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Q: What is the best kind of dog food?

July 13, 2010 | By Spangel | 5 answers | Expired: 1603 days ago

Spangel

My Pomerian Sheela just got here from Germany; she lived there all her life and LOVES her German dog food. Unfortunately we can't find that food here, Frolic, and she is a very picky dog. My mom has to send her food from Germany and that is getting quite expensive. Is there a good dog food here in the states that is safe to switch her to? She is very picky and hasn't liked any of the food we've tried out. I don't want to feed her dog food full of fillers just to save money, so I was looking for a good quality dog food here that she will love. Any suggestions?

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Sarah B.
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Jul 26, 2010

We use Rachael Ray's Nutrish chicken flavor dog food. We adopted our Redbone Coon hound from a rescue. They had her on Science diet dog food. Once Reeba tasted Nutrish she wouldn't touch Science Diet. We buy it at Meijer and sometimes Super Wal-Marts. They have beef or chicken flavor. Our 3 dogs all love it and their coats shine and they maintain their weight well. I hope you are able to find a food your dog likes and does well on. Best of luck to & your dog!

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Idaviruma
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Jul 14, 2010

Best food on the market, probably Orijen or Acana provincial, but they are also quite expensive, though being nutrient dense, you dont feed much of it, especially to a small dog.

Check this site for food ratings:
www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

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Denise L.
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Jul 14, 2010

If you don't have the time to make food for your doggy, I highly suggest Blue Buffalo!

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Jillian
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Jul 13, 2010

this directory gives rating {based on healthiness} of pretty much every dog food available in the united states. it doesn't give product reviews, but if you do an internet search of the individual brands plus "reviews", perhaps that will help.
whenever you switch foods, do so gradually so their systems adjust. otherwise you may see diarrhea and/or vomiting, which can sometimes deter the picky eater. start w/mostly the old food and in 4-5 days, change it to half and half. 4-5 more days and go w/mostly the new, then switch it entirely after another 4-5 days.
despite the food, your dog will eat it. though it sounds mean, if my recently passed dog had it her way, she'd have lived off of french fries and milk shakes. what i mean is, dogs don't know what's good for them, nor do they care as long as it's their favorite. picky eaters are a slippery slope that can eventually become dangerous to their health in senior years. every 6-12 months, you should change the proteins in the food so they don't develop an allergy. this means switching from chicken to beef to lamb {or fill in the blank} and then back again, and always gradually.
when a dog insists on eating something and nothing else, just refuse. they won't starve and it's highly unlikely they'll get sick. find a good food, that seems palatable, and stick w/it come hell or high water. she'll eat it when she's hungry and she'll learn to like it even. give her twenty minutes to eat then pull the food. try again at lunch time. still no? pull and try again for dinner. keep this up until she eats it, which usually happens that night or the following day. she may refuse her next few meals, too, but it won't last and soon she'll be eating regularly the food that's right for her.

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Flower39
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Jul 13, 2010

Our animals use Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul. it is a very good dog food and doesnt have by products in it. its very healthy and our dogs like it allot they also make it for cats.

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