Best dog food?
Topic: Best dog food?
April 26, 2019 / By Anani Question:
What do you think is the best type of dog food to feed my 3 year old female cocker spaniel and 1 year old male cockapoo. I want them to eat the same food without it making one or the other fat or one or the other under nutritioned.
Yikes! Im having a hard time decidinng. But I am seeing a few brands talked about that Ive never heard of that I may try out. Thank you so much for your anwers. I just want my dogs to be healthy and balanced.
Best Answers: Best dog food?
Topsie | 4 days ago
Oh boy ... You asked though ;) Sorry so long...
My favorite brand of dog food is Innova made by Naturapet. The reasons why are
1. Naturapet owns their own private food manufacturing plants unlike the majority of dog foods where they are all made by the Mars. From name brand dog food (Science Diet, Pro Plan etc) to cheap dog food ( Dog Chow)
2. They have received awards for Pet food safety and Quality control from four independent organizations.
3. Top ingredients is real meat and there is no corn fillers
I think the best type of dog food is one which is made out of human grade quality of meat. When looking for dog food read the labels, the first few ingredients on the list should be meat. Avoid unnatural preservatives such as ethoxyquin , BHA and BHT all which have been banned for use for humans because of the probability of causing cancer in humans.
Instead look for Tocopherols (vitamin E) and Citric Acid.
I would also look at the history of the dog food you are making. Companies such as Science Diet had several brands of their food pulled from shelves by the FDA because the food made several dogs and cats sick. They have also test positive for Cyanuric Acid and Acetaminophen in private and independent lab studies performed by consumers who were feeding their pets Science Diet.
------------- A few Links supporting my claims ------------------
" Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Announces Voluntary Participation in Menu Foods’ Nationwide U.S. and Canadian recall of Specific Canned Cat Foods"
" Exclusive: Lab Finds Toxin In Unopened, Unrecalled Pet Food"
" Ethoxyquin is a quinoline-based antioxidant used as a food preservative and a pesticide (under commercial names such as "Stop-Scald"). It is commonly used as a preservative in pet foods to prevent the rancidification of fats. "
" The National Institutes of Health considers BHA reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen "
"Concerns have been raised about the use of BHT in food products. The compound has been banned for use in food in Japan (1958), Romania, Sweden, and Australia. The US has barred it from infant foods. Some food industries have voluntarily eliminated it from their products. However, BHT is also marketed as a health food supplement in capsule form. In different studies, BHT has been reported to cure some cancers, but to encourage others. BHT is well studied because of public concern over synthetic preservatives. BHT was largely removed from food in the 1970s, to be replaced with the less well studied BHA."
Second I would consider what breed of dog I own. Is your dog breed known for pancreatitis? My Miniature Schnauzers are so I try to stick to food with a lower fat ratio. Two are fed food which have around 20% fat and the other who had pancreatitis and is older is fed 12% fat.
Third I would think about the lifestyle of the dog I'm feeding. Is your dog active ? If so i would look at a dog food which highs a higher protein and fat ratio. Is your dog over weight? I would look for a lower fat food. Other questions are is your dog underweight? Average?
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Originally Answered: Why is healthy food at fast food restaurants more expensive than regular food?
Because the ingredients in the unhealthy food are so cheap they're actually cheaper than the healthy stuff.
In the past fruit & vegetables always used to be cheaper than animal products, but thanks to some modern inhumane intensive farming methods and new methods of carcass processing (for example "mechanically recovered/separated meat" etc) its very cheap to get a bit of animal on your plate these days.
What part of that animal though is another question (its not even technically meat most of the time), but when its all processed into a nice nondescript paste which is then cooked up in a shape with some flavourings & additives etc people don't seem to really care!
But yeah. I know farming, i know food factory work. I've lived/worked in both and i've done a lot of research on these matters too, and long story short my advice is: Save your pennies up for the better quality healthier food and avoid such processed foods (chicken nuggets, cheap sausage meat, burgers etc) like the plague! You'll be doing your health a big favour- its not just gross & fattening a lot of what they put in junk/fast food, there are major concerns over the long term health implications over a lot of the other things they add to food.
I use INNOVA and WELLNESS. They are great and there are many other 5 and 6 star dog foods which are awesome!. Look at www.dogfoodanalysis.com to make your choice. Look under reviews. Oh, and NO SCIENCE DIET. I learned my lesson with that already !!!!!! It's rated at the bottom of the barrel down there with Alpo as far as it having nothing but fillers and by-products, etc. which are not good for a dog !
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There are many high quality foods that are good....Canidae, Innova Evo, Orijen, Wellness Core, Taste of the Wild, etc..
Just stay away from foods that have a lot of fillers such as corn, barley, wheat products, etc......a lot of that is not really necessary for dogs.
I feed my two dogs Orijen 6 Fresh Fish...they love it!
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I really like Purina, my Labrador eats Dog Chow and my mutt eats Puppy Chow. They are both healthy, the right weight and have gorgeous coats! Don't believe all the hype about this brand of food. It has been around for A LOT LONGER than all the other brands you will see listed on here from other people. They also have Little Bites for smaller dogs and a weight management type. Good luck!
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I tried to feed my dog healthy stuff at one point like science diet, and that was a no go. So I started feeding her Maximum Nutrition dog food, and she seems to really like that.
There is alot of different varieties, so you could choose which is best for you. Then the dog food is in smaller chunks, and my dog seems to like that better.
Everynow and then I'll buy Kibbles n Bits, just to mix things up.
Hope this was helpful...
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Originally Answered: What's the best type of food for my half-Siamese female cat? dry food or canned food? Plz help?
You are correct - an all dry diet is now linked to such feline disorders as diabetes, obesity, constipation, urinary tract disorders, and kidney disease. Nature created cats to eat meat, not dry carbohydrate filled kibbles. And dry food does not clean the teeth any more than eating hard pretzels cleans ours. Look at your cat's teeth - they are designed for ripping meat off the bone and have no flat surfaces for chewing. She needs at least one canned meal a day - preferably more with dry for snacking only.