What is the best dog food with out spending 100.00 dollars a month for one dog. I have them on Purina One now and my vet told me to switch to Science Diet. Now someone else told me that Science Diet gives vets sometype of support if they sell there food. If Science Diet is a good food then I'm happy. Please tell me you feedback.
One more question, should you kennel your dogs in crates at night if they are in a fenced in back yard in a small town with access to there temp. control dog house if they want to go in they can if they want to go out they can. I'm hearing all kinds of things, please help me to decide. I feel better if they are crated but they seem to like it better if they get to sleep in the grass. Please help.
I don't think vets get a kickback for selling Science diet though I would NOT recommend that stuff either. It's mostly corn and garbage anyway.
There are several good dog foods available:
PMI Nutrition - pretty good, few questionable ingredients (synthetic vit. K) but very reasonable in price.
Wellness - great ingredients we use it for our puppy.
Innova - pricey but you don't need to feed a lot to your dog (same with Wellness). They also have Innova Evo which is a higher protein no grain food. We feed the Evo with homecook to our beagle.
There are others but I haven't tried them. We switched the dogs from PMI after I started looking more closely at the ingredients.
One thing to point out is a food may be more expensive BUT you will feed your dog a lot less. Take that into consideration.
I am sure others will be along with some premium foods that they are happy with. There are several to choose from and it helps if you can find it at a store rather than order online if possible (shipping).
I would not crate my dog that is in a fenced yard. We have a border collie that lives outside, we have a huge fenced in back yard with a dog house for her, that way she can come and go as she pleases. In the summer she prefers to sleep on the deck right by the back door, but she always gets in her house in the winter. If it gets too cold we bring her in and let her sleep in the garage.
Purina One and Science Diet are certainly not recommended for any guardian that cares about their companion animal more than their wallet. It is true that pet food companies often subvert vet students into marketing their product and that many vets don't get a good education in nutrition. (Read Ann Martin's Food Pets Die For) Most are clueless. My dogs both switched from Beneful to Canidae, a company that uses human-grade ingredients and I've noticed a huge difference in spunk and coat quality. Other brands I've researched and get thumbs up are Innova, California Natural, and Wellness. Stay away from Purina, Iams (especially), and Science Diet.
In addition to the foods to avoid... Eukanuba..and any grocery store bought foods.
Here is the website for Innova, Innova EVO, and California Natural. You can also compare dog food ingredients on this site. Click on the locator tab to find these products in your area. Just to let you know.. when switching to a better quality food, be sure to look at the daily intake requirements as they differ from brands.
Wow, thank you very much for the information. I'm planning to switch them asap! Maybe this will settle Blazes tummy down. The vet told me Science diet would do that but still has not helped. Wiley stopped eating now so I'm off to buy a bag of Innova today so I can start the process to switch them over.
Wiley and Blaze thanks you also.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 8/6/2006 9:14:07 PM*** Reason: 0
Its pretty easy to stay under 100 bucks a month for one dog.
I actually spend probably 150 a month on dog food for the entire herd. Sometimes you just have to learn where to go, find sales and etc.
Science Diet sucks. People listed several good foods that you can try. Purina One is not the best product but if you like purina go with the pro plan formula. Its about as good as you are going to find at petsmart.