I had always thought that Iams was a good food till I came here. Can anyone tell me why it is bad. And also give me a suggestion to feed my Saint Bernard. I would like him to have something to help him put on alittle wieght. He wonly weighs about 110 and he will be one the end of this month. Although he was the runt, so he may not get that big.. but hopefully i can get him to gain at least another 30 pounds. I don't want to feed raw.. so any other suggestions is greatly appreciated! PS.. the computer that has the photo software on it is not hooked up right now for me to download pictures, but my hubby says he will hook it up today! So i will get pics of him on soon!
I use to use Iams as well until they started selling it at Walmart. I think it was at one point a half way decent food. You will find that everyone on here will have their favorites. I have 2 dogs and 4 cats. I use Eagle Pack. I find that it helps with their coat and keeps them from vomiting all over my carpet. That's always a plus. I would stay away from any food you can get at a grocery store or at Walmart. I am sure people on here will be more than happy to recommend others. Have fun with your puppy and good luck.
If you want to be certain that you are feeding your dog/s the best possible food then RAW is the only way to go. The pet food industry has surfaced as a way of making money from the undesirable left-overs of the human food industry. According to the USDA there is no legal federal inspection of ingredients used in pet foods. In most states the law allows the pet food industry to use what is known as "4-D sources" which is basically tissues from animals that are dead, dying (because of illness) disabled (once again due to illness) or diseased. All foods used in pet foods are foods that are rejected by the USDA for human consumption, for instance moldy grains and rancid animal fats. A fair few vets also working as meat inspectors have declared that feeding these foods which are basically slaughterhouse wastes increase a pet's chance of getting cancer and other diseases. It has been also noted that tissues riddled with cancer are also used in pet foods. These cancerous tissues contain high levels of hormones and these hormones are still active even after livestock is slaughtered!
A high number of birds (namely chickens, etc) are killed annually and any poultry that is deemed to be diseased (mainly from cancer) cannot obviously be sold for human consumption so they are processed into - ANIMAL FEED. So to cut a long story short, even if a supposedly SUPER PREMIUM kibble claims to contain meat as its first ingredient you can bet your life that the meat used is not of "premium" quality even though it may in fact consist of real meat but instead consist of meat derived from a diseased animal! The nightmare does not end here; then our poor pets have to contend with more chemical additives added. Ingredients used for coloring, softening, preserving and other purposes. I could go on and on but I think that enough has been said...
It can be practical if someone is determined enough. Buy in bulk and store meat in a freezer. It is cheaper to feed RAW and dogs will thank you for it. Some people say that they cannot bear to handle raw meat, I can't understand this as these same people routinely handle meat for their own or their family's consumption. I know quite a few vegetarian families that feed their dog/s RAW even though they never eat meat themselves. Where there is a will there is a way. I know that nothing beats the speed of opening a bag of kibble, adding some to a bowl and voila the dog is fed, lol. Feeding RAW takes just a little more time but once you become accustomed to feeding RAW you will find that it isn't all that arduous. It's a personal decision.
As far as Iams is concerned, I would never use this product, not even if it were given to me. They have conducted some gruesome experiments on dogs and the following link will provide in-depth details. Now, I am not a fan of PETA but the following claims are real and true so do not dismiss these claims simply because PETA is behind them. If these claims were simply a fabrication you can imagine what would have ensued, Iams would have taken PETA to court and sued for slander and defamation!
I'll attest to raw sometimes being extremely inconvenient. However, there is now a raw based kibble out! :D
I also feed my dogs a special diet that keeps their energy up and their weight down. If you have a heavy performance dog, it might be a good food for you at time (I only feed mine when the sport is in season, and there are competitions). I feed it along with the raw diet that they get 90% of the time.
I feed either Eagle Pack Holistic Select or Canidae. But there are several really good foods out there.
As someone who switched off of Iams and Science Diet to a "corn free" food I can tell you the biggest differences you'll see :
Cleaner teeth, shinier/healthier coat (I had one dog DOUBLE his coat on Eagle Pack after eating SD), and easier to manage weight. Corn is used more or less to "water down" the nutritional content in the food so that you have to feed your dog more and thus buy more. You'll spend the same amount of money in a year on a more expensive food that doesn't have corn in it, because you feed less. Corn is a filler and basically only a carb source.
The carb thing is also what makes weight management hard. It ups the metabolism of naturally thin dogs and causes the naturally chubby dogs to gain weight easily. I had about 6 dogs (or we had... between 4 households - I'm kind of the family canine health monitor...)that I couldn't keep at their ideal. I was always switching their formula or portion size. When I switched to Eagle Pack and Canidae I haven't had a problem since.
A good rule of thumb is that if you see a commerical for it on TV it's not a great food. Those companies tend to put more money into their advertising than they do anything else. Your dog won't die on the food - but it won't make them more healthy. If you MUST feed a commercial food, Purina Pro Plan is probably the best one.
