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Dog Food

Picking out what brand of dog food can be a challenge. You'll want something that does not only contain all the essential nutrients and vitamins that your doggy needs to function and grow, it also needs to be something that they'll enjoy eating. There are basically two forms of dog food in the market, a dry, kibble mix and the ones that you get from a carton or can, which are usually pasty or moist.

So what do you choose? Here are a few tips on what kind of dog food to get.

It all boils down to content

It could look like the best meal on earth, but if it doesn't have the nutrition, skip it. Choosing dog food boils down to what's in it. Instead of looking at what it looks like, check on the content and the nutritional value. Does it contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for your pup? If it does, then it's the best brand you can get. Remember, a good diet helps your doggy to stay healthy and avoid illnesses like degenerative myelopathy.

Test it

Sometime, dogs do get a bit picky when it comes to food. You can test the brand by giving your doggy dry dog food and moist dog food. Check which one it seems to like better and use that one. Some dry dog food can actually turn moist and saucy if you add water to it. This is another choice if you want to save money. It will also help minimize the chance of your doggy developing digestive problems because it switches form one brand to another.

You dog's condition also matters

Dry food is not the best option for your doggy in certain situations. If your dog is sick, like if it has degenerative myelopathy, you're better off using moist dog food since it's easier for them to eat this. When a doggy is not capable to stand up and eat, you'll need to use dog food that's in paste or slurry form and feed it with a feeding tube or dropper.

Cleanliness is also a factor

If your dog eats like a slob, don't give it wet food. It might just end up spilling all over the floor and cleanup is going to be a challenge. Use dry dog food. It's less hassle to clean up and it won't mess up the floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do i know what percentage of protein i should be looking for on a bag of dog food. ingredients listed can?
    dog food
    i have a male doberman pincher,2 yrs. old.we play with him in the yard,running and chasing ball., when we can't get him out on the frozen lake for a good run. vet says he's a bit overweight, should be 75lbs. he is 100. he doesn;t look overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      EDIT - Okay so I would put him on a high protein reduced calorie diet... there is Natural Balance Reduced Calorie, it is more on the expensive side, but it is good high quality food.

      Here is a list of other websites with good high quality food

      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/
      http://www.ovenbakedtradition.com/
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      http://www.performatrinultra.com/

  2. QUESTION:
    What dog food brands are good for the human without being sick?
    Just name all brands of dog food because we got kibble n' bits (small breed) I dont know if its good but thats what we feed our dogs all the time. So name the rest please.

    • ANSWER:
      The original milk bone wont hurt you. I give them to my dogs all the time, and one day when i was younger i ate a few out of curiosity and suffered no ill effects. I would assume that this is the case with most dog food especially the higher quality ones. All the ingredients are listed on the bag/box. Most of it is just dried grains and proteins with flavorings.

  3. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food would you recommend?
    Personally I like Innova dog food for my dog. However, my cousin is going to be working at Petco and he can get a discount for whatever dog food he purchases from there. What, if any, dog food brands would you recommend from Petco. Ones without by products and cornmeal in them. What do you guys think about Blue Buffalo or IAMS or Natural Balance, etc.
    WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PURINA ONE?

    • ANSWER:
      Iams actually isn't a very good food, I'm looking at several of their foods now and the first ingredient is corn or corn meal and on the other ones, corn or some form of it is high up on the ingredient list. Yuck!
      Think of it this way. Anything you can buy at a grocery store (ie walmart, Giant, Weis, or wahtever you have in your area) is goign to be like feeding your dog McDonald's every day. Crappy food: lots of fillers which means your pet gains weight from that, plus eats more (fillers fill you up for shorter amount of time than good food) which costs you more and they put on MORE weight.. plus all the other various health reasons.

      Blue Buffalo is excellent.
      NB looks alright, but it looks like they really focus on veggies instead of meats. Dogs (and cats) are "obligate carnivores" they HAVE to have meat..

      This is a good site to give you some ideas.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      If money is an issue, I always recommend Costco's Brand, Kirkland. It's a decent food for the price.
      Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food can have more fiber in for a cocker spaniel ?
    I heard that dog food with corn in is bad for dogs. And they recommeded all bran cereal, but she won't eat. And canned pumpkin,she will eat. And our dog always has to have her glands cleaned out, or expressed. She is always scooting and have to go to vet.

    • ANSWER:
      If your issue is with your dog's anal sacs, then changing diet is not going to do anything to help the situation. Your best bet is to actually have them surgically removed and this will eliminate the cause of all the scooting and the trips to the vet to have them expressed.

      As for the fiber, just go to the store and check all the labels. Dog food labels have fiber content on them.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best nutritious dog food for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
    So what is the most nutritious dog food? I currently feed my dog Eukanuba Dog Food. Is Pedigree better? Or Hills Diet? Or the cheaper ones you find in the supermarket? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      All the foods you listed are low quality. I wouldn't feed them to my dog even if I got a free lifetime supply.

      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.) If shopping at Petco or Petsmart, look for:
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Pinnacle
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    How long does homemade dog food last?
    I have been reading really scary things about commercial dog foods and have been really considering making my own dog food. I have been doing some research online but can't seem to find something that tells me how long I can keep the food until it spoils. Any tips on making my own dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      i make my own dog food. i make just enough for it to last two days though. then i make more. the really healthy things to put in dog food is cooked rice,meat,cooked veggies,potatoes and stuff dogs would eat, then put it in a blender and mix it up. add water to dry food mix half your batch with they dry food and water and voila! a luxery meal!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is refrigerated Dog food and where can i get them?
    My friends have been raving about a dog food roll they been feeding their dogs. I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about them or maybe where i can buy some. Its supposed to be refrigerated and it comes in like a sausage roll. But i forgot the name of it so i can't find online.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site...I just did a google search for 'refrigerated dog food' and this link came up

      http://www.delifreshpet.com/whyfresh/refrigeration.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between cat and dog food as far as ingredients?
    My kitten eats dog food and my dogs eat the kitten food . We don't feed it to them purpose it just occasionally happens.
    Also my kitten likes dog treats better than her own cat treats . why do they like the opposite food ? Is it harmful to their health?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not good to feed the wrong food to different species. Cats need a lot higher protein (can cause diarhea in dogs), also they need taurine and minerals the dogs don't.

      Dog food is ultra high in vitamin A because they need that, but that amount in a cat's food would cause health problems very quickly since cats can't handle that amount.

      Feed the kitten where the dog can't get the food--on top a counter or in a closed bathroom. The kitten needs to eat it's own food, for good growth, nourishment and all the vitamins and minerals--to eat the dog's food all the time will have deficiencies showing up, and won't let the bone growth develop right in the kitten.

      The treats should not be a problem, provided you're only giving one treat a day to them. This should not be a significant portion of their daily food intake.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for my chihuahua?
    I want a high quality dog food for him but he has a few quirks:
    1. He needs to lose some weight:/ doggy park daily isn't enough for him haha. He's a chub.
    2. Can be wet/dry. I brush his teeth twice a week anyway so plaque isn't an issue for him.
    3. He is a picky eater!

    • ANSWER:
      If it can be wet, can it be a raw diet instead? You can buy raw foods from pet stores AAFCO certified and balanced. They look like frozen meat balls. You just thaw and put in the dish. Super easy, affordable for small dogs, and healthier than any dry or canned food out there. The food is fresh, no synthetic vitamins, just like nature designed your dog to eat. Some are pressure pasteurized, which makes them safer for humans to handle.

      Look into:
      Natures Variety
      Stella & Chewy's
      Northwest Naturals
      Primal
      Vital Essentials
      Natures Logic
      Lotus
      Bravo
      Honest Kitchen

      Raw food diets also help with dental health (natural enzymes), and weight management (high water content, no fillers).

      For weight management with any kind of dog food, feed 25% less than the bag says for the weight your dog should be, not current weight. Use an accurate measuring tool, cut out all treats, and increase excersise. If treats must be used, try tiny bits of apple or carrot.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you make homemade dog food?
    I am pretty satisfied with commercial dog food and I have no problem sticking with it, but I would just like to know how to make nutritional homemade dog food. My dogs are a golden retriever, beagle, and dachshund if that information is needed. I would like advice also, like what supplements to put in the food, and the right portions, and a professional website would be the best. I don't really want just homemade dog food that isn't any better than commercial dog food. Please help out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not feed your dog bones, especially cooked bones. Fragments can become lodged in the digestive tract. Canines in the wild who eat bones have the benefit of consuming hair and hide too, which have been found to ‘pad’ the bone fragments and aid in their passing. Other foods to avoid that are dangerous for dogs are chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.

      Try one of these easy dog food recipes and watch your pup smile.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to recipes for dog food and dog treats that will give them the right nutrition?
    I have a family full of dogs and some cats. I am tired of havig the wrong dog food for them that either make them over weight or have liver failure. I want to start making their dog treats and food at home I am looking for the right ones to give the dogs all their nutriction values including omega fatys and everything needed for them. If any one can help im ready to explore a healthy way to feed my animals especially since ill know what is in their food.

    • ANSWER:
      I've read a few articles by dog specialists and vets and recommend not making food for your dogs, but buying from the supermarket.
      Home made dog food usually doesn't contain the required nutrients a dog needs, while dog food bought from supermarkets have done heaps of research about dog nutrition and health and are dedicated to making the best product they can.
      If your dogs get sick and you suspect its because of food, they may be allergic or sensitive to certain types of foods or ingredients.
      As for obesity in dogs, almost all of the time it is due to overfeeding, so go to your vet to get a diet planned for your dog.

      I hope this helps :)
      You sound like a good owner wanting to make food for your pets, not many people I know are willing to go to those lengths, but please take my advise.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is some of the best dog food out there and where do you find out about the ratings of the food?
    Also, where do I purchase this dog food? I have an 8 year old greyhound couch potato and a 2 year old rambunctious lab.

    • ANSWER:
      The most recommended dog food is lamb and rice. you might want to look at joining some Yahoo dog groups.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dry dog food and mixer?
    I have been seeing dry dog food and mixer in the super markets and both look exactly the same to me! What is the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry dog food is dog food that has been baked or cooked and then ‘dried’ into small cubes or shapes. One of the major benefits of dry food is that it helps keep your dogs teeth in good condition as the chewing action helps remove plaque. Dry dog food is normally ‘complete’ meaning it contains all the recommended daily vitamins and minerals for a dog’s daily diet. There are many kinds of dry dog food that you can buy, including organic dog food, holistic dog food and natural dog food. You even get a variety of dry dog foods specially created for different kinds of dogs. There’s dry puppy dog food, junior dog food, adult dog food, senior dog food, even dog food for lactating bitches or those recovering from surgery.

      Mixer

      Dog food Mixer, is ‘dry’ dog food, but generally, it is not a ‘complete’ food and is intended to be ‘mixed’ with tinned dog food or other foods. Its original use was that it added ‘bulk’ to the food at feeding times and was therefore used to help with dogs that ate excessively and needed to cut their calorie intake. However these days dog mixers are not so widely used, as other foods, particularly as ‘complete’ dry dog foods come in various packages aimed at different kinds of dogs (including overweight dogs).

      hope this helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a 17 mo old Golden Retriever?
    I have been feeding her BilJac dry dog food for the past yr, but recently read several bad reviews about its nutritional value/ingredients. Nutritional quality is more important to me than the cost of the food. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      We feed both of our dogs California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice and they have done great on it...Innova is also a very good dog food!

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best tasting dog food by merrick?
    Merrick has so many different flavors of dog food. I was wondering, by experience, which flavor do your dogs seem to love the most? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My dogs LOVE all Merrick dog food but Grammy's Pot Pie is a hit especially the dry version, as far as canned flavors i believe they like all of them except for Rocky Rainbows. Some of Merrick canned flavors can be very rich though, IE: Venison and Duck, I have found that they will give one of my dogs loose stools and flatulance. But overall i think Merrick is the best affordable SAFE dog food and the variety really helps the dogs not get bored of the same old.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food that is easily found in stores?
    We are having a hard time finding a top-quality dog food in the stores. I'd hate to have to mail-order our dog food with such high prices on fuel right now. Does anyone have any recommendations on a pet store chain that actually carries good quality dog food? Petco just doesn't have anything good. Iams, Purina, Science Diet, all of those are full of grains, which are bad for the dogs. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have seen innova in common places like petland. I dont typically shop at pet stores that are apart of big chains, I prefer to support localized places, such as a feed store. If you live near a feed store, they may have a high quality kibble.

      I know many places are willing to sell the stuff if you ask, but your best bet for high quality nutrition, if you feed kibble, is to find a better store.

      My top three dog foods are orijen, evo, and innova, but I consider the ultimate diet to be raw.

      If you are looking for the best diet to feed your dog, I would definitely look into it, it not only allows you to know exactly what your dog is eating, but you can save money, if you spend wisely.

      I chose to feed raw after researching for a good month, I know that doesnt seem long, but it was everyday, and for hours at a time, I found a forum, www.bigdogsporch.com, and thats when I first got introduced to the idea. It seemed a far stretch from what my family was feeding at the time, but I knew, as with my own diet, I had to give my dog the best, and so I researched it.

      I found many sites on the forum, and a vets site, tom lonsdale's www.rawmeatybones.com.

      The most helpful site was probably www.rawfed.com/myths and the comparative anatomy of eating, cant remember who it is by, but you can search for it on google. I read that article because I am vegan, but the facts stated in the article showed me my dogs needed meat, bones, and organs to thrive.
      the most shocking thing I found out on the raw fed site was that a dogs mitochondrial DNA is 99.8 percent similar to a wolfs, I always knew they were related but that closely.

      You know purina is bad, so I wont go into to much detail about how they teach our vets about nutrition, but here is the link if you want them stating it: http://www.purina.com/science/partnerships/OtherAlliances.aspx

      I prefer petco over any other petstore I go to, they are all cruel so I dont go to them often, but they worst is petland, not far behind is petsmart so I never go there. heres why www.petsmartcruelty.com and www.pandgkills.com

      Please read my other post about dogs diets. They can help answer any questions as to why I choose raw, plus the sites mentioned above.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my German Shepherd and why?
    Aside from cooking her meat myself, what's the best quality dry dog food? I just spent on a bag of Royal Canin, and Costco's dog food has chicken & chicken meal as the 1st 2 ingredients, while Royal Canin's 2nd ingredient is rice!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no single food that is "best". For example, some dogs thrive on grain-free foods, while grain-free is too rich for other dogs. What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      I recommend feeding dry food. It's healthier for the gums and teeth.

      ---

      On choosing a good dog food:
      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food. A grain should not be in the first couple ingredients ingredient (corn and such are mainly fillers, dogs don't digest it well). Avoid foods that have a lot of "by products" listed.

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Some GOOD foods are :
      * Merrick - http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      * Solid Gold - http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      * Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/
      * Timberwolf - http://timberwolforganics.com/
      * Orijen - http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/
      * Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/
      * Chicken Soup brand - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      * Blue Buffalo - http://www.bluebuff.com/
      * Innova - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
      * Innova EVO - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. It has the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, it will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" brand, which is a quality food, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to switch from a prescribed fish and potato dry food?
    My dog is ready to start wheening her off her prescribed fish and potato diet of dry dog food. Do you have any ideas of what brand and type of dry food that would be best for her. She has been dealing with allergies and has been on shots for the past year.
    The dermatogist could not find exactly what she is allergic to regarding foods. I wastold that there is no testing that can rule this out. She has been on the fish a potato doet for 1 year. She is allergic to mold, various grasses, and leaves, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some high-quality, fish-based dog foods:

      - Fromms Four Star whitefish and potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=13&cat=3

      - Fromms Four Star salmon a la veg - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=12&cat=3

      - GO Natural Wild Salmon & Oatmeal - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1086&cat=3

      - Nature's Variety Prairie Salmon Meal and Brown Rice - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=863&cat=3

      - Timberwolf Organics Ocean Blue - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=484&cat=3

      - Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=530&cat=4

      - Eagle Pack Holistic Select Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal with Oatmeal - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=98&cat=4

      - Flint River Ranch Premium Fish & Chip - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=448&cat=4

      - Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=324&cat=4

      ...
      Below the line is my normal shpeel on choosing a dog food.

      ---------------------------

      On choosing a good dog food:
      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food. A grain should not be in the first couple ingredients ingredient (corn and such are mainly fillers, dogs don't digest it well). Avoid foods that have a lot of "by products" listed.

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Some GOOD foods are :
      * Merrick - http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      * Solid Gold - http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      * Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/
      * Timberwolf - http://timberwolforganics.com/
      * Orijen - http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/
      * Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/
      * Chicken Soup brand - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      * Innova - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
      * Innova EVO - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. It has the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A

  19. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for dog food to go bad?
    I feel my new puppy Wellness dog food - dry and wet. She only gets a tablespoon of wet a meal, and half a cup dry. But I was wondering, since it'll take us about two weeks to get through the can if not more, when does it go bad?
    Forgot to say we have one of those pet food lids, the cheap plastic things you press over them.

    • ANSWER:
      2 weeks is to long to keep it. So you don't waste it, spoon it into ice cube trays, freeze then pop them out and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. That way the dog food won't spoil and it is easy to just grab one per meal.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the better dog food pedigree or eukanuba?
    I was just wondering what is the better dog food and if any other foods are better you can say them.

    • ANSWER:
      Neither.

      You want to stay away from foods with ingredients such as corn, wheat, fillers, beef and by products. All of those ingredients are hard for your dog or puppy to digest.

      Some bad foods are Iams, Purina, Alpo, Science Diet, Pedigree, Kibble and Bits, Diamond, Eukanuba and Bil Jack.

      Some GOOD foods are Natures Recipe, Nutro Max, Lassie Natural Way and Royal Chain.

      I personally recommend Natures Recipe. It is an all natural food and extremely healthy for puppies and dogs. It leads to a shinny coat and a healthy body. It also cuts down on shedding, bad breath and the amount of stool your dog produces.

      Natures Recipe had different bags for different size dogs and ages.

      It will say on the bag how much and how often to feed them.

      Before switching foods you want to check with your vet and make sure your dog or pup has no health problems.

      After that you want to switch him or her slowly otherwise it will make him or her sick.

      For the first week do 25% new and 75% old
      Second week 50% new and 50% old
      Third week 75% new and 25% old
      Then they can have all new food starting the forth week.

      You can find those healthy foods at your local Pet Smart or Pet Co.

      Also stay away from rawhide and human food as neither are healthy for your dog. Stay with his dog food and Natural or compressed bones.

      Also remember wet food should only be given as a treat. As it sticks to their teeth and can make them very gassy.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a good brand of canned dog food that I can find in STORES, not order off the internet?
    Anyone know of a good quality dog food (canned) that is available at stores, not something that MUST be bought off the internet?

    Yes, I mean petstores, I would never buy the crap found at stores other than pet stores.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends what is available to you locally.

      Here are some good brands that make canned food, you can search for local stores on the websites of the individual companies. (I can buy all these locally where I live, but where you live may be different.)

      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Evangers
      * EVO
      * Fromm Four Star
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety ("Instinct" and "Prairie")
      * Solid Gold
      * Tripett
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check out the 4, 5, and 6 star foods at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews

      ADD:
      To find the better quality foods, only a handful are available at stores like Petco and Petsmart. You'll have better luck shopping at holistic pet food stores, pet boutiques, farm & feed stores, and small locally owned petstores.
      .

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to eat dog food again?
    Occasionally, I feed my dog table food. At first, he eat both dog food and table food. Now lately, it seems that he is rejecting the dog food completely. How do I get him to go back to the dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Refuse to feed him, until he is desperate enough to eat dog food again.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dog food and cat food?
    Oh my god! It's against nature! But yeah, I ran out of dog food so I gave my mangy mutt some whiskas for dinner.

    I know they have different nutritional needs, but i don't get how one vomitous can of mincemeat is different from any other can of mincemeat.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a supervisor in a pet and human food plant and i can tell you that the difference between cat food and dog food is very little. There is nutritional differences but basically all cat and dog food is water, glycerin, lycasin, animal fate and oil (like tuna poultry bovine and hog) and finally feed, that would be you basic flour or corn meal. Canned wet animal food is animal fat and meat with added vitamins. no it wont hurt to do it once or twice

  24. QUESTION:
    How to transition puppies to dry dog food?
    I have been feeding my puppies water soaked dry dog food mixed with canned but now they need to start eating it dry to keep teeth in good shape. But all they do is eat the canned food and leave all the dry. I am worried they are not eating enough now but still they cannot eat their dry food soaked in water all the time! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I made this same error with my dog. He would eat the canned food and leave the dry. Eventually, I gave him dry food only and stopped everything else cold turkey. For a day or so, he would sniff the food and turn his nose up at it, but once he got hungry he ate! A dog will not starve itself, so my advice would be to stop soaking the food and stop the canned food altogether. Be strong and don't give in---your dogs will get hungry and eat the kibble dry on their own. In the meantime, offer NOTHING ELSE, not even a dog buscuit! And DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES start switching around brands of dog food. Offer only the food you have been giving, and trust me---they will get hungry and they will eat it.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of switching to an expensive premium dog food?
    I'm thinking of switching to Wellness dog food from Beneful and Pedigree puppy chow. But I have one dog a 100lb lab that needs 30lb of dog food a month and a little jack russell puppy. Is the extra expense really worth it?

    What differences have you noticed in your dogs? What brand would you reccomend?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first off the better the dog food the less you feed, lees poop you will have to pick up.. Better dog food is not full of by-products fillers corn soy wheat and other bad ingredients in crap dog food.

      What the difference I've seen, my dogs pooping less my dogs poop dose not stink, I don't feed my dogs as much they don't need allot of food when they eat a high quality dog food..

      I feed my dogs Natures Select, It's not sold in stores it's a high quality home delivery dog food company made in the USA my dogs eat the... Wild Alaskan Salmon and Sweet Potato dog food..
      Now I live in Calif.. Other good dog foods are Taste of the Wild, Innova, Wellness, Blue Buffalo.. And dog food that dose not have, by-products, corn, soy, wheat, some other ingredients used in crap dog food.. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      Ethoxyquin - suspected of causing cancer

      Propylene glycol (also used as automotive antifreeze) causes destruction of red blood cells-and is also commonly found in many treats such as Pedigree Dentabone/DentaStix etc..

      Here is a a great web site that tells the ugly truth about dog food truthaboutpetfood.htm the truth will make you sick...

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food for small breeds?
    Before I adopt a dog, I want to know which brand of food I should consider getting it. Preferably dry dog food, but if you know good wet ones, feel free to recommend.
    -----
    What do you feed your small dog(s)?
    How much does the food cost?
    What is the quantity bought? (# lbs.)
    If you give your dog several brands; in what order would you rate each's quality?
    How much does the amount you buy last? A month, two months, 2 weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Please read these links on dog foods..So many are NOT good for your pet..Buy only Holistic dog foods..ones containing no Wheat, gluten's , corn or white rice..All of these items are bad for your dog..We feed our dog Blue Buff dog food. Canidae is the best but we don't have it here..The best dog foods are listed below.In no particular order. We have two dogs one large and one med and a bag lasts us two weeks and it cost 28 dollars.
      Blue Buffalo
      Innova,California Natural.........Natura Pet Products, Santa Clara, CA..................(800) 532-7261
      Azmira Classic......................Azmira Holistic Animal Care, Tucson, AZ............(800) 497-5665
      Back to Basics............................Beowulf Natural Foods Syracuse, NY..................(800) 219-2558
      Canidae.......................................Canidae Corp, San Luis Obispo, CA.....................(800) 398-1600
      Eagle Pack Holistic Select..........Eagle Pet Products, Inc., Mishawaka, IN............(800) 255-5959
      Flint River Ranch,Dry Water, LC.....First River Ranch, Riverside, CA.................(909) 682-5048
      Hund-N-Flocken, Millennia...Solid Gold Health Products for pets, El Cajon, CA.....(800) 364-4863
      Limited Diets Duck & Potato....Innovative Veterinary Diets, Pittsburg,PA.............(800) 359-4483
      Natural Balance Ultra Premium..Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance,Pacoima, CA.(800) 829-4493
      Lifespan.........................................

  27. QUESTION:
    How much is EVO dog food compared to regular dog food like iams?
    I've heard commercial dog food is unhealthy and that EVO is the healthiest dog food it gets, so how much is EVO compared to iams?
    I have a pug mixed with alittle bit of beagle, but shes the same size as a pug would be.

    • ANSWER:
      Evo is more expensive,but you feed less.The price evens out quite a bit because of this.

      There are other good foods on the market as well.There is no true best.What's best is what works best for your dog.

      You can find info and ratings on most foods here- http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

  28. QUESTION:
    Is the Kirkland Dog Food from Costco good for my dog?
    Hey everyone!
    I just bought my little dog dog food from costco for the little ones, and he loves it!
    Sorry I don't know much about dog food, but my vet recommended costco brand dog food, and it's so cheap so it's good so far!
    Sooo thoughts?
    Yeah answerer 1, I've been looking at raw food diet stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a bad food. It receives 4 out of 5 stars on most rating websites.( like this one)
      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kirkland-signature-dog-food/

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my new puppy?
    I just got a 2 mo. old siberian husky puppy. I'm looking for a good dog food to feed him that I won't have to change when he gets older. I'm looking for something to keep him in the best of health. Any advice is helpful. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 14 year old poodle and a 1 year old pitbull. Two years ago my poodle had to get some teeth removed and was no longer able to chew her hard dog food so I decided to try a raw dog food. She has began to act more alive and as for my pitbull, she has been on it since she was a couple weeks old and loves it! The raw dog food brand I tried was K9HP (www.k9hp.com). K9HP is a specially formulated diet which aims to promote the overall health and well-being of your dog. What caught my eye was the all natural and healthy ingredients as well as the fact that it is a family owned company who wants nothing but the best for you and your dog.

  30. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is best for a dog that farts alot? Anything thats helps his digestion?
    I have a pit bull, and im not sure if its just the breed or my dog, he doesnt get fed people food. Ive tried a few dog food brands (pedigree dry and wet food and science diet) and he farts SO much. Hes an indoor dog so the farting is an issue when i have guests over for dinner. Anyone have any suggestions?
    He and my husband are the loves of my life. Hes our baby and keeps me from feeling lonely while my husband is in Iraq. Money isnt an issue. I just dont want him not feeling well. Im sure hes not very comfortable feeling gassy all the time :)

    • ANSWER:
      Add a smidgeon of baking soda to the dog food every time you feed him. This will take care of the gas and also sooth the stomach.

  31. QUESTION:
    What dog food brands are best for dogs with allergies?
    I have a dog that has a lot of allergies and I'm having trouble finding a dog food for him. He's allergic to wheat, corn, soy, dairy, chicken and beef! And of course, it can't be super expensive? I'm trying one, but it's for a 40# bag. I'm a nurse so I work about 50hrs/wk so I don't have time to cook meals for him.

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUIN
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf. They have Duck & Sweet Potato, Salmon A La Veg, Whitefish & Potato and Pork & Applesauce.

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..
      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  32. QUESTION:
    What other than dog food can I feed my Yorkie?
    If I run out of dog food and dont get a chance to buy more until maybe 2 days later, can I feed my yorkie house food?What should I not feed my dog and what could I feed it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cooked rice will do but you really shouldn't give a yorkie table scraps otherwise. My Mom did that to hers and he ended up with internal bleeding, the vet said their systems can't handle alot of the ways human foods are prepared and processed. You should always make sure you have dog food on hand.

  33. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food do you feed your dog?
    I want to know what type of dog food your feed your dog(s).

    Because someone on here told me what I feed my dog is crap, even though my vet reccommended it. She said that my vet of course would tell me to get a "bad" brand of dog food so it'll make my dog sick and I will have to keep bringing it in there so she'll make more money.
    Who really believes this crap?!
    If your vet recommended your dog to be on a certain dog food would you contest it?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a food they think is the best, and perhaps it is FOR THEIR DOG. There is no one shoe fits all with dog foods. Not a bit different than there is no one diet that is perfect for all people. Some people are Hyper while others are Hypo, same with dogs.
      A classic example is some dogs will have a loose stool on a chicken based diet while others won't retain proper weight on a lamb based diet. So I feed both, either in combination or separately, depending on the individual dogs needs.
      I feed the brand that I do because my dogs win in the ring when fed this diet. That doesn't by any stretch of the imagination mean that it would be the proper diet for every dog out there.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I get my Chihuahua to eat more dog food?
    He always gets a tablespoon of cottage cheese and ground dog food in the morning. We leave him food through out the day but he hardly eats it. We tried 3 different foods, he likes them for a few weeks but then he doesn't like them anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      Good quality dog food.. they get bored easily of foods with crappy ingredients.. Good food, and don't worry about him not eating while you're gone.. most dogs don't.. Unless it's something they find on the counter.

  35. QUESTION:
    How good is the dog food that is Diamond brand?
    My hubby brought home some dog food that is called diamond. I have never heard of it but he got it from bluestem. Is it a good food for younger dogs? We have a 2 year old and a 8 month old. If you know anything about this brand please let me know I am nervous about feeding it to my pups.

    • ANSWER:
      The Diamond company is a huge pet food source. Diamond has numerous dog food products and brand names. They also supply other well-known brands with their foods (including some very top tier foods like Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae, etc.). If the food in question is just the plain "Diamond" brand, I wouldn't recommend it. But, I would highly recommend Taste of the Wild, which is also made my Diamond.

      This is a great site to quickly and easily check on the quality of specific dog food brands:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-dry-dog-foods/

  36. QUESTION:
    How many bags of dog food should I buy?
    I buy a brand of dog food for my dog that is sold at a place that requires me to drive about an hour to pick up. I'm debating on whether or not I should buy more than two 30 pound bags of food for my 1 year old German Shepherd. I really don't like wasting gas driving to buy food. Should I buy three or four bags, or will the food expire before he has a chance to use it? It takes him about a 3-4 weeks to get through 1 bag. Thanks for any advice :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want, you could buy more bags of food. We usually expect dog food to become stale after 4 months of it being opened. You could always store your extra bags in the freezer. The integrity may change a little, but it will stay a lot more fresh.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do Cats and Dogs know which is cat food and which is dog food?
    I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were closed, I gave them dog kibbles. They're more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients - chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food. The next day, i got them a fresh pack of made-for-cats kibbles and they immediately dived in and ate up. How come my cats knew what I gave them wasn't cat food?

    I also know of dogs that won't eat cat food for the long run (not mine though, cos they're pigs and will eat anything).

    It would be good if a pet food manufacturer can answer this question. Is there some special ingredient you put in cat and dog food that makes cats and dogs know which kibbles is who's? Also, nowadays, dogs are eating fish too - like salmon. You can't say it's the ingredient. How come they know the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      They know, especially dogs. If you leave the cat food bowl on the floor the dog will go after it before it goes for the dog food. Cat food is higher quality ingredients than dog food, and dogs know this because after they try cat food they think it tastes better. Cats usually won't eat the dog food if it is on the floor because of the same reasons. They know the cat food tastes better as well. Here is a solution to keep the dog from eating the cat's food. Put the cat food bowl up on the counter top where the dog can't reach it. Only the cat can jump up there, and the cat won't go near the dogs food bowl on the floor.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food available in India?
    Please people suggest only dog food available in India. Because I want to make sure its available in the market.

    My dog is a 8 month old Labrador retriever. At present we feed her Pedigree, it was the food suggested by our vet. But everyone say Pedigree is cheap food and advise us to switch food. Is it true? What is the best dog food available in India? Please advice.

    • ANSWER:
      pedigree is trash. it has only about 4% meat and filled with garbage which the dogs cant digest properly.

      i searched a lot for a good food in hyderabad for my great dane.
      the best dog food available in India is Regale. its imported from australia and marketed here,
      other foods available in India which are better than pedigree are nutripet, Iams, eukanoba and royal canin.
      the resaon vets recommend pedigree is because they are sponsored by them. u can see a million pedigree posters at any vet clinic. and vets dont hear much about any other brands and they are not educated in nutrition.
      and how to know if a food is good or bad? - check the ingredients.they are listed according to quantity. the first should always be a named meat or meat meal(like chicken or lamb) . it should not have corn - not digested properly and many dogs are allergic to it. all the dog foods available in India have corn exept regale.

  39. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy good dog food in canada?
    I want to buy good dog food brand like innova but cant find it any where in toronto. Can someone tell me where i can find them a good natural dog food store?

    • ANSWER:
      Look in the phone book for a Ryans or Global Pet store

      other way to find is the store locator on naturapet.com (innova )

      http://www.naturapet.com/where-to-buy/default.asp

      There are two great Canadian brands of pet food, which can be an asset, when the one mad cow incident occurs any dog food that contained lamb or beef made in the US was turned away from the border. which reeked havoc for pet owner if they ran out of food before Canada across the border again, which is one of the problems that happened to me.
      Right now I feed EVO rm but I am keeping a close eye on Orijen as they are supposed to be coming out with a bison formula, as soon as that occurs I will be switching so I don't run into that problem again with sick dogs, right now I make sure to restock once I get down to 2 weeks left of food

      But here are the Canadian companies http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=45 they make Go Natural, Foundations and Summit

      and champions food which makes arcana and orijen
      http://www.championpetfoods.com/

      These foods are also sold in the same stores as Innnova

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about purina little bites dog food?
    I am thinking about switching my dogs to purina little bites dog food? I know it isn't the best but is it okay dog food? I own a one year old yorkie and a one year old american bull mix.
    I a switching from beneful
    I am switching from beneful

    • ANSWER:
      It has a lot of fillers and ingredients that aren't very food for dogs. What are you switching from? Food quality doesn't get much lower than Purina. If you have Costco where you live, their food is alright. It's not great but it's better than Purina and it's cheaper than the high quality foods.

      If you can though, try to get a food without any corn, wheat, soy, or by products that lists a meat as the first ingredient. These foods can sometimes be hard to find but the sites have store locators to help you find a store near you that sells their products.

      These foods cost more than low quality foods but chances are your dogs won't eat as much. The more fillers in a food, the more your dogs will have eat to get the nutrition they need. Higher quality ingredients also means smaller and less frequent poops.

      High Quality Foods:
      Orijen- http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/
      Natura (Innova, EVO, California Natural)- http://www.naturapet.com/
      Blue Buffalo- http://www.bluebuff.com/
      Merrick- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      Canidae- http://www.canidae.com/
      Solid Gold- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      Wellness Core- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/dog_wellness_grain_index.html
      Natural Balance- http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
      Taste of the Wild- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul- http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      Or go raw- http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php

      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=betterproducts
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ADD: Well Beneful is made by Purina so they're about the same quality. I'd look into one of the foods listed above. If nothing else, check out the Costco brand. It's cheap and it's better than Purina.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I make my new people start eating hard dog food instead of table scraps?
    the previous owner give it only left overs so she refusues to touch hard dog food even it if is mixed with gourmet soft dog food. I want to eventually get her to eat only dry dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      i know this might be hard but what you need to do is stop feeding it people food. Put a bowl out with dog food and show it to him. He is not going to eat it at first. He will not eat for about 2 or 3 days. Then he will get hungry enough to eat his own food. Trust me when i got a dog from my neighbor i had the same problem. This is what helped me. The important thing is to wait it out. Once he is hungry he will eat.

  42. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between adult dog food and puppy food besides side?
    My brother accidentally bought my 6 month old pitbull adult dog food (beneful) and my mom is making a big deal about it saying that he shouldnt have it cuz it doesnt have as many of the nutrients that puppy food has but then i asked myself "why would they deprive adult dogs of the nutrition?" and we dont wanna waste the food either cuz its expensive, so if we give it 2 him will it really do anything bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy food is higher in fat and protein than adult dog food because puppies will burn more calories as they are growing than adult dogs will. A 6 month old pit bull will not have any problems from eating adult dog food. Your dog is still growing and therefor still requires more calories than he would as an adult, but he is past the majority of his growing and his growth rate should have slowed down considerably by now. The adult food might cause an upset stomach, some loose stools or diarrhea, and/or some gas if your dog does not get a varied diet and has never eaten anything but the puppy food. But that would be because of the sudden change in food from what his system is used to, not because the adult food is "bad" for him.

      Personally I prefer not to feed my large breed dogs (german shepherds) puppy food at all...not even the large breed puppy formulas...because when large breed puppies grow too fast they will develop skeletal and joint problems and the extra fat and protein in puppy food promote faster growth. Even most people who do like to feed their large breed puppies a puppy food usually recommend switching to adult food between 6 and 12 months (depending on who you talk to). If you're mom's that worried about it, then just buy a bag of puppy food and mix the puppy and the adult food.

  43. QUESTION:
    Should I put dog food out for wild hedgehogs to eat?
    I've heard that hedgehogs like dog food. Has anyone tried this, or know any reason not to try it? Is there any food they like better?

    • ANSWER:
      We put puppy food out (recommended to us by a hedgehog rescue centre). We stopped using cat food as (duh!) the local cats kept eating it. Ours is a supplement for late hogglets prior to hibernation and we also made a hedgehog house that they use for hibernation.
      Just DON'T put out bread or milk, that's thought to be a bad for them now (makes them throw up). The dog food attracts slugs, which the hedgehogs also eat.Water too is a help for them as they need to bulk up for hibernation and with many of our gardens now very hedgehog unfriendly, they need a small helping hand.

  44. QUESTION:
    Whats the best dog food I can find at the supermarket?
    I have a 7 month old boxer and am about to change his food from puppy food to dog food. I'm interested in finding out what the best SUPERMARKET dog food is.

    P.S. I said supermarket dog food, not some super organic food that just so happens to be for dogs, created by long haired organic hippies in california.

    THANKS
    Dry dog food is the only option.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no good dog food at the supermarket. Therefore a best can't be recommended to you. Essentially if you won't want to buy the "California Hippie" dog food then you'll be purchasing a low quality food that is nothing but filler and by-products.

      The bests food are Innova, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, so forth. Pretty much if you haven't heard of it and it costs a little extra then it's most like good.

      I've a blog that helps with things like this, check it out for more information:

      http://finddogsuppliesonline.blogspot.com/

  45. QUESTION:
    Whats a quality dog food brand, available for a reasonable price in melbourne?
    I'm looking for a quality dog food, not rubbish like purina or pedigree but still not too expensive. Also must be available in Melbourne. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      We feed our dog on eukanuba, a dry biscuit dog food, should be available at your local pet store for a reasonable price if thats the type of food your looking for

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some brands of dog food that do not contain animal by-products?
    I am looking to switch dog foods (yes, I know to introduce it gradually) since I found out that when "by-product" is listed it could include ground up organs/bones and even euthanized animals, like cats and dogs. Do you know any brands of dog food with out any by-products that I can buy in a store (not order off the web)? I know Authority is one, but if anyone could provide different brands, it would be appreciated so that I can look over each one and choose. I've also checked a lot of websites, but I can't seem to find a good list. If you know of any sites, feel free to paste a link.

    Those of you that want to criticize my choice to buy food without by-products, please save your breath...or fingers in this case.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many many many premium dog food choices out there, it would drive one crazy.

      Canidae is a good all-life stages food that is fairly cheap if you shop right.
      Merrick is also all-life stages, but is more on the pricey side
      Wellness also all-life stages
      Innova
      DVP's Natural Balance
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Artemis
      Timberwolf Organics (might have to look online, not sure where you are located)
      Castor & Pollux
      Blue Buffalo (sold only at PetsMart)
      Nutro (but often contains wheat and corn and soy and should be avoided)

      Here's a key--avoid corn, wheat, soy, by-products (so you know), any animal source that is not specific (animal fat...animal digest) because it can come from any animal whose quality and origin is unknown (euth'd shelter animals, horses, goats, geese...)

      And kudos to you for looking out for your dog's health! The skin and coat will thank you!!

  47. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between dog food and human food?
    I'm speaking of canned dog food verses canned human food. Let's say, it's a can of beef Alpo dog food verses a can of beef for humans. If there is a difference, why is there one?

    PS, i'm asking this in food & pet section for varied answers from different experts.

    • ANSWER:
      Anne, Foodieny, is just about there with her answer, but one thing missing, depending on the brand if you read the label, they add calcium and vitamins for the dog, what they can't get like we do, having fruit and vegetables.That gel you see around the dog food is also very good for there coats.

  48. QUESTION:
    What do dogs like to eat other than dog food?
    My dog is not really eating dog food and wanting to eat somthing else other than the dog food he was eating for years.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a different high quality dog food. Maybe even a different flavor of the same food. Dogs are omnivorous (and smart!), so it may just be tired of the same old food every day.


dog food

What Is The Best Dog Food

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do i know what percentage of protein i should be looking for on a bag of dog food. ingredients listed can?
    dog food
    i have a male doberman pincher,2 yrs. old.we play with him in the yard,running and chasing ball., when we can't get him out on the frozen lake for a good run. vet says he's a bit overweight, should be 75lbs. he is 100. he doesn;t look overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      EDIT - Okay so I would put him on a high protein reduced calorie diet... there is Natural Balance Reduced Calorie, it is more on the expensive side, but it is good high quality food.

      Here is a list of other websites with good high quality food

      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/
      http://www.ovenbakedtradition.com/
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      http://www.performatrinultra.com/

  2. QUESTION:
    What dog food brands are good for the human without being sick?
    Just name all brands of dog food because we got kibble n' bits (small breed) I dont know if its good but thats what we feed our dogs all the time. So name the rest please.

    • ANSWER:
      The original milk bone wont hurt you. I give them to my dogs all the time, and one day when i was younger i ate a few out of curiosity and suffered no ill effects. I would assume that this is the case with most dog food especially the higher quality ones. All the ingredients are listed on the bag/box. Most of it is just dried grains and proteins with flavorings.

  3. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food would you recommend?
    Personally I like Innova dog food for my dog. However, my cousin is going to be working at Petco and he can get a discount for whatever dog food he purchases from there. What, if any, dog food brands would you recommend from Petco. Ones without by products and cornmeal in them. What do you guys think about Blue Buffalo or IAMS or Natural Balance, etc.
    WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PURINA ONE?

    • ANSWER:
      Iams actually isn't a very good food, I'm looking at several of their foods now and the first ingredient is corn or corn meal and on the other ones, corn or some form of it is high up on the ingredient list. Yuck!
      Think of it this way. Anything you can buy at a grocery store (ie walmart, Giant, Weis, or wahtever you have in your area) is goign to be like feeding your dog McDonald's every day. Crappy food: lots of fillers which means your pet gains weight from that, plus eats more (fillers fill you up for shorter amount of time than good food) which costs you more and they put on MORE weight.. plus all the other various health reasons.

      Blue Buffalo is excellent.
      NB looks alright, but it looks like they really focus on veggies instead of meats. Dogs (and cats) are "obligate carnivores" they HAVE to have meat..

      This is a good site to give you some ideas.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      If money is an issue, I always recommend Costco's Brand, Kirkland. It's a decent food for the price.
      Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food can have more fiber in for a cocker spaniel ?
    I heard that dog food with corn in is bad for dogs. And they recommeded all bran cereal, but she won't eat. And canned pumpkin,she will eat. And our dog always has to have her glands cleaned out, or expressed. She is always scooting and have to go to vet.

    • ANSWER:
      If your issue is with your dog's anal sacs, then changing diet is not going to do anything to help the situation. Your best bet is to actually have them surgically removed and this will eliminate the cause of all the scooting and the trips to the vet to have them expressed.

      As for the fiber, just go to the store and check all the labels. Dog food labels have fiber content on them.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best nutritious dog food for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
    So what is the most nutritious dog food? I currently feed my dog Eukanuba Dog Food. Is Pedigree better? Or Hills Diet? Or the cheaper ones you find in the supermarket? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      All the foods you listed are low quality. I wouldn't feed them to my dog even if I got a free lifetime supply.

      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.) If shopping at Petco or Petsmart, look for:
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Pinnacle
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    How long does homemade dog food last?
    I have been reading really scary things about commercial dog foods and have been really considering making my own dog food. I have been doing some research online but can't seem to find something that tells me how long I can keep the food until it spoils. Any tips on making my own dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      i make my own dog food. i make just enough for it to last two days though. then i make more. the really healthy things to put in dog food is cooked rice,meat,cooked veggies,potatoes and stuff dogs would eat, then put it in a blender and mix it up. add water to dry food mix half your batch with they dry food and water and voila! a luxery meal!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is refrigerated Dog food and where can i get them?
    My friends have been raving about a dog food roll they been feeding their dogs. I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about them or maybe where i can buy some. Its supposed to be refrigerated and it comes in like a sausage roll. But i forgot the name of it so i can't find online.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site...I just did a google search for 'refrigerated dog food' and this link came up

      http://www.delifreshpet.com/whyfresh/refrigeration.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between cat and dog food as far as ingredients?
    My kitten eats dog food and my dogs eat the kitten food . We don't feed it to them purpose it just occasionally happens.
    Also my kitten likes dog treats better than her own cat treats . why do they like the opposite food ? Is it harmful to their health?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not good to feed the wrong food to different species. Cats need a lot higher protein (can cause diarhea in dogs), also they need taurine and minerals the dogs don't.

      Dog food is ultra high in vitamin A because they need that, but that amount in a cat's food would cause health problems very quickly since cats can't handle that amount.

      Feed the kitten where the dog can't get the food--on top a counter or in a closed bathroom. The kitten needs to eat it's own food, for good growth, nourishment and all the vitamins and minerals--to eat the dog's food all the time will have deficiencies showing up, and won't let the bone growth develop right in the kitten.

      The treats should not be a problem, provided you're only giving one treat a day to them. This should not be a significant portion of their daily food intake.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for my chihuahua?
    I want a high quality dog food for him but he has a few quirks:
    1. He needs to lose some weight:/ doggy park daily isn't enough for him haha. He's a chub.
    2. Can be wet/dry. I brush his teeth twice a week anyway so plaque isn't an issue for him.
    3. He is a picky eater!

    • ANSWER:
      If it can be wet, can it be a raw diet instead? You can buy raw foods from pet stores AAFCO certified and balanced. They look like frozen meat balls. You just thaw and put in the dish. Super easy, affordable for small dogs, and healthier than any dry or canned food out there. The food is fresh, no synthetic vitamins, just like nature designed your dog to eat. Some are pressure pasteurized, which makes them safer for humans to handle.

      Look into:
      Natures Variety
      Stella & Chewy's
      Northwest Naturals
      Primal
      Vital Essentials
      Natures Logic
      Lotus
      Bravo
      Honest Kitchen

      Raw food diets also help with dental health (natural enzymes), and weight management (high water content, no fillers).

      For weight management with any kind of dog food, feed 25% less than the bag says for the weight your dog should be, not current weight. Use an accurate measuring tool, cut out all treats, and increase excersise. If treats must be used, try tiny bits of apple or carrot.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you make homemade dog food?
    I am pretty satisfied with commercial dog food and I have no problem sticking with it, but I would just like to know how to make nutritional homemade dog food. My dogs are a golden retriever, beagle, and dachshund if that information is needed. I would like advice also, like what supplements to put in the food, and the right portions, and a professional website would be the best. I don't really want just homemade dog food that isn't any better than commercial dog food. Please help out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not feed your dog bones, especially cooked bones. Fragments can become lodged in the digestive tract. Canines in the wild who eat bones have the benefit of consuming hair and hide too, which have been found to ‘pad’ the bone fragments and aid in their passing. Other foods to avoid that are dangerous for dogs are chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic.

      Try one of these easy dog food recipes and watch your pup smile.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to recipes for dog food and dog treats that will give them the right nutrition?
    I have a family full of dogs and some cats. I am tired of havig the wrong dog food for them that either make them over weight or have liver failure. I want to start making their dog treats and food at home I am looking for the right ones to give the dogs all their nutriction values including omega fatys and everything needed for them. If any one can help im ready to explore a healthy way to feed my animals especially since ill know what is in their food.

    • ANSWER:
      I've read a few articles by dog specialists and vets and recommend not making food for your dogs, but buying from the supermarket.
      Home made dog food usually doesn't contain the required nutrients a dog needs, while dog food bought from supermarkets have done heaps of research about dog nutrition and health and are dedicated to making the best product they can.
      If your dogs get sick and you suspect its because of food, they may be allergic or sensitive to certain types of foods or ingredients.
      As for obesity in dogs, almost all of the time it is due to overfeeding, so go to your vet to get a diet planned for your dog.

      I hope this helps :)
      You sound like a good owner wanting to make food for your pets, not many people I know are willing to go to those lengths, but please take my advise.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is some of the best dog food out there and where do you find out about the ratings of the food?
    Also, where do I purchase this dog food? I have an 8 year old greyhound couch potato and a 2 year old rambunctious lab.

    • ANSWER:
      The most recommended dog food is lamb and rice. you might want to look at joining some Yahoo dog groups.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dry dog food and mixer?
    I have been seeing dry dog food and mixer in the super markets and both look exactly the same to me! What is the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry dog food is dog food that has been baked or cooked and then ‘dried’ into small cubes or shapes. One of the major benefits of dry food is that it helps keep your dogs teeth in good condition as the chewing action helps remove plaque. Dry dog food is normally ‘complete’ meaning it contains all the recommended daily vitamins and minerals for a dog’s daily diet. There are many kinds of dry dog food that you can buy, including organic dog food, holistic dog food and natural dog food. You even get a variety of dry dog foods specially created for different kinds of dogs. There’s dry puppy dog food, junior dog food, adult dog food, senior dog food, even dog food for lactating bitches or those recovering from surgery.

      Mixer

      Dog food Mixer, is ‘dry’ dog food, but generally, it is not a ‘complete’ food and is intended to be ‘mixed’ with tinned dog food or other foods. Its original use was that it added ‘bulk’ to the food at feeding times and was therefore used to help with dogs that ate excessively and needed to cut their calorie intake. However these days dog mixers are not so widely used, as other foods, particularly as ‘complete’ dry dog foods come in various packages aimed at different kinds of dogs (including overweight dogs).

      hope this helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a 17 mo old Golden Retriever?
    I have been feeding her BilJac dry dog food for the past yr, but recently read several bad reviews about its nutritional value/ingredients. Nutritional quality is more important to me than the cost of the food. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      We feed both of our dogs California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice and they have done great on it...Innova is also a very good dog food!

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best tasting dog food by merrick?
    Merrick has so many different flavors of dog food. I was wondering, by experience, which flavor do your dogs seem to love the most? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My dogs LOVE all Merrick dog food but Grammy's Pot Pie is a hit especially the dry version, as far as canned flavors i believe they like all of them except for Rocky Rainbows. Some of Merrick canned flavors can be very rich though, IE: Venison and Duck, I have found that they will give one of my dogs loose stools and flatulance. But overall i think Merrick is the best affordable SAFE dog food and the variety really helps the dogs not get bored of the same old.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food that is easily found in stores?
    We are having a hard time finding a top-quality dog food in the stores. I'd hate to have to mail-order our dog food with such high prices on fuel right now. Does anyone have any recommendations on a pet store chain that actually carries good quality dog food? Petco just doesn't have anything good. Iams, Purina, Science Diet, all of those are full of grains, which are bad for the dogs. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have seen innova in common places like petland. I dont typically shop at pet stores that are apart of big chains, I prefer to support localized places, such as a feed store. If you live near a feed store, they may have a high quality kibble.

      I know many places are willing to sell the stuff if you ask, but your best bet for high quality nutrition, if you feed kibble, is to find a better store.

      My top three dog foods are orijen, evo, and innova, but I consider the ultimate diet to be raw.

      If you are looking for the best diet to feed your dog, I would definitely look into it, it not only allows you to know exactly what your dog is eating, but you can save money, if you spend wisely.

      I chose to feed raw after researching for a good month, I know that doesnt seem long, but it was everyday, and for hours at a time, I found a forum, www.bigdogsporch.com, and thats when I first got introduced to the idea. It seemed a far stretch from what my family was feeding at the time, but I knew, as with my own diet, I had to give my dog the best, and so I researched it.

      I found many sites on the forum, and a vets site, tom lonsdale's www.rawmeatybones.com.

      The most helpful site was probably www.rawfed.com/myths and the comparative anatomy of eating, cant remember who it is by, but you can search for it on google. I read that article because I am vegan, but the facts stated in the article showed me my dogs needed meat, bones, and organs to thrive.
      the most shocking thing I found out on the raw fed site was that a dogs mitochondrial DNA is 99.8 percent similar to a wolfs, I always knew they were related but that closely.

      You know purina is bad, so I wont go into to much detail about how they teach our vets about nutrition, but here is the link if you want them stating it: http://www.purina.com/science/partnerships/OtherAlliances.aspx

      I prefer petco over any other petstore I go to, they are all cruel so I dont go to them often, but they worst is petland, not far behind is petsmart so I never go there. heres why www.petsmartcruelty.com and www.pandgkills.com

      Please read my other post about dogs diets. They can help answer any questions as to why I choose raw, plus the sites mentioned above.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my German Shepherd and why?
    Aside from cooking her meat myself, what's the best quality dry dog food? I just spent on a bag of Royal Canin, and Costco's dog food has chicken & chicken meal as the 1st 2 ingredients, while Royal Canin's 2nd ingredient is rice!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no single food that is "best". For example, some dogs thrive on grain-free foods, while grain-free is too rich for other dogs. What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      I recommend feeding dry food. It's healthier for the gums and teeth.

      ---

      On choosing a good dog food:
      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food. A grain should not be in the first couple ingredients ingredient (corn and such are mainly fillers, dogs don't digest it well). Avoid foods that have a lot of "by products" listed.

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Some GOOD foods are :
      * Merrick - http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      * Solid Gold - http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      * Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/
      * Timberwolf - http://timberwolforganics.com/
      * Orijen - http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/
      * Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/
      * Chicken Soup brand - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      * Blue Buffalo - http://www.bluebuff.com/
      * Innova - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
      * Innova EVO - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. It has the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, it will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" brand, which is a quality food, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to switch from a prescribed fish and potato dry food?
    My dog is ready to start wheening her off her prescribed fish and potato diet of dry dog food. Do you have any ideas of what brand and type of dry food that would be best for her. She has been dealing with allergies and has been on shots for the past year.
    The dermatogist could not find exactly what she is allergic to regarding foods. I wastold that there is no testing that can rule this out. She has been on the fish a potato doet for 1 year. She is allergic to mold, various grasses, and leaves, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some high-quality, fish-based dog foods:

      - Fromms Four Star whitefish and potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=13&cat=3

      - Fromms Four Star salmon a la veg - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=12&cat=3

      - GO Natural Wild Salmon & Oatmeal - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1086&cat=3

      - Nature's Variety Prairie Salmon Meal and Brown Rice - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=863&cat=3

      - Timberwolf Organics Ocean Blue - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=484&cat=3

      - Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=530&cat=4

      - Eagle Pack Holistic Select Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal with Oatmeal - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=98&cat=4

      - Flint River Ranch Premium Fish & Chip - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=448&cat=4

      - Wellness Fish & Sweet Potato - http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=324&cat=4

      ...
      Below the line is my normal shpeel on choosing a dog food.

      ---------------------------

      On choosing a good dog food:
      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food. A grain should not be in the first couple ingredients ingredient (corn and such are mainly fillers, dogs don't digest it well). Avoid foods that have a lot of "by products" listed.

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Some GOOD foods are :
      * Merrick - http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      * Solid Gold - http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      * Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/
      * Timberwolf - http://timberwolforganics.com/
      * Orijen - http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/
      * Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/
      * Chicken Soup brand - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      * Innova - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
      * Innova EVO - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. It has the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A

  19. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for dog food to go bad?
    I feel my new puppy Wellness dog food - dry and wet. She only gets a tablespoon of wet a meal, and half a cup dry. But I was wondering, since it'll take us about two weeks to get through the can if not more, when does it go bad?
    Forgot to say we have one of those pet food lids, the cheap plastic things you press over them.

    • ANSWER:
      2 weeks is to long to keep it. So you don't waste it, spoon it into ice cube trays, freeze then pop them out and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. That way the dog food won't spoil and it is easy to just grab one per meal.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the better dog food pedigree or eukanuba?
    I was just wondering what is the better dog food and if any other foods are better you can say them.

    • ANSWER:
      Neither.

      You want to stay away from foods with ingredients such as corn, wheat, fillers, beef and by products. All of those ingredients are hard for your dog or puppy to digest.

      Some bad foods are Iams, Purina, Alpo, Science Diet, Pedigree, Kibble and Bits, Diamond, Eukanuba and Bil Jack.

      Some GOOD foods are Natures Recipe, Nutro Max, Lassie Natural Way and Royal Chain.

      I personally recommend Natures Recipe. It is an all natural food and extremely healthy for puppies and dogs. It leads to a shinny coat and a healthy body. It also cuts down on shedding, bad breath and the amount of stool your dog produces.

      Natures Recipe had different bags for different size dogs and ages.

      It will say on the bag how much and how often to feed them.

      Before switching foods you want to check with your vet and make sure your dog or pup has no health problems.

      After that you want to switch him or her slowly otherwise it will make him or her sick.

      For the first week do 25% new and 75% old
      Second week 50% new and 50% old
      Third week 75% new and 25% old
      Then they can have all new food starting the forth week.

      You can find those healthy foods at your local Pet Smart or Pet Co.

      Also stay away from rawhide and human food as neither are healthy for your dog. Stay with his dog food and Natural or compressed bones.

      Also remember wet food should only be given as a treat. As it sticks to their teeth and can make them very gassy.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a good brand of canned dog food that I can find in STORES, not order off the internet?
    Anyone know of a good quality dog food (canned) that is available at stores, not something that MUST be bought off the internet?

    Yes, I mean petstores, I would never buy the crap found at stores other than pet stores.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends what is available to you locally.

      Here are some good brands that make canned food, you can search for local stores on the websites of the individual companies. (I can buy all these locally where I live, but where you live may be different.)

      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Evangers
      * EVO
      * Fromm Four Star
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety ("Instinct" and "Prairie")
      * Solid Gold
      * Tripett
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check out the 4, 5, and 6 star foods at http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews

      ADD:
      To find the better quality foods, only a handful are available at stores like Petco and Petsmart. You'll have better luck shopping at holistic pet food stores, pet boutiques, farm & feed stores, and small locally owned petstores.
      .

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between cat food and dog food?
    I get both cat and dog food (meat) yet both look the same, was just wondering if there was any difference between them?

    • ANSWER:
      There are differences in protein percentages with all cat and dog food.
      Dog food will also usually contain vegetable compounds.

      Cats MUST have Taurine (an amino acid) or they will go blind, loose their hair, their teeth will fall out and they will die. Cat's bodies do not produce this essential compound. All cat food (wet .02% or dry .01%) is REQUIRED to contain Taurine.

      Dogs do not need Taurine and dog food doesn't contain it.

      Dogs can eat cat food, but cats CANNOT eat dog food or they'll be Taurine deficient and will die.

      Feeding a dog cat food or a cat dog food is NOT RECOMMENDED and IS INHUMANE AND COULD BE POTENTIALLY LETHAL TO THE CAT!

      Those are the main differences.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to eat dog food again?
    Occasionally, I feed my dog table food. At first, he eat both dog food and table food. Now lately, it seems that he is rejecting the dog food completely. How do I get him to go back to the dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Refuse to feed him, until he is desperate enough to eat dog food again.

  24. QUESTION:
    What kind of things do you feed your dog other than dog food?
    I ran out of dog food today so I gave by dog raisin brand... He loves it.. He also eats whatever I eat? How many of you out there are like me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your poor dog. You should have just gone to the store and bought him some food. Wow...I feel sorry for him. I do give my dog a few things besides dog food but not because I am too lazy to go to the store and buy him his own food! If he has an upset tummy I give him rice cooked in chicken broth. He LOVES eggs and if I make some in the morning he always gets one. He also loves yogurt and cottage cheese but doesn't get these very often. Its ok to occasionally feed your dog people food, but if you dont have the energy to go buy him food or you cant afford him please find another home for him where he will be better cared for!

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between dog food and cat food?
    Oh my god! It's against nature! But yeah, I ran out of dog food so I gave my mangy mutt some whiskas for dinner.

    I know they have different nutritional needs, but i don't get how one vomitous can of mincemeat is different from any other can of mincemeat.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a supervisor in a pet and human food plant and i can tell you that the difference between cat food and dog food is very little. There is nutritional differences but basically all cat and dog food is water, glycerin, lycasin, animal fate and oil (like tuna poultry bovine and hog) and finally feed, that would be you basic flour or corn meal. Canned wet animal food is animal fat and meat with added vitamins. no it wont hurt to do it once or twice

  26. QUESTION:
    How to transition puppies to dry dog food?
    I have been feeding my puppies water soaked dry dog food mixed with canned but now they need to start eating it dry to keep teeth in good shape. But all they do is eat the canned food and leave all the dry. I am worried they are not eating enough now but still they cannot eat their dry food soaked in water all the time! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I made this same error with my dog. He would eat the canned food and leave the dry. Eventually, I gave him dry food only and stopped everything else cold turkey. For a day or so, he would sniff the food and turn his nose up at it, but once he got hungry he ate! A dog will not starve itself, so my advice would be to stop soaking the food and stop the canned food altogether. Be strong and don't give in---your dogs will get hungry and eat the kibble dry on their own. In the meantime, offer NOTHING ELSE, not even a dog buscuit! And DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES start switching around brands of dog food. Offer only the food you have been giving, and trust me---they will get hungry and they will eat it.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of switching to an expensive premium dog food?
    I'm thinking of switching to Wellness dog food from Beneful and Pedigree puppy chow. But I have one dog a 100lb lab that needs 30lb of dog food a month and a little jack russell puppy. Is the extra expense really worth it?

    What differences have you noticed in your dogs? What brand would you reccomend?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first off the better the dog food the less you feed, lees poop you will have to pick up.. Better dog food is not full of by-products fillers corn soy wheat and other bad ingredients in crap dog food.

      What the difference I've seen, my dogs pooping less my dogs poop dose not stink, I don't feed my dogs as much they don't need allot of food when they eat a high quality dog food..

      I feed my dogs Natures Select, It's not sold in stores it's a high quality home delivery dog food company made in the USA my dogs eat the... Wild Alaskan Salmon and Sweet Potato dog food..
      Now I live in Calif.. Other good dog foods are Taste of the Wild, Innova, Wellness, Blue Buffalo.. And dog food that dose not have, by-products, corn, soy, wheat, some other ingredients used in crap dog food.. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) - know to cause kidney and liver dysfunction

      Ethoxyquin - suspected of causing cancer

      Propylene glycol (also used as automotive antifreeze) causes destruction of red blood cells-and is also commonly found in many treats such as Pedigree Dentabone/DentaStix etc..

      Here is a a great web site that tells the ugly truth about dog food truthaboutpetfood.htm the truth will make you sick...

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food for small breeds?
    Before I adopt a dog, I want to know which brand of food I should consider getting it. Preferably dry dog food, but if you know good wet ones, feel free to recommend.
    -----
    What do you feed your small dog(s)?
    How much does the food cost?
    What is the quantity bought? (# lbs.)
    If you give your dog several brands; in what order would you rate each's quality?
    How much does the amount you buy last? A month, two months, 2 weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Please read these links on dog foods..So many are NOT good for your pet..Buy only Holistic dog foods..ones containing no Wheat, gluten's , corn or white rice..All of these items are bad for your dog..We feed our dog Blue Buff dog food. Canidae is the best but we don't have it here..The best dog foods are listed below.In no particular order. We have two dogs one large and one med and a bag lasts us two weeks and it cost 28 dollars.
      Blue Buffalo
      Innova,California Natural.........Natura Pet Products, Santa Clara, CA..................(800) 532-7261
      Azmira Classic......................Azmira Holistic Animal Care, Tucson, AZ............(800) 497-5665
      Back to Basics............................Beowulf Natural Foods Syracuse, NY..................(800) 219-2558
      Canidae.......................................Canidae Corp, San Luis Obispo, CA.....................(800) 398-1600
      Eagle Pack Holistic Select..........Eagle Pet Products, Inc., Mishawaka, IN............(800) 255-5959
      Flint River Ranch,Dry Water, LC.....First River Ranch, Riverside, CA.................(909) 682-5048
      Hund-N-Flocken, Millennia...Solid Gold Health Products for pets, El Cajon, CA.....(800) 364-4863
      Limited Diets Duck & Potato....Innovative Veterinary Diets, Pittsburg,PA.............(800) 359-4483
      Natural Balance Ultra Premium..Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance,Pacoima, CA.(800) 829-4493
      Lifespan.........................................

  29. QUESTION:
    How much is EVO dog food compared to regular dog food like iams?
    I've heard commercial dog food is unhealthy and that EVO is the healthiest dog food it gets, so how much is EVO compared to iams?
    I have a pug mixed with alittle bit of beagle, but shes the same size as a pug would be.

    • ANSWER:
      Evo is more expensive,but you feed less.The price evens out quite a bit because of this.

      There are other good foods on the market as well.There is no true best.What's best is what works best for your dog.

