I need a very high quality food for my large, adult, amle Greyhoound, Houston. I want him to have the best nutrition money can aford. I don't know what foods are good and what foods are bad because this is my first dog. I am starting Houston in fun racing. the dogs are not betted on, not owned by the track, are not kept in cruel conditions, and do not compete for anything. The dog is kept by the owner and a group of greyhounds and their owners meet every saturday and let their greyhounds race on a track owned by the HGR(houston greyhound rescue). it is very humane and fun for the dogs. i want houston to be able to run as much as he desires, so i need the absalute best food for him. i am ready to let that guy race his heart out! i want to feed him something that will keep im in top condition so that guy can have some fun. he does run a lot, so he has very high nuritional requirements. he needs to get very good nutrition. i want him to be on an exceptional diet, with vitamin E, mixed in tocopherols, and extra nutrition. the dog food must be easy to digest and easy to chew. i want him to be able to run till he no longer wants too, so i need a good food to put him on. i would like to start him on the food as soon as possible.
I'd point you in the direction of Innova, Nutro, and Canidae brand dog foods. I've used Canidae, it's a very very good food. Nutro and Innova aren't avaible in my area but a lot of Akita breeders and owners I know swear by it.
I reccomend Authority Premium Puppy Formula in 6 and 14 oz. cans. authority puppy with lamb is also good. authority puppy with real chicken is good. fun racing? sounds great! wow! it must be a blast! sounds very neat! i would love to see that! another good food is authority premium adult formula dog food in 6 and 14 oz. cans. another good food is bill-jac select dog food. bill jac reduced fat dog food is good. bill jac senior dog food is exellent. bill jac puppy food is great. bill jac liver treats are a great treat for dogs. if he needs a food that is easy chewed and digested try feeding BLUE senior formula. blue adult formula is a good food. blue puppy formula is a very yummy food to dogs. innova is terrible, it gives my dogs sezuires. canidae is the worst, my dogs got ear infections with it. now, nutro is good. i hope this helps.
seizures? I've never heard of that kind of reaction. As I said, some dogs do good on some foods, some do bad. Just because YOUR dogs did bad on those foods K911 doesn't mean all will, or even most of them. Mine did fine on Canidae. I never recommend giving a dog canned dog food, it's horrible for their teeth and is 74 percent water.
other excellent ones are breeder's choice, and natural life; available in feed stores or vitamin cottage. my lab breeder used canidae and it was wonderful for her and all her puppies. dogs may have allergies and react to some foods' ingredients with ear problems, but it doesn't mean the food is bad. once i changed from lamb to chicken my lab's ear problems drastically reduced. coincidence? maybe, but i think allergies.
Check out New Dog Journal and they list the top 10 natural dog foods. Canidae (which I feed my dog), Wellness, Solid Gold, Breeders Choice, Innova (Good for dogs with Allergies) are all listed there. My dog has some health issues, but he is doing great on Canidae. I had him on Solid Gold but am no longer able to get it here.
K911 seizures from dog food? You may want to see if there is something in their environment that caused that. I have never heard of that occurring. Ear infections can occur for a variety of reasons such as allergies, water/dirt getting down in the ear canal etc., or for no reason at all. Some dogs may just be prone to them. Generally, dogs with ears that fold down have a tendancy to have ear infections more often as a warm, moist, dark place is a good environment for bacteria and infection to grow in. It could be possible your dogs have a food allergy although Innova is considered THE choice by most vets for a dog with food allergies as it is mainly a meat(duck, turkey, rabbit etc) with rice or potato base.
By the way Greyhounds are notorious for having bad teeth and gassy stomaches so whatever you do, stay away from canned dog food. This breed needs regular teeth cleaning and plenty of chewies to keep his teeth in good condition. Stay with dry food for as long as you can his teeth will be better for it. My dog has lost and broken some of his teeth so I have to feed him canned and boy does it make his breath stink! He gets cleanings twice a year!
Science diet is the top brand of food/it supplies the exact amt of nutrients not to much and not to little, for different life stages.Get as much info from your vet (if money is not an issue) don't fool around when it comes to preventative care!!
