(Closed) For dog owners/lovers – dog food recommendations?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I always keep in mind something our trainer told us in our dog training class, read the ingredients label. Make sure the first listed ingredient it protein and not grain. This tends to help the dog like the food a little more, plus it’s better for the dog. Right now my picky eater is on Purina One Lamb and Rice formula, she likes it pretty well. It took months to find a food she likes but finally this one stuck.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I use Orijen food for Charlie, it is super high quality food, and it is expensive, but you actually will need to feed less of it to maintain your dogs weight. They have a red meat formula, a fish formula and then a few “lifestyle” formulas (puppy, adult, senior). I haven’t met a dog yet who doesn’t devour the fish formula (it is a tad stinky compared to other dog food)

This is a great site to get information/ratings for dog foods (and they are independently run)

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My baby gets nothing besides her Nutro. Nutro is a really good brand and the sensitive stomach kind is a good choice and the Chicken Meal, Rice & Oatmeal Formula is good for picky eaters too.

Post # 6
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Newbee

California Natural. My dog hasn’t gotten tired of it yet (knock on wood).

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

California Natural is great.  Our neighbor uses it and Catch loves to eat it when he can… but he has a very sensitive tummy so we’ve found that Eagle Pack Duck is the one formulation he can tolerate.

We supplement with Darwin’s Brand natural Zoologic raw food.  He is a very skinny dog and we’re constantly in a battle to get him to gain weight.  The raw food is a huge enticement!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I second thecolorteale’s choice.  Nutro is really good for them, and they LOVE it!!  It can get a little pricey though.  Altough it depends on what you’re feeding.  We have 2 Pits, and they go through a 40lb in about 2 weeks.  Lately though, I’ve been getting them Eukanuba.  They like it also BUT, it does seem to make them a bit gassy.  YUCK!!  Does NOT make for a fun ride up to my parents’ house. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Petsmart has the best prices for Nutro, and they have a sale every couple weeks.

My crackhead gets the High Energy formula of Nutro so she can make a 40 lb bag last since it’s so high in protein.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oh man.  We have been trying different dog foods for the past YEAR trying to find one that our pit isn’t allergic to.  Give me a price range and I’ll give you some recommendations.  😉  

My (holistic yet practically minded vet) recommended these brands out of the ones that are ok for poor Bones:

AvoDerm (probably what we’re going go with)

Pinnacle – Haven’t tried

Canidae – this one didn’t work well for us but I’ve pretty much just heard good things about it

California Natural – One of the best foods out there but is a little $$

EVO – Haven’t tried

Natural Balance – Currently on this, no complaints other than make sure you transition them gradually

Other ones that I’ve tried and like for our other non-allergic dog:

Diamond Naturals

Health and Wellness (made by California Natural but not as expensive) – My favorite but they don’t carry it around here

General recommendations – scratch anything with corn.  You need a more complex digestive system to get much out of it so you’re pretty much just going to be picking it up in a day or two.  The first 5 ingredients constitute the majority of what the food is made of so make sure they’re good ones.  

Good luck finding something that works!  It can be quite the trial.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Probably not the popular answer but just plain old Pedigree dry. My family has been showing Boxers and Puli(c) for years and it has been great for their coat, super shiny. I no longer show but have 2 Boxers and continue to use Pedigree. They seem to have very few health problems (knock on wood). They are high energy pups so currently no weight issues.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

try to stay away from any by-products if you can. That basically means its all the leftover meat from an animal that’s not really fit for human consumption. You don’t REALLY know what part of the animal is going into it. Mystery meat basically :p All the suggestions given so far are great ones! Brown rice as an ingredient is pretty good too. Just check your local pet store and read the labels! You maye be able to ask the pet store if they have samples your dog could try at home so you aren’t stuck with a 40lb bag of food that your dog doesnt like lol

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our puppy had trouble gaining weight when we had her on Nutro. We switched to Royal Canin and she loved it and filled out. We switched our other dog over too.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i feed my dogs nutro max it is about 35 bucks a bag but well worth it. goodluck

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

My dog eats Blue. It has a picture of a buffalo on it, so I always want to call it Buffalo Blue. From what I understand, it’s the most natural food that you can still buy at PetSmart (that is, without having to go to one of those specialty natural-dog stores). It’s fairly pricey ($17 for a bag that lasts about 2.5 weeks) but it helps with her shedding, and she likes the flavor. The adult formula comes in two flavors, too. We switch back and forth between chicken and lamb every few months to keep her interested.

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