      You can find info and ratings on most foods here- http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

  30. QUESTION:
    Is the Kirkland Dog Food from Costco good for my dog?
    Hey everyone!
    I just bought my little dog dog food from costco for the little ones, and he loves it!
    Sorry I don't know much about dog food, but my vet recommended costco brand dog food, and it's so cheap so it's good so far!
    Sooo thoughts?
    Yeah answerer 1, I've been looking at raw food diet stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a bad food. It receives 4 out of 5 stars on most rating websites.( like this one)
      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kirkland-signature-dog-food/

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my new puppy?
    I just got a 2 mo. old siberian husky puppy. I'm looking for a good dog food to feed him that I won't have to change when he gets older. I'm looking for something to keep him in the best of health. Any advice is helpful. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have a 14 year old poodle and a 1 year old pitbull. Two years ago my poodle had to get some teeth removed and was no longer able to chew her hard dog food so I decided to try a raw dog food. She has began to act more alive and as for my pitbull, she has been on it since she was a couple weeks old and loves it! The raw dog food brand I tried was K9HP (www.k9hp.com). K9HP is a specially formulated diet which aims to promote the overall health and well-being of your dog. What caught my eye was the all natural and healthy ingredients as well as the fact that it is a family owned company who wants nothing but the best for you and your dog.

  32. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is best for a dog that farts alot? Anything thats helps his digestion?
    I have a pit bull, and im not sure if its just the breed or my dog, he doesnt get fed people food. Ive tried a few dog food brands (pedigree dry and wet food and science diet) and he farts SO much. Hes an indoor dog so the farting is an issue when i have guests over for dinner. Anyone have any suggestions?
    He and my husband are the loves of my life. Hes our baby and keeps me from feeling lonely while my husband is in Iraq. Money isnt an issue. I just dont want him not feeling well. Im sure hes not very comfortable feeling gassy all the time :)

    • ANSWER:
      Add a smidgeon of baking soda to the dog food every time you feed him. This will take care of the gas and also sooth the stomach.

  33. QUESTION:
    What dog food brands are best for dogs with allergies?
    I have a dog that has a lot of allergies and I'm having trouble finding a dog food for him. He's allergic to wheat, corn, soy, dairy, chicken and beef! And of course, it can't be super expensive? I'm trying one, but it's for a 40# bag. I'm a nurse so I work about 50hrs/wk so I don't have time to cook meals for him.

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUIN
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf. They have Duck & Sweet Potato, Salmon A La Veg, Whitefish & Potato and Pork & Applesauce.

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..
      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  34. QUESTION:
    What other than dog food can I feed my Yorkie?
    If I run out of dog food and dont get a chance to buy more until maybe 2 days later, can I feed my yorkie house food?What should I not feed my dog and what could I feed it?

    • ANSWER:
      Cooked rice will do but you really shouldn't give a yorkie table scraps otherwise. My Mom did that to hers and he ended up with internal bleeding, the vet said their systems can't handle alot of the ways human foods are prepared and processed. You should always make sure you have dog food on hand.

  35. QUESTION:
    What type of dog food do you feed your dog?
    I want to know what type of dog food your feed your dog(s).

    Because someone on here told me what I feed my dog is crap, even though my vet reccommended it. She said that my vet of course would tell me to get a "bad" brand of dog food so it'll make my dog sick and I will have to keep bringing it in there so she'll make more money.
    Who really believes this crap?!
    If your vet recommended your dog to be on a certain dog food would you contest it?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a food they think is the best, and perhaps it is FOR THEIR DOG. There is no one shoe fits all with dog foods. Not a bit different than there is no one diet that is perfect for all people. Some people are Hyper while others are Hypo, same with dogs.
      A classic example is some dogs will have a loose stool on a chicken based diet while others won't retain proper weight on a lamb based diet. So I feed both, either in combination or separately, depending on the individual dogs needs.
      I feed the brand that I do because my dogs win in the ring when fed this diet. That doesn't by any stretch of the imagination mean that it would be the proper diet for every dog out there.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I get my Chihuahua to eat more dog food?
    He always gets a tablespoon of cottage cheese and ground dog food in the morning. We leave him food through out the day but he hardly eats it. We tried 3 different foods, he likes them for a few weeks but then he doesn't like them anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      Good quality dog food.. they get bored easily of foods with crappy ingredients.. Good food, and don't worry about him not eating while you're gone.. most dogs don't.. Unless it's something they find on the counter.

  37. QUESTION:
    How good is the dog food that is Diamond brand?
    My hubby brought home some dog food that is called diamond. I have never heard of it but he got it from bluestem. Is it a good food for younger dogs? We have a 2 year old and a 8 month old. If you know anything about this brand please let me know I am nervous about feeding it to my pups.

    • ANSWER:
      The Diamond company is a huge pet food source. Diamond has numerous dog food products and brand names. They also supply other well-known brands with their foods (including some very top tier foods like Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae, etc.). If the food in question is just the plain "Diamond" brand, I wouldn't recommend it. But, I would highly recommend Taste of the Wild, which is also made my Diamond.

      This is a great site to quickly and easily check on the quality of specific dog food brands:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-dry-dog-foods/

  38. QUESTION:
    How many bags of dog food should I buy?
    I buy a brand of dog food for my dog that is sold at a place that requires me to drive about an hour to pick up. I'm debating on whether or not I should buy more than two 30 pound bags of food for my 1 year old German Shepherd. I really don't like wasting gas driving to buy food. Should I buy three or four bags, or will the food expire before he has a chance to use it? It takes him about a 3-4 weeks to get through 1 bag. Thanks for any advice :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you want, you could buy more bags of food. We usually expect dog food to become stale after 4 months of it being opened. You could always store your extra bags in the freezer. The integrity may change a little, but it will stay a lot more fresh.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do Cats and Dogs know which is cat food and which is dog food?
    I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were closed, I gave them dog kibbles. They're more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients - chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food. The next day, i got them a fresh pack of made-for-cats kibbles and they immediately dived in and ate up. How come my cats knew what I gave them wasn't cat food?

    I also know of dogs that won't eat cat food for the long run (not mine though, cos they're pigs and will eat anything).

    It would be good if a pet food manufacturer can answer this question. Is there some special ingredient you put in cat and dog food that makes cats and dogs know which kibbles is who's? Also, nowadays, dogs are eating fish too - like salmon. You can't say it's the ingredient. How come they know the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      They know, especially dogs. If you leave the cat food bowl on the floor the dog will go after it before it goes for the dog food. Cat food is higher quality ingredients than dog food, and dogs know this because after they try cat food they think it tastes better. Cats usually won't eat the dog food if it is on the floor because of the same reasons. They know the cat food tastes better as well. Here is a solution to keep the dog from eating the cat's food. Put the cat food bowl up on the counter top where the dog can't reach it. Only the cat can jump up there, and the cat won't go near the dogs food bowl on the floor.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food available in India?
    Please people suggest only dog food available in India. Because I want to make sure its available in the market.

    My dog is a 8 month old Labrador retriever. At present we feed her Pedigree, it was the food suggested by our vet. But everyone say Pedigree is cheap food and advise us to switch food. Is it true? What is the best dog food available in India? Please advice.

    • ANSWER:
      pedigree is trash. it has only about 4% meat and filled with garbage which the dogs cant digest properly.

      i searched a lot for a good food in hyderabad for my great dane.
      the best dog food available in India is Regale. its imported from australia and marketed here,
      other foods available in India which are better than pedigree are nutripet, Iams, eukanoba and royal canin.
      the resaon vets recommend pedigree is because they are sponsored by them. u can see a million pedigree posters at any vet clinic. and vets dont hear much about any other brands and they are not educated in nutrition.
      and how to know if a food is good or bad? - check the ingredients.they are listed according to quantity. the first should always be a named meat or meat meal(like chicken or lamb) . it should not have corn - not digested properly and many dogs are allergic to it. all the dog foods available in India have corn exept regale.

  41. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy good dog food in canada?
    I want to buy good dog food brand like innova but cant find it any where in toronto. Can someone tell me where i can find them a good natural dog food store?

    • ANSWER:
      Look in the phone book for a Ryans or Global Pet store

      other way to find is the store locator on naturapet.com (innova )

      http://www.naturapet.com/where-to-buy/default.asp

      There are two great Canadian brands of pet food, which can be an asset, when the one mad cow incident occurs any dog food that contained lamb or beef made in the US was turned away from the border. which reeked havoc for pet owner if they ran out of food before Canada across the border again, which is one of the problems that happened to me.
      Right now I feed EVO rm but I am keeping a close eye on Orijen as they are supposed to be coming out with a bison formula, as soon as that occurs I will be switching so I don't run into that problem again with sick dogs, right now I make sure to restock once I get down to 2 weeks left of food

      But here are the Canadian companies http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=45 they make Go Natural, Foundations and Summit

      and champions food which makes arcana and orijen
      http://www.championpetfoods.com/

      These foods are also sold in the same stores as Innnova

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about purina little bites dog food?
    I am thinking about switching my dogs to purina little bites dog food? I know it isn't the best but is it okay dog food? I own a one year old yorkie and a one year old american bull mix.
    I a switching from beneful
    I am switching from beneful

    • ANSWER:
      It has a lot of fillers and ingredients that aren't very food for dogs. What are you switching from? Food quality doesn't get much lower than Purina. If you have Costco where you live, their food is alright. It's not great but it's better than Purina and it's cheaper than the high quality foods.

      If you can though, try to get a food without any corn, wheat, soy, or by products that lists a meat as the first ingredient. These foods can sometimes be hard to find but the sites have store locators to help you find a store near you that sells their products.

      These foods cost more than low quality foods but chances are your dogs won't eat as much. The more fillers in a food, the more your dogs will have eat to get the nutrition they need. Higher quality ingredients also means smaller and less frequent poops.

      High Quality Foods:
      Orijen- http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/
      Natura (Innova, EVO, California Natural)- http://www.naturapet.com/
      Blue Buffalo- http://www.bluebuff.com/
      Merrick- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      Canidae- http://www.canidae.com/
      Solid Gold- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      Wellness Core- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/dog_wellness_grain_index.html
      Natural Balance- http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
      Taste of the Wild- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul- http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      Or go raw- http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php

      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=betterproducts
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ADD: Well Beneful is made by Purina so they're about the same quality. I'd look into one of the foods listed above. If nothing else, check out the Costco brand. It's cheap and it's better than Purina.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I make my new people start eating hard dog food instead of table scraps?
    the previous owner give it only left overs so she refusues to touch hard dog food even it if is mixed with gourmet soft dog food. I want to eventually get her to eat only dry dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      i know this might be hard but what you need to do is stop feeding it people food. Put a bowl out with dog food and show it to him. He is not going to eat it at first. He will not eat for about 2 or 3 days. Then he will get hungry enough to eat his own food. Trust me when i got a dog from my neighbor i had the same problem. This is what helped me. The important thing is to wait it out. Once he is hungry he will eat.

  44. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between adult dog food and puppy food besides side?
    My brother accidentally bought my 6 month old pitbull adult dog food (beneful) and my mom is making a big deal about it saying that he shouldnt have it cuz it doesnt have as many of the nutrients that puppy food has but then i asked myself "why would they deprive adult dogs of the nutrition?" and we dont wanna waste the food either cuz its expensive, so if we give it 2 him will it really do anything bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy food is higher in fat and protein than adult dog food because puppies will burn more calories as they are growing than adult dogs will. A 6 month old pit bull will not have any problems from eating adult dog food. Your dog is still growing and therefor still requires more calories than he would as an adult, but he is past the majority of his growing and his growth rate should have slowed down considerably by now. The adult food might cause an upset stomach, some loose stools or diarrhea, and/or some gas if your dog does not get a varied diet and has never eaten anything but the puppy food. But that would be because of the sudden change in food from what his system is used to, not because the adult food is "bad" for him.

      Personally I prefer not to feed my large breed dogs (german shepherds) puppy food at all...not even the large breed puppy formulas...because when large breed puppies grow too fast they will develop skeletal and joint problems and the extra fat and protein in puppy food promote faster growth. Even most people who do like to feed their large breed puppies a puppy food usually recommend switching to adult food between 6 and 12 months (depending on who you talk to). If you're mom's that worried about it, then just buy a bag of puppy food and mix the puppy and the adult food.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should I put dog food out for wild hedgehogs to eat?
    I've heard that hedgehogs like dog food. Has anyone tried this, or know any reason not to try it? Is there any food they like better?

    • ANSWER:
      We put puppy food out (recommended to us by a hedgehog rescue centre). We stopped using cat food as (duh!) the local cats kept eating it. Ours is a supplement for late hogglets prior to hibernation and we also made a hedgehog house that they use for hibernation.
      Just DON'T put out bread or milk, that's thought to be a bad for them now (makes them throw up). The dog food attracts slugs, which the hedgehogs also eat.Water too is a help for them as they need to bulk up for hibernation and with many of our gardens now very hedgehog unfriendly, they need a small helping hand.

  46. QUESTION:
    Whats the best dog food I can find at the supermarket?
    I have a 7 month old boxer and am about to change his food from puppy food to dog food. I'm interested in finding out what the best SUPERMARKET dog food is.

    P.S. I said supermarket dog food, not some super organic food that just so happens to be for dogs, created by long haired organic hippies in california.

    THANKS
    Dry dog food is the only option.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no good dog food at the supermarket. Therefore a best can't be recommended to you. Essentially if you won't want to buy the "California Hippie" dog food then you'll be purchasing a low quality food that is nothing but filler and by-products.

      The bests food are Innova, Wellness, Taste of the Wild, so forth. Pretty much if you haven't heard of it and it costs a little extra then it's most like good.

      I've a blog that helps with things like this, check it out for more information:

      http://finddogsuppliesonline.blogspot.com/

  47. QUESTION:
    Whats a quality dog food brand, available for a reasonable price in melbourne?
    I'm looking for a quality dog food, not rubbish like purina or pedigree but still not too expensive. Also must be available in Melbourne. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      We feed our dog on eukanuba, a dry biscuit dog food, should be available at your local pet store for a reasonable price if thats the type of food your looking for

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some brands of dog food that do not contain animal by-products?
    I am looking to switch dog foods (yes, I know to introduce it gradually) since I found out that when "by-product" is listed it could include ground up organs/bones and even euthanized animals, like cats and dogs. Do you know any brands of dog food with out any by-products that I can buy in a store (not order off the web)? I know Authority is one, but if anyone could provide different brands, it would be appreciated so that I can look over each one and choose. I've also checked a lot of websites, but I can't seem to find a good list. If you know of any sites, feel free to paste a link.

    Those of you that want to criticize my choice to buy food without by-products, please save your breath...or fingers in this case.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many many many premium dog food choices out there, it would drive one crazy.

      Canidae is a good all-life stages food that is fairly cheap if you shop right.
      Merrick is also all-life stages, but is more on the pricey side
      Wellness also all-life stages
      Innova
      DVP's Natural Balance
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Artemis
      Timberwolf Organics (might have to look online, not sure where you are located)
      Castor & Pollux
      Blue Buffalo (sold only at PetsMart)
      Nutro (but often contains wheat and corn and soy and should be avoided)

      Here's a key--avoid corn, wheat, soy, by-products (so you know), any animal source that is not specific (animal fat...animal digest) because it can come from any animal whose quality and origin is unknown (euth'd shelter animals, horses, goats, geese...)

      And kudos to you for looking out for your dog's health! The skin and coat will thank you!!


what is the best dog food

Artemis Dog Food

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy Artemis Fresh Mix Dog Food for cheap locally?
    I am from South San Francisco, CA. Where can I buy Artemis dog food Fresh Mix for locally or online? Also for cheaper?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.artemiscompany.com/products.asp?cat=fresh_mix
      Use the locator tool on the left.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the best weight loss food for a shih tzu?
    I have a 1 year old female shih tzu who is seadily gaining weight. I meaure her food and exercise her regularly. She currently eats Artemis Dry dog food fresh mix. However, I think she needs a low calorie food. Any suggestions? I want a quality food that will help her live a long healthy life!

    • ANSWER:
      i feed my shi tzu nutro natural choice small bites lite for less active over weight dogs [[dry]] it helped him alot hes back to his right weight

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I find and buy these Dry Dog Foods?
    Artemis Fresh Mix dog food.
    Innova dog food.
    Merrick Wilderness Blend.

    Do I have to mail order them or does anyone know if i can buy them at a major chain outlet store?
    Which mail order store? and which major chain store?
    Just names and where the stores are located.
    Thank you in advance.
    To "jobangles" Petco and Petsmart DO NOT SELL these particular Types of Dog food!

    • ANSWER:
      They are usually not available in big chain stores. You usually have to go to either an independent pet store or a feed and tractor store.

      Each of their websites will have a store locator that you can use to find vendors in your area.

      http://www.artemiscompany.com/retailer.asp
      http://www.naturapet.com/where-to-buy/ (Innova)
      http://www.merrickpetcare.com/locator/

      If you live in a remote location, you may have to order them online. petfooddirect.com is one vendor who carries almost everything.

  4. QUESTION:
    I noticed natural balance gives my dogs diarrhea?
    I have been using Artemis dry dog food for years. I decided to try something different, and go with natural balance. I noticed that all four of my dogs get diarrhea from it. The ingredients on natural balance seems pretty good. But what is up with the diarrhea? Has this happened to anyone elses dog?
    They have eaten natural balance for about a month, so you'd think by now, their body would adjust to the food

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really recommend adding any additional ingredients to the food.

      Why don't you just stick with Artemis. If they've been on that food for years, why change? ;)

      If they're doing well with Artemis, just stick with it. It's a very high quality food. I highly recommend it!

      Good luck with your doggies!

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best nutritious dog food for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
    So what is the most nutritious dog food? I currently feed my dog Eukanuba Dog Food. Is Pedigree better? Or Hills Diet? Or the cheaper ones you find in the supermarket? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      All the foods you listed are low quality. I wouldn't feed them to my dog even if I got a free lifetime supply.

      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.) If shopping at Petco or Petsmart, look for:
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Pinnacle
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best company of dog food for my Westie?
    I was just wondering what Would be the best Company of dog food to feed my Westie-and something that was made for Westies, so then he wont get any skin infections. I heard that Iams dog food isn't that good. i was also wondering what i would need to get for my westie before i get him.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Don't buy into the "breed-specific food" crock. Or the "dental food" crock. It's just a marketing scheme.

      If you're getting him as a puppy, here would be some examples of good choices:
      * Merrick (any)
      * Canidae (any)
      * Innova puppy
      * Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul
      * Artemis Fresh-Mix small breed puppy
      * Wellness Just for Puppy

      === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      (For a puppy, it's better to stick in the 4 & 5 star range. The 6 star foods are very high in protein and are not well suited for puppies.)

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.)
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best kind of dog food? Your personal opinion?
    I have been feeding my dog Purina brands of dog food, the higher quality types purchased in places such as Petsmart, etc.,however have been reading articles on dogs in certain foreign countries living alot longer and healthier lives because the dog foods are a much better quality.

    I am looking for the best diet for my dog. 11lb. Jack Russell, 18 months old. I would like something with less grain, especially corn. Ones without corn are hard to find. Any suggestions? With or without corn, if they're good.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      For my dog, I feed primarily Merrick foods. This is what my dog does excellent on; great coat, solid stools, no excessive or smelly flatulence, etc.
      http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      .
      Below the double line is my shpeel on how to choose a good dog food.
      === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy. Go with a high-quality dog food.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of high quality foods:
      * Artemis
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods, 3 or less stars I would stay away from. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  8. QUESTION:
    What is The Highest Quality Dog Food?
    Hi.

    What is the highest quality dog food on the market?

    Please provide evidence/sources and not what the commericals say.

    Thanks.
    Just to add:

    My dog has no alergies, no sensativities and eats like a pig!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      ---

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers (brewers rice, beet pulp).
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?...

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?...

      ---

      Here are some examples of high-quality dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness

      Or check this website; I prefer to stay in the 5-star rated foods (high quality and most have the appropriate protein level for my dog, I feed around 25% protein usually). http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_...

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What not to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Many of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: Hills website )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. There are some, but they are limited.

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  9. QUESTION:
    Is Royal Canin breed specific formula a good dog food for boxers?
    I am having problems trying to decide on a good dog food for my 1 1/2 year old boxer. I have been feeding him royal canin food for boxers but wasn't sure if there was something better that i could be feeding him. I just want something that will be healthy for him to eat.

    • ANSWER:
      Royal Canin isn't a very good food. It's not the worst, but it's far from the best.

      Here is a review of it: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1529&cat=all

      Below the double line is my shpeel on choosing a good dog food:
      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy. Go with a high-quality dog food.

      Here is my list of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of high quality foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a yorkshire terrier?
    My yorkie is a little over 1yrs old and he is 4 1/2 lbs. What is the best dog food for my breed?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my toy-breed dog Merrick, but there are many other high-quality foods available as well.

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      ---

      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of high quality foods:
      * Artemis
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  11. QUESTION:
    Which dog food would be best for my Yorkshire Terrier?
    I will be picking up my Yorkie puppy in a few days. The breeder is feeding him Eukanuba, I have been researching different types of dog food. I went to petsmart and checked out different brands. I went home and found Blue Buffalo would be the best as far as quality. Should I feed my puppy Blue Buffalo? Or is there others that anyone can recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Go with a high-quality puppy or all-life-stages food.

      Eukanuba is crap.

      Blue Buffalo is a good choice.

      Other good foods from Petsmart/Petco:
      * Natural Balance
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Solid Gold

      Some of my favorites from non-chain-stores are:
      * Merrick Puppy Plate
      * Wellness Just for Puppy
      * Innova Puppy
      * Canidae All-life-states
      * Artemis Fresh-Mix Small breed puppy
      * Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul

      Below the double line is my general advice on choosing dog foods.
      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (For puppies, I recommend staying in the 4 & 5 star foods, so you don't get to high of a protein level.)

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for my 2 corgi puppys?
    Ok i'm confused our vet told us that the scientific puppy food is the best kind to get for our puppys. But all the puppy books and corgi books I have read said its the worst thing to give them. So now i'm confused. What do you recoomend for dog food for 2 puppy corgis. They are 4 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      ~ Never feed your dog Science Diet. Yuck!

      Here is some info about dog food.

      +All dog foods are not created equal. There is a huge difference in ingredients, quality of ingredients and company standards. When wondering what to get or comparing your current food it is best to do as much research as possible.

      Your options are a raw diet, which is one of the greatest diets for dogs. To learn more go to www.barfworld.com. Raw really means nothing cooked; meat, bones and organs. This is not to be confused with allowing your dog to eat cooked bones, cooked bones are harmful, raw bones are not. This is the dog’s ancestral diet. If you think a dog should not be eating raw meat, go back and study wolves. Ask yourself what year was dog food made and then how long have dogs been around without our help of over processed dog food and gravy.

      Another option is kibble and wet food. You can do both or just Kibble, but avoid doing just wet food. Feeding kibble 2x a day 12 hours apart and wet food 2x a week in place of 1 feeding of equal calories is a good balance. DO NOT OVERDUE WET FOOD. When you are looking for a healthy dog food it is important that not only the kibble be high quality but the wet food, treats and chews be high quality as well.

      Foods to avoid: Pedigree, Beneful, Purina, Iams, Nutro, Alpo, Ol Roy, Mighty Dog, Ceser, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, Royal Canin, Eagle Pack (not to be confused with Eagle Pack Holistic) and of course all grocery store brands of dog food!

      These foods have low quality ingredients that can cause allergies, diabetes, bloat, overweight, oily skin, excessive and or runny stool and a myriad of other problems. Most of these brands are owned by companies like Del Monte, Proctor and Gamble, Mars and Nestle. Do you really believe that a company like Proctor and Gamble who makes beauty products, household cleaning supplies, baby items, prescription drugs and many others is the best suited company to make quality products for dogs? 50% of Mars is pet food, 45% is unhealthy snacks like candy bars. Science Diet is promoted by vets who in return make a profit on every bag they sell. Hill's is the largest employer of veterinarians outside of academia. They sponsor many pet nutrition related veterinary school programs and hold seminars and training sessions on the subject of pet nutrition for practicing veterinarians. So of course Hill's is going to say they are the best, they are teaching the vets pet nutrition, they want to make a profit, not healthy cat and dog food. Does this sound like the best company to make dog food? All of these companies have one thing in common, they have the advertising to make you believe pictures of meat and veggies and healthy dogs running around on the commercials is what you will get. Knowing the truth about what is in these foods is devastating.

      Quality dog foods: Innova, California Natural, EVO, Karma, Wellness, Wellness Core, Orijen, Canidae, Merricks, Artemis, Taste of the Wild, Nature's Variety, Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon, Go!, Now! and Timberwolf.

      Here are several websites to do your own research, which I highly suggest. A lot of questions here about dog’s health problems are a direct result of the food you are feeding. Read the ingredients label on the back, go to the website and see who owns the dog food, look up the ingredients and learn why it is used and what the pros and cons are. Changing to a healthy low grain, no grain dog food will relieve most of your dog aliments and give you a healthier and happier dog.

      www.naturapet.com

      www.dogfoodproject.com

      www.dogfoodanalysis.com

      www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

      www.feedmypet.com/dog-food-comparison.html

      www.canidae.com

      Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of pet food really contain. For example: the use of by-products (feet, bones and intestines, etc.), the 5 D?s, (dead, dying, diseased, decayed, drugged), chemical preservatives (BHA and BHT) and grains that are often difficult to digest (corn, wheat, gluten and soy), which are often used as a protein source instead of meat.

      These last grains are what cause most pets to have allergies; corn based allergens fed into your pet, that you did not know about.

      I was shocked and disgusted when I first learned about how most all commercially processed dog foods are made and their ingredients. I became an educated consumer wanting the best for my dogs. They say the most dangerous woman in the world is an educated mother. How true!

      That is why I will never feed any brand name dog food from Pedigree, Purina, Eukanuba, Iams, Ol'Roy, Beneful, Diamond, etc. ever again.

      They are made with dangerous ingredients and deadly additives that are literally bringing our dogs to an early and painful death.

  13. QUESTION:
    What brands of dog food should I feed my dog with allergies?
    I took my 2-year-old goldendoodle to the vet today. He has some scabs on his face that he's been itching and irritating for a week. The vet told me he has dermatitis, and most likely allergies too. Besides the treatment for the skin issues, the vet recommended trying a different dog food, preferably an organic one with meat as the first ingredient. Can you recommend any brands of dog food that would be good to try for a dog with allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      A higher quality dog food might very well help your mutt.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      If he still experiences problems, you may need a food specifically designed for dogs with food allergies. California Natural is a good, high quality allergy food and Natural Balance puts out a few allergy formulas as well.

      Darksong~

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the Best Dog Food for a Big and a Small dog?
    I have two dogs, a 10 month old shih tzu and a 2 year old border collie mix. Does anyone recommend a dog food brand that would be good for the two of them?

    Or would it be best if I kept them on separate foods?

    ... It would just be so much easier if they ate the same foods.

    • ANSWER:
      Some good quality foods are :

      Canidae
      http://www.canidae.com/

      Wellness
      Wellness CORE
      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Taste of the Wild
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

      Blue Buffalo
      http://www.bluebuff.com/

      Solid Gold
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com

      Innova
      Eagle pack Holistic
      Chicken Soup for the dog Lovers Soul
      Orijen
      EVO
      Merrick
      Avoderm
      Natural Balance
      Fromms
      Artemis
      Eagle Pack Holistic
      Pinnacle

      Never get low quality foods like :

      Cesar, Ol' Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, BilJac, Nutro , Dad's, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog
      Or ANY grocery Store brand!

      This website should be able to help you on picking out a good quality food. Stick on the 4-5-6 star range.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Never get a dog food with Corn, Soy, and By-Products. But I would also suggest a wheat free dog food. When you change your dogs food to a better quality, you will notice these things :
      Firmer Stool, Glossier Coat, and better overall health.

      Just because it says "all natural" doesn't mean that it's good. ALWAYS check the dog food ingredients!

      Corn - A low quality filler that is in a lot of dog foods, most dogs are allergic to it.

      By Products - Anything from Roadkill to euthanized dogs to cow brains! It does *NOT* qualify for a meat source!

      Raw Feeding is also good, but it can be pricey. Learn more at:
      http://barfworld.com/
      http://www.raw-dogs.com/
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a dry dog food that actually cleans a dogs teeth while they eat it?
    I heard that and I was wondering if you can please tell me what brand of dog food that is.Thanks all
    I saw an ad on tv thats how i heard about it
    Thanks everyone for your great answers and great info!

    • ANSWER:
      ~ All dog food cleans the teeth (to the best of it's ability) there is no brand that is just for cleaning teeth.

      Dog food should never be a substitute for dog oral care and yearly cleanings at the vet.

      You should only be feeding your dog high quality kibble.

      +All dog foods are not created equal. There is a huge difference in ingredients, quality of ingredients and company standards. When wondering what to get or comparing your current food it is best to do as much research as possible.

      Your options are a raw diet, which is one of the greatest diets for dogs. To learn more go to www.barfworld.com. Raw really means nothing cooked; meat, bones and organs. This is not to be confused with allowing your dog to eat cooked bones, cooked bones are harmful, raw bones are not. This is the dog’s ancestral diet. If you think a dog should not be eating raw meat, go back and study wolves. Ask yourself what year was dog food made and then how long have dogs been around without our help of over processed dog food and gravy.

      Another option is kibble and wet food. You can do both or just Kibble, but avoid doing just wet food. Feeding Kibble 2x a day 12 hours apart and wet food 2x a week in place of 1 feeding of equal calories is a good balance. DO NOT OVER DUE WET FOOD> When you are looking for a healthy dog food it is important that not only the kibble be high quality but the wet food, treats and chews be high quality as well.

      Foods to avoid: Pedigree, Beneful, Purina, Iams, Nutro, Alpo, Ol Roy, Mighty Dog, Ceser, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, Royal Canin, Eagle Pack (not to be confused with Eagle Pack Holistic) and of course all grocery store brands of dog food!

      These foods have low quality ingredients that can cause allergies, diabetes, bloat, overweight, oily skin, excessive and or runny stool and a myriad of other problems.

      Most of these brands are owned by companies like Del Monte, Proctor and Gamble, Mars and Nestle. Do you really believe that a company like Proctor and Gamble who makes beauty products, household cleaning supplies, baby items,prescription drugs and many others is the best suited company to make quality products for dogs? 50% of Mars is pet food, 45% is unhealthy snacks like candy bars. Science Diet is promoted by vets who in return make a profit on every bag they sell. Hill's is the largest employer of veterinarians outside of academia. They sponsor many pet nutrition related veterinary school programs and hold seminars and training sessions on the subject of pet nutrition for practicing veterinarians. So of course Hill's is going to say they are the best, they are teaching the vets pet nutrition, they want to make a profit, not healthy cat and dog food. Does this sound like the best company to make dog food? All of these companies have one thing in common, they have the advertising to make you believe pictures of meat and veggies and healthy dogs running around on the commercials is what you will get. Knowing the truth about what is in these foods is devastating.

      Quality dog foods: Innova, California Natural, EVO, Karma, Wellness, Wellness Core, Orijen, Canidae, Merricks, Artemis, Taste of the Wild, Nature's Variety, Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon, Go!, Now! and Timberwolf.

      Here are several websites to do your own research, which I highly suggest. A lot of questions here about dog’s health problems are a direct result of the food you are feeding. Read the ingredients label on the back, go to the website and see who owns the dog food, look up the ingredients and learn why it is used and what the pros and cons are. Changing to a healthy low grain, no grain dog food will relieve most of your dog aliments and give you a healthier and happier dog.

      www.naturapet.com

      www.dogfoodproject.com

      www.dogfoodanalysis.com

      www.api4animals.org/facts.php?p=359&more=1

      www.feedmypet.com/dog-food-comparison.html

      www.canidae.com

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hill's_Pet_Nutrition

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some brands of dog food that do not contain animal by-products?
    I am looking to switch dog foods (yes, I know to introduce it gradually) since I found out that when "by-product" is listed it could include ground up organs/bones and even euthanized animals, like cats and dogs. Do you know any brands of dog food with out any by-products that I can buy in a store (not order off the web)? I know Authority is one, but if anyone could provide different brands, it would be appreciated so that I can look over each one and choose. I've also checked a lot of websites, but I can't seem to find a good list. If you know of any sites, feel free to paste a link.

    Those of you that want to criticize my choice to buy food without by-products, please save your breath...or fingers in this case.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many many many premium dog food choices out there, it would drive one crazy.

      Canidae is a good all-life stages food that is fairly cheap if you shop right.
      Merrick is also all-life stages, but is more on the pricey side
      Wellness also all-life stages
      Innova
      DVP's Natural Balance
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Artemis
      Timberwolf Organics (might have to look online, not sure where you are located)
      Castor & Pollux
      Blue Buffalo (sold only at PetsMart)
      Nutro (but often contains wheat and corn and soy and should be avoided)

      Here's a key--avoid corn, wheat, soy, by-products (so you know), any animal source that is not specific (animal fat...animal digest) because it can come from any animal whose quality and origin is unknown (euth'd shelter animals, horses, goats, geese...)

      And kudos to you for looking out for your dog's health! The skin and coat will thank you!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Whats is the best dog food for French Bulldogs?
    We currently feed him Blue Buffalo, what is the best dog food? Even if it is very expensive.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      ---

      Here is how to choose GOOD, HIGH-QUALITY dog food:

      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.

      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.

      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.

      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers (brewers rice, beet pulp, etc).

      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).

      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.

      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).

      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of high-quality foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods, 3 or less stars I would stay away from. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What **NOT** to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually so your dog doesn't get diarrhea. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  18. QUESTION:
    Is Pedigree and Iams dog food safe to feed to my dog?
    My friends told me that their puppies have thrown up when they ate Pedigree and Iams dog food. I also heard about a story that many dogs got killed from some dog food companies. Was this true? Right now, I feed my dog Iams dry food and Pedigree canned food. Please tell me if they are reliable brands.

    • ANSWER:
      They have had recalls because of dogs getting sick. They are also very low quality dog foods to begin with.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

  19. QUESTION:
    What is thie best dog food to feed my puppy?
    I adopted an 8 week old Miniature Schnauzer/Yorkshire Terrier puppy three days ago. Currently I am feeding her Royal Canin, but I would like to switch because of the by products and fillers. What is a good dog food brand that she can eat as a puppy. She has developed teeth yet so if the dog food had a special kibble for puppies that would be great!

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      ~Quality foods:
      Innova-meat and quality grains, California Natural-simple ingredient food for sensitivities, EVO-grain free, Karma-95% organic; all made by Natura- http://www.naturapet.com/

      Wellness-meat and quality grains with several formulas, Wellness Core-grain free; made by Old Mother Hubbard- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Orijen-all grain free with several formulas; made by Champion foods-http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/

      Canidae- are meat and grain- http://www.canidae.com/

      Merrick-meat and grain, Merrick Before Grain-grain free- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/

      Artemis-meat and grain with a variety of formulas- http://www.artemiscompany.com/products.asp?cat=fresh_mix

      Taste of the Wild-grain free- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/

      Nature's Variety- Raw frozen diet- offering chicken, beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, and organic chicken, Instinct-grain free, Prairie-meat and quality grains- http://www.naturesvariety.com/

      Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon-grain free, several other formulas with meat and grains- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showcat.php?cat=0

      Now!-grain free, Go!-quality meat and grains and grain free formulas; all made by Petcurean- http://www.petcurean.com/index.php

      Eagle Pack Pack Holistic-meat and quality grains, Eagle Pack-meat and low quality grains including corn- http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/EP_Products.html

      Timberwolf-grain free and meat and grain formulas- http://timberwolforganics.com/pet-foods

      AvoDerm-meat and quality grains, Pinnacle Holistic-meat and quality grains, allergen free; all made by Breeders Choice- http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/

      Formm-grain free formula- http://www.frommfamily.com/

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best champion brand dry dog food in Australia?
    I'm looking for the best champion brand dry dog food you could get in Australia, I was going to import
    orijen but i heard bad things about it from a friend. I am willing to pay - ( but its ok if you list ones over that). I Don't want anything from super markets or petstores because iv'e been reading the labels and they say contains colours and flavors. Can anyone please help me!

    If it helps i want something for my border collie that competes in agility and needs to stay focused.

    • ANSWER:
      Orijen isn't allow in australia, so you'll have a heck of trouble ordering it in-it been recalled from our shores. It killed half a dosen cat in 2006 while they had a trial, which ment it was banned from our shores. The ones that did survived, suffer from co-ordenation issues now.

      Orijen has a little too much protein for my liking. Remember we don't have the same brands in australia, that american have, so what good for them maybe impossible for us to get.

      1.Eagle Pack is probably one of the best
      2.Artemis
      3.Plain Innova
      4. Proplan Performance
      5.California Natural
      6.Royal Canin
      7.Eukanuba
      8.Iam's
      9.Advance
      10.Hill's Science Diet

      Stay away from
      Coles homebrand stuff, Lucky Dog, and Pedigree

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any really good holistic dog food producers in the UK or a UK supplier of USA ones?
    I just can't seem to find a really good, natural dog food that supplies everything my 91/2 year Springer needs! I've found lots of great USA products - Artemis, Blue Wilderness, Innova, Horizon - but can't find any UK suppliers. I have been feeding him Eukanuba senior for the past year - but I'm just not happy with it. He needs something that also helps his joints as he gets a little stiff in the evenings. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      James Wellbeloved, Arden Grange, Burns, and Fish4dogs are good foods sold in the UK. I, personally, would try the James Wellbeloved or Arden Grange first.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the healthiest and most cost effective dog food on the market today?
    I have a Labrador Retriever. He is going on 10 years old now and I want to make sure I am feeding him the best I can. He means a lot to me, and I want to make sure he remains healthy and keep him with me for at least another 10 years if that is remotely possible. Currently he seems healthy and isn't over weight. Is organic dog food worth the extra cost? What about human grade dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      Cost should not be a factor when it comes to your pets nutrition.

      Natural, raw, or holistic dog foods are best.

      Here are a few suggestions I think you should try:

      Timberwolf Organics

      Merrick

      Solid Gold

      Taste of the Wild

      Artemis

      Innova Evo

      Wellness

      *** Do not feed your dog Science Diet... it is no better than bottom of the shelf generic brand dog food. Do some research on canine nutrition, and learn how to read the labels. Read the ingredients... should not contain corn (non-nutritional "filler") or by-products (low quality proteins... beaks, feathers, etc).

  23. QUESTION:
    What dog food is best to give my 5 month old germen shepard?
    The previous owner gave her human food most of the time but i would rather get her onto dog food
    Thanks for any replys in advance

    • ANSWER:
      *NO* Pedigree, Purina, Iams., Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Beneful, Kibbles n Bits, etc.

      Those are all low-quality foods full of fillers, byproducts, and low-quality ingredients.

      For more information about WHY those foods are all cruddy, check the reviews here: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      (Puppies, *especially large breeds*, shouldn't have too high of protein.)

      Here are some examples of great puppy and all-life-stages foods:

      Merrick Puppy Plate -
      http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/detail.php?c=14&s=20280

      Chicken Soup Large Breed Puppy -
      http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/products/dogs/dry_food/large_breed_puppy_formula/

      Innova Large Breed Puppy -
      http://www.innovapet.com/products/default.asp?id=1259

      Canidae ALS -
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html

      Wellness Just for Puppy -
      http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/dog_wellness_dry_just_for_puppy.html

      Eagle Pack Holistic Selects Large & Giant Breed Puppy - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_LGPuppy.html

      Artemis Medium/Large breed puppy -
      http://www.artemiscompany.com/products_detail.asp?product=breed_puppy

      Below the double line is my shpeel on choosing a dog food.
      ===== =====

      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?...

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?...

      ---

      Here are some examples of high quality foods:
      * Artemis
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_... )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all higher quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food for a 90lb female pit bull?
    What is the best brand of dog food for a 90lb female pit bull? By "best," I mean made from actual meat and vegetables, not filler stuff like corn or byproducts of meat (e.g. chicken). It also needs to provide proper levels of nutrients/vitamins/protein/etc.

    • ANSWER:
      These are all very good dog foods:
      Innova
      EVO
      California Natural
      Canidae
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Wellness
      Merrick
      Orijen
      Blue Buffalo
      Nature's Variety
      Solid Gold
      Timberwolf
      Eagle Pack Holistic
      Pinnacle
      Taste of the Wild
      Instinct
      Artemis

  25. QUESTION:
    what commercial dog food is best for papillons?
    if there is any commercial dog food out there that you recommend for papillons,that has NO corn and soybean in it,plz let me know,I need help >.<

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my papillon Merrick dry foods. She does wonderful on this food, and has a gorgeous, shiny coat. All the ingredients are from the USA, and it is manufactured here as well. Excellent ingredients, excellent results.

      Merrick was recommended to me by a papillon breeder / conformation exhibitor. I tried it, and I tried some other high-quality foods, but I came back to Merrick. It's what my dog does best on.

      http://www.merrickpetcare.com/

      === === ===

      There are other high-quality foods out there as well.

      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of high quality foods:
      * Artemis - http://www.artemiscompany.com/
      * California Natural - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/california-natural.asp
      * Canidae - http://www.canidae.com/
      * Chicken Soup - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      * EVO - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp
      * Fromm - http://www.frommfamily.com/
      * Innova - http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.asp
      * Merrick - http://www.merrickpetcare.com/
      * Nature's Variety - http://www.naturesvariety.com/
      * Orijen - http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/products/
      * Solid Gold - http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/
      * Taste of the Wild - http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
      * Timberwolf Organics - http://timberwolforganics.com/
      * Wellness - http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/

      Or check this website for good foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

      ---

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, it will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (I do believe that PetCo sells "Solid Gold" and "Natural Balance" brands and Petsmart sells "Blue Buffallo", which are all quality foods, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  26. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a healthy dog food?
    My dog is now 10 years old and at this point I have only just realised the crap I have been feeding him: Sainsbury's complete. After a bit of research I found that this dog food includes animal derivatives, cereal and all kinds of other crap and I am now looking to change that and feed him a more expensive, healthy dog food.

    Any recommendations?

    Btw, he is a lhasa apso, shih tzu and poodle cross.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some examples of other good dog foods:
      * Artemis Fresh Mix
      * Blue buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm Four Star
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak
      I fed my dogs Blue buffalo, and they loved it, they were always happy!
      So i recommend you feed your Dog blue buffalo!

      List of BAD dog foods:
      -Beneful
      -Pedigree
      -Iams
      -Eukanuba
      -Royal Canin
      -Science Diet
      -Kibbles 'n Bits
      -Dog Chow
      - Ol roy
      BAD dog food is sold in chain stores so be careful

      GOOD dog food you can buy online or at petsmart or petco etc..
      good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Why will a dog who displays no symptoms of illness/distress stop eating? Eats his milkbone, but not dog food?
    My dog is large shepherd mix (about age 6), and about a week ago he decided he no longer wants to eat his Gravy Train dog food (I have two other dogs and they're eating just fine). He still eats his milkbone in the morning but refuses to eat anything else. Last night he finally ate his food but vomited about 2 hours later. Other than last night, he had not vomited before. Any ideas? We recently had a few days of 100 degree heat but it has cooled off since then. My husband thinks it's the heat, but I'm still worried. I would take him to the Vet, but honestly, we're facing a little bit of a hardship at this time so I have to be careful with my spending. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
    OK, so I took all the dogs off of Gravy Train and switched them to brown rice, oats, chicken, and vegetables. He ate it but then, about 3 hours later, he vomited again. Today, he won't eat. I know he's hungry, but he won't eat it. I'm so sad right now. I wish I could take him to the Vet but, honestly, I'm really strapped for cash to the point where I either pay my rent or take him to the Vet. I don't know what to do. :(

    • ANSWER:
      A) Gravy Train is HORRIBLE dog food! You need to switch to a better brand ASAP, or else you'll have a lot more health problems to be dealing with in the near future.

      B) Refusing to eat and vomiting could be signs of a blockage in his intestines. Could he have swallowed anything? Cotton out of a toy, a small ball, pebbles, string? Has been defecating normally?

      Honestly, a fever, refusal to eat, and vomiting are pretty serious symptoms... I think a vet visit is definitely in order.

      Meanwhile, here's some brands to consider for their food, seriously, Gravy Train is so terrible for them it's not even funny. It's like you eating Big Macs and nothing else, every day, all your life.

      Here's the ingredients in your dog food:

      Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, animal fat, animal digest, salt, cellulose gum, caramel color, (vitamins)

      Corn- dogs cannot digest corn. Period. It does them zero good.
      Soybean meal- most dogs are allergic or have problems digesting soy.
      Beef and bone meal- bones, skin, organs, tumors, fat, ears, snouts, etc.
      Fat
      Digest (stomach and intestinal contents)

      So yeah, you're not giving them any real nutrition at all, and they'll suffer for it in the future.

      GOOD quality foods:
      Artemis, Merrick, Innova, Innova Evo, Professional, Solid Gold, California Natural, Nature's Variety, Pinnacle, Chicken Soup, Eagle, Wellness, Fromm.

  28. QUESTION:
    What dog food is the healthiest for my pit bull?
    I'm sick of people writing answers like "why do you want to make your pit bull big or muscular" don't answer with stupid stuff like that. I want to know what dog food is best for my pit, I heard that high protein foods such as timber wolf is good, but I also hear other people say that high protein foods are bad for pit bull's because they genetically have bad livers. Someone please respond with an intellectual answer.

    Thank You

    -Joe

    • ANSWER:
      Raw feeding (raw meat, raw bones, raw organ meat, and trace amounts of raw veggies) is about the healthiest diet you can get for any dog.

      The healthiest kibbles are the grain-free ones like Innova EVO, Wellness Core, Orijens, and Taste of the Wild. Next to that are the quality organic foods like Wellness, Artemis, Canidae, Innova, Merrick, etc.

      The WORST foods are the crap you can buy in grocery stores and Walmart- stuff like Purina, Beneful, Iams, Pedigree, etc. Nothing but empty calories and grease. It's like feeding your dog Big Macs every day.

      It's a myth that high protein diets are hard on the kidneys/liver- this is a problem with HUMAN high protein diets, because humans are omnivores. Dogs are carnivores who depend on animal protein for the majority of their nutrition- their bodies are much better at digesting and utilizing protein than humans are. You will not hurt him by giving him a high protein diet, whether it's raw or kibble.

  29. QUESTION:
    Whats the best dog food for my Cane Corso?
    We are trying to figure out what the best brand of commercial dog food is for a Cane Corso. As of now he's only 7 months old and is only weighing 60lbs so obviously he will get much larger. But we want to start off right in the food dept. So any idea what the best food would be, we can't feed him a 100% fresh food diet although we know thats THE best but we will be giving him some fresh food everyday. But the majority of his nutrition will have to come from a commercial dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      Some good quality foods are :

      Canidae
      http://www.canidae.com/

      Wellness
      Wellness CORE
      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Taste of the Wild
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

      Blue Buffalo
      http://www.bluebuff.com/

      Solid Gold
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com

      Innova
      Eagle pack Holistic
      Chicken Soup for the dog Lovers Soul
      Orijen
      EVO
      Merrick
      Avoderm
      Natural Balance
      Fromms
      Artemis
      Eagle Pack Holistic
      Pinnacle

      Never get low quality foods like :

      Cesar, Ol' Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, BilJac, Nutro , Dad's, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog
      Or ANY grocery Store brand!

      This website should be able to help you on picking out a good quality food. Stick on the 4-5-6 star range.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Never get a dog food with Corn, Soy, and By-Products. But I would also suggest a wheat free dog food. When you change your dogs food to a better quality, you will notice these things :
      Firmer Stool, Glossier Coat, and better overall health.

      Just because it says "all natural" doesn't mean that it's good. ALWAYS check the dog food ingredients!

      Corn - A low quality filler that is in a lot of dog foods, most dogs are allergic to it.

      By Products - Anything from Roadkill to euthanized dogs to cow brains! It does *NOT* qualify for a meat source!

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a good dry food to switch to from puppy food, and how and when do I make the switch?
    My dog is currently on dog food for a pretty big bag, but it is still expensive. She is a Schipperke mix, and has a sensitive stomach, so she cannot have lamb or liver, and she throws up and gets diarrhea when she eats wet food. What have you tried for your dog that it likes, and how and when should I switch her off puppy food?
    I think she is on Merrick

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid... Hill's Science Diet, Iams, Ol' Roy, Kibbles 'N' Bits, Royal Canin, Purina, Pedigree, Eukanuba (PUKEanuba), Bil Jac, Beneful, Alpo, Gravy Train, Authority

      Consider... Canidae (don't get the lamb & rice, try chicken & rice), Wellness, Merrick, Taste Of The Wild, Solid Gold, Orijen, Blue Buffalo, California Natural, Artemis, Nature's Variety, Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul, ZiwiPeak, Innova, Fromm

      When switching dog foods, you need to do it on a gradual and weekly process. This means...

      Day 1&2- Feed 25% of the new food and 75% of the old
      Day 3&4- Feed 50% of the new food and 50% of the old
      Day 5&6- Feed 75% of the new food and 25% of the old
      Day 7 & on- Feed 100% of the new food

      Best of luck!!! ♥

  31. QUESTION:
    how good is nutro dog food for a 6 month old pitbull?
    i know a vet who feeds his dog nutro dog food, he recommended it to me, i trust to believe its good dog food since he is a vet and he uses it on his dog also. any opinons?

    • ANSWER:
      My advice is to find a better food. They are not the worst but they are a low grade food. Look at their ingredients:

      1.) Chicken Meal - Good source of protein
      2.) Corn Gluten Meal - Worthless Filler
      3.) Wheat Flour - Worthless Filler
      4.) Rice Bran - Worthless Filler
      5.) Ground Rice - Worthless Filler
      6.) Poultry Fat - Worthless Filler
      7.) Dried Plain Beet Pulp - Worthless Filler
      8.) Ground Whole Wheat - Worthless Filler
      9.) Chicken - Good source of protein
      10.) Natural Flavor - At least it's natural flavor.

      The majority of the ingredients are fillers that have little to no nutritional value so I would go with a better food that doesn't have fillers like Horizon Legacy Puppy, Orijen Puppy, Artemis Fresh Mix Puppy, Canidae All Life Stages, Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul, Fromm Four Star Chicken, Duck and Sweet Potato, Salmon or Whitefish All Life Stages, Innova Puppy or Merrick Puppy.

      Ingredients in Orijen Puppy:

      1.) Fresh Deboned Chicken
      2.) Chicken Meal
      3.) Turkey Meal
      4.) Russett Potato
      5.) Fresh Deboned Salmon
      6.) Herring Meal
      7.) Sweet Potato
      8.) Peas
      9.) Deboned Lake Whitefish
      10.) Salmon Meal
      11.) Fresh Deboned Walleye
      12.) Chicken Liver
      13.) Fresh Deboned Turkey
      14.) Fresh Whole Eggs
      15.) Fresh Deboned Herring

      WOW! If I could eat all those things every day, I would be one happy person. Imagine how happy your dog will be.

      The only other thing I would like to say is NEVER TAKE YOUR VETS ADVICE ON FOOD! Vets don't study nutrition in school. The only information they get about dog food comes from the companies that sells the products to them. Also, Vets make an incentive for each bag of dog food they sell you.

  32. QUESTION:
    I am feeding Science Diet but want something better- What should I look for in dog food?
    After some research, I've found that Science Diet isn't a good dog food. Since my vet recommended it, I'd thought it would be fine!
    So, I want to switch my Papillon and Yorkie’s food to something healthier and with better ingredients.

    Any suggestions? When I look at the ingredients and nutrition, what should I look for or avoid?

    • ANSWER:
      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis Fresh Mix
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm Four Star
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Timberwolf Organics
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.)
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - holistic pet food stores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      1/4 food A, 3/4 food B
      1/2 food A, 1/2 food B
      3/4 food A, 1/4 food B
      all food A
      .

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to eat hard food?
    My dog is a dachshund and he is a 3 year old. He never eats the hard dog food I put for him unless I feed it to him. He's getting a little skinny so I don't know what to do. How can I get my dog to eat his food?

    • ANSWER:
      First, make sure you're feeding a quality kibble like Artemis, Canidae, Innova or Wellness.

      Second, don't feed your dog ANYTHING else. Your dog won't starve -- but he may try to trick you so you give in. My dog skipped almost 3 days of meals (morning and night) before finally giving in and eating her kibble (she was being fed table scraps exclusively by the people who rescued her from the street).

      I offered her a bowl of kibble twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Left the bowl down for 15 minutes each time, if she didn't eat, the bowl came up - try again at dinner. Repeat. The 6th time she ate, and has not skipped a meal since.

      You just have to be consistent. It's easier for us to give in to our human sympathies... but the dog instinctively will not starve itself. Stay strong.

  34. QUESTION:
    What type of natural dog food would be best?
    I was told by my vet that my large breed dog has food allergies and that I need to find a food without wheat, corn, or soy. Does anyone have any experience with these types of foods? I want for her to get good nutrition, but not get sick anymore. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      ---

      Read the ingredients before you buy, especially since you have a dog with allergies.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods (I believe these are all corn, wheat, and soy free. But I recommend double-checking the ingredients to make sure there's nothing your dog is allergic to.)
      * Artemis Fresh-Mix
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.)

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  35. QUESTION:
    what dog food brand do u feed your dog?
    i just want to know,, what brand of dog food do u feed ur doggie? is eukanuba brand good ? what is the best brand?

    • ANSWER:
      eukanuba is not the worst food out there { that would be ol-roy and gravy train in my opinion } , but it is not the best. i feed solid gold dry and merrick canned { for treats and special meals..birthdays / holidays }. if you compare a label from eukanuba to a solid gold label you will see the differences !!! just a tip : if a dog food has these ingredients...do not buy it !!! corn, soy , wheat-gluten , by-products , rendered animal parts , fillers { science diet uses ground up peanut hulls...gross } , or sugar { corn syrup } . kibbles-n-crap { ok bits } and beneful have sugar in them !!! that is why a dog will eat these foods, it is like us ...when we eat a twinkie !!!! if you sweeten a dog food enough a dog will eat it and want more !!! hope this helps you. if you want a list of good foods here it is : wellness { wellness core is their top food } , solid gold { what i feed } , newman's own , natural balance , california naturals , innova { innova evo is their best } , artemis , blue buffalo , taste of the wild, chicken soup , canidae , merrick , and avoderm. all of these are good foods, some more than others. good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    what is a good type of dog food for pitbulls?
    we have a dog who is half pitbull and half beagle.
    and we give her PetPride. but afterwards, she eats grass. so i looked this problem up and it said "dont give them corn". and that food had corn. so we need a good dog food for her that does not have corn or anything to get her sick.

    suggestions?
    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      ~Quality foods:
      Innova-meat and quality grains, California Natural-simple ingredient food for sensitivities, EVO-grain free, Karma-95% organic; all made by Natura- http://www.naturapet.com/

      Wellness-meat and quality grains with several formulas, Wellness Core-grain free; made by Old Mother Hubbard- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Orijen-all grain free with several formulas; made by Champion foods-http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/

      Canidae- are meat and grain- http://www.canidae.com/

      Merrick-meat and grain, Merrick Before Grain-grain free- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/

      Artemis-meat and grain with a variety of formulas- http://www.artemiscompany.com/products.asp?cat=fresh_mix

      Taste of the Wild-grain free- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/

      Nature's Variety- Raw frozen diet- offering chicken, beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, and organic chicken, Instinct-grain free, Prairie-meat and quality grains- http://www.naturesvariety.com/

      Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon-grain free, several other formulas with meat and grains- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showcat.php?cat=0

      Now!-grain free, Go!-quality meat and grains and grain free formulas; all made by Petcurean- http://www.petcurean.com/index.php

      Eagle Pack Pack Holistic-meat and quality grains, Eagle Pack-meat and low quality grains including corn- http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/EP_Products.html

      Timberwolf-grain free and meat and grain formulas- http://timberwolforganics.com/pet-foods

      AvoDerm-meat and quality grains, Pinnacle Holistic-meat and quality grains, allergen free; all made by Breeders Choice- http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/

      Formm-grain free formula- http://www.frommfamily.com/

  37. QUESTION:
    where can you buy high quality dog foods?
    im looking for high quality dog food, brands like Artemis large/medium breed puppy, Chicken Soup for puppys, Innova Evo, ProPlan and such? ive checked petco and petsmart and their sites dont seem to have them. anybody know where to buy em at decent prices?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe Petsmart has Blue Buffalo.
      Your going to have to look at local pet stores/ dog boutiques/ pet grooming businesses, or buy online.

  38. QUESTION:
    What dog food would you suggest i feed my 1 1/2 Male Rottweiler?
    I've had him on Eukanuba, but they just came out with a new dog food (the "mother nature" dog food)

    My dog's about 90lbs right now
    Q: what's wrong with Lambs? or Science Diet?? PetSmart lovesss to advertise Science Diet, and i use to have my Rottie on it

    • ANSWER:
      These are all very good dog foods:
      Innova
      EVO
      California Natural
      Canidae
      Fromm
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Wellness
      Merrick
      Orijen
      Solid Gold
      Timberwolf
      Eagle Pack Holistic
      Nature's Variety
      Artemis
      Blue Buffalo

      Try to avoid brands like: Iams, Pedigree, Purina (One and Pro Plan), Beneful, Ol' Roy, Alpo, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, and Kibbles n' Bits; they are all full of fillers, such as corn and soy, which are NOT essential to your dog's nutritional needs.

      **We feed our 11-month-old Rottie California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice Adult and he has done great on it...Innova and EVO are also very good dog foods: http://www.naturapet.com/

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some good dog food brands?
    I was just reading about how Purina, Iams, and several other well-known brands are not good dog foods. What are some good, healthy dog foods?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few that are good: Solid Gold, Wellness, Canidae, Timberwolf Organics, Innova, and Artemis Fresh Mix, there are several more but these are really good foods. They may be a bit pricey initially but they come out cheaper because you feed less. These are 100% human grade dog food with NO corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions, fillers or by products – and naturally preserved.

      http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/brand...

      The link I have provided sells dog food online but you can also look up the ingredients (on this site) to any of the ones I have listed plus any other dog foods you may be interested in, they have many brands listed.
      The best thing you can do is research the different brands. Meat should be the first ingredient and the foods should NOT contain corn, wheat, soy, beef or by-products and it should also be made from human grade ingredients.

  40. QUESTION:
    Whats the best food to feed a 10 Week Old Yorkie Pup?
    I asked the breeder what she fed him and she gave me a recipe consisting of
    -Eggs
    -cottage cheese
    -4 types of dog food
    -and warm water to make it mushy

    I got him yesturday. But ever since he hasnt been eating it. Im pretty positive its the exact thing she fed him and maybe he is jsut getting use to his new home but im scared hes not eating enough. Is there any alternate i could feed him that wont upset his stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn't mean it will jive the best for your dog.

      Some examples of foods that would be good for your puppy:
      - Merrick 'Puppy Plate'
      - Canidae All-Life-Stages
      - Innova Puppy
      - Artemis Fresh Mix small breed puppy
      - Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul
      - Wellness 'Just for Puppy'

      Below the double line is some more in-depth explanation of how to choose good dog foods.
      === === ===

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      (For a puppy, it's better to stick in the 4 & 5 star range. The 6 star foods are very high in protein and are not well suited for puppies.)

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      "Big box" petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren't.)
      * Blue Buffalo
      * Castor & Pollux
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * Natural Balance
      * Solid Gold
      * Wellness

      Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren't good places to buy food either.

      Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
      - small, locally owned petstores
      - dog boutiques
      - farm supply stores

      ---

      When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
      25% food A, 75% food B
      50% food A, 50% food B
      75% food A, 25% food B
      100% food A
      .

  41. QUESTION:
    What type of do food is the best to feed my dog?
    I don't no what type of dog food to feed my new dog. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy/dog food out there ?
    I am getting an italian greyhound puppy (8 weeks old) at end of month and am hearing sooo many things about food, don't buy this, dont get that, this has chemicals, store brands are horrible. Its very confusing , which are the best puppy foods to get that dont have a whole bunch of fillers or bad things, not looking to spend a fortune but want the best cheapest dog food out there.

    • ANSWER:
      There are really a lot of good brands but it really depends on how your dog can handle some foods.Many reputable brands are Blue Buffalo,Taste of the Wild,Acana,Artemis,Ziwi Peak,Wellness,Halo's,Solid Gold,Earthborn,Natural Balance,Chicken Soup,Diamond are the most common brands
      @Redhead:From what you wrote it seems you could care less even about your own dogs!All of the dog owners who care for their dogs' life & health will try to understand & educate others on how to choose the best food to keep them healthy!That's the reason I answer these questions to help educate other dog owners.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is Kirkland dog food a good choice and why?
    The breeder we got our Boxer from strictly uses Kirkland Dog food. She said it is a good blend. Is it? and why?

    • ANSWER:
      According to this list it is a pretty good food, I have not myself looked at the ingredients or tried this food.

      here is kind of a guideline for grading dog foods. While I don't agree with everything on here I think it is a good starting point (sorry it is so long, I don't have the link any more)

      How to grade your dog's food:
      Start with a grade of 100:

      1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

      2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

      3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

      4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

      5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewerâ⬢?s rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

      6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

      7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

      8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

      9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

      10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points

      11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

      12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

      13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isnâ⬢?t allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

      14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isnâ⬢?t allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

      15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

      2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

      3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

      4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

      5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

      6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

      7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

      8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

      9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

      10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

      11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

      12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

      13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

      14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A
      86-93 = B
      78-85 = C
      70-77 = D
      <70 = F

      Here are some foods that have already been scored. If you don't see your dog's food here, ask and someone will score it for you.
      Dog Food scores:

      Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C

      Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B

      Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C

      Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+

      Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Diamond Performance / Score 85 C

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van PattenⳠNatural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+

      Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C

      Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C

      Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      MemberⳠMark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C

      Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+

      NatureⳠRecipe / Score 100 A

      NatureⳠRecipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+

      NatureⳠVariety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+

      Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C

      Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Puppy / Score 101 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Oatmeal / Score 101 A+

      Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Lamb and Rice Puppy / Score 98 A

      Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Wheat Free / Score 86 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Senior / Score 95 A

      Nutro Ultra Adult / Score 104 A+

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+

      Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C

      Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A

      Purina Benful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F

      Royal Canin Boxer / Score 103 A+

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Solid Gold / Score 99 A

      Summit / Score 99 A

      Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

  44. QUESTION:
    A question about dog food and problems with it?
    I adopted a Terrier a couple of weeks ago. He is three years old and roughly about 10 lbs. The problems started when I brought him home. I bought him Ia-ms dog food and that makes him sick. The place where he was, was feeding him Old Roy but from what I researched Old Roy causes loose stools in dogs. So Instead of the iams I bought him Purrina and now he has the runs. Should I mix the the 2 or just go get the old roy and hope he has gotten used to it. Any feed back would help.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd switch to a higher quality dog food. Ol' Roy, Iams, and Purina are all poor quality dog foods (especially Ol' Roy). What you have to remember is to switch foods /gradually/. Switching foods too fast will cause upset tummies.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now! and Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing new slowly in with the old over about a two week period), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies.

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.barfworld.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.wysong.net/controversies/rawmeat.shtml

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog's food.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  45. QUESTION:
    undecided, should I feed my boxer that is two years old royal canin or Artemis dog food.?
    Have heard mix reviews about royal canin for boxers but at the same time just trying to find the top of the line or best dog food my dog. so can anyone help me decide or give me any suggestions on what I should feed my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      read the ingredients. whatever food you feed should be nutritionally balanced, contain omeg 3 & omega 6 fatty acids, and should lack fillers which you will find in foods you can purchase in grocery stores (ie. Purina, Iams, etc). Pretty much any food will have meat as the first ingredient...that does not mean quality. Crappy brands will usually have a filler as the second, third or fourth ingredient (such as corn meal). Fillers are empty calories of little or no nutritional value and serve only to make the dog have to eat a larger quantity of kibble to get the nutrients it needs which of course leads to pooping out more waste. I feed Innova. Royal Canin is good...also, Solid Gold, California Natural, Blue Buffalo. I'm not familiar with Artemis. True, you pay more for super premium foods, but the dog will not have to eat as much, there will be less poop to pick up, and the improvement in skin/coat is dramatic. Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    What has to be the first ingredient In all of the heathy dog foods?
    In all the heathy dog food like

    * Artemis
    * Blue Buffalo
    * California Natural
    * Canidae
    * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
    * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
    * EVO
    * Fromm
    * Innova
    * Merrick
    * Nature's Variety
    * Orijen
    * Solid Gold
    * Taste of the Wild
    * Wellness
    * ZiwiPeak
    *halo
    *timerwolf
    *natural balance
    *back to basics

    What has to be the first ingredient in all of these dog foods

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    What healthy food can I feed my dogs?
    I have a senior german shepherd and a two year old cocker spaniel. What healthy foods can I feed them? I hear a lot of dog food is trash. Can I buy them a high quality dog food? What can I prepare for them myself? I don't want to feed them dry dog all the time, sounds very boring. I can buy a high quality bag of dry food but I also want a healthy variety for them. I can't afford to spend a lot either. Please advice. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      These are all very good dog foods:
      Innova
      EVO
      California Natural
      Canidae
      Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      Wellness
      Merrick
      Orijen
      Blue Buffalo
      Nature's Variety
      Solid Gold
      Timberwolf
      Eagle Pack Holistic
      Pinnacle
      Taste of the Wild
      Instinct
      Artemis
      Fromm
      Avoderm

      Canidae and Chicken Soup are probably the most decent priced dog foods out of all the ones I listed...California Natural is also pretty inexpensive (compared to other foods), but prices tend to vary quite a bit depending on where you live...

