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Old 02-08-2009, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Question Dog food : what do you feed your dog?

I wanted to ask:
What type of dog food do you feed your dog?
Do you recommend a certain type?


Luckily, my dog eat pretty well and is not too picky.
Of course, there are certain foods that she does not like nor will she eat.
She is definitely a meat eater. She loves meat mixed with her food.

After trial and error, she seems to really like the Beneful (Healthy Radiance - orange color) dog food.
She loves can dog food mixed with it especially, but she will eat this food dry.

I can tell a huge difference in her coat when using this food. Her coat is very shiny and healthy.

I will usually mix Purina can food (beef tips, lamb & rice) with her Beneful, and she loves it.

Of course, I am guilty of cooking her other various meats (beef, chicken) and mixing it with her food.

So far so good, she is doing great, but I was wondering what do others feed their dog?

Thank you for any advice and help.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
 

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mine eat dry food. And occasually I will had chicken to their diet.
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i feed wilderness/evo red meat. dry only. the only thing i add is 1 tbs ground flaxseed
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smith family kennels & PeanutsMommy,

Where are you purchasing this food?

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i feed wilderness/evo red meat. dry only. the only thing i add is 1 tbs ground flaxseed
Now, what made you decide to choose this kind?
How did you learn about it?
Why do you add the 1 tbs of ground flaxseed?


I'm just trying to understand maybe different alternatives to feeding my dog.

Thank you!
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blue wilderness i get at petsmart and evo i get at the feed store.

i used to feed nutro but Peanut was always throwing up and never wanted to eat so i started doing some research on the internet about a better quality feed and found Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble and decided to feed 6 star foods. I made the change and he has not thrown up since and he gets exited about his food.
i add the flaxseed for the omegas

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Old 02-08-2009, 05:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Wow, thank you for the great and very helpful link.

I am going to look through this.

There is so much out there to learn and know about - it can be rather confusing.

I appreciate your help.

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it even goes deeper then just that. it is overwhelming and alot more to it then just going to the store and grabbing a bag..i didnt know it until i got a dog of my own. you just have to look into the food and see what will work for your dogs needs and will fit your budget.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I recently switched from Canidae ALS Lamb & Rice forumla (4-star, high-median price range) to Tast of the Wild - High Prairie. It is completely grain free and my dogs love it!

Before learning more about feed quality (on the Dog Food Analysis site) I fed the Beneful. I was distubed by what I found out about this low-quality (1-star) feed. This is just one of the few things the site says about Beneful:

"We prefer not to see the use of artificial colourants in dog food. Some of these are believed to be carcinogenic and cause hyperactivity disorders and are banned from use in many countries."

While it may seem like a lot of money to spend to get a higher quality feed, in the long run your dog will be happier, healthier and it may even add years to your dog's life. They have less allergy/skin issues, a shinier coat and better muscle tone. Visit a local non-chain pet store or feed store/co-op and check out the products they carry there. Almost anything you find there is going to be a higher quality than what you are feeding now. Kirkland Signature (Costco's brand) is supposed to be a good median quality for a good price too.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
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Carriana,
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While it may seem like a lot of money to spend to get a higher quality feed, in the long run your dog will be happier, healthier and it may even add years to your dog's life.
That's very true.

I had no idea that Beneful was so low in food analysis rating...wow.

I will definitely start looking around for different options.

I'm so glad that I have everyone here to help me and offer great advice.

I am grateful to you.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I didn't either until I did more research when my puppy was getting sick multiple times a day. Rule of thumb: if a dog food lists any kind of grain as the first ingredient, stay away! Corn is not a natural part of a dogs diet and many store-brands list it as the #1 ingredient (the ingredients are listed in order of prevalence).

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Old 02-08-2009, 06:33 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I've been feeding Innova adult for a while now. Not sure where it's rated but I'm happy with it. If you're only feeding one dog, spend the money for a quality feed. It's worth it.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Interesting.
I will definitely do more research.

Luckily, my dog has never gotten sick.
So, I guess that I never had to really think about changing her food because she appeared fine with it.

She loves to eat, and I just want her to have a good , nutritious dog food.

Yes, you've been a big help!
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've been feeding Innova adult for a while now. Not sure where it's rated but I'm happy with it. If you're only feeding one dog, spend the money for a quality feed. It's worth it.
Innova is a 5-star feed, so pretty good stuff. Innova Evo is probably one of the best feeds out there.
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I'm feeding Innova. i'm really happy with it.
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