All of the low grade foods (Alpo, Kibbles 'N Bits, Beneful, Dog Chow, Pedigree, etc...) and medium grade foods (Authority, Bil-Jac, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Pro Plan, etc...) contain fillers, by-products, and chemical preservatives, which are all bad for your pet. It's like the equivalency of constantly feeding your child McDonald's. If you love your children and want what's best for them then you certainly wouldn't be feeding them junk food all the time. So, if you love your pet in the same way you do your children and want what's best for your pet babies too then why be constantly feeding them junk food?
The best foods are the holistic foods like Innova and Flint River because they don't contain fillers, by-products, or chemical preservatives.
So with that said, here's a COMPLETE list of high quality, holistic foods I'd be looking at:
Artemis || AvoDerm || Back to Basics || Blue Buffalo || California Natural || Canidae || Canine Caviar || Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul || Eagle Pack || Flint River Ranch || Fromm Family Foods || Great Life || Innova || Karma Organic || Life's Abundance || Merrick || Natural Balance || Natural Life || Nature's Recipe || Nature's Variety || Newman's Own Organics || NutriSource || O&M Pet Products || Pet Promise || PHD Products|| Pinnacle || Premium Edge || PRO PAC || Royal Canin || Sensible Choice|| Sojos || Solid Gold || Sportsman's Pride || Timberwolf Organics || Triumph || Ultra Holistic || Wellness || Wysong
If youre feeding medium quality food like Authority or Iams and want something comparible to them that's better and affordable for your pocketbook then I'd look at PRO PAC, Blue Buffalo, and Wellness. I know the LBS of bags are smaller than they are with the Iams, but because your pet can disgest holistic food a lot better that means they don't have to eat as much of it. Therefore, you're actually buying less frequently. And by buying less frequently, you're actually saving.
I wouldn't even start with Nutro either. Nutro was on the Menu Foods re-call list. As for Diamond, Diamond had a re-call 2 years ago because one of it's fillers (a corn filler) was actually contamined during the processing of its food. Unfortunately, many people think these are holistic foods, but they're not.
Holistic foods are NEVER on any re-call list in terms of contamination because they don't have all of the fillers and by-products in them that get easily contaminated to begin with.
Everybody needs to do their own research and decide what's best for their dog. I don't feed any of those kibbles. I feed raw and feel that it's the best choice. Don't let someone make such an important decision for you. Make your own choice, based on your own research.
Originally posted by doglover42: "Thanks for posting that. :) I haven't heard of most of those. There really isn't any place around here that sells those foods."
Glad I could be of help! Some of those foods you can actually pick up from a PetsMart or PetCo like AvoDerm, Blue Buffalo, Eagle Pack, Natural Balance, Royal Canin, Solid Gold , and Ultra Holistic. If you can't find these at your local PetsMarts or PetCos then you can check their websites and simply order them online. Care-A-Lot Pet Supply ( http://www.carealotpets.com ) also sells some holistic foods (Canidae, Chicken Soup, Merrick, Premium Edge, Solid Gold, and Wellness). J-B WHolesale ( http://www.jbpet.com/ ) also sells some holistic foods as well. You should be able to pick up Evolve, Newman's Own Organics, Ultra Holistic, Solid Gold, Merrick, Royal Canin, and Wellness from J-B.
Originally posted by thelifeofriley: "Ok.. but Pet Promise is NOT holistic by any means."
If you say so, but they are free of fillers, by-products, and chemical preservatives. Pet Promnise also contains no rendered or recycled meat as well and I think their slogan "let byproducts be bygones" speaks volumes about the food.
After careful rewiew of the ingredients to Pet Promise they're a far better food to feed than any of the low or medium grade foods currently on the market and are fairly affordable as well.
If I had to put them on the holistic scale as far as quality goes, I'd definitely have to say they're more of a low quality holistic than they are a high quality holistic.
Originally posted by gbroxon: "Everybody needs to do their own research and decide what's best for their dog. I don't feed any of those kibbles. I feed raw and feel that it's the best choice. Don't let someone make such an important decision for you. Make your own choice, based on your own research."
