I recently read the forum and saw the ratings that dog foods received based on the ingredients in them. I was shocked to find the food I have been feeding my dogs was in the middle 90's of the scale. I am looking to switch to another dog food. Any suggestions? I use raw with kibble.
I used to feed Eukanuba Naturals for large breed puppies but i saw it got a 79 C so now i'm feeding Royal Canine and it got a 107 A+. My pups seem to really like it!! The gobble it down in like 2 seconds!!! I believe it's making their coats shinier and they seem to have more energy!! But, they are boxers so energy is practically their middle name!! :) I have heard good things about Canidea, Nutro, and Innova as well. They all got good high ratings on the scale. You will have to pay the higher price but you know what, in my opinion they are so worth it!!! :)
Pope, How do your pets deal with all the switches?* I've heard that it's not too good to hop from one food to the next....is that just another advertising gimmick?
Once Molly's a little bit older, I'm planning on switching her over to Van Patten's (it's an A+ food and it's available locally) - she's on a low rated food right now (too ashamed to post what it is, but I can guarantee it's not Purina!!) because it's the only thing that her stomach wasn't rejecting when she was a little puppy - I'm not too happy about her eatting it, but she's thriving now, so we'll see what happens when I introduce a new food half way through the new bag I've just got.
*not chastising, honestly curious :)
***Edited By: doggydaddy on 10/9/2007 4:36:05 PM*** Reason: wanted to clarify that I was asking an honest question!
I feed Diamond Lamb and Rice since it is a decent food and I can get it at a decent price. It is available at the feed store just down the street. I feed it to my dogs as well as my foster dogs and they all seem to do well on it. I had them on Canidae actually which is a much better food and I was getting it for $25 for a 40# bag since I had a friend buying in bulk. I had to stop feeding because my two dachshunds developed allergies to something in the ingredients and started getting hot spots constantly. Once I switched it stopped immediatly so it had to of been something in the food.
doggydaddy, I understand your question and appreciate that you took the efforts to phrase it in a non butthole way, no worries. Mine always do fine. I've never had a problem with the dogs or the cats.
Prissypets, they could care less. They don't prefer one over the others but they have been known to get bored with the same food over a long period of time and turn their nose up at it. It's only "bad for their digestive system" if it's bad for their digestive system. What is your address, I'll mail you stool samples from all three. I'll even send you some complimentary cat poo, as I do the dreaded sudden switch with them too.
You feed your way, and I will continue to feed mine as long as my dogs are happy and healthy.
Actually The Whole Dog Journal recommends "smart switching". They say switching protein sources can help prevent the development of food allergies or intolerances. Also help prevent a dog from developing a stubborn preferance for one kind of food. It goes on and every thing they say is positive.