Just wondering.... I few breeders whom I really like feed their dogs Pro Plan or Pedigree, one a raw diet. Just a list of horrible dog foods, which you would never feed your dog or recommend, so I know what to avoid.
Read the ingredients. If it is something you wouldn't eat, don't give it to your dogs. Anything with corn or rice or wheat in the first few ingredients is NO good. They just poop it all out because they cannot digest it.
Pedigree Large Breed ingredients: (I'll just post the first few) GROUND YELLOW CORN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, MEAT AND BONE MEAL, RICE, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, ANIMAL FAT (PRESERVED WITH BHA/BHT), NATURAL POULTRY FLAVOR, DRIED BEET PULP, WHEAT FLOUR, SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, WHEAT MILL RUN, CARAMEL COLOR,
Innova Dog Food ingredients: This is ALL of them- Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Potatoes, Natural Flavors, Ground White Rice, Chicken Fat, Herring, Apples, Carrots,Cottage Cheese,Sunflower Oil,Alfalfa Sprouts,Egg,Garlic,Taurine,Vitamins/Minerals,
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 9/3/2005 12:28:41 AM*** Reason: add
Chicken By-Product-Meal is more or less Chicken beaks, claws ect... Stuff that you really don't WANT to give your dog, but they make it sound better by giving it a name that sounds harmless.
Also, usually breeders who feed cheap food don't know much about dog food - other than being able to read the price tag. Most of the food listed you feed DOUBLE what you would a Premium food (like the good ones that Riley listed). So technically, if you pay double and feed half as much you are spending the same amount of money and feeding a MUCH better food.
Good food is necessary to have a healthy dog. Good foods contribute to good dental hygiene, good skin and coat, coat joints, maintaining a healthy weight, good digestion, ect... The reason you feed less is because more of the food is usuable nutrients and less is waste products that they are just going to poop out.
I wanted to add Eagle Pack to the list of good quality food - mainly their Holistic line which is corn free and is made mainly of protein sources. It also has supplements included in the food for skin/coat, joints, digestion, ect... I just switched to Eagle Pack a couple of months ago and I've noticed big time changes - especially in my dogs teeth - way less tarter and plaque.
You never want to get a puppy from a breeder that isn't doing everything for their dogs that you plan to do - and they should usually be doing more in the nutrition and vet care department since they are essentially asking their dogs to "work" for them as well as be pets.
I used to feed my dogs Purina which is full full of fillers totally bad. I now use Seminole dog food and it is compared to Diamond dog food and not much more than the price of Purina for a huge bag of dogs food.
It has Omega 3, and no fillers and well my dogs eat less , dispose less, and are looking like happier healthier dogs, even their coats have taken notice to it. I am not sure where your located but I suggest Diamond or seminole dog food. The pellets are even a smaller form so it dont matter if your feeding a chihuahua or a Pit bull ... they love it!!! Good luck, Lori
I use primarily Purina healthy morsels puppyfood for everyone. Taste is something that 'healthy' brands seem to ignore. Boxers are really really picky eaters and it would be a punishment to feed them anything other than healthy morsels. My dogs clearly have favorite foods.
I had fed Diamond for about 5 years before, and it was a struggle to keep weight on them, because they didn't like it. So I would add gravy's, oils, suppliments and still they turned up their noses. I then went to Eukanuba and Iams. No luck. I nearly went to BARF but decided there was too much possible negitive than positives.
Finally a friend suggested the healthy morsels, and my dogs immediately wanted to eat it. It was amazing. When I do feed a preganant girl the Purina Pro-plan I have to seriously mix a can of wet food in and half the time they turn their nose up at it.
I suppose that people with non-picky dogs have more options, but I like Purina.
i was wondering that too, about the merricks canned but not dry. i saw the dry the other day but unfortunately had 2 pups in an idling (running) car and didnt have time to investigate, with the price of gas and all.
You know all those healthful veggies pictured on BEneful's packaging? In reality not a single one is actually in the fdod. I am switching from a great quality food: drs foster and smith, to a raw diet.