Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food With Turkey

Maria asks…

Whould my little puppy do well on EVO turkey and chicken small bites dog food?

M frist question is, is it Innova EVO or just EVO and how do you pronounce it? I have done lots of research and want to try EVO as it is rated 6/6 stars and has a fomula for small breed. My toy poodle/toy australian shepherd mix is 5.3 pounds at 6 months old. She is currently on iams and im so ready to get her off, but she has soo much food left. Do you think she would do well on this high protein diet? Can this food be given to puppies? Should I also use EVO turkey and chicken dog treats?

Jimmy answers:

Its technically Innova EVO, pronounced Eve-O. It is made by Natura Pet Products. Alot of people just call it EVO, though. First off, there is no “one size fits all dog food”, which means no single dog food is going to work for every dog. I would give a try, introduce it slowly, and see how your dog does on it.Your doing good by looking for a quality diet for your dog. It is a myth that protein causes kidney problems. Check this site out-http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=protein_myth , it has a lot of useful info.

Thomas asks…

What is the healthiest brand of dog food?

both dry and non dry food?
My dog is 1/2 Labrador and 1/2 Terrier. IIs here a certain brand of dog foods for breeds that are best?
we usually get our dog Pedigree but if he store is sold out, we get her Alpo. Are these good brands?

Jimmy answers:

When you are purchasing your dog food look at what is in it first. The first thing on the list is what the dog food consist of mostly.
Do not buy science diet because it is full of corn and not enough meat and you are paying a high price for something that is no good. Pedigree used to be the same.
Iams has meat first on it;s list so you are giving your dog mostly meat instead of rice or corn.
If it says chicken by products then it is saying chicken head, feet and road kill is what is in the food and pets that have been euthanized.
So make sure it says chicken or turkey or beef first on the list and do not buy any with corn in it because corn is hard for a dog to digest. Buy rice instead.
So check out what is in your dog food before purchases it and remember the first thing on the list is what the biggest percent of the dog food is. If you get on the net and check out what is in pet food it would probably make you sick.
Remermber also that if you change your pets food that you have to do it slowly so they do not get a stomach upset or get the runs. Mix the new with the old for a litle whle till they can get used to the knew product.

Paul asks…

best dog food?

what is the best dog food out there with the smallest cost? got four dogs want good food but 50-60 dollars a bag is outrageous

Jimmy answers:

Tips for Choosing a Dog Food Brand

Have you ever wondered whether the food you’re giving your dog is actually healthy for him? Follow these simple steps to “grade” your dogs food and see its true quality.

Start with a grade of 100

1. For every listing of “by-product”, subtract 10 points.
2. For every non-specific animal source (meat, poultry, meal, or fat) reference, subtract 10 points.
3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points.
4. For every grain mill run or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points.
5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. Ground brown rice, brewers rice, rice flour are all the same grain), subtract 5 points.
6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points.
7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points.
8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points.
9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points.
10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points.
11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources) subtract 2 points.
12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points.
13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points.
14. If it contains beef (unless you know that you dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point.
15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point.

Extra Credit:

1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points.
2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points.
3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points.
4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points.
5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points.
6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points.
7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points.
8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points.
9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points.
10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point.
11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point.
12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count chicken and chicken meal as only one protein source), add 1 point.
13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point.
14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point.

94-100+ =A
86-93 =B
78-85 =C
70-77 =D
0-69 =F

Here is how some of the major dog food brands scored:

“A+” Rated Food Brands
Artemis large/medium breed puppy 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked 116 A+Canidae 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior 115 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium 122 A+
Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato 106 A+
Foundations 106 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables 110 A+
Innova Dog 114 A+
Innova Evo 114 A+
ProPlan Natural Turkey and Barley 103 A+
Royal Canin Boxer 103 A +
Royal Canin Bulldog 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult 106 A+
Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison 136 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken 110 A+

“A” Rated Food Brands

Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula 99 A
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice 97 A
Solid Gold 99 A
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold 97 A

“B” Rated Food Brands

Diamond Lamp Meal and Rice 92 B
Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice 87 B
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold 93 B
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy 87 B

“C” Rated Food Brands

Alpo Prime Cuts 81 C
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice 83 C
Eukanuba Large Breed Adult 83 C

“D” Rated Food Brands

Iams Lamb Meal and Rice Formula Premium 73 D

“F” Rated Food Brands

Bil-Jac Select 68 F
Diamond Maintenance 64 F
Ol Roy 9 F
Pedigree Adult Complete 14 F
Pedigree Complete Nutrition 42 F
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb and Rice 23 F
Purina Beneful 17 F
Purina Dog 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It 16 F
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies 69 F

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