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Q: If you can't afford the very best in animal food, but don't get the worst, should you own a et?

May 2, 2008 | By Roxanne B. | 11 answers | Expired: 2288 days ago

Roxanne B.

I have heard that if you can't provide the absolute best in food then you shouldn't own. But I don't feed my kids filet mignon every night, does that mean I should'nt breed? I do the best I can, which isn't bad, and don't know what I would do without their love!

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Bob C.
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May 16, 2008

I would say do not buy anything that you can get at a grocery store. I like California Natural or Canidae.. they both run about 40.00 for a 40# bag but I find I can feed my 80 lb pit bull about 2.5 cups a day and he looks great.

Personally I would not feed any Nutro products. They have been involved in a couple of food recalls.

I think Petsmart own brand Autority is ok, if you do not want to spend $1.00 per pound.

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Joanna
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May 09, 2008

You don't have to spend $40 a bag to feel you're doing the right thing. At the same time, I would never, EVER, after doing my research, feed anything produced by Pedigree, Purina, Iams, or some offbrand grocery offering.

If you want to do the right thing - feed your pets (and yourself!) nutritious, natural foods that won't poison them - rid yourself of processed foods. Everything natural is the most highly nutritious food you can buy/grow. Your pets will do marvelous on a diet of muscle/organ meats and a bit of vegetable/fruit. On a good diet, pets display a beautiful, stink-free coat; minimal or no "doggy" breath; less, more compact stool; change of behavior due to proper balance; bright, shining eyes and healthy teeth. This applies to all food-consuming mammals.

I could go on and on, but instead, check out my posts on other foods here on this site, under Pet Products. Everything I tell people is to the best of my knowledge, backed up by numerous research over the past 5 years.

Just remember this - there are a lot of smoke and mirrors in this world, even in the pet industry. Research for yourself how pet food is made, what goes into it, and how you can provide the best nutrition, and thus, the best life for your dog.

Researching pet food has led me to re-evaluate how I eat myself, and I'm proud to say I've been McDonald's-free for 4 years this Christmastime. Read "The Dog Bible"'s section on pet food. Read Ann Martin's "Food Pets Die For." And look into adding raw, healthy food into your dog's diet. You WILL notice a difference, and your pets will thank you for it!

Best of luck to you and your pets!

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T
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May 06, 2008

My dogs won't eat dog food: they eat Purina Indoor Formula for cats!!!! They also eat 9 Lives beef tender cuts (for cats) and they are in fine shape! My Yorkie is 10 years old and my Doxy is 3 years old! My other Yorkie Poo, Elliot, lived to the ripe age of 18 years and he would only eat Alley Cat!! I give them some cod liver oil 1 time a week, and they all have great coats! I also have 5 cats to go along with the cat food. Don't let the people put you down about what you feed your pets. At least you are feeding them and your children!!!!

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Luvtosleep
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May 04, 2008

I found a really cool website called dogfoodanalysis.com. I feed my dogs Canidae.

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Rhonda E.
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May 04, 2008

I don't believe the brand or type of food you feed should determine your ability to be a good pet owner. Meeting your pets nutritional needs, vet care and providing a good safe loving home is what is important.

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Beaglepawz
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May 04, 2008

What people feed their pets is a matter of choice and budget. Just because you are not feeding the priciest food on the market does not mean you are a bad owner. The important thing is to choose a food that is nutritionally complete and there are many foods on the market which do that in many price ranges.

What Brian said about volumes of feces is true and many higher end food you feed less and so the cost is relatively the same, but if you are feeding a balanced food and are able to get your pets basic veterinary care you are fine.

At our shelter we feed a mix of donated food. We have found that many people feed Pedigree followed by Purina and so we mix those heavily and add the rest of the donated food in. Both of those foods are well priced and have all the nutrition your pet needs.

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Brian  K.
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May 03, 2008

Dogs will eat more low cost dog food than most higher cost. Per volume of consumption your best bet is the middle of the road dog foods. I use Nutro which is $32 a 40# bag. They ate Dog Chow at $22 a bag and the ratio was 3:1. In the long run I was saving 50% by spending the extra money up front.

Not just that, the dogs pooped less and it was more solid. The dogs also lost some unwanted weight and I was able to walk them longer before they got tired and crabby.

Good luck on your search for foods. You can ask your local pet store staff what they feed their personal dogs as well as your vets and their techs. That will give you a good idea of what you should do. Just read the labels.



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lisa g.
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May 03, 2008

I add gravy and other little tid bits in my dogs food every day..The highest priced food you can buy does not mean that your dog is safe.. I have been feeding my dogs the same kind of foods for some years.. I do switch from time to time so they don't have to eat the same thing all the time..

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patty
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May 03, 2008

The most expensive is not always the best. I have had 2 pets that had recently passed away live on the medium price food for 15+ years. Does that mean I shouldn't have owned them as I didn't provide them with the "best". They had the best, in my opinion nutrition wise. If I would be considered 'Unfit to own" as I didn't provide the "best (expensive) food" I would have to wonder what may have happened to them (my boys)

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Percysmom
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May 02, 2008

There are so many animals in need of homes out there. I'm sure many shelter animals looking for a home would trade places with your pets in a heartbeat. Decent food, a comfortable loving home and medical care are the most important things. If you're able to provide those don't let anyone knock you. There seems to be much debate over whether or not top of the line pet foods are any better than some other less expensive brands anyway. The recent pet food recall brought to light that many of the expensive and inexpensive foods are coming from the same factories with some ingredients even coming from the same suppliers. The best you can do is research what you're feeding your pets and try to make an informed decision on what to feed them. Price does not necessarily mean you're getting a superior product.

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