Dog Food
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Some people like to make their own dog food, some give their dogs a raw food diet, and some feed their dogs with ready-made purchased food specifically intended for consumption by dogs. 

Which kind of dog food do you find works best for your dog?
Peg Asus
We did make the switch to Canidae and it seems to be working well. My dog was having problems on Iams, which I find crazy because my Golden was able to thrive on Iams.
Sylvia Frazier
tried the cheapest. tried the most grain .. too much grain ...brand names ... smaller-store brands, et cetera. what did i find was the results from the youngens reactions, amount of energy and weight fluctuation? they are more likely to barely taste the store brands, ate the most from the middle-of-line brands (particularly the cheaper alpo) and had to bribe them to eat the expensive (no grains) stuff. outcome = the treats at dollar TRee store CAN be the most nutritional (avid label reader), the mainstay dogfood is the alpo, buying discounted meat (which is the key to this diet) and throwing in things like white rice for weight stability and homemade breads just because they allllll have an affinity for this delicacy. we all come out - winning!!
Jessica Angel
I feed my dogs Blue dog food. I am wondering if anyone else feeds their dogs the same or maybe something better? I also wonder sometimes if our fur babies get tiered of eating the same thing all the time.
Erica Blossom
what is the cheapest grain free dog food on the market? the lowest I have found is called authority at petsmart.
Peg Asus
How much does the Authority cost? i saw that yesterday when I was there, but since it wasn't what I was looking for I didn't look at the price. They didn't have the canidae I was looking for so I had to go to Petco later and it was expensive :( I bought a small bag which probably wasn't cost effective, but it's what we had and then I ordered off of Amazon because it was 14 bucks cheaper!
Peg Asus
Right now we use a brand called Nature's Variety because our dog needed to put on some weight. We were told that we could transition her to Canidae once she reached an ideal weight. I am looking forward to that because Canidae costs half of what Nature's Variety does
Ronald Lane
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June R
i have a senior chi and all she likes is Cesar the senior formula, she used to be able to eat the other flavors but it doesn't agree with her, so this is all she eats.
Marcy Machen
I was advised to give my dog Rotweiler/Newfoundland mix a dog food called Canidae and she is absolutely thriving on it and loves it.
Suzanne Marble
My dog is allergic to corn so he is limited to three brands and they are not cheap in the slightest, so we tend to stick to the cheapest one called 4health.
Mac Pike
When I had my dogs I fed them chicken and chuck steak and they thrived. There was a pan of high quality dry dog food available to them at all times but they rarely touched it. I could not afford to do this today.
M. L. Monroe
Dogs and cats are carnivores which means that if they were living on their own without humans to provide for them they would be eating ONLY meat probably they'd be eating mice, rats, birds and anything else it could kill. Sooo, who had the bright idea that grains or veggies would make good dog food?
Sylvia Frazier
giggle, giggle - you are so right. any executive or decision maker comes up goofy ideas like that and because of their hierarchy it bcomes something the "jonses" want to have !! if that theory does not sit well with anyone then i would also add - how in the world did the manufacturers slip junk dogfood by us as complete nutrition ? junk junk junk
M. L. Monroe
Many of us fell for the Purina trick, advertising that they sold the best pet foods. The worst part is that many of us didn't have the money to buy the better dog foods, they were so very expensive ... still are. Thank goodness I get extra dollars via the internet because now I can afford a better dog food for the furbabies.
Viola Thornell
I feed my old baby girl gravy train as she needs something soft but I am thinking of trying the soft Iams on her and see if she likes it okay.
Jodi Nethery
Our dogs likes Purina Dog Food. They are kind of picky about what they eat. Some dog food even makes their stomach upset all the time.
Barbara Borreca
I always buy different kinds of dog food. We don't like to eat the same foods all the time so why should they. I think verity is good for them. I always read the labels on the food.
Kristi Anglen
We switch around also. Most of the time they get grain-free food, but right now they are getting Blue Buffalo chicken and rice. I also feed them raw meals quite often.
Christi Harris
Have you tried Hill's Ideal balance dog food? It's grain free! I was able to try the cat food for free and my cats loved it. I plan on trying the dog food for my dog to see if he likes it. He is very picky about his dog food.
Katie Mitchell
I rotate my dogs food. I feed my dogs canned food and dry food mixed together, only natural brands like Merrick and Fromm or fresh pet which is refrigerated dog food
Kelly F
Pedigree dog food killed one of my dogs and made my labrador really sick. He still has really bad stomach issues. I am testing out different foods to see what he tolerates best.
Katie Mitchell
what brands have you tried, i RECOMMEND blue buffalo, Merrick, nature's variety, organix, or Fromm. Hope your dog feels better soon and sorry to hear about your other dog.
Kristi Anglen
It also never hurts to go grain-free with a dog. They weren't meant to eat grains, and some dogs have intolerances to them that vets incorrectly say is fleas or allergies. Some dogs do tolerate grains and that's fine for them-but I prefer my dogs to get mostly grain-free foods.
Katie Mitchell
@kristi Anglen what brand of food does your dog eat? Do your dogs eat dry food or wet food? I try to feed mostly grain free and always avoid buying foods with corn and wheat
M. L. Monroe
I switched to grain free Blue Buffalo Chicken for the pups and the kitty also gets BB grain free ... since dogs and cats are carnivores its not natural for them to eat a whole lotta veggies, some can even kill dogs.
Ronald Lane
Here is a educational production by a US made dog food treat company over concerns that dog treats are tainted in China arriving here in the USA