      When it comes to having a variety for your dogs, what we do is buy beef or chicken when it's on sale and feed that to them once a week, or we'll just get canned food, Merrick has a wide variety of different flavors and our dogs LOVE them! :)
      We also switch to a different dry food every 4 or 5 months to provide a little variety as well...

  48. QUESTION:
    What is a safe, tasty, and healthy food for small dogs?
    I have two pomeranians and they are currently on Beneful: Playful. I think it gave one of my dogs a skin infection. What is a good brand of dog food?

    Before answering please note the following dog foods I have tried and they did not seem to like:
    Science Diet
    Bill Jack
    Purina One
    Iams

    Please also let me know where to buy your suggested product!

    • ANSWER:
      A dog will as picky as you let it be. Give the dog 15 minutes to eat the food, pick the food up after the time has passed regardless whether it has been eaten or not. Do this twice a day. If they don't eat it, don't give them any biscuits, treats, scraps, etc. They'll learn to eat when they get hungry, a healthy dog won't starve itself.

      === === ===

      As far as choosing a healthy food:

      Read the ingredients before you buy.

      Here is my "short list" of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
      1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
      2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
      3) I don't want to see any byproducts.
      4) I don't want to see a lot of fillers.
      5) I don't want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
      6) I don't want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
      7) I don't want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
      8) I don't want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as "meat" or "poultry".)

      Here is an article about byproducts:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=ingrd

      And an article on what ingredients to avoid:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

      ---

      Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
      * Artemis Fresh Mix
      * Blue Buffalo
      * California Natural
      * Canidae
      * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
      * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
      * EVO
      * Fromm Four Star
      * Innova
      * Merrick
      * Nature's Variety
      * Orijen
      * Solid Gold
      * Taste of the Wild
      * Wellness
      * ZiwiPeak

      Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.

      ---

      Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

      ---

      What *NOT* to buy:

      Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

      Beware "premium" foods. "Premium" does not always mean high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)

      Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that's why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don't focus a lot on nutrition. It's not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told "this is good food", so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it's good as well.

      Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. "Hill's scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine" (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_info/company_info_general.jsp?JSESSIONID=HMz2B3Jn3hv0rnSoxCobfbBhOec35ODG7yh5t3P0vcvhOtzRlQ9M!598359213!167846923!7005!8005&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302026072&bmUID=1196192566575 )

      ---

      When switching foods, remember to do it gradually by mixing the two foods together for a week or two.
      .


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How To Make Healthy Homemade Dog Food

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some healthy homemade dog food recipes?
    My dog just won't eat dry dog food. They eat it before, but I guess they just got tired of it. Plus, I've been reading online that the dog food that you buy in supermarkets are not good because they have ingredients that have low quality. I want to just cook their food instead, to ensure that I'm feeding them healthy stuff.

    What are some healthy homemade dog food recipes?

    Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Really you should give your dog some dry food but like yours our dog wouldn't it either. We put cheese on his food and then he loved it, some people say dogs are lactose intolerant but i don't think they are personally. You can occasionally give your dog scraps from the table, but make sure you put it in his bowl instead of from the table or he will have bad table manners and may start begging. When our dog was a puppy we just got some minced beef and put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes then gave it to him mixed with his dog biscuits.

      Try different things out to find out what he likes. Here is a list of things which are poisons to dogs so stay clear of them:

      Alcohol
      Chocolate
      Grapes
      Raisins
      Illegal Drugs
      Onions
      Garlic
      Yeast

      And btw here are some dry foods which do not contain rubbish:

      Arden Grange
      Royal Canin (although there have been reported cases of hypercalcemi!)
      Canidae Dog food (probably the safest out of them all)

      Dogs (like us) are omnivores, they need both meat and veggies. And some good things to include in your homemade dog food: Meats, Poultry, Organ meats, liver (don't overuse), Eggs,Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, buttermilk, cheese, Complex carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, beans, legumes, Fibre sources such as bran, fresh vegetables, whole-grains.

      Good luck with your homemade dog food!

  2. QUESTION:
    What kind of homemade Dog food we can give for 3 months puppy?
    I have a 3 months Rajapalayam puppy, What kind of homemade Dog food we can give for 3 months puppy for a good growth? shall we get good growth in puppy with homemade food itself? Give all your friendly suggestions to have a healthy puppy. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      ground beef and rice is good but should be mixed with high quality commercial puppy food to ensure the dog gets all the nutrition it needs.

  3. QUESTION:
    What ingredients do you use in your homemade dog food?
    Hi.
    What ingredients do you use in your homemade dog food? Please tell exact amount and ingredient because I would like to compare your recipe to mine. Do use raw meat or cooked meat? How much does this usually cost you? Is it expensive or cheap?
    Thank you very much!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I have several different recipes that I use. Just to be clear if I use any type of ground meat I always cook it just because of the level of bacteria that can be mixed into ground meat. If it's chunks of meat or a steak I'm cutting up I just lightly sear it on the outside to kill any bacteria on the outside of the meat. Here are two of my recipes all of which I go from "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" .
      Quick Canine Oats and Eggs
      -1 cup raw rolled oats (or 2 cups cooked)
      - 3 eggs
      -1 teaspoon bone meal or 600-700 mg calcium
      -sprinkle "healthy powder" recipe below

      Second recipe (book says and I have either served raw or baked like a meatloaf)
      - 1/4 pound fairly lean beef heart
      - 6 slices whole wheat bread crumbled, (about 3 cups) be sure no partially hydrogenated oilsor corn syrup
      - 1 cup whole milk
      - 2 large eggs
      - 1/4 cup corn or other vegetables
      - 1 tablespoon healthy powder
      - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
      - 1and 1/2 teaspoon bone meal or 1000 mg calcium
      - 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or dash of iodized salt
      - 1 small clove of garlic minced

      Healthy Powder:
      - 2 cups nutritional yeast
      - 1 cup lecithin granules
      - 1/4 cup kelp powder
      - 1/4 cup bone meal or 9,000 mg calcium
      - 1,000 mg of vitamin c ground up

      The homemade food above costs about the same as premium dog food. the Honest Kitchen food below is more expensive due to convenience.

      If I'm in a rush I keep dehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen on hand to make in a pinch http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/products/dog-food/

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade Dog food for a Miniature Pinscher?
    What is the best homemade Dog food for a Miniature Pinscher between his 3-9 months of age?

    • ANSWER:
      You can make this in batches and freeze the portions
      500 gms of good minced beef,250 gms carrots chopped fine
      100 gms green beans, few cloves of garlic,300 gms of brown rice, 150 gms of mixed lentils( wash before)

      Put the rice, and veggies in a pressure cooker with 5 cups of water and cook till done- Have 12 plastic containers ready , cool the food and fill the containers ( the amount your dog eats) and cover tight with cling film or foil and deep freeze- Take out each container in the morning and let it thaw at room temp- You can microwave it for 2 minutes before serving it-
      Its healthier & cheaper than store bought dry food- You can also use 250 gms of chopped liver instead of meat or chicken or lamb

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I make healthy homemade dog treats?
    Does anyone have a recipe for healthy, homemade dog treats? I have two small dogs, so I would need something for their size. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      The people on my lab forum swear by these. I made them and my dog loved them. Super easy recipe to follow as well. Quinoa flour is available at most supermarkets, but if you can't find it try a health food store like Whole Foods.

      Pumpkin/Banana/Quinoa Treats

      2 eggs
      1 -24 oz bag of Quinoa flour
      1 -15 oz can of pumpkin.
      1-2 mashed banana
      1-1 1/2 cups of water - until consistency is like pancake batter

      optional: 1 tbs honey or agave nectar

      Mix all ingredients together in large mixing bowl.

      Lightly oil cookie sheets

      Drop by TBS onto cookie sheet, mashing each drop with fork after pan is full.

      Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take out and cool.

      Leaving them this way, they will be rubbery and pliable. This is because of the pumpkin. I've seen this before with other pumpkin treats.

      For crisper treats - let cool completely, then rebake for another 30 minutes, then shut oven off, and leave cookies in oven for 1-2 hours.

  6. QUESTION:
    Looking for recipe or ideas for making homemade AND healthy dog food? Prefer food versus treat recipes.?
    Anyone know how to make HEALTHY homemade dog food? I have been able to find TONS of recipes for treats online but not really any for actual FOOD for my dogs. I have a 6 y/o Bichon Frise Male named Colbie, and a 1 y/o Teacup Chihuahua named Eris and of course I love them both dearly! I know that certain things that people eat are NOT good for dogs. But the ingredients in dog's food has got to come from somewhere and I would prefer I KNEW where it all comes from...most of which can be obtained by ANYBODY I would imagine! I am pretty sure I can get around using horse hooves and still feed my dogs something that is safe and nutritious! Sorry~just pre-fighting off the naysayers who would have been bound to deride me for feeding my dog something it shouldn't be eating because I certainly wouldn't waste my time cooking for my dog if I was making it something that was worse for it than the food I can buy in less than 2 min. at the store! THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have done some research for you and this is what I have come up with, hope this is what you are looking for. I know this is for cats at the beginning, scroll down for the dog treats. I have cats and dogs. My dogs will eat the cats food as well. But maybe you can get something out of at least one of these.

      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

      Chick N'Biscuits

      1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
      1/2 cup chicken broth
      1 cup whole wheat flour
      1/3 cup cornmeal
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the over to 350 F. Combine chicken, broth and margarine and blend well. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch sized pieces and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 18 cookies.

      Crispy Liver Morsels

      1/2 cup cooked chicken livers
      1/4 cup water
      1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
      1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
      1 tablespoon soft margarine

      Preheat the oven to 325 F. Place well-done livers in a blender with 1/4 cup water. In a bowl, combine flour and margarine. Add liver mixture and carrots and knead dough into a ball. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into one-inch sized pieces. Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325 F for 10 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.

      Tuna Tidbits

      6 ounce can of tuna
      1/4 cup water drained from tuna
      3 T cooked egg white, chopped
      1/4 cup cornmeal
      1/2 cup whole wheat flour

      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form a dough. Knead into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into one-inch sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.
      Cat Treats and Cat Treat Recipes

      :

      Savory Cheese Treats

      3/4 cup white flour
      3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
      1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
      1/4 cup cornmeal

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.

      Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipes

      If you are wanting to prepare homemade dog biscuit recipes made of chicken liver, cheese bone or anything else. You will find all of it pretty easy and simple. You can even treat dog fleas!
      Chicken Liver Cookies (Treat)

      2 cups Flour
      3 tbs. Vegetable Oil
      1 cup Wheat Germ or Cornmeal (or 1/2 cup each)
      1 Egg; lightly beaten
      ½ cup Chicken Broth
      (I use the liver water from boiling the livers)
      2 tsp. Chopped Parsley
      1 cup Chopped Chicken Livers, cooked
      Preheat oven to 400oF. Combine flour and wheat germ (or cornmeal). In separate bowl, beat egg with oil, add broth and parsley, mix well. Add dry ingredients to bowl a little at a time, stirring well. Fold in chicken livers and mix well. Dough will be firm. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll out ½" thick and cut into shapes. Place on greased cookie sheets 1" apart. Bake 15 minutes or until firm. Store in refrigerator or freezer.
      Recipe from Marg MacFadden
      No Flea Dog Biscuits (Treat)

      (If your dog has a yeast allergy, I would not suggest making this)
      2 cups All-Purpose Flour
      ½ cup Wheat Germ
      ½ cup Brewers Yeast
      1 tsp Salt
      2 each Cloves Garlic, minced
      3 tbs. Vegetable or Olive Oil
      1 cup Chicken Stock (or any flavor you wish to use)
      · Preheat oven to 400oF. Grease two to three baking sheets. Combine first four ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine garlic and oil. Slowly stir flour mixture and stock alternately into oil and garlic, beating well, until the dough is well-mixed. Shape dough into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 12" thick. Using a 2" biscuit cutter, cut dough into rounds. Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned. Turn off heat and allow biscuits to dry in oven for several hours or over night. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 26 biscuits.
      Cheese Bone Cookies (Treat)
      2 cups all purpose flour
      1 1/4 cup cheese, any kind, shredded
      2 garlic cloves, minced
      1/2 cup vegetable oil
      4 tbsp. water

      · Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, cheese, garlic and oil, knead well. Add water, if needed to form stiff dough. Roll out on
      floured surface to 1/2" thick, cut into shapes. Place on ungreased
      cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly
      browned. Cool on wire rack. Refrigerate in airtight container.
      Microwave Dog Biscuits (treat)
      1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      3/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
      1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
      1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
      1 tsp. sugar
      1/3 cup shortening
      1 egg, slightly beaten
      1 tbsp. instant bouillon granules - either beef or chicken
      1/2 cup hot water
      · Combine flours, milk powder, rolled oats, cornmeal and sugar in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add egg to dry this mixture, and stir. Add bouillon into hot water until dissolved. Slowly pour hot water/bouillon into flour mixture with a fork till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball and knead on floured board 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and roll out each half to about 1/2 inch thick. Make cut-outs with cookie cutters, or make nuggets by rolling round into 1 inch diameter log, and cutting into 1/2 inch pcs. Arrange six cut-out shapes or 24 nuggets on a 10 inch plate. Microwave at 50% (medium) for 5 to 10 minutes, or until firm and dry to the touch. Rotate plate every 2 minutes and turn shapes over half way through the cooking time. Cool on wire rack. Shapes will crisp as they cool.

      Dog treat Recipes
      Liver Cookies (treats)

      1 lb Beef Liver Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
      Garlic Powder
      Corn Meal
      Whole wheat or White Flour
      Blend in regular blender until liquid. Measure the Liquid content (cups) and add an equal amount of Corn Meal and Flour, split evenly. (eg. 1 cup liquid liver to 1/2 cup corn meal and 1/2 cup flour) Add 1/4 tsp garlic powder per 2 cup volume and blend the whole mess together. Pour into a greased, glass baking dish. Pop into the oven and bake for 1/2 hr. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and continue baking for another hour. Reduce to 200 degrees and bake for another 1/2 hr. Remove from oven and let cool in the fridge. Once cool, cut into 1" square cubes. Freeze individual training portions in zip-locks or foil.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to make homemade DOG FOOD?
    I dont want to feed my dog canned food from the supermarket, does anyone have any recipes to make inexpensive homemade dog food? This is to feed a bullmastiff so it needs to have lots of chunky meat/bones etc.

    • ANSWER:
      this is my favourite recipe site http://www.rawfeddogs.net/Recipes

      Honestly there is no need to cook, chop, grind or puree - just make friends with your local butcher!!

      Giant breed dogs need to be eating about 2% of their ideal adult weight each day. For a bullmastiff this is between 41 and 59 kg - if you work this out out an average of 50 kg then your dog would need 'about' 1kg of food per day (50 x 0.02 = 1) Adjust the amount up or down based on your dog's appearance and activity levels.

      If you aim to feed over the course of a week or two about 2/3 meat and heart and the rest a combination of meaty bones and other organs then your dog will get everything it needs. Luckily being in Australia, roo is easily available, low fat and a great source of omega 3s. I buy roo chunks at petbarn - for 5kg bags. This combined with chicken halves, beef or lamb heart and organs like liver and kidneys is the basis for my animals' diet.

      ** millions of dogs the world over live long and healthy lives never eating commercial foods. don't let anyone tell you that you need a science degree to be able to feed your dog.

  8. QUESTION:
    Benefits/ problems related to home made dog foods?
    After doing my research, I've learned that its fairly healthy to feed dogs homemade dog foods. The stuff that goes into dog food is sick!
    However... I need to try and convince my mother to let me make the food, and prove to her why it will be healthier for our Cockapoo.

    But, now I'm wondering. Is it really healthier for them? What are problems with feeding home made dog foods? Are there any benefits?

    I could buy a quality dog food; but my mom refuses to spend the money. Our dog has been living on Purina and Beneful for 9 years, and she claims shes not dead/ sick. While she does have some minor issues I've been concerned about (will give them in More Details) I'm not sure if they're food related.

    Please help me out and give me as much information AND sources as to why I should (or shouldn't) make my own dog food.

    Thank you!
    My dog has some breathing problems occassionally; especially when shes on a leash. She makes sounds like she is choking and breathes very strangely.

    She also has small bumps on her skin that about less than a centimeter in width and about the same/ a little bit more in their height. The bumps are the same color as her skin if not a bit pinker.

    Her energy level is also very poor. She never plays and sleeps all day, even though I take her for a walk almost every morning.
    Is it alright to feed them canned peas and canned tuna?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people on this site DON'T want to know about facts like you do because I guess to them ignorance is bliss, your concern for your pet is refreashing to see for a change. Tell your Mom I said she has reason to be very proud of you, most kids just don't care about anything but themselves these days.

      I can help you quite abit and get you going in the right direction. We have been home cooking our pet food now for about 3-4 months and within just the first 2 weeks the results were dramatic, and that's putting it mildly, far more than I ever expected. We fed "premium" pet foods which are also garbage, they all are. My GF just showed me plastic parts in one brand and hair in a brand called Innova. (dog or cat hair?, we have the pics)

      We have my Mom doing the home cooking now for 2 abused small dogs she is caring for along with us. They only have been on the home cooked diets for 3 weeks and are doing fantastic now, no more fear now that the one is going to loose his eye site anymore because his eyes are crystal clear again and the injured eye is so much better. (we also medicated his injured eye w/ anti biotic). His bloated body is also quickly returning to normal shape.

      The first thing you need to do is check out this site, he's a vet, PHD, writer, and studied nutrition as well, this mans book is saving our dogs lives no doubt about that and the other 2s.
      http://www.drpitcairn.com , read the nutrition page definiatly.

      As far as is it hard to do, no, my girlfriend enjoys making up the food, freezes about a weeks worth and we feed twice a day (once daily feeding causes bloat). The neglected dogs are getting fed 3 times a day as one is very under weight, we worked him up to it gradually. It's sad, he refused all commercial foods prior and was starving to death, the first night I brought him the real food he goobled it like he'd never eaten before. Now he cries before feeding like to say "don't forget me".

      Tell your Mom uncooked oatmeal is not expensive.(ingredient in one recipe) Ground turkey or chicken, nutritional yeast, kelp, a few select vitamins , organic eggs, whole organic milk, wheat bread, small amount of garlic, calcium/ phosphous (balanced amounts), a few other minor ingredients, they make a doggy meatloaf,lol and they really love it. The best part, it's nutritionally balanced, your pet will start getting healthier and less vet bills in the future. There are other meals to make in the book also.

      Tell your Mom you can't SEE liver or kidney damage that is happening in a pet till it's to late, your dog is way to young to be that lethargic (tired). This book also has natural flea remedies and I'll give you 2 links about the dangers of Frontline etc...(listed on sources below).

      I told my GF, your gonna give them diarreah when you make them their own food before we got the book, what a FOOL I was and addmit that now. I told her get it if you want (she would have anyways,lol), it was the best $$ we ever spent. No diarreah in 4 months, actually they go less, totally normal, and drink less water. Our 11 year old Yorkie is like a puppy again now playing a lot more and much more energetic, he no longer looks old anymore either.

      I saw you have an email listed, (if you didn't I was going to give you mine), tell your Mom if she won't get you this book, I will, I'm not rich by any means but if she won't help you save your dog we will. This book will tell you all you need to know about your pet, how to cook for it, dangers to it, conditions and how to treat, etc...

      I've had to euthanize 2 of my little guys in the past two years over kidney/ liver problems, I have no doubt if we had this book 12 years ago we'd still have them now, it's something you never want to go thru. Our 3rd died in surgery 3 years ago. Eventuually when you do loose your pet, at least you'll have peace of mind knowing you tried your absolute best to give it a happy and HEALTHY life. You can tell your Mom we have spent ,500.00 in the last 3 years on our vet costs, that should make her feel better about buting you this book so you'll know from reading it how to truly take care of him/her the best you can.

      My name on the email that will show up is "Jim D", like I said, tell your Mom I'll get you the book if she won't. If I can help just one more pet not suffer from commercial pet food that will be well worth what it may cost me. Good Luck. You can write me back and I'll have my GF answer any questions you have, she's researched 4 months steady now and is up on a lot of what's really going on.

      One more benefit to the book, you'll be able to educate other people as well about helping their pets, it's a great feeling to help when someone wants to know the truth about whats really going into pet foods etc... . and no more worries when the recalls of the pet food garbage crop up again, it's allready starting again w/ one brand.

      Edit: I missed the part earlier about the tuna, NO, it's heavily laden w/ mercury.

      Edit: The first post has very good points but the book tells you how much of each etc... Also, as for running that by your vet, most vets do not take nutritional classes and if they do it is usually an IAMS or some other pet food rep. giving them the info, WRONG info I might add.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to eat dog food again ?
    She is a chihuahua/maltese/jack russel mix.
    ~10 months old...6 pounds

    She started eating homemade dog food.
    Rice/chicken/carrot mixx.

    first of all is THAT okay and healthy ??

    And I would like to mix it with dog food.
    But she will not touch the dry food now.

    How will I get her to like the dry again.

    Reasons fro wanting dry food inadditionn:

    For dental health. And when we travel.

    • ANSWER:
      Your home made real food for your dog is the best!!! Dry dog food is NOT good for dental health....it is sprayed with liquid fat which makes the food stick to the teeth....which causes plaque and very fast decay. I buy dehydrated dog food...organic and human grade quality from "The Honest Kitchen" When we travel....a baggie full of the dehydrated food is enough for a week for my 2 Chihuahuas' . Dogs know what is good for them and will take homemade over dry everytime. Whatever you decide on feeding be sure it is as close to the same ingredients as you have been feeding ....rice, chicken and veggies.Best Wishes and Good Luck with your little sweetie:) PS a quality daily vitamin with calcium is a good idea for all doggie:)

  10. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dry dog food?
    I have search online for some recipes but I haven't found any that I like. I would like a simple homemade dry dog food recipe, hopefully using what I have in my kitchen.
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Due to the recent pet food recalls, many pet owners are deciding to make their own pet food at home. This method ensures that the ingredients that you are putting into your animal’s food are safe and healthy. A simple pet food recipe is dry dog food morsels.

      Step 1-Start by taking the yeast and dissolving it in 1 cup of warm water.

      Step 2-Mix all the ingredients together once the yeast has dissolved. Knead the ingredients until a thick paste is formed. You may need to add extra water to the mixture.

      Step 3-Allow the dough to sit for at least 30 minutes once the paste is formed. This will permit enough time for the yeast to rise.

      Step 4-Roll the dough out on a generously floured surface using a rolling pin. The dough should not be overly thick once you have finished. Proceed to cut the dough into bite-sized square morsels using a small knife.

      Step 5-Place the squares on a large baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Allow the morsels to cool down and then serve to your dog. Feel free to store any leftovers and use for the next feeding.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to feed my dog homemade food?
    Well, after watching so much youtube videos about homemade dog food, I just wanted to know if it is really nutritional and healthy for my dog. The ingredients are frozen carrots, chicken liver, frozen beans/peas, sweet potatoes, and white rice. Is that good or bad? Why? Thank you for helping me!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Charlito,

      Thank you for asking a great question. It shows you are a great pet parent with concerns for your pet's long term health. Yes, it is very nutritional and healthy for your dog. Many dogs who are fed home cooked or raw diets live longer, healthier lives. "You are what you eat" pertains to dogs as well. I am a Canine Chef and have been home-cooking for my dogs for over two years now as they were very sick. I have studied and read every book and worked with a Holistic Animal Nutritionists when creating my business to help busy pet parents who don't have the time to cook. Our recipes were created with a Holistic Animal Nutritionist, which humans can eat as well, but it is all about catering to your precious pet! We love our vet, but no longer have vet bills, except for our annual checkups.

      It is very important to know what you can and cannot feed your pets. Many dog cookbooks and websites list ingredients that are not the best for your pet. Do not use white rice as it is hard for dogs and humans to digest. Use Brown Rice, quinoa, barley or oats, preferably organic.

      Try to stay away from peas and carrots as they are genetically modified. Try to use fresh vegetables and cook or lightly steam them. Other than raw carrots, raw veggies are hard for most dogs to digest and they will just throw them up. Sweet Potatoes or Yams are great. Do not use white potatoes as they can be carcigenic. Do not use wheat or white flour or soy. "Why?" can be found on our website.

      Try to use meats that do not have any hormones or antibiotics. We only use 100% Grass Fed meats, which are more expensive that meats from feed-lots, but well worth the price in long term health, happiness and preventing illnesses. Plus you support local farmers who ethically raise their animals.

      Variety is key, as many nutrients are provided. Feeding the same meal to your pet can eventually cause allergic reactions. Make sure you are feeding the right proportions of protein, good fats and carbs. A Good Rule of Thumb is about 55-60% protein, 25-30 veggies and 10-15% grain. Make sure to "always" add a supplement from whole foods as well. Stay away from synthetic vitamins as their digestive system does not readily absorb these.

      I recently saved ,000 in surgery for luxating patellas on my dogs Cleo & Patra. How? Feeding whole foods that are nutrient dense and medicinal, along with acupuncture and raw marrow bones, which we sell.

      Dogs need alot of calcium and raw dairy is great for cats and dogs that are lactose intolerant. It also helps humans with allergies and asthma. It is the pasteurization process that everyone is allergic to, which destroys the lactic acid that your body and pets need to digest. Give them raw cheese as a snack as well. Remember to start slowly with anything new.

      At Cleo & Patra Canine Cuisine, we create healthy home-style cooked meals for dogs using only nutrient dense ingredients you can pronounce and your dog can easily digest. We have had much success in helping dogs get off their food allergy medications after two months on our food. Transitioning your pet's diet SLOWLY is very important!

      For more information and the many benefits of a home-cooked diet, check out our website at www.cleoNpatra.com. I've done all the homework for you. :)

      I've listed a few other sites below that will be helpful as well. We were the featured "Pet Food" product in Doggie Afficionado's "Green Living" Winter issue, which you can read on our site.

      Yes, our food is more expensive than kibble. Grass fed meats cost more as the animals live twice as long as animals from feedlots.
      All our preparation, cooking and vacuum-sealed packaging is done by hand . All our food sources are from the USA and we ship across the USA. "Know Your Source" of food is our motto.

      Our Canine Connections page lists our farmers so you can order from them for yourselves and your pets, as well as many good books, DVDs and website links on this subject.

      Either you are going to spend your money upfront on good nutrition or down the road on vet bills. Take you pick!

      Good Luck on your venture and don't hesitate to ask any more questions. Our concern is that pet parents are cooking properly for their pets, with the best intentions. Sorry for the long answer, but I am so passionate about this and want everyone's dogs to live as long a life as possible! :)

      Bone Appetit!

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a good healthy homemade recipe for dog food?
    I would like to make my dogs theri food, I grow a nice garden, and don't mind buying meat. Do you have a good recipe for their health
    and digestive system?

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site... There are a lot of home made treats and food recipes. the anti flea recipe has me intriqued. I haven't tried making anything yet, but I am sure in the long run it would be cheaper to make than buy as beef broth and chicken broth are easy to make, and I already have all the flour ingredients as I make my own bread and I grow my own garlic. check it out-------lots of great recipes for your canine.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does homemade dog food last?
    I have been reading really scary things about commercial dog foods and have been really considering making my own dog food. I have been doing some research online but can't seem to find something that tells me how long I can keep the food until it spoils. Any tips on making my own dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      i make my own dog food. i make just enough for it to last two days though. then i make more. the really healthy things to put in dog food is cooked rice,meat,cooked veggies,potatoes and stuff dogs would eat, then put it in a blender and mix it up. add water to dry food mix half your batch with they dry food and water and voila! a luxery meal!

  14. QUESTION:
    How to make healthy homemade dog treats?
    I have three little dogs and i love them all. Sadly my oldest one is a bit over weight and i can tell it effects her running and breathing. I do NOT want to starve her and i have cut down on her food but all of the dogs foods have fat in them. I have decided to make my dogs dinner. What are good recipes for dog food and healthy dog treats?

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya this is a good dog food for a elderly dog a grain free food best for a elderly dog removing grain can help with weight problems

      http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food/orijen/orijen_senior/44951

      heres a healthy dog treat

      http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dog_treats_chews/dog_chews/rinti/67398

  15. QUESTION:
    With the recent scare of the contaminated dog food, how would I make homemade dog food?
    With the recent scare with the contaminated dry and wet dog foods , I would rather make my own dog food and have my dogs safe and healthy. There are sites on the web, but none of them actually give you a physical recipe.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this website:

      http://www.i-love-dogs.com/dog-food-recipes.html

  16. QUESTION:
    What are healthy and tasty ingredients to put in homemade cat and dog food/treats?
    I want to make a holistic healthy food, so no corn, sugars, or artificial ingredients.

    • ANSWER:
      For cats, you only need meat, organ and bone really. There are carious recipes online on how to enhance this.

      I found a few for you:

      http://www.catnutrition.org/recipes.php
      http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Raw-Cat-Food
      http://www.holisticat.com/rawrecipe.html

      It's great that you are making a home-made food instead of buying the crap dry food. I am still feeding canned since my cat won't touch meat, but I'm working on it.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    is it OK to feed a German shepherd different recipes everyday?
    i m feeding them homemade dog food i have different recipes is it ok for them to have different recipes everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog food hasn't been around for that long. Before that, lots of people had healthy, happy dogs that ate table scraps or prepared meals. My dog has an allergy to a common additive ingredient in most dog foods. After many attempts at feeding her different diets, I finally decided to home cook, and she has never been healthier. I make sure to get blood work run annually to make sure I'm not missing anything, but so far so good.

      I find it odd that switching the diet of a dog who eats a particular kind of dog food every day can make it sick, but switching up the feeding of a home cooked diet won't usually bother him. This makes me wonder even more if dog food is the best thing to feed a dog.

      I did a lot of research before I decided on a diet for my dog, and I do change it up a little bit, but the idea is generally the same:
      40% Protein
      20% Veggies
      20% Carbs

      Her usual diet is:

      3.6lb package of skinless chicken thighs
      1lb of skinless, boneless chicken breast
      (after removing the bones from the thighs, this equals about 4lbs of chicken)
      1 two lb bag of frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green beans, peas... you get the idea)
      1lb bag of rice (minus a hand full) (this makes about 2lbs of cooked rice)
      1 cut up sweet potato

      I put this all into a big pot with enough water to cover the chicken. I bring to a boil then let simmer for about an hour, then move the pot to cool. It's still pretty watery when it's cooling, but by the time I'm done with it, the water is well blended in.

      Pull out all of the chicken, (I use my hands) and remove all the chicken bones from the thighs, being very, very careful to get all the bones out. (cooking on the bone adds calcium)

      Squeeze the chicken (breasts too) through your fingers until mushy (also a great way to double check bone removal) then add to the veggies and rice, then squeeze that all together with your hands until well blended and crushed. It shouldn't be watery any more at this point. Place into containers and freeze all but 2 days worth. This is usually enough for 2 weeks for my little dog, maybe different for you. I serve with a quarter cup of Kefir on top for calcium (Found by the milk in most stores - Plain flavor, not reduced fat). I also give my dog a daily vitamin.

      I change it up once in a while with different veggies, other meats, adding some organ meat, or oatmeal but I always keep it 40%, 20%, 20% give or take the sweet potato.

      Home making food is a real lifestyle change, but it's just 2ce a month, and you'll know what's going into your dog. This diet costs about per week, which is less than I was paying for dog food before.

      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the ideal ratio for homemade dog food?
    I'm very confused because when I made some research yesterday there's mixed opinions about how much protein, vegetables and starch should be in a homemade dog meal. I jotted down some info and got this one: 40% protein, 50% vegetables and 10% starch. Then I'd see comments that there needs to be more protein. Now I'm confused.

    So what's the correct ratio really?

    • ANSWER:
      A diet rich in protein is highly recommended for young pups that have already been weaned from their mother, and for young, growing dogs. Hunting dogs and other working dogs should also be given a healthy serving of protein during mealtime to keep their muscles and organs working perfectly.

      However, giving a dog too much protein can create its own problems. Increase protein intake has been known to damage the dogs' kidneys, which can lead to terminal kidney failure. Too much protein has also been associated with sudden changes in a dog's temperament.

  19. QUESTION:
    I would like a good homemade recipe for dog food. Does anyone have one that would be suitable ?
    I have a yellow lab puppy and a minature pincher that I want to feed a healthier diet. Looking for a dog food recipe for both. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      hey can eat most human uncooked foods non processed except ONIONS, GARLICS, or GRAPES, feed them a mixture of mostly vegetables and a little meat. Less meat means less dog farts

  20. QUESTION:
    What are YOUR homemade dog food recipes?
    I just recently had a huge scare with my dog due to dog food. To prevent this from ever happening again (and to make her healthier) I've decided to make my dog homemade food. I was wondering if anyone had any really good and healthy recipes to share with or if they had a really good site to recommend to me for my dog. Thanks a bunch :)

    • ANSWER:
      80% meat, 10% bone, 5% Liver, and 5% other organs. Simple :)
      I feed poultry and beef.

  21. QUESTION:
    Could you suggest a dog diet or book for cooking homemade dog food?
    I have two 18 month old chihuahuas. They got sick ( runny doo doo ) The vet suggested a temporary diet where I cook for them. bland mashed chicken and rice, then switch back. Switching back made them sick again. They are doing okay now with the homemade food.

    After looking at the ingredients in a lot of dog food brands, I have decided I don't want to buy pre-made food anymore.

    Can you suggest a cook book for dogs?
    Yes I will verify with my vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
      http://www.booksvariety.com/natural-nutrition-for-dogs-and-cats

      The Healthy Dog Cookbook: 50 Nutritious & Delicious Recipes Your Dog Will Love
      http://www.booksvariety.com/the-healthy-dog-cookbook-50-nutritious-delicious-recipes-your-dog-will-love

      all the best

  22. QUESTION:
    How much and how often do I feed my chihuahua?
    I have a chihuahua between 6-8 months old. I make homemade dog food and feed her 3 times a day but she still seems like she is starving!!! Let me tell you what's in her food maybe that's the problem?.. Chicken carrots sweet potato regular potato banana green beans squash brown rice and an egg cooked in chicken broth blended together well... Am I not long something right? I don't want to starve her :(

    • ANSWER:
      I have 2 Chihuahua's that would both eat like they were starving if that's what I gave them! It sounds like you're doing a great job and you are an awesome pet owner for a) making your own dog food, it is SO much healthier for the dog that way. and B) being concerned that your dog was still hungry and asking us folks of Yahoo!. So keep doing what you're doing, she scarfs it down because she loves it! Three times a day is perfect for a 6 month old Chihuahua.

  23. QUESTION:
    what is an inexpensive way to make homemade dog food? and how much would i feed my two dogs?
    I would like to start making my own dog food for my two dogs, I think it would be healthier for them and hoping it would be cheaper too.. I also need to know how much i should be feeding them.. I have a 6lb pom that is 3yrs old and a 8lb chi mix that is only 9 months old.. any advice would be helpful

    • ANSWER:
      I did this for my dogs years ago and yes it is healthier but it can actually be more expensive and can be time consuming. You have to make sure it is balanced so that the dogs are getting the proper nutrition. There are many good books and websites that show you how to go about it, just google homemade dog food. It was hard for me to continue to do this for my dogs when we moved out of state so I found a really good quality dog food. My dogs are fed Castor & Pollux Organix dog food and I tell you it has improved their skin (I have Westies and they are prone to skin problems) and overall health.

  24. QUESTION:
    How Do I Make A Healthy Homemade Dog Food For My Shetland Sheepdog?
    my 1 year old sheltie is gaining a little more weight than he should, i have been doing the requirements, less treats 2 hour walks.....but i want to make him a homemade meal everyday too.....i need advice and ingredients!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Use a ratio of 40% meat, 30% carbs, and 30% veggies. The best meats to use are ground turkey, lean ground beef, chicken, lamb, duck etc. For carbs use brown rice, potatos, oats, millet, or barley. For veges use raw carroets, peas, or spinach. Also some liver and eggs are good to add. It would also be beneficial to put a multivitamin for dogs in it.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is a good homemade dog food recipe for dogs with allergies?
    My dog has allergies. Tried other vet recommended things with no success. Now I want to make my dog's food myself to see if that can help. I need a healthy recipe for dogs that is gluten and grain free. One that is good for dogs with allergies, and well balanced.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try feeding raw if the thought of raw animal carcasses don't put you off. It is much cheaper than feeding commerical dog food and you know exactly what the dog is getting. Hopefully somebody will provide some links.

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog to be healthy eating human food she will not eat dog food?
    My boyfriend keeps feeding her human food even though I try to get her on her dog food. Is there a way she can get the nutrients she needs by eating human food? What can I feed her? She is always tired and I am supposing that she is not getting the nutrition she needs??? Anyone know anything it would help.?

    • ANSWER:
      You really should not make her a plate when you are serving lasagne. However, below is a link to some homemade dog food recipes. These should do the trick for that picky eater. Have a good weekend!

      P.S. Tell your boyfriend to stop feeding her immediately. Dogs have very sensitive stomachs contrary to popular belief and people food can be very harmful for them. Not to mention that it is very likely your dog will get gassy and have poopy issues from it.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone make their own dog food for Chihuahuas?
    I am concerned with the dog food recall and want to start making my own dog food. My Chihuahua is 3 1/2 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

  28. QUESTION:
    Homemade Healthy Dry Dog Food Recipes?
    I want my dogs (border collies) to eat healthy but all the healthy dog food at the stores is for a 5lb bag?? And the 25-50lb are anywhere from - each! My dogs eat a lot and I don’t have the money to be spending that much money on dog food every week!
    So I thought I could make homemade dog food, so good that I can even eat! But all the recipes that I found online consist of a lot of flour! I would not want to eat that much flour and I don't expect my dogs to eat it either! Does anybody know of any good healthy dry dog food recipes?? I would really appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      Well by dry you mean kibble? Kibble is processed at high temps, and needs a filler like flour or potatoe. But you can easily do home cooking or raw diets. But try joining the group k9nutrition. If a healthy kibble can be made someone there might know a recipe although they advocate fresh over processed.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you feel about vegan diets for dogs?
    I've heard of people putting their dogs on vegan diets, homemade or store bought food, and the dogs do well and live healthy lives.

    I'm vegan, but my dogs always got meat - first with dog food, and later on I switched them to a homemade diet using organic, local free range meats. I wouldn't consider using a vegan diet until it's been somehow proven that it's healthy and safe for them, although of course there are ethical issues that come up with using meat, which is why I settled for free range ones.

    So - what are your opinions on it? Would you ever feed your dog a vegan diet?

    • ANSWER:
      i had my jack russell terrier on a vegetarian diet for many years ... she developed severe allergies when she was just over a year old and nothing the vet did or prescribed helped including multiple changes in food ... she was even put on kangaroo kibble as a unique protein source ... her allergies were so bad she was on prednisone every other day just to keep her mildly comfortable ... i brought her to a doggie allergist where she was tested (cost close to a thousand dollars for consultation and testing, plus almost a full year of immunotherapy) and she was found to be allergic to most animal proteins ... and while i would not normally take nutrition advice from a vet, i saw the report saying what she was sensitive to and the specialist suggested a vegetarian diet ... which worked like a charm ... off all medication, no more traumatizing her skin from excessive itching, no more recurrent ear infections, paw problems, etc., she became a normal dog ... and she thrived on that diet for many years, very active in agility, flyball, fetch, frisbee, and could run beside my bike for miles, all eating nothing but a vegetarian diet ... dogs are omnivores regardless of how many people scream carnivore and protein is protein ... the average adult pet dog requires approximately 18% protein to be healthy and every well known vegetarian dog food out there meets or exceeds that protein percentage ... i probably would not have put my dog on a vegetarian diet just because, but there are dogs who do truly suffer major animal protein allergies and if a vegetarian diet helps with that, i see nothing wrong with it ... vegan might be too limiting ... the only vegan kibble i used was made by wysong and it was just a bonus topper to her other kibble and even the bag said that ... and btw, a raw diet is only around 21% in protein, hardly different from a vegetarian diet ...

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food available in Australia?
    What is the best dog food avalible in Australia. Please do not tell me Canidae is because it is not avalible anywhere in Australia!

    • ANSWER:
      I KNOW!!! I'm in the WA area and all you find is PEDIGREE and Chum and all that other junk.Beleive it or not you may think i'm lying but i'm not! I have to actually order or import Canadae and Merrick dog food from America becoz i don't really like the other foods... Unbeleivable hey? I'd say make a homemade mixture of dog food... i do that with my dogs. I feed them... I feed my dogs a homemade mixture with some Canadae and some Merrick kibble thrown in. My home made mixture contains...

      2 x-tra large liver cookie bones crushed up
      1 raw egg
      2 tablespoons of peanut butter
      2-8 sardines (as much as i really want for a shiny coat, Omega 3 and fish oils)
      1/2 cup of Merrick/Canadae kibble
      Some cooked broccoli
      A pinch of garlic ( tasty smell)
      Some cheese
      Fresh Chicken
      1 cup of rice

      And I add a bit of different meats every now and then. I have 12 dogs and puppies so i got to divide the meals and sometimes add a bit more ingredients if i don't add enough!! They love it and it's yummy so you could try it. All ingredients yummy and healthy. You should try it if you don't mind the hassle of getting the ingredients together the first time you make it. But it's so worth it my dogs love it! It's like a little gourmet meal for your dog! But since you don't have Merrick or Canadae just add some beef or liver in (fresh).

  31. QUESTION:
    I need a VERY cheap and easy homemade dog food recipe?
    In short i'm only 13 and I don't get a lot of money I want to switch to homemade dog food because I know that kibble is just slow death in a bag. I need a recipe with really cheap but healthy ingredients. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dog FreshPet Select! It is the closes thing to homemade food. It is extremely healthy. They have so many different selections from chicken to beef and much more. It is packed with protein. No meat by-product. I feed my Pom. mostly the chicken one. It has rice, chicken, carrots, peas, and daily vitamins. There is two types. One that cost .97 and the other .62. Not a bad price. It last 1 week- 2 weeks. I believe there might be a third size for large dogs. I know you asked for a recipe but this one of the best things to feed your dog besides a raw food diet. I buy this at Walmart. It is in the refrigerated section in the dog section. Just research it.

      Here is the link:
      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fresh-Pet-Select-Brand-Dog-Food-Adult-Dogs-W-Chunky-Chicken-Turkey-Vegetable-Rice-Dog-Food-1.5-lb/10317282

      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fresh-Pet-Select-Chicken-Vegetable-Rice-Recipe-Slice-and-Serve-Complete-Balanced-Food-For-Adult-Dogs-16-oz/10996846

  32. QUESTION:
    Whats the best ingridents for homemade dog food?
    I have a 2 month old pit and want to get him big and healthy.What are some ingriendients I can mix together for dog food..?i dont like the dry inhealthy food they sell in stores so any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      amaretto

  33. QUESTION:
    What kind of dry dog food do you guys feed your dogs?
    I swear there is a complaint about all dry dog foods. I have been feeding my dogs canidae, and chicken soup for the pet lovers soul and there is a list of complaints about deaths and them getting sick....Chicken soup for the soul changed their ingredients this is why the dogs got sick...does any body know more about this? Does anybody know which dry dog food is safe?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dog Taste of the Wild and she's healthy and happy. I also know hwo to make homemade food for her and I give her a little something special mixed in with her dry food whenever she's been extra good.
      :)
      The thing about a lot of big-brand dog food is that when all they say on the label is "bone meal" or "meat by-products" and don't specify what animals it is from specifically, that is good enough for regulation, and that means they can and sometimes DO put euthenized pets in the food, not to mention other animals that your dog would not normally eat and there fore may get sick and die from. It is best only to buy foods that specifically say what came from what animal, etc, because they can't lie, they can just "withhold" information.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a good website to find healthy dog treats and dental bones?
    I recently discovered www.dogfoodanalysis.com which does a phenomenal job rating dog foods and after doing much research I found out all the junk products I happily feed my Golden Retreiver every day. As you can imagine I'm disgusted, especially with myself for not doing my homework beforehand. I have found a new food product I intend to start purchasing tomorrow but now I would like to find healthier treats and something to chew on to keep her teeth clean. Any kind of information would be greatly appreciated thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Why not make them?

      Here are a bunch of recipes for homemade dog treats. I 'm sure you'll find one that you pup will love! http://www.dog-pound.net/other-dog-treats.htm

      My dog loves the magic meatballs!

      HTH

  36. QUESTION:
    What are good homemade dog food recipes?
    I am tired of the stupid pet food recalls, I want to make my own.

    • ANSWER:
      Consider a healthy raw diet. My dogs love it. It only takes me a couple hours each month to put together a month's worth of meals for my two large labs. Cost factor? I was able to cut my dog food bill in HALF after switching to raw. My dogs have never been happier or healthier.

      There is another diet option other than dog food. Some people choose to feed a raw diet. This involves feeding the dog raw meaty bones and organ meat. However it is not as simple as throwing a couple chicken bones in a bowl everyday. If you wish to feed this type of diet, do lots and lots of research first. Switching to this diet without knowing what your doing can lead to nutritional problems for your dog. I'll give you some links as a starting point in research if you are interested in this type of diet.

      http://www.willowglen.com/barf.htm.........

      http://www.bestfrisbeedogs.com/diets.htm...

      http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html.....

      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html.....

      http://www.rawdogranch.com

      What's Really In Pet Food
      http://www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359&m...

  37. QUESTION:
    Do you know any homemade dog food recipe that you can share with me?
    I'd like to cook food for my dogs. Do you have any recipe of a homemade food that your dog likes to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      When we used to live on a farm, we hated wasting any part of an animal.

      Boiled goats head and feet were usually a big hit with the Great Pyrenees we had, they seemed to prefer goat meat over other types, other than pig but that wasn't very healthy for them.

  38. QUESTION:
    is there a good,healthy homemade food that i can make for my Chihuahua myself?
    my chihuahua is kind of spoiled and doesn't want to eat his dog food,so im wondering if there is some kinds of homemade meals i can make for him instead?

    • ANSWER:
      Look up a B.A.R.F diet. Dogs have tricky stomachs and a lot of human food is poisonous to dogs such as onions, grapes, garlic and chocolate. Also dogs should NEVER EVER be fed cooked bones.

      http://leerburg.com/feedingarawdiet.htm

      A raw or BARF diet is the way to go if you want to spoil your dog.
      Just remember... changing your dog's food to suit his/her moods will create stomach problems. Pick a food and stick with it. When the dog is hungry, he/she will eat. His/her instincts will not let it starve.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the healthiest foods to eat on a diet?
    I am looking for the healthiest foods to eat. Im not on a strict diet, but I am cutting out bad fats and excess sugar. What foods are good to eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy food ideas :)
      - Go for natural, organic foods if you can

      ~ Greek yogurt or yogurt (nonfat) - Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt
      ~ Eggs, cheese, cottage cheese (2% is fine), goat cheese, skim milk or goat milk, etc.
      ~ Vegetables
      ~ Fruit & Berries :)
      ~ Beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, mixed beans, etc.) - full of fiber and protein
      ~ Veggie burgers (Amy's makes great veggie burgers)
      ~ Whole grain breads like multigrain bread, ezekiel bread, rye bread, whole wheat pitas, whole grain tortillas or bagels, etc.
      ~ Whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta, brown/wild rice, quinoa, etc.
      ~ Sweet potatoes or potatoes
      ~ Hummus
      ~ Oatmeal
      ~ Healthy cereals (Kashi, Nature's Path Organic, etc..high in fiber like raisin bran)
      ~ Nuts, seeds, almond butter, peanut butter
      ~ Non-dairy milks like soy, almond or rice milk
      ~ Ground flax seed to add into a smoothie, top yogurt, etc.
      ~ Olive oil
      ~ Salmon & Tuna
      ~ Tofu & Tempeh
      ~ Whole grain crackers
      ~ Whole grain waffles or pancakes

      Healthy alternative ideas :)

      healthy alternatives to foods.
      Examples:
      - Replace fast food french fries with homemade sweet potato or regular fries (made with a touch of olive oil, salt & pepper)
      - Replace candy with things like frozen grapes or banana slices, dried mango strips, dried blueberries/cranberries/cherries, raisins, etc.
      - Try a veggie burger on a wheat bun or a tofu hot dog
      - Replace white pasta with whole grain
      - For a creamy pasta sauce try tomato sauce with goat cheese mixed in
      - Enjoy pizza...but on thin multigrain crust topped with fresh veggies
      - Treats are totally okay in moderation :) For healthier options try: frozen yogurt, dark chocolate, vanilla greek yogurt with berries & grated dark chocolate or chocolate chips, etc.

      I hope this helps :)

  40. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy home made meal for a small dog?
    I just feel that feeding my dog only dog food is boring... And he really need some nutritients and vege more! And healthy gums... So what could be the best and easy home made meal for my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      feed him some kangaroo meat raw(or other lean meat) mixed with broccoli, carrot, asparagus, squash and celery (if bloating occurs remove broccoli as it is likely the cause if it still occurs remove each veggy until you find the cause) you should mix it with some of his dog biscuits to add fiber.
      here is a website with some info and recipes
      http://www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html

  41. QUESTION:
    So exactly what dog food is safe to give our dogs?
    I feed my dog purina dry dog food. I heard they recently recalled dry food but I was not sure which kind.

    • ANSWER:
      When you think about it, what does your dog need from its food in order to be healthy?

      Today our pets have a wide variety to meet their tastes and needs and we have our choice of what kind of food we can choose to feed them. Despite the variety, pet foods usually fall into three major categories. These categories are: Grocery store foods, these types of dog and pet foods are usually found in grocery stores and mass marketed retailers and can contain lower quality, less expensive ingredients. The second category is "premium dog foods," which can also be found in grocery's stores but are also found in pet stores and through your local veterinarian's office. These types of foods are usually made from some higher quality ingredients and are usually made evident by the expense of the food. Some of these pet foods though can contain lower quality ingredients that you aren't aware of. The third and final category is homemade dog food.More and more people are beginning to make their dog's food at home rather than buying commercial formulas. Homemade dog food doesn't contain any substances that could possibly be harmful to your dog's health such as artificial coloring and artificial flavors.

      Another reason to make homemade dog food is the preservatives added to the commercial dog food. Homemade dog food has the benefit of optimum freshness without preservatives.

      There are dogs that would greatly benefit from a homemade diet. Some dogs who suffer from allergies that cause severe itching may find relief once switched from commercial dog food to a homemade diet.

      Processed dog food is a relatively new product and scientists don't fully understand the differences between commercial food and a diet of fresh food. There may be problems occurring in a dog's health because he is being given food that has had the nutrients cooked out of it and then sprayed back on.

      Would you like to prolong the quality and length of your dog's life by 135%?You should keep your dog healthy by homemade dog food.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Keep-Your-Dog-Healthy-By-Homemade-Dog-Food-Recipe&id=482336

  42. QUESTION:
    How to make home made dog food?
    Does anyone know how to make home made dog food that is not high priced and is healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      dont really know how to make homemade dog food but u can give ur dog brocolli, carrots and corn.. its good for them!!

  43. QUESTION:
    What can I feed my dog until I can go get more dog food?
    He's currently on Country Naturals Adult Dog food, he's about 6 and he'll eat anything he can get his paws on. What would be safest/healthiest?

    I can get him new dog food in two days.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not feed your dog bones, especially cooked bones. Fragments can become lodged in the digestive tract. Canines in the wild who eat bones have the benefit of consuming hair and hide too, which have been found to ‘pad’ the bone fragments and aid in their passing.

      Other foods to avoid that are dangerous for dogs are chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and garlic. you may try to search for some websites that offer some homemade healthy recipes to feed your dog. best of luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Raw diet or cooked homemade diet for dog?
    I'm getting a new dog. I fed my old dogs dog food at first, and when they were older I started feeding them a cooked homemade diet, and they did well with it. I'm planning to adopt an adult dog, over 3 years old, and I want to do a homemade diet, but I'm not sure if I should do a cooked one or a raw diet. I know most people who try it love the raw diet, but I've also heard that some dogs do get ill from it. I guess it's just kind of hard for me to wrap my head around an animal eating raw meat and staying healthy.

    So, which is better? A raw diet or a cooked one? Assuming the dog I get has only eaten kibble its entire life, will there be any problems if I switch to a raw diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You will have a lot to do with a new dog in your home. Since you're used to the cooked homemade diet, just offer that to the new dog. I do this for breakfast and top the homemade with chunks of raw meat.

      I feed kibble for supper.

      Raw feed is fine, but I like the combination of homemade topped with chunks of raw best. It's personal preference.You don't need to switch to raw to be right ... or ok.

      All my dogs had only eaten kibble for years. When 2 became obese and too inactive, I switched to raw and later to homemade topped with raw. It excited my dogs. You can do homemade/raw for breakfast and kibble for supper to begin. I think you'll notice excitement in the dog over homemade/raw meals.

      "Clockwork" is incorrect.Homemade food has good nutritional value. Do a google search for "foods good for dogs". There are websites that tell you what nutrients dogs gain from the foods that are good for them. -!-

  45. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade dog food recipe for a large breed?
    I have a White German Shepherd. He is about 70 lb and 14 months old. I want to find some good recipes that I can make and store in the freezer. I'm mostly looking for recipes that include rice, vegetables, meat, etc. I don't want to make dog spaghetti or anything like that. If there are any directed towards large breeds that can help with the joints and hips that would be even better. Any items that should not be included, please list.

    • ANSWER:
      PetMix is a great homemade dog food. It is grain free and super healthy. My dog can't get enough of it.
      http://www.k9criticalcare.com/pages/PetMix-Homemade-Dog-Food-recipe.html

  46. QUESTION:
    Whats the healthiest dog food for dogs?
    I have read that comical dog food is actually killing dogs whats the healthiest dog food or are they all bad should i just stick to homemade if so what the easiest food i can make everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      All dogs are different in what they like, and if it agrees with their stomaches.

      Some good quality foods are :

      Canidae
      http://www.canidae.com/

      Wellness CORE
      http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Taste of the Wild
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/

      Innova
      Eagle pack Holistic
      Chicken Soup for the dog Lovers Soul
      Orijen
      EVO
      Merrick
      Blue Buffalo
      Avoderm

      Never get low quality foods like :

      Cesar, Ol' Roy, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, BilJac, Nutro , Dad's, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog
      Or ANY grocery Store brand!

      This website should be able to help you on picking out a good quality food. Stick on the 4-5-6 star range.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Never get a dog food with Corn, Soy, and By-Products. But I would also suggest a wheat free dog food. When you change your dogs food to a better quality, you will notice these things :
      Firmer Stool, Glossier Coat, and better overall health.

      Some foods that are Great and the price is good for if you still want to feed your dog a good quality, but with a cheaper price. :

      Diamond NATURALS - Feed Store (Make sure to get the NATURAL kind, the regular stuff is crap!)
      http://www.diamondpet.com/products/diamond_naturals/

      Kirkland Signature - Costco
      http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11002816&whse=BD_115&topnav=bdoff&browse=&lang=en-US

      Maxximum Nutrition - Walmart
      http://walmart.triaddigital.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid14650.aspx
      **************************************************************************************

      Raw Feeding is also good, but it can be pricey. Learn more at:
      http://barfworld.com/
      http://www.raw-dogs.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/

  47. QUESTION:
    Is cooking your dog food, healthier for them?
    I have an almost 9 year old chihuahua, and for years we've been cooking her rice with meat and carrots. But she's also been eating twice a day, for breakfast some of my dogs food (which I would say it's good for her teeth since it helps clean them since it's hard food?) and for dinner she eats her homemade cooked food. We started feeding her this because when she was younger, she wouldn't eat dog food because we spoiled her. And what else should we add to her food?
    Yeah, mine has really bad teeth too but we were planning on getting her teeth cleaned then talk to the vet about how to keep up with hr teeth. They are too little to brush really well.
    I've been giving her multiviatims for a few months now.
    Raw? She's going to get sick from raw... who knows what's in raw meat....
    And she's too old for bones. She doesn't like them much.

    • ANSWER:
      No..
      Cooking the meat alters the meat and destroys most of the nutrients present.

      Far better for her to eat the meat raw.

      She's not too old to eat bones. Raw, bone-in chicken is highly palatable and contains soft bones able to be handled by senior dogs.

      I know of dogs who have lost most of their teeth thriving on a prey model raw diet.

  48. QUESTION:
    I am getting a Weaten Terrier tomarrow. What is the best dog food for my dog?
    I am getting a Wheaten Terrier tomorrow. What is the best dog food for my dog?And is there any other good tips that will help me with my dog? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many schools of thought on dog feeding... Some people swear by raw/homemade, believing it's closer to dogs' intended, natural, ancestral diet. (If you do choose raw, though, be sure to do lots of research so you can do it correctly.) Other people believe that scientific advancements in nutrition and vitamins make commercial food the better choice. (You also have to do lots of research to choose the right commercial food for your dog, though!)

      Personally, I'm very intrigued by raw feeding, but I'm still doing my research and reading. For now, I feed my dogs Taste of the Wild, which is a grain-free, high-protein kibble. They *love* it! Even the pickiest one will accept a piece of TOTW as a treat and do tricks for it, which I couldn't believe. TOTW smells very meaty, so I assume it's pretty tasty, too. Plus, it's pretty affordable, compared to other similar-quality foods.

      I also use Stella and Chewy's freeze-dried raw chicken or beef patties as treats, broken up into little pieces, and I highly recommend that strategy. Much healthier than most treats, and you can easily control the size/amount because you break it up yourself.

      Check out dogfoodscoop.com or dogfoodanalysis.com for tons of info about dog foods. Both sites are unbiased, and they explain everything, from overall quality, to ingredients, to sources...

      A good rule of thumb is to *run* away from any dog food you can buy in a grocery store-- like Iams, Purina, Science Diet, Beneful, etc. They're full of fillers and lacking in nutrition. (With these crap-foods, most of what you feed your dog ends up coming out the other end, because it's not nutritionally valuable. After using a better-quality food, you'll notice that you actually need to feed less food, because your dog won't need to eat so much to get what he needs.) Big pet stores like PetCo, PetSmart, etc. have *some* slightly better foods, but I've found the highest-quality foods in small pet shops or online.

      Anyway... Good luck!! :)


how to make healthy homemade dog food

Dog Food Wholesale

There are many myths about the female bitch and the male bulldogs. Female bulldog and male bulldog has different traits and depend on their personality, characteristic, and the environment in they get grooming. The physical and behavior difference is very much in fact both are opposite in their behavior. Both have different characteristics and when you are decided to buy a puppy is careful.

Find a responsible and a reputable breeder and take advice from breeders; you may ask to other bulldog owners and get their opinion. You have to decide that you need male or female bulldog puppy, all depends on your needs and requirement. The female bulldog is friendlier, loving, affectionate and more tolerant as compared to the male bulldog. The female bulldog is more defensive towards the puppies. The male bulldog is best guard and is more defensive as compared to the female bulldog. The female bulldog is more watchful and active then compared to the male bulldog.

If you need a guard or defensive bulldog then choose male bulldog. Bulldogs have many breeds and the main difference is in size, weight, height and personality in both sexes. Weight of the female bulldog is less than the male bulldog. The female bulldog eats less meal and male bulldog eats more food. Females can breed twice a year and during this process she discharge small blood cloths that attract the male bulldogs.

Female bulldog rarely escapes in a season but the male escapes many times whenever they come into heat. The female bulldog is very friendly and obedient, show no mood. The male bulldogs are very moody and stubborn. The female bulldogs beg for the attention and the male bulldog does not beg for the attention.

A female bulldog is very playful and she gets older at the age of six years and starts sitting in back of the tree or house and only sees what is going around her. On the other hand male remain playful till the death. The female bulldogs have more tendency of suffering from infections and also diseases. The male bulldog has more tendencies to remain healthy from different diseases and infections.

Balance diet is very essential for both sexes. If unbalanced diet is given to the bulldogs then it will cause more destructive behavior in male bulldogs as compared to the female bulldogs. The female bulldogs remain more calm and quiet and male snore more. In hot weather the both male bulldog and female bulldog feel uncomfortable and disturbed.

Cleanliness is very essential for both gender bulldogs. The bulldog has wrinkled skin so they need special care. The bulldogs have heavy wrinkled skin so clean the wrinkled skin carefully with wet cloth or wash the coat with good quality shampoo. Grooming is required to both gender bulldogs.
Veterinary checkups and visits are very important for both genders. The male bulldog and female bulldogs few diseases and infections are different and should be treated in different ways. Female bulldog need special care and attention before and after the pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I buy wholesome dog food wholesale and sale retail?
    Wondering if anybody in the dog section knows about this. Looking to selling the healthier varieties of dog food like taste of the wild.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to recommend you to make purchase from wholesalers because they will provide you the best concessional prices and deals as compare to market. There you will huge variety of different pet food items and pet care products as well. They will make easy for you to select the best suitable product from their store.

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy dog food at wholesale prices?
    I' am looking to buy Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy, at a cheaper price than .00 for a 30 lb bag. I was hoping that their might be a place where they have food at wholesale price. If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks
    ashhh: Walmart does not carry the nutro brand. Thanks anyways.

    • ANSWER:
      any feed store that sells horse feed sells dogfoods in bulk...landmarks here sells and delivers up to a ton of horse feed or dogfood...

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a good natural dry dog food made from chicken and Yams?
    My Chi puppy is ill, and on vets orders I am feeding him poached chicken and yams. Can anyone recommend a good natural dog food company so when he is allowed off it I can put him back on a great dog food? Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dogs Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato. It's pretty expensive, but it's worth it! Retail price is about 50 bucks, I believe. I pay for a 30 pound bag (I pay wholesale price, and I get an employee discount b/c I buy it from my job!) It's 100% natural with no by-products or fillers. Don't feed your baby any more than what the package says; probably around 1/2 to 1 cup a day for a chihuahua.

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone know what wholesale suppliers are best for starting up selling pet food?
    I own a successful Dog Walking and Pet Care company and am wanting to expand to deliver dog food, chews, cat food ect to my customers and new customers. Does anyone know where's best to buy wholesale? I've heard Batley's are good? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This market is now pretty tight but any local wholesalers will offer you the starting point you need, but your profit margin will be small because your buying power will be limited. Have you not thought of going all in a looking at a franchise like Oscars.

      Have a look at your local agricultural merchants and see where they are having there own brand dry dog food made under there own label, as this would be the way to go and to have your own label stamped onto a standard product.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do i get products to sale at my store or small business?
    So i have a grooming shop, and after i receive my sellers permit, I wanted to stock up to sale dog food and products, but do i do this by contacting companies individually like Pedigree (brand of dog food) or like big stores that sale different companies' products for them like Petco and Petsmart?

    Or do i just buy products individually from stores?

    • ANSWER:
      My advice would be too buy wholesale and also contact all the big name companies and ask if they would like too start supplying your company with their Brands?

      cash & carry like "Bookers" is a good one if you live in the uk?

      Try these wholesalers
      www.bookergroup.com

      www.thewholesaler.co.uk

      www.petco.com

  6. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy dog food at wholesale prices online that ship to Canada?
    I have an English Bulldog pup and he eats Royal Canin and I was wondering what website I can order food online that ships to Canada. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you just buy it locally? http://www.royalcanin.ca/

  7. QUESTION:
    how do i buy wholesale dog food?
    From a specific retailer? I want to buy this new healthy style of dog food.
    I want to buy it and sell it.

    • ANSWER:
      I buy mine from Costco.

  8. QUESTION:
    Premium dog food, where can I get it at an afforable price?
    I really want to feed my dog the best but I noticed the good ones are really expensive, I like to buy the big bags so it cost me around - to buy the really good stuff. Anyone know if there is a site that sales it at good prices?

    • ANSWER:
      Some wholesale stores sell them, but you have to make sure it is the quailty brand and not a knockoff.

      Some brands that are really good are Royal Canin and Neutro (Neutro is a little more affordable)

  9. QUESTION:
    I want to start my own dog food company. what are the procedures.?
    i live in India and peopl are really starting to care for their pets in a very expensive way and i would love to take full advantage of that. i want to start my own factory where dog food is made and proceesed. what are rules and regulations?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have or can you borrow probably RS2 million?

      Either make dog food and can and sell it just as if you were selling canned meat or chicken. Or find out what it would cost to buy wholesale canned dog food from an existing processor where you just substituted your own labels.

  10. QUESTION:
    What food sells the best at open air markets?
    My friend has made a fortune selling cheese and I want to come up with a food idea to sell at this market as well. Does anyone know of the best (and possibly easiest) and most tempting food products I could sell to hungry customers? I appreciate it in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Fruit, other single serving foods and single serve drinks [bottles/cans of soda, juice, energy drinks etc].

      Definitely carry chips and fruit...both of these are cheap to buy wholesale and a quick eat for people. You can also keep a cooler around and sell cold drinks, which are always popular at open air markets. you might also try setting up a grill and grilling burgers / hot dogs / etc if it is okay with the market

      i think you would make more money by taking the quick eat restaurant route instead of selling one particular item.

  11. QUESTION:
    How much does a shelter pay to feed a dog?
    How much money does a shelter pay (on average) to feed a dog every day? Where can I find this information online?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah ya see, i would assume it's not very much as they buy their food in wholesale....

  12. QUESTION:
    Is feeding raw cheaper than feeding dry dog food?
    I am pricing things for the future, and I want my dog to have a good diet that also doesn't cost me an arm and a leg. I feed Fromm 4-star dry food (about for a 40 lb bag). Is raw cheaper? How do you feed raw? Please walk me through it, and what it is in general too!

