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Unread 01-24-2013, 02:22 AM   #1
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I was wondering what kind of food you all feed your trusty companions. I have two personal Shepard mutts who aren't much more than 60lbs soaking wet and a foster pittie. My girlfriend and I have been feeding them Ol 'Roy from Wally world(we rescued and placed a large amount of dogs over the last year and the 50lb bags are hard to say no to) but my girlfriend saw a post on Facebook about how someone(friend of a friend. I know) lost her two dogs while they were eating it. Specific, "Ol Roy" caused this.

Now I love all of these dogs a great deal and I don't want anything to happen to them. My female already needs hip replacement surgery and I want to see them all live long and healthy.

At this point in time I can't afford the steep blue buffalo price. Maybe Nutro Max or similarly priced food. I've seen Taste Of The Wild is recommended and Costco supposedly carried the generic version(have no real idea at this point). I was considering Iams but have been told by SunDevilJeeper it's not very good either. He mentioned a raw diet and I'm considering it too. Looking for suggestions or experiences. Thanks.

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Unread 01-24-2013, 02:28 AM   #2
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My Doberman wouldn't gain weight and didn't seem interested in eating as a pup. we tried the expensive stuff along with others and finally settled on Purina one chicken n rice. She's 11yrs old now and looks great and eats great. plenty of energy for an old dog.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 02:41 AM   #3
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A good diet is really the best thing you can do for your pet, so I don't mind the cost. My Alaskan malamute gets Taste of the Wild and he's in great shape at almost 11 years old. Good eyes, teeth, coat, no joint problems, etc. Yeah, it's about $50 for a 30 lb bag but it lasts a little over a month and is high density so it only takes 4-5 cups per day to satiate his appetite. I get it from a mom and pop store that gives a free bag for every 12 you buy, so I get one free bag a year.

Some other premium brands (no corn, bi-products, mill runs, etc): Acana, Applaws, Artemis, Avoderm, Blue Buffalo, By Nature, California Naturals, Canidae, Castor and Pollux, Chicken Soup, Earthborn, Fromm, Go!, Halo, Holistque Selects, Innova, Instinct, Natural Balance, Nature’s Variety, Now!, Organix, Orijen, Merrick/Whole Earth Farms/BG, Pinnacle, Solid Gold, Timberwolf, Wellness, Ziwi Peak

Iams is pretty middle of the road. It has some corn (non-digestable) and other fillers and low quality ingredients. Other 'meh' brands: Eagle Pack, Bil Jac, Eukanuba, Nature’s Recipe, Nutro, Royal Canin, Science Diet - Nature’s Best, Purina Pro Plan - Pro Plan Selects, Wysong







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Unread 01-24-2013, 03:11 AM   #4
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I started feeding my dogs playful life and decided to give them something better, they would not eat it. My dogs will now only eat playful life, I know it's not the best but one of my dogs is extremely fit and the other is getting fat. One is pit/German shep and the other is shep/Akita/rott
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Unread 01-24-2013, 03:18 AM   #5
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I used to feed my pug pedigree adult dog food then decided to try that blue buffalo stuff. It was pricey, but he was getting old, he was probably about 15 when we put him on it. After he ate that bag I put some of the pedigree that was left over in the bowl, and he went and sniffed it and walked away. He would not eat it. So after that, all he ate was the blue buffalo. He wasn't in the best of health when we switched him over, so we kept spoiling him with the expensive food. He lived another good 2 years after that until he was just too old and the cancer he had was getting too bad.
Next dog I get, thats the food I will be starting him off with blue buffalo or another type of food like that. No more of that big brand garbage.

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I don't usually like pugs much, but yours was pretty darn cute, Burke.

I'm pretty fussy about what I'll feed my pack and I've researched the crap out of the subject, so for them it's Taste of the Wild, all the way.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 04:11 AM   #7
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I agree, your pug was extremely cute.

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We have 2 Golden Retreivers & Currently feed Iams Large Breed Adult,,Before the economy went to crap We were feeding Eukanuba Large Breed Adult.
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Sammy eats premium edge. It's a little pricey, but since she came from a back yard breeder I want her to last as long as possible.



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I was surprised to find out that food like Iams, Nutro, Eukanuba and Science Diet are extremely low quality foods (1 star out of 6). Here's a web site that's very useful for researching dog foods:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

It should be noted that you will need to reduce the amount of food you are feeding your dog when you change to a higher quality food because it's more nutritious and doesn't contain a bunch of fillers and other crud your dog doesn't need.

Also, a higher quality food will cost you a bit more but there's a very good chance it will help your dog live a longer life and reduce (or eliminate) medical expenses from issues caused by cheap dog foods.
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Hiccup started out on Purina Puppy Chow and then moved to Purina adult food. My vet, who sells Iams and Science Diet, told me to go to Tractor Suppy and try their 4-Health dog food. He's a big bird hunter and has a kennel full of pointers and a few labs. He told me they eat less and they don't poop near as much. I switched to 4-Health back in November and he really seemds to like it. I can't verify the amount of poop, but Hiccup really likes it and he does eat a little less.
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Unread 01-24-2013, 07:47 AM   #12
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I had my pitbull on taste of the wild up until last spring/summer when they had their recall for salmonella contamination... And realized I had a HALF FULL bag that met the batch numbers for the recall.
Luckily no worries, and it's blue buffalo ALL THE WAY!
She's still happy & healthy.
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Good stuff guys and great looking dogs. Also agreed, the pug is adorable.

It's interesting to hear the different stories. I had a Dalmatian that lived to be 14-15 until her hips went south and we fed her kibbles and bits and pedigree and a variety of other stuff because she was so picky.

My girlfriend also had to put her 16 year old boxer mix down and she was on Nutro max weight control.

And my aunt has an 11 mutt that's been on ol Roy it's entire life and she's still like a puppy.

I'll definitely look into the taste of the wild. Maybe, I'll try to get a Costco bag to compare.
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We feed our 2 labs Blue Buffalo Large Breed Chicken & Rice. We fed the older one Iam's Naturals and then Nature's Recipe and she did ok on them, but we noticed a huge difference when we started her on BB. Big jump in energy, joints didn't seem to stiffen up as much, her coat improved 10x over and her ears cleaned up a lot (we used to have to clean them out once a week or so). They both get 2 cups/day and a 30lb ($50) lasts us about 3 weeks.

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