Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food With Turkey

Nancy asks…

Will your dog have a Thanksgiving, too?

Will you avoid giving leftovers this Thanksgiving to your dog because the vet thinks dogs shouldn’t have human food?

Or will you give in to the sad little dog on the porch who waits patiently to see if the door will open and a plate of turkey will appear?

Jimmy answers:

Nothing wrong with giving a dog some turkey. In fact, it’s good quality food. But, leave out the pumpkin pie, cranberries and candied yams!

ADD: Wolfe, everyone knows not to feed dogs grapes and raisins. But I’ve been giving the family dogs some turkey every Thanksgiving and Christmas, etc. For the past 50 years (Yeah, I’m that old and we’ve had lots of dogs in that time including 6 German Shepherds that lived to ripe old ages); and not once have I ever had a dog have any kind of reaction – except licking their lips. I venture to say that canines all over the world have been eating turkey and other types of poultry over the eons of time without problems. I currently have Chihuahuas, and they, too, will get some Turkey on Turkey Day.

Helen asks…

What is the best dog food?

I hav a toy poodle. He is a little overweight wat would u recommend 4 the best dog food. So my dog will loose some weight! His name is Oscar by the way! Thanks for your help!!

Jimmy answers:

I have a small breed dog too :) He’s a chihuahua. There is NO BEST DOG FOOD. Some dogs will like one brand of dog food; others will like other brands. What you need to know about small breeds are that they cannot have TOO MUCH protein, but larger breeds are different. You also need to know about what is good for dogs and what isn’t.

I love it when people ask what is the best brand of dog food because this means that they want only the VERY BEST for their dog. It’s very sad that veterinarians don’t know much about dog nutrition. The first reason is because they are not taught on this. The second is that some horrible brands of dog food will sell their foods to the vets. They tell the vets that they are the VERY BEST dog food, so who are the vets supposed to believe? The veterinarians make a profit when they sell the dog food to their patients.

To tell if the food is good or not, you look at the ingredients. The first five ingredients are usually the most important. This is because they are listed by weight. The heaviest food is the first on the list, which means it takes the majority. The first two ingredients should ALWAYS be a meat. For example, it could be “chicken meal”, “lamb meal”, “turkey meal”, etc. It doesn’t even have to have the word “meal.” It can say “deboned chicken” or “beef” or anything like that. NEVER should it say “meat meal” anywhere on the list. This is because meat could be anything and it is not specific enough. It could be a dead dog/cat, not something that a dog would really want to eat. Avoid any ingredients containing any form of corn, gluten, by-products (for example: chicken by-product), soy, sorghum, wheat. These are all very unhealthy for the dog and it is very hard for the dog to digest it. It is always good to have fruits and veggies in dog food.

Any food from Target, Walmart, and grocery stores/pharmacies are pretty much just crap. Also any commercial dog foods are just down right bad. Now Petco carries a lot of great dog foods like Wellness, Blue Buffalo, Pinnacle, Ultra, and Halo. PetSmart also carries Blue Buffalo. If you can’t find a decent food for a good price, you can go online to buy it. Good foods are usually at least $2 per pound, but a lot of the times online, they are only $1 per pound. That’s a pretty good deal. If you don’t like buying it online (that’s me ;D), just go to the dog food’s official website and many of them have store locators. For example, here is Canidae’s:

http://canidae.com/company/storelocator.html

That’s how I found mine. If you do plan on buying Canidae, I recommend the All Life Stages one which has four different meat meals in it (yes they are specific), unless your dog is allergic to one of the meats, or grains. They have a grain-free formula which is JUST AS GOOD as this one. All Canidae formulas have no corn, wheat, soy. Sorghum, by-products, etc. The term “all life stages” means puppies, adults, and seniors can eat it. The place where I bought Canidae was $10.99 for a 5 pound bag. That’s even cheaper than a lot of the crappy foods like Science Diet, Eukanuba, and Iams!

You probably already know this, but if you don’t, you need to switch carefully/gradually from one brand of dog food to another. It takes about a week long period. On the first day, do mostly old food and some new food. The second day, add more new food and less old food. Around the fourth day, he should be eating half of each dog food. By the last day, he should eat ALL new food. Switching too fast may lead to diarrhea.

