Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food

Lisa asks…

Dog Lovers, what dog food is best?

I’m adopting a dog tomorrow. he’s a daschund chihuahua mix. What dog food do you feed your dog? I’ve heard cornmeal in dog food makes it harder to digest.

Jimmy answers:

Any dog food with no corn, grains or byproducts is good. Make sure there’s a meat as the first ingredient as well, and at least a meat meal as the second.

Some good brands are;

Orijen, blue buffalo, canidae, taste of the wild, instinct, Merricks, avoderm and wellness. Innova is good (or was good) as well but was recently bought by the same company that makes iams (a horrible brand), and I believe it was even recalled, so I don’t really trust it anymore.

Nothing is as good as a prey model raw diet however, but I realize not everyone can manage that. Still worth looking it up though.

Personally, I feed my dogs raw on some nights (raw meaty bones are especially nice for their teeth and gums) and Taste of the wild kibble on the other nights. I make sure there are enough hours between feeding as mixing the two in one day isn’t the safest.

Edit; @H; Dogs can live long lives on Iams but after seeing the transformation from Iams to a good brand like taste of the wild in only a years time, Iams is terrible. Healthy and surviving are two different things… Some people can live well into their eighties on fast food, if they’re lucky. But they definitely won’t be as healthy as someone on good, real food like chicken, salad, etc.

Same with dogs. I was feeding my dogs pedigree and similar brands before I knew any better. Their coats seemed to me to look fine. They were alive and didn’t have any illnesses, so I’d say they were healthy. But as I said, I switched them to a better brand and saw the transformation first hand. Looking back at pictures and such, their coats really weren’t shiny and healthy. At all. They didn’t have any illness, but they were no where near as healthy and energetic as they are now, either.

Good food costs more but is so worth it.

John asks…

Do You Feed Your Dog Table Food or Dog Food?

Just want to see what people feed their dog more. My dog has to eat dog food because table food upsets her stomach! What about your dog? (:

Jimmy answers:

I feed my dog dog food, canned and kibble … I might give him a baby carrot from time to time, or some cooked chicken, a slice of banana when i have them on my cheerios … I do not give him processed human food or even processed dog treats … Once a week he gets a bone from the butcher … And last week my friend brought her little girl over who is only six years old and i caught her feeding the dog animal crackers … And after two day diarrhea extravaganza, my dog will for sure not be eating much human food :O)

Charles asks…

Commercial dog foods?

Which commercial dog foods are bad for your dog i feedmine optidog
i said which ones are bad list bad ones please
could she die younger????):
Could someone specifically list the foods that are bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Ui USED TO FEED HER BUTCHERS TOO BUT NOW MY MOMS GONNA SWITCH TO MAKING HER HOMEMADE FOOD
i thought pedigree was a good dog food.i adopted my dog shes a fussy eater and they used to feed her pedigree she looks healthy shes a tiny bit overwheight

Jimmy answers:

Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to dump cheap leftovers in. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n’ Bits, Beneful, Ol’Roy.

Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics.

Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you’re getting what you’re paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients… This means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diet’s include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! And Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

Some of the high end foods can be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness and Solid Gold. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Remember that foods should be switched gradually, especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:

http://www.barfworld.com/

http://www.rawfed.com/

http://www.rawlearning.com/

http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog’s food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Anything with five or six stars is a great food.)

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