Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Comparison

Maria asks…

When do I stop giving my dog puppy food?

My dachshund just turned 2 in April. He still eats puppy food. I was wondering when I should start giving him adult food? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on behavior training. He is very hyper and very bad whenever I have company. Even though he is so bad, I love him and want him to be happy.

Jimmy answers:

~ Please change your dog to a HIGH QUALITY dog food. No grocery store or pet store food. Your dog is ready for adult food and should be feed nothing but the best.

+All dog foods are not created equal. There is a huge difference in ingredients, quality of ingredients and company standards. When wondering what to get or comparing your current food it is best to do as much research as possible.

Your options are a raw diet, which is one of the greatest diets for dogs. To learn more go to www.barfworld.com. Raw really means nothing cooked; meat, bones and organs. This is not to be confused with allowing your dog to eat cooked bones, cooked bones are harmful, raw bones are not. This is the dog’s ancestral diet. If you think a dog should not be eating raw meat, go back and study wolves. Ask yourself what year was dog food made and then how long have dogs been around without our help of over processed dog food and gravy.

Another option is kibble and wet food. I think a good choice is both. Feeding Kibble 2x a day 12 hours apart and wet food 2x a week in place of 1 feeding of equal calories is a good balance. When you are looking for a healthy dog food it is important that not only the kibble be high quality but the wet food, treats and chews be high quality as well.

Foods to avoid: Pedigree, Beneful, Purina, Iams, Nutro, Alpo, Ol Roy, Mighty Dog, Ceser, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, Royal Canin, Eagle Pack (not to be confused with Eagle Pack Holistic) and of course all grocery store brands of dog food!

These foods have low quality ingredients that can cause allergies, diabetes, bloat, overweight, oily skin, excessive and or runny stool and a myriad of other problems. Most of these brands are owned by companies like Del Monte, Proctor and Gamble, Mars and Nestle. Do you really believe that a company like Proctor and Gamble who makes beauty products, household cleaning supplies, baby items, prescription drugs and many others is the best suited company to make quality products for dogs? 50% of Mars is pet food, 45% is unhealthy snacks like candy bars. Does this sound like the best company to make dog food? All of these companies have one thing in common, they have the advertising to make you believe pictures of meat and veggies and healthy dogs running around on the commercials is what you will get. Knowing the truth about what is in these foods is devastating.

Quality dog foods: Innova, California Natural, EVO, Karma, Wellness, Wellness Core, Orijen, Canidae, Merricks, Artemis, Taste of the Wild, Nature’s Variety, Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon and Timberwolf.

Here are several websites to do your own research, which I highly suggest. A lot of questions here about dog’s health problems are a direct result of the food you are feeding. Read the ingredients label on the back, go to the website and see who owns the dog food, look up the ingredients and learn why it is used and what the pros and cons are. Changing to a healthy low grain, no grain dog food will relieve most of your dog aliments and give you a healthier and happier dog.

Www.naturapet.com

www.dogfoodproject.com

www.dogfoodanalysis.com

www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

www.feedmypet.com/dog-food-comparison.html

Joseph asks…

Dog food question (specifically Canidae).?

I got my Pom Canidae(all stages of life formula w/ chicken, lamb, fish, and another thing) today. Just a few minutes ago, I haven’t fed it to him yet.
How healthy is Canidae? I used to feed him Science Diet, so it’s gotta be better than that right?
But the 5 pound bag only cost $10, so I’m wondering why it was so cheap, if it’s *that* good of a dog food.

Thanks!

Jimmy answers:

Here is an unbiased review of a random Science Diet food (as I don’t know which specific variety you were using):

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=128&cat=all

It is a one-out-of-six-star food.
(To get the exact review of the kind you used, simply go to “Reviews” and search for it in the search bar.)

Now here’s a review of Canidae ALS:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=528&cat=all

Note how highly it is recommended, especially in comparison to the Science Diet.

$10-$15 is perfectly fine for a five pound bag. A five pound bag of my food of choice, Fromm Four-Star, is about $12 or $13. See, consumers buy awful foods like Science Diet.. It’s “vet endorsed” and all that, and if people are willing to buy it, they can get away with charging as much for junk as quality companies do for their *good* foods.

Do be aware that your Pom is likely to suffer a pretty tough transitional period, however! If you can go buy a small bag of Science Diet, do so. Regardless of what foods you’re switching, you need to transition gradually! Add a little bit of the new food every day over a period of at *least* ten days. Failing to do this typically results in an upset stomach and some reaaally loose stools. Know that this is not necessarily because the new food is low quality, but because any sudden change to a dog’s diet is going to play havoc with his or her digestive system. So, transition slowly, and all should be well! For an even smoother transition, consider adding Eagle Pack Holistic Transition powder and/or a bit of pure canned pumpkin to her meals to help give her firm stools.

EDIT: By the way, if you’d like to personally grade each food so that you can compare them, here:

http://www.mastiffonlinecommunity.net/viewtopic.php?t=190

Just look up the ingredients of each food.

John asks…

What is the best brand of dog food for bully breeds?

I need to know the healthiest food for english bulldogs and pitbulls. Thanks

Jimmy answers:

4Health is good. I wouldn’t say hands down by any means, but it’s good and not very expensive in comparison to something amazing like Blue Buffalo. We use Diamond for our 4 Bulldogs. The most important things are to avoid any food with Corn, Wheat, Soy, or by-products of any kind and to make sure that protein is listed as the first ingredient. And don’t be afraid to go with chicken or beef in spite of the other answerer’s statement to avoid it.

Also, most foods don’t have quite enough protein in the food so you may want to cook up some chicken breast a couple times a week to add to the food. Ask your vet about how much. Check out this awesome website that lists all the ingredients found in every food and ranks them 1-5 for quality: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

We talk a bit more about Bulldog Care on this page http://redwhiteandbulldogs.com/englishbulldogcare/

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