Some good dog foods:
Wellness/Wellness Core
Innova/Evo
Canidae (that’s what I feed my dog)
Orijen
Solid Gold
Taste of the Wild
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul
Kirkland Dog Food (from Costco only)
Blue Buffalo
Pinnacle
Ultra
Halo
Merrick
etc. (you get the picture)

Foods that say Holistic/Premium are good foods.

Avoid these dog foods:
Ol’ Roy (from Walmart, probably the worst food ever!)
Purina
Iams
Eukanuba
Science Diet
Beneful
Chef Michael’s
Diamond
Royal Canin
Pedigree (probably second worst after Ol’ Roy)
etc. (you get the picture)

Many of these dog foods also have a formula made just for overweight dogs! If one of the brands you favor does not, just feed him a reduced amount until he is at a normal weight.

If you found a dog food I didn’t mention that you don’t know is good or bad, go to http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com and then click review. Type in the brand name and it will tell you if what rating it is (1-6 stars). You can also just go there to look at the foods. They will explain why they have that rating, show the ingredients, and say if they recommend it or not. A four star rating of higher is what you should feed your dog. Canidae All Life Stages is 5 stars and the other Canidae ones are 4 but some of the other Canidae fomulas are also 5 stars.

By the way, I do not recommend you using a dog food from the 6 star rating (like Blue Wilderness, Orijen, Innova/Evo, Taste of the Wild, etc) because it may have too much protein for a small breed dog.

As for the weight, I highly recommend you exercise more. Does your dog fetch? Get him to swim or run or play fetch or something like that. The easiest way, however, is to just go out on more or longer walks. He should be normal in no time! Hope I helped! :D

Donald asks…

Caesars caned dog food?

i heard that caesars wasnt all that great for dogs, but i occasionally feed my dogs their caned food. how bad is it? what can it do to a dogs health? I know that Science Diet can cause blindness and kidney failure, is caesars that serious?

Jimmy answers:

It would help if you mentioned what kind, but I’ll break down some of them.

Cesar Select Dinners with Turkey in Meaty Juices
INGREDIENTS:

Sufficient Water for Processing: Alright, just water. Which goes in wet food.

Beef By-Products: By-products are a big NO in dog food. We can not be certain of quality of this food, and it is most likely the part of beef that is not okay for human consumption.

Meat By-Products: This is just AWFUL. Where is it coming from? Who knows! Meat By-Products is one of the worst things to see in any kind of dog meal, be it for a snack or in dry dog food.

Liver: What kind of liver? The origin is uncertain.

Poultry By-Products: This can mean any type of poultry (feathered fowl), and by-products are a big NO.

Turkey: For a turkey flavored food, it sure has little turkey in it.

Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Carrageenan, Dried Yam, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors, Salt, Erythorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Yellow #5 & #6, Vitamin A, D3 & E Supplements, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1). : These are basically sources of vitamins, although some like Guar Gum aren’t that good. And COLORING (Yellow #5 and #6) is NOT NEEDED in dog food. This shouldn’t be in there, WHATSOEVER. And salt is bad for dogs, and should not be needed to make this product.

This is a bad wet food, and has foods that are not good for dogs in it.

Here is another.

Cesar Select Dinners with Lamb in Meaty Juices
INGREDIENTS:

Sufficient Water for Processing: Just water.

Beef By-Products: Again, by-products.

Liver: What kind? Unidentified.

Meat By-Products: Again, this is horrible in any kind of food. I cringe thinking people actually feed this to their dogs

Poultry By-Products: Uugh, do I even have to write it?

Lamb: Finally, some good meat. But too low down to really make a difference.

Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Carrageenan, Caramel Coloring, Dried Yam, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors, Salt, Erythorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Nitrite (for color retention), Vitamin A, D3 & E Supplements, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1). : Same as last time, but this time the coloring is “Caramel Coloring” This is not needed, and SHOULDN’T need to be put into this food.

You might see a trend. These are certainly not up to nutritional standard, and has many ingredients that just SHOULDN’T be in there.

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