Dog food recommendations?

Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: rberq On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:44 pm

We feed our dog a Purina canned food labeled “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles”. So in theory it provides complete balanced nutrition. However, the package recommends about three cans a day for our 65 pound dog, whereas she has been stable for many years on one can (plus she eats dog biscuits as treats). I believe three cans daily would leave her fat and bloated, though like any dog I’m sure she would force them down. Are her vitamin and mineral and protein needs met only with a full three cans? In other words, is the food “diluted” with useless fillers, so the “complete balanced nutrition” claim is true only when excessive quantities are fed? The dog is now old and sickly, and we started supplementing her canned food with about half a pound of beef daily. It has perked her up and strengthened her noticeably – maybe wishful thinking, but I think it’s real.

What foods do others here use and recommend?
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: johnjoseph On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:41 pm

My dog gets rice, green beans, carrots and boiled chicken 4 times a week and has dry food the rest of the time. He is 10 years old and in great health.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: titleist1 On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:46 pm

i try to stay away from the big brands, their food quality isn't as good as some smaller companies. i had been feeding ours Merrick grain free dry and canned but they were bought out by purina recently. Maybe its my imagination but the dry food seemed to look different recently and the dog didn't eat it all at once like she did before. i switched dry food to Elm and the dog is back to eating is all at once again. The Merrick canned seemed the same and the dog didn't slow down eating it like the dry so I still buy it.

Some of the merrick canned looks good enough to eat myself....they have whole chicken wings and thighs along with some veggies in some of the recipes. Looks better than dinty moore stew!! :lol:
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:44 pm

I have a big dog, mostly chow. He got pretty big, about 80# and the vet said not good. For years I bought the Hills healthy weight prescription food from the Vet, stuff cost a fortune. Fed him one cup of the dry and a third of a can bean based gook twice a day. Well he was so healthy he's 14.5 years old, deaf and has thyroid and hip problems, the costs of perscriptions made me do my homework. He has been on Beneful healthy weight dry and Purina Smart Blend ground chicken and rice and beef and rice (I figure he might like the change in pace :) ). Weight stayed right at 60# and he loves it and I'm saving a fortune. They had a gravy based blend of the two canned products, I don't think it agreed with him. Stools were very loose.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:09 pm

Bil-Jac is a moist chow mix which seems to be of very high quality. But then, they are local to me, and I'm biased. It must be refrigerated.

http://www.bil-jac.com/
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: warminmn On: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:40 pm

just make sure the food has meat based protein and not veggie protein. There are lots of crappy brands out there.

Every animal is different. If your dog gets fat on three cans its too much. If their hair looks good and healthy and not stringy, course, dry, etc., it is always a good sign.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: gaw On: Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:51 am

We switched from Taste of the Wild dry to Blue Buffalo dry a few years ago. My boy will be 16 in September and the girls are both 7, our vet says they are all in good shape. I don't feed our dogs any food with corn in it and if it is totally grain free that's even better. Thats my opinion.

Someone who works at a pet store once told me the Merrick rep would open a can of their food and start eating it to prove how good it was. Too bad they sold out. I am not a big fan of Purina. I just think they make a cheaper product. If you look at the label you will find most of your premium foods are more calorie dense and higher in protein.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:05 am

All my dogs that I had just got table scraps and leftovers ... lived to 15 yrs old (the dog).
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:16 am

I feed mine Taste of the Wild. It is grain free, and I believe the main meat is bison. Both dogs do very well on it.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: lsayre On: Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:54 am

The Bil-Jac website states that 5 lbs. of chicken go into every 6 lb. bag.
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Re: Dog food recommendations?

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:02 am

If your dog is very active and is free to roam outside whenever it wants( we have always had an invisible fence w/ about 3 acres fenced in) you can feed them all the grain you want but I always add a raw egg an a squirt of veg oil on top and two for growing pups. And of course all the meat scraps you can give them.... Bottom line is you gotta watch the carbs and give them as much protein as you can afford. Most importantly, access to unlimited water, even if its out of the toiley :D
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