Shadow is still only 7 months old, but I'm thinking ahead of time. She seems to LOVE kibbles and bits, but is on Iams puppy food at the moment. When she gets older do you think I should switch to Kibbles and bits or Iams adult food?
I would go with the ingredients, if grains are the first ingredient, skip that food, I think the chicken or whatever meat should be first. As far as loving kibble and bits, it seems any dog seems to prefer something new and as soon as it becomes their regular food, they aren't crazy about it anymore. I feed a mixture of 2 different kibbles. Somedays she eats more of one, sometimes, the other. I think its more well rounded.
I agree with lalayla. Skip the food if grains are listed first. Meat should always be first. My guys are fed a mix of Diamond 60+ and Diamond Lamb and Rice. http://www.diamondpet.com It's a premium food at a low cost. I can get a 40 lb. bag of either at my local feed store for around $21 a bag. Other good foods are Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, and eagle Pack. There are others, I just can't think of them right now. Fin
I like Iams. My dogs love it! I feed both dry and can food. They get dry in the morning and dry + can at dinner. I started to mix the adult food with the puppy large breed now that Greta's getting older, this way it will be an easy switch for her.
Depends on what kind of results you are looking for. Diamond is a great feed, I feed it to my Dalmation, I feed my schnauzers Natural Balance, you can't believe what it does to there coat. It works wonders. They love it too.
I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a dog food. I personally would NEVER feed my dog anything from a discount store I did alot of searching on the internet because I wanted a good food that would keep her the healthyist. I use Natrual Balance and am switching over to Solid Gold, the vegitarian with canned as a supplement. I am trying the lower protein food, to help with the tear staining that she has. As I said it depends on what you are looking for. Different breeds need differernt kinds amounts of protein, in their diets.
Please do not use Iams! They do horrible animal testing on their animals. Pointless and cruel testing. It is so very sad. I cannot tell you what to do, I am only giving my advice. Please see why I am advicing this. Beware though, some pictures are quite graphic. . . http://www.iamsodead.com I personally suggest Purina Pro Plan Small breed Puppy formula until they are a year to eighteen months and then switch to the small breed adult formula.
I didn't either for a long time but they do a good job of keeping it quiet. (They meaning Iams) I have been to one Iamscruelty boycotts at a walmart in a city near where I live, trying to educate people on what is happening. Most people have no clue about this at all.
People talk about the USDA' and breeding, and how some breeders put it as a selling point.....Does'nt the USDA over see petfood products? I'm really not buying some of what I just watched. I do use Iams and If this is true.....'but I need more info! Im not totally convinced.
When I was at the boycott, I actually talked to one of the investigators that was there. This has been going on for years. At one point, they admitted what they were doing and said that they would change but more recent investigations have proven that they haven't. When it came down to the USDA to come and 'check it out' again, Iams wouldn't let them in and told them to come back in a week and then they would let them see. And the USDA DID IT!
Shadow , I feed mine Organix Chicken Formula, it's turned out to be a very good food. i've notice less shedding and the coats look great too. It's alot of different dog foods out here. Good luck finding one..
I posted a list of some of the other premium foods in the 'Eukanuba" thread. Personally, I feed Canidae and my two are thriving on it...shiny coats, great muscle tone, clear eyes and less digestive problems (Boxers are notorious for this).