Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Brands

Sharon asks…

Commercial Brand dog food?

Is Pedigree a commercial Brand dog food?

Jimmy answers:

1. Pedigree is a commercial brand dog food.

2. It’s a very bad dog food. Go to this website and type in pedigree: www.dogfoodanalysis.com and you’ll find out that Pedigree is rated one-star (while the best dog foods get 6 stars). Pedigree has a lot of fillers plus two preservatives that have been demonstrated to be carcinogens in lab animals.

George asks…

What brand of food to feed my dog?

He’s a Bichon Frise/Poodle mix. Currently I’m feeding my dog Kirkland (Costco brand), but the trainer told me that it wasn’t a great brand. She recommend Science Diet, Pro Plan, and Blue Buffalo? I totally disagree with her with science diet and pro plan because of what ive heard about it on here. I’ve heard Canidae is good, and so is blue buffalo ive heard. what brand should i feed my dog?

and is it ok to mix one spoonful of wet food with one cup of dry food? i asked the trainer and she said it causes a whole bunch of extra poop, is she right??

and should i be feeding my dog on a schedule, or should food be out all the time?

thank you all SO much for your answers, i really appreciate it!!!

Jimmy answers:

Kirkland is much better food the Science Diet and Pro-Plan.

Kirkland is an ‘okay’ brand, especially for the price if you’re on a tight budget.

Blue Buffalo and Canidae are both good foods. (Canidae is better than Blue Buffalo. I would say Blue Buffalo is ‘good’, and Canidae is ‘excellent’.)

My personal top food choices are Merrick and Canidae. My dog does excellent on those foods, but not all dogs thrive on the same foods.

There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn’t mean it will jive the best for your dog.

What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

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Here is how to choose GOOD, HIGH-QUALITY dog food:

1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.

2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.

3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.

4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers (brewers rice, beet pulp, etc).

5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).

6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.

7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

Here are some examples of high-quality foods:
* Artemis
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Canidae
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* EVO
* Fromm
* Innova
* Merrick
* Nature’s Variety
* Orijen
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Timberwolf Organics
* Wellness
* ZiwiPeak

Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods, 3 or less stars I would stay away from. Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

What **NOT** to buy:

Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.

Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. “Hill’s scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine” (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

When switching foods, do it gradually so your dog doesn’t get diarrhea. I do this over about a two week timespan:
25% food A, 75% food B
50% food A, 50% food B
75% food A, 25% food B
100% food A
.

Lizzie asks…

What’s a good brand of dog food under $15?

My pitbull wont eat her dog food. She will eat the cat food. We’ve tried like a lot of different brands. We can’t spend a fortune on food. So $15 is our limit cuz we have another pitbull and he eats like a dang lion. But diamond is getting skinnier. It could be that she wants to eat the cat food til its done and then eat hers so they dont have any left. Cuz she use to do it but got her to stop. She is a little food aggressive. But not bad to where we cant walk pass it. Just when the cats go and check if its theirs. So please help me figure this out. Any brand that is $15 or under. Or should I just feed her cat food. I heard you weren’t suppose to cuz they eat it to fast and they end up throwing it back up.

Jimmy answers:

Honestly, you aren’t going to find any quality dog food for $15. It’s all going to be garbage and lead to health problems down the road. More expensive brands look like they cost more on the surface, but usually you don’t need to feed as much as the expensive stuff because it’s more nutritious and filling. That helps offset the cost. Not to mention the vet bills you’ll save on. Cheap dog food leads to a massive amount of health problems.

Is there a Tractor Supply Co. Store near you? The brand 4health is pretty good and relatively cheap, but it can only be found at Tractor Supply Co. Stores.

If that doesn’t work, check out this website and try to find a 4 or 5 rated dog food: http://www.dogfoodinsider.com/dog-food-reviews.html

Good luck to ya!!!

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