(Closed) Dog food?

posted 11 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I use Merrick… Gibson loves it! In fact, it’s the first good dog food that he actually loves and will eat. What a little turd 🙂

Post # 33
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Newbee

We feed our pit mix Blue Buffalo, too.  We tried it after reading some ingredients in other brands and comparing them to BB.  Our girl has a very fussy GI system and Blue Buffalo seems to keep (all parts of) her very happy.  Only downside is that it’s a little pricey, but our girl is worth it. 

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kermie: Just because yours doesn’t get free stuff, doesn’t mean others don’t. We got a bunch of free Science Diet from our vet and from the humane society. Even if they don’t get free stuff, they are still SELLING the product, therefore they reccomend it even if it isn’t the best quality stuff. Have you ever read the ingredient list on it? It doesn’t even compare to high quality dog food.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We feed our dog Natural Blance, and use one of the Limited Ingredient Diets. He seems to do well on it. We used to feed him Solid Gold, but he developed allergies (not the fault of the food- it’s a good brand). You can get either of these at Petco, now. Innova Evo is also a good brand of dog food, as is Canidae. Evo is probably the closest to raw, from what I’ve heard.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We have our boston terrier on acana (pacifica) which is a fish one because she has allergies to meats. I would highly recommend this food. It is pretty high in protein which i think would be good for your dog because it is used to a raw diet which probably has tons of protein as well. You can get other varieties like chicken, lamb & beef.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our pit mix gets Canidae and he was on Natural Balance Limited Ingredients previously since he has significant allergies.  (Poultry, beets, soy, etc.)  We’ll start out our pup on Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul.  I hate the name but it’s a good quality for a decent price.  Availability is a big concern for us.  Our local feed store doesn’t have much.  Canidae and Diamond Naturals (who makes Chicken Soup) are the only ones they have that I would feed. 

I personally won’t buy a food with corn in it.  Dogs can’t properly digest it so you’re pretty much just paying to pick it up out of your yard.  Like Abbyful said, I want a named meat source to be the first two ingredients, at least one a meal and have good quality starches.  Since looking at the long lists can be overwhelming, a good rule of thumb is to look at the first 5 ingredients.  They comprise the majority of the food and are what you’re really feeding your dog.  Then look through the rest to make sure there’s nothing objectionable. 

Oh, and reputation isn’t everything.  I was at a Whole Foods today and looked at what they had.  For the price, I can get better foods from the local ranch store.

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t have any experience with dog food, but when I get to that point in my life I will be feeding them EVO.  I’m absolutely sold on EVO from the results that I’ve seen from feeding it to my cats.  They are happier, more outgoing, and have much sleeker coats within a month of changing their diet.

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