    • ANSWER:
      I primarily raw feed a prey-model diet. I say primarily because I use high quality kibble as treats/training aids and as occassional meals (twice a month, maybe).

      *I* find raw feeding to be less expensive, overall, than feeding a high quality dogfood. I have 350 lbs of dogs so need to feed on average 5-8 lbs of raw meat/bones/offal a day with one or two fasting days a month. I get my meat from a variety of sources.

      Grocery store sales- chicken thighs/legs 49 cents a lb a week ago. Whole chicken 69 cents a lb this week (I like this better as it comes with some organ meat AND I get a free human meal since I strip off the breast meat) Pork butts at 69 cents a lb (these are really shoulder meat). My dogs don't much like turkey unless it is the neck or wings so the 29 cent a lb turkeys don't much work for me. A meal of raw eggs when they are on sale is great too.

      Wholesalers- Restaurant supply co will sell me meat at wholesale as long as I order 100 lbs at a time. I do this when I cannot get an adequate source of meat at a price I like from the grocery store.

      Local butcher- grinds organ meat for me since my dogs don't like it otherwise- he's raised his prices recently to a lb. He also GIVES me all his bones from butchering elk and deer during hunting season.

      Fishermen- My FIL fishes and my dogs reap the benefits. I also pick up heads/tails/entrails down at the wharf for free- freeze it to kill any parasites and then feed it.

      store- for canned mackeral and sardines- sardines are excellent as they still contain all the innards.

      Hunters- I make friends with hunters. I ask that they save hearts/livers/kidneys for my dogs as well as any bones they don't want (other than heads/spines). I freeze all of these prior to feeding to my dogs.

      To add to the "less expense" side of things my vet bills are VERY low. My dogs never need to be seen for teeth cleaning or anal gland issues (this diet naturally cleans out the anal glands). They have no skin issues or ear infections. They are healthy and win at dog shows when I get around to showing them.

      Join a few Yahoo! Groups on raw feeding. I've also joined a couple of local Yahoo! Groups for sourcing meat (everything from lamb, to salmon oil to emu).

      In general my raw feeding costs are about 0 a month or so-- if I were feeding high quality kibble it would be 0 a month or so-- add in the vet costs (as well as the "I never clean my yard because the poo disintegrates) and it is simply "worth it" to raw feed.

      I will admit- about once a week or so my dogs get to help clean out my fridge- everything from leftovers to limp carrots. This is the only real time I give much in the way of vegies other than scraps.

  13. QUESTION:
    What do we need to do to sell homemade tamales/food to gas stations etc?
    A friend and I are thinking to sell tamales, corn dogs etc to local gas stations and other markets and even road sides. What can we do to start this business. Any advice will be welcomed. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Seriously? Corn dogs are already being sold in some gas stations.. You are going into a very competitive market. Do you have POP's (point of purchase displays). Do you have wholesale license and food distribution license?

      Gas stations won't deal with you directly, you have to go directly to their corporate office, to get approval. There is paperwork involved, chained of command (purchasing agents,etc). You may get lucky, in selling to "mom and pop" stores with fresh tamales or fresh vegetables.

      Good idea, but hassle to do..
      You and your friend you recycle metals, alot of money finding and selling scape metal..

  14. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I have for a large crowd at a bbq?
    It is going to be my daughters first birthday. We are having a bbq/cookout thing with at least if not over 100 people. What kinds of food would be a good idea to serve? Recipes would be great too. I don't want to do the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs but I dont trust just any receipe from just a website. If someone happens to have a receipe they really like it would help out loads. Thank you for your time (:

    • ANSWER:
      Pasta salad, Potatoe salad, Deviled Eggs,baked beans,corn on the cob, veggie platter, cheese and crackers, nachos/salsa/, chips, salad, chicken nuggets for the kids, baked mac and cheese, PIZZA, stuffed breads,cold cut platter with rolls, red watermelon! Can put soda, waters, and juice boxes in a beach cooler filled with ice! That's what I do when we have a party outside!

      Go to cotsco or Bj's wholesale club and buy in bulk! They have appetizers that are already made just cook in oven! They have alot of different stuff!
      I always buy the breaded shrimp, mini quiches, mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, mini hot dogs wraps, hor'doereves.

      Bj's has great decorated theme cakes! I always buy mine there! The chocolate mousse filling is so good! They also do-bring a picture of your child and they will put it on the cake! I did that for my kids and they loved it! They thaught it was so cool to have a picture of them on the cake!

      Can go to dollar store for decorations!And goody bag toys! You can also put animal crackers, goldfish, fruit snacks in goody bags instead of candy! Play dough is a idea!

      HAVE FUN!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Can I buy dog food in bulk off any websites?
    My 4 dogs are eating me out of house and home. I feed them Natural Choice Lamb & Rice and a 35lb bag lasts them only 2 weeks. Is there anywebsites or places I can buy dog food in bulk? I will easily buy 100lbs of dog food if I can get it for half the price!! Any ideas? I am in Washington State
    I didnt mean a bag of dog food that weighs 100lbs- i meant would like to buy multiple 40lb bags of dog food for a lower price

    • ANSWER:
      Here's one site that sells good quality dog food at reasonable prices. You can buy as much as you want and have it shipped to your house, plus every 10th shipment is free.
      Unless you live next door to a dog food factory (and I really hope you don't) it's probably impossible to get bulk feed at wholesale prices. You might try asking about it at a farm supply store, though.

  16. QUESTION:
    Where do hot dog vendors get their sausages?
    I work in Toronto and i often get a "Spicy Italian sausage" from hot dog vedors here and ive been searching forever to find a sausage as good in a gocery store.

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask them what distributor they use but, sometimes they don't reveal that information.

      It could be a local deli or a wholesale distribution company depending on the amount of sales they have during the week.

      Also sometimes they contract with a local restaurant to make them certain foods depending on how much business they do.

      hope this helps. good luck and enjoy.

  17. QUESTION:
    Where can I get wholesale foods?
    I'm looking to buy whole sale chicken wings for a company just making bone and raw food for dogs. Where can I get this either on the internet or locally in NJ?
    Forgot to add - I do not want to get it from BJ's Costco etc. I want to get it where the restaurants would so I'm not paying retail.

    • ANSWER:
      COSCO, sam's club or smart and final!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is an easy way to get rid of cooking oil?
    My bf likes to fry food, but then we are left with the pot of oil which sits on the counter until he disposes of it. It drives me crazy, I don't have any coffee cans or any containers that I can think of that would contain the liquid from the sink to the garbage. Does anyone have any good ideas or tips so I don't have to look at the vegtable oil for a week at a time.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      I have acouple options. I buy oil in gallon jugs from the wholesale store. So, I have a normal sized container I fill for everyday use. I keep the BIG container under the sink empty until I fry and then dump the used oil when it's cool into the empty container. An empty milk jug will work as well. You can just wait for the oil to cool and dump into the milk jug and throw away when full.

      For bacon grease/dripping I have an old canister I use... When the grease becomes solid- I will freeze and toss outside in the woods for the deer, birds, etc.... Or I melt it in the micro and give it to the dog in her food. Her coat is nice and shiny....

  19. QUESTION:
    what all do i need for my puppy comeing home in 13 days?
    I know that i need a collar, leash , food , kennel, dog treats, chew toys,id tag,puppy pads and a brush but thers got to be more.
    my puppy is a golden retiver.

    • ANSWER:
      Bringing home a new puppy is truly one of life's joys. Thoughtful pre-puppy preparations and a well-planned first 24 hours can give your fuzzy bundle of promise a head start and make your dreams of the perfect family dog come true.

      Before the Big Day
      Once household discussions have established that everyone wants a dog of a certain age and breed, where to get the pup—from a shelter or reputable breeder—is more or less determined. Now, family meetings should cover scheduling:

      - Who will take the pup to the papers or backyard and when?
      - Who will be in charge of feedings three to four times a day?
      - Who will make veterinary appointments for vaccinations and deworming?

      Also, take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use. If Mom says "down" when Puppers climbs on the couch, Dad says "down" when he wants him to lie down, and Junior utters "sit down" when he expects the pup's rear to hit the floor, the result will be one confused dog! Putting the schedule and vocabulary list in writing prevents confusion and will help dog walkers, nannies, and others involved in raising Puppers.

      Next, draft a shopping list and purchase supplies: food and water bowls, chew toys, grooming supplies, bedding, collar and leash, identification tag, crate, gate, and odor neutralizer. Pre-puppy shopping allows you to order from wholesale catalogs or visit the pet superstore in the next county without the pressure of Puppers needing it right now.

      You'll need to puppy-proof the area where the youngster will spend most of his time the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, and breakables; setting up the crate; and installing gates. Once you think you've completely puppy-proofed, lie on the floor and look around once more to get a puppy's-eye view.

      If you have children, hold one last meeting to lay down the rules: Don't overwhelm Pup the first day, and don't fight over him or create mob scenes showing him to the neighborhood. Now you're off to get Puppers.

      Getting Off on the Right Paw
      When you pick up your pup, remember to ask what and when he was fed. Replicate that schedule for at least the first few days to avoid gastric distress. If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of about a week by adding one part new brand to three parts of the old for several days; then switch to equal parts; and then one part old to three parts new.

      From the start, consistency is important. On the way home, Puppers should ride in the back seat, either in one person's arms or, preferably, in a crate or carrier.

      Once home, folks who plop the excited newcomer on the Oriental and let the kids chase him will be mopping up in no time—and regretting the lesson they taught their new pup. Instead, take him to his toileting area immediately.

      From there, carry out your schedule for feeding, toileting, napping, and play/exercise. From Day One, your pup will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Solitude may be new to Puppers, so he may vocalize concern. Don't give in and comfort him or you may create a monster. "Gee, if making noise brought them running once, maybe more whimpering is needed to get their attention again," reasons the pup. Give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly.

      Doing things correctly from the start prevents confusion. Through puppy preparedness, you are one step closer to your Dream Dog.

  20. QUESTION:
    What should I consider before getting a Ball Python?
    I have been wanting a Ball Python for a while now, but I dont want to rush out and get one without knowing what exactly what I'm getting into. I have two dogs, and everyone is telling me the snake will eat them! I know they can get up to 4ft but could it really eat a small dog? Are they able to escape? How often do you feed them? How much should I be ready to pay for one? How fast do they grow? Do they stink? Is there another type of snake that would be better?

    • ANSWER:
      these guys have some awesome answers.

      things to consider...

      the snake will live for at least 20 years. do you see yourself still having him then?
      i would also look into corn snakes. they get just as big, although a little thinner, are just as tame, but come in some craaaazy colors
      check it out www.cornsnakemorphs.com
      um what else... hm....

      let me just give you the basic care sheet on them and say thank god your not getting a turtle. red eared sliders are everywhere on this forum, and 99 percent of people dont do any research before they buy.....

      Melissa Kaplan's
      Herp Care Collection
      Last updated April 19, 2007
      Ball Pythons

      Python regius

      ©1996 Melissa Kaplan

      Natural History
      Ball pythons (Python regius) are found at the edges of the forest lands of Central and Western Africa. They are equally comfortable on the ground and in trees. They are crepuscular, active around dawn and dusk. Called royal pythons in Europe, here in the United States we call them "balls" due to their habit of curling themselves up into a tight ball when they are nervous, their heads pulled firmly into the center. Like most pythons, ball pythons are curious and gentle snakes.

      Ball pythons typically reach 4 feet (1.2 m) in length; occasionally there are specimens that reach 5 feet (1.5 m). When properly fed, their bodies become nicely rounded. Like all pythons and boas, ball pythons have anal spurs. These single claws appearing on either side of the vent are the vestigial remains of the hind legs snakes lost during their evolution from lizard to snake millions of years ago. Males have longer spurs than do the females; males also have smaller heads than the females.

      Ball pythons, like all pythons and boas, devour a variety of prey in the wild - amphibians, lizards, other snakes, birds and small mammals. They do not eat mice in the wild, however, and do not recognize the mice we offer them as being something edible. Thus, imported wild-caught ball pythons tend to be very picky eaters, at least initially, and drive their owners to distraction in their attempts to get them to eat something.

      Ball pythons are reputed to be able to go for extended periods of time without food; wild-caught ball pythons have gone for a year or more without food until finally enticed to eat lizards and other snakes. This is not a healthy trait and must not be a reason for selecting this species. This should also make you suspicious when a pet store tells you that their ball pythons are eating well.

      Buying captive-born ball pythons reduces the stress on the threatened populations in the wild and helps ensure you will get a healthy, established eater and a snake already used to contact with humans. Buying from a reputable breeder will ensure that you will get the help and advice you need to assure that your ball feels comfortable and secure enough to eat after you bring it home and let it get settled for a week or so.

      With the increased popularity of reptiles as pets there is increased pressure on wild populations. In addition to the more than 60,000 ball pythons that are imported annually, ball pythons are killed for food and their skin is used for leather in their native land. For some reason, despite their low reproduction rate, wild ball pythons are the least expensive pythons on the market, generally wholesaling for under ten dollars. Imported ball pythons also harbor several different types of parasites which may go unnoticed by the novice snake owner. All around, it is better to buy a captive-born hatchling or an established, well-feeding juvenile, sub-adult or adult than an imported ball of any age.

      In captivity, young ball pythons will grow about a foot a year during the first three years. They will reach sexual maturity in three to five years. The longest living ball python on record was over 48 years old when it died. Egg-layers, female ball pythons encircle their four to ten eggs, remaining with then from the time they are laid until they hatch. During this three month period, they will not leave the eggs and will not eat.

      Getting Started

      Selecting Your Ball Python
      Choose an animal that has clear firm skin, rounded body shape, clean vent, clear eyes, and who actively flicks its tongue around when handled. All ball pythons are naturally shy about having their heads touched or handled by strangers; a normal reaction is for the ball to pull its head and neck sharply away from such contact. When held, the snake should grip you gently but firmly when moving around. It should be alert to its surroundings. All young snakes are food for other, larger snakes, birds, lizards and mammalian predators so your hatchling may be a bit nervous at first but should settle down quickly.

      Selecting an escape-proof enclosure
      Select an enclosure especially designed for housing snakes, such as the glass tanks with the combination fixed screen/hinged glass top. All snakes are escape artists; ball pythons are especially powerful and cunning when it comes to breaking out. A good starter tank for a hatchling is a 10 gallon tank (approximately 20"L x 10"W [50 x 25 cm]). A young adult requires a 20 gallon tank, and full adult may require a 30 gallon tank (36" x 12"W [91 x 35 cm]).

      Select a suitable substrate
      Use paper towels at first. These are easily and quickly removed and replaced when soiled and, with an import, will allow you to better monitor for the presence of mites and the condition of the feces. Once the animal is established, you can use more decorative ground cover such as commercially prepared shredded cypress or fir bark. Pine and aspen shavings should not be used as they can become lodged in the mouth while eating, causing respiratory and other problems. The shavings must be monitored closely and all soiled and wet shavings pulled out immediately to prevent bacteria and fungus growths. The utilitarian approach is to use inexpensive Astroturf. Extra pieces can be kept in reserve and used when the soiled piece is removed for cleaning and drying (soak in one gallon of water to which you have added two tablespoon of household bleach; rinse thoroughly, and dry completely before reuse). Remember: the easier it is to clean, the faster you'll do it!

      Provide a hiding place
      A half-log is available at pet stores. An empty cardboard box or upside-down opaque plastic container, both with an access doorway cut into one end, can also be used. The plastic is easily cleaned when necessary; the box can be tossed out when soiled and replaced with a new one. The box or log must be big enough for the snake to hide its entire body inside; you will need to eventually replace it as your snake grows. Ball pythons prefer dark places for sleeping and, as they are nocturnal, they like the dark place during our daylight hours; they also like to sleep in something that is close around them, so do not buy or make too big of a cave for its size. Place a nice climbing branch or two in the tank with some fake greenery screening part of it; your ball will enjoy hanging out in the "tree."

      Keeping it warm
      Proper temperature range is essential to keeping your snake healthy. The ambient air temperature throughout the enclosure must be maintained between 80-85F (27-29 C)-during the day, with a basking area kept at 90F (32.5 C). At night, the ambient air temperature on the coolest side may be allowed to drop down no lower than 73-75F ( 23-24 C) only if a basking area of at least 80F (27 C) remains available.

      Special reptile heating pads that are manufactured to maintain a temperature about 20 degrees higher than the air temperature may be used inside the enclosure. There are adhesive pads that can be stuck to the underside of a glass enclosure. Heating pads made for people, available at all drug stores, are also available; these have built-in hi-med-lo switches and can be used under a glass enclosure. You can also use incandescent light bulbs in porcelain and metal reflector hoods to provide the additional heat required for the basking area. All lights must be screened off to prevent the snake from burning itself.

      All pythons, especially ball pythons, are very susceptible to thermal burns. For this same reason do not use a hot rock. New on the market are ceramic heating elements. They radiate heat downwards, do not emit light, and are reported to be long lasting. Plugged into a thermostat will enable you to adjust the temperature inside the tank as the ambient room temperature changes with the seasons.

      Buy at least two thermometers - one to use in the overall area 1" (2.5 cm) above the enclosure floor, and the other 1" (2.5 cm) above the floor in the basking area. Don't try to guess the temperature - you will either end up with a snake who will be too cold to eat and digest its food or one ill or dead from overheating.

      Humidity
      Ball pythons are native to generally temperate to arid areas. Depending on where you live, they may be fine with the ambient humidity. If there are any problems shedding, or feces are dry when deposited or there is straining to defecate, check the humidity with a hygrometer and get it up to 50 percent. When shedding, they will need higher humidity: increase enclosure humidity to 60-65 percent, or mist daily during the shed. If you bathe them in a warm bath the day their eyes clear, they should shed completely within 24 hours.

      Lighting
      No special lighting is needed. Ball pythons are nocturnal snakes, spending their days in the wild securely hidden away from possible predators. To make it easier to see your ball during the day, you can use a full-spectrum light or low wattage incandescent bulb in the enclosure during the day. Make sure the snake cannot get into direct contact with the light bulbs as ball pythons are very prone to getting seriously burned. Respect your ball's needs, however, and be sure to provide a hide box, and expect them to use it!

      Feeding
      Allow your snake to acclimate to its new home for a couple of weeks. Start your hatchling (about 15" in length) off with a single pre-killed one week to 10-day old "fuzzy" mouse. A smaller sized hatchling may require a smaller mouse; try a pre-killed 5-day old. Older ball pythons may be fed larger pre-killed mice or pinkie rats. If you have not had any experience force feeding a snake, you may not want to try it yourself until you have seen someone do it. Force feeding, whether of a mouse or with a formula inserted by catheter and syringe, is very stressful for the snake (and it isn't much fun for the owner!). If your new ball has gone several months without eating and is beginning to noticeably lose weight, take it to a reptile vet or contact your local herpetology society and ask to speak to someone who is knowledgeable about ball pythons and feeding problems. A good inexpensive book that covers some of the tricks to enticing reluctant ball pythons to feed is The Care and Maintenance of Ball Pythons by Philippe de Vosjoli, or the new edition, The Ball Python Manual, by de Vosjoli, Dave and Tracy Barker and Roger Klingenberg.

      Water
      Provide a bowl of fresh water at all times. Your snake will both drink and soak, and may defecate, in it. Check it daily and change when soiled. Soaking is especially good just before a shed. When they eyes clear from their milky opaque, or "blue" state, soak the snake in a tub of warm water for ten minutes or so, then lightly dry it off, and return it immediately to its tank; it should shed cleanly within twenty-four hours.

      Health problems
      Routine veterinary care for newly acquired snakes is essential. Many of the parasites infesting ball pythons and other reptiles can be transmitted to humans and other reptiles. Left untreated, such infestations can ultimately kill your snake. When your snake first defecates, collect the feces in a clean plastic bag, seal it, label it with the date, your name and phone number and the snake's name, then take it and your snake to a vet who is experienced with reptiles. There it will be tested and the proper medication given if worms or protozoan infestations are found.

      A common problem encountered in captivity include retained eye shed (spectacles) and mites. When snakes shed their skin, the layer of skin over their eye is also shed, and can be clearly seen when looking at a piece of head shed. Always check your ball's head shed to assure it has shed the spectacles. If one or both spectacles have been retained, bathe the snake again in warmish water for about ten minutes. Before returning it to the enclosure, place a dab of mineral oil on that eye with a cotton-tipped swab. The spectacle should come off within twenty-four hours. If it does not come off, wrap your four fingers with transparent tape, sticky side out. Gently rock your fingers from left to right (or, from nose to neck) across the eye; the spectacle should come off. If this does not removed the spectacle, then seek veterinary assistance.

      Mites are a sign of poor environmental conditions. Adult mites are tiny reddish brown dots barely bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. You may first notice them swarming over your hand and arm after you have handled your snake (don't worry--they are harmless to humans) or see them moving around your snake's body or clustered around the eyes. Mites are harmful to snakes, especially ones that have not been kept properly. On the positive side, they are easy and relatively inexpensive to get rid of, although the process is time-consuming. Read the article Getting Rid of Reptile Mites to find out the best ways to eradicate them.

      Snakes, including ball pythons, should routinely shed is one piece, from snout (including spectacles) to tail-tip. If a snake does not shed cleanly, it is a sign that something is not right, either with the snake or with its environment. Newly acquired snakes may not shed properly for the first month or two as they are getting acclimated to their new surroundings. This is a sign of transient stress. If it continues, or begins to occur in a long established snake, the snake must be evaluated for possible health problems, and the snake's environment must be evaluated for humidity problems.

      Humidity and Ball Pythons
      Ball pythons are native to very warm, but not hot, dry areas in Africa. Many people make the mistake of trying to keep them in a too humid overall environment, using damp sphagnum moss or misting them frequently throughout the day. The problem with this is that keeping the overall environment damp leads to conditions such as blister disease where in the skin, usually of the belly, becomes covered with blisters, leading to bacterial infections of the skin, which in turn leads to overall health problems.

      In fact, all a ball python needs is an area within its dry enclosure to which to retreat when it requires higher humidity. One way to accomplish this is to provide a water bowl large enough for the snake to soak in when it wants. Depending on the ambient room (and thus enclosure) humidity, this may be enough, or may be enough during part of the year. Another good, safe option for a ball python is a humidity retreat box.

      Handling your new snake
      After giving your ball a couple of days to settle in, begin picking it up and handling it gently. It may move away from you, and may threaten you by lashing it's tail and hissing; don't be put off - it is usually just a bluff, and snakes, like most reptiles, are very good at bluffing! Be gentle but persistent. Daily contact with each other will begin to establish a level of trust and confidence between you and your snake. When it is comfortable with you, you can begin taking it around the house. Don't get overconfident! Given a chance and close proximity to seat cushions, your ball will make a run (well, a slither) for it, easing down between the cushions and from there, to points possibly unknown. Always be gentle, and try to avoid sudden movements. If the snake wraps around your arm or neck, you can unwind it by gently grasping it's tail and gently unwrapping it from around your neck or arm - do not try to unwrap it by moving the head. Some snakes are a bit sensitive about being handled soon after they have eaten. If you feed your snake out of it's enclosure, go ahead and replace it back into it's enclosure after it has finished eating. Then leave it be for a couple of days. As the snake gets more comfortable with you, it will be less nervous and less likely to give you back your mouse.

      Inclusion Body Disease / Quarantine
      Inclusion body disease (IBD) is a virus that affects boas and pythons (boids). It is always fatal in pythons. Unfortunately, the lust to sell has overcome common sense in private breeders as well as pet stores and wholesalers, and an increasing number of boas and pythons are being sold who are infected with this virus.

      Always spend a considerable amount of time observing boids before you buy them, especially at pet stores. Even reptile specialty stores have been selling infected stock so buying from such stores is no guarantee that you are buying an uninfected/unexposed snake. Don't buy a boid because you feel sorry for it, because it looks sick and the store isn't providing proper care for it - you may lose every boid you own.

      Always observe strict quarantine procedures when bringing in a new boid into your house if you already have other boids. IBD may take several months to manifest itself. Owners have reported their new snakes showing signs as little as one month after acquiring hatchlings to well over one year after acquiring a new boid.

      Always have boids who are not acting well (loss of appetite, regurgitating meals, mouthrot, respiratory infection, contorted body positions, stargazing) seen by a reptile vet as soon as possibly after symptoms are noticed. Warn the vet before coming in that it may be IBD so they may take precautions to reduce exposure to other boids who may be in their office at that time.

      Remember that it doesn't require snake-to-snake contact to spread the disease. You may unwittingly spread it by handling other snakes without first thoroughly washing your hands. Viruses are airborne - think twice about taking your snakes to places where they will encounter snakes belonging to people who may not be taking proper precautions.

      Necessities
      Some things you should have on hand for general maintenance and first aid include: Nolvasan (chlorhexidine diacetate) for cleaning enclosures and disinfecting food and water bowls, litter boxes, tubs, sinks, your hands, etc. Betadine (povidone/iodine) for cleansing scratches and wounds. Set aside a food storage bowl, feeding and water bowls, soaking bowl or tub, even sponges, to be used only for your snake.

      Enjoy yourselves
      You have a companion that will be a part of your life for a great many years if taken care of properly. They should remain alert and active well into their old age. The main causes of death of snakes in captivity are directly related to their care: improper temperatures, contact with heating and lighting elements, no regular access to water, lack of necessary veterinary care and treatment, careless handling--all things for which we, as their caretakers, are directly responsible.

      Sources

      The Ball Python Manual, by Philippe de Vosjoli, Dave and Tracy Barker, and Roger Klingenberg, 1995. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Lakeside CA.

      Completely Illustrated Atlas of Reptiles and Amphibians, by Obst, Richter and Jacob. 1988. TFH Publications, Inc. Neptune City, NJ.

      Snakes of the World, by Scott Weidensaul. 1991. Chartwell Books, Seacacus, NJ.

      Living Snakes of the World, John M. Mehrtens. 1987. Sterling Publishing Co. New York.

  21. QUESTION:
    Am I allowed to sell my own food for profit?
    Are there any legal hurdles I have to jump through if I want to sell my own food? If not, when? Is it when I get business loans? Or if my business gets too large that it attracts food inspectors etc?

    • ANSWER:
      be more specific...
      the most small basic food business.... Lemonade/Kool aid stand?
      Little or no regulations....taxes....forget it.

      Grow some veggies, and sell via word of mouth...see above.
      Bake pies, cakes, wedding cakes....probably can work on cash basis for a while, but will need insurance to protect your personal assets. That is doable.

      Any viable wholesale, retail food business is subjet to government regulations... Even a hot-dog stand is regulated. Some jursidictions require them to provide a place for customers to wash there hands.... so, we no longer see the sidewalk vendors.
      The larger the scope of your business, expect an equal amount of red tape, bureacracy, etc. and, dont think your competition will sit idly by, if you are not doing the things they must conform to....good luck...
      If you wish to be a "green" farmer...ask your potential distributors what they will require... I am sure when you look into it, the learning curve is steep, and the requirements discouraging. It is not a place for the meek, nor the incompetent or inconfident.. (not sure if that is a word, duh)
      And, to start out somewhat large with a brick and mortar shop, have deep pockets.

  22. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy pallets of dog food, i will prefer big bags bigger than 50lbs?
    i will like to buy dog food pallets for a cheap price, does anyone know where to get the whole sale price that will ship to California. I will prefer the dog food bags to be bigger than 50lbs, brand does not matter. If anyone knows a good website please inform me thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Contact the manufacturer directly...perhaps they will sell to you at wholesale prices if you're buying that large a quantity.

      Are you starting your own feed store? Why doesn't brand matter? You do realize there is a shelf-life on the stuff and if you just plan on stashing it in the garage for future use, chances are mice will help themselves.

  23. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to own a GERMAN SHEPHERD?
    ive been wanting a german shepard for a long time.

    i was wondering how much it would cost to raise a german shepherd from a puppy to an adult?

    and how much would it cost (yearly) to maintain as an adult?

    who are some good german shepherd breeders? websites? (im looking for a working dog, police quality.. not a dog that was bred for the specific purpose of show

    • ANSWER:
      Buying a quality German Shepherd should run you 0 - 00. After that, all dogs cost about the same money to take care of. Puppy shots are another 0, then 0 a year. Annual Heartworm test and preventative medication 0.
      Quality food like Nutro - a month.
      Obedience classes 0 and up. Professional trainer 0 and up. Going on vacation? Boarding kennel /day. Spaying or neutering? 0.

      BEFORE you get any dog you should read some great books on training. (Try not to pick books randomly - there are a lot of bad books out there also!) These are some of my favorites and you can get them on Amazon.com
      What All Good Dogs Should Know - Volhard
      Good Owners, Great Dogs - Brian Kilcommins
      Dog Tricks : Eighty-Eight Challenging Activities for Your Dog from World-Class Trainers by Haggerty and Benjamin
      Don't Shoot the Dog - Pryor
      Training Your Dog: The Step by Step Method - Volhard
      Dog Problems - Benjamin
      Cesar's Way - Cesar Millan
      Also, watch the Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel. Cesar Millan is the best trainer I've ever seen on TV.

      Dogs are terrific companions but they require training and discipline and daily exercise. Shepherds live about ten - twelve years so paying 00 for a pup means that the dog cost you only 0 a year.

      Find a good breeder by going to www.akc.org or talking to people at dog shows. Shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia - make sure the pup's parents and grandparents x-rays were OFA certified excelent or good. You can also find info about the breed clubs on the akc site. The best breeders will be members of their breed club, promoting healthy dogs with great temperaments. They should ask you a bunch of questions to make sure their puppy will be getting a good home. If all a "breeder" seems to care about is whether your check will clear, you can be sure he won't care a week later when the pup is dying from distemper or parvo and you want your money back.

      Whatever you do, DON'T go to a pet shop, a flea market or buy one sight-unseen off the Internet!!!! You'll pay top dollar for what is usually a poor quality puppy mill dog. And you'll be supporting one of the cruelest industries in the country. The breeding animals are often kept in deplorable conditions - spending their entire lives in small wire-bottomed cages. They probably haven't been vaccinated against contagious diseases or tested for any health or temperament problems or genetic diseases - that costs money and cuts into their profits. A female is often bred every time she comes into heat. When her poor little body can't take it any more, she is often clubbed in the head and tossed into a dumpster or an open ditch. Most puppy mills ship their pups to pet stores at wholesale prices and many pups die before they even get there.

  24. QUESTION:
    What income can I expect when starting an online business/store?
    I am interested in starting an online business (specializing in dogs/breeders and w/ an store). I am wondering if anyone has successfully started an home based internet business. I know that the income is based on many factors but I was wondering what others have made as far as profits and also how much did you invest?
    Also what are your average monthly profits and expenses and what industry is your business? Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure what your on-line business is? food, animals, breedings, specialty services?

      pet Supplies plus and some of the other "big box" stores tried selling all of their stuff online, I remember buying 50 pound bags of dogfood from them with no shipping charges, I never figured out how they could make money doing it (they don't sell that anymore).

      That being said, if you're selling a specialty breed of dog, you'd better have a darned good reputation or an unusual breed like sarplaniniac if you think someone's going to plunk down hundreds / thousands on an unknown animal.

      If you're trying to sell specialty items like dog combs et al, know that you'll need to buy in sufficient quantity to be priced comparable to the big retailers, and factor in shipping costs. A more likely scenario is something that the big guys don't do - maybe you can have people send in pictures of their dogs and you re-create them on silkscreen and make ties or scarves, or something that differentiates you.

      If you just want to be a me-too, set up a wholesale business and try to sell on ebay (although fees are eating many retailers alive there), that's a possibility, see what the prices /shipping is before you place your order through the wholesalers.

      I have a side business that I run on the internet - I raise exotic animals and sell them and their end products - I am moderately successful, but have 6 figures into the business, my ROI is decent but I still have my day job.

      Expenses depend on whether animals are healthy or ill - most of the feed and other expenses have been fairly flat for the past 5 years. Income swings dramatically depending on how the industry is doing -

  25. QUESTION:
    How much money does a medium sized dog cost annually?
    I'm getting a puggle and would like to know how much it's going to cost me on a yearly basis.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, a puggle is about the same size as my dog. The thing is, that unexpected Vet bills can KILL ya! I spent 0 in the first 3 weeks I had her, just on Kennel Cough, Deworming, and antibiotics- as well as her vaccinations.

      You can never tell how much it will cost when things come up. But as far as food, you can shop for food in bulk, at a wholesale Pet Store- in NJ I go to JB Pet Supply- they have great prices on top quality food.

      Of course there is the initial spending of a crate (about -) a dog bed (-) a good leash and collar (-) some chew toys (-).

      A medium dog will cost you about a month in food. Treats and toys, maybe a month. Poop bags, maybe a month.

      Since a Puggle doesn't require 'haircuts' like my dog does, then you'll want to bathe her at least once every 6-8 weeks. If you can handle trimming her nails and cleaning her ears (Beagle mixes commonly suffer from ear infections- so it is important to do the ear flushing on a regular basis!!! The ears will start to smell and become gunked up with wax and dirt. The cause of this is because they have flap type ears-) you can do it yourself, or you can take her to a groomer for a bath and cleaning. My vet does the nail clipping and the ear washing for me. Of course that is a charge each time.

      There are flea treatments- whether you choose a bath or a pill, it all costs money. Spaying and neutering is also a good 0 average- at 6 months of age.

      So, if you add all of that up, I would say it will average to 0+ per month, depending on the health of your dog! If there are issues, like medical problems, it can go much higher. You can't skip going to the vet when the pup needs to be seen.

      You also may want to take the puppy to "Puppy Preschool" or a similar program. This will cost 0-200.

      If you don't have a fenced in yard, you may need to do that at some point. You may also need 'baby gates' in your home to keep the dog in one room when you leave the house.

      Of course, you may want to get Pet Health Insurance, it certainly has helped out a lot of people!

      Good luck with your puppy!

  26. QUESTION:
    Is the expensive pet food really that much better?
    If I bought Iams or Purina One, I'd have to eat it too. I just can't feed my pets like that on my budget. Do you think there really is that much of a difference? And which bargan brands do you think are the best second choice?

    • ANSWER:
      Every one has their own opinions on diet.

      However when it comes to male cats (I'm not sure what type of pet you are feeding) nutrition is of major importance. Although urinary infections and urinary obstruction can happen on any diet and for reasons other than diet, our Veterinary clinic sees more urinary infections/obstructions on "cheap" foods than any other type. They include Whiskas, Meow Mix, Special Kitty etc. Some cats can do fine on those brands, however it greatly predisposes them to blockage due to poorer/unbalanced nutrient content.

      Also large breed dogs (again don't know what you are feeding) such as great danes do much better on high quality food. You'd have to feed so much Old Roy to equal the nutrient content/balance of Science Diet or Purina that you'd spend more on several bags of Old Roy to equal what you can get out of one bag of the "expensive" stuff.

      Like I said some animals do fine on store brands but others don't. You get what you pay for....there is a reason those foods are so cheap.
      A bag of quality food is less expensive than a trip to the vet for urinary blockage. Hopefully your budget includes veterinary care, it seems awful tight if you can't afford to feed them. Wholesale stores like Sam's Club, Fleet Farm, Costco and others also have name brand foods cheaper than Petco and they are also more likely to have coupons/sales. That might be something to look for.

  27. QUESTION:
    Where in Killeen, TX, can I buy wholesale supplies for a Hot Dog Cart?
    I am referring to wholesale supplies such as buns, the actual hot dogs, condiment bottles, pickles and the likes. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I do not know if you have a Costco store nearby, but that's the cheapest place I found for such restaurant/food service supplies. But here are some websites with additional ideas:

      http://www.worldsbesthotdogcarts.com/
      http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/concession/hot-dog-supplies/c19012.aspx
      http://smallbusiness.chron.com/hot-dog-stand-start-up-checklist-2436.html
      http://smallbusiness.chron.com/owning-hot-dog-cart-10367.html

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some fun games to play with your dog?
    She's fairly old but she's good at playing hide and seek w/ toys and catch. What other games would be fun for her?

    • ANSWER:
      well, fetch.. uh.. get a toy that can be played with inside and my dog will even jump me. there is a certain doorway that i fit into perfectly and if i throw a toy in the next room and get down on my knees she will jump me no matter how high i get. but she is a younger dog.. also get treats involved with play sometimes. that could help, considering your dog would be doing 2 of its fav things- eating and playing lol. also, another thing could be one of the things that u can put a treat or piece of cereal in it or something and the dog can run around with it and push it around until the piece of food falls out. then, the dog will get a lot of exercise until he/she gets the food- their goal. it is hard for them to get it, so it will give your dog the exercise. srry, but idk wat it is called. its like.. a kong or something. also, getting a pack of toys from like.. costco or some big wholesale place or store helps with exercise. thats wat i got my puppy for Christmas, and she LOVED it. i wrapped each toy in one layer of tissue paper and she unwrapped them. getting your dog new toys will really help because then he/she gets interested in toys. especially squeaky toys. they really work bc my dog really loves to chew on them and play tug of war with them. eventually, actually, it doesnt take too long, she will end up bursting them and the squeaker falls out :) along with the stuffing. then she will just lay there and take the stuffing out. lol its wierd.
      hope i helped!!
      <3

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some signs to look for to know if my dogs are sick? They both eat Iams dry food & both got sick today
    They just threw up within an hour of each other and neither one has eaten today. As far as I know the Iams Dry has not been recalled but I can't help but worry...

    Thanks for any input.

    • ANSWER:
      please read the question I posted regarding the big companies that make your pet foods...smile it will open your eyes.....

      Recalled Dog Product Information
      Recall Information 1-866-895-2708
      Variety or Multi-Packs:

      If you are in possession of a variety or multi-pack, please be sure to check the individual can or pouch rather than relying solely on the date coding on the side of the carton.

      Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
      Authority
      Award
      Best Choice
      Big Bet
      Big Red
      Bloom
      Cadillac
      Companion
      Demoulas Market Basket
      Eukanuba
      Food Lion
      Giant Companion
      Great Choice
      Hannaford
      Hill Country Fare
      Hy-Vee
      Iams
      Laura Lynn
      Loving Meals
      Meijers Main Choice
      Mighty Dog Pouch
      Mixables
      Nutriplan
      Nutro Max
      Nutro Natural Choice
      Nutro Ultra
      Nutro
      Ol'Roy Canada
      Ol'Roy US
      Paws
      Pet Essentials
      Pet Pride - Good n Meaty
      Presidents Choice
      Price Chopper
      Priority Canada
      Priority US
      Publix
      Roche Brothers
      Save-A-Lot Choice Morsels
      Schnucks
      Shep Dog
      Springsfield Prize
      Sprout
      Stater Brothers
      Stop & Shop Companion
      Tops Companion
      Wegmans Bruiser
      Weis Total Pet
      Western Family US
      White Rose
      Winn Dixie
      Your Pet

      These were taken off the shelves:
      Pedigree Dry dog food
      Whiskas Dry cat food
      Pedigree Dog's Delight Ringo
      Pedigree Dog's Delight Tasty Bone
      Pedigree Puppy Biscuit dog treats

      and now:(makes you wonder whats next!!!)

      Science Diet® Kitten Savory Cuts® Ocean Fish 3 oz. and 5.5 oz.
      Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Beef 5.5 oz.
      Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Chicken 5.5 oz.
      Science Diet® Feline Adult Savory Cuts® Ocean Fish 5.5 oz.
      Science Diet® Feline Senior Savory Cuts® Chicken 5.5 oz.

      Laboratory testing has confirmed that samples of Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats sold by BJ's Wholesale Club in 25-count packages under the "Berkley & Jensen" brand with no lot number and only the expiration advisory "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a specific month) were contaminated with Salmonella. Additional testing of other pig ear dog treats from shipments during the above time period has not revealed any additional evidence of Salmonella contamination, but Petrapport nonetheless is voluntarily recalling them out of an abundance of caution due to concern that the pig ears imported during this period may not have been effectively irradiated for Salmonella before shipment from Chile.

      The voluntary recall includes dog treats sold by BJ's Wholesale Club in its 25-count packages of "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats with no lot number and only the expiration advisories "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a specific month) as well as "BEST IF USED BY SEPTEMBER 2009," "BEST IF USED BY OCTOBER 2009," "BEST IF USED BY NOVEMBER 2009," and "BEST IF USED BY DECEMBER 2009."

      Also included within this voluntary recall are the following lots of pig ear dog treats sold in bulk by other retailers under the "Petrapport" brand:

      ITEM # 8915 Bulk Low Fat Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101808 & 102108

      ITEM # 8772P Two Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101707

      ITEM # 8770P 12 Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101707

      ITEM # 8774P 24 Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101907

      ITEM # 7416 1 lb. Bulk Pig Ear Strips
      RECALLED LOT #S 101907

      ITEM # 7425 24 oz. Bulk Pig Ear Strips
      RECALLED LOT #S 5039

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the cost of living in St Michael, Barbados?
    I have been offered a job in St. Michael, Barbados. I have never been and was wondering what its like and what the cost of living is?
    Where is a good place to rent a house?
    How much is rent for a 3 bdrm house?
    How much is food/utilities/phone/etc.?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have been to many financial seminars so shop very wisely.

      Groceries should be bought as near to the city as possible. If you do not mind shopping where the poor people shop which is in Popular Supermarket in Spry Street or Spooners Hill. They has the cheapest groceries, Additionally Cosmetics or toiletries and some groceries should be bought from Cherish on Swan Street. The lines there are always long.

      Anywhere is a good place to rent a house but you might feel more comfortable living in certain areas depending on your background. You did not stay where you are coming from. Then again it is where the houses are available and the cost. You might not necessarily get a house but an apartment. I guess you want it furnished. Would you have a vehicle or would you be utilizing the bus service.which is 1.50? You might also want to be as near as possible to your work place to cut down on the cost and time traveling.

      I am not seeing much 3-bedroom houses mostly 1 and 2 bed apartments.Some of the 3's are a distance away but with one bus drive. Coming down on mornings can and will be a hustle.There are some from 55.00 Bbds for a 1 bed per night up 275.00 short-term. You might pay less for long-term. The US$ is 2 to one to the Barbados dollar so a house for 00 is US00. In the more upscale areas it is up to 00 or more depending. The prices can vary. Check out www.nationnews.com for some. Also cariblist.com which have the more expensive ones.

      Look in the paper on naionnews.com because the ones I tell you about might go but you will have an idea of the prices, places and types.

      Basic phone is about 59.56 but if you want internet(ADSL) it is about .00 more.

      My light bill came in for 153.52 using 322 kwh with the meter reading 8987. The energy was 61.00 and the energy was 75.70. This is the most that I have paid for electricity. Your charges MIGHT be included in your rent so you should ask a question.

      My water is only 23.62 but yours will be included in your rent.
      Your cable might or might not come with your rent.

      The basic rates here are 65.00 for STV and about -90.00 (not sure) or so for Direct TV.

      Gas might be included in your rent but it can be about 23 or so depending on the use.

      Depending on what you want to eat can be very expensive. I go into the market and but lots of fish which is about 6.50 per pound now. Whole fish is cheaper providing it is in season. Flying fish can be very cheap depending on the season. Right now it is for a pack of 10 ready-boned. Normally in season you can get a 100 for about not boned. That is the time to buy them and store them for times like now. I like to cook fish since it it faster to cook and will not use much gas. Market on Saturdays for vegs since it is far cheaper than some supermarkets or to the farmer's market. I tend to go to the wholesalers and lots of stuff at the wholesale price. SBI Distributors for my rice which is about for 20 lbs of rice, Nescafe and Milo is cheap. Hanschell Inniss for my hot dogs, hamburgers, some tin stuff, insect spray etc. One can get discount there. 2 kg Cheese at Brydens for about and change.
      These veg prices change all the time so browse around. Cucumbers 1 per pound, sweet peppers 5 for the mixed colours and 3 for the green, sweet potato is now 2.50, yams about , cassava the same, carrots about 4, cabbage 3 per lb, fresh herbs 1 each, etc.
      English potatoes at Hill is cheap, onions is about 2.73 per kg (best price around) at Hill Supermarket on Roebuck Street. You can buy a bag for about to last a long time.
      I shop around to get the best prices.

      I scarcely buy chicken because it is so expensive and all it has is a lot of fat. You can buy mince beef along with meaties (small meat balls) very cheap from H. Jason Jones on Fontabelle. They also sell beef as well.

      I tend not to buy expensive fruits like strawberries, cherries from abroad etc. occasionally I indulge.

      Avoid eating out regularly from fast-food outlets because it can be expensive for eg. buying 2 pieces of chicken, fries, a roll with a soda can be about . Sometimes you can pay about or 4 just for a small( and I mean real small) potion of fries when a pound of potatoes can be bought for less than a dollar. If you can afford it then it is ok. If you eat in restaurants like the Cliff, Champers, Savannah Hotel can be very expensive.
      Bring along your toiletries to last for a while.

      Anything I forget that you want to know just let me know.

      Hope this helps.

  31. QUESTION:
    where to buy dog food wholesale in alberta canada?
    we use 20 18kg bags a month.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a website from BC that has a wholesaler in Alberta. It is holistic food and sounds pretty good. Look under Alberta news for contact info:
      http://www.happypaws.ca/

  32. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy inventory for a hot dog cart?
    I live in Nashville and I am about to start a hot dog cart business but I don't know where the best place to buy wholesale hot dogs are. I tried looking on costco.com but they didn't have anything. I thought about maybe Sysco, but I don't know if you have to pay any kinds of fees. Any help would be awesome! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't pay a fee to order from Sysco. Just contact a rep for a catalog and credit application.

      You might also check GFS (Gordon Food Service) which has stores in the area (I go to the one at Cool Springs). No membership fee there either. Just stop in and pick up supplies as you need them. Great samples too. www.gfs.com

      Of course, there is Sam's Club, but there is a membership fee.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some reasons why we should care how we treat the animals that we eat?

    Amy, could you elaborate on how the antibiotics and pesticides that the animals are pumped with. How do they adversely effect the environment? Is it through waste or air or what?

    • ANSWER:
      I was just reading this moments ago at Tigers & Strawberries:
      http://www.tigersandstrawberries.com/2006/06/14/why-do-people-only-love-cute-animals/
      ====
      I have had extensive interactions with most types of farm animals, and they all have qualities about them that are attractive. They may not all be cute, nor are they all friendly critters, but they all have traits to them that make it so humans can relate to them as other beings. They can be affectionate, they feel pain, they feel pleasure, they are gregarious and they are all creatures who deserve respect, care and dignity.

      Here’s the way I think about it: no animal, even if it is destined for a dinner plate, (perhaps, especially if it is going to become an entree) should lead lives of unrelieved suffering. End. Of. Story.

      Nor should they be mistreated on their way to the slaughterhouse, nor should they be killed in an inhumane fashion.

      It is as simple as that. We cannot, in fact, must not, make artificial demarcations in our minds between which animals are allowed to be eaten and which are not, based only on emotional beliefs. We must look carefully at the situation of all animals, and decide how they are to be treated not only in their deaths, but in their lives. If we punish individuals for making dogs and cats suffer, then why do we tolerate the wholesale suffering of our food animals? It doesn’t make sense, and worse than that–it means that we can make artificial divisions in our minds that are not based upon logic, or fact, but instead an emotion.

      Where does such thinking end? Does this sort of inhumane treatment of -some- animals end with just animals, or can it desensitize us to suffering such that we can turn our heads and ignore the suffering of other humans, because they are not valued by us, or are too different from us to warrent care?
      ====

      How we treat the least among us determines our humanity.

      The more we tolerate the more we'll have to give up.

      But there's more to it as well such as the environment and other externalized costs and the utter selfishness of tastes.

  34. QUESTION:
    I really want to save up and get a puppy, how much would it cost?
    I would like to get a golden retriever from a breeder. I would like a male that is a young puppy. I also would need to get him a bed, dished, toys, vet bill, food, collar, leash, and all the other needs.
    I am ready for a dog, I have had one before, and I know the responsibilties

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy from a reputable breeder: probably 0-00 for a pet-quality male. (Females are generally more.) Check rescues in your area; they occasionally have puppies.

      As far as supplies go, check out places like Sam's and Costco. Also, there are many on-line and catalog retailers (e.g., Pet Edge, JB Wholesale, Drs Foster and Smith). Petsmart, Petco, etc. usually have good quality and a wide selection.

      Crate: -, but you might be able to find a used one for less.

      Bed: anywhere from -0+, depending on what it is. These go on sale often. A place like Sam's or Costco is a great place to get one. The crate with crate pad can be used as a bed.

      Toys: whatever you want to spend. Sturdy toys like Kongs and Wubbas run around or so. A couple of tennis balls will be cheaper.

      Dishes: - each. Get dishes that won't tip over, or get an elevated feeder.

      Collar and leash: and up. I recommend double layered nylon with a metal buckle collar for an inexpensive but sturdy collar and leash. You can walk your dog on a flat collar, or you can get a training (chain) collar, or a harness, or a Gentle Leader.

      Obedience class: 0 or thereabouts for a puppy or beginner class. Training DVD or book: or so.

      Food: High quality kibble runs around -.25 a pound, and up. You can get food much cheaper, but don't. Good foods that are relatively inexpensive include Authority (Petsmart house brand), Kirkland (Costco house brand), Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, and Eagle Pak. Any food you buy should have a meat or meat meal as its first ingredient. Avoid corn-based foods, as many dogs are sensitive to corn. Some are also sensitive to wheat and soy. Dogs don't need artificial colors or preservatives either. A 30-pound bag should last one dog about a month.

      Treats: Whatever you want to spend. Carrots make excellent treats. You can slice up your own or get those baby carrots. Treats can be bought in bulk from feed stores or catalog companies.

      License: it depends on your locale, maybe /year

      ID tag(s): -

      Grooming supplies. You'll need dental care items, a good comb or rake, shampoo and conditioner, and nail clippers or grinder. maximum.

      Vet: It depends. Office visits at my vet are around . Rabies and immunizations = ? Rabies usually is given every three years. Look into pet insurance. Many plans are available from several companies. It might be worth it for a young, healthy dog. Or, start your own vet expense savings account.

      Heartworm pills: /year (12) for a 50-100 pound dog (Interceptor) (Heartguard) Fosters and Smith prices

      Neuter (one time expense) $!00 maybe at your vet, but there are low-cost clinics that charge less.

      A lifetime of love--PRICELESS!

  35. QUESTION:
    does anyone know of any dog food wholesalers - I am a breeder would like to find a wholesaler to reduce costs?
    Preferably in the southern region but any ideas please give them - thank you :) x
    Sorry by southern i mean dorset way

    • ANSWER:
      As a registered breeder you will already know that many of the manufacturers have breeder clubs where kibble is sold to breeders at about one third the cost of retail prices and about 50% cheaper than wholesale pricesand that it is delivered to your door.

  36. QUESTION:
    Pet boarding kennels - What is needed to start this kind of business?
    I am interested in starting up boarding kennels for dogs and cats possibly small animals. I have no idea at all about how to go about this and wonder if anyone can offer advice?
    Many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You firstly need a council official to visit the premises intended for your venture to see if it matches regulations ie; is the proposed building or buildings far enough away from the neighbours not to cause noise disturbance and far enough away from residential premises for H&S requirements.
      Then you need to apply for planning permission (if successful) for proposed buildings and facilities such as a water & electricity supply and safe food storage and kennel blocks with heating or not with detailed plans for submission.
      Then you should outline a 5 year business plan to submit to banks for business loan help if required and also outline any requirements in order to get your business up and running.
      Then you need to contact a Cash & Carry business or several wholesale suppliers in order to keep your running costs to a minimum.
      Then advertisements to get guests to book!
      Good Luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to cut wedding costs?
    I'm looking to save as much money as possible but still have a nice little elegant wedding.

    • ANSWER:
      FLOWER IDEAS
      Buy flowers wholesale in a local market, grocery store, or online http://www.fiftyflowers.com, and pay a florist to do simple centerpieces. Want to keep things really easy? Do one to two looks in abundance and make an impact. Place tons of branches, like curly willow or dogwood, in urns or tall glass vases from the dollar store; for a bit more flair, hang LED tealights from them with ribbons in your wedding colors.try groupings of the same flower/s in different hues for an affordably stylish look. Cluster vases of different sizes in interesting configurations on tables.Keep ceremony flowers simple by only placing arrangements near the spot where you’ll be exchanging vows, not on every aisle seat or pew.

      LINEN IDEAS
      You can go to a fabric store and make your own linens and overlays. Or if your venue already comes with plain white linens you can create your own overlays to go over the table cloth like a nice organza. You just have to know the size of the table. Or rental from an online linen rental company if their prices are good. And they normally ship nationwide and send linen sample swatches.
      http://www.bbjlinen.com
      http://www.glowconcepts.com
      http://www.fabulousevents.com
      http://www.linennstuff.com
      http:// www.lineneffects.com
      http://clothconnection.com

      FOOD IDEAS
      If you prefer an evening reception, but still want to stick to a budget, consider a desserts-only reception. Specify on the invitation that you will be serving desserts, so that guests don’t expect a full meal. Offer a delicious array of sweets: pastries, pies, mousses and a dramatic flaming treat like Bananas Foster. To accompany, serve champagne or prosecco and specialty coffees and teas.
      Another increasingly popular choice is the cocktail party reception. You'll save thousands on food and decorations; after all, you can forgo big floral arrangements for your tables and adorn small cocktail tables with candles and modest bunches of blooms. Hand pass hors d’oeuvres like mini hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and mini quiches. On a multi-tiered table offer finger foods like Italian breads, olives, artichoke hearts and cheeses, finger fruits and salads. Or consider a chic wine-tasting reception. Guests can sample from different small dishes at food stations, each matched with a special wine. Printed cards can explain the pairing.
      Good luck planning hope you like these ideas.

      Invite Ideas
      DIY your invites. There are websites that you can go to as well as going to a staples, office max or crafts store like micheals or a.c moore etc.... and they should have DIY wedding invite kits there for an inexpensive price

      Bridal Dress and Bridesmaids
      Bridesmaids dresses could be bought for a good price at macys, jc pennys, charlotte russe etc.... For the bridal gown you could figure out when your favorite dress designer or bridal store is having a sample sale so you can get a great dress for cheap or just stick to a budget. Also for tuxedos, normally tuxedo companies have sales and specials so keep an eye out for that. Also suites my be a little bit more cheaper but less formal.

      Photographer:
      This is so easy and way cheaper than hiring an actual photographer to do the job. Place a few disposable camera's on the tables. People will take it upon them self's to take pictures of the even. You will end up with a lot more pictures than what you would have paid for a photographer. Or if you don't like that idea you can always give a few throw always to a few people that you really trust, and have them take pictures for you.

      Videographer:
      Go to a rent to own store and pay the rental fee to rent Three or four Cameras. Purchase your tapes they aren't that expensive. Then get you a few stands and place them in the appropriate places, at the church. You will need to get extension cords as well. The best part about this is you can return these items and get your money back. Except the rental fee on the cameras. Have some one in charge of moving the camera's to the hall for you so that way they are in place before you get there.

      Decor
      When it comes to the decorations for the hall. BORROW, BORROW, BORROW! I can't say it enough. Get a hold of as many Christmas lights and other decorations you can. Buy some tulle it isn't that expensive. Wrap the lights and tulle every where. Pull up some pictures off the internet for some ideas. There are cheap ways of recreating the same look.Look at the dollar store for items such as vases for the centerpieces. Also check craft stores like micheals and a.c. moore.
      http://www.beau-coup.com/table-decoratio…
      http://www.weddingdecor.com/centerpiece.…
      http://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-d…

      Cake:
      The wedding cake isn't very cheap although there is a solution to this delima. You can purchase simple round or even square cakes from the bakery and the appropriate tools needed to assemble the cake. As well as a few fake flowers, then your topper and you just saved 100-150 on your cake. Or you can make the cake yourself and have a professional decorate it for you.Also getting it done at a grocery store is alot cheaper then a speciality store.

      Music:
      You could make a playlist on your ipod if you have one and hopefully the venue has a great sound system so you can play it off that. Or a lap top would work as well

  38. QUESTION:
    looking for a commissary to start my Business?
    I just finish buying a hot dog cart and looking for a commissary to start my new food cart, the health Department told me that a need a commissary and I can't find one in orlando, please help me ! I really need to start working!! its for my family Thanks
    its require by health department state law!

    • ANSWER:
      You could by at sam's wholesale or any retail store i do not see you having to have a commissary.

  39. QUESTION:
    Where would I buy pet food in bulk in Ontario, Canada?
    My dad's a dog trainer and he's gonna move to Ontario and he wanted to know if there was some place he could buy wholesale dog food. We have 3 German shepherds who eat a ton! What he's looking for is bags about 50 lbs. that he can buy in bulk

    • ANSWER:
      I think you'll probably find the best deals when you buy from the Internet. I do here in the UK! And the joy is it's delivered to the door. I have to say I've never bought 50 lb bags - simply because I can't lift them LOL

  40. QUESTION:
    Is anybody paying attention to the effect the economy is having on our pets?
    Given the current state of the economy, a lot of people might find themselves without work in the next few weeks, months. Many folks who lose their jobs might not be able to afford their pets any more. Are any of the rescue groups out there petitioning breeders to “tone it down” until the economy improves? Has anybody noticed a significant change in the shelter population lately?
    Breeders: Have you given any thought to how you might handle the possibility that your puppy people might tell you that they recently lost their job?
    Consider this: Responsible breeders who would take back their puppies might also find themselves experiencing financial hardship.
    Also, I wonder if breeders who breed for profit have noticed a slow down in business lately.

    • ANSWER:
      The economy is one of the reasons I haven't found the right home for Monica. 2 of the 4 families I turned down simply would have had to do more stretching financially than I feel comfortable with in order to afford what I consider adequate care. While I don't demand people raw feed I do want them to feed a high quality food and I don't want them skimping on vet care if its needed. Sure, I could have sold her and then ended up taking her back if they couldn't keep her, but by then it would have been harder to integrate her back into my pack and she may have learned bad habits.

      There are a lot of things in my life that would be cut out long before my dog's care (including dogs returned if that happened) would be affected. I'd probably quit being so lazy and go to the meat wholesale place more often... more dogs means it would be easier to deal with 40 lb boxes of meat.

      Will it affect my breeding plans... we'll see. There's a 10 year old male Bernese I'd like to breed to before he stops producing... whether I breed has more to do with what my housing situation is at the point where my b*tch would be ready to breed than anything else. I'm trying to talk his owner into freezing semen... even offered to pay for it.

  41. QUESTION:
    where can I find wholesale food distributors to the public in colorado springs colorado?
    I am trying to find a business that sells food at wholesale prices in colorado springs colorado hot dogs hamburgers etc.....

    • ANSWER:
      Cost-co? Near wholesale prices. Probably won't be able to buy wholesale without a retail license for re-sale.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some good cheap meals that can feed around 100 people?
    My best friend and I are having a combined Sweet 16 with about 100 people...what is something cheap we can do for a meal at the party

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure if you are thinking that someone will be cooking for you, or you'll be ordering in a pizza-type food, etc. However, spaghetti is ridiculously easy to make in huge quantities, as is soup and countless other meals. Hamburgers and hot dogs are easy to grill and can be bought in massive quantities at places like Sam's and other wholesale grocery stores.
      Pizza Hut, Papa Johns and probably Dominoes are all competing right now to see who can sell the cheapest pizza - you can get a large for ... Which for a hundred people would run you upwards of 25 or 30 pizzas (IF you provide other snacks) which can get expensive fast - but they can often give you discounts for huge orders. Call them and see what they can provide for how much. Pizza sounds like a good route to go if both of your parents are chipping in, that'll help split the cost of food.

      If you don't mind the idea of regular sit down dinner type food, check out the link for mass quantities of food to prepare. Homemade food will run the cheapest but obviously you have to have someone who knows how to prepare it and is willing to cook for you guys. Happy birthday and good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    What exactly is true Islam about? Is it just some people that misrepresent it? Or is it truly violent?
    In pure and true Islam, the way it was intended to be practiced, do they really want all non-Muslims dead? Has it really always been a violent religion? Or are there just some people who misrepresent it from what it really is?

    • ANSWER:
      What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?
      Islam, a religion of mercy, does not permit terrorism. In the Quran, God has said:

      God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers. (Quran, 60:8)

      The Prophet Muhammad used to prohibit soldiers from killing women and children,1 and he would advise them: {...Do not betray, do not be excessive, do not kill a newborn child.}2 And he also said: {Whoever has killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise, though its fragrance is found for a span of forty years.}3

      Also, the Prophet Muhammad has forbidden punishment with fire.4

      He once listed murder as the second of the major sins,5 and he even warned that on the Day of Judgment, {The first cases to be adjudicated between people on the Day of Judgment will be those of bloodshed.6}7

      Muslims are even encouraged to be kind to animals and are forbidden to hurt them. Once the Prophet Muhammad said: {A woman was punished because she imprisoned a cat until it died. On account of this, she was doomed to Hell. While she imprisoned it, she did not give the cat food or drink, nor did she free it to eat the insects of the earth.}8

      He also said that a man gave a very thirsty dog a drink, so God forgave his sins for this action. The Prophet was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?” He said: {There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.}9

      Additionally, while taking the life of an animal for food, Muslims are commanded to do so in a manner that causes the least amount of fright and suffering possible. The Prophet Muhammad said: {When you slaughter an animal, do so in the best way. One should sharpen his knife to reduce the suffering of the animal.}10

      In light of these and other Islamic texts, the act of inciting terror in the hearts of defenseless civilians, the wholesale destruction of buildings and properties, the bombing and maiming of innocent men, women, and children are all forbidden and detestable acts according to Islam and the Muslims. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some have associated with Muslims. If an individual Muslim were to commit an act of terrorism, this person would be guilty of violating the laws of Islam.
      Source(s):

  44. QUESTION:
    What all do you have to do to start your own buisiness, in the area of food?

    • ANSWER:
      This is too vague to answer. You have to clarify. Do you mean wholesale, retail, restaurant, groceries, hot dog stand? In the simplest form, just start small and grow with the demand.

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy the Giant Game of Twister?
    It is usually found at party rental sites, but we want to purchase one.

    • ANSWER:
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  46. QUESTION:
    is the dog food cesar in the recalled list?
    is it? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      not yet....smile

      go to this link for foods and keep checking back with it....

      http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html

      I feed carrots and apple slices for treats and cook for them 1/2 the time and use Innova Evo for the dry food the other 1/2 of the time... its human grade....smile

      Laboratory testing has confirmed that samples of Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats sold by BJ's Wholesale Club in 25-count packages under the "Berkley & Jensen" brand with no lot number and only the expiration advisory "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a specific month) were contaminated with Salmonella. Additional testing of other pig ear dog treats from shipments during the above time period has not revealed any additional evidence of Salmonella contamination, but Petrapport nonetheless is voluntarily recalling them out of an abundance of caution due to concern that the pig ears imported during this period may not have been effectively irradiated for Salmonella before shipment from Chile.

      The voluntary recall includes dog treats sold by BJ's Wholesale Club in its 25-count packages of "Berkley & Jensen" Full-Cut Pig Ears dog treats with no lot number and only the expiration advisories "BEST IF USED BY 2009" (without referencing a specific month) as well as "BEST IF USED BY SEPTEMBER 2009," "BEST IF USED BY OCTOBER 2009," "BEST IF USED BY NOVEMBER 2009," and "BEST IF USED BY DECEMBER 2009."

      Also included within this voluntary recall are the following lots of pig ear dog treats sold in bulk by other retailers under the "Petrapport" brand:

      ITEM # 8915 Bulk Low Fat Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101808 & 102108

      ITEM # 8772P Two Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101707

      ITEM # 8770P 12 Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101707

      ITEM # 8774P 24 Pack Bulk Pig Ears
      RECALLED LOT #S 101907

      ITEM # 7416 1 lb. Bulk Pig Ear Strips
      RECALLED LOT #S 101907

      ITEM # 7425 24 oz. Bulk Pig Ear Strips
      RECALLED LOT #S 5039

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I make some extra income?
    What can i do to make some extra income .....

    like ebay ... does anyone know where I can acquire products by wholesale prices and then sell them for profit.

    i need some extra income for myself

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, sell a bit on e-bay. Unfortunaley the income isn't that steady but OK.
      Here is a dropshipper that is great and gives tips as well. www.edmwi.com

      I also started selling Natrual Dog Food, kind of like a Mary Kay/Avon business...but easier...people go on Autoship you don't have to chase them down...and it is a great product delivered right to my customers door. They love it, especially with the 40 lbs bags. There is quiet a bit money to make, but it requires some work. I do businesscards and hand out flyers some online marketing etc. The training is great, your own hours etc. This is the best thing that has worked for me. And I tried it all.
      You can read more about it here: www.HealthyTownandCountryPets.com, click on the opportunity link. Feel free to e-mail if you have more questions.
      Good Luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Where should I look to find a Papillion under the amount of 0?
    I was the one who asked how to talk my mom into letting me get a new dog. She said yes in about 6 months or so. Yay! I'm going to pay for: the dog, food and water bowl, collar, leash, bed, toys, and dog soap. Where can I find a low priced female, toy, baby Papillion? Thanks to everyone who helped me out before! ( What I mean is like should I get from a pet store or what?)
    I tried www.petfinder.com but it didn't work. Can anyone from Louisiana help me to find a place?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to burst your bubble but unfortunately, for that amount of money, you probably won't find ANY good dog of any breed. Toy dogs and rare breeds are the most expensive. Toy dogs can also be yappy, nippy and very hard to housebreak! You should use a crate from day one, and supervise the pup's every free minute. Don't let the pup learn that it can pee anywhere it wants - it's a lot easier to PREVENT bad habits than to break them.

