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Q: Is Purina a good brand compared to Iams or other brands?

December 8, 2009 | By Cassie | 16 answers | Expired: 1701 days ago

Cassie

I have been told Iams is the best..is that true?

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Kym C.
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Dec 22, 2009

I agree with several of the opinions here as far as what works for one may not work for another. I too feed Purina One/Pro Plan. I am a firm believer in Purina and thier products. I agree that they are not all top of the line but a name I can trust. None of their products were recalled several years ago when they took over 200 foods off the market for contamination. I know Purina owns their own Plants and does routine quality control testing. They do not import notr use imported ingredients in their foods. Take the Purina 30 day challenge. You will notice a healthier ,softer coat,less waste(stools) no flatulance or digestive upset.
I will tell you from personal experience I would NEVER feed Science Diet! This food causes crystals in the urine within a few weeks to months. Science Diet denies this. Ol Roy is junk you may as well feed cardboard.
Use your best judgment on the foods you feed your pet. Some may do well and some may not.
I have always used Purina with confidence as well as my family. All of my pets are on the Purina brand from my horses,rabbits,cats,etc. and I have had many pets live long healthy fullfilled lives.
Good luck in finding the right food for your loved ones.Have a nice day.

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Sam
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Sam

Dec 19, 2009

It's all a matter of opinion. I totally avoid products that have fillers or ingredients that I have no idea what they are or where they come from. I use Orijen on both my cat and puppy (though my puppy gets some raw fruits and healthy home cooked meals to replace some of her Orijen each day, since I don't think the high protein is good for her). They both love Orijen, and looking at the ingredients you can tell it's a much better quality than most store brands. When looking for a good quality pet food, it's best to avoid those with fillers like corn, soy, wheat, gluten, etc. hanging at the top of the list. Keep in mind that the ingredient list goes from the item that is most plentiful in the food to the least plentiful. Make sure the food has good sources of meat as the top ingredients, and not meat by-products and such. Also, try to avoid too much red meat, like pork and beef (it's not that healthy for animals, just like it's not that healthy for us). Orijen uses good quality meats like chicken, turkey, and fish near the top of their ingredients, though also has many other great ingredients as well throughout their whole ingredient list.

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L M.
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Dec 16, 2009

My cats eat CD, 9 Lives, and Friskies (last two from grocery stores). I used to use Iams, but not any longer.

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Lauren P.
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Dec 14, 2009

I'd say the two best brands you can buy to feed your dog are either Blue Buffalo or Taste of the Wild.

I do not have experience with Taste of the Wild, but I do know that it is a very high quality food.

I feed my English Bulldog Blue Buffalo...she's still a puppy, so she eats the puppy formula. It is a wonderful food..no fillers, no by products, and it has all natural ingredients. Delilah does just wonderful on it. Her coat is super soft and shiny, she's in great physical shape, and it''s done wonders for her muscle tone. It's a great food!

You can goto www.bluebuff.com for more information. There's even a food comparison page on there which is very informative!

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Debra B.
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Dec 10, 2009

At one time Iams was a pretty decent brand of pet food. Since Procter and Gamble bought Iams, I do think that the formulation has changed. Procter and Gamble also make Eukanuba. Years ago there weren't the choices in pet foods that there are now. More animals appear to be sensitive to certain ingredients in food like wheat gluten, other carbohydrates, and chemical dyes. Also food allergies in pets seem more prevalent or are diagnosed more often.

I fed Iams for years to my cats, but have now switched to Nutro Max. I have noticed less vomitting immediately after eating and some change in the stools, but Nutro Max does seem to be more digestible for my kitties. My cats still had lovely coats and clear eyes on Iams, and looked very healthy. One cat is grossly overweight which is probably due to the high carbs in commercial pet food. As for brands available in grocery stores, I do believe that Purina One is rated well above Iams. Also as Bekind2animals stated, there is a website that you can use to help make a more informed decision.

