What're the best brands of food for a puppy? I always thought that Eukanuba, Science Diet and all the stuff available from PetSmart were all high quality and much better than grocery store brands, etc. I just found this website on how to grade your dog's dog food, and the food that our breeder told us to buy (a reputable brand) received an F score. Does anyone have any advice or recommendations?
Canidae, Eaglepack, and Chicken Soup are all good food for dogs. Science Diet is horrible. I never knew that until I started coming to this forum. A lot of people recommend the raw diet, and I am seriously considering switching to that. There are more experts here on that then me, so I will let them explain that to you if you are interested.
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I read about what how to grade dog food in The Whole Dog Journal and started grading them myself. Eukanuba, bad choice. My dogs all had problems. I switched them to Royal Canin, which is much better, and they are all in perfect shape. Innova is a very good food, along with Eagle holistic select and Chicken Soup.
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This is how the grades were determined:
Start with a grade of 100
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific rain source, subtract 5 points
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. ground brown rice", brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed goup or nutritionist, add 5 points
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains) add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds) add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources) add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide free, add 1 point
Could someone please "grade" Purina ONE Sensitive Systems adult dog food (has salmon in it)for me? My sister has her dog on it and I am trying to get her dog on something better. If I can show her proof it is not good, then maybe she will listen? Thank you!
WOW, WileyBlaze, thanks for posting that information! I'm getting a puppy from a shelter next week and have been wondering what I'll feed her. My 4 yr old Boston has been on Nutro for a short time, but I didn't know if I should go to a better food. She doesn't get much because I also add in cooked chicken and veggies everyday. This list is great for knowing if I'll keep using Nutro for my current dog and to help me decide what to start the puppy on.
For your boston terrier i would do the diamond. i had a boston and he lived to be 13 years old, and thats what i fed him. I have a bullmastiff now and i feed her the diamond large breed puppy. you can email diamond.com and ask them to send you some free samples. just tell them what kind of dog you have and they will send them. they even sent some for my cat too. they love them.
I actually used to feed my Boston Diamond Lamb & Rice, and recently switched to Nutro Lamb & Rice. One thing that I liked about the Nutro, as soon as I opened the bag, is that it doesn't have that heavy dog food smell. She did fine on the Diamond, but the bits are so tiny that I don't think she would actually take the time to chew.
What works on theory is not what always works. i know they are saying that diamond is not a good food but i have been feeding it for years and my dogs and my puppies thrive on it. Alot of those more expensive brands have alot of junk in them that your dogs don't really even need. Alot of that is a selling technique. The better the bag looks and the more junk they can claim it has in it the more they can charge you for it. Trust me I've tried alot of foods over the years and i would recomend the diamond products all the way!
"Alot of those more expensive brands have alot of junk in them that your dogs don't really even need."
What?!!! Have you ever even looked at an "expensive" food? There's no junk in there. Please tell me, for example, what "junk" is in California Natural?
And as far as being expensive-they really are NOT that expensive. When you feed a good quality food, your dog needs less of it. They also poop less, because they use more of the nutrients in the food. It's not just filler.
Most people who say their dogs do well on a cheap food have never tried a good food, so have nothing to compare it to.
I have to say...we have always been a whatever brand is on sale, the cheeper the better...blah blah blah until now. When I foung this post I really was reading the ingredients on certain things. Also, I am now an adult with family and have a better income then when I was younger. I now buy Canidae for Max. I first started him on Nutro poducts which were good, but there could be better. He was extremely gassy with the Nutro brand foods. I thought I would then try Nutro Ultra. The top Nutro brand. He did better on the Ultra, but he still pooped more. I finally switched to Canidae...BINGO!!! He loves it and poops only twice a day. His gas is minimal..(oh come on he is male, he still has some!) He also eats about 2/3 of what he ate before. The best thing I did for my animals were to switch them to a healthy dog food. Yes, it sucks to spend $40 on a bag of dog food. I look at it this way, do we like good food...of course, so why should my baby be different...
I agree with you guys about feeding less of the better food. When I switched to Diamond & now Nutro I was amazed at the fact that it took at least a third less of these brands to maintain my Bostons weight. So far, no issues with gas from the Nutro. When she was 10-12 months old she would vomit greenish brown liquid, so we started Pedigree Lamb & Rice (I know, I know) and she only vomited once a week. Then after going to the better foods, she doesn't vomit at all. I had two Boxers live very long lives on cheap dog food and a lot of it. Had I been better educated about dog food I would have had them on something better. But like I said, they lived long lives. One passed away at 13 and the other at 14. From now on, though, I will always spend a bit more for good brands.
I was going to start a new thread about food, but I ran across this one.
First, the grade scale and reasoning behind the grade scale that was posted was excellent. I've been trying to find something like that for a while.
Anyhow, Our collie mix (somewhere between 4 and 6 years old) is on Royal Canine Prescription Low Fat and I have been trying to figure out how much I should feed him. The bag states a 50 lbs dog (he is about 48 lbs) should be fed 5 and a half cups per day. Which seemed to be far too much as the Innova that we were feeding him suggested 2 1/2 - 3 cups per day.
Initially, this wasn't an issue due to the fact that we were trying to get him to gain weight as he weighed less than 35 lbs when we got him. But now that he is up to 48 lbs and seems to be at a good weight I want to be sure he I am not feeding him too much.
Currently we are feeding him three times a day for a total of 2 1/2 - 3 cups of the Royal Canine plus some skinless, shredded chicken breast mixed in. Usually two average size chicken breast last about a week and a half.
Sound right? Too much? Not enough? Obviously if he starts gaining weight I should cut back, but I would like to figure it out before he starts gaining weight.
We had put our new puppy on Nature's Recipe brand puppy food. What a huge mistake that was! He had diarrhea and a very upset tummy from it. At first we thought it was a intestinal/digestive issue. Then our vet told us that because of him being part rottweiler, he was prone to have more tummy issues than most breeds or mixes. We needed to get him on the best food possible.
We put him on Foster & Smith brand puppy food and he is thriving. We're from Wisconsin and only a hour drive from their retail store. Definitely worth the drive! We would NOT recommend the Nature's Recipe brand to any owners with a rottweiler or rottweiler mix.