What do you feed your dog?
July 17, 2009 5:04pm CST
When I was a kid. Dogs use to eat mostly food scraps . Or fresh food made for them. I know that Adessa used to cook for our dog. Often rice with carrots and other vegetables and fish or meat. The butcher even used to have some specific meat that people would buy for their dogs. Of course that was long ago, and since then,commercial dog food took over – with the help of vets that educated people explaining that not only dry food was good for our dogs but it would also help with the “end results “ of the digestion, making it easier for us to pick it up as we should. Many brands appeared with prices that varied.And people would buy it. It wasn’t the norm to read what it was in that food. People just trusted it was good. Now we are more aware. Food dog scares and sensationalist reports about dog foods are all the rage. People are starting to look at the list of ingredients in their dog food and not liking what they see. Consumers are educating themselves, which is a good thing. And they are starting to see that the dog food industry is only that: A business. They don't have to care about our lovely pet. They don't have to worry about his health. They just need to make money. Dog food can come in a variety of ways. There is the commercial dry food ( kibble) that has many variants, some better than others. One can try the regular dry food sold in supermarket and such- although I wouldn’t recommend it – or step up for premium and super premium dog foods, dehydrated foods, or even organic or holistic dog foods. Or, go further and introduce a raw diet or homemade dog food. Each person has preferences but convenience is usually high on the list, so not everyone is cut out to cook for their pet. Each type of food has it’s pros and cons. And there is plenty of information online where people can get information. Here are some of the sites that I visit: http://www.dogfoodproject.com/ http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grading_kibble http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html http://www.doberdogs.com/foodcht3.html Although I want to feed my dog the best available food, I know that results differ from dog to dog and even sometimes from time to time in the same dog. Also, a healthy dog may do ok in a “not the best brand”, while a dog with health problems will need the best possible food. Dry food can be ok. But it is important to know what is in it. The first link I post is a good place to start to get an idea. It’s easy to explore and has lots of very good information. Raw food seems to be in fashion nowadays. Some people praise it some… hmmmm “what’s the big deal?” When feeding raw food it’s important that the products are fresh. Bacteria can ruin the experience. Homemade dog food can work if the person really learns about dog nutrition and specially their dog’s nutritional needs. But it can be time consuming and might need vitamins and other supplements. Money hasn’t been abundant in the past few years, but I had to cross out most brands sold in supermarket/grocery stores as soon as I read the ingredients. It wouldn’t do. I opted for premium/super premium dry food I had been feeding tazz dry canidae which used to be a bit better than what it is now, although still superior. Since his health is not the best, I do make an effort to provide the best food I can. For some months now I have been feeding him orijen. It’s kind of expensive, however the recommended portions are way smaller than the cheaper brands, so the difference is not as much as all that. That was the first thing I noticed with higher quality brands. Tazz was full with much less canidae than the other supermarket brands that suggested that for his size and weight he should have about 4 cups per day of kibble, the brand I use suggests 1 to 1 ¾ cups per day.Big difference that brings the price down by much of course. In the end, there is not best brand, but if possible people should choose from a variety of the best brands and see which one works well with their dog. So…..what do you feed your dog?
• United States
21 Jul 09
Hi arkaf. I used to feed my dogs Canidae, but it was a bit too pricey for my family's budget so I ended up switching to Diamond. It may not be rated as highly as Canidae and it did have a scare a while back, but it seems to be holding it's own now. Which I'm thankful for because I don't like have to switch dog foods. I don't think I've ever seen the first few links posted before, but I have seen the last one. It's a very informative one too. Here's another site that you might find of interest: http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/ratingpetfood.htm Though I don't think you need it as you seem pretty well educated on the matter of dog food. I wish everyone was. If they only knew what was in it they probably wouldn't be so willing to feed their dogs the stuff that they sell at the supermarkets.
22 Jul 09
Good to know that more people look into their pets food and are informed sacmom. Diamond is one of the biggest manufacturers of pet food. Actually - and that was not the reason why I changed tazz from canidae to orijen - now if one buys Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Chicken Soup, and a whole lot more it is made by Diamond Brands. I think that kirkland and solid gold too. They are all pet foods that are considered premium quality. That I know they don't make Innova, Blue Buffalo, Orijen and acana. I know orijen is quite expensive, when one compares price per same weight of food. However since I don't need to give tazz as much food as with the cheaper brands in the end the difference is not as big as one would think.
• United States
19 May 12
I didn't even realize how big Diamond was. That just doesn't sit well with me, especially with all the recalls they've been having lately. So, once again I switched...this time to Orijen. Even though it is expensive I only have a toy breed pup to feed now. As she only eats a small amount it doesn't break the bank.
21 Jul 09
Hi arkaf,I feed my dogs with milk,bread,fruits,egg and Pedigree.I always feed with home made foods because I feel that it suits them well then any other food.I haven't thougt there will be this importance in choosing the feeds.Thanks for your information.Cheers..