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

David asks…

can i switch my dogs food?

i am currently feeding wellness core dog food and i want to switch to another type of wellnesss. right now, i feed the turkey and chicken meal, but my dog dosent seem to enjoy it that much, if i switch to the salmon and sweet potato kind, can i just do it right away instead of gradually since its the same brand of food. Thanks.
@FoxFace, yes he is a small dog. a small bichon frise.

Jimmy answers:

Why not i use to do it all them time till my dogs fell in love with dog chow. Haha you can do it :)

Richard asks…

Are these dog foods good or bad? List of ingredients included. 10 points for help?

I’m just looking or a new dog food and I found 2 that I was interested in. I do know a bit about dog food ingredients but I’m not really expert on knowing what’s good and bad in the list of ingredients so I thought maybe someone here could give a glance threw it and tell me what they think. Here they are (there seems to be an awful lot of ingredients which makes me wonder) I’m not going to name the foods brands yet because I want honest opinions on the ingredients without being biased

Dog food 1 -
Chicken meal, brewers rice, chicken fat, wheat gluten, corn, dried beet pulp, natural flavors, fish oil, sodium silico aluminate, vegetable oil, potassium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, L-lysine, fructooligosaccharides, hydrolyzed yeast, choline chloride, butyrate, taurine, potassium chloride, L-tyrosine, vitamins [DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), biotin, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement], marigold extract (Tagetes erecta L.), trace minerals (zinc proteinate, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), L-carnitine, betacarotene, rosemary extract, preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid.

Dog food 2 -

Fresh boneless chicken, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon, turkey meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, sweet potato, fresh boneless turkey, fresh whole eggs, fresh chicken liver, fresh boneless lake whitefish, fresh boneless walleye, sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.

What do you think? My dog is a small dog by the way and 3 years old.
For everyone whose curious the first one is Royal Canin dog food and the second is Orijen. I was interested in buying Orijen the second one but I wanted to compare it to a cheaper brand to see what the differences were and to understand why it was better. A few people recommended it to me so I wanted to see if it really was a good as everyone was saying it was. (:

Jimmy answers:

The second food looks way better. The first 5 ingredients are meat and there are no grains. There are other meat sources further down. Vegetables are listed. Most of the ingredients are easy to pronounce and easy enough to know what they are.
The first food has only one meat source as well as corn, and wheat which are both unsuitable for dogs and can cause allergies.

Ruth asks…

Purina Beta v Pro Pac Dog food?

Ok so I just want to know which is better out of these two Purina Beta Puppy or Pro Pac Performance Puppy? (different options from both ranges also available) I have a 9 week old pug and both of these brands are available from the vets? Are they any good?
I actually want to know which out of the two above is better. I’m not currently looking for other recommendations!!

Jimmy answers:

Honestly I would never feed Purina products because they lack a good amount of meat, have by products, corn, soy, wheat and other cheap fillers and also usually have artificial flavors/colors/preservatives. I really can’t recommend either. I feed my dog Orijen, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Instinct canned mix with either of those dry foods, or Taste of the Wild mixed. I only feed foods that have named meats in the ingredients and are grain free. It’s the healthiest choice in my opinion.
I don’t know if this will help change your mind about pet food but here’s the ingredients to what I feed:

Orijen

Fresh boneless chicken, Chicken meal, Fresh boneless salmon, Turkey meal, Herring meal, Russet potato, Peas, Sweet potato, Fresh boneless turkey, Fresh whole eggs, Fresh chicken liver, Fresh boneless lake whitefish, Fresh boneless walleye, Sun-cured alfalfa, Pea fiber, Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Organic kelp, Pumpkin, Chicory root, Carrots, Spinach, Turnip greens, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Licorice root, Angelica root, Fenugreek, Marigold flowers, Sweet fennel, Peppermint leaf, Chamomile, Dandelion, Summer savory, Rosemary, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Niacin, Thiamine mononitrate, Riboflavin, D-calcium pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Folic acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Zinc proteinate, Iron proteinate, Manganese proteinate, Copper proteinate, Selenium yeast, Lactobacillis acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium

Nature’s Variety Instinct

Duck meal, Turkey meal, Salmon meal, Tapioca, Canola oil, Tomato Pomace, Pumpkinseeds, Herring meal, Sun-cured alfalfa meal, Montmorillonite clay, Natural flavor, Vitamins (Choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, Ascorbic acid, Biotin, Niacin supplement, Vitamin A acetate, D-calcium panthothenate, Riboflavin supplement, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Carotene, Vitamin D3 supplement, Folic acid), Potassium chloride, Minerals (Zinc proteinate, Iron proteinate, Manganese proteinate, Copper proteinate, Sodium selenite, Ethylenediamine dihydriodide), Sea salt, Dried kelp, Peas, Cranberries, Blueberries, Direct-fed microorganisms (Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast culture, Dried enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried bacillus subtilis fermentation extract), Inulin, Mixed tocopherols with citric acid (a natural preservative), Rosemary extract, Freeze dried turkey, Freeze dried turkey liver, Freeze dried turkey heart, Freeze dried ground turkey bone

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