Mine did not particularly like Merricks. They ate it but they eat other brands better. The Whold Dog Journal lists the good and bad foods. Mine like can, but will munch on kibble once in awhile. But some of the good canned foods are: Active life, Advanced Pets, California Natural, Canidae, Eagle Pack, Evolve, Innova, Natural Life, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Welliness, Wysong. Some of the ones to avoid are:Alpo, Iams, Eukanuba, Pedigree, Science Diet, Beneful, BilJac, Gravy Train. I am no authority whatsoever but I don't see the difference in table scraps, and cooking for them. People use to feed their dogs table scraps and they lived alot longer than some of ours we try so hard to do the right thing for. I guess we just have to try to do the right thing for each of our pets and hope for the best. None of us would want to feed them anything that would hurt them. All this food conern can get so confusing. Best to each one of you and your babies.
i finally get scout to eat on a regular basis by mixing in the merricks food with her dry and now this. well she doesnt eat any of the beef foods. she only likes the chicken ones. i do not know. i have not heard of this elsewhere =(
Merrick's good food so is Mordanna's site - very informative!
As for Whole Dog Journal (WDJ), you have to use caution with approved food lists.
I know a lot of dog owners tend to look to the Whold Dog Journal (WDJ) annual food approval lists make it a little easier in locating that that "seal of approval". However, there's been some recent concerns over WDJ's food approval lists recently and I think, for all intense purposes, I should caution everyone here regarding those annual food approval lists. Here's why:
From 1998 to 2002, their choices in food were quite impressive. In 2003, half of that year's picks weren't very good picks, especially considering that far better products that had entered the market but weren't reviewed. 2004 was a little better again, mainly thanks to new brands with a good amount of organic ingredients. However, in 2005, the standard dropped quite a bit once again with foods listed that don't even really conform to the guideslines WDJ claims to have based its selections on.
Two examples for 2005:
1. WDJ states "We reject foods containing fat or protein not identified by species, yet Nutro Natural Choice Ultra, which contains "poultry fat", was one of the picks.
2. WDJ states "We look for foods that contain a lot of high-quality animal proteins", yet Wellness' Simple Food Solutions Venison Formula, which does not have a meat source at the top of the ingredient list and only one non-concentrated meat ingredient in the entire formulation, also made the list.
Honestly, about a third of the products currently approved by the WDJ do not truly make the cut and it's unfair to put them in the same category as the true high quality foods on the market. Anyone who has taken some time to read through the details here will have enough of an understanding to make informed choices and will not have to rely on somewhat arbitrary magazine reviews.
i feed my dogs chicken soup for the dog lovers soul in the kibble. but i also feed them merricks canned food. they love it. i have to feed that seperately or they will fight over it. i have had pets my whole life. the majority of all learning is by hands on experience.people and books all have different ideas what to do and what not to do. someone always seems to find something wrong with darn near everything that we have been eating our entire lives. i am almost 50 and still kicking. my gsd is ten and very healthy .he gets table scraps all the time. i will continue with the merricks because my dogs love it. and about the time i switched them they would find something wrong with whatever i switched them to.