I totally agree with you. All that they say in advertisement is just rubbish. Even I prefer to give my dog home made food.
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Making homemade dog food is not hard, but will take some time and effort. There are many recipes available, which include beef, chicken, rice and vegetables to name a few. You can find more information here: http://www.homemadedogfoodrecipesguide.com
Our dogs are spoilt and basically eat human food, really strange but pricey. I would think that commercial dog food is best for them.
It depends on the dog food. There are some that do not contain any fillers or preservatives and are all natural. They can be pricey, but they're worth it.
I found a food made in Ohio, never had a recall, all natural ingredients, no corn. It's so good I'm going to sell it in Michigan. Private label, less money than the premium store brands.
Strictly organic topped up with a little fish in oil for my babies. They love it and it saves money compared to commercial brand foods.
You are absolutely right that commercial dog food is a very poor diet for your dog. Most are full of fillers such as corn and do not have whole meat sources such as chicken, salmon or lamb.
Instead they use meat by-products from the left overs of slaughtering plants, rendering plants and can even include euthanized animals.
You should always choose a quality dog food for your dog. There really is no one dog food or dog food diet that is right for every dog.
Instead, you need to evaluate your dog's individual nutritional needs and energy requirements and use those details to start narrowing down your choices.
You should also learn to read and understand the misleading ingredients on the labels.
These are the things that will lead you to the best dog food for your furry friend.
Definitely. Commercial food can have so many additives and fillers, otherwise, if you choose the right one, you would be surprised!. Check out this blog entry I did: http://urban-pet.ca/up/2010/06/holistic-dog-food/ , I got inspired by my little Yorkie! He LOVES organic food.
Your dogs and cats are "human" too, they need different food, they need raw food, vitamins, nutrients and life outside our home too! If you stick your poor domestic animal into a small apartment on the 12th floor, feed only dry food and never let him/her out, don't expect it to be healthy. Recently my bosses' cat died from sarcoma. They never gave her anything but special expensive dry cat food they were buying from a veterinatian. Some special! My two cats eat everything meat and fish including cat food.
so.. what are the best alternatives. I can't really afford $40./ bag for science diet. he's a retriever/chow mix.
Try adding leftovers to whatever dog food you can afford to get.
Do you have a garbage disposal? Stop using it. Let your dogs enjoy some of what you don't need. It's less wasteful, and that's how the dog/man friendship began.
I have read different opinions of feeding leftovers to dogs.
while growing up, we fed all of our dogs leftovers and I have continued to do so until our current dog.
I can't remember where I read that it wasn't best..
he does hover around the dinner table..
also, thanks homegirl for the advice.
Feeding your dog some of your leftovers is fine depending on what it is because whatever it is may contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs.
There's a list of 33 human foods that are toxic to dogs at:
http://healthyhomemadedogfoodrecipes.co … d-your-dog
Better to be safe than sorry.
I agree with Aya, just make sure leftovers are fresh!
And you don't have to, though human food is not cheap either. I never had dogs, only cats, so somebody else can give you better information. For many centures people had dogs and cats and only recently they started to feed their animals with "bags" instead of food. They do not need science diet, just food. They can eat meat and bones, cooked soft bones, meat soups and stews. My idea, if you add any cheap dry dog's food into some meat soup like chicken, they would love it. Add some rice or potatoes to it as a filler, why not? Befriend a butcher!
You don't need to feed science diet. That is actually one of the commercial foods in question that are bad for dogs. It is full of corn and other cheap fillers. Feed something like Blue Buffalo or Orijen. They are cheaper than the food sold by vets and about 20 times healthier.
You might want to try organic food, some commercial food uses by-products which is in the long run not too beneficial for your dog. Your dog can have human food, if made correctly bearing in mind the daily nutrients they require in their diet.
From one who has actually test-tasted dog food, (see my hub), I agree with desdemonadarcei, go organic. Dog food is NOT FDA approved and many brands use rancid meat by products!
Actually most commercial dog foods are horribly bad for dogs...they contain things, such as gluton, that are harmful to dogs! Dogs are suppose to be carnivores...like wolves... they shouldn't be eating specific meals that can irritate digestive sytem (such as corn, wheat or soy) and by products that are in dog food. Some dog foods are made correctly, but you wont find these better dog foods at wal-mart or your local grocery store. You have to go to a pet store to get them. And many at the pet stores are bad too.
If you feed your dog all meat then that is great! You shouldn't feed dogs bread or other things humans eat!
If you feed your dog meat, be sure to also be giving them doggy bones of some sort for their teeth. (make sure you research which doggy bones are good).
Here's a few dog foods that are actually good for your dog:
Blue Buffalo Dog food
Nutro (not as good as Blue Buffalo but much better than many)
Please don't give your pets bones especially cooked ones. They are dangerous. They can get caught in their throats or turn into "concrete" in the bowels. Also no fatty meats. Pancreatitis is a BIG problem. These are two common problems vets see.
Where are people finding information about euthanized animals in pet food? Most people take their pets home or have them sent to a pet crematorium. Where would you find that many euthanized pets to be profitable. Shelters also cremate. Certainly sounds like a urban myth to me.
All bones for dogs are good for them as long as you do not cook them. Chicken bones should be given raw. They splinter when cooked as do any cooked bone. Dogs have the power in their teeth to crush bones. I used to feed my dogs raw but can no longer afford to so now they are on kibble but they still get raw bones.
Living in a rural area we are presented with bone related emergencies weekly. Hunting season is the worst. Check with your vet.
I know that I spend a lot of time these days promoting the BARF Diet...make it yourself style; however, I have done quite a bit of research recently and have found a number of excellent products on the market. They are not that easy to find because the big commercial dog foods have a corner on the advertising market, but they are out there. Keep looking if you have given up on looking the old fashioned way--going to the pet store in your car. www.hypoallergenicdogfoodhome.com
Jerry and Brownie get only home cooked meals. An occasional chewstick or a handful of nutripet or pedigree.
I completely agree! Most commercial brands are over processed and consist of ingredients that do more harm than good. Like food coloring, flavoring and meals meant to bulk up and lessen unit prices. Feed your dog real meat and vegetables! He doesn't need liver meal microwaved with corn syrup till its hard as a rock.
We prefer the Raw Food diet. Meat only. It's amazing the differences we have seen since starting.
A dog food with no fillers is the best of course. Some can be pricey and there are many different brands to choose from. Something natural and organic is the best of course. One of the great things about food with no fillers is that the dog will need to eat less, enough to be healthy though, but they will need less because of the better nutrition. They will also go to the bathroom less because their bodies don't have to process out all the "filler" stuff. My sister's dog won't even eat food with fillers, I don't know if it's because the dog is half wolf and will hunt when it can:) It takes one smell of a regular cheap dog food and get this look on it's face like it is absolutely disgusted:)
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