When you are reading the ingredents see if the dog food has by products of any kind because that can be anything even horse meat. Also look to see if it has wheat or soy products meny dogs are allergic to these. I don't know how old your dog is but if he is older and has arthritis see if it has red meat in it this can irratate the joints and make it worse than it already is. I feed my dogs Eagle Pack and Innova the Innova has really made there coats look good go to eaglepack.com and put your zip code in and it will tell you who sells it near you.
My tax guy boasted about Trader joes dog food, holistic and all. I asked does it have corn and wheat in it. He said yes. I told him dump it and get his sweetie something better. Did the schooling of doggie food, They are on their way to better foods now.
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!
I buy most of my groceries from Trader Joe's. I've never tried the dog food, but I have purchased a ton of their dried chicken strip treats for dogs. I also purchase the strips at Costco. NO MORE! Both Costco and Trader Joe's brands are made in China. On petconnection they have an article and pictures regarding the fact that dogs are raised as meat in China and killed at 6 months old. I wouldn't trust buying any pet food made in China again.
I just went to Trader Joe's and purchased Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine Formula for my little chihuahua/rat terrier mix. He is the light of our lives and we have always been confused about the best pet food to feed our little guy. Nowhere have I found a definitive answer. Our vet doesn't even really have a strong opinion. I think we just don't know what is being fed to our pets. Since the recent scare I have researched and researched and all I have learned is that I am more confused than ever.
After researching I finally settled on a mix of Eagle Pack, supplemented with some whole "people food," and I was about to drop some bucks to go out and get some when a friend told me to go to Trader Joe's. It was my first time there and I LOVE that place. Really cool stuff for great prices.
Anyway, almost all of the dog food had been removed from the shelf. There was no wet dog food at all and only 2 brands of dry. I read the labels and thought the Bench and Field Holistic Natural Canine Formula was the best. It was about $10 for a 6.6 lb. bag.
Here are the ingredients (I think another poster posted the same, so pardon the repetition if they are exactly the same):
This is their "Guaranteed Analysis": Crude Protein - not less than 24% Crude Fat - not less than 15% Crude Fiber - not more than 4.9% Moisture - not more than 10% Calcium - not more then 1.5%
Phosphorus - 1.1% Vitamin A - 22,000 IU/kg Vitamin D - 31,612 IU/kg Vitamin E - 141 IU/kg Omega - 63.02% Omega 3 - 0.61%
The list of ingredients looks great to me, although I only know to avoid certain things. I am still confused as to much of it all.
One of the other posters said that she thought "pomace" might not be a good thing. I didn't know what that was, but I know that whole tomatoes aren't very good for dogs. I did a little reading and found this explanation of what "tomato pomace" is:
"Dried tomato pomace is the dried mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds that remain after the processing of tomatoes for juice, soup, or ketchup. It is a middle protein, a good source of B Vitamins and a fair source of Vitamin A. It is commonly used in pet foods as a source of dietary fiber, to produce firm stools. Tomato pomace also increases the palatability of cat diets."
I read it on another site that it is a good source of antioxidants for dogs. I would like to hear comments about tomato pomace and any of the other ingredients in the list above.
My little guy absolutely loves this stuff (but then if we drop a potato chip or french fry on the floor he is faster than lightning in getting to it). Just because he likes it doesn't mean it is good for him.
So far, I am very comfortable about this food and I love the fact that it is less than half the price of other "premium brands." I still want input from any of you who have concerns about any of these ingredients. Please let me know your thoughts.
Hi =) I recommend Wellness and Vets Choice dog food. They dont sell it everywhere but they do sell it at a lot of locations=) Just go to their website and enter your zip and they'll have a list of stores. I would say Wellness has a lot more stores that sells their product but you can always order directly from the site. tx!
I don't know where your Costco is, but in St. Louis the Kirkland prices are much higher. They used to be 17 and 18 bucks for the 40 pound bag of chicken and lamb varieties respectively. Now they are 23 and 24. My dogs and cats all eat Kirkland's and they all like it and thrive on it.
