Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Comparison

Richard asks…

Is Iams bad dog food?

Why do people say that Purina and Iams and other cheaper food are such good dog food. Then other peole say it’s not. Personally I don’t believe its the best, but will it really hurt my dog? We’ve had previous dogs who lived very long poductive lives with very cheap dog food. They never had many health problems either. I thought that the AAFCO was supposed to have done tests on it and proved it to be ok? So will it really hurt my dog or is it ok to get it for her?

Jimmy answers:

No; there are no bad commercial dog foods since all must meet 100% of nutrional requirements by law (in the USA) but there are differences that are important to some people and some dogs do better on one brand vs another (it is hit/miss though – no way to predict which works best). The most important lable item is the AAFCO statement since it says whether or not that food was tested and proven to allow dogs to thrive or whether a food was formulated to meet this requirement. Note that this means MOST dogs will do well. There is a small percentage that have hereditary allergic reactions to some ingredients (usually a protein source and often from a grain – usually wheat) but this is something one deals with after the fact. The dog food comparison sights are all (at least I haven’t found any that are not) pretty useless as they throw science out the door and use hear say and collocial evidence.

Susan asks…

Best dry dog food brand?

I have a 7yr old Yorkie and my family has always been feeding her Beneful and just recently we found out that it’s rlly bad for her! We love our doggie and want her more healthier and better choices. Is there a top brand at stores like Publix or Target? Also is the Bj’s dog food good?

Jimmy answers:

Personally, my research has all pointed to Orijen as one of the best dog food brands on the market. There are other good options as well.

Orijen Reviews:

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/orijen-dog-food-adult/

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php/product/2302

Heres some good points to look for:
1) No grains
2) Look at the list of ingredients and see how many are whole fresh items (i.e. Salmon).
3) Look at how many whole items there are (i.e. Salmon) in comparison with concentrated forms of them (i.e. Salmon Meal). Ingredients are listed from most abundant by weight to least abundant. Ideally you want to see more “Salmon” than “Salmon Meal,” hence Salmon should be listed on the ingredients before salmon meal. As a caveat however, they weigh whole items prior to removing all the water, so it is a bit of a misleading measurement in any case. The meal will almost always be a more significant ingredient once the water is removed. But at least the with-water amount of whole food was higher.
4) Look at what is being used to supply the carbohydrates. Generally it is best to use carb items that have colour, like Yams or Sweet Potato, because they will have more antioxidants.
5) Look for vacuum sealed bags, since this is often a sign of freshness and a need to keep fresh ingredients.. Well, fresh.
6) Look for a lot of different veggies and things to supply minerals and nutrients.
7) Learn about some of the specific unique good things in dog foods: i.e. Probiotics, Chelated Minerals (easier to digest more completely)… Etc. 8) Do NOT buy anything made in China. High risk level of toxins and they have no quality assurance, so you never know whats actually in there.

There are other brands than Orijen that are supposed to be quite good. Consider the above tips and go borrow a book from your library on canine nutrition.

Laura asks…

what is holistic dog food?

does this mean the food is all organic with no fillers and grains? i am going to the pet store shortly to buy high quality dog food and was thinking of Blue Buffalo Puppy Food and adult food for my dogs because they’ve been eating purina and im hearing bad things about grocery store dog foods
i just went to blue buffalos site and it says their holistic dog food is contains natural ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Oatmeal, Rye, Whole Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Menhaden Fish Meal (natural source of DHA-Docosahexaneoic Acid), Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Dried Egg, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, Garlic, Sunflower Oil (natural source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Herring Oil (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Dried Chicory Root, Black Malted Barley, Oil of Rosemary, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin C, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (V

Jimmy answers:

Firstly, blue buffalo is an excellent choice, well done!

For a better understanding i’ll juse give you comparisons

Ordinary Dog Food vs. Holistic Dog Food

There are several reasons many pet owners choose holistic food for their dog. Some commercial dog foods on the market include:

- Poor protein sources. Protein is crucial to your dog’s health, yet “weak” sources, such as soybean meal, corn glutens, corn meal, whole corn, and ground or crushed corn are used in many dog foods. While dogs do need some grains, often commercial dog foods also use grains as a substitute for meat.

- Chemical preservatives. Some scientific studies have shown that BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin are found in many dog foods and may promote liver disease and other medical problems.

- By products, which include animal necks, heads, feet, intestines, undeveloped eggs, lungs, spleen, and liver. Since dogs would be eating such animal parts in the wild, this may not be of too great a concern. However, some pet foods have even been found to contain Pentobarbital, which is a chemical used to euthanize animals.

- Food coloring. This is added to many dog foods in order to make the product more appealing to humans.
—- i can’t stress this one enough, your pets food shoult NOT be a rainbow, should all be one color, max of two like blue buffalo has.

Holistic dog food on the other hand contains none of these things and instead offers:

- Higher quality protein sources, which come from actual, high quality meat.
- Natural preservatives only.
- No by products.
- No food coloring.

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