And don't listen to your vet - unless they have taken some time to independently study canine nutrition. Most vets only know what they learned in one class in vet school - usually hosted by Science Diet. One of my vets admitted to me about 18 months ago that I probably knew more about dog food than she did. I spent the next year sharing my research with her, and she is now recommending the better foods sold in town (a pet store in town now carries Innova and California Natural and another about 20 minutes away just picked up Canidae). I order my food in from Minneapolis.
And I think raw is a great concept - but not for someone who doesn't want to do their homework. They need to know enough about canine nutrition to offer a balanced diet and give the right supplements. Dry dog food is better than just feeding meat and nothing else. Especially for puppies.
And I also thought Iams was a great food, until about 2 years ago. I actually had dogs whose coats were breaking. I have a rescue with a corn allergy that we had to put on medication because we didn't realize it was her food... (she's not on meds anymore on Canidae and doing great).
And I think raw is a great concept - but not for someone who doesn't want to do their homework. They need to know enough about canine nutrition to offer a balanced diet and give the right supplements. Dry dog food is better than just feeding meat and nothing else. Especially for puppies. - written by abbylynne. -----------------------------------------------------
You don't need to be a canine nutritional expert in order to feed RAW. It isn't necessary to make sure that everything has to be just perfect; we humans don't obsess about making sure that we've had the right RDA of each and every vitamin and mineral! Pet food manufacturers have made that a convenient selling point and if you truly believe that quality vitamins and minerals are used in kibble then you had better do a little more research, either that or you are very trusting. Do you realise that vitamins used in pet food are actually of sub-standard quality? YOu have commented on corn and yet Eagle Pack Holistic uses corn and claims it to be an essential ingredient. I actually have a leaflet listing all the ingredients used on all the Eagle's dry foods including the Holistic collection.
Dogs in the wild are not afflicted with all the health problems that is plaguing our pet dogs and that is because they are privy to natural food, raw meat...stomach contents...and bones.
A boiled egg 3x weekly, raw meat with bone like chicken or turkey necks and wings; raw chicken pet mince with cooked rice and vegs thrown into the raw chicken mince is ideal; fish oil given 3x weekly and some kelp and presto you have a very nutritious and healthy diet. Raw chicken pet mince is not to be purchased from pet stores as those meats may contain SULPHUR DIOXIDE and this depletes the thiamine levels in the dog to the point that the dog will start to be wobbly on its legs and start to fit, some dogs have died as a result of this. Raw meat is to be purchased either from a butcher or if you are after chicken wings and necks and chicken carcases then the place to get them is from a chicken wholesaler who sells chicken directly to the public.
I have 18 dogs and I don't find feeding my dogs a RAW diet to be labour intensive. Oh and I should add that except for my chins and cavaliers the rest of my dogs are all desexed!! Feeding one or two dogs a RAW diet would have to be a cinch.
Wild dogs are too subject to the same diseases that dogs have... they just die earlier from them. The average life span of wild canids is less than 5 years. A lot of that is from disease or parasites, but if you are saying a wild dog eating meat has it better than a domesticated dog that eats a quality kibble simply because he gets to eat raw meat, you're smoking some good stuff. That same wild dog still has an incredibly high chance to die from disease or parasites.
I personally can barely find time to prepare food for myself and my family. I don't have the room for a large freezer to store raw meat in... there's not a butcher within 30 miles of where I live.
I'm sorry but I don't believe that raw food is a panacea against all dog ailments and diseases. Genetics has far more to do with them than food. I dont' think anything is, in fact. And I do agree, feeding a dog the wrong amount of meat vs vegetables in a raw diet can indeed cause problems. I agree with it because I've seen it happen, that's my proof right there.
And yes, we humans don't obsess about our food and food ingredients. Which is why so many humans have diet related health problems.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Thank you everyone for your replies! HuskyHauler, Do you know the name of the raw kibble? I would like to research that. I did put him on Natures Choice for right now. He is not eating much at all, so i don't know if he just doesn't like it or i am used to him eating so much more. He previously ate about 7 cups a day! Within 24 hours of this new food, he has only ate a couple cups! I have noticed he hasn't been asking to go out as much!
I don't think i can do raw food right now, i just don't have the time! I have 3 birds already that i have to cut and prepare fruits and veggies for everyday, and then trying to take care of the 3 kids and all of thier activities. It is just not something I want to attempt right now.
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Also, Thanks to those that have replied! I really appreciate the Help and advice!
I would also like to add that i checked in to a place that will do raw dinners for your dog and deliver to you! According to his weight it would cost me about 100.00 a week. Now granted I know that it would not cost this much if i did it by meself, But i just don't have the time.
I'm not sure on specific brand names. There are premade diets that can be added to others, and some that I have seen that are an extremely high quality dry food, based on barf diets. A thorough search on google should help you though!