I agree. Everyone SHOULD do their own research and the best place for anyone to start is Mordanna's Dog Food Project site ( http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ ).
There's nothing wrong with raw either. However, I suggest one learns how to do it right BEFORE they begin a BARF diet for their pet.
That is a great list! I do feed all the kids (dogs and cats) foods from it and am very happy with the results. I admit I had confidence when I first heard this latest recall and knew my brands wouldn't be affected. The few extra bucks are worth the peace of mind to me.
I know Petco sells Natural Balance. Also people can check local feed stores or even health food stores for some of the others. Some of the larger health food stores do carry a line of pet products.
I actually did the math comparing the food I currently feed (Nutro small bites adult) to Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice adult. I just bought a bag of the Blue Buffalo to try.
I am feeding an old terrier mix (10 years, 20 pounds), an old standard poodle (12 years, 60 pounds), a two year old retriever mix (67 pounds) and a shepherd mix (4 years, 60 pounds).
The two younger dogs are rescues in foster, so I am trying to save on the dog food and improve their coats. Also, I have a small city yard and it unbelievable how much poop I scoop. It has to go into a dumpster in the alley and this is then not nice for my neighbors.
Nutro Small Bites Chicken Adult sells at PetSmart regular price $24.99 for a 37 pound bag. Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice sells at the same store in a 30 pound bag for $40.
One dry cup of food is approximately 8 oz. So there are 60 cups of food in the Blue Diamond, 74 in the Nutro.
For the Nutro, I feed each rescue dog 4 cups of food per day, the poodle gets 2 cups a day, the terrier gets 1 1/2 cups a day. Total: 11 1/2 cups of food per day. Each cup is .3378 cents ($25/74). 11 1/2 cups x .3378 = $3.88 per day.
For the Blue Buffalo, I feed each rescue dog 2 cups of food per day, the poodle gets 1 1/2 cups a day, the terrier 1/2 cups of food. Total: 6 cups of food per day. Each cup is .6666 cents ($40/60). 6 cups x .6666 = $3.99
For one month the Nutro would cost $116, the Blue Buffalo $119. This, of course, is at full price. PetSmart often puts the Nutro on sale for $20 and the Blue Diamond for $35 so that changes the math a bit, but not by much.
The Blue Buffalo is MUCH BETTER food and I will have much less poop scooping to do, but it is not saving me money.
The Blue Buffalo rep at PetSmart says she might be able to get me coupons because I foster, but I still have to go on their website to see. That WOULD make the Blue Buffalo cheaper for me.
Many super premium foods with ingredients are listed at http://www.petfooddirect.com, but it doesn't give calorie counts or feeding recommendations.
I found a chart for calorie requirements for dogs. I can't verify this myself, but it is interesting. Strangely though, this not jibe with what the bag requirements say. Going by what the Blue Buffalo bag, it has 430 calories per cup, which means that my foster girls would only be getting a bit over 800 calories and that seems to be plenty.
Everyone has their own opinion about the "right" way to feed raw. Some feed whole bones, some grind them. Some feed veggies, some dont. Some feed grains, some dont. Some supplement, some dont. Etc etc etc. It all depends on the dog and what works best for the dog.
http://www.ashleyspets.com "A dog is not almost human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
I'll have to disagree, LOR. You're talking about feeding BARF, RAW is meat, bone and organs. BARF, now, that gets into veggies and fruit, and all sorts of [what I consider] biologically inappropriate food.
People who feed a true RAW diet do not like the diet to be confused with a BARF diet.
lifeofriley - could you explain the "gross" remark to me. I have researched 30 or 40+ foods in the past few weeks and Pet Promise was the only one I found that did NOT contain "meal". I have been homecooking for my dogs since the recall. I thought Pet Promise was a healthier choice and was impressed Dr. Andrew Weil recommended it. I have to say though, I bought some and my dogs won't eat it.
Are you just saying gross because you feed raw or because of the ingredients compared to other kibble?