      Find a good breeder by going to www.akc.org or talking to people at dog shows. You can also find info about the breed clubs on the akc site - they probably have a rescue group where you can get an older dog for less money. The best breeders will be members of their breed club, promoting healthy dogs with great temperaments. They should ask you a bunch of questions to make sure their puppy will be getting a good home. If all a "breeder" seems to care about is whether your check will clear, you can be sure he won't care a week later when the pup is dying from distemper or parvo and you want your money back.

      Whatever you do, DON'T go to a pet shop, a flea market or buy one sight-unseen off the Internet!!!! You'll pay top dollar for what is usually a poor quality puppy mill dog. And you'll be supporting one of the cruelest industries in the country. The breeding animals are often kept in deplorable conditions - spending their entire lives in small wire-bottomed cages. They probably haven't been vaccinated against contagious diseases or tested for any health or temperament problems or genetic diseases - that costs money and cuts into their profits. A female is often bred every time she comes into heat. When her poor little body can't take it any more, she is often clubbed in the head and tossed into a dumpster or an open ditch. Most puppy mills ship their pups to pet stores at wholesale prices and many pups die before they even get there.

      Beware of people selling puppies at "reasonable" prices! Even free dogs cost money to take care of. If the dog isn't properly trained, it can chew up your house and your stuff. If it's not housebroken, it can ruin your floors and your furniture. How "free" is a dog that does 00 in damage to your house? Many "free" dogs turn out to be sick - how "free" is a dog that costs you 0 at the vet because he has Parvo or distemper or heartworm?

      A good pup can easily cost 00 or more. All dogs require a lot of time, energy and money to take care of properly. A crate, books and supplies can cost up to 0. Puppy shots are 0, then 0 a year for boosters. Annual Heartworm test and preventative medication 0. Professional trainer 0 and up. Going on vacation? Boarding kennel /day. Spaying? 0. If you can't afford to pay for a good dog, maybe you can't afford to maintain one either?

      BEFORE you get any dog you should read some great books on training. (Try not to pick books randomly - there are a lot of bad books out there also!) These are some of my favorites and you can get them on Amazon.com
      What All Good Dogs Should Know - Volhard
      Good Owners, Great Dogs - Brian Kilcommins
      Dog Training for Kids - Benjamin
      Dog Tricks : Eighty-Eight Challenging Activities for Your Dog from World-Class Trainers by Haggerty and Benjamin
      Don't Shoot the Dog - Pryor
      Training Your Dog: The Step by Step Method - Volhard
      Dog Problems - Benjamin
      Cesar's Way - Cesar Millan
      Also, watch the Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel. Cesar Millan is the best trainer I've ever seen on TV.


dog food wholesale

Frozen Dog Food Brands

Ice Cream is demanded and one of favorite dish for all persons. In summer, all parties or events are incomplete without ice cream. You may get more different dishes also with adding Ice cream in them. It was come to know with marriage of Catherine de Medici to the Duc d'Orleans in 1533. But it dates back to the Tang dynasty with soft milk and rice mixture added with snow and flavored with camphor.

Now, lots of Ice cream brands are there in market and they are famous because of their tasty ice cream flavors along with lots of ice cream flavors.

Breyers Ice Cream: This is brand owned by unilever. All brayers ice cream are named short and natural with easy pronouncement for ingredients. But now brayers have expanded itself to the long and artificial names with meat collections. So this is not only limited to vegetarian.

Bruster's Ice Cream: This is chain of ice cream palour with ice cream and frogen yogurt which are made from a pre-made mix at each individual store. In 1989, Reed opened the ice cream with name of Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt. After some times Bruster decided to open his ice cream parlour and get marketing around the area. Its head quarter is still in Bridgewater.

Ben & Jerry's: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings, Inc with headquarter in South Burlington manufactures sorbet, frozen yogurt, and ice cream. The company is now owned by the conglomerate Unilever. They have around 30 global locations.

Blue Bunny: Wells Dairy is maker of Blue Bunny ice cream and largest family-owned and managed dairy processor in the United States. This is third largest ice cream maker in US. "Just-For-You" packaging was debuted by Blue Bunny offering and seven-ounce package of ice cream with different variety and light flavors.

Baskin Robbins: this is first food franchised business with first ice cream cake manufacturer in world. It is also biggest franchise seller food business. In 1953, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins founded Baskin Robbins with 21 flavors which are extended to 31 flavors. Now it has 30 countries based global locations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What types of frozen dog food does Krogers sale?
    I am getting a new dog and the breeder said she buys a frozen dog food from Krogers Not Bill-Jack so what else do they sale?
    The Breeder told me but I forgot the name it was something like bare paws?
    They do not sale it at my local Kroger so I will have to find a place that sells it closer to me then the breeders location as she lives 3 and 1/2 hours away

    • ANSWER:
      I believe they sell FreshPet brand there. I've gotten it for my Sheltie as a treat before, but he usually eats dry Blue Buffalo food. I would recommend checking out a local petstore, too. They usually have better brands than a grocery store.

      Don't rule out canned and dry food. Both are much easier to find, and pretty much all dogs love high-quality canned food. Check out this website for good info on dog food brands: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

  2. QUESTION:
    What some of the best dog food brands?
    I'm getting a dog soon, and I would like to know some of the best dog foods brands? Foods Without the bad stuff in them,Like dyes and such, Oh and treats too? Thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Orijen tops my list (holistic and free of generic meats, meat by-products, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial additives, fresh ingredients passed fit for human consumption, free of antibiotics & hormones, no denatured meat meals, high meat content, high omega 3 content, independently manufactured, etc.), but it really depends on what your dog does well on, and what you can afford. Some other brands I like are Taste of the Wild, Natura Evo, and Acana (made by Champion Pet Foods, just like Orijen). For wet food, I like any 95% meat cans (dogs are carnivores, and it's easiest to get more meat into their diet with canned food, because it doesn't need carbs for binding like kibble) from holistic brands. Ziwipeak, Wysong, Paw Naturaw, and Primal Pet are good brands for commercial raw food. A homemade Prey Model raw diet (80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ, with 5% being liver) is the best if you have the time, storage, and a place to get cheap meat.

      Any treats from a holistic brand should work; I recommend biscuits for training, because they don't stick and are easy to carry in pockets. They aren't as meaty as jerky or dehydrated/freeze dried organs, but they're just treats. Carrots and cauliflower, etc. are okay, too, as long as they remain treats. Elk antlers are great dog chews; they're naturally shed, last a long time, and are odorless.

      Bethany, that's funny, because those ingredients ARE in Iams and Purina.

      Frances, grains are not needed. Dogs are carnivores. What else explains the absence of molars, the short digestive tract, etc.? They won't hurt, but they provide little nutritional benefit and should remain binders.

      I agree that it isn't necessary to fix something that isn't broken, though. My dog came from a show breeder and was on Purina Pro Plan LBP when I got her. She was doing great, but I just didn't feel comfortable with the ingredients. I still recommend feeding a meatier diet.

      2nd EDIT: NO ONE mentioned euthanized pets in their answers, and I do not believe that is happening either. I know exactly what by-products are and are not, but I prefer something specified, and I also need a brand that uses meat passed fit for human consumption, not lower quality discards. I do give my dog organs occasionally, but not through "chicken by-product meal", etc. from certain dog foods. Corn is fine, but I'm more concerned about the QUANTITY that is used. With supermarket brands, corn makes up most of the food and blows up the protein, instead of being used as just a binder.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is thie best dog food to feed my puppy?
    I adopted an 8 week old Miniature Schnauzer/Yorkshire Terrier puppy three days ago. Currently I am feeding her Royal Canin, but I would like to switch because of the by products and fillers. What is a good dog food brand that she can eat as a puppy. She has developed teeth yet so if the dog food had a special kibble for puppies that would be great!

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      ~Quality foods:
      Innova-meat and quality grains, California Natural-simple ingredient food for sensitivities, EVO-grain free, Karma-95% organic; all made by Natura- http://www.naturapet.com/

      Wellness-meat and quality grains with several formulas, Wellness Core-grain free; made by Old Mother Hubbard- http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/

      Orijen-all grain free with several formulas; made by Champion foods-http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/

      Canidae- are meat and grain- http://www.canidae.com/

      Merrick-meat and grain, Merrick Before Grain-grain free- http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/

      Artemis-meat and grain with a variety of formulas- http://www.artemiscompany.com/products.asp?cat=fresh_mix

      Taste of the Wild-grain free- http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/

      Nature's Variety- Raw frozen diet- offering chicken, beef, lamb, venison, rabbit, and organic chicken, Instinct-grain free, Prairie-meat and quality grains- http://www.naturesvariety.com/

      Solid Gold-Barking at the Moon-grain free, several other formulas with meat and grains- http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showcat.php?cat=0

      Now!-grain free, Go!-quality meat and grains and grain free formulas; all made by Petcurean- http://www.petcurean.com/index.php

      Eagle Pack Pack Holistic-meat and quality grains, Eagle Pack-meat and low quality grains including corn- http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/EP_Products.html

      Timberwolf-grain free and meat and grain formulas- http://timberwolforganics.com/pet-foods

      AvoDerm-meat and quality grains, Pinnacle Holistic-meat and quality grains, allergen free; all made by Breeders Choice- http://www.breeders-choice.com/dog_products/

      Formm-grain free formula- http://www.frommfamily.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the healthiest dog food?
    My bulldog eats natures variety raw organic frozen dog food..its very expensive and we want to swtich to a dry food or dry and add some of the frozen...He gets really bad allergies thats why we stayed with the same brand for so long..any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      My Dog loves the Science Diet Food. Lamb and Rice.

  5. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would be best?
    I have three dogs, one is new to the pack. She is allergic to corn and other gluten by products. She has kidney infection with too much protien in the food. Also, I have a limit budget.
    What dog food brand and type have you had success with? And what would you recommand for dogs with allergies?

    Also, have you ever made raw home food for your dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      From Shepherd Trainer: "Meat meal in a food is all the good leftover parts of a animal, like bone marrow, liver, heart, and some fats. Meat meal should never be the first ingredient in a food, but it is acceptable as a 2nd and 3rd ingredient."

      ==================================

      This is not completely true. The meat meal if listed second behind say "chicken" actually becomes the main ingredient because when a meat is listed by itself and not as a meal, they are factoring in the water weight which makes up 80% of the chicken.

      Definition of Chicken Meal:

      Chicken meal is mainly used in pet foods, its protein content is much higher than regular chicken because most of the water has been removed.

      Typically when it comes to pet food, all of the ingredients (meats, grains, vitamins, minerals) are mixed together and put through a machine called an extruder. The extruder cooks the mixture by adding steam and water. The result is the familiar kibble coming out of the extruder and is subsequently dried. Fat is added after drying. (This is the same process for making many breakfast cereals.) The final pet product has a moisture level of around 10%.

      The processing of chicken meat along with the other ingredients essentially is converting it to chicken meal. However, there are some characteristics of regular chicken meat that makes it less flexible for use as an ingredient compared to chicken meal. The high moisture content of chicken limits the amount that can be formulated into a complete finished food. Chicken is generally stored frozen to minimize microbial growth. The frozen chicken is thawed and made into slurry before adding to the mix.

      Chicken meal, however can be used in a finished food at levels much greater than chicken meat. Chicken meal in a finished food provides roughly 4-5 times the nutrients as the same weight of chicken meat because of the differences in moisture.

      So, a pet food made of chicken meat may only have 20% of the chicken in the final product, providing only 3.6% protein. An equivalent proportion of chicken meal would provide 13% protein.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my Papillon?
    I have a papillon that is 1 year and 5 months old. She weighs about 7 pounds. I worry about which dog food is best to feed her. Right now I try to feed her some brand of Purina for small dogs- generally I go with the Incredibites. I was just wondering if anyone else knew anything about dog food or anything about what is best to feed a small dog like her =) Thanks for any suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      Angel has a list of some great brands. Here's my thoughts on dog food:

      If you don't eat potato chips and soda for every meal of your day, you probably know it's because it's unhealthy. Well, Pedigree, IAMS, Eukenuba, Ol Roy, Purina, Science Diet, etc are all considered junk dog foods. Yes they're cheaper but it's cheaper because it's mostly filler which is why your dog eats more of it. And you will notice your dog's stool is usually soft and large and frequent (several poops during the day).

      If you switch to higher grade premium dog food, yes it costs more BUT you feed less. So because you feed less (no filler means they fill up on the good stuff), your costs actually balance out. I was giving my dog 2-3 cups on crap food and now she's on less than 1 cup per day. Also, the higher grade your dog food, you'll notice things like tear staining will go away, your dog will have better breath, and your dog's coat will be better. And my favorite: small, less offensive smelling, firm and less frequent stool. Your dog will also be regular. You literally know what time(s) during the day she needs to poo without thinking "oh maybe she has to go". She will be consistent. This way if your dog ever has diarrhea, it's a good indicator that your dog has an upset stomach or is ill.

      My dog goes through phases of different brands because she's picky. Here's what I think are the best brands and I've noticed my dog does really well on:

      Addiction, Ziwipeak, Go!, Fromm, Orijen, and Acana (less protein than Orijen but same company).

      If you can handle the "icky" factor, I really recommend letting your dog go raw (Ziwipeak is freeze dried raw so it's the next best thing).

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food to feed my baby male Yorkie?
    I am going to pick up my Yorkie for the first time on Friday. I can't wait to get him home, but I am also concerned on what type of food to give him. I want my puppy to be healthy and happy but I want hime to also find his food tasty..and not nasty like most healthy dog foods. The breeder I bought him from has been feeding him Beniful. But he dosen't particularly like it. Any suggestions on a healthy tasty dog food for puppys?
    What does your puppy eat and enjoy?

    P.S. I also want to give him treats, I figured I would give him fruitloops as a special treat since yorkies are prone to low-blood sugar....is this a good idea? or should i find something else for him?

    Any other information on how to keep my puppy healthy and happy is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    Oh yeah I am 15 and getting him for my birthday!

    • ANSWER:
      A median priced food that was not on the recall lists with the melamine etc. is Nature's Recipe which does not have corn, wheat, soy or artificial dyes. Also doesn't have BHA or BHT and is readily available in large Pet Stores like PetSmart or PetCo. Most other brands sold there have been in multiple recalls for both dry and wet.
      Beneful wasn't recalled, but it has lots of junk in it, allergy causing product. Avoid foods that list wheat, corn or soy in their ingredients.
      When you change food, do it gradually over a week and a half or so. Start feeding the old food (3/4) with 1/4 new food for a few days and if tolerated well, then give 1/2 old and 1/2 new- same progression then 3/4 new and 1/4 old then all new. You can add a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie filling to the food while changing over as it tends to settle a dogs stomach and prevent a reaction like diarrhea which happens sometimes when changing food.
      Royal Canin makes food for the breed and another food called "Baby Dog" but it had been heavily involved in recalls. Unfortunately, many many brands were manufactured at the same plant where common ingredients used in different brands contaminated food.
      http://www.itchmo.com
      I'd stay away from Natural Balance because they were also heavily involved in recalls and recently again had recalled canned foods, this time for botulism. See itchmo.com for details.
      Fruit Loops aren't good for people or for dogs, but a few won't kill him. There are many good treats that are healthy, or at least designed for dogs, to use instead.
      There is a doggie Ice Cream called "Frosty Paws" which many large grocery stores carry like Randall's, Kroger's, Super Target, etc. Call ahead to one in your area and ask if they have this in stock. It's usually in the ice-cream section but is actually made for dogs. Comes in four cups to a box and dogs just LOVE this!
      Also there are freeze dried liver treats you can get from Pet Stores, and Yogurt Drops for dogs that are made in Germany.
      Avoid rawhides because dogs sometimes swallow big pieces they loosen and then get sick and some have formaldehyde in them and the white ones are sometimes soaked in bleach during their processing. BLECCH.
      But Nylabones (inedible kind) and Kongs make fun toys to exercise teeth and gums on.

  8. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food do you feed your pug?
    Our pug is 4 months old, the entire time we've had him we've fed him Purina Puppy Chow. Lately, our pug has been scratching uncontrollably and he does not have fleas or anything, he is an inside dog and has been checked out by the vet and myself for anything. The vet never said Purina was bad or anything, but now after reading up some more on pugs, I find out that most of them are allergic to corn, and that is the very first ingredient on his Purina. So, my question is, what is the best dog food to feed a pug that does not include corn ?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a very good dog food on the market called Nature's Variety (www.naturesvariety.com) that can only be gotten at specialty pet supply stores. The website has a store locator.

      The main ingredient in the kibble (40%) is meat. They have dry, canned and raw frozen available. The dry is not high heat processed so the proteins are not lost in the processing. Very little fillers (grains) and the ones that are present are whole grains. Most of your commercial (grocery store) dog foods are full of fillers.

      Go to the website to read more about their dog and cat foods.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is your "brand of choice" in terms of dog food for your dog?
    And I'm not interested in hearing about the benefits of a raw diet, etc. - what I'm looking for is specific brands of dog food that people prefer to feed their dogs. Thx.

    • ANSWER:
      I prefer quality, higher protein foods, so I buy grain-free (generally higher in meat & protein). My dog is currently on EVO Red Meat and is still the same on it, before anyone starts protesting. I honestly am not worried about P&G yet; with claims of human grade meat and the upper management team still intact, I doubt it would go below Diamond Naturals, etc. in quality, which is fine; the quality's still acceptable and the meat quantity is still excellent.

      I also feed Orijen, Taste of the Wild (the 32% protein formulas), and grain-free Acana.

      I also moisten the kibble, because diets in the wild have a much higher moisture content. Sometimes I add canned food or toppers (my dog is pretty good about returning to just plain dry food), usually toppers like freeze dried fish (Halo or Complete Natural Nutrition), beef liver, or chicken hearts (Benny Bully's). It does get a little pricey, so I don't do it everyday.

      I don't think dog nutrition is completely black & white, though, and genetics definitely have a heavier influence...but it doesn't stop me from informing some of the ingredients, just in case they've never noticed before, or their dog has a horrid coat, breath, and tear stains galore.

  10. QUESTION:
    Whats the best dog food for medium sized dogs?
    I have a medium sized mutt and have been told that I need to switch dog foods. I’ve used kibbles and bits since he has been a puppy but I want to change to a better food. Is there food that would be better for his health and coat?

    • ANSWER:
      Iams, Eukanuba, Royal Canin, Purina, Pedigree, Kibbles and Bits, Science Diet etc are all horrible horrible foods. So stay very far away from them, thats the best thing you can do for your dog.

      BARF/Raw diets are always the healthiest but do your research first. They are well worth the work though.

      That said here's my list of foods that I would highly recommend, especially the grain free foods.

      Grain Free Foods
      Innova Evo
      http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Orijen
      http://www.acana.cz/orijen/orijen/

      TimberWolf OceanBlue & Wild and Natural
      http://timberwolforganics.com/pet-foods/...
      http://timberwolforganics.com/pet-foods/...

      Merrick
      http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/cann...

      Wysong Freeze Dried (only the freeze dried version though)
      http://www.wysong.net/Merchant2/merchant...

      Natures Variety Raw Pellets or freeze dried
      http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.la...
      Instinct Grain Free
      http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.la...

      Wellness Core
      http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/dog_welln...

      Barking at the Moon, Solid Gold
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/...

      Taste of the Wild
      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com

      Foods that while not being grainfree are of higher quality

      Nature's Logic
      http://natureslogic.com/

      California Natural Sweet Potato and Herring (only this one is suitable for dogs from the California natural Line, others are low quality)
      http://www.californianaturalpet.com/prod...

      Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul
      http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssou...

      Innova
      http://www.naturapet.com/brands/innova.a...

      Wellness
      http://www.omhpet.com/wellness/dog_index...

      Life’s Abundance
      http://www.healthypetnet.com/HealthyPetN...

      TimberWolf (Not the ones mentioned above, the rest are not grain free)
      http://timberwolforganics.com/

      Solid Gold (Not the one mentioned above, the rest are not grain free)
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/

      This is not a complete list, but the best ones I could think of off the top of my head.

      When looking for a good dog food you want to keep your eye out for a few important things.

      1: The first ingredient should be a whole meat or a meal such as Chicken, Lamb, Venison etc. You will want to avoid food that has a by-product as the first ingredient.

      2: Do not buy a food that has by-products in it. These are the leftovers of the leftovers and provide little to no nutritional value and can be harmful. They can be anything - including hooves, horns, feathers etc. They are ingredients from the animal that do not contain enough meat to be called meat.

      3: Do not get a food that contains corn of any sort. Corn is an incredibly cheap filler and a grain that all dogs have trouble digesting, and is the cause of many allergies in dogs.

      4: Avoid foods that contain soy or wheat. They are indigestible grains that are prone to causing allergies.

      5: If you can, buy a food that does not contain any grains at all. Dogs did not evolve to eat grains and their digestive track is not suited for it. It can cause many allergies and health problems. A food free of grains tends to have a higher meat content and higher quality ingredients.

      6: Avoid any food that has ingredients such as a "meat by-products/meal" or "poultry by-products/meal". These are non-specific animal remains.

      Keeping an eye for all of these factors when choosing your dog food will help insure that you are at least getting a decent quality food.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food in the UK market and Why??
    Please let me know what in your opion, which dog food on the UK market is best and why?.

    It might be a dry food, canned food, frozen food or other.

    Let me know if it comes from experience or guess work.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I use a dry food called Royal canin they make it for each different breed and size of dog.
      It has all the things that a dog in the wild would eat and none of the rubbish that is contained in some of the well know brands on sale.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a good holistic (natural) dog food?
    I'm looking for a top quality 100% natural pre-mix dog food. I have previously used Dr. Harvey's, but would like to try another just for comparison. I don't mean a dry or canned food. Something that you mix with water, and cook yourself.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked at Oma's Pride or Steve's? Bravo? Do a google for premade raw diets. I don't know of many freeze dried add water type of diets that meet the criteria of being 'all natural'. Why not just feed raw?

      ETA: I feed Dr.. Harveys brand Exotic Parrot to my African Grey. I have never tried any of Dr. Harveys for dogs but looked at it. We feed raw and it seems more like a BARF diet.

  13. QUESTION:
    I would like to feed my Saint Bernard a healthier diet. What kinds of homemade, or bagged food should I get?
    My Saint Bernard is eating his poop. I understand It could be his diet. Is there a healthy brand of dog food I should feed her? And are there any inexpensive homemade recipes that I can prepare and freeze for her?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know why this is in the vegetarian section. Does your dog have meat allergies? Otherwise, he NEEDS meat in his diet. My dog is allergic to chicken, so I feed him foods with beef, lamb, fish and even kangaroo. Look into grain free low carb high protein foods by Orijen, ZiwiPeak, Innova EVO, Addiction, Wellness and Nature's Variety.

      These foods are not cheap, but your dog's nutrition is the most important expense you'll have for him. The more you spend on a good food, the less you'll spend at the vet when he gets cancer, kidney failure and other diseases that are usually linked to poor diet and exposure to icky products in food.

      Basically, if you can find a dog food brand in a major grocery store chain then its likely a product that is mass produced with cheap by-products and tons of preservatives. Avoid those, look for your local pet product stores or shop online at places like K9Cuisine and PetFoodDirect.

      I understand wanting to not purchase animal products, being an animal lover and all. But your dog's health is your responsibility and your vegetarianism is a personal choice that you cannot make for him as it is not in HIS best interest.

      Alternately, if you're looking for "home made" food, then you're looking at buying him raw meat. This is probably more expensive than just buying a good food for a dog as large as a Saint Bernard.

  14. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I give my dog?
    I have a labrador who is 4-years-old who suffers from food allergies. What is the best kind of dog food out there. I have tried several brands with no luck.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog also has food allergies. We have him on a raw food diet called Healthy Paws. We buy it from a natural food pet store. It is frozen raw meat patties and we just bring them to room temperature to feed to him. Many dogs are allergic to things like wheat. Raw food only has meat and vegetables in it so there is little for dogs to react to. Most dogs start on turkey and chicken. These are the most neutral of the meats and dogs react least to these kinds of meat. You can also try introducing goat, beef, lamb, and other meats if you like.

      Different treats that we use with our dog we have to be careful with since he will sometimes react to ingredients in them. Try to narrow down what your dog is allergic to before trying a bunch of different foods. You can do this by putting him on a diet that you know he won't react to for a few weeks. Rice and boiled, skinless, boneless chicken breast is often a diet most dogs don't react to. Also give no treats because it could be something in the treats that your dog is reacting to. Start introducing the treats first to make sure they are ok. Do this by giving only one type of treat for at least a week. If there is no reaction than that one is ok and try the next. You can also do this with the dog foods.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the best commercial dog food in the market?
    Doing my research, I believe Great Life Dog/Cat food is top on the list. They use a freeze dry process, use organic ingrediants, add probiotics and emzymes, freeze dried salmon oil and have grain free formulas. For your basic, good quality dog/cat food Canidae/Felindae is the smart choice. For organic, Newman's Organic is a worthy one, and for raw food diet, Nature's Variety is winner. Others to consider are Timberwolf, Merricks and Blue Buffulo. Do you agree? Give your comments Check out the websites.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't consider Nature's Variety to be the best pre-made "raw food" company. Their medallions have A LOT of bone- you have to supplement extra bone-less meat to prevent dry poop. They also use a lot of vegetables. I would rather go with Bravo! Raw food.

      I don't necessarily believe Canidae is the "best" food out there. It's good-quality food and cheap, but there are a lot of better brands, like Nature's Variety Instinct and Innova EVO. It depends on what works for your dog.

  16. QUESTION:
    Anal gland problem with dogs - can anyone recommend something to add to dry dog food to help with stools?
    My Weimaraner is often emptying her anal glands indoors, normally when she is asleep. She has no infection or distress. She is on a good dry dog food, but her stools are quite loose. I have heard that making the stools harder would be good for this problem, and increase the expulsion of the anal gland whilst defacating. What can I add to her food to help this?

    • ANSWER:
      dry food is not good for animals all the time
      its sounds like you need some advise from the vet what to feed her
      i give my dog a handfull of biscuits in the morning with plenty of water, at night he has some canned meat, and i buy a plain brand of mixed frozen vegetables and cook up a few to mix in his food, they need veggies just like us, also a vet will recommend rice cooked with food, and a little chicken occaisionally if your dog has loose stools a bit of chicken and rice for a few days will fix the problem and it certainly has a problem with loose bowels that is not normal

  17. QUESTION:
    Should dry dog food be frozen to keep it fresh?
    I got a great deal on all natural dry dog food. It will last my dog about six months and I'm concerned about freshness. I've not heard about freezing it. Anyone??

    • ANSWER:
      No, don't freeze it. It won't help and it actually will probably cause the food to spoil faster. Dog food has a shelf life (depending on some factors) of about 9-18 months. You can help extend the time frame by putting it in an air-tight container. They have good ones at your local pet store, or you can simply go to Wal Mart.

      Out of curiosity, what brand is it?

      Good luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    My Shih Tzu wont eat any dog food! What can i do to get her to eat?
    My Shih Tzu is almost one year old and she will not eat any kind of dog food and shell only eat small amounts of dog food.We allready took her to the vet and they cant do anything for her.What can i do to help her eat?Is there a supplement or a certian type of dog food to give her?Pleae any information is helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      If your vet has told you your dog is healthy and her teeth and digestion are okay, then it's time to deal with FES -- Fussy Eater Syndrome.

      We have one dog who, despite the fact that he was a rescue and former stray, is an extremely fussy eater. When he was young, I had to hold his food in my hand to get him to eat. We tried every kind of dog food (attend a big, benched dog show -- companies hand out free samples). Finally found a brand he would eat (and the cheapest dog food isn't cheap if your dog won't eat it).

      Are you using small enough kibbles? A Shih Tzu is a small breed - big kibbles are like asking you to live on giant jawbreaker candies. Does your dog like chicken? Cook some boneless chicken (no spices, just add a tablespoon of water, wrap in foil and bake plain). Shred the chicken and add a teaspoon to the kibble (bag enough for a week in the fridge and freeze the rest).

      Look at the dog's eating environment. Sensitive or timid dogs tend not to eat if it's noisy or there's a lot going on (just like people). You can also stimulate your dog to eat by eating yourself (they're social animals), so when it's time for your dog to eat, give her a dish of kibble and chicken and grab a piece of fruit for yourself.

      She may be a grazer. Some dogs (and people) eat small amounts throughout the day. If you don't have other pets who might eat her food, leave her kibble where she can get to it if you can take her outside several times a day. Otherwise, you'll have to get her used to twice daily feedings. This means "you get x minutes to eat, then it goes in the fridge." We give ours 30 minutes to eat what they want. Leftovers get covered and fridged and come back for dinner -- similar to dealing with a fussy toddler.

      If your dog is otherwise healthy, including her teeth, she won't starve herself. She'll eat when she's hungry. Is your dog the proper weight for her age and breed? If so, she's eating enough. Estimates on dog food cans and kibble bags are general. Some dogs need more, some less. If she isn't underweight according to your vet, she's eating what she needs.

      Our hound is a "mesomorph" body type - muscular, narrow waist (high tuck-up, they call it for hound dogs), strong jaw. She eats like a vacuum cleaner. Our shepherd is an ectomorph (light bones, built for speed) and eats like a bird. He's healthy and at proper weight, but he'll never be an enthusiastic eater.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to find out what food brands are being shipped here from China?
    I am not talking just about, say wheat, or dog food. I am looking for a complete list of items that are being shipped here from China, including brand names. Please list a source. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Refused by the FDA in April because they were "filthy":

      salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil
      dried apple
      dried peach
      dried pear
      dried round bean curd
      dried mushroom
      olives
      frozen bay scallops
      frozen Pacific cod
      sardines
      frozen seafood mix
      fermented bean curd
      Among the foods rejected because they were contaminated with pesticides:

      frozen eel
      ginseng
      frozen red raspberry crumble
      mushrooms
      Frozen catfish was stopped because it was laced with banned antibiotics. Scallops and sardines were turned away because they were coated with putrefying bacteria.

      Toothbrushes were rejected last month because they were improperly labeled. And last week the FDA found Chinese toothpaste contaminated with a chemical used in antifreeze – the same chemical that killed people in Panama last year when it turned up in cough syrup.

      Just three days ago, the U.S. warned consumers not to buy or eat imported fish labeled as monkfish, which actually may be puffer fish, containing a potentially deadly toxin called tetrodotoxin. Two people in the Chicago area became ill after consuming homemade soup containing the fish. One was hospitalized due to severe illness.

      The FDA is also on the lookout for vegetable proteins contaminated with melamine – the chemical that killed American cats and dogs when it was imported from China in pet food.

      In the past year, the FDA rejected more than twice as many food shipments from China as from all other countries combined.

      Most of the time, the reason listed is simply "filthy," the official term used when inspectors smell decomposition or gross contamination of food.

      Officials say FDA inspectors examine only a tiny percentage of the food imported from foreign countries – about 1 percent -- meaning most of the contaminated products make it inside the country and to the shelves of retailers.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best food for a miniature dachshund?
    I currently have my miniature dachshund on Purina One Healthy Weight Formula Dry Dog Food. What's the best food for her? A Dachshund-specialized food?
    the vet told me to put my dog on Purina
    The vet told me to put my dog on Purina One
    My dachshund is 6 years old

    • ANSWER:
      Breed specific food is a marketing scam. Size specific doesn't really matter once your dog reaches adult age.

      Purina is crap. Most vets do not receive a whole lot of nutritional training, and the seminars they attend are hosted by Hill's, Purina, etc. They sometimes receive bonuses from the companies for vouching for their products. Go to a holistic vet, and he/she will condemn Purina. Why? Because it's a bag of cornmeal with some mystery meat and by-products, and artificial colors, preservatives, etc. added to it.

      The best adult dry food on the market has to be Orijen. Compare the ingredients to your dogs current food. It has high protein that most dogs do well on, is grain-free, and can help with weight loss/maintenance, because it does not include so many of the useless carbs crappy supermarket brands have. Orijen is made from fresh regional ingredients passed fit for human consumption, and is independently manufactured, so there is better quality control.

      Purina ONE Healthy Weight Management:

      Turkey, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, corn bran, whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, oat meal, natural flavors, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), dicalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, l-lysine monohydrochloride, vitamin supplements (E, A, B12, D3), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

      The turkey is good, but I doubt Purina uses human grade meat and since it's a fresh meat that is not backed up by a meat meal (already cooked and more concentrated), it will lose water content during processing and drop down the ingredient list.
      Brewer's rice is a nickname for "floor sweepings" rice and has very little nutritional value.
      Corn gluten meal is corn, and a common canine/feline allergen. I also doubt Purina uses human grade corn kernel (which has a 99% digestibility), so the digestibility goes down. Many dog owners notice that their dogs have smaller, firmer stools after switching from a supermarket brand to something better. Why? It's the corn.
      Poultry by-product meal is a generic meat source, and the by-products are not specified, which means they could even be beaks, feathers, etc.
      That is followed by even more corn.
      Wheat is another common canine/feline allergen with little digestibility.
      Menadione (synthetic vitamin K) is a controversial ingredient that has been linked to kidney problems in various studies.

      Orijen Adult:

      Fresh boneless chicken*, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon*, turkey meal, herring meal, russet potato, peas, sweet potato, fresh boneless turkey*, fresh whole eggs*, fresh chicken liver*, fresh boneless lake whitefish*, fresh boneless walleye*, sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium.

      * DELIVERED FRESH, preservative-free and never frozen.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are foods like State Fair corndogs and delimex burritos a good way to keep your food budget low?
    In case you are not familiar state fair corn dogs are a boxed brand of frozen corn dogs and delimex is a walmart brand I believe of frozen burritos, they carry other types of frozen food as well. So in general is buying foods like these and eating them everyday as your meal a good way to keep your food budget low?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's a very unhealthy way to keep costs down. But there's ways to do it in a healthful way too. Cook your own food from scratch. You could make yourself a chicken or beef burrito from scratch that would be way more healthy and way better quality for about the same price. Buy meats when they are on sale and freeze some. Buy dry beans, rice, pasta etc.... and use those to help stretch other foods. Buy seasonal vegetables. Make things in bulk when they are on sale. Example: if ground beef is low priced, make a double batch of chili and freeze in individual portions.

  22. QUESTION:
    What dried food to you feed your chihuahua?
    She've tried almost every dried food brand, but she wont eat any of them. What do you feed your chihuahua?

    Also what does your chihuahua eat daily, put in order.
    I've never heard of ZiwiPeak, is it American? I'm British.

    • ANSWER:
      My Chihuahua eats ZiwiPeak air dried lamb dog food. I switch it up for her. Sometimes she gets what I just mentioned, other days she gets Orijen Regional Red dry food, often mixed with ZiwiPeak lamb canned dog food. Every now and then she gets Stella and Chewy's freeze dried raw dog food for a meal. She is fed at 8:00 am, 1:00pm, and 6:30pm. When she gets Orijen with ZiwiPeak canned, she gets it mixed for breakfast and dinner. Her lunch is just Orijen kibble. When she gets ZiwiPeak air dried food, she gets it for her lunch meal and the other two meals are Orijen kibble. When she gets a Stella and Chewy freeze dried raw patty, it's usually just one meal out of the day and the other two meals will either be ZiwiPeak air dried or Orijen. Lol she never gets bored.

      ADD: ZiwiPeak is made in New Zealand but is easily available in America. I have no idea if it's available where you are but if you go to their website they have a store locator thing that will tell you if it's available near you.

  23. QUESTION:
    what is the best dog food for a chihuahua?
    some dog food are cheap but its bad. Any healthy food for a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Science Diet is terrible! Yes, it is true that most vets recommend it, but truth is, most vets don't know about nutrition. They get a few classes on it by the dog food COMPANY. And guess what the company is going to say??? That their food is best. Also, these popular dog food companies actually pay some students through vet school to get them to promote their food. Moreover, breeders and vets get "parties" and "prizes" for selling enough of their dog food brand, even though the food is of poor quality. If there are commercials about the dog food brand, don't buy it. Eukanuba, Purina, Science Diet, Iams, Ol' Roy, are examples of BAD foods!

      Diet means A LOT for a dog, especially one as little as a chi. When you feed properly, their fur will be SO much better, their health good, and even the umm..."stools" will be less stinky and less mushy. So easier clean up for you. If you change a dog's food, their personalities can too. better food = happier, healthy dog.

      What food is healthy? Well...first off, what's NOT healthy? Avoid byproducts in the food (byproducts are the nasty parts of the animal), corn should not be in the top 4 ingrediants (dogs cannot digest corn and it causes some nasty stool), no chemical preservative such as Ethoxyquin, BHA, BHT or Propyl Gallate. These are some of the things to look out for. If you don't see ________ (blank) Meal as the first ingrediant, they're cheating you.

      It can be complicating. Diet is a huge debate among responsible dog owners who want the best for their pets.
      Here are some links that will help you out:
      http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/dogfoods.html
      http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/bestfood.html
      http://www.dogaware.com/dogfeeding.html

      Some good foods:
      Canidae
      Eagle pack holistic
      Wellness
      Flint River
      Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul (my personal favorite)
      Innova
      Solid Gold
      Nutro natural choice
      Nutro Ultra (better than natural choice)
      Natural balance

      These were the top choices according to the Dog Journal:
      ACANA ~ Premium Canadian pet food, uses human grade and hormone free ingredients.

      Blue Buffalo ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients

      Canidae ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients

      Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul ~ High quality ingredients

      Doctors Foster & Smith ~ High-quality ingredients

      Dog Lover's Gold ~ Also available in Europe. Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free, free range ingredients.

      Eagle Pack Holistic Select ~ Human grade, hormone and antibiotic free ingredients. "Eagle Pack Super Premium formulas are nutritionally balanced so pet owners can mix up to 25% raw food with the Eagle Pack formulas."

      Flint River Ranch (multiple distributors) ~ Human grade, hormone-free ingredients.

      Fromm Four Star Nutritionals ~ USDA inspected meats, high quality ingredients (note the Classic line is much lower quality and not recommended). They also offer a raw frozen diet.

      Go! Natural from Petcurean ~ Human grade ingredients

      Innovative Veterinary Diets ~ Special diets for specific conditions, including allergies, IBD, kidney disease, etc. as well as a standard line of pet foods. See Prescription Diets above for more info.

      Merrick Pet Foods ~ Human grade ingredients

      Nature's Variety Prairie ~ Human grade ingredients

      Oh, and even though the very best brands may seem more expensive, they will actually save you money. Because of the number of good nutrients, your chi will actually eat less of it, but still get more nutrients than if he ate science diet. So you will be feeding less, and so you buy less food, and actually save money! And to top it off, your chi will be so much healthier!

      There is also the BARF (Bones and Raw Feeding) Diet. But no long-term effects have been seen to truly judge yet. Look it up if you're interested!

      Oh and of course, since chis are so small, make sure you feel the kibble to make sure its small enough to chew for him before buying. Some dogs just like other foods better than others. You'll have to try things out. The popular foods like Iams, Purina, Science Diet, etc usually put so much "flavoring" and nasty shit in their to make it smell appealing to the dog cause otherwise, the food is so bad that dogs wouldnt eat it. There was a commercial dog food whose ingrediants were actually found to be leather boots and water. Now techinally, leather is protein so they got away with saying it had so much about of "protein." But it was terrible.

      The ones that I listed are good. You should research and try them out.
      natura pet food has got a dog food comparison tool so you can see all the ingrediants. The ones listed first are the ones that make up the most of the food. Check it out:
      http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=tools-tab

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you make your own dog food?
    Since this dog food scare, I'm not willing, even after they say it's okay, to put my dog, who is like my child, at risk.

    I've been mixing cooked, ground beef with his dry food and wow, he loves it, but I also know that he needs more than just that.

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, pick up a bottle of vitamin/mineral/oil supplement and add a few drops according the directions. Also, I add a touch of salt and a smidge of butter. This helps them retain water and keeps their skin from drying and flaking. They also love butter so I put that smidge at the bottom of the bowl and they eat their way through to it.

      I also have a dry food dispenser that they can feed from at will.

      I switch up my dogfoods (all homemade). Boil up a bag of boneless and skinless chicken legs (boneless is really important here) and then boil up a huge piece of cheap red meat. chop it all up and bag it up in portions that will last about two or three days in your fridge and freeze the rest.

      Every now and then I will add a cup of chicken livers or lamb liver or beef heart to this mix.

      I also feed my dogs canned tuna about once a week, if you check it out, it's way cheaper than dog food ( about half the price of the cheapest brand for a small can) and they just love it to death.

      Once you get used to making your dog's food and you see how much they love it, you will never go back.

      PS. There is a holistic, raw food movement out there too that you might want to check out, some people love it, my dogs didn't do well at all the one and only time I tried it.

      PSS. Add chopped fresh carrots, they sweeten up the food and give a little crunch.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the healthiest dog food to feed your dog?
    A food that has no fillers and has more natural things in it.

    • ANSWER:
      No one food is best for every dog or owner.

      Personally, I prefer to feed raw. There are several ways to do this: you can buy premade raw frozen formulas, you can buy whole raw meats and feed them straight from the butcher, or you can buy the ingredients (meats, veggies, eggs, etc.) and make your own formulas. Raw feeding is getting very popular and for good reason, it is definitely one of the healthiest feeding options for a cat or dog.

      Premade formula brands include Primal, Bravo, Nature's Variety Prairie, and Nature's Logic.

      http://www.barfproducts.com/aboutbarfworld.htm
      http://www.daybreakaussies.com/raw_feeding.htm
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
      http://www.njboxers.com/faqs.htm

      Moving on to dry kibble foods, Innova EVO is one of the best available, along with Orijens. They are grain-free, low-carb, all natural foods. They are very high in nutrition and are naturally low-allergy formulas (my mom's allergy-ridden cat has not suffered a single episode in about 3 years since switching to EVO, after about 8 years of frequent problems).

      Other premium natural brands include Wellness, Artemis, Chicken Soup, Canidae, Merrick (their canned is better than their dry), Nature's Variety, Before Grains, and more.

      It really comes down to knowing your dog and finding a food that works for both of you.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some things that you are doing to help save some extra money?
    I have started cutting coupons cutting my grocery bills in half every week. I reuse things, such as when my dog food bag is empty, I also use it as a trash bag, lol. I have been trying to keep the AC off & the windows open.
    What are something that you do to try & save a penny?

    • ANSWER:
      1. I called my electric company and we have a time of use plan, which means I can chose 7 am to 7 pm or 7 pm to 7 am as my time of use where i get charged only .06 cents per unit of electricity. I chose 7 pm to 7 am since we are all home at those time and use a lot of electricty then. During 7 am to 7 pm electricity is .20 per unit so I am careful to save electricty then. I use the dishwasher, washing machine, and take showers (use of hot water heater) at night.

      2. Put window film on my windows to keep the sun out.

      3. I get shampoo, bodywash, bar soap, toothpaste, pain relievers, shaving gel, creme rinse,for free. I do this using the register rewards and extra bucks at walgreens and CVS. Just buy the products and get that money back from the store to buy something else in the store.

      4. I gather all the local grocery store ads and they all have instore coupons for 1/2 price each item or less. I recently got a 4 pack double roll TP, 2 large bottles of heinze ketchup, 2 bottles of sweet ray bbq sauce, 1 pack of hot dog buns, 1 pack of hamburger buns, 2 boxes of 12 each popsicles (name brand), 9 packets of kool-aid, 2 containers of sour cream, all for 13.00 which was a 10.00 savings. I am lucky to live close to all the stores and run around to all the stores having sales. One store last week had gallon milk for 1.69 and you can freeze milk.

      5. I rent movies only at the redbox dispenser at the store and there is one at the walgreens too. They release all the latest DVDs just as any other video store does. The cost is 1.00 a night compared to 2.99 at the local video store and 3.99 from the cable on demand. Also they always have sales like this summer free movies first monday of the month.

      6. Put a jacket around my water heater.
      7. Changed my bulbs.
      8. Put a motion detection bulb in my garage because we kept leaving that light on.
      9. Match store sales with manufacture coupons from the sunday paper. A store can have a sale for an item for .99 cents and you usually will have a coupon for 1.00 off so you get it free. Or find stores that double coupons which is better. get lots of food free or reduced b y using coupons and store sales.
      10. I buy scented disposable diaper bags from the dollar store and use them as doggie bags. Really cheap. 100 for 1.00.
      11. I needed some baskets for organization. I got them at the goodwill for next to nothing.
      12. I sold a lot of stuff I have not used in years on Craig's list.
      13. I bought a desk I needed on Craig's list.
      14. I rarely buy stamps, envelopes or money orders. I do online banking and save money and time.

      10.

  27. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a high fat doog food without a high protein content?
    I need a high fat dog food without a high protein content . My girl needs to put on weight so I need a dog food high in fat. I supplimment with beef fat and goodies but I could really do with a high fat food for her. I dont need the high protein as she is prone to crystals in her urine which is caused by the high protein. Any suggestions on which brands are higher in fat of how to fatten her up. Please

    • ANSWER:
      I searched the web for the very same thing just 2 years ago. My male Rottweiler was looking a bit thin so I wanted to fatten him up for the winter time. I found several receipts for Satin Balls and I tried most them. Here is a receipt I found and tried and my Rott. just loved it. The results were remarkable to say the least, he looked so good and not over weight either. It will cost you a bit more then just dog food but as I said the results are so amazing.
      SATIN BALLS
      10lbs ground beef (the fatty kind)
      2 boxes Life Cereal
      2 bottles Molasses
      1 dozen eggs
      10 packages unflavored Gelatin
      2 jars wheat germ
      Mix all wet ingredients together well then start to add the dry until all mixed well together. Roll into 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls placing on to a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into freezer. Once all are frozen place them into zip lock freezer bags. Feed you dog 2 to 3 balls daily. You will be able to feed your dog for 3 to 4 months with the receipt above.
      I have placed other sites below with other receipts to try. Like I said all kinds of receipts out there just have to find the one that works for your dog. Good Luck

  28. QUESTION:
    Whats the best commercial dog food?
    I know its all crap, i've read all the stuff about it, but what is the best commercial dog food I can feed my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi KK,

      I hope I can help you. What people feed their animals tend to be a pet peeve of mine and this happens to be an area I am very picky on. I have been very happy with the Prairie dog food which is put out by Nature's Variety and it's based on a raw diet. They produce both dry, caned and frozen foods and it's not filled with corn, soy or bi-products and what ever other junk the different companies like to add to most animal food. Natural Balance is another good choice which is put out by Dick Van Patten's and is easier to obtain versus the Prairie. Just to warn you both brands are expensive but in my mind well worth getting because neither brand is filled with the crappy fillers. I hope one of these works for you.

      Sincerely,

      Alice H.

  29. QUESTION:
    Benefits/ problems related to home made dog foods?
    After doing my research, I've learned that its fairly healthy to feed dogs homemade dog foods. The stuff that goes into dog food is sick!
    However... I need to try and convince my mother to let me make the food, and prove to her why it will be healthier for our Cockapoo.

    But, now I'm wondering. Is it really healthier for them? What are problems with feeding home made dog foods? Are there any benefits?

    I could buy a quality dog food; but my mom refuses to spend the money. Our dog has been living on Purina and Beneful for 9 years, and she claims shes not dead/ sick. While she does have some minor issues I've been concerned about (will give them in More Details) I'm not sure if they're food related.

    Please help me out and give me as much information AND sources as to why I should (or shouldn't) make my own dog food.

    Thank you!
    My dog has some breathing problems occassionally; especially when shes on a leash. She makes sounds like she is choking and breathes very strangely.

    She also has small bumps on her skin that about less than a centimeter in width and about the same/ a little bit more in their height. The bumps are the same color as her skin if not a bit pinker.

    Her energy level is also very poor. She never plays and sleeps all day, even though I take her for a walk almost every morning.
    Is it alright to feed them canned peas and canned tuna?

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the people on this site DON'T want to know about facts like you do because I guess to them ignorance is bliss, your concern for your pet is refreashing to see for a change. Tell your Mom I said she has reason to be very proud of you, most kids just don't care about anything but themselves these days.

      I can help you quite abit and get you going in the right direction. We have been home cooking our pet food now for about 3-4 months and within just the first 2 weeks the results were dramatic, and that's putting it mildly, far more than I ever expected. We fed "premium" pet foods which are also garbage, they all are. My GF just showed me plastic parts in one brand and hair in a brand called Innova. (dog or cat hair?, we have the pics)

      We have my Mom doing the home cooking now for 2 abused small dogs she is caring for along with us. They only have been on the home cooked diets for 3 weeks and are doing fantastic now, no more fear now that the one is going to loose his eye site anymore because his eyes are crystal clear again and the injured eye is so much better. (we also medicated his injured eye w/ anti biotic). His bloated body is also quickly returning to normal shape.

      The first thing you need to do is check out this site, he's a vet, PHD, writer, and studied nutrition as well, this mans book is saving our dogs lives no doubt about that and the other 2s.
      http://www.drpitcairn.com , read the nutrition page definiatly.

      As far as is it hard to do, no, my girlfriend enjoys making up the food, freezes about a weeks worth and we feed twice a day (once daily feeding causes bloat). The neglected dogs are getting fed 3 times a day as one is very under weight, we worked him up to it gradually. It's sad, he refused all commercial foods prior and was starving to death, the first night I brought him the real food he goobled it like he'd never eaten before. Now he cries before feeding like to say "don't forget me".

      Tell your Mom uncooked oatmeal is not expensive.(ingredient in one recipe) Ground turkey or chicken, nutritional yeast, kelp, a few select vitamins , organic eggs, whole organic milk, wheat bread, small amount of garlic, calcium/ phosphous (balanced amounts), a few other minor ingredients, they make a doggy meatloaf,lol and they really love it. The best part, it's nutritionally balanced, your pet will start getting healthier and less vet bills in the future. There are other meals to make in the book also.

      Tell your Mom you can't SEE liver or kidney damage that is happening in a pet till it's to late, your dog is way to young to be that lethargic (tired). This book also has natural flea remedies and I'll give you 2 links about the dangers of Frontline etc...(listed on sources below).

      I told my GF, your gonna give them diarreah when you make them their own food before we got the book, what a FOOL I was and addmit that now. I told her get it if you want (she would have anyways,lol), it was the best $$ we ever spent. No diarreah in 4 months, actually they go less, totally normal, and drink less water. Our 11 year old Yorkie is like a puppy again now playing a lot more and much more energetic, he no longer looks old anymore either.

      I saw you have an email listed, (if you didn't I was going to give you mine), tell your Mom if she won't get you this book, I will, I'm not rich by any means but if she won't help you save your dog we will. This book will tell you all you need to know about your pet, how to cook for it, dangers to it, conditions and how to treat, etc...

      I've had to euthanize 2 of my little guys in the past two years over kidney/ liver problems, I have no doubt if we had this book 12 years ago we'd still have them now, it's something you never want to go thru. Our 3rd died in surgery 3 years ago. Eventuually when you do loose your pet, at least you'll have peace of mind knowing you tried your absolute best to give it a happy and HEALTHY life. You can tell your Mom we have spent ,500.00 in the last 3 years on our vet costs, that should make her feel better about buting you this book so you'll know from reading it how to truly take care of him/her the best you can.

      My name on the email that will show up is "Jim D", like I said, tell your Mom I'll get you the book if she won't. If I can help just one more pet not suffer from commercial pet food that will be well worth what it may cost me. Good Luck. You can write me back and I'll have my GF answer any questions you have, she's researched 4 months steady now and is up on a lot of what's really going on.

      One more benefit to the book, you'll be able to educate other people as well about helping their pets, it's a great feeling to help when someone wants to know the truth about whats really going into pet foods etc... . and no more worries when the recalls of the pet food garbage crop up again, it's allready starting again w/ one brand.

      Edit: I missed the part earlier about the tuna, NO, it's heavily laden w/ mercury.

      Edit: The first post has very good points but the book tells you how much of each etc... Also, as for running that by your vet, most vets do not take nutritional classes and if they do it is usually an IAMS or some other pet food rep. giving them the info, WRONG info I might add.

  30. QUESTION:
    I am looking at getting into couponing. What is some helpful advice on how to best coupon and save?
    I have been watching that Extreme Couponing show and I am interested in learning how to better save on items that I can use such as dog food, household items, makeup, paper supplies, ect. If anyone has any information that would be helpful on ways to get started and good techniques or ideas, please let me know. Thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Angel. Extreme couponing is great if you want 400 boxes of Mini Wheats and 100 bottles of Clorox in your cellar. I don't have any interest in stockpiling, do you?

      I have my own system that works very well for saving money at the grocery store. As a dad who is in charge of the grocery shopping, I consistently save 30%-35% each week, sometimes 40%. And, keep in mind, it's more than JUST coupons....and it's EASY.

      1. Shop at the same store every week. One time! It's not worth your time or the savings to chase a sale item across town at a competitor's store. Besides, that same item will most likely be on sale at "your" store next week or the week after. By shopping the same store every week, you'll learn savings "patterns". All stores have them. You'll get a feel for when something is going to be on sale. Also, knowing your store's "layout" is huge when it comes to saving big on your grocery bill.

      Fresh veggies/salad: I buy all of the salad ingredients during my "once a week" shop. When I get home, my wife makes one huge salad (seals it in a large Rubbermaid container) and serves from it all week. Very convenient, because all the prep work is done for the week on shopping day. The salad stays MUCH fresher that way, too.

      Meat. Shop when the store opens in the morning. In my store, a lot of the meat that is dated today or tomorrow is tagged by the meat manager with or off coupon. I always find deals on burger and steak this way. Buy it and either cook and eat it today or freeze it. The quality is equal to meat with a longer code.

      2. Clip coupons from Sunday paper. I save at least just from manufacturers coupons each week. Here is your first "nugget": If the barcode of a coupon begins with the #9, it will not double. However, if it begins with the #5, it will automatically double, even it it the coupon states "DO NOT DOUBLE".

      Here is another "nugget" for you: You don't need to use the coupon on the exact brand. You only need to use it on something from the same manufacturer or "family." Obviously, it isn't broadcasted to the consumer that this can be done, but it always works.

      Example: I clip a coupon good for .00 off of a Venus razor (P&G company), which, as you probably know, are very pricey, maybe or . I do this: wait until the P&G Venus disposables (3-pack) go on sale, which is frequently. Regular price: .99. Sale price: .99 less my .00 coupon: I pay .99. Not bad and it works each and every time. I do this all the time with "same family" coupons and save tons each month. No lie.

      3. Subscribe to Coupon Bug (couponbug.com). Free to join. The coupons change monthly and always feature coupons for items that I'm going to buy anyway. There are a bunch more sites, but I find that they all seem to feature the same coupons at the same time, so I see no sense in signing up for several.

      4. Store coupons. At my store, they hand them out when they hand me my receipt.

      5. Get the store sale circular and "do your homework" BEFORE going to the store. Absolutely a must. Build your grocery list (and meals for the week) around the sale items. Yes, I said "list". NEVER go grocery shopping without a prepared list. It's just stupid. The night before I go shopping, I have in front of me at the kitchen table: Store circular, all of my coupons, my "list in progress", and, of course, a cold beverage. Plan your meals, snacks, beverages around sale items. It's so easy. If something is not on sale this week, it, or something similar, will likely be on sale next week, so buy it then. Again....every store has sale "patterns."

      Leftovers from meals automatically become packed lunches for work or school. No waste, and my family loves leftovers (beats the heck out of a cold sandwich).

      I go through the circular (the night before) and compare sale items with my coupon inventory. As I said; do your homework. It's easy and it's a "game" to me far more than a necessity. I like to challenge myself to see how much I can save each week.

      Here are my last 2 trips and the numbers:

      Original total: 5.88

      Savings: Sale savings: .06
      MFG coupons: .85
      Store coupons: .26

      Total savings: .17 (36.5%)

      New total: 8.71

      Original total: 8.99

      Savings: Sale savings: .03
      MFG coupons: .00
      Store coupons: .20

      Total savings: .23 (36%)

      New total: 3.76

      It works if you prepare (do your homework). I've been doing this for years and I save thousands annually. It only takes me about an hour of my time to prepare, and, like I said, it's a game and a challenge. All fun.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of dog food for my dog?
    My dog is a 6-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He's overweight and I'm really trying to get him on a diet so that he'll live longer and happier. What should I be feeding him to ensure this?
    I'm not rich either, so I can't really afford things like Blue Buffalo or Science Diet. Nothing above 20 dollars, please

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my corgi Californias natural, he is a perfect fit weight, but then again my dog herds cattle and sheep, so he gets a lot of exercise during the day, how much exercise does you dog have daily?

      EDIT: if you cant afford then i suggest broiling chicken with vegetables and freeze for weekly use, or possibly try the brand NUTRO ULTRA for medium sized dogs, not high quality but good enough

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a lab to gain back her weight?
    My friend's family across the street had a black lab to give away. They had gotten her for a kid, and now that it's older, they didn't want it anymore. -_- They said they were gonna take it to the pound... So I took her. =) She's so loving and sweet and deserving. She's well behaved on leash and, although she's hyper at times, she never jumps on me. She's about 1-2 yrs old. They had her in a tiny kennel, never cleaned it, and fed her only 2 1/2 cups of food a day (1 Taco Bell cup full)... She was really skinny, and so I'm trying to get back her weight... She's gained a good lil' bit, but still looks a little too thin... I've been feeding her 10 cups a day (4 Taco Bell cups full). It doesn't look like as much as it sounds. =P Is this a good amount? She eats it all up every day. Or should I feed her less or more...? And I must admit, it /is/ a cheapy brand of dog food from the Dollar Store, but we can't afford an expensive, better brand.... =/
    And about how long might it take for her to gain her weight back?
    Oh, and they never walked her, either... That's why she was so hyper, which is why they wanted to get rid of her.... -_-

    • ANSWER:
      Let's see if we can get her better nutrition within your budget, then we can put some weight on her. You don't want her to gain it too fast, and make sure you aren't trying to put too much on her. if your vet has seen her, s/he can tell you approximately what the dog should weigh.
      I'd say putting on 5 pounds over 6-8 weeks is fine. You should be able to feel (but not readily see) her ribs when you have your hands on her sides - if you have to do any work to feel them, she's chubbing out . Looking down on her back you should be able to see a "waist" right behind her ribs. Not a big indent, but a distinct waist.

      She's 1-2 years old, so she's got a lot of energy. She needs good fuel. Call the Feed stores in your area and see if any of them carry Premium Edge Adult Chicken Formula. It should cost just under for 35#. She will only need about 3 cups a day of this food if she weighs 60-70#, so you'll either be spending the same amount or less for her food than you were at 10 cups a day on Dollar Store food, and she'll be getting a much more nutricious diet.

      Below is a good site that explains what all the ingredients are/mean to your dog. You want a food with meat as it's primary ingredient, and as little corn (further down the list) as possible.
      I recommend Premium Edge because I fed it when I had little money and stayed with it when my income changed because my dogs did well on it.

      The better nutrition, the fewer vet visits :]) Also, she'll have smaller, more firm poo because her body will be using more of the food.

      Additions to her diet that will help:

      Plain, unflavored yogurt - a teaspoon of it mixed into her dry kibble is good for the flora in her intestines and tastes great!

      Pieces of raw carrot, apple, sweet potato, green beans, banana.

      Peanut butter stuffed into a bone

      The cheapest, healthiest treats can be made right at home:
      Buy sliced beef liver frozen or vacuum sealed at the supermarket (a pound). Boil it for about 5 minutes, pre-heating your oven to 250 degrees. Blot the liver dry and lay on a greased cookie sheet.
      Bake for 3 hours at 250 degrees (yes, it stinks) then let cool. You now have liver jerky! Cut into approx 1 inch squares for general "I love you" and cut those squares into 1/4s for training treats. They're healthy, dogs LOVE them, and they are cheap.

      Thank you for opening your home and heart to this girl - she got really lucky!!!!!

      Best Wishes to you both

  33. QUESTION:
    Is Orijen a good Dog food Brand?
    I heard it is one of the best dog food out now. I don't trust commercial dog food brands. I do read labels and even got recipe for home made dog food from my vet, but their might be some times where I have no time to make it. So what do you think about Orijen? Is their other brands I should look for?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I love Orijen. It's the only brand I know that is made with 80% fresh meats that are passed fit for human consumption and is also grain free. The company is also pretty trustworthy too in my opinion. I feed all four of my dogs Orijen Regional Red along with some other brands and all are thriving, plus they love the food more than any other kibble I've tried. Other things I use are Stella and Chewys freeze dried raw (they get that as their lunch meal), ZiwiPeak lamb canned, and Tiki Dog canned.

  34. QUESTION:
    i have a japanese spitz puppy, but she doest want to eat dog food. What will i feed her?
    i also tried to give him milk, a milk mixed with dog food. she eats but have a very small appetite. im afraid shell get thin. pls help me improve her appetite!

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely have to feed her dog food...it is non-negotiable. Whether it is a higher-end store brand (Science Diet, etc.), or an all-natural independently-owned brand (Solid Gold...I swear by it), it has to be made for dogs.

      On the contrary, there are dog-food recipes which provide you the knowledge and ingredients to make your own homemade dog food, some pet owners even opt to make a big batch and freeze individual portions in Ziploc bags for their pooches. This actually ends up being a bit more pricey, inasmuch as it contains expensive products like lamb, veal, chicken, etc., and can become a hassle if you are not committed and dedicated to making homemade meals for your dog for the next 15 years.

      Step away from the MILK!! Lactose is not good for dogs in that form and it will more than likely result in digestive issues (diarrhea, excessive gas, etc.) and she will be miserable. If worse comes to worst, feed your puppy homemade lamb and rice...plain, unseasoned, and be sure to add supplemental dietary vitamins in a powder form which your puppy needs to grow properly (ask your vet or local Petco).

      Good luck!!

  35. QUESTION:
    How to help a dog that has separation anxiety?
    Like I mentioned before, I've just grown aware that my beagle dog has separation anxiety. What are some tips or advce you guys can give me to lower his separation anxiety. I hate seeing him sad when I leave but I have to work and his dog kennel is where I have to keep him otherwise he'll break everything inside the house.

    Help?
    I've thought of getting him a mate but I'd rather just wait a little longer.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, an adult dog with separation anxiety is a tough situation and there are next to no options to correct it once it starts.

      You just have to do the best you can to protect the dog and your home when you leave. Couple of ideas for you. that you might try though. (1) being as how it is a lone beagle, I think a companion dog is perfect. Beagles are more 'pack' oriented than any other breed of dog. They hunt in packs and think with one brain - this trait has never been bred out of them. So a companion dog is probably a good option. I don't mean a dog to reproduce with (as in 'mate'), just a doggy friend, preferably another beagle. Beagles just operate so very differently than other dogs so if you are considering another friend, another beagle would be ideal. Seriously, a singleton beagle is a miserable animal as you know. (2) Get a 'busy ball' and learn to be creative with stuffing it with treats, peanut butter, spray cheese, frozen things, etc. Kongs are mostly used which is a brand name, but there are other varieties. I just call them all a 'busy ball'. It keeps them occupied for a while. They work very well with beagles because they are so very food driven and so can distract them from their isolation for a fair amount of time.

      I do have a message for others although it is way too late for this to be of much help with your adult dog. The key to not having separation anxiety in adulthood is proper crate training in puppy-hood. Having a den (often even more than one den) is a natural canine instinct and preferred behavior. Puppies just come from a litter + mom which is the perfect 'den' time and is learned for life thus we should immediately build on that natural safety instinct and not 'unlearn' our dogs from it. If a kennel is always open and available for a dog and it is his 'home'. then he seldom will mind at all when you use it to close him up when you are away. If kennels are trained like this is his personal sanctum - ideal safest most comfortable place on earth for him - a place he can go voluntarily when he wants some peace and quiet - a place where no other distraction or animal is allowed - the place where he can relesh his most special treat, INSTEAD of trained like this is your jail cell when I abandon you, then separation anxiety never or only very rarely ever occurs. There are a few other things you can do to help a puppy to avoid separation anxiety for life, but proper kennel training is the main one.

      One last item since I'm on the subject, proper kennel training is NEVER a part of potty training! Never teach a dog this is where I am going to lock you up until you have to wallow in your excrement forever until I decide you can get out of this sewer. Using a kennel that way (plus as the jail cell mentioned above) ensures hatred of the kennel and later separation anxiety and always using the house as the toilet.

      Proper kennel training = house breaking success AND separation HAPPINESS. It is a WIN WIN! I would bet that if people understood and did proper kennel training, the average dog populaion in shelters would instantly be reduced by 50%. Two of the biggest reasons dogs are put in shelters is because of separation anxiety and potty issues.

      Good luck

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food i can buy without ordering online? Or what would you recommend?
    Are there any good quality foods i can buy in the store that i could feed instead of ordering online?
    If not that's fine, i'll order it, but what would you recommend?

    and if it makes a difference, i have two large, energetic dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't a "best" food. It's what works best for your dogs.

