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What is a good dog food? Is expensive food really worth it?

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June 19, 2019 / By Angell
Question: I am trying to find a good quality food for my german shepherd puppy. I need to find something good quality, for a good price. Look at the first 10 ingredients in these 2 foods, which one is better? Food #1: Chicken, Chicken Meal (Source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin), Brown Rice, Corn, Oat Groats, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat , Natural Flavor, Canola Oil Food #2 Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley Which one is better? What is chicken meal? Is chicken meal good? To get best answer, you have to answer all of my questions. Thanks. Is expensive food really worth it? Whenever I ask someone that, they say "its just a dog, who cares what you feed them" What are the benefits of feeding a high quality dog food?
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Willie Willie | 4 days ago
Food #1 has corn and that throws it off for me right away (it's just a filler)... Food #2 sounds better as the first 3 ingredients are meat based and then you have rice (not corn or wheat)... What is chicken meal? I would imagine chicken dried and ground into a meal however I cannot answer that without doing some research, and your search engine works as well as mine... Is chicken meal good?? It's not harmful...that's typically how you'll find many meats listed in dog food (as a 'meal')... Is expensive food worth it??? Expensive doesn't automatically mean quality, but conversely none of the quality foods are cheap...one of the highest rated foods I've read about (5 out of 5 stars) is Orijen but it runs about $60 - 80 per 35 lb bag...I chose a 4 star food for my puppy (Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul - for Large Breed Puppies) and I did lots of research before buying any food for her, and have changed her food twice since she came to live with me in Jan (always seeking something better quality, to give her the best I can afford)... IMO my puppy is not "just a dog"...she's my friend and companion and relies on me to provide her care to the best of my ability...that includes feeding her food that will help her be healthy and thus possibly even extend her life...I won't buy any dog food that is available in a supermarket... Benefits of feeding high quality food: You feed less because the dog is getting good nutrition from it Dog poops less because you feed less Dog is healthier overall Dog lives longer because dog is healthier overall What are the benefits to you of eating a healthy diet versus living on junk food and fast food??? Same thing applies to animals...they might be able to live on crap food, but they won't be as healthy as they could be and probably won't live as long as they would if they were healthier... See the source link for a site I found with some useful information on dog food ingredient lists...it helps you determine what to look for that is good and what to watch out for that is not so good...also, do a search on 'dog food reviews' or 'best dog food' and read, read, read...that's what I did and I learned a lot (I learned about a bunch of brands of food that I'd never heard of...because they aren't sold in supermarkets)...
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Willie Originally Answered: What makes organic food more expensive and is it worth it?
Organic foods are grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetically altered seeds. It takes a few years to prepare soil to produce quality organic crops and get certified organic. This is were most of the extra cost comes from plus natural composting, natural pesticides and applying them is more expensive than chemical fertilizers If you are very sensitive, as in allergic, they are a godsend. Nutritionally, there is little difference. Leaf vegetables that are organically grow are the best value (more surface area to retain pesticides). Hydroponic vegetables that use chemical fertilizers and no pesticide are similarly hypoallergenic. So yes, they can be worth the money.

Sebastian Sebastian
I honestly don't care if you give me Best Answer - but I will answer to help your dog. German Shepherds are notorious for having sensitive stomachs, and the safest thing to give yours is a Royal Canin product made especially for GSDs. In the absence of that, the second food you list has milder ingredints tat are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, except for perhaps the chicken. The only time an inexpensive food is worth doing, is when you have some hound dog that has been rescued from a rural environment - in whch case, it is likely the mother was eating something sold at Walmart, and that is what the puppy's immune system was modeled on. In that case, it is the food the dog's system would find most familar anyway, avoiding digestion problems. In the case of your GSD, the best route is going to be for the same reasons - GSD systems are senistive, and the less filler and allergens, the better.
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Nehemiah Nehemiah
Your question is a little confusing. But, not all healthy dog food is expensive. We use Rachel Ray Dog Food. The most important thing is that the first ingredient is some type of meat and there are no animal by-products.
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Kiaran Kiaran
I would say the first one is better because it has CHICKEN then CHICKEN meal, do you know the percentage of chicken and chicken meal?? Chicken meal is basically every part of a chicken, feet, nails, etc.. No its not good because they can put any diseased chicken in it. MOST foods do actually use a content of a meat meal so its always hard to find a truly good one. Look for skinners dog food, its not "the best" but its fairly cheap (£25 a bag), if you have a lot of money to spend then get arden grange its very good quality. EDIT: No the most expensive foods are not really the best, things such as "Hills science diet" and "James well beloved" all use animal by products. The best "expensive" food is arden grange.
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Huey Huey
There is no telling what nutrients are available to a dog from a list of ingredients. All the talk about ingredients is marketing hype spread by those making good money on over priced food that has the same nutrients as everything else. I would feed the first. Neither I nor anyone else here has any evidence to say which one is the most nutritious. Do to possibly having to work around a food allergy eventually, I would avoid the second because it has too many different proteins in it. Chicken meal is all the edible material from the chicken slaughter house not sold elsewhere. . One common lie is that it has more than a trace of beaks and feathers. It really is mostly the stuff from the belly that wild predators eat first when they make a kill. Not pretty. A better description at http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/images/nutr... It includes highly nutritious organ meats that include essential amino acids dogs need. It is good for dogs, but not the stomach of people reading about it. Note, foods containing only ''human grade'' cuts may include organs and tripe. They have just been kept separate until ground up at the dog food factory. I have never seen any evidence the more expensive foods provide any better nutrition than Old Roy. I have seen thousands of dogs thriving on Pro Plan, an also ran inmost rating systems. I think most people are feeding common brands and their dogs are doing well. The only people in real life that have ever ask me what I feed are reps for expensive brands. I think the benefits of expensive dog foods mostly are to those selling them.
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Huey Originally Answered: What's a good cat food that is not too expensive?
Some of the cheapest high quality cat foods you'll find would be Felidae and Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul. Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your cat? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot. Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets. Thankfully, there are some excellent cat foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption. Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Whiskas, Fancy Feast, Friskies, Meow Mix. Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Felidae, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timber Wolf Organics. Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop! Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.) A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Diets high in grain have been attributed to problems with diabetes in cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, so why should there be grain in their diet? Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, and Sold Gold Indigo Moon, Taste of the Wild. Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them. Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/ Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. Another option for feeding cats is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted: http://www.rawfedcats.org/ http://www.rawfed.com/ http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml Now the question is, do you feed wet or dry? Wet is the correct answer. The reason is, in the wild, cats normally get most of their water content directly from their prey items and drink very little. Domestic cats are no different, and because of the fact that they are designed to take in water with their meal, they have a very low thirst drive. Cats often just don't drink enough. This leads to urinary tract infections and crystals. The bit about dry food being better for teeth is a myth and has not been proven in the least (cats barely even chew their dry food and, really, does a pretzel clean /your/ teeth? Cats should have their teeth brushed with cat toothbrushes and cat toothpaste at least a few times a week as well as see the vet for dental cleanings when necessary /regardless/ of what they are being fed). Canned/wet food is better because it more closely mimics the cat's natural diet. More on why canned food is best: http://www.catinfo.org/ (Excellent cat nutrition information by a vet) http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/bpo_ch4.php http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm Another option to get cats to drink more would be a cat fountain. Cats tend to like to drink from running water and cat fountains see to that need, encouraging cats to take in more water. Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to feline obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your cat's food. More: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. It's for dogs, but most of the high quality brands also put out excellent cat foods. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.) Darksong~

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