Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Food With Turkey And Sweet Potatoes

Nancy asks…

What should I feed a Berber Skink?

I Have a Berber Skink lizard, can anyone tell me their favourite foods … he’s fed up of crickets and premium cat food, is there anything else I could feed him?
Also does anyone know of any good forums where I can learn more about this species?
Thanks in advance!
I must also stress that I have just recently rescued this lizard from a bad home (a teenager bought it and hid it in a plastic tub in his bedroom for months til he got caugth with it). I have lots of pets and treat them all very well I am just having trouble finding a good forum for lizards!
TO REDLADY :
Please don’t assume everyone who is asking for help with the care of an animal is neglectful and ingnorant.
I am neither, I am an active member of PETA and care a great deal for all animals and if I see one suffering and i can offer a good, safe home for it – I will do.
The fact that I am asking for help shows that I care. Please be more constructive with your replies in future.
Thank you.

Jimmy answers:

Berber Skinks (Eumeces Schneideri) will eat pretty much all insects (but not hairy ones or ones that can sting).
They are able to eat mealworms, superworms, earthworms, waxworms/silkworms, butterworms, locusts, grasshoppers, flies, spiders, daddy long legs, butterflies, moths, and some may also take a snail or two.
They are able to eat some meats, such as, minced turkey, lean meats, dog food, and pinkie mice.
They may also take some fruit and vegetables, you could try him on banana, strawberries, kiwi, melon, grapes, pineapple, apricot, apple, mango, summer squash/squash, carrot, fresh mushrooms (not from a tin/can), sweet potato, beans, collard greens, kale, and legumes.
Other alternatives are, fish, tofu, boiled eggs, and tinned/canned monitor/tegu food.
Remember to vary his diet to be sure he gets all the nutrients he needs, and don’t give him too many mealworms or waxworms as they are very high in fat.
I hope this helps.

These links should be helpful:

http://www.helsinki.fi/~tuomola/schneider.html

http://www.the-lizard-lounge.com/content/species/berber-skink.asp

http://www.wnyherp.org/care-sheets/lizards/schneiders-skink.php

Ruth asks…

Brand of Puppy Food?

I was told by the breeder we will be getting our puppy from is to get a puppy food that has a meat as the first ingredient and not corn. I looked over the foods at some stores and was surprised to see that Pedigree and IAMS and some other foods first ingredient was corn which is more of a filler than any nutrients for good growth, etc.

What brand do you use and why? What is the first ingredient?

Jimmy answers:

When my dog was a puppy, I used Merrick Puppy Plate.

Here’s the first 5 ingredients:
Organic Chicken, Turkey Meal, Oatmeal, Duck, Chicken Meal

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There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn’t mean it will jive the best for your dog.

What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

Here are some good foods appropriate for a puppy:
* Canidae All-life-stages
* Merrick Puppy Plate
* Artemis Fresh Mix puppy
* Innova puppy
* Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul
* Wellness Just for Puppy
(More brands further down in my answer)

Read the ingredients before you buy.

Here is my “short list” of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.
4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers.
5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup). 8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)

Here is an article about byproducts:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

And an article on what ingredients to avoid:

http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
* Artemis Fresh Mix
* Blue Buffalo
* California Natural
* Canidae
* Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* EVO
* Fromm Four Star
* Innova
* Merrick
* Nature’s Variety
* Orijen
* Solid Gold
* Taste of the Wild
* Wellness
* ZiwiPeak

Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. Http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

(For a puppy, go with a 4 or 5 star food, the 6 star foods are high-protein, which I feel is better suited for adult dogs.)

Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

What *NOT* to buy:

Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not always mean good. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.

Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. “Hill’s scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine” (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

“Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren’t.)
* Blue Buffalo
* Castor & Pollux
* Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
* Natural Balance
* Solid Gold
* Wellness

Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren’t good places to buy food either.

Shop at smaller petstores, feed stores, or dog boutiques.
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Michael asks…

So, my mum cooks food for our dogs….?

Every single day my mum cooks food for our dogs, pretty much from scratch.
She makes the food from :
mince, potatoes, carrots, marmite, pasta and maybe some other vegetables thrown in there.
She then feeds it to my dogs on that day, so their food is always freshly made.
They have plenty to eat, but I still catch our youngest dog stealing some of our cat’s food.
The food my mum makes smells awful, and i definetly wouldnt eat it.
But technically (if i wasnt vegetarian) then I could eat it, as there is absolutely no pet food in it, it is all normal food that humans can eat.
But my dogs never eat it as if they are really enjoying it, like when they are served their dinner, they hesitate then eat it.

So, about 20 mins ago, one of my dogs looked hungry, so I gave her a pouch of cat food (the other food was finished) and she ate it all up, real fast.
She really seemed to enjoy it, so it makes me wonder about the food my mum makes?
I think they dont like it, but only eat it cos they have to.

What do you think? Do you think the food is alright for them?

And does anyone else cook for their dogs?

The reason my mum doesnt like proper dog food is because a few people we know have had problems with their pets because of dry pet food (including our cat).
Im pretty sure my mum add certain vitamins to the food too (but im not too sure what they are).

We also tried them with chicken, but their digestive systems didnt like it one bit.

There have been many known cases of dogs having seizures (fits) due to dry pet food. This has happened to my cat and my aunts dog – he used to have 10 seizures a day, but when she started him on human food then he stopped immediately.
:/ I would just give them [wet] dog food, but they’re not my dogs and my mum is hellbent on feeding them her own home made stuff :S
yes, mince meat is beef…….from cows

Jimmy answers:

I too cook for my dogs.I make a huge batch every 5 days.Mine consists of Liver,Turkey,carrots,peas,corn,lima beans,green beans,sweet potatoes,zucchini,apples,eggs,noodles and rice.I then sprinkle garlic and fresh parsley in it.They LOVE ot but I serve this with a dry food mixed with it.It is Halo and and it also has great ingredients in it.I know with all the food scares that I started doing this when my dogs became ill.Don’t feed the dog cat food.Of course they will eat it as it’s something different.But mom is doing really good but the dogs need meat..Try liver,turkey or some beef..

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