Post # 1
I need some help on what to feed a puppy…
It has been well over 30 years since I have had a puppy so I remember nothing of foods or vet visits…
I just got a puppy half Sher-pei half pitbull. I live in Mexico. Not New Mexico but the real Mexico south of the boarder. And one more thing to keep in mind, she can’t eat canned food. It seems to bug her stomach. So, it has to be dry food.
Many of the resources in the US can’t be found here. So, my question is this:
Is there some type of gorcery store bought food that I can add something to like viatmins or human food of some kind to make it healthier for my dog?
Thats my only question. Over time I will make a trip down to an extremely overpriced pet store to see the kind of dog food they have. They may even have science diet. I just don’t know yet. But, in the meantime what to do? What the grocery store has is a large amount of different ‘pedigree’ brand dog food. They also have ‘Purina Mainstay’ dogfood. The Purina Mainstay I noticed has less ingredients listed on the actual bag which should mean less crap. But, now I just don’t know.
Costco dog food…
We do have several Costco’s. But, for those unfamiliar with the situation with Costco dog food there are a lot of complaints about Costco dog food. Usually the symptoms are extreme thirst after and in between eattings, diarrhea, loss of appetite to seizures and death. Nothing had been medically proven. These are simply complaints many people have documented linked to Costco dog food and snacks. So, I’ve decided not to feed my dog costco dog food period.
Has anyone ever had a conversation about store bought food with their American vet?
Some of the informatin in Mexico is not what it should be even from vets. So, I’m hoping someone has talked to their vet about this very issue of having to buy store bought food for one reason or another.
Any information hit me with it. I’m open.
This topic was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by chica95110.
Post # 2
I don’t know if this helps, it doesn’t say if they are available in a grocery store or not.
What about buying it online? Or does that get too pricy? I pay $80 bag for our food (4 dogs), but it’s a high quality brand.
Post # 3
I would take a look at http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com They seem to do the best analysis of food to feed your dog, and most grocery store brands score really low even though they’re advertised to be so good for your dog. Costco dry food has 4 to 4.5 stars, which is really good for dogfoodadvisor, so if I had a choice, I would actually go with Costco brand because I really trust this website. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kirkland-signature-dog-food/
Post # 4
chica95110: after all the incidents with pets dying after consusing food/treats made in China, my #1 concern would be making sure the food was not manufactured there. Beyond that, look for foods that are not too heavily grain/wheat/corn based. You can also supplement with meat, veggies, etc. my dogs have always eaten a lot of chicken, beef, and veggies in addition to their dog food. Unfortunately I’m not familiar with the brands available in Mexico, so I can’t make specific recommendations for that.
Post # 5
The best thing to do is to look for dog food that has a meat as a first ingredient. Try to avoid foods that have corn or other fillers high on the list. I buy Blue Buffalo. I’ve actually never been a fan of Science Diet and neither have holistic dog experts. Lots of fillers. Only if they have a urinary or kidney problem or something where they require a prescription diet from Science diet would I use it. Dogs have survived many years on all brands of food. You want to do your best and give them a balanced diet, but what your dog likes and tolerates is the most important thing. If I have to buy food at the grocery store, I will only get Newman’s Own but that’s just me. Avoid Alpo, Beneful and others similar. I’ve heard Purina One is not terrible but it’s not the best. Wet food usually is a little better choice if you have to guy low grade but it’s good for puppies to have dry to help their teeth. Puppies usually need food formulated for growing puppies, since their nutrition needs are different. And small bites help, too. Here’s a link for dog food advisor: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-dry-dog-foods/
Actually Kirkland (Costco) dry food is listed as a good food. Just avoid food and treats that say “Made in China”. Most issues with dog deaths are a result of overseas food and cross contamination. Even the best brand of food can get contaminated with listeria or salmonella, maybe more so because they are more natural. You just never know.
Post # 6
chica95110: I just can’t bring myself to recommend feeding a dog either Purina or Pedigree of any variety. If I had to recommend a grocery store brand I guess I would probably say Iams and the grain free variety, but I know if you have that available. I don’t know if Iams if actually any better than the other two, but that’s what my family dogs ate growing up and they were generally fine on that.
