(Closed) another dog food question

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I vote California Naturals – Herring flavor. Just don’t feed him too much (the bag gives a guideline of how much to feed). During the winter months I feed my dog slightly less because she’s not very active (aka lazy) & during the summer months I give her slightly more because she runs a lot.

Plus right now if you save the “Proof of Purchase”, if you buy 10 bags, you get the 11th free :). Just an added bonus!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

How do you know he has a sensitive stomach? Did the prev. owners tell you? I would just maybe hesitate on spending the extra $ for “sensitive stomach” food if you don’t have to — maybe you can accustom him to “regular” high quality food over time?

After trying 4 foods in 6 years (thought she had food allergies, but it was something else entirely), I’ve settled on the good ol Purina Dog Chow. Some might say it’s got awful contents (which I wouldn’t protest.. it does). But right now, we are trying to save every penny possible and the difference between $25 vs $40+ a bag makes a lot of difference w/ a big dog! The conclusion I finally came to is this: regardless of what your dog eats, his or her life expectancy is 11-15ish years, give or take a few. My grandma’s dog lived 16 amazing years eating Purina so that’s why I chose it.

If you have the money to feed your dog very high quality dog food, I think that’s great 🙂 They definitely deserve it. Looking back, I got my dog when I was 19 and it was a spur of the moment adoption. I love her to death, but didn’t realize how much it costs to feed a 60 lb dog.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I don’t have much knowledge about he sensitive stomach issue.

My 3 year old pug was put on “Akana” (a Canadian company) last fall to see if it would make a difference with her skin issues.  Turns out her skin is doing better, but she put on a lot of weight during the winter 🙁  I’m thinking of changing her food again, but don’t want her skin to get bad like it was last year.  Hopefully the spring exercise will help her lose the weight.  I’ve also decided to give her small pieces of carrots as treats instead of real dog treats.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Check out a couple of different brands and look for their versions of sensitive stomach diets. If you do switch, mix gradually (ESP if there is a sensitive stomach issue) to avoid causing any vomiting/diarrhea, etc. 

My general advice is always this: feed the best food you can afford. Science Diet is not the best food in the world but it also not the worst. There IS a reason vets recommend it and other similar foods, and part of this (no matter what anybody says) is the research behind them. And please, do not buy into the myth that vets get “paid to sell” these foods. I’ve worked for plenty, many have recommended it, and NONE got a kick-back from it. (None of them even sold it in their offices, nor any other food, actually.) 

If your pet is doing well on its current diet, there may not be any need to change it. 

 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We feed our dog Blue Buffalo and she loves it!

Just make sure you switch the foods over gradually (mix the old food with the new in gradually larger proportions) so that you don’t cause an upset stomach during the switch.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

choose something without corn and with the fewest ingredients. we feed the petco brand (nature’s harvest maybe? i never remember the brand) it’s much cheaper than the other “good” foods and still isn’t loaded with corn and preservatives.

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