There are so many varieties of dog food out there. It's not just brands, but types. There's dog food for puppies, seniors, active dogs, dogs trying to lose weight, allergies, health conscious owners. It is crazy looking at it all.
I'm about to switch my dog from commercial food to organic dog food. I did a littler online research and didn't like what I found. Cheaper commercial brands of dog food are over-processed and bland. They don’t provide all the nutrients a dog needs for a healthy system and strong bones. Most commercial brands are full of by-products and fillers with some sort of carbohydrates-usually corn-as a first ingredient. Corn is not very nutritious and you don’t even want to know what’s in by-products! Would you put that on your dinner plate?
Natural is just better in so many ways. Organic means no antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, by-products, artificial colors or flavors. The first ingredient should always be meat or fish.
I feed prey model raw, meaning 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 10% offal.
My babies have never been healthier. Shiny coats, white teeth, a calm and focused energy.
I've had to go back to kibble (top shelf kibble such as Taste of the Wild or Canidae) due to finances, but the difference is so extreme that as soon as I was able to afford the meat again, I immediately went back.
Kind of funny. An entire standup freezer full of meat. And none of it for me. :P
I need advice. I have a rescue dog (have had her about a year) that still has serious food issues. I got her from the pound. They were going to put her down because they couldn't get her to eat (there was no physical reason for this that the vet could find). You could see her ribs. She weighed 12 pounds when she have been around 20 (they said).
Anyway, I brought her home and fixed her some food. I have always made my own dog food, so that wasn't a problem. She wouldn't eat unless I hand fed her. I'm fixing her grass-fed beef, chicken and pork from a local farmer - same stuff we eat - and she just wouldn't eat unless I sat there and hand-fed her.
Fast forward to today. She is a healthy 22 pounds (well, she could prob. lose a pound or two); but she still has severe food issues. Some days she will feed herself; but I have found that she's a bit particular. Her food cannot touch. She only eats about as much as a toddler, so I put her each food in a separate saucer. I have to cut her food up into tiny pieces and spread them out as much as possible on the saucer. The saucers then have to be placed in a particular order (meat, then veggies, then cream) or she won't eat.
Some days she won't eat chicken; most days she won't eat pork; she never eats ground beef. If she doesn't want to eat, I let her go a few days without eating before I hand-feed her (3 days w/o food is my limit and then I cave); but she always wins. I don't know what to do. I have run out of ideas.
Any ideas? My vet suggested a pet psychologist. I don't know about that.
I cook for my dogs. 100% of their diet comes from my kitchen. I've researched and I know what they shouldn't eat. I am as careful about their diet as I am about anyone else in the family. They seem to like it.
My largest dog (over 100 lbs) eats anything and everything you put in front of him. He is no problem at all to feed.
The smaller dog (around 20 lbs) is very picky, even with grass-fed meat. She is a rescue dog and was very skinny when I first got her. You could see her ribs. The pound was going to put her down as she would not eat for them. I had to hand-feed her for months. She slowly started gaining weight, but man I have never in my life seen a pickier dog. She refuses to eat left-overs. Her food cannot touch, which means that stews are out for her. She loves cheese, but you cannot put it on the same plate as her meat. I could go on. I have tried to mend her ways (I've had her a little over a year), but she will simply stop eating until I give in.