      I can buy all kinds of brands at my local pet food store.
      Orijen
      Natural Balance
      Canidae
      Wellness
      Timberwolf
      Pinnacle
      Chicken Soup
      Merrick
      Evo
      Innova
      Nature's Variety

      My local grocery store now carries numerous good quality foods. Pet Promise, a 'lightly cooked' frozen meal, and a few canned products.

      Science Diet and Iams type foods are not good foods no matter how you look at it.

  37. QUESTION:
    What type of food and amount should my yorkie eat?
    I was wondering what the best type of food should my 2 year old yorkie have, and how much each day? Also would this help her from "going" in the house?

    • ANSWER:
      I mainly feed my Chihuahua Orijen Adult, and trying Acana Grasslands and Acana Pacifica. She also sometimes gets EVO canned, Wellness canned, Wellness CORE canned, Blue Wilderness canned, or Before Grain canned mixed in with one of the dry foods, plus sometimes she gets some freeze dried raw from Nature's Variety Instinct. These foods are the best to me and my dog. They are are full of fresh named meats which that is what dogs are meant to eat. Avoid foods that have corn, soy, wheat, by products, animal digest, added sugar, and artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives on the ingredient list. That junk shouldn't be in your dog's food because they have very little nutritional value. You won't be able to find the good foods in just any store though. You will have to go to your local holistic pet food store.
      Stay away from brands sold in grocery stores like Beneful, Kibbles N Bits, Purina, Pedigree, Ol Roy, Alpo, Iams, etc. These foods have the nasty, useless ingredients I mentioned above.

      Oh and she is about 10 pounds and is fed about 1/4 of a cup in the morning and 1/4 of a cup in the evening. How much your dog needs to eat depends on your dog and activity level.

  38. QUESTION:
    What vitamins and nutrients should I give my dogs?
    I have a very active dog and a sort of active dog. Somebody told me that I should give them vitamins and stuff, to keep their joints healthy and replenish what they are losing while running around. Could anybody tell me what these vitamins are, and how much to give daily?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you can find some great multi vitimans at most health food stores and in alot of places there is pet stores that only carry healthy natural type foods... glucosamine is great for the joints....Supplements are scientifically balanced formulas rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and essential fatty acids... it will let you know on the bottles how much to give according to your dogs weight... good luck... smile

      Feed human quality food: broil or bake beef, poultry or fish. Pork can be too fatty and cause pancreatitis. No salty or sweet lunch meats. That’s junk food for your dog! Add veggies to your mixture: about 2/3 meat to 1/3 veggies, preferably fresh or frozen. If you cook the vegetables with meat, it will possess the flavor that they love. Dogs need greens: spinach, kale, broccoli and the like. Maintain a variety. Wolves, foxes and coyotes periodically nibble on grasses and they eat the stomach contents of prey animals, so this is an important component of a healthy canine diet.
      You must feed a multivitamin if you are going to home cook. We recommend a very palatable multivitamin by Vetri-science. you can purchase a good quality product at one of the natural pet food stores that we recommend on our referral list. Don’t just go to a generic pet store; many of the products sold there are sadly deficient and will not provide your dog with the supplements that he or she needs.
      Flax Seed Oil provides essentials oils. Very small breed: 1/2 tsp/day, med. breed: 1 tsp, very large breeds: 1 tbsp. Keep refrigerated and introduce slowly to avoid diarrhea. Some pets like garlic and a small amount of salt. Play with spices to find what your pet prefers. Like us, they relish variety!
      You can make large quantities and freeze this concoction. Partition it into meal size baggies for convenience.
      If you aren’t willing to home cook, canned food tends to be a healthier choice overall than dry food. They usually contain fewer grain products. I know that’s the very opposite statement that you’ve heard from most veterinarians in the past, but research conducted in the field of nutrition has changed my viewpoint considerably. Most dry food is bound together by grains.
      4 brands that we recommend, #1 being favorite on down the list (based on their list of ingredients):

      Wellness (canned)
      Innova Evo (dry) *
      Wysong (need multivitamin)
      Pet Guard
      * Innova Evo contains no grains, so it’s a nice substitute for owners that don’t like to feed canned food.

      www.carinrennings.com (the vet I used to work for)

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there a high quality wet dog food for senior dogs?

    I have an older dog and she seems to be having trouble eating dry kibble. I'd like to put her on a wet dog food, but I want to know which brand makes the best.

    • ANSWER:
      You have a bunch of options here. You could, as others have suggested, simply soak her kibble before feeding. ]

      You could try a frozen raw diet- when thawed, these are very soft. They are extremely high quality. I've used nature's Variety and my dogs love it. It is expensive, but worth the price for the quality you get. You would want to be sure you choose a complete diet- some raw diets need supplementation.

      Natural Balance, and a few other companys (Redbarn?) make dog food rolls. These come packaged like a sumer sausage, and you cut off slices for your dog. They are firm, but soft, sorta like salami. These are also very high quality, and they are complete diets.

      Your other option is canned food. You do NOT have to use a senior diet. Most regular dog foods are fine for an older dog. There is much disagreement on what constitues a "senior" diet anyway- some companys use low protein, others say they need high protein etc etc.
      Off the top of my head, some good brands are Innova, Wellness, Eagle Pack, Chicken Soup, Merrick, Old Mother Hubbard, and Canidae. Stay away from diets that say something like "95% Meat" as these are NOT balanced. The companies above make diets that ARE complete diets. You can research dry and wet foods are www.dogfoodanalysis.com

      As a rule of thumb, stay away from any foods that you can buy in a grocery store, and any foods that advertise on TV. That means don't use Iams, Ol Roy, Pedigree, Pro Plan, Beneful, Eukanuba etc. Science Diet is NOT a good food either. When reading ingredients on potential new food, look for foods that list meat, not water as a first ingredient. Don't buy foods with by-products. Also, all meats should be labeled- it should say "chicken" or "lamb" NOT "meat" or "poultry" or "chicken by products".

      Hope that helps some. -Neb

  40. QUESTION:
    We are hearing so much about additives, what's the best kind of dog food to feed your dog?
    raw fed diet, organic, dog food found in the frozen food section or just the everyday dry kibble you find in the grocery store?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I use Evo food for my husky. She had been eating Purina, and something in the food upset her stomach and caused very runny stool. Through talking with my vet and experimentation, we figured out that my puppy seems to have a sensitivity to grains. This particular food has no grains in it at all, and is based on meats. Its still a dry dog food, so I can just toss the bag in a big rubbermaid tub in the closet. Makes storage of the food easy, and since its dry, its easy to take food with us when we travel. About once a week she gets a can of the same brand as a treat. She still gets table scraps occasionally, but I try to watch which ones she gets. Lol she thought she'd died and gone to heaven the other day when I accidentally dropped a piece of bacon!

      I like the Evo food because its of a high enough quality that technically I could sit down and eat a bowl of it and be fine. There are a lot of brands that would potentially make me sick if I were to do that.

      I included the website for the food I use for the dog, and an article from the Animal Protection Institute on dog foods and the nasty stuff we don't want to think about that happens with that food. The site has quite a few articles on similar topics, I'd suggest looking over much of the site.

  41. QUESTION:
    Parents: How much money do you spend on groceries a month?
    We are a family of four ( me, my husband and two boys that are 4
    and 2 months old ) And we spend about 650-700$ every month on
    groceries, which includes baby stuff, cleaning supplies and dog/cat
    food. My husband doesn't like eating anything but brand stuff. I would
    like to spend less on food but my 4 year old and my husband are big eaters.

    • ANSWER:
      We spend on average 0-0 on food/cleaning supplies/dog food, etc...but we are a family of 7...5 kids that range from ages 3-15. The larger your family gets the less you buy brand food and fancy smelling soaps...unless you're wealthy. The things I'll only by by the brand name...cheese, chili, kool-aid and soda (rare treat)...there may be up to 5 items more that I can't think of right away. Canned or frozen veggies, ice cream, cereal, sugar, flour, juice, cookies, etc...it really all taste the same. A lot of brand stuff and generic stuff has exactly the same ingredients and recipes now. We have a milk plant here and ALL the milk is the same...it runs through and some get the Plains sticker (expensive milk) and some get the Great Value sticker (Walmart brand)...but yet it's all the same before the label goes on.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the healthiest thing to feed a dog?
    Specific type of food, not name of the brand.

    Example: meat (what kind), tripe, liver, kidney, eyeballs.. etc
    To be clear I am a raw feeder. I feed 0 kibble.

    This is more of an informational question for me.

    I know each thing has its own essential vitamins so I guess maybe this is a dead end question?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm with you on this being a dead end question. If we knew what the healthiest thing to feed our dogs would be, this question would have been answered decades ago. We don't even know what the healthiest thing to feed ourselves is.

      Nutrition is an on going learning process, for both pets and people. One day red meat is bad, the next is good. Then too much salt is bad, then not enough salt is bad. Who knows for sure?

      So here is my take on things: Whole foods, both cooked and raw, are all 'best'.

      99% of us cannot replicate the whole live prey wild dogs would eat. The raw meals we provide are lacking blood, fur, brains, fresh enzymes, and a whole host of who knows what that gets lost after freezing, draining the blood, and chopping up carcasses. The frozen chicken leg in my dog's dish has little resemblance to sinking his teeth into a fresh live chicken.

      Like us, variety is what seems to keep our pets healthy. There is nutrients in raw food not found in cooked. Cooking also unlocks some nutrients raw food cannot provide. True wild dogs living along side a human society would get a similar variety of cooked and raw products. For 10,000 years our dogs ancestors lived off of the whole prey items they could catch along with the cooked scraps we threw away.

      Dogs are still primary carnivorous animals, and should have a raw meat based diet, but I don't think any one food group should be entirely off limits to a species who has thrived for centuries off our trash. In my house, dogs are fed a combination of high end kibble and raw meat. They also get healthy left overs from my own cooking. Things like veggies, rice, eggs, and what ever my kid accidentally drops on the floor.

      So I think raw meats and bones, of any kind, are 'best'. Small amounts of cooked whole grains and veggies can have some added benefit. Bits of fruit make good treats, and some high end kibble isn't so bad if you can't afford or commit to a fresh diet.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you stretch your food budget?
    I currently cook for 5 (me, husband, and 3 small children). I am pregnant again so I will be cooking for 6. I'm looking for ways to stretch the food budget. I only have a Wal-Mart, and two small (expensive) grocery stores. No outdoor markets or anything. Any tips, tricks or recipes would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      One watch for what is on sale especially meat stock up and freeze. (with hamburger buy the better stuff, better health, less waste and in grease and is actually a better deal) Sauces are inexpensive, so is pasta. Get a food slicer at a yard sale, when you make a ham or a roast you can then slice lunch meat (another expensive thing) Mac and Cheese can be mixed with burger, slices of hot dog, and ham, simple cheap and easy. Be creative with you leftovers. Much can be done with a simple baked potato, carefully cut in half and carve out the inside, mix with some mild and cheese whip it up place back in and bake or broil for a few minutes. Rice is a cheap sidedish and can be presented in many ways Buy the store brands they are made usually by the same people who make the national brands. Get a home made breadmaker, cheap to make and smells oh so good when done. Use coupons only when the item is on sale that is when you save. If you have a crock pot even the toughest cheapest cuts of meat can be made tender. Buy a cheap roast, cut into chunks cook in one can of Aus Jux and five cans of beef gravy for about 5-6 hours, Cut boiled taters on the side (if you put them in they will get mushy and steal all the gravy.) Same with boneless, skinless chicken breast but instead of the beef gravy use cream of chicken soup. Buttered noodles with a hint of garlic is a nice side dish. Think I best stop now

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest, most filling food/meal?
    Im going to college soon, and money is going to be VERY tight. I eat A LOT so does anybody have tips on what food is cheapest? I'm not talking about regular meals, but something to snack on
    in- between meals and mid night snacks
    Check that, include regular meals, but I'd like to avoid fast food joints as miuch as possible :)

    • ANSWER:
      Top Ramen is very cheap, watch for sales. You will need some fruit, a veggie, and some more protein to make it a balanced meal. I eat peanut butter and crackers with it.

      Hot dogs[I paid $.68 at one store for a package] served on bread, or I eat them with some cheese and some mayo, or just mustard. Cube them up into eggs for an omelet.

      Watch sales on ground beef, I get Hamburger helper for a dollar.

      Cheap stuff:
      bananas
      apples
      watch for sales on lettuce, it is a dollar here today
      canned veggies are cheap
      store brand soup
      store brand saltine crackers
      bread is cheap
      Bologna I paid $.99 for a pound
      Mustard is $.88 here
      I buy Tampico brand of juice. It is cheap, and often on sale
      Spaghetti sauce, I paid , and boxed spaghetti. Make garlic bread form leftover loaf bread, stir Some margarine and garlic powder together and bake, turn once.
      Day old bakery items can be cheaper
      Eggs
      Banquet meals in the rectangular pan in the frozen foods. .50, and I love the broccoli and chicken and rice one.
      Rice
      Banquet pot pies, or the store brand at the cheap grocery.
      peanut butter

      shop as much as you can at discount grocery stores, but watch them, sometimes the expensive grocery at the edge of our town is cheaper on certain things, like bread.
      And watch grocery circulars, or go online to see what is cheap.

      Some of my favorite snack foods are toast with cinnamon and sugar.
      Graham crackers with frosting in between the two squares.
      Bread with peanut butter and jelly
      toasted cheese sandwich and cream of tomato soup.

      and last, go to Kraft foods online, they have cheap and good snacks and recipes, nothing is too expensive.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for a Havanese?
    He was on Nutro Max Natural, but he didn't care for the taste. He would eat a few kernels, walk away, eat some more. He was gradually switched to Wellness, which I heard was good, and my puppy loves the taste and finishes his bowl, but he is having bad gas, and loose stinky poos. Lots of people have had different experiences with different foods, but what works for a beagle, or husky, or saint bernard doesnt always work for a smaller breed.

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my small breed Nature's Variety Instinct: Chicken. My big dog is on this food too. Both are thriving. They have tiny firm poop, shinny smooth coat, and hardly shed. This is the ONLY dry food that both of my dogs go absolutely nuts for. They won't touch any other brand of dry much. This food is like a canine's natural diet too. High meat content, freeze dried raw, grain free, very low carbs, and low fruits and veggies. The brand has different meat sources too, not just chicken formula.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to loose weight?
    She eats exactly what the vet tells me to feed her ( 2 cups of dry food twice a day ) and is taken exercised everyday ( she is taken for a walk an hour a day and I also play fetch, ball etc... with her )
    She doesn't get any treats.
    But she is still overweight. Every time i take her to the vet they tell me to make her loose weight, but i don't have any other way and they don't tell me how. She is exercised everyday and is fed LESS then what she is supposed to be.
    how do i get her to loose weight?
    She is completely healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Evidently she is finding things to eat elsewhere. Can she get to cat food, or people food. I have a 70 lb doberman who eats 1 CUP in the morning and ONE cup in the evening when she needs to lose weight. (and only eats 1 and 1/4 cups per meal, when not losing weight)She eats high quality Honest Kitchen dehydrated dog food, or Taste of the wild or Orijen brand dog food, all these are grain free Some dogs cannot tolerate grain , they either start to smell doggy, or have gas, or skin issues and scratching problems, or GET FAT) Some dogs just use every bit of food they eat, and gain with just a little food. YOU need to cut down the amount by 1/4 cup each meal for about a week, weighing her once a week. If she loses weight, then keep feeding that amount til she has lost all she needs to.. If she is staying the same or gaining weight, cut another 1/4 cup off the food morning and night. It is not rocket science. Feed less, exercise MORE> You must measure exactly the amount you feed every meal. That is important, cause one or two extra bits per meal can make her gain. You might try getting grain-free dog food. Grains are really not good for dogs, and my dog that puts weight on easily, cannot eat them or she gains. They seem to cost more, but you actually feed less. Start with 2/3 recommended amounts for feeding if she is trying to lose weight. Yo can also put french cut frozen green beans in with the food,(after you cook them) to make your dog feel like she ate more and make her feel full. Are your walks the kind where she can saunter around and sniff things? if so, that is not an exercise walk. An exercise walk is one where she walks rather quickly and doesn't stop anywhere. You go somewhere like to the street sign 4 or 5 blocks over or to a local store or park or something , then turn around and do the same quick walk home. Just a steady lively walk is fine, you dont need to run. Start with 4-5 blocks or so and add a block or two every day or two, til you are out for a good hour of aerobic walking. That is the key to this. The heart rate must increase and oxygen must get to all the muscles and organs. It will rid her body of toxins , and help her lose weight. Good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the types of food elderly like?
    I am planning to cook a variety of dishes for an elderly but I am not sure what they like to eat. I know that elderly have a limited dishes to eat as they cannot eat food which is hard. So can you all give me ideas what do elderly like to eat it can be a dessert or main course but the most important thing is that it have to be healthy. Thanks :D

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is 84 and I am 74. We do not eat special foods. We like:
      Steak;
      Chopped steaks;
      Brisket;
      Breakfast steaks with fried eggs;
      Beef stews;
      Hamburgers;
      Cheeseburgers;
      Hot dogs;
      Sandwiches with added lettuce, tomato, sometimes onion;
      Barbeque;
      Pork roast;
      Pork chops;
      Chicken fixed all different ways with fried our favorite;
      Turkey;
      Spaghetti;
      Italian foods;
      Chinese food;
      Canned tuna mixed with mayo with crackers or made into a sandwich;
      Canned Kippers by themselves...maybe crackers on the side;
      Canned salmon mixed with mayo, chopped egg whites, sometimes chopped onion;
      Most vegetables;
      Potatoes cooked several different ways;
      All kinds of soups;
      Eggs;
      Bacon;
      Ham;
      Pancakes;
      Waffles;
      French toast;
      The list goes on and on.
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      Another thing you can do is buy precooked meats in sealed packages such as pot roast with gravy, chicken, pork chops, ham, meatloaf, etc.
      Heat in a microwave.
      Ask a grocery store clerk to help you find these precooked meats. They are in the refrigeration section. They are delicious.

      Top brand frozen dinners are very good now. These are found in the freezer section at your grocery store.

      The boxed pasta dinners are delicious. Just follow the directions on the boxes. You will find these on the shelf at your grocery store. Each box has a packet of spices.

      You can buy cups or packages of rice, stuffing, etc. for one person. Just add water. Follow directions on the containers.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to stop tearing things up, and throwing her food bowl when we feed her?
    We have switched her food 3-4 times over the last year because she either won't eat it or throws her bowl. And she finds things everywhere and if possible, she will chew it up or tear it apart! We are at the end of our rope!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Chewing: She currently doesn't know what things are ok to chew on and what things are not.

      1. Supervise her when she is roaming about the house. If she chews on anything inappropriate, non-mark her (ack,ack) and redirect her onto something appropriate, e.g. one of her safe chew toys. When she starts playing with the chew toy, praise her and treat her. In this way you are teaching her what is ok to chew on and what is not.

      2. When you are not around to supervise or too busy, crate her or put her in a long-term enclosure. This will ensure that she does not practice any of her destructive chewing behavior when on her own.

      3. Hand-feed her. Hand-feed her some kibble one by one. If she bites too hard while trying to get at her food, yelp in a high pitch, and ignore her for a few seconds. Then start feeding her again. This way she learns that biting hard can hurt humans and when she does that, the food and attention stops. Hand-feeding is also good for bonding and establishing your leadership.

      4. NILIF program. A great way to establish yourself as leader is through the control of resources. Don't give anything to your dog (including pets and affection) unless she does something for you first. For example ask her for a "sit" before you give her food, toys, or freedom.

      5. Obedience training. Try and do some obedience training sessions everyday. Enroll in a class or get a good positive reinforcement obedience book, and practice with her for short sessions (10-15 minutes) every day. This will help establish you as a leader, improve your bond with your dog, exercise your dog's mind, and give you good tools that you can use to help control her in the house.

      Food: Make her work for her food. Sounds like she just wants to play so making her work for her food will help engage her mentally, and will also help solve your food bowl issues.

      Some good interactive food toys include the Buster Cube, Premier Busy Buddy Collection, and of course Kongs. Frozen Kongs are great for when you have to leave your dog home alone. Put some wet food into a Classic Kong and freeze it. You dog will have fun licking and chewing at it for a long time.
      Here are some other ideas:
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Dog-Toys---How-to-Make-Your-Dog-Work-For-His-Food&id=1472874

      Also don't change her food too much. When she is hungry, she will eat. Find a high quality food with good ingredients, no artificial preservatives and no fillers. Some good brands include Innova EVO, Orijen, Wellness CORE, & Nature's Variety Instinct.


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  2. QUESTION:
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  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any website or dog food brand that offers you free dog food samples?
    I'm looking for a website or dog food brand that when they actually send it to you, you'll get it in less than 3 weeks!

    • ANSWER:
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  5. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your dog is worms free?
    If your dog has worms and you get it treated, what happens?
    Not to sound rude but do they poop the worms out? (Sort of like flushing out of system.)
    Or how do you know when the dog is worms free?
    The dog was treated earlier this month and she had some strange stool this morning.

    • ANSWER:
      If you suspect he/she has worms its best to give the dose twice with a 2 week break in between.She will poop worms out almost immediately,you're right,to flush out her system! You could always take a fresh stool sample to the vets if you like,who will in turn check under a microscope :)

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the most affordable grain free dog food?
    I am trying to get to the bottom of my dogs allergy without having to pay for expensive allergy testing. At the moment I am trying to rule out a food allergy by changing her food to a grain free hypoallergenic variety. I got her some Orijen, which she loves!!! But it is soooo expensive, and made in Canada. Ideally I am looking for a uk alternative that I can use for a while to see if it helps stop her itching/biting her inflamed skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if you'll be successful in finding a cheap grain-free dog food. You could try going to your local pet food store and ask for some samples of different kinds, just to see which ones your dog likes. Then run with that brand and see if the allergy symptoms improve. In the long run a more expensive dog food tends to cost not much more than cheaper brands (imo) because they do tend to keep your dog healthier (less costly vet visits for problems) and most dogs tend to eat a bit less in volume of the better grade dog food.

      My border collie pup had been on Blue Buffalo - which is a higher-end food - but was having chronic diarrhea issues (my older dog too, also on Blue Buffalo, was displaying similar symptoms, though less in degree). So I switched both of them to Taste of the Wild, which is completely grain-free, and within less than a week my puppy's diarrhea disappeared - as did my older dog's - and both have been much healthier ever since.

  7. QUESTION:
    I bathed my dog after frontline application?
    I got a free sample at the vet about 24 hours ago. It was applied by the vet and he didn't say to not bathe him 48 hours after application or I would've kept it on. I figured out I screwed up 5 minutes ago after I bathed him.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any books on how to start a business selling dog treats?
    Dose anyone have experienced advice on how to sell dog treats/dog food for a profit? Is there any books that could help me get it started? Pros and cons? I'm asking for someone who has tried to do this and the difficulties you had/having? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to get some books on small business, do your research talk to local pet stores/vets/animal hospitals/shelters/pet groomers/pet "playdate" places and see who they currently use for food and what they like and dislike about this company. Be prepared, bring samples of your food (when you are really ready) to these places & let them have a sample for free!! It costs money to make it. There are about a million things you need to learn but most comes w/experience. How do you plan on making it/packaging it/including all ingredients. Most people treat their pets like kids they want to make sure what pet is eating. Good luck. start small with maybe your pet and some in your neighborhood but make sure this food & treat ingredients have been researched to make sure ok for dog/cat/etc. Good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    11 month old female dog with red skin irritation?
    i might get a free dog from a breeder, she has no hair loss just a red irritation that is real noticable. shes a outside dog thats in a kennel with a dirt bottom, what steps could i try before taking her to the vet. the breeder also said it wasnt mange.

    • ANSWER:
      the very first thing you shoul do when you get a new pet... take it to the vet. its the best thing you can do for your newest family member! it could be a lot of things, fleas, allergies, a skin infection, or yes it could be mange. there are two main types and obviously the breeder doesn't know what the spots are so he or she cannot know that it isnt mites (mange) they are microscopic... not to mention most pups have worms or parasites when they are raised in kennels, so bring a stool sample too!

  10. QUESTION:
    where can I find pet coupons or free samples?
    I am helping out a local rescue group. Currently I only have 3 kittens and they supplied some food/litter but I feel bad taking it when so many other pets need help. I am not rich but I would like to buy my own food for the rescues I keep in my home if I can. If you know of any good places to find coupons or free samples of dog/cat food and litter please let me know. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.couponkid.com/Pet-Supplies/PetFoodDirect-com-Coupon-Codes/

  11. QUESTION:
    Is anyone experiencing grain mites in dogs eating Beneful?
    Our 2 dogs recently got very ill with grain mites from eating Beneful dog food. A call to Purina resulted in an apology without accepting responsibility. Their representative stated that he had never heard of this problem before. We have seen others who have posted this grain mite issue before and wonder if anyone else has contacted Purina and what the respnse was? The dog food sample was analyzed at a university that teaches Veterinary Medicine with the result proving that grain mites existed throughout the sample.

    • ANSWER:
      I never had this problem, because I don't feed my dogs beneful. You could save yourself this problem by feeding you dogs a grain-free feed, which is better for them anyway. Dogs don't have any need for grains. See Solid Gold, Innova, Orijen, Canidae.. etc..

      Sorry for your problems though. It's hard for corporations to own up to their own mistakes.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I find a dog food that my dog will eat?
    My dog is a Westie and is 4 years old and she won't eat her food unless I put honey on it. My family gives her Science Diet Adult for Small and Toy Breeds. How can I find her dog food that she likes?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't eat Science diet either. That junk is full of corn and by products. Why feed a carnivore a diet like that? Dogs should eat a meat based diet. Usually dogs prefer the dog foods that have a lot of real meat in them. I know my dogs and my cat do. I feed them all Orijen flavors and Acana Grasslands and my picky dog LOVES them. My cat is also extremely picky but she loves Wellness CORE. All are meat based foods. You can buy cheap sample bags of Orijen and Acana and Wellness will send samples for free. Pretty much all foods make sample/trial sizes so you can get a few good meat based healthy brands and see what she likes best. I don't see the point in making your dog eat the same food that it can't stand day in and day out....

      Sorry labman, coming at me is completely pointless and so is your copy and paste answer that also gives no facts. And you are contradicting yourself saying "feed a meat based chow" when Science Diet is far from meat based. Don't attack someone else's post when your own post proves nothing :) According to my vet and biology, my dogs are carnivores so I'm going to feed them like one. I have a right to believe what i want. Dogs have no need for grains so why give it to them? If you want to be cheap and feed your dog corn based crap good for you but don't attack me and other posters (like you do in every dog food question you answer) who believe in feeding a meat based diet. That is quite pathedic and proves you have WAY too much time on your hands.

  13. QUESTION:
    Which dog stores offer free dog food samples to you?
    I live in Westminster, California.
    I don't know which brand my chihuahua would like.

    • ANSWER:
      Stores don't offer samples, the manufacturers do through their sales representatives. Ask your regional pet stores if the sales reps have left any samples there. Keep in mind that it takes at least 4-6 weeks to tell how well a dog will do on a food.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your dog has a bladder infection?
    My dog rocky today i woke up annd he was bleeding and i don't know if he got cut or what please help me i don't know if i should take him to the vet or not HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Please take him to the vet. Blood from the genital area is more often than not serious. I work for a vet and one of our clients brought their two year old dog in because he was bleeding from his penis. It turned out to be a tumor. He underwent several months of chemotherapy and is now tumor-free and healthy. A week earlier we had seen another dog for bleeding from the penis. His problem did turn out to be a simple cut, but if the second dog's owners had decided not to go to the vet because it was "probably just a cut" we might not have found the tumor in time. Your vet will want to see a urine sample to determine if there is blood in the urine or if there are any other signs of infection.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dry dog food that you can buy at walmart?
    I am asking this question for my friend who lives 3 hours away or I would help her. She was recently in a car accident and her car was totaled and the closest store that she can get to is walmart to buy dog food but I don't know what is the best food that she can get from there. She has small breed dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      The best food at walmart is Rachael Ray's Nutrish. It is not great food but it is the best walmart has to offer.

      http://www.rachaelray.com/pets/switch.php

      use this website and you can get a free sample or coupon.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know where I can get free samples of puppy food or treats?
    Coupons are also good! I just want like some websites that have that. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you checked out http://www.sampleaday.com ?

      They have free dog samples here
      http://www.sampleaday.com/category/pet-samples/dog-samples

      that site is awesome for free samples of all sorts, they add a new one every day which is sweet. They don't make you fill out surveys or gimics either. You can sign up to your newsletter as well to get the free sample e-mailed to you, but it is not required.

      Enjoy!

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I get more customers to come to my hot dog cart. So how can I increase my business?
    What can I do to increase more customers to come to my hot dog cart?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's awesome that you run a hot dog cart! I'd love to do that.

      Here are some ways you can increase your business.

      1. Create unique dogs - instead of having regular dogs, ad some polish sausage, italian saugage, etc. Ad some serious toppings like grilled onions, cheddar cheese, home made chilli, marinara sauce, mozarella, tomatoes and the list goes on.

      2. Offer free samples of your awesome dogs to passers by with the help of a cute girl.

      3. Also sell some beverages and chips to make a complete meal.

      4. People love combos - with your unique dogs, offer combo meals like "the Italian Job" italian sausage dog with marinara, drink and chips.

      5. Make them bigger and juicier - when they walk off with your super hot dogs, you want people to ask them where they got it.

      6. Chop the dogs up in pieces, add the desired toppings put it in the cardboard little holder thingy, add a little fork and sell it as a protein dog, or Atkins dog, or dog bowl or something like that.

      7. have a sandwich board or large display by your cart that has a picture of your hot juice supersized specialty dog combo meal.

      8. I don't know where your stand is but have yet another cut girl hand out combo meal deal tickets/coupons - people can get a free drink or bag of chips (which ever makes more sense)

  18. QUESTION:
    What's the last thing your cat got in the mail?
    Allie got a free sample of Greenies cat treats in the mail today. She is having issues with sharing since they were addressed to her and not the rest of the cats.

    • ANSWER:
      i can't remember if gandolf was on the card nanny sent, i know the dogs were, and a few of the cats, i think he was now that i think about it
      *goes to check*no, my bunny and dog and two of the cats, then ect cause they ran outta space, but he was in the mail one day!

      http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee267/MCRgirl84_dor/CIMG1516.jpg

  19. QUESTION:
    What dog food do you feed your dog?
    I'm just wondering about what others here feed their dogs.

    I've seen a lot of knowledgeable people here and I think that this would be a really good place to get information about the types of dog food that are best for dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      We feed our shih tzu Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice. Blue Buffalo does not use animal by-products and their gluten-free recipes do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Their food also does not have corn, wheat or soy, which have been known to trigger allergies.

      You can go to the website: http://www.bluebuff.com and read more about the products they have and request a free sample.

      The best food for your dog would be one that addresses his personal health and nutritional needs. Whole Dog Journal has an excellent article that can help you access your dog's needs:

      http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/sample/...

  20. QUESTION:
    Is there any cat food comapany's that will send you free cat food or free cat litter?
    I know there out there somewhere, I just need a little help finding the right website to ask for cat supplies for free.
    Anyone have any knowledge of these kind hearted consumers that will let me try their products for free?

    • ANSWER:
      I missread that..lol.. I don't know of to may that will send samples..Purina might, but yuck.. Some of the more better quality food companies will.. try breeders-choice.com they have a great line of cat and dog food and I am sure they will send free samples..

      But I think if you email or write most companies and ask for a trial of their food they will gladly send you one..
      Good luck

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I get free cat and dog food?
    I would like to use coupons but don't have the time. I wouldn't like to send away for any free samples for items either. Just wondering if there are any extreme couponers out there that could help me!!!! Thank You so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an extreme couponer but I do know this, dog food is NEVER free not even with all the coupons in the world but there are always coupons for wet food for cats and compare the coupon value to the sale price and see how much it would cost you, oh by the way it won't be free. Sorry ):

  22. QUESTION:
    Where can I get some free puppy packs at?
    Where can I get some free puppy packs at? I am getting rid of 5 puppies and I would like to send them to thier new homes with a puppy pack. I am willing to pay a little for them. IF it had like a free puppy food sample and a little book in it to tell how to take care of a puppy would be great. Thanks alot
    I am screening the homes for my puppies definetly.

    • ANSWER:
      Pedigree Petfoods do puppy packs. You can get them at champ shows from their trade stand. I am sure other dog food manufacturers do them also.

      I made up my own. Put in a weeks supply of the food they were on.

      I included a care sheet, with diet, grooming, health, worming and training advice, and advice on spaying/neutering. What to look for in a boarding kennel if they ever had to use one. And also things to tell the vet that the breed may be intolerant of (e.g. - adverse reaction to certain anaesthetic agents that could happen). I also wrote up a breed history I did it all in Word in the form of a book. Included some pictures, and just printed it off as I needed it.

      You could also ask your vet when you take them for their pre home health check. They often get free samples of dog food to hand out to customers. But if you do that, then get some to mix in with the food you are giving them just now so their digestive system becomes accustomed to the new food.

      I hope you get good homes for all your puppies.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy weight for a female boxer?
    I have a one year old boxer that eats kibbles and bites, and she eats like a horse but don't put on weight. I free feed so there is always food down. I thought she was just in a lengthy stage of growth, but she should be done growing now? So I was wondering how I could fatten her up?
    she just got dewormed.

    • ANSWER:
      between 53-65 pounds

      first, your dog could have worms. you can either bring her to the vet and they will look at a stool sample and tell you or you can go to your local petstore and pick up deworming meds.

      second, it could be her food. she is still a puppy and is going to continue growing. Many boxers continue to grow or fill out until about 3 years of age. They are slow maturing dogs. But the bulk of their growth should be seen by around 18 months to 2 years of age. i would make sure she is on a high protein food so she has the fat to burn.

      lastly, if your dog has been into the garbage or chewed anything in the house the dog she could possibly have something lodged in her digestive track. you should bring her to the vet to get xrays done.

  24. QUESTION:
    How often do dogs need to get dewormed?
    How often do dogs need to get dewormed?

    And what are the signs that my dog got worms?

    Thank you guys

    • ANSWER:
      If you see worms crawling out of the dogs anus or see worms in the stool, you take the dog to the vet with a stool sample. They will determine what kind of worms your dog has and give you deworming medicine. Never buy OTC-it doesn't work and you need to know what kind of worms you are dealing with.

      Even if you don't see anything, you can always bring a stool sample to the vet for your dog's annual exam and they can check for worms. It's not that expensive.

      When it comes to heartworms, prevention is key. You won't see heartworms as they stay in the heart and bloodstream. You give your dog heartworm prevention once a month and get a bloodtest at the annual exam so the vet can make sure your dog is free of heartworms. Heartworm medication is prescription only. It is much more expensive and dangerous for the dog to try and kill the heartworms once it gets them.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get a pet product featured in a magazine?
    I have a pet product that I think many magazines would be interested in for their magazines (we are not interested in paid advertising at this point). This is a large product, so it is hard to send out samples to magazines. How can we get a magazine to feature our product, and also will they take their own pictures of the product or use images that we send them?

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to have to be choosy, but you will need to send samples for the magazine to review. Magazines only profit by selling advertising- a story in essence would be free advertising and unless there is some angle that can be worked, an editor is not going to give the go-ahead on a product story with no interesting qualities. For example, if you had invented and marketed a new dog collar that keeps the dog from barking without electric shock or anything uncomfortable or painful and had trainers using it, you might be able to sell a story, however, if your product was just smaller than existing models, there is no story there.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is my puppy safe from diseases off my other dog?
    I am getting a puppy in a few weeks and I already have a 5 year old dog. I'm not getting the puppy til he has had his 1st needles at 8 weeks but is it safe to bring him home after that or do I have to wait til he's had his full course?

    • ANSWER:
      You should make sure your older dog gets is booster shots for his vaccines, although I would hope he has been getting annual booster shots already. As an extra precaution you may want to take him to the vet and make sure he is free of worms and parasites because some adult dogs can carry parasites and it doesn't really affect them because they have matured immune systems.

      Make sure you stick to a vaccination schedule for your little one and each time you go in for shots take a fresh fecal sample to be tested for worms and parasites. Worms are very common in young puppies.

      As long as you keep your older dog healthy, it will go a long way to keep your new kid healthy.

      Also, if you take your older dog to dog parks and things like that be careful because he could bring something home that can affect your new pup. It would be prudent to keep the older dog away from areas where there are lots of dogs until two weeks after the young pup has all of its shots.

      Good luck! Your dogs are lucky they have a parent who cares!

  27. QUESTION:
    Is 4 months too old to train a diabetes service dog?
    I have a 4 month old Basset Hound puppy. I'm 14 and I have type 1 diabetes. I was wondering if 4 months is too old to train him to be a diabetes service dog. I have trouble recognizing high and low blood sugars because i've had them so much my body is completely used to it. Thank you to any help! If you have a diabetes service dog, feel free to share your experiences!

    • ANSWER:
      4 months is definitely not too old, but I would have more worries about his breed. Yes, bassetts are good scenters, but a diabetes alert dog also needs intensive obedience training and bassetts tend to be a little stubborn. You also want a diabetes alert dog to be more high-energy than bassetts tend to be, since they need to be alert, focused, and 'on the job' at all times.

      Also, training a dog to be a DAD yourself takes a whole lot of time and commitment. It's not easy, and it's not for everyone, your lifestyle has to be compatible with the time and effort it takes to properly train them.

      I'm not trying to discourage you, just trying to be a little realistic. I'm in the process of self-training a diabetes alert dog for my 5 year old Type 1 daughter, but we are using an Australian shepherd that was scent imprinted on low blood sugars since the day he was born.

      If you want to get going with starting him on training and seeing how he'll do, for right now you don't worry about high blood sugars. Highs are much easier to smell than lows, so you want him to have the lows down pat before you work with highs.

      Next time you have a low blood sugar, have him smell you (but you can't give him a command to do it-he has to do it on his own) and when he does tell him he's the greatest dog ever and give him a treat. Also, when you're low, take a gauze pad and chew on it for 30-60 seconds, put it in a Ziploc with the date and the BG number on it and freeze it. These are scent samples you'll use for training. Every day, defrost one and put it in a container with holes in it (you can make scent tubes from cheap materials at Home Depot) The second he sniffs it, get excited and give him a treat. Remember though- you can't tell him to sniff it or direct him to it, he has to smell it himself otherwise he'll only look for that smell when he's told to.

      Goodness, there's so much more to tell you and I think they limit my space here. Get yourself to this website: www.diabeticalertdogs.com There are experienced DAD professional trainers that will help guide you through the process.

      You can also email me at jerseyatheart@hotmail.com . I did nearly a full year of research before getting a puppy to train as a DAD, so I can help point you in the right direction. :)

      Okay, I had to edit this to respond to Ville, who has no idea what they're talking about:

      You obviously have no idea what having a diabetes alert dog entails. The dogs are generally about 30-40 minutes ahead of a meter or glucose monitor. You can not check your blood sugars every hour, and a T1d can have a blood sugar crash or skyrocket in a very short amount of time. The dogs are also used for alerting AT NIGHT, while the Type 1 is asleep, to prevent extremely dangerous blood sugar crashes.

      Also, MANY people train their own service dogs. So long as you do enough research, have a good support group, and know exactly what you're getting into both with the time and commitment required, it is entirely possible to train your own service dog. In fact, I know nearly 50 people who have done just that.

  28. QUESTION:
    How does it cost to get your pet's picture taken at Petco?
    A Petco just opened in my town, and they are doing professional pet photos next weekend. I want to take my dog, but I can't find any info on how much the packages cost. Has anyone had pictures done there? How much was it, and did the photos turn out good?

    • ANSWER:
      If next weekend is the Grand Opening event, then you can get pictures done for free!

      Picture packages at PETCO can range from .00 to hundreds of dollars, depending on what you are buying and who the photographer is.

      PETCO has about 850 stores and the photo services are divided up by 10 different photography companies.

      If you are in the northeast, NY, NJ, CT, then you are lucky because that area uses the best pet photography company in the country....all their photographers used to be either Veterinary Technicians, Dog Trainers, Groomers or breeders and are so much more knowledgeable about how to handle pets. The guy that owns it has been doing pet pictures over 20 years.

      You can check their web site to see a price list and also samples of their work and read the comments in the guestbook, everybody loves the work.

      Its called Pets Photography Studio

      Here is the link.... www.PetsPhotography.com

      The pictures are great....look for your self....you won't believe how cute!

  29. QUESTION:
    Can dogs catch worms from eating chicken poop?
    I have 3 month old puppies and free ranges chickens. Needless to say the puppies like to eat the chicken poop. I am not worried about my chickens having worms. But if they did is it possible for the dogs to catch them if they eat them?

    • ANSWER:
      If the chickens have worms, yes, the puppies can get them.

      A fecal sample from both chickens and puppies can be taken to a vet familiar with both species for analysis and a treatment plan for prevention/cure of intestinal parasites can be discussed at that time.

  30. QUESTION:
    My Shih Tzu wont eat any dog food! What can i do to get her to eat?
    My Shih Tzu is almost one year old and she will not eat any kind of dog food and shell only eat small amounts of dog food.We allready took her to the vet and they cant do anything for her.What can i do to help her eat?Is there a supplement or a certian type of dog food to give her?Pleae any information is helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      If your vet has told you your dog is healthy and her teeth and digestion are okay, then it's time to deal with FES -- Fussy Eater Syndrome.

      We have one dog who, despite the fact that he was a rescue and former stray, is an extremely fussy eater. When he was young, I had to hold his food in my hand to get him to eat. We tried every kind of dog food (attend a big, benched dog show -- companies hand out free samples). Finally found a brand he would eat (and the cheapest dog food isn't cheap if your dog won't eat it).

      Are you using small enough kibbles? A Shih Tzu is a small breed - big kibbles are like asking you to live on giant jawbreaker candies. Does your dog like chicken? Cook some boneless chicken (no spices, just add a tablespoon of water, wrap in foil and bake plain). Shred the chicken and add a teaspoon to the kibble (bag enough for a week in the fridge and freeze the rest).

      Look at the dog's eating environment. Sensitive or timid dogs tend not to eat if it's noisy or there's a lot going on (just like people). You can also stimulate your dog to eat by eating yourself (they're social animals), so when it's time for your dog to eat, give her a dish of kibble and chicken and grab a piece of fruit for yourself.

      She may be a grazer. Some dogs (and people) eat small amounts throughout the day. If you don't have other pets who might eat her food, leave her kibble where she can get to it if you can take her outside several times a day. Otherwise, you'll have to get her used to twice daily feedings. This means "you get x minutes to eat, then it goes in the fridge." We give ours 30 minutes to eat what they want. Leftovers get covered and fridged and come back for dinner -- similar to dealing with a fussy toddler.

      If your dog is otherwise healthy, including her teeth, she won't starve herself. She'll eat when she's hungry. Is your dog the proper weight for her age and breed? If so, she's eating enough. Estimates on dog food cans and kibble bags are general. Some dogs need more, some less. If she isn't underweight according to your vet, she's eating what she needs.

      Our hound is a "mesomorph" body type - muscular, narrow waist (high tuck-up, they call it for hound dogs), strong jaw. She eats like a vacuum cleaner. Our shepherd is an ectomorph (light bones, built for speed) and eats like a bird. He's healthy and at proper weight, but he'll never be an enthusiastic eater.

  31. QUESTION:
    where to find free dog samples, PLEASE HELP..?
    does anyone know were to find free dog suplies or samples, i cant find them anywere?
    You know sometimes its good to get free samples/supplies!!

    • ANSWER:
      if you can't afford dog food supplies etc. you do not need a dog

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it worth getting life insurance for my dog?
    My dog is 4 years old and she is a Rot/Lab. She is pretty healthy I'd say with all treatments done to her and eating healthy and exercising. She recently had some leg pain but it looks to be getting better. I'm considering to buy some sort of health insurance that would cover my dogs fees at the Vet such as Check Ups, Xrays, Surgeries, and so on. Is there anything that you can recommend. Maybe something you have at an affordable rate like /month?
    Okay I understand where that one lady is coming from, but I really think they got you sucked in. No offense, but how many times would you have to take your dog to the vet? How do you know what they're giving your dog is really needed? They just do it just because they want to bill the insurance company for doing "all of this" for something that they have spent 5 minutes on.

    • ANSWER:
      my husband and I pay about a month for our dog to be on one of those Banfeild wellness plans (Banfeild being the vet clinic associated with PetSmart stores across the country)

      I'm very picky about who I allow to care for my baby- I met the vet in charge and I love her, she seems like she really cares!

      we pay a month and in the end we pay alot less than we normally would for his vet care

      last month we noticed he had tapeworms
      took him in to vet
      they took a fecal sample, tested it, gave him some injections of medication
      the overall fees would have been 0,
      but because of the wellness plan, we only paid

      the vet requested to see him again in two weeks to make sure the worms were gone, we brought him in two weeks later
      an exam that would have cost us , we paid nothing

      then today he had his yearly dental cleaning (because he has gum disease), they ended up needing to give him some medication underneath his gum line
      the procedure and medications would have cost us 4
      we only paid

      the difference his incredible!
      all of his vaccinations (rabies, distemper, parvo, etc..) are all free with the wellness plan
      plus if he wasn't already microchipped and neutered, then that would have been included
      plus a yearly dental cleaning
      plus we can take him in for a check up anytime we notice something off, we don't have to pay the office fee
      and many of the emergency care we might need is covered, should we get into an accident

      I strongly suggest everyone get some sort of health plan for their pets- it makes a world of difference in cost!
      and if you really want to keep your baby alive as long as possible, then you need the best medical care possible

      *edit*
      I'm sure that he needs all the services that he recieves-
      I've been working with dogs for 17 years now, as a a groomer and as a co-director of a local humane society.
      And currently I'm in my first year of school to become a vet tech.
      My dog is elderly, and did not recieve proper veterinary care his first 7 years of life. This is why he needs a bit more medical attention than the average dog may need.

  33. QUESTION:
    Did you know you can get free samples from dog food companies?
    Just go to their websites - like Purina & you can sign up for a free sample to do a taste test with your dogs (and cats too - of course.)

    • ANSWER:
      I like to get the free samples and donate them to my local shelter. Sometimes they send you a coupon for a free small bag (which is anywhere from 3-8 lbs). The dogs in the shelter will appreciate any food they can get, even if it's not something I will feed my own dog.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has the wormer had time to take effect in my dog?
    My dog has had different wormers every time we have wormed him - he is 7 months old. All have been from the vet, apart from the last lot. He has vomited EVERY time, regardless of the make of tablet (hence why we have changed the type each time). He usually vomits around 6-7 hours after taking the tablet. Will the wormer have had time to do its job, or should we treat him again, with yet another type? Previously we have not repeated the treatment, but I am worried that he is not getting any protection.

    • ANSWER:
      The wormer should already be in his system by 6-7 hours, if you have any questions on whether or not it worked, take a stool sample to the vet and have it tested, just to make sure that he is parasite free.

  35. QUESTION:
    what are some websights that give out free coupons for pet food or free samples? please answer?
    the coupons dont have to be free bag of food. just some money off. if you know of any please tell me thank you. no rude answers please.

    • ANSWER:
      I really like http://www.sampleaday.com . They give you a free sample everyday with no stupid surveys to fill out. I like it because I actually get my samples from there. You can sign up for the free e-mail subscription and they will send you the sample of the day to your inbox. Its pretty good

      Look down the list they have some recent dog and cat samples

  36. QUESTION:
    what happened to primo beer from hawaii?
    my dad used to have a primo beer sign in our patio in hawaii when i was really little. he even named his dog primo.

    recently, i went shopping and saw a t-shirt with the primo beer logo and bought it for my boyfriend but i was wondering if anyone knows if you can still get the stuff anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      I remember Primo Beer, I used to drink in in Hawaii as a college student at UH, in 1970-1974. We could take the tour, and then drink "some" samples, or bring the fraternity to the hospitality room for more free beer.
      Then about 1977 or so, Joesph Schlitz Bottling Co. bought them out, and were going to brew Schlitz. But many of us thought Schlitz tasted like crap. And they went out of business in Hawaii, too. Unless somebody has a few hidden away as a keepsake, you won't find it anywhere. I too am sorry it is gone, forever.

      By the way, it was the choice of many people, until Budweiser brought out so many different bottles, cans, and sizes that the beer coolers squeezed out Primo. All the old timers remember PRIMO!!!!! As AKU used to say "P-R-I---K-L-M-O."

  37. QUESTION:
    Would it be ok to feed my cat Dog food?
    As a once off, I recieved a free sample of Dog food in the mail but not having a Dog I can't use it. If I give it to my cat is it going to kill her or anything?
    urgh READ PEOPLE it's as a One off, I have NO intention of feeding it permanently, just for one meal.

    • ANSWER:
      Once is not going to be terrible. For those unaware, dog food does not contain taurine, as dogs can synthesize taurine from their diet. Cats cannot, and need taurine to survive. But the damage is not instant.

      Dog food is also usually not as heavy in meats, which cats need since they are carnivores. But as you posted, it is given just once.

      Consider donating any future dog food to a shelter.

      Just be on the lookout if she starts to bark!

  38. QUESTION:
    Do you believe that seeing eye dogs will be rewarded in the life to come?
    My dad doesn't think that any animals will make it to the world to come but my aunt thinks the exact opposite. I am just wondering about animals like seeing eye dogs that help people who are blind. That seems noble to me and I wonder if God will reward them or if they die, they will just cease to exist like my dad believes.

    • ANSWER:
      According to what the bible tells us, your father is correct.

      It is good to remember, though, that the Bible emphasises the distinction between humans and animals. Humans, not animals, were made ‘in the image and likeness of God.’ (Genesis 1:26) And whereas animals were created with a limited life span, humans had the prospect of living on earth forever. (Genesis 3:22, 23; Psalm 37:29) Jesus Christ said that to enjoy “everlasting life,” we must exercise faith and take in knowledge of God—things that animals are incapable of doing. (John 3:36; 17:3) Moreover, the Bible compares those unworthy of a resurrection to the “unreasoning animals that are born naturally to be caught and destroyed.”—2 Peter 2:9-12.
      It is not that we don't love our animals or care about them, but Jesus Christ ransom is for mankind only. Though animals die in the same manner as man, they do not share his hope of a resurrection.—2Pe 2:12 Regarding the way God made humans, the Bible says: “He has even put eternity into their minds.” Yet, nothing like this is said of animals.—Ecclesiastes 3:11

      I am sorry it is probably not the answer you were looking for but it is what the bible says on the matter. As imperfect beings we do tend to see things a little different however the bible does talk about a future time when he will take back the earth from it's current rulers and the earth will be ruled over by Jesus Christ and those who go to heaven with him Rev 5:10

      I mention this because at that time, those left on the earth will enjoy endless companionship with animals. Here are some of the scriptures:

      Jesus said: Matthew 5:5 "the meek shall inherit the earth"
      “There are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to God’s promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell.” (2 Peter 3:13; Isaiah 65:17)
      There will be peace between humans and animals. Wild and domestic animals will feed together. Even a little child will have nothing to fear from animals that are now dangerous.—Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25.
      Wickedness, warfare, crime, and violence will be gone. “The wicked one will be no more…But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth.” (Psalm 37:10, 11)
      Peace will exist because ‘God will make wars cease to the ends of the earth.’ (Psalm 46:9; Isaiah 2:4) Then “the righteous one will sprout, and the abundance of peace until the moon is no more”—and that means forever!—Psalm 72:7.
      (Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.
      “The eyes of the blind ones will be opened.”—Isaiah 35:5
      Sickness will vanish. As Ruler of God’s heavenly Kingdom, Jesus will do healing on a far grander scale than when he was on earth. (Matthew 9:35; Mark 1:40-42; John 5:5-9)
      Then “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’”—Isaiah 33:24; 35:5, 6. (or in our case, tired)
      “There will come to be plenty of grain on the earth.”—Psalm 72:16.
      God will bless his righteous ones, and “the earth itself will certainly give its produce.”—Psalm 67:6.
      The whole earth will become a paradise. Lovely new homes and gardens will occupy land that had once been ruined by sinful humans. (Isaiah 65:21-24; Revelation 11:18)
      Dead loved ones will be restored to life with the prospect of never dying. All those sleeping in death who are in God’s memory will be brought back to life. In fact, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”—Acts 24:15; John 5:28, 29.

      This is just a small sample of what is to occur. Why not learn more, even accept a free home bible study. There is no obligation, no cost involved. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through my profile

      What Does the Bible Really Teach? (chapter 3 the earth)
      http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/is-this-what-god-purposed/

      Who are we? (link to request a free bible study, get free publications, and stats of the organisation)
      http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/

  39. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost for vaccinations at the Brookdale Animal Hospital (PA)?
    Do they give vaccinations there? We are going to give my dogs 3 puppies their vaccinations, and since they close today at 6 p.m. so I can't call I just wanted to see if anyone knew the cost since their website doesn't say and we are planning on calling tomorrow but I just wanted an idea of the cost.
    I also need to know what kinds of shots puppies should get at 6-8 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Obviously calling is the right answer. What it will cost depends not just on what an individual clinic charges, but also on which vaccinations you get. At my clinic, I typically pay for a rabies vaccination and around for a DHLP (distemper, hepetitis, lepto, parainfluenza) and another for parvo. I like to give those separately, though you can get a DHLPP. typically I give the parvo at six weeks and the DHLP about a week later. They'll need boosters every 2-3 weeks until they are 3 months old, then a rabies vaccination at either 3 or 4 months old. Four is better, but some state laws require it at 3 months.

      They will likely need deworming as well, and to be started on heartworm medicine. My vet gives free samples for the first few months of heartworm medicine, but YMMV.

      There's also a fee for an office visit. Some vets will reduce the fee for additional animals on the same visit.

      It's the same cost as the save vaccinations for the mother dog, and the pups will need the same vaccinations she had (assuming you followed your vet's recommendations with her). So same cost as your adult dog. Why not use your regular clinic?

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone knows where can I get free dog/cat food printed coupons?
    I realized that some people sell them on Ebay, but where did they get that for free?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of patients will get you the coupons you need. Buying them is the quick way. Some websites that offer coupons also offer pet food coupons, so check those, and also ask for samples as the samples nearly always come with coupons.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are effects of trihalomethanes in EPA rated excess in the water on humans in Blackwell Oklahoma?
    For 4 years now, the city council of Blackwell, OK have sent out flyers saying that the water has levels of trihalomethanes in excess of EPA standards and that the community sholudn't worry about it. But the fish and turtles in private ponds are dying and the dogs and cats will not drink the water sometimes.
    What's it doing to us and why won't the city do anything about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to know as well. I live in Moore, OK and I just received the flyer listing the contaminates in our water. It had VOC's including Benzene in there which is a carcinogen. I also saw the trihalomethanes as well. I'm not sure what they do. Sounds to me like Oklahoma needs to get on the ball. I don't think I will be drinking the tap water anytime soon!

      Ok -- after posting this, I looked up trihalomethanes and this is what I found. This comes from a New York site but I think it had some interesting info. I hope this helps - it didn't give me fuzzy feelings!

      Trihalomethanes

      MHEL

      Trihalomethanes (THM's) are members of a group of organic chemicals that contain a single carbon atom, one hydrogen atom, and three atoms of either chlorine, bromine, or iodine, or a combination of their atoms. Of the many possible trihalomethanes, there are four that are prevalent in water supplies. They are: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform. The total trihalomethane (TTHM) concentration is the sum of the concentrations of these four regulated THM's.

      Chloroform
      Bromo-
      dichloromethane
      Bromoform
      Dibromo-
      chloromethane

      Trihalomethanes can be formed by the reaction of free chlorine with naturally occurring organic matter (precursors) in raw water. Factors that influence THM formation include the amount of precursors present, pH, temperature and treatment processes used.

      Chloroform, which is generally, the THM found in the highest concentration, has been determined to be a carcinogen (cancer causing agent) in laboratory mice and rats. Therefore, chloroform is a potential human carcinogen although human studies to date have been inconclusive. Chloroform is known to cause liver damage following chronic exposure to high levels. The chemical similarities of the THM's suggest the possibility they all may be hazardous to health.

      The potential human carcinogenicity of chloroform raises the possibility that an individual's risk of developing cancer will be increased by the long-term consumption of drinking water containing an elevated level of THM's. The risk of liver damage is also increased. It must be realized, however, that each person's susceptibility will vary depending on their general health, occupation, genetic history, use of alcohol and other drugs, smoking, nutritional habits, socioeconomic status as well as the ability of each person to deal with all the stresses placed upon them.

      The standard established in Part 5 of the State Sanitary Code for THM's is 0.10 milligrams per liter (mg/l). Compliance is determined from results of quarterly sampling on a running annual average basis. The Department of Health policy is that production of THM's should be minimized to the greatest degree practical while maintaining disinfection benefits.

      Preventative Measures: The level of exposure to THM's is relatively low. The New York State and Dutchess County Departments of Health are not recommending that you stop drinking or using the water. However, some people may wish to take certain practical measures which will reduce their exposure. Since the chemical tends to evaporate into the air, use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans when using water will reduce the levels of the chemical in the air in your home. Use of less water for bathing or cleaning will reduce exposure through breathing the vapors and through skin contact. Other individuals may choose to use bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes or install point of use treatment devices.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my Ragdoll breeder is reputable?
    I am purchasing a Ragdoll soon and have been conversing with the breeder for a month or two now, but how can I tell if it is a legitimate breeder? What questions should I ask and what should I look for? I've already filled out a questionnaire and looked at a sample of the contract (one that states the animal needs to be altered and information about required immunizations, etc).

    • ANSWER:
      Does she have a cattery that is registered with the CFA, ACFA, or TICA, or does she just have a few purebreds that she uses for profit? Why does she breed cats? Does she show her cats? If not, why not? Does she have any champions in her breeding stock (being from champion lines is not the same as being a champion)? Does she have any studs or queens that have reached Distinguished Merit (DM) status? How long has she been breeding? What tests has she done on her breeding stock to determine if any genetic defects are present? Do any of her current or past cats have any genetic diseases, or other health problems? Are the cats leukemia, FIV, and FIP negative? If so, how does she know? Does she provide a health guarantee? If so, what does the guarantee cover? Have the kittens already been seen by her vet? Does she require that you take the kitten to your vet within a short time to activate the health guarantee? Does she require that the kittens be spayed or neutered if not sold as breeding stock? Does she sell breeding stock? If so, under what circumstances? How long has she been using her present vet? Is she willing to call her vet and authorize him/her to discuss the medical records of all her cats? If not, why not? What kind of routine vet care does she provide for her breeding cats? Does she routinely test her cats for contagious disease? If not, why not? How many cats does she own? How many are studs, queens, and alters? Are they all the same breed? If not, are they at least similar breeds? What criteria does she use to decide appropriate mates for her females? How many litters per year does she breed? How often does she breed each queen? How are they managed (cages, open kennel, individual runs, group runs, free in the house, etc)? How are the kittens raised (underfoot, limited areas of the home, in cages)? How are the kittens socialized, and specifically what are they socialized to (household sounds, dogs, children, both men and women, restraint, cuddling, nail trimming, bathing, etc)? How old does the kitten need to be before she will send it to its new home? Will she take the cat back (not necessarily give you a refund of purchase price) if you cannot keep it in the future? Does she have a requirement in her contract that the cat be kept inside and never declawed? Will she allow you to come visit her cattery to see for yourself? If not, why not? Does she require specific measures to prevent the spread of disease if she does allow you to visit her cattery? etc,etc

      You need to research the breed so you know what problems are seen in this breed before you buy.
      (This answer is too long. Will try to copy and paste for remainder of answer submitted separately.)

  43. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the best dog food to feed a pomeranian who is almost 1 year old?
    My pom seems to have trouble chewing hard food. Alot of the food out there is for big dogs. What is the best dog food for small doggies?

    • ANSWER:
      Wellness makes the BEST natural food for small dogs, Small Breed Super 5 Mix.

      I had tried so many other foods for my tiny, tiny yorkie, and ended up having to grind them up with a mortar and pestle (even the food by RC made especially for yorkies.) And she didn't even like the food; I had to add soup stock or crushed freeze-dried foods to get her to eat.

      Small Breed Super 5 Mix then became available, and trying it was worry-free because of the Wellness full refund guarantee (from wherever you purchase it).

      From the first sample, she absolutely loved the food...I didn't even have to add soup stock or sprinkle freeze-dried food to get her to try it. The kibble is so small that she had no trouble chewing it. We use it for treats for her, too.

      I was relieved just to have a healthy, natural food she could eat and enjoy. It was a delightful bonus to see her coat become gorgeous and have her so much more playful. Even her tracheal symptoms have almost disappeared...the vet was astounded at the improvement.

      We have switched our Silky Terrier over to the Wellness Lamb and Barley Super 5 Mix (instead of the Natural Balance line.) She has no more loose stools and her coat is so silky instead of coarse. She eats really fast so we didn't use the Small Breed kibble...having to chew the regular size kibble slows her down. :-)

      I highly recommend the Wellness Super 5 Mix line of foods. Petco frequently has the small cans of Wellness food free with the purchase of the dry food. As an occasional treat, we mix the canned food with some water to make it into a gravy for the dry food...it lasts for several days for both dogs. They love it! And if you sign up online for the Wellness Pet Club, they will send you coupons good for all the Wellness foods.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should dog foos not have in it?
    I am trying to find the right dog food for my Lab mix.
    My question it what kind of things should not be in dog food.

    Somehow i don't know what I was asking in my question.

    • ANSWER:
      Grain free is the best kind. I know it is more expensive, but the stuff you get at the boutiques are usually better. The people are usually more helpful as well and have lots of knowledge on the food itself. Most brands like Bil-Jac, Purina and whatever else is at the local PetSmart has grains in it and they may say they use only chicken baked at a certain temp, but it is usually not true. Another added bonus to buying more expensive food is that you usually use less, I think it has something to do with the grains not being in there, but I am not too sure.
      Good Luck in your search!

      Also, when I was searching for my dogs food, I asked them if I could get some samples to take home to see if my puppy would eat it or not (he is picky, I know I know it sounds ridiculous, but he is!) which was very helpful. I put three different foods in front of him and which ever one he ate first is the one I have given him since!

  45. QUESTION:
    can anyone recommend any low fat dog food for my pug?
    He is getting older and exercising less and I am worried about him gaining weight and so before I take him to the vet for some diet advice I thought I would ask if anyone on here knows of a low fat dog food that has worked for their dogs for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight?

    Many thanks for your answers in advance.
    I currently feed him on pedigree's better by nature range with the pedigree mixer.

    • ANSWER:
      Royal Canin now do a dog food specifically for Pugs. We were given some free samples of it and our Pugs seemed to love it.

      It helps to preserve a healthy weight and the small pieces are easier for them to eat.

      http://www.royalcanin.co.uk/my_pet/dog_products/breed_health_nutrition/pug.aspx

      x

  46. QUESTION:
    What do i need to ask when getting a puppy?
    We`re about to get a golden retriever puppy (she`s giving them away for free) but what questions do i ask about the puppy. It will be our 1st dog but we know what we`re getting ourselves into. And after we`ve picked up the puppy, do we need to take it to the vets to be checked and how much will that cost? And what papers do i need look at from the breeder?

    • ANSWER:
      Golden Retrievers are truly lovely dogs! I am a bit suspicious though, why the breeder is giving the puppies away for free.

      There is many questions you should ask the breeder before you bring your new pup home!

      First of all the puppies should be at least 8 weeks old before they leave their mother, as by then they will have been fully weaned.So if the breeder tells you to take them home any younger than that, they are not breeders you can trust and I would suggest not to buy from them.

      Also check to see if they are registered breeders (not backyard!). Backyard breeders normally do it for the money and do not care about the dogs health and well being.

      Puppy farms are just as worst. They treat the dogs like dirt and also do it for the money. They will also breed the female a lot and she will be kept in bad conditions, with not space to run or play and will probably never experienced the love of having a loving, caring owner. Many of the dogs will carry diseases aswell and you may experience death at an early age.

      Here is a list of questions to ask the breeder:

      Have the puppies recieved their shots? - the breeder should have answered yes. All puppies should have recieved at least their first shots.

      Has the puppies been de-wormed? - The answer should be yes. All puppies should have been de-wormed.

      Doe the puppies have any health problems? - Do not choose a puppy that is sick!

      Are there any common health problems in the breed? - All breeds have possible health problems. Any breeder who says there is none is lying.

      Does the breeder breed a female dog more than once a year? - The answer should be no - this is bad for the dog. (Male dogs can be bred more than once a year though.)

      Does the breeder breed more than 2 breeds? - The answer should be no. Good breeders will normally only breed one or two breeds.

      Does the breeder show her dogs or do other doggy sports or activities? - Doing activities shows that the breeder is interested in her dogs.

      Can I return the puppy if it does not work out? - All good breeders will want their puppy back if a problem does occour or it is not working out in it`s new home.

      Make sure that you ask for any proof of vaccinations and the puppies being de-wormed.

      After asking these questions the next step is to choose a puppy.

