I've heard about the raw diet, but to be honest its not for me... Animal carcasses and bones lying around don't really sound like something I'd be willing to deal with.
I know there is some stigma attached to commercial foods... but does anyone have any opinions on what is the best commercial food available?
The reason I buy beneful wet food is the way it looks - you can see the actual meat and the vegetables in there. It didn't look half bad to my eyes.. Is there anything specifically negative about it (versus other commercial foods)?
Look at the ingredients on the label of your commercial dog food. If it contains any type of corn, or byproducts it is not a good quality food. The easiest way to tell if it has byproducts is to put it in some hot water, and if the food expands, it is full of fillers/ byproducts. If the food looks the same, just looks wet or shrinks a little it is good. If you do not want to feed raw, there is alot of good holistic dry kibble. California Natural, Merrick, Innova, Wellnes (sold at Petco) are all good, and they also sell the wet food also. There is a great sticky from Wiley on this topic that tells you what is good, and what is bad. You may pay more for the good food, but you will save in vet bills for poor health in the future.
Well, I don't have animal carcas and bones lying around, either. My dogs are fed raw MEAT that I remove from the bones of chicken thighs and legs. They do not get bones at all, unless I supervise to that they can chew, but not eat them. The raw is by far the very best diet they can have.
Those dog foods you use acutally contain: feces, vomit, ground flesh and meat from deceased animals and other "by products"
Try Bil-Jac, Nutro, Blue Buffalo...usually almost anything that you can buy at a pet store or Co-Op. Not saying ANYTHING because they also sell Purina, etc. but check the ingredients and protein % content.
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You can actually perform a water test on your dog food.
Take a bowl and fill with water. Drop a piece of dry food into the water. If it swells to a large ball of mush, it is filled with fillers and byproducts; if it remains the same and eventually starts to dissolve into the water, there are less fillers.
If you buy food at PetSmart and if for any reason your dog doesn't like it or you don't like it, save your receipt and the bag. Take it back and they will replace it with your choice of food. No seceret, that's in every PetSmart location. However, I just think that if you try any of the premium brands, you will be satisfied. The manager at PetSmart will even do the water test for you in the store with any food you choose.
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I feed Nature's Variety. I have been on a lot of different feeds...Nutro Max, Nutro Ultra, and started with purina...(yes, I know..) Nature's Variety offers wet as well as raw. The food doesn't give Max gas at all. His gas was terrible with the other foods. (the Nutro was the worst) I know some of the other food is more expensive, but it is true they eat less. Max eats so much less of the NV than he ever did with purina. Check out the Wileys grade post on the dog section. It has great grading scales on the dogfood in your price range. Remember, every dog is different and everyone thinks there food is the best. Find one that works for you and your dog. Good luck!
Well, while it's true that what works for one dog may not work for another...there are certain foods that aren't good for anybody!!!
Beneful, for example (if you're talking Nestle Purina Petcare) Per Whole Dog Journal, this food contains "animal digest." Major proteins are corn, corn gluten meal, and chicken by-product meal. It also contains 2 sources of sugar (9th and 10th on the ingredient list) AND artificial colors.
Sound appetising to anybody? Personally, I wouldn't feed that to my dogs if someone gave it to me for free!!!
not only that, Beneful contains artificial colours to make their food look like it has meat and veggies....You can't really think the green and red are veggies and meat, can you?
think of it this way, you can feed your kids McDonald's every day and some may do okay and not get fat or sick from it but eventually, it will catch up to them, whether it's obesity or disease later in life. Even if you exercise properly, the McD's will cancel your efforts some time or another.
I feed mine pre-made raw patties, which aren't as good as feeding the way most raw feeders feed but I unfortunately, don't have the space to store all kinds of meat. but in an ideal world, I would feed this way. I don't know why people have the misconception that raw feeders have carcasses lying all over the place. I'm sure they are like you and me who don't really want bones and blood all over their houses...
however, I know that raw isn't for everyone - I would opt for a food with at least 1 or two specified animal proteins in the first three ingredients, more would be better. Also, no fillers like corn or wheat or their respective glutens. And absolutely, no colours. You don't have to break the bank or own a herd of cattle, just be informed. I've heard Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul is a good cost-effective food. Personally, I've tried Eagle Pack Holistic Selects Chicken and Rice, Innova and Merrick Puppy Plate. I didn't like the Merrick food because it made my dog hyper but it definitely works for some dogs. The other two are great choices as well. Canned would be better than kibble IMO.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I feed my puppy (German Shep Mix)Merrick Puppy Plate. I also add homemade extras such as boiled chicken and rice, chicken livers, chicken gizzard, or plain non fat yogurt. I tried Wellness when I first got her and she snubbed her nose at it!! Never think price will determine how well your dog will like their food. I've also tried Halo wet food. It looks like stew and my puppy loves it BUT it's a little pricey. Actually that's how I got into making my own wet food. As long as you have 45 min to 1 hr a week to prepare your wet food you're good and you know exactly what your dog is eating.
Sorry for the misconception about the raw diet, most of the web sites I visited seemed a bit extreme with the details. I had pictures of dead animals laying around.. Still, I don't think this would fit me.
I DID happen to find a vendor of Orijen, EVO and Wellness right next to where I work. I am going to give Wellness CORE a try since I seem to have gotten a bad bag of pro plan...
Its a whole lot more expensive, but feeding my girl costs very little (she is only 30 lbs)... I can manage the extra $20 a month if this is really that much better..
You'll probably find that a lot of the "more expensive" foods aren't actually more expensive. A dog doesn't have to eat as much of a good quality food, and also-there will be less poop because less of the food is wasted.