Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food Made With Turkey

Donald asks…

Raw food Diet vs dry food?

I have a lab mix puppy. I have been feeding him purina pro plan because that is what was recommended by his obedience trainer. I’m starting to wonder if it is healthier for them to have a dry food diet or a raw food diet. Which is better in your opinion? Personal experiences? And if I were to make my own raw food what would I put in it? He is 11 weeks old.

Jimmy answers:

Raw.

Purina is really bad anyway.

Personal experiences? My dogs have been fed nearly every 5 star kibble out there – Taste of the Wild, Before Grains, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, etc. I began feeding Raw Meaty Bones (RMB) last year, and within MINUTES of chowing down, their teeth were pearly white! I began looking into different raw diets; Prey Model Raw (PMR), BARF, even Prey Model BARF and pre-made. I decided to go with Prey Model Raw, and I have seen fantastic results. I have a 4 year old mutt that, prior to being fed raw, her teeth were disgusting, brown almost, and her breath always smelt like..crap, most literally. Now, her teeth are pearly white, and she no longer has that bad ‘dog breath’! Her poop is no longer the size of a horses, they are a manageable size and within a few days are even like rocks (from bone matter) and I can easily pick them up by hand and put them in the garbage. Sure, it seems disgusting because you feed kibble and your dog probably has enormous, stinky poops. Not my dogs, I can go out and pick it up as if it was nothing.

The BEST raw diet (Prey Model Raw) consists of meat, bones, organs, and offal. The basic ratio in the order I listed them is 80:10:5:5.
80% Meat
10% Bones
5% Organs (Especially liver!)
5% Offal
(Offal is leftover parts of animals after slaughter, like heads, hooves, feet, etc.)

Start out with something simple, like chicken. Give a wing, drumstick, thigh, whatever. Start giving other meats, like turkey. Then you can start giving liver, kidney, hooves, whatever you can find.

If you choose to feed PMR, then whole carcasses are important. Feeding whole chicken, turkeys, even some rabbits and deer if you’re lucky enough to get them. However, if you find quality meats on sale, but they’re ground, get them and feed them frozen. Last night, my dogs got frozen ground bison and beef liver. Tonight, they are getting chicken drumsticks + thighs, a LITTLE bit of pumpkin (Helps with digestion) and their favorite chew toy – pig hooves!

Here’s a raw food calculator to help you determine how much to feed: http://www.raw4dogs.com/calculate.htm

Good luck! :)

Maria asks…

Opinions on the best dry dog food?

I’ve recently switched my cats to Merrick’s chicken pot pie canned food, and am now looking to switch my dogs to something healthier than the Purine One they’re on now (I’m hoping to get away from all the by-products and fillers).

I’m leaning towards Merrick or Wellness brands, but am unsure of which flavor is “best”. I’ve done enough research on cat food to know that too much fish for cats is a bad thing, but can’t really find anything in layman’s terms like that for dogs. Is there anything specific in the dog foods I need to avoid?

Any opinions or advice?
I’ve never heard of Royal Canine, but Pedigree is the exact type of food I’m getting them off of. Full of by-products and fillers.
For example, Merrick’s chicken pot pie dry dog food lists the first ingredients as: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Oat Meal, Pearled Barley, Turkey Meal…etc.

The chicken and turkey meals are confusing me. Are they okay since chicken is the first ingredient, or is “meal” still something to avoid?

Jimmy answers:

I feed both Merrick and Wellness, they are both great foods.

To find a premium quality dog food, read the ingredients list.
Do not pay attention to advertising, they all claim to be great.
Manufacturers of the poor quality foods are not going to say,
“We use total garbage in our food but buy it anyway.” Also a
point to remember is when a pet food advertises “vet approved”
the company has a vet, on staff, paid to recommend the food.
Not such a good recommendation after all.

Just like with humans, better nutrition means better health.
The better quality your pets food is the better off your pet is.
As a bonus if you use a good quality food that is not made with
fillers your pet will have a smaller, firmer stool.

The very first ingredient in a good quality food will be a specific
meat. It will read: “Chicken”, “Turkey” or “Beef” Not chicken meal,
turkey meal or beef meal. A type of meat, or fish, will be the first
ingredient. No exceptions. If it simply says “Meat” stay clear,
don’t buy it. Meat is not specific.

This is a list of some of the things you should try to avoid.

1 – Corn, in any form (corn, corn meal, corn gluten…etc) should
be avoided. As soon as you see corn in the ingredients list you know
it is not a good food for your pet. Corn is simply a filler, no nutritional
value for your pet. Dogs and cats do not digest corn, it just passes
right through them so your pet gets a larger, stinker stool.
Some dogs are also allergic to corn, it will cause itching and
skin problems.

2 – Wheat, only because it is common for dogs to be allergic
to it. If your dog does not have a wheat allergy, wheat is fine.

3 – By Products. That is what is left over after everything “good”
is removed during processing. It not only contains cow hooves
and horns, fur and feathers and feces it can contain sawdust and dirt
from the floor. By products can also contain diseased tissue,
cancerous tissue. It is anything from the animal not fit for
human consumption. This stuff can sit around for days,
un-refridgerated, waiting for pick up. Frankly, I would not
feed pet food containing by-products to a stray, let alone
my own beloved pets.

4 – “General”, non-specific ingredients, like animal digest and meat
meal should be avoided. You have no way of knowing what they
are and we probably don’t want to know. Look for specific
ingredients like chicken fat or lamb meal. That tells you what it is.

5 – Preservatives such as propylene glycol, BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin
are all cancer causing. Look instead for Mixed tocopherois, a natural
preservative.

6 – Soy, in any form is another filler and also another ingredient dogs
can have severe allergies too.

7 – Brewer’s yeast. Again, causes problems. Watch out for skin and ear
infections if the food contains this product.

8 – Flax is another ingredient some dogs have a problem with, usually
as a stool softener.

Again, read the ingredients lists. Yes a premium quality food will cost
more than the poor quality ones. Common sense, Meat costs more than
corn. On the other hand, a healthy dog needs less trips to the vet
than one suffering allergies and infections caused by the food being fed.
So find a premium quality dog food and have a healthier dog!

Mark asks…

Would you eat a whole bag of dog food for $1000?

Title says it all.

Jimmy answers:

Yes. Dog and cat food is made up of human food in general thus making it edible for humans. It’s not like they make dog food using rocket science or some plant that magically grows turkey/chicken for dog consumption.

Plus i have had an experience like this already. I was eating this cooking in the fridge and thought it was some health cookie it tasted pretty good i later took out the bag since i almost ate it all found out it was dog treats. It tasted like oatmeal cookies that had no sugar in them. And they were white not brown or green or w.e they looked like sugar cookies color wise.

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