That said, I would really try to find one that is at least 4-stars (maybe 3.5) on the Dog Food Advisor site, as PPs recommended. They give great food analysis, which leads me to… Costco food. If reviews are steering you away from Kirkland dog food (Costco’s brand) then just spend an afternoon googling Purina and Pedigree reviews. I have never known a dog who ate Purina One who DIDN’T have seizures. That said, I’ve only known three. But all three developed reoccuring seizures after switching to Purina brand food. I have never heard what you’re saying about Costco brand, although I’m sure there are issues with any food. I feed Kirkland’s grain free variety and I have fed their regular adult blend in the past with no issues. My dogs are healthy and love the way the food taste. I would absolutely buy Costco before Pedigree, Purina, or any other grocery store brand.
If you go to a pet shop and spend a lot of money on a food PLEASE do not spend it on Science Diet. That food is pure crap unless you’re getting an RX bag of it specifically prescribed by your vet (even then, it’s still crappy food, but it’s the lesser of two evils if your dog has reoccuring urinary stones, for example.)
Post # 7
The Costco brand is highly rated!
Post # 8
chica95110: In all the dogs we have owned, we have never fed them ‘high-end’ dog food. We typically have always stuck with lamb/rice recipes (not sure why), and then purchased kibble from there, of which fit their age. Puppy, adult, older dog, etc.
I currently have a 13-year old German Shephard, whom we adopted at age 9. We have no clue what brand she was being given before, but we immediately put her on the Costco Kirtland brand for mature dogs. We also sprinkle Nupro for joints over each feeding we give her, which I purchase off of Amazon. We have had zero issues with that brand of food, and her breed, but she also seems to not have senstivity to really anything.
The only recommendation I would make, as you trial different brands…always mix the ‘old’ brand with the ‘new’ brand you try for a few feedings, as to make a smooth transition.
Post # 9
RedHeadKel: I’m trying to check into buyint decent dogfood on line. It is very confusing having it sent here with the duty taxes, etc. But, I am checking into it. Everyone here including the vets say to buy Costco dog food. If you say you don’t want to your in the minority.
Post # 10
I agree with others, Costco brand dry dog food is surprisingly good quality for the price. They have had recall issues in the past though, so it would be something I’d keep an eye on.
And don’t buy jerky treats at all. About 3 factories in China make the jerky treats for basically every manufacturer out there, and so most are not even labeled as being from China.
Post # 11
chica95110: I buy my dog Purina Dog chow and she seems to wake up alive every day, lol. In fact, the vet always compliments us on how healthy she is. I also had two labs growing up that we fed Purina Dog Chow to religiously, and they were both extremely healthy dogs.
Post # 12
My dog ate Iams for her entire 17 year life. We tried some expensive, fancy food once or twice but they always upset her stomach and we never had any issues with Iams, so we just stuck to that. Vet said it was fine.
Post # 13
Thanks all… I have read the things about food from China which I try to avoid. Right now I’m feeding her some type of puppy food made in Mexico. But, I just know its not good stuff. Stressful… My husband wants to make her food about 1 – 2 times a week which I’m fine with. But, she has to eat something in between. I know for a fact the high end pet store has about 5 different kinds of pet food for puppies and adults. But, I’ll tell you – you guys would gag at the prices marked on this stuff. But, I’m going to check it out either way. I would like to mix what she eats. I thought Costco would be the simple and best answer. But, so many scarey stories – I just can’t.
If someone happens to know anything about sending dogfood to Mexico please do tell. In the meantime I will be checking into it.
Post # 14
chica95110: Kirkland dog food is rated 4 out of 5 stars on dog food advisor. That’s very comparable to the more expensive specialty brands. PC Nutrition First is also rated between 4 and 5 stars on the same site. Grocery store food has a bad reputation but I personally think those two are fine. I love my dog but I’m not spending more than I need to for comparable food. I don’t pay more for “brands” unless it’s necessary.