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Can anyone tell me what is a good dog food to buy?  I read an article over the weekend about dog food and it was really horrible.  I was shocked at the "by-products" that go into dog food, as well as all the chemicals. I had no idea.  I have been feeding Ginger and Lexie Science Diet because I thought it was about the best dog food available, but obviously I don't know much on the subject.  Is this brand only a slight step up from what is available in the grocery store?  If anyone can give me the name and/or website of a premium, healthy dog food, I will certainly investigate.  Thanks! 

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wish I could find the thread that listed all the available dog foods and how they rated. It's on here somewhere, I've searched, but so far, no luck.

Premium food is expensive, but you use less. By far the combined highest rated and least expensive has been Kirkland Premium.

We give Sofia Wellness Super5Mix Healthy Weight...And even though it's 50 bucks a bag, we have to go to the States to get it, then pay duty on it at the border, it has made such a huge difference in her health and happiness, we've found other ways to cut corners.. Besides, she only eats three cups a day, so it lasts quite a while. Good luck.. it's a constant source of comment here on the forum and everyone has their opinions.

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The food subject is very opinionated, so I have just learned to use whats best for us.

In my opinion Blue Buffalo is the best for my dogs, but due to recent mishaps I have had to transition to a less expensive food for my dogs.

Here is the link to the thread.

http://www.gentledoberman.com/forums/best-food

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Thank you, both; very helpful!  I will check it out in depth when I am home.

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Royal Canin for Sage.

This might help

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

I use Orijen large puppy and seems to be working well for Jewel .

I stay away from anything that lists corn , in any form , in the first five ingredients .

If you put a dog in a corn field full of rabbits what will it eat first .

Just my 2 cents

 

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I also use Blue Buffalo...it ranks very high on the charts.  Also, it has no corn or soy in it....all of the ingredients are things that I would eat....lots of fruits and vegetables.  Our trainer does a lot of research on food and he also feeds his dogs Blue Buffalo Large breed.  All of those terrible things you read in those articles is true!!!!!  When I found that out I switched all of my animals to a all natural holistic brand that has NO corn, NO animal byproducts,  NO meat meal and NO crude animal fat.  I feel like if I wouldn't eat it then why should I make them eat it....And Athena's coat is beautiful and shiny!

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What is it about corn that makes it so bad?

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Corn has no nutritional value it is only used for a cheap filler.  So instead of getting a lot of good vitamins and nutrients they are basically eating cardboard.  Plus if you get a higher quality food they usually eat and poop much less.  

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Thanks, I didn't know that.  I am going to read the label on the bag of Science Diet that I have. 

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Hi Control_Freak, I read the label on the Science Diet dog food that we have been feeding Ginger and Lexy and corn is the second ingredient!  I was very surprised because I thought this was "premium" dog food.  Plus, there are "meat bi-products" in there, crude animal fat, and wheat something, which I'm thinking is probably a filler, too.  Do you get the Blue Buffalo from a pet store?  I can't say I have ever looked for it, but at the same time, I don't remember seeing it on the shelves. 

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Until I started reading labels.. I thought all premium food was exactly that.."premium" Not so... There was a wonderful thread on here at one time listing all the dog foods available and how it was rated... Believe it or not Kirkland Premium was listed close to the top.. We HAVE a Costco here.. and they do carry that brand.. only $30. for the big big bag vs. the 79.00 for the Wellness Super5Mix Low Fat.. I do get the "For Adult Dog" kind as I checked the label and the fat content was significantly lower.. Not only is it more than half the price, I don't have to drive five hours to get it.. pay extra at the border for duty and Sofia loves it..Eats a lot less and due to her low thyroid, does not need the extra calories

 

I try to avoid bi-products as well.

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Gingersmommy- unfortunately most of the dog foods that we are lead to believe are very good for our four legged friends are just the oposite.  For example, science diet, Iams, beneful, and especially purina (just to name a few) are absolute garbage.  The big companies "prey" on owners and make people believe that their food is good because they have been around for a long time and they're expensive!  It actually makes me very frustrated that they take advantage of peoples lack of knowledge and our pets are the ones to suffer the most.  In fact Purina owns a sister company that runs most of the animal rendering factories in the US.  This means that Purina is grinding up road kill, dead farm animals, and yes even Buddy and Fluffy after they are no longer with this world and to top it all off they are feeding it to animals who have no choice in what they eat!  The wheat gluten ingredient your talking about is actually whats left over after the wheat has been processed once again having no nutritious value.  It is very easy to spend a few minutes on the internet looking at the truth of these ingredients to haunt you for the rest of your life!  

Ok I am getting off my soap box.....for now ;)

As far as blue buffalo I buy it at either petco or petsmart.  It is like normally 48.99$ at petsmart and $51.99 at Petco....But the catch is that 1. It usually goes on sale at petsmart for $43.99 and 2. All premium dog food is buy 10 get 1 free ( in one year and has to be the same brand, same size bag but can be different formulas)  and just to let you know I get many many compliments on the condition of Athena's coat and yes it is more expensive but the won't need to eat or poop as much and most likely will be a healthier happier dog!  

 

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I've heard nothing but raves about Blue Buffalo.. I think I'll take a look next time we're in the States..

I do give Sofia Cod Liver Oil tabs.. ( she loves them.. comes running when she hears the bottle shake) and just today, I opened a can of tuna .... same thing.. the girl must love fish.

I've heard that salmon oil is good as well as any Omega3, and if you're using fish oil to suppliment with Vit. E.

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There are a lot of very good foods available I just like the Blue Buffalo because it is readily available pretty much anywhere.  But I have also heard the innova, wellness, solid gold...etc.  

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Thanks for the information, Control_Freak!  I definitely have been a gullible consumer.  Because of the name ("Science Diet") and the price, I was lulled into thinking I was buying a quality food for my dogs. From what I've learned here and what is listed on the label, Science Diet is junk.  I will look specifically for Blue Buffalo next time we need to get kibble.  With coupon, it's pretty close to what I have been paying for Science Diet. You know, with people food and dog food, it really is a crock what these companies get away with.  They can be very misleading with their advertising and are not held to any meaningful standard. 

When I change over, should I mix half and half at first?

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Don't feel bad the Big Companies fool us all.....when you start giving Ginger a new food you should stretch it out over 2 weeks.  I started at 25% new 75% old for 5 days then 50/50 for 5 days and then 75%new and 25% old for 5 days then 100% new.  This will help Ginger's belly get used to the change gradually but you can probably still expect to see some diarrhea for a while.  Good luck!

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Don't feel bad the Big Companies fool us all.....when you start giving Ginger a new food you should stretch it out over 2 weeks.  I started at 25% new 75% old for 5 days then 50/50 for 5 days and then 75%new and 25% old for 5 days then 100% new.  This will help Ginger's belly get used to the change gradually but you can probably still expect to see some diarrhea for a while.  Good luck!

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Thanks, I'm going to switch for Ginger and Lexy.