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Q: What are the best dog foods available- quality and budget friendly?

September 27, 2008 | By Luvmybull | 20 answers | Expired: 2020 days ago

What are the best dog foods available- quality and budget friendly?

I recently discovered the appalling truth of many commercial dog foods available at most supermarkets. I had no idea many companies actually used euthanized pets from shelters in the dog food. That alone makes me sick. I've also tried to further educate myself on the nutritional needs of dogs and learned the the current food we use is high in non-nutritional fillers. I want to switch to a high-quality food for our 2y/o pit mix, but I also have to keep the price reasonable. Any suggestions?

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Christi  M.
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Oct 06, 2008

My dog Sissy is the second american pit bull terrier I have owned, and someone involved in dog rescue told me about the food I currently have my dogs on. It is called Candidae. I get it at a local store where I live called Care-A-lot. It is a better quality food yet very reasonably priced. I think it is good for the american pit bull terrier due to the fact some of them have skin allergies, and this food is really good for their coat. Your dog is beautiful, I loved the pictures. Mine also LOVES peanut butter.

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Cynthia987
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Oct 04, 2008

I can recommend either Flint River Ranch or Solid Gold. My large breed pup grew up on Solid Gold Wolf Cub followed by Wolf King. She was doing great but had some sensitivities to one or more of the ingredients and I had to then figure out another brand that would work for her. We settled on Flint River Ranch Lamb/Millet/Rice and she is doing great. My kitty is eating their cat food (hairball maintenance) and is doing great also. I wrote the company a letter today letting them know that my cat is about half way through her first bag and her coat is gorgeous. She's shedding a lot less. They both love the taste and gobble up every bite. My dog actually lays down next to her empty bowl and licks it for a few minutes to make sure she's not missing some crumbs!

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Sandy S.
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Oct 03, 2008

A friend swears by the raw diet. My concern with the raw diet is the hormones and antibiotics fed to the cows, chickens etc. if you can't find organic meats. I have been feeding EVO to my dog (and cats) for years. She never tires of the food. It's more expensive than the stuff you buy at regular grocery stores and stores like Walmart but it is worth it.

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Anonymous
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Oct 03, 2008

we prefer Wellness brand. No corn, No wheat, fit for human consumption. Dog likes it. Makes me feel good about keeping him healthy. He is 7 on senior food and acts like a puppy. Everyone thinks he is a puppy.

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Joanna
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Oct 02, 2008

And I agree, it is indeed a fact that the pet industry uses Fluffy and Fido from the shelter, used grease from restaurants, and the four D's - disabled, diseased, dying, and dead animals.

Check out Ann Martin's "Foods Pets Die For," by Ann Martin - here's a review of the book: www.greenmuze.com/reviews/books/394-foods-pets-die-for-by-ann-n-martin.html

Completely truthful and sad to hear - yet humans are the only group of creatures that are this selfish and destructive, what do you expect?

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Joanna
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Oct 02, 2008

Congratulations to you for learning and researching!

I am a firm believer in raw food! Food in a raw state is in a natural state, and thus at its prime for eating. You truly are what you eat, and I'm glad you've discovered one of the most disgusting truths of the pet industry, probably only second to puppy mills. The sad fact is that the major companies out there are companies that want to make money.

Dogs can technically live on an omnivorous diet, but any dog that lives wild, whether it is a feral dog or the dog's cousin, the wolf, will eat meat, fat and bones every chance it gets. A wild dog's diet is comprised of muscle and organ meats, bones, fat, and they will possibly ingest some fibrous vegetable matter if they eat any stomach or intestine contents, which they usually avoid. Aside from munching grass to help them throw up, dogs do NOT eat vegetables, grains or fruits - and most importantly, their digestive system is an extrememly harsh, short one, which breaks down meat, bone and fat beautifully but doesn't break down those fibrous vegetables and grains.