Bench and Field is good food. The only reason that I wouldn't get food from Trader Joe's is that it is sold in really tiny bags. My kids go through a 40 pound bag in ten days.
I'm vegetarian, so I'm against feeding my dog food that contains mammal meat or mammal meat by-products. I'll feed her dog food containing chicken and fish, as my veterinarian and everything that I've read online, etc., says that she needs animal protein, at least during her growing years. I'd been feeding her the Holistic food from Trader Joe's for about 4 months now, but I just visited the Atlanta Trader Joe's, and they have taken the Bench & Field Holistic Brand dog food off the shelves. The reason? Bench & Field Holistic has added pork fat to the recipe. Gross. So, being that I was already at Trader Joe's, I decided to try Mia out on their dry food, and she loves it and has had no "switchover" diarrhea. I don't think she has food allergies, so I'm pretty happy so far with the regular TJ Brand Dog Food. (Switching my furball over to TJ's cat food, too, from the Holistic brand!)
Just wanted to tell you that I lost my 14-year old standard poodle to liver failure caused by Kirkland brand dog food back in September of 2005. Before that, the doctor said she would live a couple more years. :( I had always fed her Kirkland and when she passed away, I checked those numbers against the recall numbers, and sure enough, it was on there. So, I won't feed Kirkland anymore, although I know that it was mainly Diamond Brands' fault, but out here in Georgia Diamond Brand makes Kirkland dog food.
I wanted to let you know that the T.J.'s kibble dog food is $10.69 for a 20-pound bag, and the cat food is $4.99 for an 8-pound bag ... Just a little FYI, as it compares to the price of Kirkland. :) I hope you're having a nice Sunday.
I'm vegetarian, so I'm against feeding my dog food that contains mammal meat or mammal meat by-products. I'll feed her dog food containing chicken and fish, as my veterinarian and everything that I've read online, etc., says that she needs animal protein, at least during her growing years.
Dogs are not vegetarians. They need animal protein in their daily diet, not just when they are puppies, but throughout their entire life. I hope you will continue to feed her at least a chicken or fish based food for her lifetime.
I just learned about the ingredients too. I am surprised, you would expect better from them. Anyway, I feed a food I trust and that's Life's Abundance. My dog's do great on it and I love the way they both look -Standard Poodles, great coats, healthy bodies.
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I like Trader Joe's Holistic dog food but it isn't that organic enough for my dog.
I found dog food that is 95% Organic. The package bears the USDA Organic seal. Their names are-Petguard Family of Organic dry food-Lifepath-for all life stages Next is-Natura Pet Products-Karma Organics (which is sold at C&C Pet Foods) Next is Blue Organics (Blue Buffalo) This one is 70% Organics. This one is the easiest to find. And Next is Castor&Pollux Organix is 70% Organix
Any choice of organic dog food should contain some fruits and/or vegetables. However, plant matter should never make up more than 50% of the total contents of a given dog food product. The percentage of plant matter in a given dog food should be more in the range of 30-40% of the contents by weight. And these ingredients should be organic as well, both to avoid contamination with toxins and increase the nutritional value and health benefits of any given USDA certified organic dog food. Although natural balanced dog foods are necessarily more expensive than most conventional dog foods, they are unquestionably healthier for your dog.
Feeding your dog natural balanced dog foods gives you the unique opportunity to provide real food for your dog. And really important it Saves you on Vet bills too.
TRADER JOES dog foodfor my pitbull... NOT recommended!!!! I bought it because it sounded good, convience price. My dog did not like it at all. I had to eventually mix other foods into it. After 5 months I had noticed she started loose weight, after slowing switching to the lamb and rice she still contined to loose weight. Well we eventually ended up in the vet's. There is defintely nothing good about the dog food. Dog's wont eat, it does not seem to be nourshing and yes I'd notice it upset her stomach too. First I thought it was something else. After four months later she had recuperated I start the Traders Joe dog food again. And again she wont eat and loosing weight, even had mixed it with cooked meats. I will never give her this Trader Joe stuff again!!! Sorry my littleBUBU :)