In China, over 80% of people worry about food safety. Excessive pesticide use, illegal additives, diseased livestock, and "gutter oil" are their primary concerns. If one billion people are scared of their country's human food supply, then US pet parents should be alarmed about the pet food (and it's constituent ingredients) the US is importing from China.

From pesticides, feed additives, heavy metals, coal tar, and other toxins, this video looks at the environmental conditions in China that are poisoning China's people and their pet food exports.

This educational video is sponsored by Goodness Gracious ( US maker of healthy USA sourced, 100% human-grade pet treats.

M. L. Monroe
I've been feeding mine Blue Buffalo for over 4 years now which is expensive but the vet bills could be a whole lot higher. I'm glad I don't live in China
Ronald Lane
Well, since this topic relates to dog food, thought would share with yourselves a humorous video from the Organic industry.

Sit back and discover what it is like from the False Truth Advertising and brought to from those whom support the USDA Organic industry versus the false advertising of "natural" foods...

Ronald Lane
Here is the latest video by Only Organic called, "All Natural" Meaty Meatness for your review.
Relax and educate yourself about the foods you feed your pets and the intensive usage of the word, natural to confuse consumers believing their foods for their pets are truly all natural.

Sandy Weinstein
i use a combo of dry and raw. i use holistic select, no grain. i also use raw, blue ridge raw, raw venison (for human consumption), no salted string beans, baby carrots, kale and mustard greens steamed in olive oil, water only canned sardines, plus their vitamins and supplements. when feeding dog food, look at the ingredients, where they come from, where the food is made, check to see if there are any recalls, dont buy food from grocery stores, etc. terrible...also check to make sure you are feeding the right combo as far as protein %, etc. some dogs cant take a higher amt of protein, will get diarrhea or feed to low, will have other problems, think abt what dogs ate in the wild many yrs ago, meat, greens, no grains...
lynette Sasaki
i feed my pups instinct raw chicken and they love it alot kind of pricey but worth it
Sandy Weinstein
might want to try blue ridge raw, better and way less expensive....
lynette Sasaki
blue ridge raw ok i will do they carry in at petco or petsmart with the instinct raw one they only carry at petco here
Mac Pike
I lean heavily on chicken and turkey, I just don't trust the commercial foods, there have been many bad stories about what is in them and what it really does to our pets
C'est Vie
my dog love chicken, too, but he hates the bone
Debra Meilahn
My dogs hate prepared dog food and I have tried many different kinds. (dry, soft, canned, bagged,pouched,refrigerated rolls of it etc...) Luckily I was buying the kinds from Petco that I could take back if they did not eat it (and yes I tried Blue and they would not eat it. they played with it) . So I find it is easier since we eat a lot of chicken, brown rice, sweet potato to just mix up my own. Then like 2 little kids they can pick out what they don't like and eat what they do like. and believe me they do. At least this way I know what is going into their food. A lot of the dog food smells horrible to me and if I was a dog I wouldn't eat it either. I just don't trust what goes into dog food I don't care how much it cost and what order the ingredients are listed on the bag. Both of my girls are healthy and have a lot of energy and have very shiny coats.
Laura Veytia
I feed my dog Hills science diet she seems to be doing good on this food.
Sandy Weinstein
dont know if you are buying at pet store or at vet. vets get big kickback for selling science diet prescription the labels, you dont want any by products, meat should be first ingredient. if you dont know what an ingredient is, look it up b4 you buy it....
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