Chicken Soup For The Dog Lovers Soul.I've been using now for about a year,and I swear by it.My dogs love it ,and the price is right.It's all natural.Your going to find so many people with so many different opinions when it comes to dog food.
msg #8 IP: Logged 3:50:37 AM 12/14/2003 K911 seizures from dog food? You may want to see if there is something in their environment that caused that. I have never heard of that occurring.
Actually, it can happen. I have an epileptic dog and was adding a spoonful of the various Merrick canned foods to his dry food. His seizures became much more violent and increased in number when he was given any of their products containing "poultry seasoning" (rosemary/sage/thyme). Of course, his favorite was the Wing-A-Ling. Both rosemary & sage are known seizure triggers. Granted, it was not the food's fault at all, but up to me to figure out what the trigger was. He still gets Merrick food (although not often anymore), just none with the poultry seasoning.
Most epi dogs can tolerate rosemary extract, but the raw herb (which is what Merrick uses) & oils trigger seizures.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- in the Feb/06 issue:
The Right Stuff How to identify the healthiest dry dog foods on the market. By Nancy Kerns
Last month, in “A Super (But Secret) Industry,” I discussed the difficulty of getting into a factory where wet pet food is made – a task I have not yet managed to accomplish. Happily, I have been able to tour a few facilities that manufacture dog treats and dry food. This hasn’t resulted in any huge surprises to me, but sure helped me understand the many challenges facing manufacturers who want to produce the very best dog food possible.
Choosing a food for your dog can be daunting. Don’t stress! Just read the labels, choose one, and see how your dog responds. If his response is poor, try another. There are many top-quality foods available today.
As we have described in our annual food reviews since 1998, this task starts with top-quality ingredients. To mix a metaphor, you really can’t make a silk purse out of sows’ ears, chicken heads, bovine tumors, restaurant grease, rendered fat from animals that died on farms, and cheap grain by-products left over from the human food manufacturing industry. Many people say, “Oh, for goodness’ sakes, they are just dogs! Why can’t they eat guts and stuff?” Well, they can, of course, and most dogs do! The vast majority of pet food produced in this country is made with what we would consider to be poor-quality ingredients.
For optimal health, every credible human nutrition expert in the world advocates eating a balanced varied diet of a varying menu of fresh, top-quality foods. There is no biological reason to expect dogs (or any other animal) to be any different. Pet bird experts now realize that an all-seed diet is unbalanced and inadequate for avian health; birds also need access to fresh plant material (fruits, vegetables, green foods such as sprouts, etc.) to thrive. People who keep rabbits as pets now know that alfalfa pellets alone don’t sustain rabbits as well as a diet that includes a variety of fresh hay, root vegetables, and green, leafy vegetables.
Dogs are just the same. A balanced, home-prepared diet of a variety of fresh, healthy ingredients is optimum; a commercial diet made with the same ingredients is leagues better than a commercial diet made with cheap fats discarded from restaurants, inexpensive carbohydrates produced as waste from the brewing industry, and plant proteins such as corn gluten meal (animal proteins have a much more complete amino acid profile than plant proteins).
Of course, the best ingredients cost a lot, and a reliable supply may be difficult to find. Pet food makers who are committed to producing foods for the top end of the market have to continually hunt for ingredients that meet their standards – and be prepared to reject shipments that fail to pass their inspection.
We strongly believe that ingredient quality is the key to a dog food’s quality, as well as the criterion that is easiest for the average consumer to judge, based on a simple review of the ingredients listed on the label. See “WDJ’s Dry Dog Food Selection Criteria,” page 4, for a detailed description of what is desirable and what is best avoided when scrutinizing the ingredients’ panel on your favorite dog foods.
Good manufacturing practices Ingredients aren’t the whole story, of course. A company that spends the lion’s share of its budget on the ingredients for its foods, but, as one example, expends few resources on laboratory testing to confirm the product meets its label guarantees, may cause the food to flunk inspection by state feed control officials and stop its sale.
