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Old 06-12-2014, 09:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Why is good nutrition so important for dogs?

I am not trying to start a rant, but I am trying to explain to my sister why feeding the BARF diet, or a higher quality dog food (i.e. Innova, Blue Buffalo, Orijen, Taste of the Wild) is better than feeding a lower quality food (i.e. Pedigree, Purina, Iams, Beneful, Ol' Roy, ect.)

Legit: What brand food does your dog eat?

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look at the ingredients on the back of each brand for yourself. You will see the difference.

Feeding a BARF diet is natural. That is to say dogs and cats are carnivores. The nutritional benefits from a great RAW diet will trump any bag food any day of the week.

There are tons of threads on this topic here,,
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Legit: What brand food does your dog eat?
I feed Taste of the Wild, it is a little less expensive than some of super premium foods. it is also not as high of protein. It is 26-28% depending on which one you get. Being my pup was a juvenile neuter, that protein range is ideal for him during development though. The higher protein foods could create tendon or ligament issues during growth since he will be prone to being on the leggy side.

I do supplement with a teaspoon of coconut oil 3 days a week for healthy skin and coat as well as the other benefits of coconut oil, and a cap full of apple cider vinegar with 'the mother' once per day in his dinner meal as a holistic flea preventative.

I'd love to do BARF but my pockets aren't that deep and there are no butchers in my area that can hook me up, so it would be retail pricing, which puts it out of my reach.
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I also do apple cider vinegar and coconut oil in my dogs diet. right now 2 are one 50-50 raw and kibble, one is on kibble (with an occasional turkey neck here and there), and one (yorkie) is on straight raw
The kibble I am feeding is Acana or Instinct.
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Sometimes it IS hard to get across to people that HAVE known many dogs that thrived on such foods as Pedigree or Purina Dog Chow (seen it myself!).

Dogs, especially APBTs, SHOULD be easy keepers -- that is, a dog that doesn't need some fancy/special food to look good.

I myself do not feed the super-expensive foods. I feed the regular Diamond food and have to many dogs for many years and all have thrived, some as show dogs.

Feeding this relatively inexpensive food allows me to ALSO feed fresh foods the dogs enjoy and that are good for them (I really believe in variety for dogs and NOT dry kibble of any quality day after day). I buy cheap cuts of meats/chicken quarters and whatever I can get from the local custom meat guy, and feed these along with the kibble. I also feed a variety of table scraps and quality canned foods. I like to see a dog be able to eat a variety of things without having "issues". And yes, "variety" involves just dry kibble from time to time!

A total raw diet is great, but is too much work for me at this time as it is for a lot of people. My compromise of a basic medium quality kibble supplemented whenever possible with fresh foods has worked extremely well for me for many years.

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Why is good nutrition so important for dogs?

I have always read BARF isn't as good as prey model since dogs don't eat ground meats and veggies in the wild and there is more potential contamination from grinding the meats. I agree though good quality kibbles are imperative for the wealth of dogs. I don't think grains in any good is needed. For cats or dogs. It's just filler and spending a few extra dollars saves money in the long run. I add bee pollen, honey, pumpkin and apple cider vinegar to my boys food. I feed Acana regionals Pacifica.


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Old 06-23-2014, 06:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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I just switched from Candie to taste of the wild the other stuff was to much money but he likes it plus I give him lots of turkey and chicken and eggs
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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We feed 4health it has good ingredients and doesn't cost a ton.
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