What do you feed your dog?
The healthiest choice for pets is a diet of real food. Despite that, most people continue to buy dry food with few vitamins but lots of dyes and preservatives. What do you think the best thing for your dog is, or do you just buy whatever is convenient?
I'll surely follow this one with great interest, Doc! Responses from the U.S. should be predominantly some brand of kibble, although your hubs attract a wide variety of pet owners and I won't be surprised to see some responses for raw from the states.
Coincidentally, Bravo, a manufacturer of raw frozen and freeze dried diets just issued another recall for some of its products...their second this year. It's for potential salmonella contamination which, to me, is mostly MAAN, but it could be important for those with compromised immune systems, etc.
Simply Nourish dog food. I adopted a 7-month old pup in April, and his poor stomach was a mess. He'd been through two homes, and two shelter stays, before he finally came to me, so his diet was changed repeatedly. I'm on a tight budget, so we walked up and down the aisles of PetsMart, reading all the labels, until I found a food that was free of anything I couldn't identify, and also wouldn't break the bank.
Another factor in choosing dry dog food over making my own: I am vegan, and keep a meat-free kitchen. I'm just not set up to cook meat, which I know my dog needs, nor am I willing to make my dog an herbivore. Dry dog food is the compromise.
Twenty-five years ago was my introduction to “premium” dog foods. We started feeding our Boykin Science Diet dry food. She hated it. We switched to IAMS and she loved it to the exclusion of everything else. Even treats, she would only eat IAMS.
I’ve also used Eukanuba. Now they’ve come up with new ‘ultra’ premium dry foods. We’ve tried Dick Patton’s premium food, but I think it has canola oil. None of the premiums seem ideal. There’s some undesirable ingredient in everything it seems.
We started cooking frozen vegetables for our Boykin and doxie. The vet recommended this to help the doxie get some weight off, to help ease his back issues. They love them, and even recognize the word “vegetables”. We usually use green beans and Normandy mix (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli) as our base. Then sometimes we throw in green or yellow squash, or dark leafy greens. Now they think all kitchen activity is about them. They still get some premium kibble, otherwise they are insatiable, and demanding of food all the time.
I feed my dogs 1/2 sardines and 1/2 vitalin(one tin of sardines, & 2 large cupfuls of vitalin)with various vitamins ...A dry food which I soak with the sardine oil.
I feed my Boxer dogs 1/2 vitalin and 1/2 raw meat which I get twice weekly fresh from the butchers,that is their evening meal.
When we have our afternoon lunch I just give them a handful of cheese with a few home made biscuits.
(as far as I know vitalin has no aditives or colouring !
Mine mostly gets Orijen senior. I'm worried about her calorie intake as an older dog so I stopped buying dry foods with 'heavier' meats like lamb and bison. I also occasionally defrost ground meat (beef and venison) from a company called Hare Today Gone Tomorrow and cook that in coconut oil, then add some fiber source such as freeze-dried vegetables or sweet potato. But in order to have her meals be nutritionally complete I need to feed dry food that meets AAFCO standards.
Here are the ingredients of the dry food: Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, chicken liver*, whole herring*, turkey meal, boneless turkey*, turkey liver*, whole eggs*, boneless walleye*, whole salmon, chicken heart*, chicken cartilage*, herring meal, salmon meal, pea fiber, chicken liver oil, red lentils, green peas, green lentils, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, chickpeas, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium.
The ingredients sound great, but they have to be adulterating it somehow to keep it on the shelf. The food you cook at home sounds a lot healthy. AAFCO standards can be met by anything;not every dog meal needs to be nutritionally complete.Mine are no
It is a very expensive brand. The meat is supposed to be sourced from ranch-raised animals, making it better quality than what my family eats. That's the main reason I pay the premium price.
I know you said your Dad did not buy into raw,but I would still rather feed real foods than something that has been sitting on the shelf.Not sure about your free time/willingness to cook(if raw not acceptable)but surely real food would be less expen
We have settled on the Blue Wilderness brand for our German Sheps and Belgian Malinois. It seems to be ideal...
Dr. Mark - I'm still feeding my dog homemade food made with quality ingredients. I don't go the raw route because she's had a compromised immune system (reaction to vaccine) when she was about three. It's caused her a lot of problems, including blindness from an immune-mediated disease.
However, I keep her as healthy as possible with high quality 'real' food, supplements, enzymes and probiotics, regular vet checkups, and as much exercise as the two of us can manage.Oh, yes...and lots of love!
I keep trying to spread the word about 'real' food to everyone I know who has a pet. Unfortunately, too many people just want the convenience of only having to open a bag of dry kibble.
Thnx,I wish everyone would read your hub to realize it does not take much time and effort to put together a dog´s food.I just do so once a week and freeze the ingredients.No, it is not as convenient as a bag of kibble, but my dogs are worth the effor
We feed our Great Danes a giant dog breed formula. We supplement it with meat and veggies. The "old man" of the group also gets a peanut butter sandwich every morning, in which we hide his arthritis pill.
I havent spoken with you in almost a year, I hope Hamlet, your superdog, is doing well. Is he the one eating the PB sandwiches every day?
Yes! Our harlequin, Grendel, died in May - from GDV. A few days later, my grandson's Dane, Hamlet's younger sister, also died from GDV. Nice to "see" you!
Dog food and people food, water and Dentastix at the end of the day for their teeth.
I got my dog from the shelter when she was 4 and have had a hard time getting her to eat the healthier dog foods. She does like Beneful or Iams.
I have heard vets recommend Rachel Rays dog food and Purina One. I give my dog a little of either one mixed with Beneful.
We fed our dog Royal Canin for German Shepherds. Before that she was on Science Diet. She lived to be 14 and didn't show any real signs of age until the last few months. We were happy with the food.
Check out http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/. That site is awesome for researching dog food!
I wanted a dry, high quality, and grain-free food that didn't cost a fortune. I chose Call of the Wild via Amazon Prime. No shipping, lower cost, good quality.
Yes, but just because some website suggests a processed powder, that does not mean you are doing the best thing for your dogs health.How would you feel if you had to eat powder every day?Real food is better.
Is it awkward to mention that I've been using Muscle Milk powder as a meal substitute for myself? I agree that making meat and vegetables is the best way to go for pup - but that comes with an time and $ expense. (One that I know I couldn't afford)
I think none of us mind a little powder!As far as expenses go, it is no more expensive to feed a real diet, unless you buy it from a company like Bravo.I have info on this, also avail on many forums.Oh,btw, I am making dessert with cocoa powder.
by DogAllergyDiva 10 years ago
Just curious what brands folks are feeding thier dogs and why? Have you done much research on what is good for your dog? Do you give much preference to brand based on your dog's breed?
by MomsTreasureChest 7 years ago
Do you feed your pets dry pet food or wet pet food?
by Shil1978 10 years ago
Dry or Wet Dog Food - What do You Feed Your Dogs?What is healthier for your dog? What are the pros and cons?
by kjones03 12 years ago
what is the best brand of dry dog food, lamb and rice that i can feed my american eskimo
by SmartAndFun 10 years ago
Is it OK to feed dogs table scraps?It seems like the ingredients in dog food are so disgusting, barely even food. -- so compared to that it might be OK to feed my dogs the tablescraps from our meals? I'm not talking about browinies and bowls of gravy. I cook pretty healthy and am talking about...
by jamesbrownbete 10 years ago
Our dogs only eat home made!
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