Tough standards (and top compensation) for employees, good employee management, superior packaging, proper storage, reliable transportation, smart marketing, education of sales staff at retail locations, knowledgeable and responsive customer service and support . . . these are all areas where a company needs to shine to garner the long-term support of consumers who will pay top dollar for top-shelf products.
Manufacturers who neglect even one of these areas are just asking for trouble. If your plant employees don’t read well or communicate well with their supervisors and coworkers, they may fail to properly inspect a load of corn that arrives at the plant, allowing toxin-laden grain into production (see “Yes, Dog Food Can Kill” sidebar); or accidentally contaminate production equipment with an improperly diluted cleaning agent; or add a dangerously high amount of the mineral supplement to a batch of food, which can cause a life-threatening overdose in exposed dogs.
Most hazards to the wholesomeness of a pet food can be controlled through rigorous planning and management. However, a company must have the resources and commitment to expend those resources to continuously maintain vigilance over the product management from ingredient purchasing to consumer support.
Consumers have few resources available to determine whether dog food makers have “the right stuff” in these areas. In our opinion, one of the best indictors of a company’s commitment to quality is reflected in its ability to respond quickly and intelligently to consumer questions and concerns. Noncompulsory manufacturing certifications (such as the ones described in the “Further Attributes of a Top-Quality Food” sidebar), are another way a company can unequivocally demonstrate its commitment to quality.
Compare for yourself! In the "2006 Top Approved Dry Dog Foods" chart we’ve listed some dry dog foods that meet our selection criteria. It’s vitally important that you understand the following points regarding these foods:
• The foods on our list are not the only good foods on the market. Plus, we’ve named just one variety in each line by each maker. Usually, all the other varieties in a given line also meet our criteria.
• Any food that you find that meets our selection criteria (see “WDJ’s Dry Dog Food Selection Criteria” sidebar), is just as good as any of the foods on our list.
• We have presented the foods on our list alphabetically. We do not “rank order” foods. We don’t attempt to identify which ones are “best,” because what’s “best” for every dog is different.
• The proof is in the pudding. If your dog does not thrive on the food, with a glossy coat, itch-free skin, bright eyes, clear ears, and a happy, alert demeanor, it doesn’t matter whether we like it or not.
Using the selection criteria outlined above, and perhaps taking into account some of the “extra credit” criteria listed on the next page, go analyze the food you currently feed your dog. If it doesn’t measure up, choose a new food based on quality, and what works best for you and your dog in terms of types of ingredients, levels of protein and fat, local availability and price. Then, try it and see how it suits your dog.
Our list of approved “Top Dry Dog Foods” is offered as a starting place, and for its value as a comparison to other products you may find.
Artemis, Azmira, Back to Basica, Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine, Blue Buffalo, Burns, by Nature Brightlife, California Natural, Canidae, Canine Caviar, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, Cloud Star Kibble, Drs Foster & Smith, Eagle Pack Holistic, Evolve, Firstmate Dog Food**, Flint River, Foundations, Fromm Four Star Nutritionals, Go! Natural, Hung-n-Flocken, Innove, Innova Evo**, Karma Organic, Lick Your Chops, Lifespan, Limited Diets, Merrick Pet Foods, Mmillennia, Natural Balance Untra Premium, Natural Choice Ultra, Newman's Own Organics, NutriSource**, Organix, Performance Ultra**, PHD Viand, Pinnacle, Prairie, Premium Edge, Prime Life, Royal Canin Natural Blend, Timberwolf Organics, VeRUS, Wellness, Wellness Simple Food Solutions, Wenawe**, Wysong, Zinpro**
crestiemom our foster dog is an epileptic and i have been feeding her the chicken varieties of the merricks canned food, specifically the wingaling and the grammies pot pie, for a long time now and i have yet to see her seizure.
in fact she has been off all her seizure medication for ~4 months now and still no seizures.
do you have any links that talk about the correlation between the herbs and seizures ?
I love Bil Jac, my dogs have done great on it there coats are awesome they eat a lot less food and there stool is firm. I have a friend who's dog was hifhly allergic and puked all the time and she tried Bil Jac she loves it her dog is doing great on it!