      Here is a list of things to check to see if the dog is healthy:

      - clean, clear bright eyes
      - Slightly moist nose
      - No thick coloured or crusty discharge from eyes or nose
      - is not wheezing, sneezing or coughing
      - No red, hot, inflamed ears
      - No dark, crumbling debris inside ear (ear mites)
      - Be wary of a puppy who is shaking or tilting his head, pawing at his eyes or ears, or repeatedly scartching or licking at a particular part of its body
      - No flakes and scales, sores, rashes and bare patches on skin
      - No fleas around base of tail or groin area
      - No strong, offensive odour coming from skin, the ears, or the mouth
      - Coat is soft and clean
      - No excessive oiliness or dryness on skin
      - Nice dense feeling about when the puppy is picken up
      - Lumps, bumps and swelling should be viewed with suspicion
      - Not bony
      - Not thin with a pot belly (worms)
      - No sharp cries when moving or being handled
      - Not limping or favouring a limb
      - Isn`t a very quite, still puppy (may be in pain)
      - Isn`t hanging back, hiding, trembling or growling (meeting new people for the first time - not a good sign!)
      - Dosen`t act uneasily or openly fearful of the person or persons who have been caring for him

      The breeder should allow you to see the mother of the puppies. Make sure she is friendly, healthy and is not aggresive. Most times it is unlikely that you will be able to meet the male.

      The puppies should have been raised indoors in a warm, dry environment not outdoors, in remote locations, in cold damp surroundings, or on bare ground.

      Make sure you ask for a sample of the food the owner is currently feeding the dog and if you want to change to another brand please do it gradually.

      Once you are certain that you are buying from a good breeder then should you take the puppy to its new home.

      Yes as soon as you get your puppy, take it to the vet to be examined and make sure it is healthy. He will probably discuss about vaccines and other general things.The price I would not know. It all depends where you live and what vet you go to.

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    What dog food should I buy my 8 month old chihuahua at Walmart?
    I live far away from a pet smart, so I have to shop at Walmart. What's the best food for an 8 month old chihuahua at Walmart.

    • ANSWER:
      I order my Chihuahua's food online and they mail it right to my front door. It is a dehydrated food with no fillers, no added fats, no added colors, no chemicals and is a balanced food my dogs love. I pay . for 6 months of food. Check out their web sight..."The Honest Kitchen" They will send you free samples and your dog can taste all the varieties. Excellent dog food...Vet approved and my dogs LOVE it.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there grant money available to me if I want to start a woman owned small business??
    I was thinking about starting my own small business in Massachusetts.

    I was wondering if there was any federal/state funding/grants available for something like this?

    It would be a do it yourself dog wash. There are few outside of Boston but none in the city.

    Please let me know and provide links/information if you can! Thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.grants.gov for a list of government grants and how you can apply for them. However, there are no grants for a for profit business unless you are opening a daycare and then it is a minimal amount. If you need money, you will need to apply for a loan. No lender will talk to you unless you provide them with a valid business plan. Go to http://www.sba.gov , http://www.score.org or http://www.bplan.com for sample business plans and instructions on how to write a business plan.

      Then, go to http://www.score.org/ and in the upper left hand corner, enter your zip code. On the next screen, you will get information on the nearest SCORE chapter. Call them and arrange for a free meeting with a SCORE counselor to review your business plan and discuss various loan options available to you.

      SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

      SCORE has 389 chapters in locations throughout the United States and its territories, with 10,500 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.


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  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheap pet supplies on Amazon, especially for cat supplies?
    I've searched a lot on Amazon and eBay for pet supplies as I have 3 three cats, Tabby cats and 2 golden retrievers. There are so many stores selling dog and cat supplies on eBay and Amazon and don't which is good. I don't want to take any risks on my pets. Anyone here who also has pets recommends me some stores? Only the guaranteed ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I also have two dogs in my house and two cats in my mom's home. In most cases, I buy pet supplies on Amazon and eBay. It is really hard to choose if you are new to pet stores on them. I've been always doing business with several stores. It is normal that you bought different supplies from different stores and after one or two experiences, you can know which store offers the best quality and price. If the store owners get to know you after repeated business, they even give your coupons or discounts.

      I usually replace their litter boxes every 3 months for my pets. So the store owner Accessory2go knows what I want to buy every time I contact them.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can an 11 year old work in a pet supplies store in Colorado?
    It is a pet supplies store with a cat shelter in back.
    PLEASE TELL ME SOOON!

    • ANSWER:
      You have to be at least 14 to work.

  3. QUESTION:
    What website offers the best selection for pet supplies?
    Pet supplies include, dog supplies, cat supplies, dog products, cat products, bird and fish supplies and pet meds.

    • ANSWER:
      iwould reccomend google it will put you in the right place good luck martin2

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to buy a cat from a pet store instead of the Humane Society?
    I got my cat from Chow Hound Pet Supply. He was there from the Humane Society. Does this mean that nobody wanted him when he was at the humane society? Or does this mean that he has a lot of problems that he could not be adopted there? Why does the Humane society give animals to pet supply stores in the area? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Many feed stores and pet stores like Petco have space where the local shelters can bring cats who need homes so they get more exposure to the public. The more people that see the cats and can actually interact with them, the more likely they will be adopted.
      Kudos to you for adopting from the shelter.

  5. QUESTION:
    What natural grain free or rice only (no wheat or corn) do they sell at pet supplies plus?
    It has to be from pet supplies plus.
    Thank you I am looking at it now and I think my only choice (price wise) may be the chicken soup
    If I couldn't find them a grain free food within are price range I would rather them eat that then corn or wheat since rice is gluten free. They aren't my cats they are my moms I have been giving her the guilt trip about feeding them bad food.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.petsuppliesplus.com/ProductGuide/CatFood.html

      - Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul is pretty decent.
      - Solid Gold is pretty good and they put out a good grain free diet called Sold Gold Indigo Moon.

  6. QUESTION:
    How often do you buy pet supplies and what do you buy?
    How often do you go to an actual pet store to buy these products? If the products at a different were cheaper than your regular store, would you shop there for pet supplies instead? Doing some research. Thanks for answering!

    • ANSWER:
      I buy dog food cat food once a month as well as treats, toy, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, fish oil and every few months I buy new combs brushes scissors, beds, collars, leashes and I buy clothes for them online all the time. When going into the store I usually go to the same stores because the prices are decent and the stores are within walking distance. When shopping online I will usually look for the best prices as well as best shipping prices and places that have sales often are a huge plus.

  7. QUESTION:
    Cheaper to buy cat food & litter at pet supplies store?
    I usually buy my cats food and litter at the grocery store (meijer, walmart) while i'm buying groceries, but i was wondering if it might be cheaper to buy it at a chain pet supplies store like petsmart or petco... or maybe even a small locally owned pet shop? What would you suggest as the cheapest place to buy my cat's supplies?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with people who say only top quality foods should be fed to pets. However, what some may not realize is that not all of us can afford this. Times are tough out there.

      I buy my pet food at Walmart, but I try to go as high end as I can for my dog. My cats have always eaten and loved Purina Kit n Kaboodle, but if I was starting over, I'd get higher end Purina or Iams for them. I use Iams puppy for my dog and intend to transition over to their new "natural" adult dog food, which is very good per ingredients and quite cheap.

      In terms of price, petsmart and petco are more pricy than grocery stores, and groceries are more pricy than Walmart.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why would someone buy from a pet store?
    I understand buying food, pet supplies, and goldfish; but I mean cats and dogs. Who would buy animals that were obtained from puppy mills and irresponsible breeders? Why would you support that?
    I do not support breeders either.

    • ANSWER:
      Just because people do it, doesn't mean they support it - people go to the pet stores because they're just so much more convenient for them, because if they took time to find a reputable breeder for them, then, well, it'd take time, and then you'd have to deal with shipping or pick-up, it would be more expensive, and then they'll probably ask questions...... it's just about people naturally being selfish. So really, I'm supporting your point, just in different words. (And also, I've never actually done this - I have no cats or dogs, I just know this.)

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some good grain-free, healthy cat food brands?
    I have been researching and have decided to change my cats food. At the moment the only places to purchase animal food is Petsmart, Pet Supplies Plus, and regular grocery stores. I have been wondering what are some good brands to switch my cat over too. At the moment I am looking into Blue Buffalo and Wellness. Out of the two what would be the best? Or if any suggestions of a better brand would be great. Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Blue Buffalo, I have not yet switched (debating as I have a finicky sensitive stomach cat), but i have heard nothing but great reviews. It is on the expensive side, but i think of it this way, expensive food now, or expensive treatment/surgery years later due to blockage complications from cat food bi-products.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is stainless steel pet fountain? What can it be used for?
    I saw it when I was searching for pet supplies on Amazon. It looks cool on the picture as it is made of stainless steel. I only know it's been used for pets to drink water. How is it different? What's the average price as I saw different prices on Amazon? Has anyone used for your cats or dogs? I really wanna get one for my lovely golden retriever.

    • ANSWER:
      A steel pet fountain help your pets to drink more water because they are attracted to moving water.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where are there any pet supply stores in Oita, Japan or any nearby towns/cities?
    I am currently living in Oita, Japan with my two cats. I am having a difficult time finding a pet supply store like Petco in the States. Just wondering if there is something similar in Japan. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am a Japanese and I have lived in Oita over 10 years.

      There is "HOME WIDE(ホームワイド)" chain which deals with pet supplies as well as DIY stuff. The "HOME WIDE" chain originated in Oita and thus it has many stores in Oita prefecture.

  12. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to open up your own pet shop business?
    I am at the point in life where I am quite over working for someone else and thinking about owning my own business... I absolutely love animals and my dream is to work with animals which I am thinking of studying towards. I want to open up my own pet shop or animal shelter and just wondering how much money and what knowledge I need?
    Is there anyone who has opened up a pet shop on there own (not a franchise) who can share their experience?
    Are you successful or majority of the time struggle to make ends meet?
    I would open up my own brand of pet shop and it would sell ALL pet supplies so rabbit food, dog food, toys, cat toys, food, accessories, lizard and fish items and sell cats, dogs, rabbits, fish, lizards etc.
    I would ideally open it to work on my own and not have any employees and thus save money.

    How much do I need? How much money can you make? What knowledge do I need? and can I be successful? (not like a millionare successful but just able to pay the mortgage etc)

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      A business plan

      Depends on the size of your pet store

  13. QUESTION:
    What over the counter vitamins or supplements can i buy for my cat with feline AIDS?
    my cat has feline aids and i love him to death. is there anything i can buy over the counter or a pet supply store that will help expand his life? and what exactly would that product be?

    • ANSWER:
      cats that are not showing symptoms of AIDS do not need anything special to "expand his life" just treat him as you would any other cat. if symptoms do arise, or kitty gets a cold, get him to the vet so that they can give the cats meds to get rid of the cold.... good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Personalized plate for Pawtastic Pet Supplies?
    I have racked my brain and can't come up with anything unique or that hasn't been taken. This is for a Virginia plate, can only use 6 letters and 1 blank or "-" space.

    Any clever people out there? We are a home delivery service of pet supplies in Caroline County.

    • ANSWER:
      Ur-Dog
      Ur-Cat

  15. QUESTION:
    How much should groceries cost for a family of four adults?
    and 2 dogs and 3 cats.
    My mother expects me to buy everything (cleaners, food, pet supplies etc) for 0. a week. Is that a normal amount? Oh and I am not one of those coupon divas (unfortunately)
    Oh and they expect meat for every supper at night.

    • ANSWER:
      0 sounds about Right... -But You really Should look into clipping Coupons to stretch your Grocery Budget. It REALLY Helps ! :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I start my own pet shop?
    I love animals. I'd like to sell, birds, fish, dogs, cats, rats, rabbits
    etc.
    and pet supply's.

    • ANSWER:
      1.
      Learn about the pets you plan to sell. This might seem like an obvious thing to do, but many people jump into the pet industry without realizing how much time has to be dedicated to actually taking care of the animals. Most privately-owned pet stores do not have a lot of employees, and the owner has to do a lot of the work himself. Cages will need to cleaned. Animals will need to be fed. Dogs will need to be exercised, and that's just the beginning!
      2.
      Talk to the experts, people who are already running their own pet store. The best place to do this is on the Internet where you will not have to worry too much about competition. The information you can get from those who have already been in the business is invaluable. While books can be informative, they can't give you the same first-hand point of view that actual people can give you. They already know the challenges involved in the market, and the information they discuss is current and relevant to the time. Also, they can help by giving you tips and suggestions while you are going through the process of opening your business. Once everything is up and running, you can bounce ideas and problems off of each other.
      3.
      Research your market. Before you open any kind of business, you need to know who your competition will be. You also need to know what you can expect from running such a venture. If you find that there are a lot of other pet stores in the area, you might want to re-think your idea. Perhaps you could specialize in a particular kind of animal as opposed to trying to do what is already being done. At the same time, if the other stores are doing poorly and you think you could do better, go for it.
      4.
      Write a business plan. This is necessary whether you are funding your business out of pocket, or applying for some kind of loan. The basic reason for having a business plan is to keep yourself on a successful path. You will need to know many details, such as what your goal is, why you think you can succeed, and what your budget is going to look like. The financial aspect of the business can become very complicated and seeking the help of a financial advisor is highly recommended.
      5.
      Decide how you are going to finance your business venture. Most people do not have the money they need. They have to apply for a small business of loan or seek private investors. Be sure to keep your business plan handy because you will need it to qualify for just about any kind of financing.
      6.
      Obtain a license if one is required. Currently, twenty-one states and the District of Columbia require pet shops to have a license to sell animals (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont). You can apply for a license at the Department of Agriculture in your state. The fee varies widely depending on location and may cost anywhere between 30 and 300 dollars.
      7.
      Design your floor plan. While this might take awhile, it can be a lot of fun. You will need to decide where you want to put your shelves, cages, cash register, and any other displays you plan on having. How detailed you decide to make the floor plan is up to you. You can make blue prints, or you can also just freehand the lay-out in a notebook.
      8.
      Order your non-living supplies. It is wise to consult many different companies to ensure that you are getting a good price for the products you want to stock. Consulting an internet forum can be very helpful in this step. Pet stores owners are usually happy to recommend good companies.
      9.
      Stock your animals. Once again, it is important to shop around for the best price. Another very important thing to consider when ordering your animals is the source from which they are coming. Make sure you are not supporting any puppy mills or companies that use illegal means of getting their stock. It's also a great idea to help support animal shelters and humane societies that have animals in need of a home.
      10.
      Advertise your business in magazines, stores, restaurants, newspapers, and any other media that reaches large numbers of people. The extent you are able to go will depend on your budget. This is one area where you should not skimp. After all, you need customers to make your business work. In order to get those people in the door, they have to know you are there.

  17. QUESTION:
    Where can I find whole sale pet products?
    I'm trying to start my own pet supply store but I'm not really sure where to get the products. I'd like to cater to dog, cat and bird lovers. Those are the one's I know most about. Anyone know where I can find some products?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.elpasosaddleblanket.com/?OVRAW=wholesale%20pet%20products&OVKEY=wholesale%20product&OVMTC=advanced&OVADID=5302433011&OVKWID=26655777011

  18. QUESTION:
    Should I franchise or try to start my own small business?
    I want to start my own pet supply store. I want to specialize in quality dog and cat food and toys and bedding, clothes..the whole 9 yards. Should I try to start it or franchise?

    • ANSWER:
      As a franchise consultant, one of the most important questions any first-time potential business owner asks me is whether to start their own new venture or to look at franchising.

      Starting up a new "mom and pop" type business is statistically very risky. Numerous studies have been conducted on this subject, and the general consensus indicates that 90-95% of new independents fail within two or three years. The steep learning curve that is involved can be a killer all by itself. The few who do succeed in this business model typically have an extremely high level of expertise in their product or service. They've "lived it" all their lives.

      When it comes to franchising, however, much of the risk is reduced, or even eliminated. Although there are no guarantees, this business model is as close as you'll come to a guarantee of success. The same studies show that new franchise business startups rarely fail. The reason for this, quite simply, is because the often very long exercise of trial and error has already been done so many times that it's reached the inevitable point of trying and succeeding. The franchiser has made it through the learning curve and, along the way, has developed the success secrets for that business. Those who fail in franchising almost always were not committed to following the franchiser's systems. The main reason you buy a franchise is to minimize risk and to set yourself up for success.

      Traditionally, in a new startup, independent business, you are almost always operating from a "shoot from the hip" mentality, which can lead to failure. There is no past experience to draw upon, and it becomes challenging to control all aspects of the business.

      With a good, successful franchise model, you open yourself up to a deluge of information regarding all aspects of information, including financial assistance, site selection, and a wealth of knowledge from existing franchisees. Also, rapid growth is inevitable with the franchise model, which is only a good thing for a franchisee for many reasons, such as increased name/brand recognition and exposure to national advertising campaigns, which increase sales. Tremendous buying power because of constant expansion is also a major plus.

      Of course, the key is to follow the proven system of success, so your creativity can be somewhat lessened. In addition, you will have to pay a franchise fee and an ongoing royality, and your individual ability to make changes to the franchise is reduced dramatically.

      To summarize, franchising greatly reduces risk, enables you to follow a proven, successful system, and increases your chances of success in business exponentially.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I drastically boost my cats' immunity systems?
    My cats caught something serious (I do not wish to say what), and I need to drastically boost their immunity system. Me and my parents are already giving them a dietary supplement, but I'm afraid it's not enough. I live in Canada, and my mom is going to a pet supply store today, so I was wondering if there's anything she should look for.
    It's not HIV though

    • ANSWER:
      Feline HIV is not uncommon and it's nothing to be secretive about. However i doubt vitamins are going to help much.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I use garlic to deworm my cat of tapeworms?
    One month ago I used a dewomer for dogs to deworm my cats.It did actually work, the worms came out in their stool,but they're back.I had to use the stuff for dogs because in my city pet supply retailers cannot not sell the cat stuff.Only vets can and I cant afford the 0 my vet wants for me to bring them in. I have actually found a guy who owns a rescue clinic who can sell me cat dewormer but he doesnt get any in until wednesday! It's friday and my poor babies are already locked in the basement and it's breaking my heart.I heard that a couple of pieces of garlic a day will kill all the worms. Will it? Is this gonna keep them away and should I still use the medicine ?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of this working! As far as I know garlic is only good for repeling fleas!

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for me to start a business?
    I'm 20. I live in Alabama. I want to open a pet supply store. I don't have a business degree but I was thinking about trying to find a partner who knows the business side because I am very experienced on the animal side. I will specialize in cat and dog supplies. I also have no credit. I don't have bad credit, just no credit. Is there anything out there that helps people like me start a business? Also, I don't have a job either. It's hard to find a job out here.

    • ANSWER:
      You can start your own business, it might be easier if you went to school for business and worked at a pet store first, but regardless its still worth a shot. If you cant take out a loan form the bank maybe some one else can for you, and you repay that person. In the meantime you can always create a web site about pet related stuff and make money with affiliate ads.

      http://www.adelphi.edu/manhattan/business.php

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my dad to let me get the dog if my dreams?
    Okay so recently my cat ran away and I had to sell my parakeets. All I have now are my two guineas. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but dogs are better companions. My step-mom has a shih zhu lap dog, and my dad won't let me. Any ideas on how I could convince him?

    Additional Information: I pay for all my pet supplies and I am willing to pay for all my puppy supplied

    • ANSWER:
      By explaining how you failed your cat and your parakeets. Then, you explain how you have no interest in college so that you can immediately go to work as a stripper so you can pay the bills and have the time to care for a dog.

  23. QUESTION:
    If i want to start a homebased cat and dog pet supply business, how can i get my inventory? ?
    We're wanting to start a pet supply business catering exclusively to dogs and cats. How would I start collecting my inventory? We make ourselves dog and cat houses, signs, but how do we start collecting our other inventory?

    • ANSWER:
      You would have to do research on companies who work with resellers. I'd imagine you could go into pet stores and buy everything there but it would probably be more efficient and price effective to go directly through a manufacturer that works with sellers.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do i get stock for my company?
    Hi

    Nothing is set in stone yet but how would i go about getting pets supplies for an online store for example Dog,Cat and Reptile accessories. How would i get these items at a good price as obviously your in the to make a profit. I know i have a lot more research to do but i just wanted to know about the stock thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally through a wholesaler, but watch their sale price with the recommended retail price.

  25. QUESTION:
    what type of breed is the dog of the pet supply plus pet club logo?
    pet supply plus has a logo of a dog,cat,fish,bird.I want to know the dog breed of that dog.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    What would be a nice name for a petshop business?
    The shop would be selling pet supplies, food and accessories for dogs, cats, and small rodents

    • ANSWER:
      The naming of your business could be one of the most important decisions you will make. A name's originality and legal availability will create a real asset value of its own, as it becomes marketed and gains market acceptance.

      The name you choose will become the focal point of all the benefits and features that relate to your business. Customers will be able to find and refer others to it in the future.

      Since any names that are suggested here may already be owned by another party, I wanted to go a different route...

      I suggest either hiring a name creation firm or get together with your friends and/or family and throw a "name party" & have everyone bounce some ideas around. Compile a listing of names that you like the best. Once you have that list, do as much free research as you can before you delve into comprehensive research. I listed some links where you can do some preliminary name checking. However, please be aware that this is merely scratching the surface of what's out there. Only comprehensive research will tell you if the name is truly available. But, these links are free & a great place to start, so I'd try them out first.

      There are other sites that offer free searching capabilities in conjunction with their commercial services, so I'm not able to post those links due to the Yahoo! TOS. You'll also want to check domain names & yellow pages, so simply do a search for "free domain name search" and "national yellowpages" and the appropriate links will pop up.

      Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you do extreme couponing for pet food and supplies?
    I want to save money on my cat, Malto's food, litter, treats, toys etc.

    I typically buy WBCL: World's best cat litter, Friskies canned food, Purina cat chow, Whiskas cat milk and Temptations treats. I would LOVE to be able to save enormously on these items on a regular basis. I see extreme couponing for groceries and household items but how does it work with pet food and supplies? Help, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Sign for the emails from each of the pet products that you like, sometimes they will email out coupons. Most pet companies have an email address listed on their packaging. I often find coupons for pet products in many Sunday newspapers. Also check out the companies Facebook pages.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why are independent "mom and pop" pet supply stores rarely in shopping centers with grocery stores?
    I'm thinking about opening a pet supply store with premium quality dog and cat food and eco friendly supplies (leashes, collars, toys, etc.), In my research, I've found that very few are in shopping centers with grocery stores. Most are in non-anchored centers or in their own buildings. Why is that? Cost? Convenient parking?

    • ANSWER:
      Mom and pop stores tend to be focused on the start up costs, while a franchise requires that you spend a certain amount of money to ensure success.

      As a result malls are dominated by franchises and independent businesses end up in locations that are not as popular, either on the top floors of large department stores, strip malls or out of the way places.

      I suggest that you try and figure out where your customers are. If you customers are local, then you can be in any location. But if your customers are highly distributed, then being in a mall means it is easier to get people in.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand name food for my puppy?
    I'm getting a Siberian husky puppy next week and he'll be six weeks old. What is the best food and the best treat that I can get him from petco, petsmart or pet supplies plus? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!! (this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheatNO BHT, BHA OR ETHOXYQUINNO artificial colors or flavors!!!
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!! WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!MEATS ARE DEBONED BY HAND!!!! NOT BY A MACHINE
      check it out you wont regret it ! FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!! FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food. FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf
      All meats,fish,fruits and veggies are from local vendors delivered as needed.to maintain freshness

      TOTWhttp://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/ … has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs) Some TOTW choices have lesser amounts of protein.
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      Remember : You get what you pay for. Keep in mind the top quality foods cost more but you feed less because there are no fillers or
      unwanted ingredients. So in the long run you will be saving money with food and vet bills because your dog/cat will be healthier.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!(keep in mind this site rates on high protein and grain free foods)

      Here are the best of the best:Fromm, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Halo, Holistic Blend, Newmans Own Oranics, Wellness,
      (all the above mentioned foods have " ALL LIFE STAGES" formulas)
      http://www.best-dog-food-guide.com/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/dogs.html
      http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag… high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogs Orijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..

      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/ …
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 35 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)
      It is very close in ingredients to the more expensive brandsCheck out the ingredients for yourself… no corn, wheat or soy.A Very good choice if you cant afford Fromm, Wellness, BB, TOTW, etc…etc.
      also if you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      (they have Blue Buffalo, TOTW and 4Health)

      GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!

  30. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever attempted a pet supply drive?
    Ouyr rescue has sched. a pet supply drive for next weekend, benefiting us and the city shelter.
    Has anyone everdone this before ?
    How was your turnout?

    • ANSWER:
      Our pet supply drive was always ongoing and posted on our website:

      http://www.hawaiidogfoundation.org/wishlist.htm

      You might want to post your event in the Pets category on Craigslist http://www.craigslist.org

      Notify the media. We have an amazing radio contact who was always looking for PSA's. See if any of your local radio stations or tv stations might be interested in this.

      Post flyers at vet offices, pet supply stores, grooming salons.

      Ask your local pet supply stores if they would allow your organization to have a donation bin available (be sure to check it frequently)

      NEVER turn away any donated supplies, even if you have plenty. If nothing else, you can always in turn donate surplus items to wildlife rehab & rescues, cat rescues, and other dog rescues.

      Keep a donation cannister for cash and check donations handy and visible.

      Make up some business cards and place them in couple of dog bowls at your table. These are cheap promotional items that help people remember and recognize your organization.

      Also convert your wishlist to jpeg format and print out 3x5's as handouts. Be sure your mailing address is listed.

      Don't forget to promote the fact that you need foster homes too!

      Good luck. =D

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my neighbours, cats from entering my balcony and messing up the place?
    I stay in a residencial area where we have a few neighbours who have cats as pets. I personally have no pets and do not want to be rude to my neighbours either,but I definitely do not want to keep cleaning after their pets.A notice on the society board has been overlooked and I face a situation where I just do not want those cats coming into my balcony or patio to shit. We have to be careful even when having the door open for long as a cat might come in.Is there anything that I might keep in my patio or balcony so that they keep away .

    • ANSWER:
      I think that pots of plants placed on your balcony and outside your door could be the solution to your unwanted cat visitors. There is a plant called Coleus Canina (also known as Scaredy Cat Plant) which has purposely been been created to repel cats from gardens.

      Experiments with over 300 plants have now produced the ultimate deterrent. Cats, dogs and even foxes will avoid the Pee-off plant as it's affectionately known. This attractive Coleus has excellent foliage and small, attractive spikes of blue flowers in the summer, and releases a stench that cats can't stand. Thankfully it only smells to the human nose when touched! Annual, but can easily be propagated and cuttings kept in a frost-free place over winter. Plants need to be established before the smell is released, be in drier rather than wet soil and planted every 1-2 metres (36 inches apart). Supplied as cell-raised plants.

      Further plant details;

      Half-hardy Annual
      Flowers: August to September
      Height: 24 inches
      Position: Sun or Partial Shade

      This plant is available on-line, or you may be able to find it at your local garden centre.

      Good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    How much does a vet check-up cost for a cat?
    How much, I'm just wondering now so later I know when I grow up and have cats as pets.
    PS naming the prices of surgeries and cat supplies is also appreciated. =)

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your vet. For myself, it's 32 dollars for a cat for an office visit. The tests that they would have to run on him are additional costs. It's just best to call the vet and find out.

  33. QUESTION:
    Where do you buy pet supplies?
    I am researching how a person's relationship with his pets influences where he buys pet supplies. Would you please help me out by taking my online survey? It takes two minutes tops. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/57669/petsurvey

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Not quite enough available options probably for you to get a really realistic view..
      I would shop at Petsmart more if they sold more things that were actually recommended for housing rabbits, reptiles and other small animals. I would also be more likely to shop there if they didn't buy hundreds of 'captive hatched' (basically means they were stolen out of the wild and hatched here) ball pythons and then set a terrible example by cohabbing them. I would also be more likely to shop there if they actually showed the reptiles in the size enclosure they should actually be housed in, instead of 4 ball pythons in a ten gallon tank..
      Perhaps more reptile classes for the employees too would be a good thing..
      I do love a lot of things that Petsmart does though, for instance, PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin is great. I love the showcasing of cats, so I can't completely hate Petsmart. I shop there rarely though as I'd rather buy from pet stores that sold reptiles from local breeders and offer quality advice on how to care for them..

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parents to let me buy a lizard?
    They have told me several times that they dont want a lizard in the house. It is to the point that they will hardly even dicuss the issue. How can I convince them that lizards arent so bad?... and it isnt a money issue either because I have a job and can pay for the pet/supplies myself.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom would never have allowed a reptile in her home. I can imagine the poor thing laying dead if I were to have brought one home without asking. You have to respect their wishes and see if you can have something else. A lizard isn't the only cool pet out there. It is good that you are showing initiative to pay for the things yourself and it shows you really want it. But it's your parents' house and if their minds are closed to the idea then there's no lizard for you. I once brought home a cat after being told absolutely not. The next day my mom put up fliars at her work for a free cat and he was gone within a week. She meant no.

  35. QUESTION:
    What websites do you purchase your cat supplies, toys, and furniture from?
    I'm looking for more supplies to keep our cats entertained and happy. I already use Drs. Foster and Smith, PetCo, and Pet Smart. Are there any other websites that you've ordered from that are reputable and have good experience with? We're always looking for new toys, beds, and furniture for our growing gang of felines.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I am very pleased with every experience I have had with http://www.petside.com. We purchase all our pet food, litter and toys from them. What I also like about the site is that once you are on their email list, announcements are regularly sent to customers advertising special sales and often very generous discounts. These discounts, combined with sale prices generally wipe out shipping costs.

      I have had a couple of products that were not satisfactory. I called their 800 number and talked with customer service. They always credited my account or shipped me a new item to replace it. Very friendly and helpful folks work there.

      I also use http://www.entirelypets.com/ for certain products. Their staff also is very helpful. Shipments arrive on schedule.

      Both of these sites have been really excellent. I heartily recommend them.

      Edit: I forgot to include one item I purchased from petfooddirect. It is a little Cat Cozy Kingdom. My cats use it constantly. It is a short, coffee table height hiding place, that is covered with a very appealing scratching surface. My cats are always in it or on it. Rub some catnip on it and it becomes a heat seeking missle immediately.

      http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf%5Fid=30797408&dept%5Fid=118&brand%5Fid=346&Page=&mscssid=60HTEVFGRQPT9NS7K42X0MXSHT605E4F

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer's Association

  36. QUESTION:
    How much does a family og four spend a week on groceries?
    What do you think a family of four spends a week on groceries? This includes food, laundry soap, cleaning supplies for the house, hair shampoo/ conditioner, paper goods, everything you would buy at the grocery store to keep a family going for a week. This family also has 4 dogs (2 of them extra large and a cat) so pet food is included to. I am asking because my husband thinks I spend too much.
    Thx :)
    The kids are 4 and 14 and we pack lunches and eat at home all week. We live in Arizona.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say 0-0/week

  37. QUESTION:
    Where can i buy pet supplies online cheap?
    My friend and i want to buy some pet stuff for our puppies which im sure i'll be able to keep and maybe her but incase we want to.Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy pet supplies online for cheap from
      http://www.amazon.com/pet-supplies-dog-cat-food-bed-toy/b/?&node=12923371&tag=new-deals-20
      http://astore.amazon.co.uk/online.shopping.uk-21?_encoding=UTF8&node=115

  38. QUESTION:
    What do you want to see in pet/pet supply shops?
    Tell me, what do you want to see in your local pet shop? Organic food range for your animals, pure breed animals, etc etc?

    • ANSWER:
      I want high quality protein foods, assorted treats, cat toys, heavy duty dog toys made for strong chewers, products made for large breeds (it took me forever to find my 80lb dog a jacket), reptile supply such as lamps, bulbs, thermometers, hydrometers, substrate, and quality frozen mice/rats.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the steps I need to take to eradicate Fleas forever?
    Huge flea problem here. I need someone to break it down for me step by step.

    Pets:
    two small dogs
    one cat

    All pets are INDOOR/OUTDOOR. There is a doggy door.

    The house is 3 bedrooms, pretty big.

    I just need a good course of action. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Most people make the mistake of DOING what they are supposed to but NOT ALL AT ONCE or keeping it done. Your pets...all of them, need Frontline Plus ONCE a month. If money is an issue I have just found out the following money saving tip myself. There is NO DIFFERENCE between the Frontline for cats and dogs...just a difference in dosage according to pounds. SO, depending on their weight, it is possible for you to 'dose' all three animals (if their weight is close...under 20 pounds) with ONE DOSE of LARGE DOG Frontline. Get a syringe that calculates cc's and this can either be given to you by a vet (some won't do it) or you can by it at a pet supply store and even hardware stores...call around. Then CALL to find out from a 'vet assistant' exactly what amount of 'cc's is required for animals UNDER 20 lbs...etc....according to weight. This will mean you can dose your pets with the BEST for under a month.
      Next, you will need to 'manage any messes' in your home...ie: storage closets that are a mess, piles of clothing or linens NOT put away in a closed container! CLEAN EVERYTHING in HOT water if you can and put 'extra stuff' TIGHTLY in a garbage bag for a long period of time without opening it up. After clean-up you will need to buy a VARIETY of 'foggers' that SAY they will kill fleas for EVERY ROOM in your home. Directions say to NOT do this, but I always have. MIX VARIETIES and put MORE THAN ONE..two or three foggers in each room.
      Last but not least your yard will have to be treated. Lots of people do 'sprays' that are pretty expensive but at a local Walmart or other 'cheap store' you will find 'bags' (20 or 25 pound) of THROW OUT bug killer. You THROW it onto your yard and around the house and when 'dampened' by morning dew, a water sprayer or rain it becomes bug killer that WILL NOT HARM your pets in ANY WAY...nor birds etc. IT WORKS GREAT and is Under also. For the first YEAR, you may have to repeat the steps every four months or so...but after THAT...you should be FLEA FREE.
      I did it.
      Blessings,
      Bunny7

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my flea problem?
    So, I tried almost every trick in the book, boric acid and salt, flea sprays from walmart and pet supply places, I gave my dog several baths with different flea shampoos and combs, I powdered my cat, I bug bombed my house 5 times, we ever went camping for four days, and we come back, and they are still everywhere!!!!! Please help! Short of calling and exterminator I don't knwo what to do, but they are expensive and I'm short on funds!

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas are extremely prolific breeders (as you have experienced) and only a few survivors can multiply into several hundred in a matter of days.
      Luckily, there are a few tried and true things you can do to finally get rid of them.
      Both your dog and cat should be given Frontline- this will kill any flea which bites them and eliminate much of the population. Frontline can be purchased at farm or hardware stores, and some pet stores.
      Purchase a spray with reproductive inhibitors (read the label to see if it does) and if you use bombs or sprays, you must vacuum every day for at least 21 days straight. Vacuum carpeted areas and especially corners- this is where most fleas lay eggs. If you can, look for tiny beetle-like creatures which appear dead. This are the flea pupae, a life stage where they're changing to adults. This area will be the nest. Spray the nest and vacuum the pupae every day.
      Remove the cushions of the couch and spray in that area, and spray between the mattress and box-spring of each bed.
      Bedding should all be placed in the dryer for ten minutes.
      I know these are huge tasks and a lot of work, but this will get rid of the fleas.
      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    How do i start making/selling pet collars? i used to make bead necklaces, but never sold them. but now that i?
    How do i start making/selling pet collars?
    i used to make bead necklaces, but never sold them. but now that i have a cat, im into pet collars, and could use the extra money.

    but how are the collars made? i bought a pretty one from ebay. do the sellers make the collars themselves? where do they buy supplies? most of the listing say that all hand made.

    • ANSWER:
      Sell in online.

  42. QUESTION:
    Are there any cheap petshops where I can buy a cat and pet supplies cheap?
    I really want a kitty! But I can't afford one.... HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not buy a kitten from a petstore, you are just asking for trouble. Most of the time they will be sickly and have come from a mill type situation. Either adopt a kitten from you local HS or if you can't go that route, look in the classifieds. People are always giving away kittens.

  43. QUESTION:
    Dog toys that can be used for rabbits?
    I have 2 rabbits and work for a pet supply company but we only have dog and cat toys. Anyone know of any toys i can used for rabbits that are actually for cats or dogs?
    Also If You Have Suggestions How Hard Or Soft Should The Toys Be?

    • ANSWER:
      ohh yey. this is a fun one. i have 30+ buns i like to ust the kong dog toys. but instead of putting bones in them i put carrots. toy keys are good. pingpong balls. almost anything plastic will work. slinkys are good. but DONT use the metal ones.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can you make sure your outdoor cats won't run away?
    I always supply my cats with food, I pet them, I get them fixed, and I make sure they live in a safe environment, yet they seem to run away every time. Is this just bad luck or am I missing a detail that is crucial?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm guessing that you live in the city/suburbs. When my grandma lived in the suburbs, she could never keep a cat, either, but now that she lives in a more rural area, they hang around no matter what. In fact, they bring friends, and she can't get them to leave. She even tried not feeding them for a week.

      We have three cats right now, and they're always wandering around in the woods, fields, neighbors yards, but they always come back.

      My guess is that it's just where you're living. Maybe they get out of the yard, get lost, get hit by a car, or someone finds them and keeps them. My best suggestion is to make sure they have collars with ID tags. That way, if they get lost and someone finds them, they'll usually try to contact you to let you know where your lost pet is.

      Usually getting males fixed curbs their wanderlust signifigantly, and someone suggested getting them de-clawed, but I wouldn't do that. An inside cat, sure, but I would never de-claw an outside cat, because their claws are their major line of defense against other animals that may try to harm them.

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cat clippers designed for shaving the matted fur off cats?
    My cat often gets matted fur, and the vet told me that it was okay for me to shave her myself. She has been shaved professionally before, but the mats keep coming back.

    • ANSWER:
      There are clippers available at most pet supply stores.

      I suggest someone to HELP you restrain the cat if you do not have her sedated by a vet. Most cats get upset at the noise.

      Me... kittyslave23... I know my place.

  46. QUESTION:
    Which store has the healthiest pets and suppiles?
    I usally go to PETSMART and WAL-MART, but is there another store with amazing pets and supplies.Also has to be in NC.

    • ANSWER:
      As stated above, healthy pets (namely dogs and cats) are not found in pet stores. Pet stores tend to have puppies from puppy mills, which are grossly inbred and exhibit a myriad of health problems. I won't even buy dog food in a store that sells puppies or kittens.

      As far as fish go, the Petsmart in my area actually has fairly knowledgeable sales staff and their fish are for the most part healthy. I like Petco's selection of dog food (they carry the premuim brands like Solid Gold) but you couldn't give me a fish from them. I would never buy a living creature from Walmart, but they have cheap supplies.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I train my cat to stay off of my dresser?
    My new cat is probably a year old and every morning I will awake because she is on my dresser. I read in a previously article to feed and play with her before bed time. I have been feeding her in the mornings. And when I get up to chase her off of the dresser, I will feed her. I think she already has me trained. Is there a way to break her of this dresser habit?

    • ANSWER:
      Hartz pet supplies makes a miracle spray! It's called Stay Off! and it is completely scentless, to people. To cats, it smells awful! If you spray a small amount of it on the dresser, put the cat on the dresser, and strongly scold her, the combination of negative smells and negative enforcement should teach her that the dresser is off-limits!

      I strongly recommend snap or clicker training your cat as well. I have three cats, all of whom are snap trained. Snap training animals is fairly easy.

      Snap training your pet is more sensible than spray training or voice training. Squirting water makes a cat's natural aversion to water even worse! And yelling, or voice training, your cat will only make them skittish, avoidant, or worse; it may make your animal ignore you completely.

      First, make sure you can snap your fingers loudly, with a sharp sound. Secondly, combine snap training with your current method of punishment or warning. For instance, if you punish by spanking or nose tapping, snap loudly, tap the nose, then finish with another sharp snap. When you see her tensing to jump up on the dresser, snap loudly. If she still tries to get up there, allow her to get on the dresser, snap-tap-snap, and then place her on the floor. Finish by snapping once more.

      If you can get your animal snap trained, you can correct her behavior without letting her control your behavior. When she misbehaves, you must NOT give her positive reinforcement such as attention or feeding. You must correct and ignore.

      Good luck, and remember, there are no bad pets, only owners who are still learning.

      :)

  48. QUESTION:
    want to open a petsore just need advice where to start?
    me and my fiance want to open a petstore with animals and pet supplies we just dont know where to start for information and research for this if any one can help us we appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      You can start by looking up your state and city laws regarding animals in petstores and their health. You two have to ask yourselves if you can handle taking care of and cleaning out 20+ cages, and being able to take the animals to a vet should they get injured or ill.

      There are laws regarding pet stores, I'm just not sure what they are.

      If you are going to have dogs and cats in there, PLEASE get them from a rescue, or sponsor rescue animals (I seen pet supply places get photo albums, and have pics and a little info about the animal, you can fill out an adoption application there, and they take it to the shelter, then the shelter contacts you.)

      Pet stores usually have bad reputations for ill, unsocialised animals, try to put your standard above those. Considering you'd be a "mom and pop" type business (Only one store) you might not be able to make it. What would happen to all those animals should you close down, since you BUY them, like you do the other "supplies" in your store.

      Try to keep your standard of animal care above those of the other pet stores around you, and maybe make semi contracts with people who buy pets with refrences to atleast halfway ensure decent homes.

      so look up local laws, state laws, find some kind of statistics that say you might actually need a pet store in your town, find out zoning laws where you can rent/buy a store that the sound of the animals will not be heard or will not be reported as disturbances, calculate how much money you will spend on all bills, heating cooling, electricity, advertisement, caging, animals, food for the animals selling, the supplies you will be selling, and remember that it will be ONLY you and your guy for a long time before you can hire anyone, and remember about insurance for both the store, and anyone you hire should they get hurt on the job.

      I'm not sure what else you can do, as whenever I wanted to own a store like that, it's always been a supply store with some sort of connection to the local shelter.

      Goodluck


cat pet supplies

Pet Supplies Discount

Have you noticed that more and more people are opting to show their pets ubiquitously?

And have you been frustrated by the crowd pet stars in internet movies and TV series?

Yeah! Along with the modernization and development of city, increasing rural people rush into metropolis resulting in urban alienation, which emphasizes the role of pet playing in people's daily life. In a manner of speaking, pet such as dog or cat has become an integral part of family because it can drive away loneliness for human, especially for the elders. Meanwhile, pet supplies from beds to den are available both online and official shops. However, because of the unaffordable price of supplies in markets, online discount pet supplies become more popular for pet fans.

I open an eBay web shop of wholesale pet supplies since 2005 when I started to cooperate with my long-term partner - Sunvalleytek which is the professional wholesaler of electronics and pet supplies. Only 5 years, I had already bought a big house in this first-tier city and a BMW in 2009. Therefore, I have some expert suggestions concluded from my daily businesses can share with you.

First of all, do not choose a supplier simply searching in the internet; you'd better to have a lesson from some experienced webshop keepers. Ubiquitous scammers are waiting for you behind the invisible web, talking with some veterans is not aim to get some tips of earning money but draw some useful suggestions of reliable pet suppliers. Take my personal experiences as an example, before partnering with Sunvalleytek, I got some complaints from my customers because of poor quality of my wholesale pet supplies (because that's the first time I tried to do dropshipping business, I didn't check the quality and delivery of my ordered products but asked my supplier deliver right to my customers), that's the reason why I made a 3,000$ compensation for that.

Secondly, price is not everything. In this e-age, 90% people are likely to judge quality from price, even maintaining that price equals to quality. However, if you want to be a successful webshop of pet supplies or get a pet-safe and healthy products, you should pay more attention to quality than price. Here is the "go to "website to wholesale pet supplies - NearbyExpress (http://www.nearbyexpress.com ), which is the sister company of Sunvalleytek who is specializing in 3c electronics and wholesale pet supplies too, I believe it because of the long-term standing and prestige of Sunvalleytek, you should trust me because of my 5 years' successful experiences in wholesale pet supplies.

At last, check the safety and sanitary of pet supplies before asking your suppliers to deliver to your customers right, if you'd like to open a webshop as me and are apt to take dropshipping business. Whether dog beds, dog pillows or invisible dog fences, all the supplies are assistant to easy our pets' life. No more allergies, no more diseases, because they're our loyal friends even family, if they sick, our sickness is coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy cheap pet supplies on Amazon, especially for cat supplies?
    I've searched a lot on Amazon and eBay for pet supplies as I have 3 three cats, Tabby cats and 2 golden retrievers. There are so many stores selling dog and cat supplies on eBay and Amazon and don't which is good. I don't want to take any risks on my pets. Anyone here who also has pets recommends me some stores? Only the guaranteed ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I also have two dogs in my house and two cats in my mom's home. In most cases, I buy pet supplies on Amazon and eBay. It is really hard to choose if you are new to pet stores on them. I've been always doing business with several stores. It is normal that you bought different supplies from different stores and after one or two experiences, you can know which store offers the best quality and price. If the store owners get to know you after repeated business, they even give your coupons or discounts.

      I usually replace their litter boxes every 3 months for my pets. So the store owner Accessory2go knows what I want to buy every time I contact them.

  2. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a good online pet store where I can get cheap pet medicine and discount pet supplies shipped?
    I need to cut down on the cost of my pet medication - it is driving me to the poor house.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.1800petmeds.com/todayspecial.jsp
      1-800-PetMeds always advertise savings on pet medication, and they have supplies and toys for sale at the link above. They also ship orders over for free. You can compare your current costs with their prices.

  3. QUESTION:
    What the heck happened? says i paid for the item and i didnt?
    I got this bird cage from this eBay store called tims discount pet supplies andi was buying the item and then i clicked something and it said that i paid for the item and i didnt even type in a credit card number...what happened?

    • ANSWER:
      Last I used Ebay (3 or 4 years ago) they had a feature allowing something to be marked as paid. This is purely for your own records and doesn't constitute payment. Contact the seller for acceptable payment methods.

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I purchase pet supply salvage in bulk and broken bagged pet foods?
    I owe a small flea market booth and sell pet items at a deep discount. My supplier doesn't always have what I need and need to find the same deals that HE gets. I've search all over the web.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this http://amzn.to/cQfMLJ - they have a good stock of supplies, so its worth checking out. :)

  5. QUESTION:
    Are pet related businesses still a good investment?
    My friend is buying an existing online pet accessory supply business. He is asking for a few friends to invest in his business so he can expand the current income levels. He is only asking for ,500 and can repay it with a great rate of return in one to two years. The rate of return sounds good and his offer to allow me large discounts on merchandise purchases sounds very enticing. I am wondering about the viability of this business sector. In today's economy, do people still spend a lot of money on supplies for their pets? Is this a viable investment opportunity?

    • ANSWER:
      Pet supplies are quite expensive. Yes, probably the least investment would be ,500.00.

  6. QUESTION:
    Where to get discounted supplies for a pet mouse?
    I've been looking up online pet stores that sell supplies for cheaper (I don't want low-quality stuff), but so far I haven't been able to find any. I would go buy my supplies from Petco and/or Petsmart, but I'm sure lots of you--like me-- would prefer buying supplies from somewhere else. So I am hoping some of you would know which sites sell mouse supplies for a high discount. Thanks!
    I already know all the pet stores near my area, Torrance CA and Los Angeles CA. I am looking for mostly online pet stores that give discounts.

    • ANSWER:
      What I would do is look on websites that are known to be a little cheaper. Take a look at Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Ebay.com. I've found pet supplies on all three.

      Hope this helps!

  7. QUESTION:
    Are pet related businesses still a good investment ?
    My friend is buying an existing online pet accessory supply business. He is asking for a few friends to invest in his business so he can expand the current income levels. He is only asking for ,500 and can repay it with a great rate of return in one to two years. The rate of return sounds good and his offer to allow me large discounts on merchandise purchases sounds very enticing. I am wondering about the viability of this business sector. In today's economy, do people still spend a lot of money on supplies for their pets? Is this a viable investment opportunity?

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt that the sector being viable is exactly the issue. It's whether the business that your friend is buying is a viable business and what sort of guarantees you are getting on the money. I would never do this because it's just a good way of losing friends.

  8. QUESTION:
    What's a trusted source for discount pet medications online?
    Which website do you buy pet medications from?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking for discounts on pet medications then I would recommend you shop at http://www.petnutritionproducts.com. They offer variety of discounts on there pet meds and pet supplies. Here is there coupon page http://www.petnutritionproducts.com/Official-Pet-Nutrition-Products-Coupons. You can get 5-10% off your order as well as get free shipping.

  9. QUESTION:
    How much do two guinea pigs and supplies cost if you already have a cage?
    I REALLY want a two guinea pigs, and the only way i can get them is if i have the right amount of money! Does anyone know how much it would cost to buy two guinea pigs and supplies?? Ohh and I already have a cage!!

    • ANSWER:
      Typical costs:
      Guinea pigs with short hair in white, black and cream, or those with non-distinct markings run -.
      Guinear pigs with strong multi-colored patterns in black and white, gold and white cost around . Long and curly-haired Peruvian or Himalayan pigs run about -.

      Additional costs:
      Cages cost -. Some pet stores offer guinea pig starter kits which include a small cage, a month's supply of food, a water bottle, a bowl and bedding for around . 10-gallon aquariums run , but don't offer the same amount of ventilation as a wire cage.
      Guinea pig food costs around for a 5-pound bag, or about - per month depending on the size and appetite of the guinea pig.
      Harnesses used to take guinea pigs for a walk or to play in the yard run -.
      Exercise balls are priced -.
      Common Veterinary costs include spay or neutering for around . The Human Society offers care and handling tips for guinea pigs.

      Discounts:
      Check the local classifieds for free or low-cost guinea pigs that often come with cages and toys.

      Shopping for a guinea pig:
      Petfinder.com offers a listing by zip code of rescued guinea pigs looking for a home. Enter "small and furry" under animal and "guinea pig" under breed.
      Many local pet shops only carry rescued animals, so call ahead for color and availability.
      Guinea Pigs at Petsmart vary in color by shipment. Also, to prevent unwanted litters, each store only carries either females or males. Call ahead for availability

      All those are reasonable,But they are just an estimate!

      Glad to help you!

  10. QUESTION:
    What would be the best way to make wooden toys for birds?
    I am the owner of a lovebird, Kaugummi, and figure I can save money by making him those brightly-coloured wooden chew blocks like they have at pet stores out of scrap wood.

    What sort of wood would be best/safest to work with? What would I use to colour them? Is this even a good idea?

    Any tips or ideas from other bird lovers and carpenters would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a great article about bird safe wood, it covers everything, from fresh wood found outdoors, to wood sold at lumber mills.

      http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml

      Your best bets are probably pine lumber and balsa wood. Use caution, any wood treatment is bad for birds, including the recent addition of mold inhibitors added to wood used on new building construction.

      As for dye, all you need is human-grade (edible) food coloring, which can be found in almost any grocery store, usually near the cake decorating products. It can also be found in bulk on-line.

      Food coloring and vegetable based dyes can be used to color other natural untreated products like sisal or cotton rope, vine, palm, cardboard birdie bagels, shreddable paper, etc. Anything that's bird-safe and porous will work - except leather and rawhide. I believe that's a different process (vegetable tanned).

      Before you craft, you may want to look at other toy parts that are available. It's a great way to get ideas, and you may find it's cheaper to buy the parts, than to make them yourself.

      Here are my favorite sources for toy parts:

      Drs Foster and Smith:
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/pet_supplies.cfm?c=5059+5648+8596

      eBay Sellers:
      http://myworld.ebay.com/bird_happy/
      http://stores.ebay.com/Wild-Time-Bird-Toys
      http://stores.ebay.com/Discount-Bird-Toys-PJJR-bird-toys
      http://stores.ebay.com/BIRD-TOY-KINGDOM_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZQ2d999QQftidZ2QQtZkm
      http://stores.ebay.com/For-Birds-Sake-Toys_Toy-Parts-Refills_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ18133059QQftidZ2QQtZkm
      http://stores.ebay.com/Jungle-Beaks-Wholesale_W0QQssPageNameZstrkQ3amefsQ3amesstQQtZkm

      Bird safe food coloring (bulk):
      http://cgi.ebay.com/9oz-11-FOOD-COLORING-PASTE-KOPYKAKE-BIRD-HUMAN-SAFE_W0QQitemZ380036007160QQihZ025QQcategoryZ46281QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

      Best of luck to you!

  11. QUESTION:
    What websites do you purchase your cat supplies, toys, and furniture from?
    I'm looking for more supplies to keep our cats entertained and happy. I already use Drs. Foster and Smith, PetCo, and Pet Smart. Are there any other websites that you've ordered from that are reputable and have good experience with? We're always looking for new toys, beds, and furniture for our growing gang of felines.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I am very pleased with every experience I have had with http://www.petside.com. We purchase all our pet food, litter and toys from them. What I also like about the site is that once you are on their email list, announcements are regularly sent to customers advertising special sales and often very generous discounts. These discounts, combined with sale prices generally wipe out shipping costs.

      I have had a couple of products that were not satisfactory. I called their 800 number and talked with customer service. They always credited my account or shipped me a new item to replace it. Very friendly and helpful folks work there.

      I also use http://www.entirelypets.com/ for certain products. Their staff also is very helpful. Shipments arrive on schedule.

      Both of these sites have been really excellent. I heartily recommend them.

      Edit: I forgot to include one item I purchased from petfooddirect. It is a little Cat Cozy Kingdom. My cats use it constantly. It is a short, coffee table height hiding place, that is covered with a very appealing scratching surface. My cats are always in it or on it. Rub some catnip on it and it becomes a heat seeking missle immediately.

      http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf%5Fid=30797408&dept%5Fid=118&brand%5Fid=346&Page=&mscssid=60HTEVFGRQPT9NS7K42X0MXSHT605E4F

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member: Cat Writer's Association

  12. QUESTION:
    What supplies do I need for Hermit Crabs?
    I am getting a few Hermit Crabs soon, but i need to know what kind of supplies to get. On Petsmart's website they had a list and after I tallied everything up, the cost was over 0. On other questions people were saying the total cost should only be about . What do i need for my Hermit Crabs? Also any pet discount websites would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello!!

      The cost for keeping a Hermit Crab is actually pretty high. You could probably find some things around your house or at the dollar store that you could use, but initially, it's going to be a little pricey. If someone is saying it should only be , it's because they're talking about using a kritter keeper, which is in no way a proper environment.

      The first thing you need to realize when getting a hermit crab is that it was taken from the wild. They aren't bred in captivity, so they're taken from the forest. So when creating your hermit crabs home or "crabitat" please keep in mind that they had an entire ocean and forest to roam in before you got them.

      Things that you absoloutley NEED for a hermit crab are
      - At least a 10 gallon tank. Anything smaller wouldn't provide proper space for them to grow, or enough room for the things they need. If you're having trouble finding one in your price range you can always check your local thrift stores or craigslist.
      - Two water bowls. Once for salt water and one for fresh water. They need to be deep enough for your crabs to submerge. Just include shells, rocks, branches, or plants so that they can get out of the bowl. I know people are worried about them drowning, but unless they get stuck in the bowl they won't. They spend the begining of their lives in the ocean, so they're actually quite adapt to the water. I use tuperware containers as my pools
      - Water cleaner
      - A heat source. Under the tank heaters work great.
      - A thermometer (temp should be around 70-75)
      - A hydgrometer (humidity should be right around 80%)
      - At least 3 extra shells per hermit crab. A great place to get cheap but effective shells is walmart (usually kept with the fake plants) or a craft store like Michaels.
      - Damp substrate. I use a mixture of 50% playsand and 50% coconut fiber. Everyone has their own preference, but it needs to be at least twice as deep as your largest crab and the same consistancy you would use to build a sandcastle so your crabs can bury under without it caving in.

      Some things that are pretty important but they wouldn't die without would be:
      - Things to climb on like fake plants
      - Things to hide under. One of their favorite things are coconut huts

      These are just basic things. There is a lot of information out there and I would HIGHLY suggest reading up on it before you get them. If you know what's involved, they really do make wonderful pets. So here are some really great websites you could check out. Good luck!!
      www.hermitcrabassociation.com
      www.hermit-crabs.com
      www.naturallycrabby.com
      www.crabbytalk.com

  13. QUESTION:
    Where to buy Saltwater Aquarium Fish and Supplies either Wholesale or really cheap?
    I have been spending money like crazy on my fish tank. I like it and its a good hobby but does anyone know a wholesaler or somewhere i can get a really good discount? I mean online is cheaper but shipping is insane. I would prefer a wholesaler, a local one would be awesome i live in bradenton-sarasota florida.

    • ANSWER:
      For supplies, I like this site:
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

      I just bought 2 large submersible heaters on clearance there for 30.00. Yes, the shipping sucks, same with everywhere else, but they're shipping/handling is 9.99 for orders up to 50.00 I believe, so just make sure you spend close to 50. to make the shipping worth it. Easy to do with aquarium supplies, and if you have other pets, they have a wide range of stuff for all critters.
      Otherwise, for online, ebay is alright as well. There's a bunch of people that sell stuff on ebay that have stores in the Tampa area I've noticed. I buy all my plants on there as well. Seems the people selling out of their houses tend to have cheaper shipping as well. You might be able to work out something that way, but I doubt it lol....Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Recommendations for underground pet fence?
    Would anyone like to share their experience with underground (invisible) pet fences? I am planning to install one in the spring and would appreciate advice as to which brands work best, which companies provide good customer service, or any other information you would like to share.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had this type of fence for over 10 years now.
      ·
      ·The "Invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 2 collars. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

  15. QUESTION:
    Where is the best place to buy a pet rabbit?
    I don't wanna buy one from Petco or Petland discounts because I know they come from bunny mills. The breed does not matter. I'm located in NYC btw.

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to get any kind of rabbit is from a reputable breeder who is a member of the ARBA.
      You can find a breeder by going to an ARBA rabbit show. Shows are held every weekend all over the US. To find one near you go to the ARBA website and click on the shows link. Then put in your state and get the list of shows in the state.

      I am breeder who raises Mini Rex and American Sables. Please do some research before buying a rabbit, there are so many breeds, over 47, and each breed has good and bad traits. Better to find a breed that will fit your needs and lifestyle.

      At a show you will many (perhaps not all) breeds of rabbits. You can also buy supplies, like cages and food dishes, water botles, etc.
      Go and talk to the breeder and look at the breeds. Many breeders bring livestock to sell at the shows.

      ARBA- http://www.arba.net

  16. QUESTION:
    Where are some great pet stores specializing in fish, aquatics and supplies in the Houston area?
    I'm looking for some great pet stores (family owned, locally owned, small chains) that specialize in fish, aquariums and supplies. I love all fish, but I have only dealt with freshwater.

    I live in Baytown, but it doesn't matter which side of Houston it's on. I'm just tired of Petco and Petsmart and the little pet shop we have here which is awful.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Let's see, it kind of depends on what you're looking for. I'll list a few of my favorites:

      Houston Aquarium Warehouse in Stafford is a great place for discus and many other harder to find fish suitable for planted aquariums like rams, apistogrammas, tetras and small exotic plecos.

      http://www.houstonaquariumwarehouse.com/

      Xtreme Fish and Pets off of Bellaire has really good prices on live stock and dry goods. When the owner starts noticing that you're a regular, he may start giving you random discounts. Great place for odd balls, you really don't know whats going to be in the store week to week.

      http://www.xtremefishpets.com/

      While you're in the area, might as well stop by City Pets off of Beechnut. They also have great prices and a lot of supplies for planted aquariums and are a distributor for ADA who make Aquasoil and other great planted tank supplies. There the only fish store in Houston that I know that you can get ADA blackwood.

      http://www.citypets.com/

      Fish Ranch II off of 59 and Larkwood has decent freshwater and marine livestock. Prices are reasonable. They're kind of undergoing construction right now, but they got some good stuff including hard to find inverts like shrimp.

      http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&q=fish+store+larkwood+houston&fb=1&view=text&latlng=10458669973666767009

      Finally, the most beautiful fish store I've been to is Fish Gallery by Kirby and 59. It's a very high end store, with pricey fish, but their state of the art facility usually has pretty healthy and beautiful fish. Large place with plenty of supplies, fresh water, marine and tons of plants.

      http://www.thefishgallery.com/houston.html

      They're reasonably close together, so if you started early enough and brought an empty cooler to hold fish, you could spend a day going on a fish store crawl.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my parents to let me get a ferret?
    My mom says that I am " not responsible enough" and that " I am too old" to get another pet ( I am 15 years old). How can I convince her and my stepdad that I am responsible enough and that I am not old enough to have a pet.

    • ANSWER:
      "Not old enough to have a pet."
      I think you mean "not too old". Research the care of ferrets. Show them prices, discounts, supplies you need, etc. See if you can pay some of it, too.

  18. QUESTION:
    what website is the best for finding rabbit supplies besides pet smart and petco?
    i amgetting a rabbit and need some supplies any help?

    • ANSWER:
      I tend to go to pets supply plus. I also go online for my guinea pig food since it is cheaper. I go to that pet place. they are fairly cheap and do offer discounts at times. My last purchase there I had free shipping and with other discounts saved nearly 15 dollars just on that order.

  19. QUESTION:
    Where is a cheap and good place to buy pet medications?
    I need K9 advantix and heart worm prevention tabs. There are so many internet sites, which one do you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      I prefer entirelypets.com I bought k-9 Advantix, sentinal and some other misc supplies from here. They have the best prices on pet meds that I have found. Petmeds.com is higher than most sites I found. i don't see how they say they are the cheapest. i did a yahoo search for discount pet medications and this is how i found the fore metioned site. there shipping is fast and reliable and is usually free when you spend over 0! Hope this helps

  20. QUESTION:
    Where to get medicine for pets, farm animals?
    Can one go straight to a vet to just buy the meds? What about a pet store (which ones?) Farm supply stores sell some types off the counter, but where are farm supply stores located? What about straight from the manufacturer aka drug company?

    And what is the cost like?

    • ANSWER:
      Farm supply stores usually carry routine vaccinations as well as dewormers,etc. If you mean scripts you can get discounted ones through online and mail wholesalers like 1800petmeds or foster and smith. You have to ask your vet for the script at the next visit and then the wholesaler will ask you to fax it to them. I get my dogs heartworm medicine this way. I pay about for a 6 month supply of interceptor. It all depends on how big your dog is, how much it will cost. My lab is 80 lbs

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some teen business ideas? How can I get one started?
    I'm 14 and want to start a business. I am open to any ideas anyone might have. Some things I'm interested in is scrapbooking, pets, yard work, newsletters, and graphic design (business cards, invitations, etc.).

    • ANSWER:
      ok u can start a yard work sevice, charge some thing per hour like and give a senior citizan discount of about

      for a small bussiness in ur area offer to make a monthly newsletter for their bussiness give them an example, work out how much to charge like about an hour. and get ur stories. if its a store and they have coupons include them

      also for small bussinessess offer to help with graphic design, if u know how to make a web page offer that. charge some thing per hour like

      organize a pet care where u go to someones house and take care of there pet or u house the pet while the owners r gone charge so much a day, like
      offer scapbooking classes for younger kids, have them bring supplies or supply them urself, include a snack like punch and popcorn and for special occations give the kids a graphic design for there scrapbooking. host a 2-3 hour class once or twice a week. check out a scapbooking site for younger kids at
      http://clip-art.kaboose.com/scrapbooking-cards.html
      pick up some books and search the web
      if u supply materials charge maby about a hour if not charge maby about

      advertize ur bussiness with graphic design posters

      ok when choosing prices dont go to expensive or to cheap get ur mom or dad 2 help u figure out what 2 charge

      hope this gives u ideas

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I find a discounted fish tank over 30gal?
    I need some good websites.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to mail order a 30 gallon tank, I advise against it. While it may be cheaper intially online, after you pay shipping, it often costs more than a local pet store.

      For filters, supplies, and food, many online retailers are excellent and will save you alot of money.

      Try www.thatfishplace.com or www.drsfostersmith.com

      As for the actual aquarium, I suggest you search the classified for a used one, or check giant retailers liek PetSmart or PetCo and compare thier prices with the local stores. For things like tanks, the mom and pop retailers are often less than the giant chain stores.

  23. QUESTION:
    Who can think of some reptiles to put in a reptile pet shop as more of an attraction to get people in?
    Such as a 20' green anaconda. Nobodies going to buy it but people will come in to see it.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a waist of resources. Any animals that are not for sale simply add to your overhead. Large potentially dangerous "mascots" may cause your liability insurance premium to raise. Most likely these animals will result in traffic that does not result in sales. This means you will have employees answering questions about display animals rather than performing other duties. This also means you will be more vulnerable to non-sale potential foot traffic that can result in lost stock due to shop lifting.

      A better way to spend your money would be to educate your employees as to proper husbandry techniques for all live stock that you carry, stock supplies, and purchase live stock for sale. Diversify what you carry so that you can offer a variety of animals from the most common types such as bearded dragons, and corn snakes to the the more exotic species such as Bengal monitors and Angolan pythons. Carry herp related supplies such as heat tape, heat mats, heat panels, thermostats, reptile enclosures (both commercial and traditional), multiple substrates, hides, lighting, decorations, feeders (a wide variety), and so on. Differentiate yourself from the general pet store and large pet outlets by carrying hard to find supplies. Offer bulk discounts to customers who purchase in large quantities due to large collections. Work with local and nationwide breeders when possible to obtain animals without the middle man mark up. Do the same for supplies that you sell a lot of by buying direct when possible and doing away with middlemen such as central pet supply. This will make you better able to compete with the larger outfits on those supplies such as bedding and lighting.

