Post # 47
If your brand doesn’t advertise as you said, then obviously you don’t get sucked in by idiot commercials.
Also, I said do your homework, which obviously you did.
Any veterinary diet will cost you more than something available commercially. They pay veterinarians and other highly qualified staff to test and market their product.
Post # 48
And I’m not sure what gives you the impression they use low quality ingredients.
Maybe its because its not advertised as hollistic?
Post # 49
We feed our chi mix Wellness Core (currently the seafood). It’s $$$ but he only eats about 20 pieces a day so it lasts a long time- that might not be the case for you though. The vet recommended it and SO’s cousin who is nuts about researching everything for her fur and real babies also feeds it to her dogs. Have you seen this website? http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/wellness-dog-food-core-dry/ It breaks down the nutrients and points out any questionable ingredients in whatever food brand you type in.
Post # 50
I go by the ratings system here (http://www.playdogexcellent.com/DogFood.htm) also found on many other websites. I would never feed our dogs anything less than an A+. Right now, they eat Kirkland brand Chicken, Rice, Vegetables.
Post # 51
We feed out boys Royal Canine for Shihtzu’s. Its more expensive than grocery store brands but worth it and it targets your specific breed. Plus my boys love it.
We are not real picky about there treats but one rule that we have is NO MADE IN CHINA products. Everyone, STAY AWAY ESPECIALLY FROM CHICKEN JERKY MADE IN CHINA. A lot of dogs have died from it and we gave it to our boys without knowing and it made them lethergic and throw up for days. We are lucky we only gave them one.
Post # 52
Royal Canin is pretty much the last food I would feed my dogs. A food that has specific kinds for each breed of dog is a sad attempt at roping people in to thinking they are feeding their dog exactly what that breed needs. It’s full of by-product and corn.
Kibbles and Bits is no better, I agree with you there. But if Kibbles and Bits is spending their money on advertising, then Royal Canin is paying Vets to promote their food, there’s not much of a difference. Most vets I have run into don’t know squat about nutrition. They mainly treat illnesses and injuries.
I will spend more money on a higher quality food with less by product than something that gets filled up with corn just to cut the cost.
And in regards to “WET” meat content, that’s why you look for a food that lists meat MEAL as the main ingredient, aka already in the dehydrated state.
I fed prey model raw for 2 years and within that time my overweight beagle became skinny, her coat was shiny, she wasn’t hungry all the time, nor was she hopped up on all the sugar that most kibbles tend to contain. Her teeth were pearly white, and she did not have that hound smell most beagles have. She also pooped small white pellets that disintegrated when you stepped on them.
I just simply don’t have the energy or freezer space to feed raw to my 2 beagles and 75 pound German Shepherd.
When I wasn’t working, I switched them to Rachel Ray Just 6 chicken formula. It’s not the best food ever, but I supplement with vitamins and a RMB every once in a while. They also get raw meat scraps tossed to them while I am cooking if they haven’t yet had kibble that day.
Post # 53
We rotate their food every bag so we don’t feed anything consistently. I change the protein source each time and often brands. The core criteria is that it has to be grain-free (our pug turns red when he eats them) and from a brand we feel is high quality based on reviews, research, and our experience. I have noticed that our dogs tend to prefer some foods over others so there are some brands that I feel have great food but since our dogs don’t seem very excited by it I don’t buy them.
Overall my go to brands for dry food are: Fromm, Nature’s Variety, Evo, Taste of the Wild, and By Nature though I’ll buy other things if there’s a sale or a deal on a damaged bag. Right now we just picked up a bag for Surf and Turf by Fromm as a treat for them since that seems to be their favorite food overall. My pomeranian can be a bit picky so I find that changing the food every time keeps him interested and I personally feel like it good for their system to mix it up so they don’t get used to eating only one type of thing.