(Closed) Dog food?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We feed our silky terrier, Toby, Science Diet.  It was recommended by our vet.  We have had zero issues with it, and he seems to enjoy it! We started with the puppy blend when we adopted him almost three years ago, and now we use the adult blend.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had both of our dogs on Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet.  They liked it but I recently switched it Wellness CORE (grain free) and I have never EVER in our three years together seen them soooooo excited to eat.  They love it.

It’s wonderful food and while a little pricey, if you go to their website and sign up for their newsletter, you will get coupons each month.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@lefeymw: Interesting, I hadn’t heard that before.  I will definitely look into it! Thanks for the heads up!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We feed our three dogs Diamond Naturals.  We were feeding Blue Buffalo but they raised the prices (again) and decided to look into other brands.  Diamond Naturals is just as good of a brand on paper as Blue Buffalo, just $20 cheaper a bag (which with 3 dogs works out to be $60 a month)!  But it is a lot harder to find since it isn’t sold in chain retailers.

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/diamond-naturals-dog-food/ 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Linz1231: Yeah, most of the time if your vet is recommending a dog food it’s because they’re getting paid to.  Kind of like when a dentist recommends a certain brand of toothpaste – go to a dentist that is sponsored by a different brand and you’ll get a completely different recommendation.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Linz1231: I’ve actually heard this as well.  They get a lot of incentives for pushing the food at their practice.  BUT, if it works for your dogs/cats, stay with it.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@stephinPA: I think the idea that something “Works” is a bit misleading because like humans the better your diet the longer healthier life you live and you can always see immediate effects

 If I were to eat a diet of twinkies and oreos it would probably “work” for me for now, but in the long run would cost me years on my life and $ spent at the doctor.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We feed our dog Purina One – he loves it, just like he loves anything you put in his bowl!

Post # 12
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MandaMack: We started him on Science Diet not only because our vet recommended it, but also because DH’s parents have fed Science Diet to their Yorkie, Ramsey, since he was a puppy, and he just turned 9 in October.  I am definitely going to look around and do some research – I love Toby more than anything, and want him to have the best 🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee

Our dog is on Fromm.  It is a very good brand and our Portuguese Water Dog loves it.  It also have many price points and flavours to switch it up for the pup and to not always cost so much (we mix the high price point with the cheaper one).

The quality and ingredites are the same between favours and price point but the lower down you go in price they just get less ingredients so it is always going to be ok on their tummy to switch it up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I have a toy poodle, and I feel him Blue Buffalo.  It is expensive, but luckily since my dog is only 8 lbs, he doesn’t go through a bag all that quickly. I’m not sure I would be able to afford it for a big dog.  I initally bought Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet, but I could tell that Melvin would only eat it when he was starving, so he didn’t like it.  He loves Blue Buffalo though!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our sheltie is on Nutro Natural Choice – the one for sensitive stomachs. He loves it and everyone comments on how soft he is (all the food..I do not have time to constantly groom him! 🙂 )

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent a couple of week researching new dog food and was able to get some great websites thanks to the bees. For my two dogs, we started them on Blue Wilderness and they absolute love it. One of my dogs is a very picky eater and the vet told us that she was fine and it was just a border collie trait, but she is in love with her new food. My younger pup was having digestion issues with the adult dog food and she started scooting and was having soft stools. She is no longer having any more issues, loves her food, and is even gaing some weight that she needed.

Some of the foods that are more expensive and that vets recommend actually have pretty bad rating, so it can only help to do some research.

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog-food-index-a.html

http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogtable.html

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main

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