the food i feed does very well for our dogs, even in the show ring, and my vet will comment every time on how good the dogs look and the nice coat condition they have, however, food has been a big contrversy here before, so i quit mentioning what i feed, seems to cause an uproar....lol, but i'm pleased with the results
I started feeding Canidea to my dogs about 2 weeks ago. Already I noticed the dogs eat much less food. They don't seem as hungry by far.I've always fed mid grade foods to my dogs,not real crap,but not the best.Foods like Diamond the Beef or Lamb Meal.I would fill the bowl and they would eat it and still be hungry and want more.I never believed the higher qaulity food your dog would actually eat less until I seen this for myself.In all honesty you are saving money. The top 3 ingredients are the most important in choosing a food.
I determine teh quality of the food as poor, middle, or high quality based on is ingredients. It's amatter of knwoing which ingredients to avoid and how to read the labels. A good site that can help you learn all this is mordanna's Dog Food Project site at http://www.mordanna.com/dogfood/ . Here, you'll learn quickly and just as easily as I did.
Basically, low quality food is food like Alpo, Mighty Dog, Kibbles 'N Bits, Purina Dog Chow and Pedigree.
Middle quality food is like Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba (even though that's chalked full fo chemicals), Bil jack Authority, and Pro Plan.
High quality food, or holistic food as it's usually called, is food like Solid Gold, Innova, Canidae, Califonia Natural, Eagle Pack, Flint River Ranch, Fromm Family Foods, Natural Balance, Royal Canin, Wellness, and Wysong.
Low quality foods contain nothing but "junk". They're full of fillers, by-proucts, and contain chemical preservatives* Protein wise, there's nothing there, and it's the equivalency of feeding your human child a pure "junk food" diet.
Middle quality foods also contain fillers, by-products, and chemical preservaties*as well, but are not pure "junk" in the process. It's kind of like a mixture of "junk" ingredients and half-way decent ingredients that can actually be beneficial to your pet. Middle quality foods are a nice step up from the low quality foods.
High quality foods, or holistic foods, if you prfer, are human grade foods. They contain ingredients that are fit for human consumption. They don't have all those fillers, by-products, and chemical preservatives* like the low and middle quality foods do and meat is usually the first ingredient of a holistic food.
*The thing to remmeber with the chemical rpeservatives like BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin is that they're possible human carcinogens. In fact, BHA and BHT acre actually banned from human consumption in many other countries despite the fact the U.S. still permits their use. Not to mention, BHA was proven to be carcinogenic in animal experiments and should be noted that the oxidative characteristics and/or metabolites of BHA and BHT may contribute to carcinogenicity or tumorigenicity. So why anyone want to pump their dogs full of a dog food that could turn around and cause cancer due to the preservatives used is simply beyond me especially when numerous other countried have banned it from use both in human and pet foods alike.
Anyhow, how do you know a good label from a bad label, here's how:
Example of a high quality product, first source of fat in brackets - Chicken meal, chicken, brown rice, [chicken fat], barley, potatoes, flax seed, salmon oil, eggs, dried chicken liver, whitefish meal, dried whole milk, dried whey extract, nutritional yeast, kelp, ...
Example of a poor quality product, first source of fat in brackets - Kibbled corn, poultry meal, soybean meal, feeding oat meal, wheat middlings, [pork fat], fish meal, extruded rice, sodium bentonite, cane molasses, beet pulp, flax seed, ...
Example of a high quality product, sources of protein and fat in parenthesis - (Chicken meal), ground brown rice, whole ground barley, (menhaden fish meal), (chicken), (chicken fat), (pork meal), dried beet pulp, oatmeal, flaxseed, (canola oil), dehydrated apples,...
Example of a poor quality product, sources of protein and fat in parenthesis - (Meat & bone meal), ground yellow corn, soybean meal, wheat middlings, wheat, (poultry fat), (poultry by-product meal), beet pulp, (poultry digest), salt, brewers yeast,...
Example of a high quality product, foods, grains, fruits and vegetables in parenthesis - Chicken, (brown rice), (barley), (oatmeal), chicken fat, (flaxseed), chicken liver, menhaden fish, (alfalfa meal), (sweet potatoes), (cottage cheese), (apples), (carrots), (peas), (whole eggs), (kelp), (parsley), (artichoke), rosemary, sage, clove...
Example of a poor quality product, foods, grains, fruits and vegetables in parenthesis - (Corn meal), chicken by-product meal, (soybean meal), animal fat, (flaxseed), chicken liver flavor, (dried egg product), (dried carrots), (dried spinach), (dried grape pomace), (dried tomato pomace), (dried citrus pulp), vegetable oil, oat fiber,...
Anyhow, I do hope thsi helps and gives you a good start.
***Edited By: Kayzhond on 7/22/2005 7:39:47 AM*** Reason: minor adjustment
The food I feed is not sold or stocked by my vet, over the years have tried different ones looking for the right results, and I have found what works for me, no help from the vet, they always suggest what they sell like Mafia said
if you look at the ingredients in chicken soup they are all the high quality that kayzhond has mentioned, the preservative is vitamin e and contains chicken and turkey meal, not by-products. it contains oatmeal, apples, brown rice, potatoes and many other human grade foods.
i feed this and have been very very happy with it, here is the website for them, there is lots of very helpful info on there, www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com