Commercial Dog Foods is Not the Best Foods for Our Dogs

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  1. Sab Oh profile image55
    Sab Ohposted 14 years ago

    Our dogs only eat home made!

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      michaeldavposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree with you.  All that they say in advertisement is just rubbish. Even I prefer to give my dog home made food. … eview.html

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        kristieyocum85posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        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:

  2. L3B0 profile image61
    L3B0posted 14 years ago

    Our dogs are spoilt and basically eat human food, really strange but pricey. I would think that commercial dog food is best for them. smile

  3. Whitney05 profile image83
    Whitney05posted 14 years ago

    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.

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    nukeboyposted 14 years ago

    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.

  5. Aiden Roberts profile image67
    Aiden Robertsposted 14 years ago

    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.

  6. michellehouser profile image62
    michellehouserposted 14 years ago

    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.

  7. urbanpetca profile image60
    urbanpetcaposted 13 years ago

    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: , I got inspired by my little Yorkie! He LOVES organic food. smile

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      Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  8. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    so.. what are the best alternatives. I can't really afford $40./ bag for science diet. he's a retriever/chow mix.

    1. Aya Katz profile image81
      Aya Katzposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. rebekahELLE profile image83
        rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        1. evesmart01 profile image57
          evesmart01posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          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:

 … d-your-dog

          Better to be safe than sorry.

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        Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I agree with Aya, just make sure leftovers are fresh!

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      Home Girlposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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!

    3. santos88 profile image70
      santos88posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  9. kmackey32 profile image63
    kmackey32posted 13 years ago

    My cat eats human food too....

  10. desdemonadarcei profile image61
    desdemonadarceiposted 13 years ago

    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.

  11. Green Lotus profile image60
    Green Lotusposted 13 years ago

    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! sad

  12. libby101a profile image60
    libby101aposted 13 years ago

    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 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)

  13. pointblank profile image60
    pointblankposted 13 years ago

    i dont have dogs or cats.

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    Delilah13q1posted 13 years ago

    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.

    1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

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        Delilah13q1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Living in a rural area we are presented with bone related emergencies weekly.  Hunting season is the worst.  Check with your vet.

        1. Just Ask Susan profile image90
          Just Ask Susanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I have done extensive research on feeding raw to dogs. I have spoken with hundreds of people that feed raw from breeders to dog owners. I would have never fed raw if I had felt that it was not safe.

  15. ceeshelman profile image62
    ceeshelmanposted 13 years ago

    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.

  16. Purple Perl profile image47
    Purple Perlposted 13 years ago

    Jerry and Brownie get only home cooked meals. An occasional chewstick or a handful of nutripet or pedigree.

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    eminator21posted 12 years ago

    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.

  18. peeples profile image91
    peeplesposted 12 years ago

    We prefer the Raw Food diet. Meat only. It's amazing the differences we have seen since starting.

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    Tamarindposted 12 years ago

    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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