If you want to give your dog the best diet possible, either feed him raw muscle and organ meats with raw bones, or at least get him a dry food that is meat-based and preferably organic and supplement this dry food diet with raw bones and fresh (or cooked, if you must) meat and eggs. A healthy dog will have no "doggy" breath, very minimal fecal matter (because his body is using what he's eating), healthy skin, a shiny coat and eyes, and will not come down with diet-related diseases down the road. Food truly is the best medicine, and is far easier on your wallet than expensive medicines, tonics and surgeries that you'll buy from your vet to fix the problem after it's too far gone.

Now, I will say that not all bagged foods are bad. The following brands are trustworthy and minimally processed. Eagle Pack in Mishawaka, IN is a tremendous food that has my endorsement, based on what I've seen from feeding it to the animals in my care at the Humane Society.

Blue Buffalo - Eagle Pack - Innova - Wellness - EVO - Timberwolf Organics - Castor & Pollux - Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul - Newman's Own - Solid Gold

(This of course is not a full listing, just a listing of foods I've had experience with; there are many more great ones out there!)

If you're interested in going raw, here are some guidelines. The major muscle meats to use:

Chicken; Beef; Turkey; Duck/Goose, which are higher in natural fats; Fish high in fatty acids, like salmon, mackeral, lake trout, and albacore tuna; Pork - some people will tell you not to use it because of possible health scares, but that really only applies to people, cats and dogs digest things much more quickly and have harsher enzymes in their systems, specially designed to handle raw/decaying foods. Also give your dog raw bones for nutrition and to clean their teeth. Bones are fine to feed unless they are cooked; then they weaken and splinter and should be thrown out. If you have a farmer's market or butcher nearby, meat and bones should be easy to come by, and assuredly healthier than mass-shipped food you'll find in a Wal-Mart or comparable market.

And you can also add:

EGGS - cooked or raw (don't worry about salmonella, their digestive system is made for it), they are a terrific source of protein and Vitamin B.

GARLIC / REAL CHEESE (shredded/grated) - Dogs absolutely LOVE garlic and cheese (no American cheese); garlic can help to keep fleas away.

FRUITS / PLAIN VANILLA YOGURT - If your dog has a bit of a sweet tooth, you can add chopped/pureed apples, bananas or any other fruit that they like.

Here is a good website of facts concerning raw food, its overwhelming health benefits, and why its best concerning your pet's natural physiology:
www.companionnaturalpetfood.com/faqs.php

Take a peek at this great website for unbiased dog food information: www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

Best of luck to you and your dog!

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Kimberly F.
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Sep 30, 2008

Beautiful Pit. I also was disgusted to find out about those things as well. I switched my Pit puppy over to Diamond. I had never heard of it before, I get it at Tractor Supply. I wanted something without CORN very hard to find. I researched online and discovered this product. I am very satisfied with it, even purchased the Mature Dog food Diamond makes for our older dog, both dogs doing well and the puppy seems to be getting over her skin irritations as well. Vet said could have been caused by allergic reaction to corn.

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9robin58
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Sep 30, 2008

There is a great site that list premium dogfoods from 6stars best to 1 lowest(dogfoodanalysis.com)just type in 6 star dog food.I also got quite an education about whats in alot of the commercial dog foods at the Life Abundance website.Its a premium food that can be shipped to your door.I chose innova evo which I can buy locally.

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TweedleDeeDee
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Sep 30, 2008

I had a problem with my dog eating dog food and no wonder why? I went to my vet and she suggested buying the book The Healthful Alternative. Home-Prepared Dog and Cat diets by Donald R. Strombeck. We worked together on this for my dog and came up with a recipe from his book. I don't believe it is any more expensive than purchasing dog food and my dog eats it and loves it and I know exactly what is in his food because I prepare it.

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Sandy
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Sep 28, 2008

I've switched to Wellness. It is pricey, but human grade food with the first ingredients being real meat! My dogs love it and even my fat/picky cat will eat the Wellness "diet" cat food (it does taste good, yeah, I've tried it!).

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