Q: What is the best dog food for my service dog?

July 28, 2008 | By Amanda V. | 6 answers | Expired: 2297 days ago

Amanda V.

I am low income and on a budget. I have a Irish wolfhound mix for a service dog that I just got a few days ago. I have read there main health problem is bloat. Is there a dog food that is better than others for this? Also he is very gassy is there anything out there for this problem? Also patton is 17 months old

Readers' Answers (6)

Jul 29, 2008

First off, congrats on your new dog!

The best thing you can do for your dog and your budget is to feed a high-quality dog kibble. Avoid brands found at the grocery store, walmart, etc. While the price per pound is less, it actually ends up costing you more. Commercial pet food is filled with junk which is not easily digestible. Corn, other cheap grains, and by-products make up the majority of those foods. It will take less of a high-quality kibble to fill up your dog than a low grade, commercial kibble so you won't need to buy as much food! Feeding your dog a premium kibble will also save on vet bills. A lot of health problems are diet related. If you have a dog who is prone to bloat, like yours, it is especially important to feed premium food rather than fill his belly with junk thats hard to digest.

Another thing you can do to save on money is to shop at small, local pet stores. Believe it or not, they usually have better prices than the large chains like Petco and Petsmart! I save at least a few bucks per bag by avoiding the large chain stores and shopping at small ones. The small pet stores also tend to get lots of samples from the brands that they carry, so make sure to ask the staff for samples before buying bags of food to try. That way you can make sure your dog likes the food before spending any money on it!

The brands I like best for dog food are: Solid Gold and Wolf King (same brand, different line), Wellness, Merrick, Taste of the Wild, Halo, and Natural Balance. Any of those brands would be a good choice as far as quality, so compare prices between those and see what best fits your budget.

Sorry this was so long, but I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to email me with any questions. Good luck!! :)

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Jul 29, 2008

I high quality kibble I know your on a budget but they are really not that much more, you need a kibble that does not swell allot if water is added, my dogs are on Verus (fish,potato and omega 3) it's holistic also wellness & merrick are good foods I also mix a bit of wet food with it and the main thing is NEVER let your dog run after a meal, I have greyhounds & a Black Lab. Good Luck the wolfhounds are big, lovable dogs

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Jul 30, 2008

Howdy and Congrats!

I have to agree with Stephanie and Ethel, the quality of the food is key. When you mention gassy I think 'fillers', those things in kibble that do nothing for your dog nutritionally. I use Eagle Pack but Solid Gold is another, both holistic, and yes the initial price looks big but when you see how much less you can give the dog because of the tremendous nutritional values and supplements I think pound for pound they are actually cheaper.

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