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Old 06-09-2010, 01:27 PM   #31
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I buy Science Diet for my dog. I just buy that because my sister is an assistant vet and she told me if she ever caught me buying Pedigree or Purina she'd pour it in the garbage because it's very unhealthy for dogs. And my dog likes it and has never really had any health problems so it's easy to stick with it because it works. I know it's more expensive but you pay for quality I suppose.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #32
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thanks for the link. i checked out purina one. they are all 1 star but my impression of websites like these are that they are for the rich granola type people who take organic stuff way to seriously.

the review did say that lamb (for the lamb n rice formula i buy) is a naturla source of glucosamine which is great b/c my largest pup has a torn meniscus and has to take glucosamine supplements when he limps real bad.

idk, im on the fence about considering switching dog foods. im the type of guy that really doesnt buy into this whole trend of organic stuff, etc. i mean, its a dog, its a rescue mutt, (i consider myself a rescue mutt as well) and we dont need no stinkin organic complicated diet. just pour the crap in our bowl twice a day and im happy. i drink canned beer my dogs eat out of the bag. we are simple people. but then again, if there is a health advantage to switching to a better dog food product at a nominal increase in price i must consider it. besides, what if my dogs dont share my personality and are really divas?
I'm not a health nut, organic vegan treehugger that eats only nuts and raisins myself. Until I did a little research and actually saw the differences in my dog from the food switch, I never bought into it myself.

Fact is, there are a TON of foods that are really bad for dogs that use corn fillers, horrible quality ingredients, etc. I'm not trusting my dog's health to China's quality control standards. He is not a person and won't care what's in his bowl (he eats paper), but he is a member of the family and a living creature, so I'll take care of him.

I saw 2 other dogs in the family (same breed, Boston Terrier) die before the age of 10 from cancer and other health issues...they ate Pedigree and table scraps their whole life. I don't want to give up my dog or watch him suffer in the end because I wanted to save a buck. My dog is 8 and still has the energy of a puppy...that has to be a good sign. Yeah, it's annoying sometimes and we're afraid he's going to live until 20, but hey, he's part of the family.

Sure dogs will eat anything and look happy...so do McDonalds customers...doesn't make them healthy just because they're smiling.

If I had to eat the same meal twice a day, every day...I'd try to pick something healthy for myself.

Besides, Bison meat...heck, I'd eat that.
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yeah buster thats my dilemna now. am i being hard headed? probably. maybe its about time i look into this and make a switch and stop being lazy, content. but about a month ago my vet asked me what i was feeding them, i said purina one, i asked if i should switch. they said no, purina one is good. my pups are in great shape and weight.

can you recommend a quality dog food that has glucosamine? sorry i should do my own research but figure you could save me some hassle. going thru the site you linked had a zillion different dog foods.
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:46 PM   #34
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We use the Costco Kirkland brand. For the "cheaper" kinds it is rated very high. Everything I've read says to avoid Purina and similar. Basically it came down to Costco or $50 bags. I went with Costco.
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yeah buster thats my dilemna now. am i being hard headed? probably. maybe its about time i look into this and make a switch and stop being lazy, content. but about a month ago my vet asked me what i was feeding them, i said purina one, i asked if i should switch. they said no, purina one is good. my pups are in great shape and weight.

can you recommend a quality dog food that has glucosamine? sorry i should do my own research but figure you could save me some hassle. going thru the site you linked had a zillion different dog foods.
Remember vets are vying for your money. Most either recommend a dog food that they sell or don't want to offend customers and tell them they are feeding their dogs crap. When customers feel talked down to they tend to go be customers elsewhere.

I agree with some of the others. Buying at least decent food for my dogs just seems humane. If someone showed me that the food I bought wasn't good I'd buy something else. If it costs more then so be it.
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I hope most wouldn't feed their kids shit food, so why feed your pets shit food?
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:49 PM   #37
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Did FD start this thread? I'm kind of partial to IAMs myself. It gives my coat a nice shine.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:51 PM   #38
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Something just seems wrong about this statement.
Good catch. lol.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:41 PM   #39
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Well my kids don't lick their balls or ass so there is a difference. I always get a good laugh when I watch a dog licking themself then run over and start to lick their owners in the face.
This had me busting out laughing, LOL.

Ultimately the food your dog can tolerate is going to be an individual thing. Just like for people. Some dogs have iron stomachs and can take anything, others get the runs from nothing.

There's a tendency for people to blame the dog food when something goes wrong with the dog, but typically there's an underlying medical condition that's to blame.

I've heard of quality problems with certain dog foods (unsanitary conditions at the processing plant, etc.), but if you do some research and find the dogfoods with decent records, from there it's just a matter of finding the one that agrees with your pet's stomach. There's no food that will make them live longer or anything like that. Genetics have a much greater influence on longevity than the food does.

Same goes for humans, too. My grandmom smoked unfiltered cigs for 55 years, was an alcoholic, had hypertension, ate like shit, and lived to be 89. Go figure.
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Well that doesn't make a lot of medical sense. The food does not result in greater immunity to bladder infections, unless the food contains antibiotics.

I think the bladder infection thing was just a coincidence.
Are you saying that there can be no bacteria in the cheaper food? That's actually believed to be one of the leading causes of bladder infection in pets. Storing the food poorly or adding moisture and letting sit easily help spread the bacteria which is often E. Coli
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Are you saying that there can be no bacteria in the cheaper food? That's actually believed to be one of the leading causes of bladder infection in pets. Storing the food poorly or adding moisture and letting sit easily help spread the bacteria which is often E. Coli
That wouldn't make sense for mredskins' situation, he said he tried 15 different foods until it settled down. Not all of them were contaminated.
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Was using Nutro Natural Choice dry dog food that I would add water to. Now I use Pedigree. Two reasons.... cheaper by about $20 for same size bag and in most food stores.
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Re: What Pet Food You Use?

Working at Petsmart, in the breakroom there's a chart that identifies the grade of food you can provide dogs and cats. Here's a gist of it:

Low grade - Kibbles n Bits, Chef Michael, Cesar, Pedigree, Mighty Dog, Dog Chow, Alpo

Medium Grade - Science Diet, Iams, Eukaneuba, Nutro, Beneful

High Grade - Blue Buffalo, Authority, Nature's Recipe and other organic dog food.

My manager used to say that feeding your dogs anything from the low grade food category, was like the equivalent of humans eating Chinese Food all the time. It's food and it gets the job done, but it's not the best for you.

Personally, Science Diet seems to treat most dogs and cats pretty well. I convinced my friend to switch over from buying to store brand Walmart food, and she noticed a definite difference in her dog's poop quality and general well being.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:48 AM   #45
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Me and the wife had talked about getting a dog but after reading this thread and all of the different food choices that need to be made we might just get some fish.

Wise choice! Dogs are a lot of work. I have two and love them but once they move on to a better place it will take a ton of convincing to get me to get another ever again.
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