Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Brands

Maria asks…

dog food brand….help!?

what brand of dog food will help a neglected dog gain weight ?I am thinking of adopting an underweight chihuahua.she is one year old and is short haired. thanks!

Jimmy answers:

A high quality one!

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.

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 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.

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. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

Carol asks…

What’s a good brand for dry dog food?

I have been feeding my 5 month old Yorkie/Pomeranian & 3 years Chihuahua Avoderm Lamb. Since their 15LB bag is running out soon, I’ve been looking online for a better brand. There’s too much to choose from & it’s hard to decide.. I thought Avoderm was really good but for 50$ for a 30LB bag feels like I’m being ripped off because it’s not one of the best dog food brands.. I heard it’s not the worse brand but also not the best.

I happened to come across BLUE BUFFALO & it’s just a few dollars cheaper for the 30LB bag. I’m deciding either LAMB or the FISH. What’s better? Or if there’s any other dog food brand that’s better.. Thanks.
EDIT: Since I’m still a low level I can’t give it a thumbs up or thumbs down.

To prices, I am however not concern but with Avoderm being 50$ for 30LB not being one of the best brand I felt insecure about always buying it if it’s not that great.

I shop at my local Petsmart & they only have a limited amount of dog food brands. Maybe I should have put this in earlier :( . But so far all answers seems to be great for my knowledge. Thanks!
EDIT: I care about my dog‘s coat and health so I want a reasonable price for a good brand. I don’t want to give my dogs low quality food that’s why I thought Avoderm was great because it was not too cheap.. Plus a friend of mine recommended to me so I tried it.. My dogs however love Avoderm Lamb. My Chihuahua was a picky eater when it comes to dog food.. But she likes Avoderm.. My yorkie/pom isn’t allergic to the food but for some reason my Chihuahua has rashes and always scratch herself but yet she still eats it.. I’ve read some blue buffalo brand where people have seen rashes going away and such..

Jimmy answers:

There is a lot of dog food out there, it’s hard to sift through all the brands! And what’s harder is the price difference on some of them… You can buy some really great foods for the same price as some really bad ones and vice versa. Don’t get frustrated though, you will find the food that is perfect for you and your dogs :)

Blue Buffalo is a great food. Lamb and Fish are both good for dogs who are sensitive to the usual animal proteins. Some people complain about fishy breath when they feed their dogs a fish based food, but it’s not a problem for everyone. The extra omega-3s from the fish are good for their skin and coat though. If your pups are happy with Lamb, you might want to stick with that.

If you like Blue and it’s convenient, I’d go for it. It is a bit pricier than some other equivalent-quality brands though, but with small dogs a few dollars more or les on a 15lb bag isn’t too big of a deal.
There are some other really quality brands for the same price, less, or more.
Pricing does depend on the store and the area. If you have a feed store in your area, they are almost always the best bet for good price and a good selection of quality foods (a lot of quality brands don’t sell in commercial pet stores like Petco or Petsmart). Some brands to consider
Taste of the Wild – best price on a grain-free dog food (I think it might even be the same price as or cheaper than Blue, which is rare in a grain free food). Highly recommended. Only available at non-chain stores (cheap feed stores or expensive doggie boutiques).
Canidae – very popular and reasonable priced. They offer high-quality food with grains as well as a grain-free (of course, the grain free is a bit more expensive… I think a 15lb bag grain-free is around $30). Only available at non-chain stores (cheap feed stores or expensive doggie boutiques).
Wellness – much like Canidae they offer quality food with grains as well as grain free (called Wellness Core). The grain-free is pretty pricey, but their Wellness SuperMix is as good a quality as Blue and I think a bit cheaper. Like Blue it’s available at Petsmart and Petco.
Solid Gold – I mention this one because they started selling it at Petco. They offer a reasonably priced high quality food and have a more expensive grain-free option.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul – I haven’t check the label in a while, but I remember it as a very high quality food and the price was SOOOO cheap.

If you’re going for the best bang for your buck, I would honestly say the highest quality food for the least amount of money is Taste of the Wild.

If you’re limited to Petsmart, they offer Blue Buffalo and Wellness – both excellent kibbles.
If you’re limited to Petco, they offer Blue Buffalo, Wellness, and Solid Gold.

There are SO many more kibbles than I have listed here. If you really want the best of the bets, consider a high-end grain free like Orijen. It comes at a price though :) I feed my dog Canidae grain-free and he has been doing great on it for a while now.

There are a lot of dog food review sites out there, but I really like this one: http://dogfoodadvisor.com/
It’s really user-friendly and gives detailed analysis of why a food got it’s rating. The Five Star foods are almost all grain-free and range anywhere from $1.50/lb to $3+/lb based on the foods. The Four Star foods are generally foods that have quality protiens, lower carbs, quality grains, etc. The prices also vary greatly. I’m pretty sure the cheapest is Chicken Soup.

As you probably know since you have been researching, you want to stay away from most of the big commercial brands that get a lot of commerical time like Beneful, Purina, Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba, etc. A lot of people’s dogs do just fine on them, but they really are chock full of fillers and questionable ingredients. As a general rule, if you see corn, wheat, or soy in the food, you can get better quality!

Hope this helped.

Mark asks…

Dog Food Brands?

Hi. I am just here to say that…. i am getting tierd of some people saying purina or science diet .etc) is a good dog food. It is not. Read your ingredients people! Canidae,Royal Cainin, Wellness, Solid Gold, etc) Those are one of the best. Look your dog food up online and see if it is good or not. I don’t wan’t people feeding their dogs junk! Anything from the market is junk. Try a pet store. I wanted to use my 5 pts, to say this. I hope you all agree.

Jimmy answers:

A pet store like petco. Trust me I looove petco. They take excellent care of my dogs (i.e. Free bushings, occasionally free pet food like imbs. They have nothing bad in it. Just look at the ingredients list before you buy and decide whats best for your pup. I used to use others when they were puppies because it was cheaper. I tried imbs and they loved it and would eat no other pet food once they tried it. Also you can buy canned food. Not from like Krilland or any cheep costco brands but its kinda hard to squeeze that much cra* into dog food. Also if you do find crap like bad stuff in the food just contact the company and ask the simple question why do you put this shi* in dog food. Don’t you even car about they. I mean sure it could be cheaper to make but g*d dam* it don’t they care anymore. Just next time you buy dog food consider this… Anything you wont eat thats in dog food…why the hel* should you give it to them? (also try imbs)

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