hi my nane is lorrie ,i just signup, i have a shetland sheepdog , her name is angel and she is a tri-color i had her about four years now, last year she was having hotspots and i would haft to take her to the vets to get rid of it , but it always came back , then one day i was in petsmart store , and was talking to a women who was going to school to become a vet , i was telling her about my dog haveing hotspot and she ask me what i was feeding her, i told her i have try different foods, but nothing seen to work, she said to try nutro nature and see what happens and if it did not help i could return it and get my money back , angel has been on it for almost a year and she has not had the hotspot come back , i was so happy ,i would highly recommend it to anyone that had that problem
I have been afraid to ask this, but why is Iams bad? Shadow is on Iams, and she has been very healthy other then her leg problems that she had been born with. My vet recommended Iams and Eukanuba, and I trust my vet. he's not just my vet, I kinow him personally.
I have been thinking of switching Shadow to Chicken soup for the dog lover's soul, or Natural balance.
I have heard Nutro Max and Nature's recipe are both very good.
Iams is full of various by products, corn and white rice. Nutro max is nutro's lowest quality food. Alright in some cases.. but it's a bag by bag scenario. The other Nutro lines are better food, they don't have corn and by products.
Shadowdog---I too know my vet personally. I really do like him, and believe him to be a good person. Although I think he is a wonderful man, I also know that when it comes to dog food he is very ignorant.
Most vets get very little, if any, nutritional training when in school. What training they do get comes from horrible, horribly companies such as Science Diet. Science Diet, Iams, and Eukanuba companies all have that money to advertise because they charge a heck of a lot for a bag of corn and by products. Good companies such as Natura spend all of their money on good ingredients. They don't need all that advertising and lies for people to believe that their product is good.
No Gains Burgers! is the worst by far... A few months back I tried to switch Ozzy to Wellness for his allergies.For a little while he seemed fine but About a Month ago he started to develope skin lesions on his trunk, so I switched back to Z/D Ultra, They've come out with a wet food and I'm mixing them which makes his stool hard. I learned my lesson.......
***Edited By: sue on 9/3/2005 6:59:26 PM*** Reason: rtwertg
I would say the worst is the plain bag that says "dog food" on it.
I cant say as I agree with some of the foods on the so-called terrible list. I feed one of the brands listed, my dogs look wonderful, very healthy skin, coats, no health issues at all. We show our dogs and do not have to use the products that others do to enhance shine, etc. Ours have it naturally. We have been asked by other breeders what we use to groom for the show to get the coats so shiny and conditioned , nothing, just the food.
Half the problem with 'the dog food debate' is that potentially certain bags of a food are better than other, or entire lines of food are garbage.
There's actually one purina line I don't mind it has decent ingredients, but the rest are pretty crummy.
Nutro max a few bags containing alright ingredients, but as an entire line it isn't good, and the nutro natural choice is better quality.
Eagle Pack crummier food, and eagle pack holistic is high quality.
Kirkland, some of the bags are decent, and some contain mediocre ingredients.
Because of all those factors, it's what works for the dog/ what you can afford to feed. And because you generally feed less better quality food, you can potentially afford to pay a little bit more for kibble to get mid range stuff that you can deem the ingredients as okay and not sketchy.
There are more than enough decent quality mid range foods that are affordable... you don't have to go for the most expensive/ highest quality food to help your dog. There are cheaper brands that still have good ingredients to pick from.