  24. QUESTION:
    Where is Discount Pet and Supplies in SW Michigan located?
    Specifically looking for blue parrotlets at a reputable dealer. Heard this one was excellent source. True or False.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best place is to find a reputable breeder. What I would do is contact your local Vet and get his imput on who in your area breeds parrotlets. I live in Michigan and I have never heard of Discount Pet and Supplies.

      Sapphyre
      Certified Avian Specialist
      www.borrowed-rainbow.com
      Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BorrowedRainbowAviary/

  25. QUESTION:
    Has any one bought a snake from LLLReptiles?
    I want a corn snake but a sir-tin morph cuz my local pet store only has albino morphs.
    And do they have sexing but that's besides the point
    Is that a good place to order a snake?

    • ANSWER:
      LLL Reptiles is a great place to order supplies, but I don't recommend them for live reptiles. Every time I've bought animals from them in the past, there was a problem. I ordered a pair of blood pythons from them once and despite the fact they guarantee snakes to be sexed properly, I ended up with two males. When I contacted them about it, they said they were out of females and would only give me a discount on my next purchase. I have had similar experiences the other times I have bought from them. Lorne, the owner of LLL, is a great guy but he buys his reptiles from other sources and many are wild caught. If you're looking for corn snakes, Don Soderburg is the best breeder out there: http://cornsnake.net
      I've bought several corns from Don, including a hypo lavender that is a knockout! You need to see the newest morph he is working on, the palmetto. I can't believe some lucky soul found the first one in the wild.

  26. QUESTION:
    what shopping online i could buy cheapest and branded dog supplies?
    hi, i would like the shopping online websites that i could buy cheapest and branded dog supplies. (such as purina beneful which my dog loves to eat). i used to buy in retail stores like petco and petland discount, and online store name doctor foster and smith. i bought cheapest dog food in doctor foster and smith but my dog don't quite like it.

    • ANSWER:
      PetFoodDirect , and get a 5% off coupon for them at http://www.couponwolf.com/Pet-Supplies/PetFoodDirect.com-Coupon/index.html to save money

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I buy pet food on a budget?
    I have a really low pay this fortnight and was wondering how can I feed my cats and dogs as cheaply as possible but with decent food?

    • ANSWER:
      You can often get a better quality food for a lower price if you go to like a discount dog food or farm supply store. Grocery stores are the worst place, and pet stores are pretty bad too. They are expensive even for the crappy food.

      And if all else fails, I have been there before, and rice or ramen noodles with some cheap lunchmeat or hotdogs chopped or ground up and mixed in will last them for a while. (I love my dogs and have been broke too, so mine lived off of ramen noodles and hotdogs for two weeks once)

  28. QUESTION:
    Trying to find a good in ground pet fencing system for my 2 dogs?

    Australian Shepherd and a 4 month old German Shepherd. I wanted it mainly to keep the dogs in our yard. There are small children in the neighborhood and I dont want the puppy to bite them

    • ANSWER:
      I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warn beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock.

      Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option. Either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or in this country some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

      Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

      If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over 00.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

      The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for .00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module (.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence.

      Some people advocate the “wireless” type of fence. You have little control over the coverage area. The other problem with them is "dead" areas caused by obstructions to the signal by things in your walls, trees and even a parked car. Your dog WILL find these areas.

      Others advocate tying a pet out “because “invisible” fences are so cruel!” Or “why do you want to electrocute your dog?”, however, think about what could your pet do if attacked by another animal while tied? Where is he going to go to get away? At least with an “invisible” fence or a conventional fence he has a decent chance of evading an attacker or fighting back.

      Please note though ..... you MUST not leave your dog out 24/7 with the collar on. You MUST bring him in at night and remove the collar. If you do not remove the collar he WILL most likely develop sores were the probes contact the skin which can become infected quickly opening a whole new can of worms

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of animal urine/fecees smell out of carpet?
    This is a rental property that the idiot (renter) left 1 cat and 2 dogs unattended for serveral days

    • ANSWER:
      You can purchase an enzime at most pet supply chains (i.e. Pet Supplies Plus, Discount Pet Supplies, PETCO, etc.) that will take care of it. There are several brands. One brand I recall is Nature's Miracle. Most of the ones I've used work fairly well. You may have to use it a couple times though.

      However, this sounds like a severe situation. If the poor animals had no where to go for several days but in the house, you might do well to just get rid of any existing carpet and pad. Once carpet and pad are gone, I've found that painting the floor with BINZ (available at Lowe's, Menards, Home Depot, etc.- though may go by a different name but they will know what you're asking about) will take out the remaining smell. (Use a mask/ventilator while painting with this. Fumes are BAD!)

      Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to put guinea pigs in a pine bedded cage?
    I got my guinea pigs from a friend who could no longer take care of them and they were already in a pine bedding.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two kinds of pine bedding.

      One is regular pine shavings. They are inexpensive and can be bought at just about any pet supply or discount retailer (like WalMart), but also cause fatal respiratory illnesses. Even though they may say on the bag they are for use with guinea pigs, they are lying. They only want your money & don't care about the health of your pet. Ditto for cedar shavings---don't use them.

      The second kind are KILN DRIED pine shavings. These shavings have been heated to very high temperatures to remove the oils on the shavings that cause illness. They can be bought at some pet supply stores and farm supply stores. This is what you would want to use.

      You will probably need to get out the phone book and call around to different pet or farm suppliers to find the Kiln Dried shavings. If you call & the clerk doesn't know, ask them to look on the bag. It will say "Kiln Dried" on the bag. If it doesn't say it on the bag, they aren't Kiln Dried.

      Another alternative is to use aspen shavings. These have no illness causing phenols and can be found at most pet supply stores.

      Bless you for taking in the homeless piggies! I'm sure you will enjoy them--they're really fun pets!

  31. QUESTION:
    Is a heating pad better or is a ceramic heat bulb better for my ball python?
    Also if i go with the heat lamp i have a huge 110 gallon and its pretty tall, should i go with a 75 watt instead of the typical 60?
    No. Its horizontal. and i know how to take care of one, i just wanted peoples opinions. Ball pythons would prefer long tanks over verticle tanks anyway. Ever notice they make 20 gallon long tanks and they're called reptile tanks?
    And a basking bulb and a ceramic heating bulb is the same thing without the light they dont like.

    • ANSWER:
      with a 110 gallon your going to want a 100 watt or 150 watt bulb...Weather it be ceramic or want that actually lets off light. Put it this way, in my 55 gallon tank i have a red tail boa and i have 100w that keeps the temp during the day around 85-86 degrees. and at night i have a 75 watt bulb that keeps it low but now below i'd say 74. Also, yourdefinitelyy right on the tank subject of balls prefering horizontal over vertical. They aren't big climbers for the most part. Some of my balls do climb but its not often and not high. if you need any supplies (like higher watt bulbs than that) i always reccomend this site
      www.thatfishplace.com (don't be thrown off by the name) its the biggest discount pet supply shop in the entire word. good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog from attacking his toys to death?
    My dog is really rough with his toys. He would sometimes break his toys in one day! How can I stop him from being so rough? If you need to know, he's a 2 year old Shih tzu mix.

    • ANSWER:
      One day? I'm lucky if a toy stays totally intact for more than 20 minutes around here!

      Most dogs play roughly with their toys. That's just what they do. Just let him play with them in the the way he obviously gets the most enjoyment out of them - it's not doing any harm.

      Just start buying cheap toys, not the + toys. Shop for dog toys at dollar stores. Look for sales at your favorite pet supply stores. A great way to get cheap dog toys is to go to PetSmart/PetCo after a holiday (Christmas, Halloween, etc.). Most of their holiday-themed toys will be heavily discounted, and you can usually pick up several toys for the regular price of 1. I also buy stuffed animals at garage sales for 5-10 cents each. Just make sure the toy does not have plastic eyes or any parts that could be swallowed. And after a toy has been de-stuffed and de-squeaked, my dogs STILL love playing with them. Some of their favorite toys have been emptied of stuffing and half-destroyed for months or years.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the average cost of an invisible fence system?
    I know that the prices vary depending on the area you are fencing. I only need about the average of most houses yards in a subdivision. I can't find the answer anywhere and I don't want to have a consultant come out to my house just to find out I can't afford it. That is they only way I can find out the price is having someone come to my house.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had this type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "Invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 2 collars. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting intohttp://www.dogster.com/dogs/486763

  34. QUESTION:
    What fish can I breed that is?
    Under 4 inches, worth more than , hard to find at pet stores, in demand, and not too hard to breed?
    I know it won't make a ton of money. But it would be nice to see if I can break even.
    Right now I breed guppies. I have 3 tanks (10g, 40g, 55g) with different kinds of fish. And I have 1 tiny tank I don't use much. I'll probably end up buying a couple more tanks and move some fish around.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to give you a prespective to think over, and this will be a little long so bear with me.

      There are two ways to view this subject. First and the home fish keeper and secondly as the LFS. You have to look at this issue from both points of views. What you would choose to breed, if you aim to be successful at it, you need to do some marketing research. There is NO getting around that.

      You as the home keeper are going to need an array of tanks. Assuming you don't just have a single tank and are going to set up doing this, then you'll want to look into species. This whole process takes time. I sincerely hope you didn't expect to ask this, get an answer you felt happy with and start plugging away tomorrow and see a return.

      Now to give you an example of what to breed. Here where I am in NJ, my local area has one LFS who went out of business running a commercial shop. I however am always on the look out for new African Cichlids. There is a couple chain stores in easy drive distance, and a super store not so close but accessable. The super store won't even take a fish trade, one of the local ones won't give squat. The other local one to me is Petland Discounts and I've actually spoken with the district manager and been given an approval to speak with their warehouse.

      That being said, they carry a very small line of African Cichlids. I have a breeding group of Electric Yellows, Ps. Flavus, and Protomelas Steveni. Anytime now, I think my group of Copadchromis Borelyi's will come to breeding age also. There are sub groups of Auratus and Acei's that I have but months from sexual maturity. This I keep in my main tank of a 180, but have supporting tanks of 100, 75, 20 and 15 to isolate, house, treat, and raise my fry. I buy foods in bulk to eliminate the need to constantly go to the store and buy along with dechlorinator and hardness treatments. To date, I've had four spans of Electric yellows, three of the Steveni's and just got my second spawn of Flavus yesterday spit out.

      These fish were obtained via eBay back in the summer and was at least four months before any spawning started. I got lucky enough to have males and females in my grouping. That is where you need to begin. When selecting what you are going to breed, have the proper tank for the group, and start with a large batch of fry to grow out. Odds are greatly in your favor to get males and females to continue the bloodline.

      The picking of species is going to depend on what you KNOW you have a market for. You'll need to speak with the stores in your area ahead of time. From the LFS standpoint, they are not going to pay you top dollar if at all. You are an unknown right now. Your best bet is to be able to consistantly supply at least one species for a few months. Let them see the quality you are delivering and use that as a stepping stone. Speak with store managers. Be a regular customer there to help establish a rapore. You have to consider they are going to buy from you maybe a dollar a fish and sell for 7-8. That is their profit margin and to be expected.

      You have also at your disposal, eBay or aquabid. Be prepared to post quality pictures or forget responses. The advantage here is you can pass the cost of shipping on to the buyer. It's customary to do so and you can post the shipping prices ahead of time so the buyer knows what the final cost will be. What you are doing is offering fish to people all over the place that do not have someone selling locally. Anyone shopping via these places should at least already understand, they are going to pay a much higher price due to shipping. I've gotten my breeding groups off eBay, and sure I pay about 5 times more then if I could have gotten them at the store, but the stores wouldn't and don't have these fish. Since I've spawned them, my overall cost is quite favorable.

      I hope this gives you an idea of what you need to do. Discus will fetch a nice price, but care levels are high. African Cichlids vary but are popular. Loaches IF you can get them to breed, and many other bottom feeders. Forget livebearers and convicts. The market is too common and flooded out.

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog jumping over the fence to escape?
    My dog keeps jumping over our 2m high brick fence to escape whenever she is left alone. We got her a companion to keep her company but she still escapes.. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warn beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock. Most of the people who will tell you that they don't work are ignorant about the fences in the first place or they bought one (maybe a junk one like PetSafe and many others), slapped the collar on the dog and then booted him out the door without training him.

      Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option. Either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or because some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

      Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

      If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over 00.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

      The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for .00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module (.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence.

      Some people advocate the “wireless” type of fence. You have little control over the coverage area. The other problem with them is "dead" areas caused by obstructions to the signal by things in your walls, trees and such. Your dog WILL find these areas.

      Others advocate tying a pet out “because “invisible” fences are so cruel!” Or “why do you want to electrocute your dog?”, however, think about what could your pet do if attacked by another animal while tied? Where is he going to go to get away? At least with an “invisible” fence or a conventional fence he has a decent chance of evading an attacker or fighting back.

      Please note though ..... you MUST not leave your dog out 24/7 with the collar on. You MUST bring him in at night and remove the collar. If you do not remove the collar he WILL most likely develop sores were the probes contact the skin which can become infected quickly opening a whole new can of worms.

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 (soon to be 16) Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you get a dog used to an electric fence?
    We've decided to put up an electric fence to keep our dog from running the streets. Her name is Molly, female, and she weighs about 20pds. When she sees something she just BOLTS after it and I'm afraid what an electric fence would do to her if she did that.
    Any tips on how to show her the electric fence?

    • ANSWER:
      Are we talking an "invisible" fence or a hot wire. These are two completely different critters.

      I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warn beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock. Most of the people who will tell you that they don't work are ignorant about the fences in the first place or they bought one (maybe a junk one like PetSafe and many others), slapped the collar on the dog and then booted him out the door without training him.

      Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option. Either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or because some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

      Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

      If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over 00.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

      The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for .00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module (.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence.

      Some people advocate the “wireless” type of fence. You have little control over the coverage area. The other problem with them is "dead" areas caused by obstructions to the signal by things in your walls, trees and such. Your dog WILL find these areas.

      Others advocate tying a pet out “because “invisible” fences are so cruel!” Or “why do you want to electrocute your dog?”, however, think about what could your pet do if attacked by another animal while tied? Where is he going to go to get away? At least with an “invisible” fence or a conventional fence he has a decent chance of evading an attacker or fighting back.

      Please note though ..... you MUST not leave your dog out 24/7 with the collar on. You MUST bring him in at night and remove the collar. If you do not remove the collar he WILL most likely develop sores were the probes contact the skin which can become infected quickly opening a whole new can of worms.

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 (will be 16 come this weekend) Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my Siberian Husky from digging?
    I have had to resort to tieing him up he burrows under my fence. He's neutered and has 1/4 acre to explore, but everytime he's not tied he digs out. He's walked/run every night before bed time. I'm at my wits end with him, and considering giving him away. Are you interested? Local animal shelter is not an option.

    • ANSWER:
      HUskies dig. PERIOD. This is a breed trait just like the urge to run. Install an "invisible" fence in conjunction with your existing fence.

      I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warning beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock. Most of the people who will tell you that they don't work are ignorant about the fences in the first place or they bought one (maybe a junk one like PetSafe and many others), slapped the collar on the dog and then booted him out the door without training him. And sometimes they are just plain stupid, and you can't fix stupid.

      Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or because some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

      Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

      If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over 00.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

      The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter that is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 16 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for .00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module (.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type crimp on butt connectors on the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for long in this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally. Crossing driveways can be done two ways, wash a tunnel underneath with a garden hose or use a Skilsaw with a concrete blade to cut a groove an inch or so deep, put the wire in and seal it with a concrete sealer. For a gravel driveway, dig a trench an inch or so wide and a a bout 3 or 4 inches deep, lay an old piece of garden hose in the trench and put the wire through. This will protect the wire from the gravel cutting it when run over by a car.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 16 Huskies (17 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 16 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence.

      Some people advocate the “wireless” type of fence. You have little control over the coverage area. The other problem with them is "dead" areas caused by obstructions to the signal by things in your walls, trees and even a parked car. Your dog WILL find these areas.

      Others advocate tying a pet out “because “invisible” fences are so cruel!” Or “why do you want to electrocute your dog?”, however, think about what could your pet do if attacked by another animal while tied? Where is he going to go to get away? At least with an “invisible” fence or a conventional fence he has a decent chance of evading an attacker or fighting back.

      Please note though ..... you MUST not leave your dog out 24/7 with the collar on. You MUST bring him in at night and remove the collar. If you do not remove the collar he WILL most likely develop sores were the probes contact the skin which can become infected quickly opening a whole new can of worms.

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 16 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into.

  38. QUESTION:
    How old dose a dog have to be befor you can train it to use a electric fence?
    My Neighbors are getting a dog it is a golden doodle and it is 7 weeks old is that to young for them to train it to use a electric fence and will it get hurt if it gets shocked that young?

    • ANSWER:
      Seven weeks is a little early to use the collar but not too early to start the training with the flags and leash. I would give him another six to eight weeks before introducing a collar into the training. He should then pick it up pretty fast.

      I have had the "invisible" type of fence for over 10 years now.

      The "invisible" type of fence is not cruel like some people on this site will tell you. The shock that it gives is mild (and yes, I have been shocked by it). The shock value is immeasurable. The better type of fence systems collars also give a warn beep when the dog gets near the perimeter well before delivering a shock. With proper training the dog will learn quickly where it can and cannot go. Hence it won't get a shock. Most of the people who will tell you that they don't work are ignorant about the fences in the first place or they bought one (maybe a junk one like PetSafe and many others), slapped the collar on the dog and then booted him out the door without training him.

      Sometimes a conventional fence is not an option. Either due to the cost of fencing a large piece of property or because some housing developments have restrictions on fences.

      Sometimes a conventional fence will not contain your dog at all. He can go over it or under it.

      If you are looking for an Invisible Fence brand fence you will have to contact a local dealer for a price to install it though I can almost guarantee it will be over 00.00. If you wish to install it yourself (and it's pretty easy to do in 2 - 3 hours depending on the size of your property) it is available online (but not I/F brand).

      The "invisible" type of fence consists of three things. First is the wire which is buried an inch or two into the ground. This wire defines the outer perimeter of the containment area. You can also block off areas (flowerbeds, pools etc) within the containment area. Some experimentation may be necessary in this. Second is the transmitter which is mounted to the wall indoors and connected to the fence wire, and third is the collar that the dog wears. The transmitter sends out an AM radio band signal that the collar will sense if your pet gets to close to the electronic field. The collar will then deliver a correction. Some of the better ones will give a warning beep prior to delivering a shock. Though it is a strong shock it will not harm the pet in any way. Small marker flags are placed along the inner edge of the field about 5 to 10 feet apart during the training period and removed (every other one) as the pet gets used to the fence.

      Huskies are escape artists. We have 14 of them. The only thing that I have found that they can't go over or under is invisible type fencing. Some folks say that it doesn't work on Huskies. They don't know what they are talking about. You can't buy the cheap stuff, like what they sell at Lowe's or Home Depot or PetSmart etc. The best I have found is the Smart Dog 2100 by Innotek. You can find it on line at several sites, discounted for less than 0.00 with 1 collar. Extra collars are about .00. The kit has everything needed including 500' of wire and flags, enough to do a quarter acre. Expansion kits (500' of wire and flags) are available for .00 and will contain a bit more than an acre. The collars are rechargeable (unlike the "Invisible Fence" and most others where you have to buy the proprietary (one place to get it = expensive) batteries every 3 or so months), has battery backup for the transmitter, run through prevention, waterproof, etc. if you are in an area that has a lot of thunderstorms I would consider a lighting protection module (.00). Innotek now owns Invisible Fence brand. Be sure to use heat shrink type splices in the wire if needed. They are available at marine supply stores. Do not use the "weatherproof wire nuts" from Lowe's etc. They will not work for this application. Use an edger to dig the "trench" for the wire. The wire only has to be buried 1 or 2 inches down. The yard will “heal” within a few days normally.

      The key is taking the time to train your pet. I have known of people to pay big money to install a fence, strap the collar on their dog and then complain that the fence is junk when the dog blows right through it. Also, you do not mention the breed of dog. Longhaired breeds require a longer contact probe on the collar (these are included with the system above). Training may take awhile, one of ours took 18 months (she was a bit stubborn) before we trusted her, most were pretty good in a month or so and we have one that it only took 3 days! The amazing thing is that we can take the collar off, put them on a leash and when we head towards the perimeter their brakes come on immediately! You can also block off areas of the yard that you don't want them in. When hurricane Isabelle came through we had no power for 3 weeks, the terrain was changed with all the fallen trees, and the underground wire for the fence was damaged and NONE of the kids even tried the fence. As I said earlier, the people who say that it doesn't work don't know what they are talking about. We have 14 Huskies (15 until we lost one over the summer due to medical reasons), all free to run around, contained in our 6 acre yard. And no I am not a dealer ..... just a satisfied customer with 14 hardheaded Huskies most of them rescued as adults. We can leave them outside unsupervised for hours with no problems. However, we do not leave them outside when we leave the house.

      It will not keep other animals out including the neighbor’s brats. Neither will a 6 foot stockade fence ... this I learned when I lived elsewhere and was attacked by a neighbors dog in my backyard. As far as people being scared of dogs, well if a 15 to 20 foot barrier field isn't enough, neither would a chain link fence be. Besides, if the pet stays on your property who cares if they are unreasonably scared. As far as a dog running through ... well yes, that could happen, however, with proper training it is unlikely. Huskies have an extremely high prey drive. Where we live we have a lot of wildlife, large and small. The kids will line up along the edge of the field and watch the rabbits, geese, deer etc. They won't challenge the fence. The deer and geese have learned where the kids can and cannot go and will stay just outside "Husky country". Sometimes within 5 feet of the kids. As I said it does work. The key is training. That is the most important part of the installation of the fence.

      Some people advocate the “wireless” type of fence. You have little control over the coverage area. The other problem with them is "dead" areas caused by obstructions to the signal by things in your walls, trees and such. Your dog WILL find these areas.

      Others advocate tying a pet out “because “invisible” fences are so cruel!” Or “why do you want to electrocute your dog?”, however, think about what could your pet do if attacked by another animal while tied? Where is he going to go to get away? At least with an “invisible” fence or a conventional fence he has a decent chance of evading an attacker or fighting back.

      Please note though ..... you MUST not leave your dog out 24/7 with the collar on. You MUST bring him in at night and remove the collar. If you do not remove the collar he WILL most likely develop sores were the probes contact the skin which can become infected quickly opening a whole new can of worms.

      25 years of being owned by Siberian Huskies. I currently have 14 Huskies most of whom were rescued by us from people who didn’t know what they were getting into

  39. QUESTION:
    what r the advantages and disadvantages of having a puppy microchipped?
    does it hurt him a lot? do they do it at the veterinarians? should u still get it done if the dog is going to b using an electric fence when it gets older?

    • ANSWER:
      Microchips are no more painful than a regular injection for a vaccination. They do it at the vet, or the shelter, or at discount clinics at pet supplies stores. It must be done by an approved and certified individual, however. It should still be done regardless of the fence the dog will be confined by. Dogs escape regularly, and no fence is truly dog-proof since gates are sometimes not shut all the way, and electricity fails sometimes.

      The advantages are that even if your dog does not have its collar with tags, the dog can be identified as yours and only needs to be taken to the vet or shelter to be scanned. It assures that you are much more likely to be reunited with your dog.

      The disadvantages are that there is a potential for sub-cutaneous complications, such as the skin rejecting the chip. This is extremely rare and uncommon, though, and the advantages of chipping far outweigh the risk.

      The one-time registration fee of the chip can guarantee that your pet can be permanently identified as yours.

  40. QUESTION:
    How are the Bird products and cages at Doctors Foster and Smith online store?
    It looks like they have pretty good cages, perches and toys.
    But do you think its good quality and healthy for a parrot?

    • ANSWER:
      Except for cages, I purchase all of my bird food and most of the other supplies from Fosters and Smith. I've been a regular on-line customer for about 5 years, and am very happy with everything - the quality, prices, shipping and customer service.

      Fosters and Smith carries two of my favorite perches - Bendable Sisal Rope and Wacky Wood. I put these in every cage - and I highly recommend both.

      Yes, I think they make good choices when it comes to safe and healthy supplies. They also have lots of helpful articles regarding pet health, care and nutrition.

      I like their cages, and own several of the models that they sell, but I didn't buy them at Fosters and Smith. Their cage prices are lower than any retail store, and less that PetSmart and PetCo - but not as low as Future Pets (Texas).

      I have several identical Prevue cages. Before I bought them, I shopped around on-line. Petsmart sold them for 5. Fosters and Smith for 0. Future Pets 5. Future pets doesn't have the best selection, and I don't care for the quality of their accessories, but when it comes to cages - you can't beat their prices.

      http://futurepet.com/

      When it comes to bird toys - I'd rather build my own. You can't beat eBay for bird toy parts. Lots of great sellers, fair prices and endless variety.

      These are some of my favorite recommended sellers:
      http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Discount-Bird-Toys__W0QQ_armrsZ1
      http://stores.ebay.com/Bird-Happy-Toy-Parts
      http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Wild-Time-Bird-Toys__W0QQ_armrsZ1

  41. QUESTION:
    How to start looking for an apartment?
    So i'm thinking about leaving my parents house and being on my own. I'm still in high school, but planning ahead can never hurt right? I just don't know where to start. I'm trying to find a job, but god forbid in this terrible economy... So does anyone have any stories or tips to share about getting their first apartment?

    • ANSWER:
      It is nice to begin planning right now for the big move. Do have your job lined up 1st & foremost. Most landlords will not rent a place to someone with no verifiable income. If you have to live with your parents for a while, it will have to be. Work out a rental agreement with your parents to help them with expenses, like lights, heat, etc. so they can be a future reference & give you a taste of what's to come.

      Start saving because you will need a deposit, usually equal to 1st month's rent & 1st months rent ready when you have found your place. Savings will also help you when you purchase your furniture, appliances, dishes, etc. & put a barrier between you & financial problems, if you get laid off, get sick, or have a car engine blow up. Check 2ndhand &/or discount stores to furnish & supply your apartment to get an idea on prices & availabilty. Just look for now, since you are in the planning stages.

      Once you are ready to look for your apartment, check your local paper or friends/family on leads. Do find something that is convenient to you & within your price range, usually no more than 33% of your salary. Convenience may mean easy access to work, shopping, school, activities, etc. Depending on the apartment, you may find something that is furnished with all appliances or you may just have a bare apartment where you bring all your own stuff. Look at your choices during the day & drive by at night to see lighting, security, etc. In many cases, you will have to sign a lease which is a contract.

      My 1st apartment was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath on the 2nd floor of an old house on Main Street in my hometown. Our landlady had a business on the 1st floor & we had an oral agreement. She allowed pets & minor repairs, as long as she knew about them. The floors creaked & it needed remodeling, but it served its purpose. Good luck!!

  42. QUESTION:
    how can i become a sales rep for a company and work from home?
    need to make extra money somewhere i can set up my own hours...outside of avon and mary kay. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      It is really easy to become an independent rep/distributor/consultant. There are lots of companies out there that market their products through direct sales so you have a lot to choose from. There are all sorts of products - baskets, books, candles, cosmetics, food, home decor, jewelry, kitchen utensils, legal services, lingerie, nutritional supplements, pet supplies, toys, travel, wine, etc.

      Find a company with products that you like and will use yourself so you can appreciate being able to buy them at a discount as a distributor and since a lot of the marketing is done by "word of mouth" it will also help you to talk to other people about your products with genuine enthusiasm.

      It is best to have "consumable" products that most people buy, use and replace several times per year to earn more income with repeat business from your customer base.

      Compare several companies and the start-up costs, ongoing costs, sales/purchase quotas, profit margin, accepted marketing methods and the number of reps in your area that you will be competing against for customers.

      No matter what you choose, it takes time and effort to build a customer base and earn a decent income - it won't happen overnight. Be sure to take advantage of all of the free training that is offered and set daily and weekly goals for yourself since you will be your own boss!

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    how do you make a mini terrarium and what animals can live in it?
    I want to make a mini terrarium that animal could call home. is this possible. I would like something small and cheap. how do i make something like this? what do i need? what sort of animals could live inside?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you ought to do more research. Your public library probably has a book or two to loan you. Also, what are you interested in? If you like frogs, then that would be different from one that has a lizard or small snake and different from one that has some butterflies and bugs. So you have some decisions to make. Also, you gotta decide how much time and effort you want to put into it. A frog or salamander would need water changes and more attention that one that has maybe a few bugs in it.
      When you say mini--how big are you thinking? I've seen some really tiny ones, but personally, I'd go with a 10 gallon aquarium. You can get them cheap at yard sales or from friends, especially if they leak too much for fish. A leaky one will work great for a terrarium, just put a lining such as plastic down if it leaks right on the bottom. Then a layer of activated charcoal you can get at any pet supply or discount store that sells fish supplies. Then cover with a layer of dirt or aquarium pebbles. The last one I did, I kept most of the plants in small and medium pots and did not fill the aquarium with dirt, just pretty pebbles, then had vines that trailed across. I still put charcoal in because that keeps it fresh instead of letting it sour. I used some artificial plants too at the back and to fill bare spots and a plastic rabbit peeked out of the back corner. It was cute, even if I do say so myself. It had a fountain in it that I borrowed from a friend, then I had a problem of hiding the cord, so I used an artificial vine to do that. If I had added a little pond, instead of the fountain, I'd have put it in a shallow glass bowl and piled up pebbles to make a 'shoreline' around it. (pebbles and a few bigger stones in it also.)
      Raising butterflies isn't all that hard, but the caterpillars eat the plants, so you have to replace them. After watching for a day or so, release the butterflies so they can go multiply. Do your research and know what they need to eat. For water for worms or bugs, you just set a cotton ball on a plastic lid, and wet that. Replace if it goes sour. I think crickets are kind-of interesting, or the pet store sells exotic bugs and spiders like tarantulas or giant hissing cockroaches--YUCK!! But may be something interesting.
      Get more info on frogs, snakes, lizards, bugs etc. so you can be sure to take good care of them.
      If you make your terrarium with local life, then you can release them if needed, or catch more. Just don't let your terrarium be a death camp, if it takes too much care or you get busy and can't do it, just get plastic animals, OK? Also, don't try to put too many in there, it is better with less.
      Let me see, what am I forgetting? If it steams up really bad, then open and let fresh air in for awhile. If it is drying out too fast, cover openings with plastic wrap. It is hard to get the perfect balance, so check every day or two to see if water needs added or it is too wet.
      Maybe this sounds like too much work. It does need some care, a little bit here and there, 5 minutes maybe and a 1/2 hour once a week to clean, pull dead leaves and pinch back plants that are growing too big. Depends on what you have in it. They sometimes advertise ones that need no care at all, but I wouldn't believe it, not long term and happy and clean. It has to have some attention.
      Live well and do good. Good luck.
      I forgot to say fish, really small ones or one gold fish or siamese fighting fish in a bowl inside the terrarium. I might try that sometime myself!
      What about tadpoles?

  44. QUESTION:
    What do u do when your kitten stops drinking milk @1 week old?
    My mother cat is around 1 she had just one little kitten is it likely the kitten wont survive with out brothers or sisters and I think the mother cat is running out of milk or is already dry I tested one but nothing came out but the kitten always goes to the very last nipple eats for 30 seconds and than starts crying is the mother really dry and is she goingback to her normal self?

    • ANSWER:
      If youre trying different nipples (try the other one in the back) and it seems the mother may not have enough milk or is totally drying up you would have to bottle feed kitten formula, which you can buy at a pet supply store, some feed stores, maybe at big discount stores that have a pet section, and at vet clinics.
      But if it won't even drink from a bottle, you have to tube feed it for a while to keep it alive. . A vet can teach you how to do that. It would be a good idea to call your vet anyway.

  45. QUESTION:
    How much does a rabies shot for a small cat cost?
    I have taken in a small female stray cat, I am taking her to get her rabies shot, I am on a very tight budget, but I would like to get her all of her shots at once, instead of having to take her again next week, so I guess I have 2 questions, what all shots does an outside cat need, and how much are they, and how much does a rabies shot cost?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet. costs vary by area, and also by individual practices. The recommended or required vaccines vary by area as well - some cities, counties, and states have different regulations. So the best thing for you to do is call around to different veterinarians. Also call your local animal shelters and humane society, and even possibly animal control - to let them know you have found a stray cat you are willing to give a home to, but need some help getting started with. They may be able to provide some assistance that will help out - such as with coupons for discounts for spaying. Or they may be able to steer you to low-cost vaccine clinics, or some other useful things. Some areas I have lived in, the local animal control held a low cost vaccine () and spay/neuter clinic, but only on special days. Some veterinarians will give a discount for some services if you let them know you are taking a stray in off the streets. Another possibility for reducing costs is to purchase the vaccine to do the job yourself if you are not scared to learn how, or know a nurse or something. That may not be an option for the rabies vaccine, depending on your local regulations (a good reason to call your local animal control). If you wanted to try this, you would be able to purchase the vaccines at a farm/feed store, or some pet supply stores, or even some pharmacies.

      That said, I live in a small, Midwest town and here is what I spent the last time I dragged one of my cats in for annual shots. Office call , rabies vac. , 4-in-1 vaccination (a bunch of other recommended inoculations, don't ask me what) , for a total of . Bear in mind that since this would be your kitty's first shots, she might have to go back for a booster, a few weeks later.

      One thing I do that has helped a lot, is to sock away a set amount of money out of each paycheck, and put it in a savings account I have set up specially for the purpose. Even if you could only manage per paycheck, in the space of a year, you would have built up enough to make the trip to the vet. for annual shots painless, and perhaps have some leftover in case kitty gets sick and needs to have another visit.

  46. QUESTION:
    Any Recommendations for a good dog car seat cover for leather seats?
    I need a seat cover for my Chevy Equinox, it has leather seats so I've heard a lot of the seat covers slide all over. Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      My neighbor purchased a faux leather cover for her leather sofa that does not slip.
      Pet and feed stores offer them.Check some of the larger online pet supply companies that also have catalogs.They may have a larger variety to choose from and can offer a discount due to volume sold.

  47. QUESTION:
    What do you do with excess baby fish?
    if i have alot of baby fish and i dont want them, will petco/petsmart take them? if not, what can i do?

    thank you for your response.

    • ANSWER:
      PetCo and PetSmart will not take them, as I guess it's against their policies (I've tried - they say they can't). Your best bet is to try and find a local pet store that isn't part of a national chain. They'll usually take them off of your hands for free, but sometimes you can manage to get a store discount on supplies.

      If you don't have a local non-chain pet store, you can also try selling them or giving them away on your local Craigslist site. I've had better luck doing this (giving them away) with my guppies.

      I've been so inundated with guppy fry lately that I moved the females back in the 55-gallon tank with all the other fish, just so the fry would get eaten by the others. At this point, I can count ten week-old fry in there. Guess the other fish don't like guppy fry...

  48. QUESTION:
    My daughter has a nitendogs and there no more food to buy in the supplies. Do you know what she has to do ?
    In ninendo game nintedogs you need to buy dog food from the shop but after a while there was no more food to buy and as result the dog cannot participate to any contests. Is the any body who knows what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Well you aren't going quite in the right place, what you have to do is to go out then shopping then tap on pet supply.

      Or there is a totally different way of going for a walk then going to the Discount shop. It is also cheaper there as well.

      I hope i have helped you.


pet supplies discount

All Natural Dog Treats

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you make, package, and sell all-natural dog treats using natural preservatives (Vitamin C/E)?
    I made all natural dog treats before and packaged them in bags. In a matter of 2 days there was mold on them. How do I make them to sell without them spoiling?

    • ANSWER:
      mine never had mold. I made some for my dogs and kept them in a cool dry place or even the fridge. They lasted for several days

  2. QUESTION:
    I need help naming my all natural dog treat business?
    I am starting an all natural dog treat business and I need some clever names that will bring attention and a chuckle or smile to people when they hear the name. These treats are baked in my home.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe like Bark Naked (similar to Buck Naked) or Stark Bark. I imagine a cartoon of a dog like a leaf over themselves similar to Adam and Eve, with the tagline like 'a natural treat for our au naturale friends'

      good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a recipe for homemade dog treats?
    My dog has seizures and chicken or beef is not recommend.
    Anything with fruits or vegetables, lamb or turkey are fine. Natural dog treats are just too expensive to buy all the time.
    Does anyone made their own dog treats. If so could you let me know how. I am willing to change the recipe if I need to, so I can feed to my dog. Any thoughts would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I found a wonderful site called (getrecipes.com) There is a dog treat section there with ton's of doggie treat's. Good luck finding it, you and your pooch will both enjoy .

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good name for a dog treat company?
    I recently started baking dog treats and I was thinking about maybe starting a small business baking and selling homemade natural dog treats. I was wondering what some cute, catchy names for the company should be? I was thinking about incorporating my dog's name (Sparkle) into it somehow. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Doggy treat street

  5. QUESTION:
    I need all natural cat and dog treats please!?
    I'm looking for all natural dog and cat treat can you please help?
    The dog treats I need a recipe to where I can roll out the dough and make differant shapes with cookie cutter. Also a all natural yogurt frosting for dog cookies would be a huge +
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      my pomeranian loves these....

      Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
      Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers
      2 cups whole-wheat flour
      1 tbsp. baking powder
      1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
      1 cup milk

      Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. --- This is the original recipe, but I have found the cookies burn easily.

      this recipe actually came from a site that contains lots of other recipes for homemade animal treats.
      http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Recipes.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    What should I name my dog treat business?
    I am starting my own all natural dog treat business, but what should I name it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog Barkery.
      Happy Tails Dog Treats
      K9 Cookie Factory
      K9 Dog Treats
      K9 Kitchen
      The Barking Gourmet

  7. QUESTION:
    What should I name my dog treat business?
    I decided to start my own little side gig baking all natural dog treats (for the moment I'm just baking treats for family and friends), but I can't come up with a name.

    • ANSWER:
      Bones Appetite!

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can a good pet treat recipe be found?
    Needed an all natural dog treat recepie, to be made at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a bunch of recipes for homemade dog treats. I 'm sure you'll find one that you pup will love! http://www.dog-pound.net/other-dog-treats.htm

      My dog loves the magic meatballs!

      HTH

  9. QUESTION:
    how much should i charge a dozen for my gourmet all natural dog treats?
    my town is small and there not alot of places to shop so im selling dog treats and gift baskets new puppy baskets, christmas baskets, doggy day spa baskets, and best freind baskets. whats a proper price. im going to distribute flyers with liitle samples attached in the high end neighborhoods,they got the money.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd price check. Look online and see how much it would cost them to get the same thing shipped, then charge a little less. Without much greater detail of what city, what income level, and what the treats are specifically, we aren't going to be able to help you. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the shelf life of homade dog treats? Can natural preservatives be added for longer life?
    I want to sell homade dog treats at a local farmer's market and want to ensure buyers of a proper shelf life. What can I do to make sure the treats don't spoil? Some of the treats have fruits and veggies in them.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as they are cooked well you shouldn't have a problem. I make some my self and have kept them in a sealed Ziploc for about a year, they were a little stale but my dog ate them and she was fine.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you have all natural dog treat recipe? Winner will get best answer!?
    I need all natural dog treat recipe that I can roll out and use cookie cutters to make differant shape cookies?
    Thanks for helping =]

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good one. =)

      Wheat-free Tuna Dog Treats/Cookies

      • 1 cup yellow cornmeal or 1/14 cup corn flour
      • 1 cup oatmeal
      • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
      • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
      • 1 small can tuna in oil -- undrained
      • 1/3 cup water

      Grind oatmeal in processor to make a coarse flour. Set aside in small bowl. In food processor, whirr tuna with the oil, and water then add all the rest of ingredient. Pulse till mixture forms a ball, Pulse to knead for 2-3 minutes. Knead on floured surface till it forms a soft ball of dough. Roll out to a 1/8"-1/4" thickness. Cut into shapes. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet , at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can you use human food coloring on dog treats?
    It is ASPCA Day on April 10th and I am hoping to be able to make dog treats and bring them to my local humane society. I was wondering (since ASPCA is ALL orange) can I use some orange food coloring (human) on the dog treats I plan to make? Or is there a natural way I can get such as carrots. How can I do that if I need to do natural?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure I've seen dog food with food coloring so I don't think it would hurt- there was a news story about a woman coloring her dog pink with food coloring and getting a fine- strange but that could be further evidence that it can't be that harmful

  13. QUESTION:
    How much tocopherals (vitamin E) natural preservative should I put in a dog treat recipe?
    I have a dog treat recipe and want to know how much vitamin E do I put inside?
    I will be using it as a preservative

    • ANSWER:
      I guess I am curious whether you are using it as a preservative or as a nutrient. But either way I would say none.
      The reason is that if youa re using it as a nutrient, really a dog should be getting nutritional value from the main diet. And if it is a preseravtive, well, how long do dog treats last? Unless you are selling them I wouldn't add any.
      Hope that helps.

      Edited to add: I checked out some commercial dog treat ingredients-they don't add the tocopherals to the recipie, more like it is pre-added to the poultry fat. That makes siense since it is the fat that is likely to go rancid.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is a good name or a organic dog treat business?
    We make organic all natural wheat, corn, and soy Free Dog treats. We are wondering what a good name would be for our business we are starting.

    Looking for something that is not all ready used and something that is catchy for our bakery.

    We also will be including other things besides dog treats like dog clothes, collars, toys etc ... however the organic treats are the main business.

    • ANSWER:
      WondARFul treats
      The doggie kitchen

  15. QUESTION:
    How to make homemade dog treats with peanut butter..?
    Hi,
    Okay, my friend and I are going to make homemade dog treats and sell them. We need a recipe for them. Please help asap!!!
    Thanks much:)
    we also would like to decorate them so can you give me a recipe for some kind of edible decoration like frosting for dogs? Please and thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      Peanut butter Dog treats

      2 cups whole-wheat flour
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1 cup natural peanut butter
      1 cup skim milk

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees
      In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk.
      Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.
      Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thick and cut out shapes.
      Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and then store in an airtight container.

      Makes 30 large dog treats.

      These last about a week with my pack. If you are feeding (treating) one dog or small dogs and need them to stay fresh longer than a week they can be dehydrated. Place the cookies on a baking sheet back in a cool oven. Leave the door closed over night for the moisture to be removed. I use my food dehydrator instead of the oven method. They can also be stored in the fridge.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some good and healthy dog treats out there?
    I am looking for some dog treats for my Chihuahua/SH. So what are some good treats great for training and doesn't have by-products or any fillers or preservations?

    • ANSWER:
      try theses, they are wonderful, and only made with 1 ingredient.
      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3088295

      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3089904

      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3089903

      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3089902

      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750425

      look at the ingredients in the details section, its all natural.

  17. QUESTION:
    Would you buy dog treats from a home based business?
    I have thought about starting a dog treat business from my home, would you be ok with buying treat for your dogs this way or would you prefer to buy them from large companies? Why or why not?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, true dog lovers look for the natural - without preservatives... is a good business

      ALSO give an ebay store a thought or two...

      JMHO
      Hotttttt Dogggggg

  18. QUESTION:
    what is a natural dog food that my dog will like the taste of?
    I've been feeding my dog natural dog food but he doesn't seem to like the taste. Any other dog food he will eat. But I would like to stick with natural. Any ideas?
    Thanks for the help! I've been using Natural choice and he just doens't seem to like it!

    • ANSWER:
      The dog will eat it if you don't give it any other options. No healthy dog will starve itself. Put the food down for 15 minutes, and if he/she doesn't eat it, pick it back up until the next scheduled meal. Don't give it ANY people food or treats in between these scheduled and measured meals. I suppose if you can't discipline yourself to do this, you can try Merrick with limited grains or Taste of the Wild which is grain free.

      Add: If you're talking about Nutro Natural Choice, it's not a good food to begin with.

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I get recipes for dog treats/cookies that are iced?
    I'm hoping to make dog treats/cookies/biscuits that can be iced/decorated. I've been searching for recipes online, and I can't find anything that fits this description, only plain treats. Does anyone have good dog treat and icing recipes? I'm going to need to make 150+, so things that aren't too complicated would be fantastic.

    • ANSWER:
      Cream Cheese Dog Treat Frosting

      12 ounces nonfat cream cheese, room temperature
      2 teaspoons honey

      Directions: Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy. Frost cookies with a spatula or pipe onto cookies using a pastry bag with a fine tip..
      *******
      3 cups Vitakraft Yogurt Drops for Dogs
      1 tsp. vegetable oil
      Food coloring or 1 tablespoon vegetable powder for coloring (see below)

      Directions: Melt carob chips in double boiler or microwave and add vegetable oil and coloring. Treats can be dipped in icing or icing can be piped or applied with a pastry brush. Place on waxed paper to cool.

      For natural coloring, use:
      Turmeric for yellow icing
      Beet powder for pink icing
      Spinach powder for green icing
      ******
      Easy Jazzie Treats

      1 egg
      2 cups powdered milk
      2 cups wheat germ
      1 cup oats (rolled oats, like Quaker Oats)
      Enough water to moisten oats
      2 jars baby food meat - make sure it doesn't contain onions!

      Directions: Blend all ingredients together on low speed until well mixed. Drop by tablespoonful, one inch apart onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten each drop evenly. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Yields approximately 28 cookies.
      *******

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any good dog treats or dog treat companies out there you would recommend?
    I try to be selective about the stuff my dog eats and I am shocked at all the crap that is in most of the major dog treats. What are some good companies that have healthy treats without so much junk in them? Are there any ingredients that aren't bad for a dog even though they have a long complicated name or should I just stick with ingredients I can read? lol He is a Spaniel.

    • ANSWER:
      Old Mother Hubbard, Merricks, Nature's Recipe, Mother Nature Natural Dog Treats ect... just a few off the top my head that my dog will dog anything for but use this website to look at all treat brands and food brands:
      thepetfoodlist.com

  21. QUESTION:
    Can anybody tell me how Bully Stix are made?
    Bully Stix are natural dog chew treats.

    • ANSWER:
      From pizzle, which is part of a bull's penis.

  22. QUESTION:
    How much would you pay for this?
    One pound (16 ounces) of homemade, all-natural, pet approved dog treats? Shaped and put in hand-decorated box.

    Also, would you pay more, the same, or less if part of the profit were going to the SPCA?

    Thanks, and have an awesome day.:)

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on how much i have in my wallet to spend but about 5-15 bucks tops.

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any good homemade dog treat recipes?
    Considering many dog/puppy treats have terrible ingredients like chicken by product, corn gluten and even meat, I'd like to make my own healthy dog treats. There are brands like blue buffalo and wellness that have healthy ingredients but there not fresh and cost a lot. So I've found a few good recipes online but if you have any recipes that your dogs enjoy that would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      ::1 cup peanut butter (I suggest all-natural so there is no added junk)

      ::32 oz Vanilla Yogurt (I suggest organic yogurt, again,so there is no added junk such as artificial sweeteners)

      ::2 ripe bananas

      Directions:

      ::Blend all ingredients together. Separate into 3 oz paper cups (Dixie cups for example). Place in freezer, once frozen put into ziplock freezer bag. Yields 16 servings.

      ::Then watch your pups get excited for their new fun and frugal treat!

  24. QUESTION:
    What are great natural training treats?
    Looking for some natural dog treats small enough for training rewards, where can I get them?, and please dont say beggin strips or canine carry outs, I want natural ones :) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      When I trained my dog I used cheese.

  25. QUESTION:
    Best dog treats for a dog with a chicken allergy?
    Hey guys! My little chihuahua has a chicken allergy. She actually scratches until she's all scaby.
    I love to treat my dogs, so does anyone have a suggestion for chicken free dog treats, for someone on a budget? It seems like everything I have has chicken in it.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has allergies, too (lamb and eggs), so I feel your pain!

      My favorite soft treats: Zukes, Natural Balance food rolls (can be cut into little pieces), and Wellness treats. Those all have limited ingredients, and are available at PetCo. If you want a crunchy biscuit, you could try Charlee Bears- I don't use crunchy treats, but I hear people rave about them, and they have limited ingredients, too.

      Really, the trick is to read the labels a lot. Don't get anything with "meat by-products" or "poultry by-products" though because they could have chicken in them.

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Where to find natural dog treats?
    Our english bulldog is 8 years and old and has pretty bad food allergies. She's allergic to wheat, oats, eggs, flax, and stuff that's usually found in common dog treats? Her birthday is coming up so I wanted to get her some special treats, so if anyone knows any good brands that don't have eggs and wheat in them I would appreciate it! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The only treats I give my dog is Kona's Chips. They make different meat jerky and it is made in the US and all meat is sourced in the US. They use only ONE ingredient. There chicken jerky is nothing but 100% chicken, lamb jerky is only 100% lamb, and so on. My dog LOVES their chicken jerky crunch sticks.

      http://konaschips.com/DogJerky.asp

  27. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog hide bits of kibble around the house?
    He's a chihuahua, so I'm not sure if burying things is natural for them or whatever.
    But he'll take two pieces of kibble, eat one, then hide the other. And when I give him dog treats he hides those in the oddest places such as behind the toilet and stuff.
    Yes, I do feed him. He shares a bowl with another small dog, and I have food set out for them throughout the day. So what's the deal?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    When a dog is treated with a spot-on pesticide, is the pesticide contained in the dog's odor?
    To be more specific, when a dog is treated with a spot-on pesticide like Frontline (Imadacloprid) or Advantage (Fipronil), do either of these pesticides become infused in the animal's natural odor? For instance, if you went into a region of the household where the animal frequents, and it smells strongly like a dog, are you inhaling small amounts of the pesticide mixed in with the odor?

    • ANSWER:
      "infused in the animal's natural odor?" Any product will infuse with the animal's coat. Anything you use will infuse on your skin including be absorbed into your blood stream. You will breath in odors just living in the city of Georgia which is more toxic that Imadacloprid or Fipronil.

      " Just your average, ordinary, autistic know-it-all." in your profile. If this is true, why do you ask the same question multiple times in multiple categories here on Yahoo Answers? You stated you have Asperger's syndrome in another question. Hmmm....

      I'll repeat my answer from before in another question with regards to your chemical fear obession:

      Gee-whiz! Just about all your questions shows that you are fixated or obsessed with chemical problems and for the fact you have to ask them a gazillion times in all the different categories.

      Maybe you really need to focus on getting psychological help to deal with your pre-occupation with chemicals.

      We all have to live with them in the air we breath. Since you live in Georgia you are subjected to so much chemical toxins in the air you breath just living in that region alone!

      You cannot escape the chemicals in the atmospher, because anywhere in the world is affected by chemicals. Consider China for example, they are not only polluting their own country, but contaminating the whole world. Their government could care less about the rest of the world or their citizens. They only believe in consumption and making money to capitalize on being the leaders in the world market trade. Look at all the toys with lead toxins that has made it into every corner of the world from China. You think pet toys are an exception? Probably not. Everything that probably comes from this country has some level of chemical toxins unfortunately for the rest of the world.

      Just my 2 cents.

  29. QUESTION:
    How digestable are trachea and bully sticks for dogs?
    I like to get my dogs natural treats and chewies that arent loaded with garbage but i know things like rawhides arent very digestable, so i just want to make sure

    • ANSWER:
      Bully Sticks are 100% safe due to the quality of the ingredients used and as they are made from beef, these chews are easy for your dog to digest.Bully Sticks are completely safe and a really healthy way of keeping your pet’s teeth and gums in check.Bully Sticks are completely digestible and really tasty, just ask your pooch!

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the most appealing Kong Recipe for a dog?
    What is your dogs favorite?

    For my dogs it seems:

    My poodle likes fat free Plain Yogurt, kibble, and a apple dog treat (natural choice) frozen in his Kong.

    My Terrier prefers: Peanut butter, kibble, and blueberry treat (natural choice) kong.

    They both like the occaisonal Non Fat plain yogurt, kibble, with a few cheerios or carrots mixed in Kong

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if my dogs have a favorite. They just love getting any sort of treat in their Kongs.

      I've used peanut butter, carrots, broccoli, jerky treats, cottage cheese, plain yoghurt, spray kong treat, any type of meat I have around the house, and sometimes dog food.

  31. QUESTION:
    I am making homemade dogs treats. Should I use whole wheat or regular flour?
    I am trying a recipe for these dog treats again. The last time I made them and gave them to my dog, he got diarrhea all over the place. They had milk in them and I did not know that dogs are lactose intoerant. Would the type of flour I use matter? I do not have rye flour or rice flour. Only whole wheat and regular.
    I am not using milk in them this time. I will use water.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs systems aren't naturally designed to digest and process grains (this includes wheat).

      If possible, go to the store and buy rice flour.

      If not, (which I can't imagine why it wouldn't be possible), then use whichever variety is unbleached, unfortified, etc. Keep it as natural as possible.

  32. QUESTION:
    Has anyone successfully used home made dog treats in a Manners Minder?
    I don't like to use commercial dog foods or treats but I'm keen to buy and try a Manners Minder. I have a food dehydrator and was wondering whether anyone had tried making their own treats and had any success using them.

    • ANSWER:
      A dehydrator is great for making jerky treats for dogs. I don't have a dehydrator, but my dad does. I use to make them jerky (any meat will do) but my dogs don't have many teeth and they can't chew it anymore.

      ADD:
      No, I have not used a Manners Minder. Although, it says you don't have to use a certain kind of treat.
      *You can put kibble or training treats in the Manners Minder. Zukes Mini Naturals are great dog treats for the Manners Minder, as they're not crumbly.*
      https://ahimsadogtraining.com/store/manners-minder--treat-and-train.php

      If you have additional questions, you can call Premier Pet Products at 800-933-5595 or use this online form:
      http://www.premier.com/ContactUs.aspx

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm trying to do answer this question for my dog treat business? read below?
    What is the business model? Its for a business competition, but we basically just want to sell natural and safe dog treats.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an article written about starting your own dog treat business.

      This should be a good place to start.

      If you haven't already you may want to post this in the Business section of YA.

  34. QUESTION:
    What kind of treats do I feed a Yorkie Terrier puppy?
    I'll be getting a Yorkie puppy soemtime this week and I'm not sure what type of treats to buy for it since it's so small. I have a West Highland White Terrier whose 16 pounds and his treats are like, those bacon strips for dogs,and other meaty like dog treats. I know that I can't give them to my yorkie since it's only like 5 pounds. Suggestions? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My 2 Yorkies get " Zukes Mini Naturals " they are only 2 calories a piece, and are the perfect size for a little one. They're also really good for training. They come in Salmon and Peanut Butter flavours. I think there's one other kind too, but I can't remember.

  35. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for an ALL NATURAL soft training treats for dogs?
    I've been reading labels lately when shopping for dog treats, and I realized that a lot of the dog treats have junk in them like corn starch, corn syrup, soy, wheat gluten, and other nasty stuff or unpronounceable. Is there an all natural brand that has no artificial colors, flavors, or fillers?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.zukes.com Zukes is an all natural brand free of soy, wheat, and other fillers. They also have no starch or gluten. You can find them at feed stores and some pet stores. They are soft, chewy treats that are great for training. Not only are they really healthy for the dog (They contain real meat as well as vitamins, fish oil, and other nutrients) but dogs LOVE them. Even my cats love them.

  36. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for a smililar DogJoy Chicken treat recipe?
    These are dog chicken treats, they are refridgerated and soft treats. They are all natural and the ingredients are simple. Its "Chicken, ground oats, chicken broth, salt, natural flavors"
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can go about making these soft dog treats??

    • ANSWER:
      This website has a lot of homemade dog treat recipes!!

      :)

      http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Recipes.htm

  37. QUESTION:
    How to make Homemade dog Treats?
    I ran across a site a few years ago about making dog treats out of peanut butter and other things but I can't find that site again...I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on home made dog foods and treats? Just so you know If you suggest something I will talk to my dogs vet first just to make sure I won't be hurting my dog by feeding them this stuff...just as a precaution, I guess being a good dog owner!
    Also I had found a recipe for dog nog (eggnog) does anyone know the recipe for that?

    • ANSWER:
      you can visit
      http://www.dog-treat-recipe-exchange.com/
      http://www.freepetprojects.com/
      or http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/homemade-dog-treat-recipes.html

  38. QUESTION:
    how can you make the dog treat you as their master?
    i have a belgian malinois dog and he is still a puppy. he is very different from my other dogs because he is quite dominant. his gender is male. i taught him already how to sit, down, stay, and no. i wanted to make sure that my dog treat me as his leader or the alpha. how do i make it? could you please help me how to discipline a belgian malinois dog.

    by the way, he is scolded my other dog everytime he see eating, he wanted to get rid of her by fighting her. very brave dog.

    • ANSWER:
      There is many ways to do this, some wrong, some right, but most of the time it come with training. I have a rottweiler that was a puppy when we first got him, and when I began to train him the essentials myself, he always followed me and never bit me or anything. Try teaching the puppy something, and he'll soon catch on that you feed him and teach him what's right from wrong, so you must be the leader. If that doesn't work, seek professional trainers help.

      By the way: My rottweiler took out my older chow who was fourteen when he was one; he was trying to eliminate the weak points of the pack (we had a chow, and two rottweilers, but now its just two rotties) so that is just natural. In any case, if you follow my advice that dog will love you 'til death does you part, and will protect you in any matter that comes.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are some natural dog recipes i can make that are kind of easy?
    I can not find any dog recipes ive went to about a million websites and al they tell me i about natural dog food that i can make but no recipes!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I boil plain chicken without any bones(i use chicken breast) and then with the leftover broth from the chicken I boil rice. Mix them together for a healthy treat!

  40. QUESTION:
    what are some good quality dog treats? & Where to buy it?
    What are some good/high quality dog treats that you can get for a dog. For our great dane actually. what treats do you recommend & where can we buy them?
    Are authority good?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great brand of all natural low fat dog treat at Walmart called Nature's Medley. Low fat, high in protein. They make about 6 different kinds of treats, Chicken Chips, Duck Chips, Chicken Poppers (look like caramel corn) and a couple Jerky like treats. They are about a bag. My boys love them. And I love that they are healthy and natural.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some Natural healthy dog treats that I can find in my home?
    I just got a new dog, he is from the Pasadena Humane Society, and he is really skinny. I was wondering if anyone knew any treats that he could eat that are relatively healthy.

    Thanks so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      If he is really skinny you can give him any dog treat . he won't have to worry about too many calories just yet.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can dogs eat bananas or other fruit and veggies?
    My daughter has been giving our terrier mix carrots and banana pieces as treats during training. He loves them and begs for more. He likes them more than regular dog treats. He seems to love all veggies and fruits, which we found out after he ate half of our garden during the summer. We feed him Iams Lamb & Rice as his regular diet. I can't find any straight forward answers on google as to whether or not these treats are actually good for him. He eats maybe 3-4 baby carrots and 1/4 of a small banana a day during training.

    • ANSWER:
      They can, but there's really no need for them to. Dogs are carnivores, so they really have no need for grains or veggies and it isn't really very easy for them to digest them. You do have to be careful of what you as well. Apple seeds are dangerous, as are raisins and grapes.

      Give this a read to make sure you aren't feeding anything dangerous (though, honestly, a couple of the things they say are 'dangerous' on there are actually just fine.):
      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030 (Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog)

      Treats aside, I'd recommend getting him on a higher quality dog food. Iams is actually a very low quality dog food.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by... you guessed it, biased, low end pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain-free diet, Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.

      If you can't find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand's name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
      Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
      Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
      Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
      Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.rawfed.com/ (RawFed)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
      http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/ (Raw Feeding)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog's food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day while puppies are typically fed three or four.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      WARNING: Natura Pet Products (Innova, EVO, California Natural, Karma, Healthwise and Mother Nature) used to be high quality pet food products but Natura has recently sold out to Proctor & Gamble, a company known for it's animal testing and low quality pet foods (they put out Iams and Eukanuba). If you are still feeding any of the products previously owned by Natura you may want to consider switching to a different food now that those products are owned by a large, shady company like Proctor & Gamble.

      http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/breaking-news-proctor--gamble-purchases-natura-pet-products.html (Breaking News: Proctor & Gamble Purchases Natura Pet Products)

      Edit: Actually, Save Shelter Dog's, it's a myth that dogs are omnivores. :)

      http://dogtorj.tripod.com/id51.html (Dogs are Carnivores)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html (Myth: DOGS ARE OMNIVORES.)
      http://www.doggedblog.com/doggedblog/2004/11/of_carnivores_o.html (Of Carnivores, Omnivores, Teeth, and Science)
      http://rawdogfood.com.au/carnivores.html (DOGS ARE CARNIVORES)

      Some skull comparisons:

      http://fc02.deviantart.net/images/large/stockart/animals/Wolf_Skull_1.jpg
      (Wolf Skull. Note the molars are sharp and designed to rip and tear meat. Signature of a carnivore.)

      http://sibar.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/sm-130-lg.jpg
      (Dog Skull. Again, note that the molars are sharp and designed to rip and tear meat. Signature of a carnivore.)

      http://www.educationalbiofacts.com/images/Alaska%20Grizzly%20Bear%20Skull.jpg
      (Bear Skull. Note that the molars are more blunt and capable of chewing vegetation. Signature of an omnivore.)

      Darksong~

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get my dog to stop being so food obsessive?
    I have a 3 year old beagle named Sydney who has no self control when it comes to food. She isn't aggressive, but it seems all she cares about is food. It's annoying at the table because its nearly impossible to stop her from jumping. Its also bad when you try get her to sit, come, etc. She won't eat her food until my food is done, and even sometimes she won't even eat after. One time when she managed to escape I had to run back to the house and grab a dog treat just to get her back to the house.

    • ANSWER:
      Just advise from a novice here but beagles have certain needs to follow their nose. Find some activities that fulfill her natural abilities, praise her a lot for that. Handle her food so that it has your smell on it, make her sit and wait until you give her permission to eat, check to see how much she should be fed, don't over feed. Tire her out with leash training by walking with treats in your pocket(even in the house). Keep her by your side, limit verbal commands, I'm sure you have a very smart little doggie. Invest in a book related to beagles and their particular needs in training.

  44. QUESTION:
    Are Old Mother Hubbard natural dog treats good or bad for my puppy?
    Just trying to make sure its not on the same level as like science diet and pedigre dog food

    • ANSWER:
      i sometimes buy it and its really healthy

  45. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to get rid of a dog's diarrhea?
    I have a 4 1/2 month old puppy that has diarrhea. The vet has done 2 separate fecal tests, and both have come back fine. He is eating good food (Wellness), and we never feed him any people food. The only dog treat he even gets, are Milkbones.

    Does anyone know a way to help get him a bit more solid?

    • ANSWER:
      you can give him canned pumpkin or chicken and rice.

      also the fecal tests can be negative and he could still have an intestinal parasite. Eggs may not be shed in every fecal sample. It is not going to hurt to treat the pet for roundworms, or hookworms. If you are not already doing so.

      However if you want to rule this out I would with hold food for 12-24 hours, then offer the pumpkin or chicken and rice for a day and see if it firms up. If not continue to feed this diet for no longer than three days. If he still has loose stools then I would repeat the fecal test.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Are all of those bones and treats at stores safe and healthy for dogs?
    What about raw hide bones? Would I be better off baking dog treats myself and giving him bones from our meals? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Raw hide bones are undigestable by any dog's digestive system and they can be a serious choking hazard because they are easily swallowed when they get smaller. I don't recommend those. Try bully sticks or natural bones. Be sure to always supervise your dog while they are chewing on any toy to prevent choking.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you think selling all natural dog treats would do?
    at a farmers market? I have all of the licenses NC req. Would you buy them for your pet?
    I am very good with ideas and making them healthy. I many different types and I sell them at a fair price I have a full time job. This is just on the side.

    • ANSWER:
      i would never purchase home made dog treats ... i have no idea of your ingredients or standards and would not purchase ... even when people give me as a gift home made dog treats i toss them in the garbage ... and a huge craft fair i go to, the home made dog food/treat booths were not busy at all ... dog treats are simple to make and even easier to buy that have standards so why would i take a chance with someone who wants to make money making dog treats ... i wouldn't ....

  48. QUESTION:
    What should i do - my dog only likes chicken?
    My dog only seems to like fresh cooked chicken thighs cut off the bone for his meals. He has table scraps as well and the usual doggy treats. I give him the occasional hard dog treat but I am concerned that his teeth and gums will become weak. I have tried tinned dog food and dry from a packet but when he refuses for a few meals I return to the chicken thigh option because I know he will eat this.

    • ANSWER:
      First you want to get him on a feeding schedule. I feed my dog 2 times a day, breakfast and dinner. At each feeding you want to leave his bowl out for 15-20 minutes. If he hasn't touched his food in that time, take the bowl up and he now has to wait until his next feeding time. Next time, you do the same thing. Make sure you are not giving him any treats or table scraps in between feedings. He will not starve himself, this will just teach him that dog food is the only food he is going to get. Once he has gotten used to his schedule you can start adding occasional treats in. Another thing you can do is try finding a different food. Have you heard of Nutro? It is an all natural food. No ground yellow corn (filler and allergen). No by-products (heads, feet, intestines, etc.). No artificial flavors or colors. I would try the herring or venison formulas. Usually getting away from the everyday chicken and lamb will do the trick. Good luck!


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