Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Brands

Richard asks…

What are some good dog food brands?

I wanna know because I feed my dog Ol Roy and I hear its very bad. I tried Bil Jac a lady at PetSmart told me to try it because she basically said Ol Roy was garbage and I’d be better off donating it or just throwing it away,but Bil Jac has corn in it and canned mollasses >.<. Is Blue Buffalo good? I heard of anothe brand Annoxea? If I spelled it wrong my bad. How much does it normally cost? If there are any other brands plz let me know ^_^

Jimmy answers:

Ol’ Roy AND Bil Jac are GARBAGE!
Some good quality foods are :

Canidae

http://www.canidae.com/

Wellness
Wellness CORE

http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

Taste of the Wild

http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

Blue Buffalo

http://www.bluebuff.com/

Solid Gold

http://www.solidgoldhealth.com

Innova
Eagle pack Holistic
Chicken Soup for the dog Lovers Soul
Orijen
EVO
Merrick
Avoderm
Natural Balance
Fromms
Artemis
Eagle Pack Holistic
Pinnacle

Never get low quality foods like :

Cesar, Ol’ Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, BilJac, Nutro , Dad’s, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog
Or ANY grocery Store brand!

This website should be able to help you on picking out a good quality food. Stick on the 4-5-6 star range.

Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Never get a dog food with Corn, Soy, and By-Products. But I would also suggest a wheat free dog food. When you change your dogs food to a better quality, you will notice these things :
Firmer Stool, Glossier Coat, and better overall health.

Just because it says “all natural” doesn’t mean that it’s good. ALWAYS check the dog food ingredients!
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Corn – A low quality filler that is in a lot of dog foods, most dogs are allergic to it.
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By Products – Anything from Roadkill to euthanized dogs to cow brains! It does *NOT* qualify for a meat source!

Raw Feeding is also good. Learn more at:

http://barfworld.com/

http://www.raw-dogs.com/

http://www.rawfeddogs.net/

http://www.rawlearning.com/

Robert asks…

Healthiest/Best for the money Dog Food Brand?

I just started my puppy on Science Diet’s Nature’s Best, and she seems to like it a WHOLE lot more than that crappy ol’roy I mistakenly fed her about a week and a half ago. I hope this food will benefit her skin and coat much more, and won’t upset her stomach as much but it is very early in the changing process.

What do you feed your dogs? What is the best/most nutritional (dry) food? What do you stay away from?

Jimmy answers:

I hate to break it to you, but while Science Diet is definitely a hell of a lot better than Ol’Roy… It’s still a low quality dog food! The most affordable of the high quality dog foods you can find would probably be Canidae and Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul.

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 the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren’t safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. 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, Timberwolf 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!

Before following your vet’s food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

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 diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! And Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can’t find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

Another option, if you can’t find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here’s an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), 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. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Mandy asks…

What are some healthy dog food brands?

I want to feed my Doberman right and keep him healthy. I hear all these false advertisements and new discoveries about bad dog foods. So what are some legitimate healthy dog food brands that will help my dog in a true way for training and exercise?

Jimmy answers:

For a Doberman I would recommend Nutro Ultra. Ultra is a holistic dog food which means a collection of nutritious ingredients working together to nourish your whole dog.

It contains quality sources of protein, real chicken is the first ingredient with salmon meal, lamb meal and chicken meal which are all the real meat source with the water and bone removed. Meals are nutrient dense, highly accessible sources of protein.

It also contains lots of natural sources of omega fatty acids in salmon, sunflower oil and flaxseed. Omega fatty acids are vital in maintaining a healthy skin and coat.

Finally, Ultra is formulated with fruits and vegetables for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep your dog’s immune system healthy.

Also important to consider, unlike other companies Nutro manufactures all of its foods in Nutro owned facilities in the US. This makes for unparalleled quality control with over 600 quality checks per day at each facility.

Hope that helps :)

Olivia
Pet Nutrition Specialist
Nutro

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