Objective review of Dog foods?
Does anyone have a good objective study (consumer reports, etc) on Dog food? So many varieties, so many claims. I am not looking for sales brochures or your opinion, just if there are any objective studies.
Here is everything no one wants to hear about their fancy dog foods Unfortunately dogfoodanalysis is completely opinion bases with no science.
Http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10668 (this book is expensive, but worth it, see if the library has it)
http://books.nap.edu/audioplayer.php?record_id=10668&n=0 Pod cast synopsis from the book
http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/ucm047120.htm Bottom line: “because of concern that overnutrition, rather than undernutrition, is a bigger problem with many pet foods today”.
I was at my local feed store today and they had a sample bag of dog food. PMI Nutrition Exclusive. The sample was the chicken and rice formula.
Anyone feed this brand? Thoughts? Opinions?
Right now I feed Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison.
The other food is more cost effective based on size of the bag and price.
These are the ingredients….
Chicken, chicken meal, brewers rice, oatmeal, whole grain brown rice, chicken
fat preserved with mixed tocopherols (a form of vitamin E), corn gluten meal, dried beet pulp,
dried egg product, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, cholline chloride
glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper
proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate,
manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A
supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine
hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement,
I do not see the ones you’ve listed…?
I found this web site where pet food is rated on a scale of 100 for ingredients, and red flanned scored in the area of 60-65 out of 100. Its pretty interesting, I have included a section of the web site. But check it out: http://hubpages.com/hub/Dog-Food-Review-Dog-Food-Comparison-M-Listings
Red FlannelTM Adult Formula is specifically designed to help normally active dogs maintain lifelong health. It supplies 100% complete and balanced nutrition for maintenance of the adult dog.
How on earth do they figure “wholesome nutrition”? You could feed the bag the food came in and do better. Let’s take a look at what Red Flannel is asking you to feed your dog in the name of wholesome nutrition.
No wonder Red Flannel has a history of pet food recalls!
Chicken By-products are floor sweepings collected from a rendering plant. Anything that hits the floor and is not fit for human consumption is by-product. By-products can’t have “added” feathers but the ones included in the mess are just fine. Meal means the floor sweepings have had the water removed and the feathers, poultry poo, whatever has hit the floor – is now concentrated.
Corn, and lots of it! Corn is a cheap filler used by pet food companies to reduce production costs. Gluten is a super concentrated mix. Meal is also concentrated. The corn in this mix is actually at least 5 times or more the amount listed. If that was not enough corn Red Flannel actually added some ground yellow corn to go with the super concentrated corn gluten meal.
We should take time out from this review to remind ourselves of the good and bad effects of corn in a cat or dog’s diet. *Corn, wheat and soy are resonsible for fever, ear aches, ear infections, bad bread, dental disease, hair loss, dry and itchy skin, bloat, tumors, warts, moles, abnormal nail growth, arthritis, deafness, blindness, digestive problems, inflamed liver, inflamed kidneys, bladder problems, heart problems, and death. Oh yeah, for the good effects of corn and wheat – reduces the cost of pet food production. This does not sound wholesome to me!
Beet pulp is another cheap filler used by pet food companies. “Beet Pulp” sounds good, doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Just because Grandma told us we had to eat our beets as kids does not mean it is good for our pets. Grandma didn’t take the nutrients out of the beet and leave us just the dried fiber to eat, did she? Beet pulp is junk.
Natural Flavor. I always like the way pet food companies hide the use of manure in the ingredients. Natural flavor is made from the manure of the animal the pet food company wants the pet food to taste like. Yep, Red Flannel is flavored with chicken manure.
Brewer’s rice and brewer’s dried yeast are by-products of beer production. There you go, your little pet gets what is left over after a beer run, the stuff not fit for human consumption.
Wholesome, my foot! Ol’ Roy, which is reguarded as one of the cheapest pet foods on the market, out scored Red Flannel by 3 points and Ol’ Roy has Class Actions filed against the company. Given time Red Flannel will be responsible for countless pet illnesses and deaths…..mark my words!! – Susan Peters
ADD: All the food from the link you provided (From Red Flannel PMI) has some sort of by-product in it. Stay on the food you are already using, it is much better.
Aremis dog food?
I am still trying to find a good dog food….
Both my dogs are on wellness allergy formula, rice and venision. They were on some other food and were farting like crazy…that has stopped.
I just dont like that the first ingredient is rice….
I have looked at several foods and came across Aretemis…..Whats your opinion on this food?
They are doing good on the wellness food, but again, i am always on the lookout.
I have 2 golden retrievers.
Both wellness and Artemis are good brands of dog foods. Rice should not be the first ingredient however, so I suggest you should think about changing to a different flavor or brand.
Artemis looks like a great food and I don`t see why not to change to Artemis. Sometimes it`s good to have a little change from the same boring old food!
If you want, have a look at this website. They have tons of reviews and ratings on dog foods. Try and pick dog foods 3+ stars. Not everyone has enough money to buy the most expensive dog foods`, so don`t worry.
Here is the website:
Good luck! I hope this helps.
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