Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Comparison

Nancy asks…

Is the a comparable substitute for Hills W/D dog food?

Vet recommended W/D because the dog is diabetic and requires 2 shots of insulin per day

Jimmy answers:

+ The best substitute for Science Diet would be another food, Science Diet is not a very good food and has a lot of junk and fillers. Here is some more info.

+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 i.e. Publix brand dog food, Winn-Dixie brand dog food etc.

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

Chris asks…

why cant you feed a cat dog food, its so much cheaper, ive 4 Toms?

Jimmy answers:

Because a dog and a cat’s nutritional requirements are different. Cat food is higher in protein than dog food for one. Cat food also contains an amino acid called taurine that is essential to cats. Feeding dog food long term to cats will result in dangerous nutritional deficiencies, particularly in the case of taurine deficiency. A taurine deficiency could result in central retinal degeneration and dilated cardiomyopathy. In other words, cats end up blind with heart damage from the lack of taurine in their diet.

Edit: Actually <3 :) , cats are obligate carnivores and dogs are carnivores.

Http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id51.html (Dogs are Carnivores)
http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html (Myth: DOGS ARE OMNIVORES.)
http://www.doggedblog.com/doggedblog/2004/11/of_carnivores_o.html (Of Carnivores, Omnivores, Teeth, and Science)
http://rawdogfood.com.au/carnivores.html (DOGS ARE CARNIVORES)

Edit x2: Where's all this 'dogs are omnivores' stuff coming from?

Some skull comparisons:

http://fc02.deviantart.net/images/large/stockart/animals/Wolf_Skull_1.jpg

(Wolf Skull. Note the molars are sharp and designed to rip and tear meat. Signature of a carnivore.)

http://sibar.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/sm-130-lg.jpg

(Dog Skull. Again, note that the molars are sharp and designed to rip and tear meat. Signature of a carnivore.)

http://www.educationalbiofacts.com/images/Alaska%20Grizzly%20Bear%20Skull.jpg

(Bear Skull. Note that the molars are more blunt and capable of chewing vegetation. Signature of an omnivore.)

Darksong~

Jenny asks…

Am I feeding my dog enough?

I have a 1 year old male 42kg labradoodle (who’s more like a lab). and he’s castrated if that makes a difference…

He’s a few kgs overweight according to the vet, which isn’t bad for his size and build. I mean he’s not unhealthy but he could lose a teeny bit…

He’s meant to be fed 4 or 5 cups of dry food a day. I give him about that, and some dog treats (not a whole lot, and not really unhealthy ones) and he gets scraps sometimes, instead of a meal or sometimes mixed into his food.

But whenever i feed him, he eats it like he hasn’t been fed in days, and whenever i eat in front of him, he looks at it and drools like crazy. If i throw him something he swallows it and then waits for you to throw something else.

Earlier, I fed him a full bowl at around 9 and at 11 he was sniffing in his bowl for more.
i dont keep feeding him cos i cant resist his eyes or any of that crap, its cos he just looks like he’s actually starving all of the time. =S

what do i do?
I’m not worried about him losing weight he’s not that overweight, it’s the constant hunger i’m worried about :S
I’m not worried about him losing weight he’s not that overweight, it’s the constant hunger i’m worried about :S

Jimmy answers:

Dogs are scavengers. They are genetically hard-wired to eat at every opportunity they get and to recognize that you should eat hardy right now because that might be the last meal you get for 3 days. So every dog dog on the planet will finish the bowl, lick it clean, look around it and under it for any misplaced kibble, lick it clean again (on the hope that maybe they missed some kibble the first time around), look at you to let you know that they haven’t eaten in months–well, okay, 10 seconds, then look back into the bowl just in case they missed some, than check the baseboards of the room you feed them in in case kibble magically grows through the walls and then look at you again to see if you get the hint.

A friend told me about her 14 pound dog who once gobbled down 20 biscuits that had been set out to rise (so this dog consumed 20 mounds of dough that then expanded in her stomach!). Dogs will gobble down road kill. Some will eat other’s poop. They’ll eat grass, and cardboard, swallow chewed up rawhide (think about chewing on your belt and then swallowing it–that’s the comparison).

It has NOTHING to do with hunger. Dogs don’t eat when they’re hungry. Dogs eat when there is opportunity. They’ll eat when they’re full. They’ll eat just because they can, because it’s there.

1. Use portion control religiously. Do NOT deviate from it. If you’re giving any treats than reduce the portion accordingly. In fact, reduce the portion anyway. 1/2 cup less of food isn’t going to starve your dog. The quality of the food and the physical activity your dog gets has more impact on his life and health then how much food you’re feeding him.

2. Here’s what you need to know and tell yourself. Big dogs (and labs or lab mixes qualify) live shorter lives than small dogs do. The biggest reason is that their systems are stressed more. And the single biggest factor that stresses a dog’s system is being overweight. Being a few pounds overweight leads to sooner onset of chronic renal failure, it leads to joint problems (which reduces activity which decreases the quality of life).

If you want your dog to lead a long, happy life, here is what you do:
–get some pounds off him. The weight your vet set is appropriate is probably still a bit on the high side. But in any rate, do NOT have an overweight dog.
–give your dog physical activity every day. Dogs thrive off of physical activity.
–give your dog a job. A job means a purpose. With a purpose, a dog is stimulated, happy and fulfilled.
You do those 3 things and baring a terrible fluke or something you can’t control, your dog will live a long time, be happy and be a great mate and friend you’ll cherish for a lot longer.

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