Funny thing is that most cats and dogs love the really crap kibble that is full of addictive carbohydrates like Kibbles and Bits or Meow Mix. Think of it as McDonald's for your pets. Many people want organic food for their pets. There is one veterinarian who publishes a column in several newspapers and has his own website. He advocates that pet owners make their own pet food with basically no carbs in it. Not many people have that kind of time. There is no way that I am preparing my own food for 13 cats, so I do need to have a commercially prepared food that is readily available and at a reasonable cost.

If you want to go the route of preparing your dog's food so that you know exactly what is in it with no preservatives or other additives, Dr. Fox's website has recipes for dog and cat food:

www.twobitdog.com

He does have a recommendation for a commercial pet food. Opinions are just that--opinions. You need to gather as much info as possible and observe your dog to see what works best for your pet.

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Idaviruma
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Dec 09, 2009

Pretty much all grocery brands are garbage ( Purina, science diet, pedigree, ol'roy, goodlife recipe, etc).
You have to keep in mind that dogs are carnivores and need to be on meat based diet. Most of the commercial foods at major retail stores are chalk full of cheap grains, byproducts( refuse from human manufacturing, heads, beaks, feet, etc, NOT MUSCLE MEAT), as well as toxic chemicals that have been banned from human consumption due to liver and brain damage and artificial colors and flavors.

Better quality foods are have higher protein level (more meat), which means better nutrient absorbtion, less waste for you to pick up and overall healthier animal, no common disorders like hot spots, allergies, dull coat, eye/ear infections just to name a few.

I personally prefer grain free kibble since its easier for dogs to digest.
The most affordable brand is Taste of the Wild, around $40 for 30 lb bag
You can find it at most feed stores:
www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/dealer_locator

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jackie
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Dec 09, 2009

everyone will have a different opinion I use purina one for seniors. I use to give my dogs the high end brands and 3 of the 7 had crystals in the urine and were constantly getting constipated. My vet recommended the purina one for seniors and we have not had any problem since and its been about 3 years. Also my teacup poodle was so constipated she almost needed surgery we were facing that then one day I ran out of the food and gave her pedigree just as a quick substitude and the constipation started to clear up so I kept her on it for a while till she healed and now she's on the purina to. And she never did have the surgery. So I 'd say it works for me

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Jasmine96xo
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Dec 09, 2009

Yeah, just like Amber (ThePlaidAvenger) said, there is no best dog food, but a very good one is eukanuba. It builds knowledge, strength, and helps your puppy/dog grow up to be healthy.

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Amber
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Dec 09, 2009

ultimately, there is no "best" food. there are better foods and worse foods, but when you start looking for the "best", it's pretty much a matter of opinion. and it will also depend on your dog. for example, Blue Buffalo Wilderness is listed as a 6-star dog food on dogfoodanalysis.com (which seems to be missing a *lot* of brands, actually), and while i don't dispute that it's a good dog food...well, it made *my* dog horribly flatulent. it just wasn't the right food *for her*, as an individual. your results may vary. so in the end, the "best food" is the one with the best ingredients and nutrition possible on your budget and that works well for your dog.

that said, Purina is junk, and Iams is overpriced junk. even Purina ONE, which is supposed to be their version of a premium food, still contains by-products and lots of fillers, and as for plain 'ole Purina...it even contains ambiguous "animal" and "meat" ingredients, which can include pretty much anything including roadkill and dead zoo animals. and as ingredients go, Iams really isn't any better. you'll just spend more on it. it infuriates me, how brands like Iams and Science Diet make themselves out to be top-of-the-line and charge people prices as if they truly were premium foods, yet they're full of horrible, disgusting, cheap ingredients. really, don't assume that you're getting a better food just because you're paying more. it's often surprisingly easy to find foods far better than Iams or Science Diet that cost a lot less too.

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DevilDawg
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Dec 09, 2009

Gee that's an excellent question and you'll receive alot of good answers. If you're totally in the dark about this I'd suggest going to the site that was recommended by BKind2Animals. Good luck.

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