I think it is a matter of preference. There are some worse then others I am sure. One thing you should probably look for is that a meat product is one of the first ingredient listed on the label. Other then that there are a lot of pet stores or vets that will recommend one. Also, different dogs and breeds do better on one then another. Some people will spend $45.oo on a bag and the dog hates it or does not do well on it, others spend $15.00 on a bag and the dogs do great on it. I guess it is what they call trial and error.
i cpoied this from another forum i'm on~ Whole Dog Journal (WDJ) came out with a very good article on dog foods. They listed the Top Dog Foods and they also listed some they would pass on. Top Foods: Artemis, Azmira, Back to Basics, Bench & Field, Blue Baffalo, Burns, California Natural, Canidae, Chicken Soup For the Pet Lovers Soul, Drs. Foster & Smith, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Flint River, Fromm 4 Star Nutritionals, Hund-N-Flocken, INNOVA, Karma, Lifespan, Limited Diets, MMillennia,, Natural Balance Ultra Premium, Newman's Own, PHD, Organix, Pinnacle, Prairie, Prime Life, Royal Canin Natural Blend, Showbound Naturals, Timberwolf Organics, Verus, Wellness, Wysong. PASS: Alpo Lamb Meal, Rice & Barley, Beneful (Nestle Purina Petcare), Bil-Jac Select Dog Food, Cycle Adult Dog Food, Dad's with ECON-O-METS, Diamond Premium Adult Formula for Dogs, Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Formula, Excel Lamb Meal & Rice Dog Food, Gravy Train Dog Food, Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula, Kibbles'n Bits HomeStyle Chicken & Vegetable Flavor, Max Adult (made by Nutro), Natural Choice Adult Lamb & Rice (made by Nutro), Nature's Recipe "Breed Specific' Formulas, Nutra Nuggets Adult Maintenance (made by Nutra Nuggets Pet Foods), Pedigree Complete Nutrition for Adult Dogs, Purina Dog Chow - Complete Nutrition Formula, urina One Lifelong Health Lamb & Rice Formula, Science Diet Adult Original, Science Diet's "Nature's Best With Real Beef Adult Dog Food" Out of the Pass List: I give you what they (WDJ) said on two of the products: Beneful: In our opinion, this stuff is just awful. Contains "animal digest" - which AAFCO defines as "a material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolsis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue." Major proteins are corn and chicken by-product meal. Also contains two sources of sugar (9th and 10th on ingredients list) and artificial colors. Science Diet's "Nature's Best With Real Beef Adult Dog Food": Photos of fresh beef and vegtables are on the label, but brewers rie and wheat are first and second on the ingredients list. Beef is 7th, behind the "real" main protein source, which is turkey meal (3rd). The inclusion of "animal fat", two ypes of sweeteners, and artificial colors also disqualify this food from our "approved food" lists. We're not sure we could say which is we like less: this or Beneful.
shadow = you would be better off feeding your dog ring dings and a doggie vitamin then feeding it kibbles and bits. that is just junk food for dogs. i have fed iams to my dogs for many years and they have all done well on it. i now feed purina pro plan for sensitive skin and stomach to them because of scout and her chewing skin issues she had when i got her. they do well on that also. i also supplement the dry with natural balance dog food rolls for scout only cause she is a horrible eater. i would love to switch her over to natural balance dry food but i can't buy all different kinds of food for the dogs. and thunder has a sensitive stomach so i have to be careful what he eats.
The biggest problem with the 'high quality' dog foods is that unfortunately they are not readily available to most consumers. Heck, until Petco opened in my town, the only food from the 'pick' list given that is available in my town in Alabama was CAnidae, and my dogs didn't do well on that. Not to mention I have never even *heard* of like 25 foods of the 30 someodd acceptable foods listed there. There's supposedtly a feed store that sells chicken soup for the dog lovers soul dog food but they've never got it in, and I dont want to constantly be swapping food when they run out. If I wanted a better quality food I'd have to either drive for an hour to get it or mail order it and pay outrageous costs for it because it's freight weight shipping. This is why I'm such a huge proponent of the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' rule of feeding dog food. Yes if it was cost effective and realistic and the food were more available I'd feed it. But as is? I'll stick to Maxximum Nutrition.
We have our puppy on Chicken Soup puppy food, but are wondering if maybe it is causing frequent soft stools (I posted on this last week) and maybe even excessive thirst - both of which I read elsewhere it can cause supposedly. I bought it b/c it's supposed to be so great and I want my puppy on a really good food. But now I'm worried and am thinking of switching to Wellness or Nutro or Canidae. I just wish his stools were firmer and fewer. We've already switched his food to this from the breeders food which is not readily available (Premium Edge) and we're nervous about switching him again so soon. Any opinions on Wellness v. Chicken Soup?
If you can post on a bulletin board, you can certainly have access to ANY dog food. ;) Online sources are fantastic- if you shop around, you can usually find BETTER deals than at the store- with shipping! I would NEVER again feed Iams or Euk- both are just awful foods. Pro-plan is only a step above. Iams was once a respectable company- but buying a dogfood manufactured by a company that specializes in household CLEANERS- is just plain dumb, if you ask me. Proctor and Gamble cares NOTHING about your dog's nutrition- and all about their bottom line. When I feed kibble, I feed Natural Balance. It's an excellent food- and can be found at most Petco's for LESS than Eukanuba/Iams/Science Diet. No advertising- I LIKE that. ;)
Saramom: Someone else on this forum had a problem similar to yours with the chicken soup. Try switching slowly if your not sure. This one person (i can't remember) ran out and gave it something else and the problem stopped right away. She was going out of her mind trying to figure out why. Does anyone else remember this story?
Saramom: Someone else on this forum had a problem similar to yours with the chicken soup. Try switching slowly if your not sure. This one person (i can't remember) ran out and gave it something else and the problem stopped right away. She was going out of her mind trying to figure out why. Does anyone else remember this story? edit: sorry if this posts twice. I hit rely and it went into the unknow zone!
They once had this thing saying that they used dogs for testing in their labs or something to that effect. Iams has sent something out saying it was not true. I am not taking sides on this one I do not have Aisha on Iams. My mom feeds it to her cats through.
you know i talked to my vet about the great dog food debate. he said as long as it is a nutrious food it really doesn't matter. he said even good dog food is not good food. the grade of meats and other products in dog food do not even have to be suitable for human consumption. the raw ingredents in dog food is not very good. he said if your dog was running the iditirod it might be a benefit to seek excellent food. but for pets the big thing was not what kind but how much. the vet is studing to be a cardiac doctor and he said while he was doing serious general practisioning he was approached by many dog food vendors to push their brand of food on people.