
bil jac is garbage. Any food with soft pieces in it is very high in salt & sugar as well, this stuff has NO redeemable qualities.
someone asked about the difference between "chicken" & chicken meal. The first is as you know it, which means about 70% water. The second is better because it is ALL chicken with the water removed.
Ingredients are listed on the bag in the order of weight - if chicken is listed first, you would expect it to be more than any other ingredient, right? Not so fast - if the water is removed it goes way down the list.
About the Eagle Pak, be careful. The regular EP is not so hot IMO it has corn & other crap in it. It is the EP Holistic that is the good stuff.
As for the ProPlan- it is available everywhere, & I still say it is garbage.
You can go to www.naturesvariety.com and search for retailers in your local area. You can also read more about the food and the different formulas they have and what ingredients are in it. They make a 3lb bag of 1oz medallions (great for the little dogs) and another bag (can't remember the weight) of 8oz patties (better for larger dogs). On the website it also has a place to put your dogs weight and activity level and it recommends how much to feed your dog.