Cooking For Your Dog

Dogs have really become mans and woman's best friends. You see them every where from walking in the street, in peoples purses, in strollers and a bunch of other places you would never expect. People love dogs because they are loyal and I have to admit a lot of fun. I personally have two dogs and love them both to death. There was always so excited to see me come home and I love just having them around. I will admit though that my two little angels sometimes have a dark side. For instance when I try to leave the home, they try to bite my ankles so I would stay. When it comes to dogs and their behavior, you need to train them well or you will have problems like my ankle biting. Here are some things you can try to help train your dog.

One thing that you can do that doesn't involve much work for yourself is to send them to puppy training. This is usual ly a couple of weeks were trained dog trainers take your dog and teach them right from wrong. The key thing though if you decide to do this is making sure that you do it when they are a puppy. The older the dog gets the more difficult it will be for them to train them. Some of the things they will help teach your dog is not bark when someone knocks on the door as well as potty training. If you don't want to send your dog away for a couple of weeks you can take your dog to training sessions on the weekend. You will have to look around in the paper or on the Internet for these types of sessions but almost every where offers these. The good thing about this is that you get to be involved in the training and learn for yourself what to do. A third thing you can do is train the dog yourself. With this you need to teach your dog rules and limitations and become the pack leader. You need to teach them proper ways to go on walks, not to bark when they are not supposed to and how to greet new people when they come in the home. The last part is key as if you don't teach them how to interact with other people and dogs, it could lead to them potentially biting them and injuring them.



cooking for your dog

By Nature Dog Food

Healthy dog food used to be provided by nature. The act of hunting prey would keep dogs active. They would benefit from the moisture in the kill and the natural nutrients. Their teeth would be constantly cleaned and kept healthy from chewing on bones. Today, they live pretty cushy lives and depend on us.

The problem is that much of the packaged meals we provide our best friends may not necessarily be the best thing for them. Many will be lacking in needed nutrients. Some of the things seen as a result are dogs that develop chronic bad gums, teeth and breath, dry, lackluster coats, skin irritations, and a host of other concerns ranging from stomach upsets to diabetes and organ damage, including the kidneys, pancreas, heart and liver.

Of course, we are apt to cause problems for our pets by including table scraps and other human foods and treats. Here are a few things to avoid, even though it might be difficult to say no to those big, begging eyes. Start by eliminating fatty foods like gravies, bacon grease and candies. There are other foods that are toxic to animals and may have severe consequences when consumed, especially if in larger quantities.

That is not to say there are not some things we can share with our dogs that may be very good for their overall health. Some will argue the benefits of providing raw, homemade diets. First, always use common sense when handling raw meats. It is always best to freeze it first, then thaw in the fridge. Wash everything, your hands, the utensils, and the counter tops.

There are different camps regarding the feeding of raw foods to dogs. Some see more risks than benefits, however, it is an alternative to provide some variety for your pet a couple of times a week. Always remember to grind any bones though so there is not a risk of causing digestive obstructions and they get the needed calcium.

Speaking of different camps, probably the one regarding the dry versus canned is the most divisive. Understand, both are likely to have some level of added dyes, flavorings, or preservatives. These chemicals have been linked to many ailments and even some to certain cancers. It is almost necessary to have some preservative to prevent the contents from turning rancid. The dyes are mostly to make it more appealing to us. The artificial flavors to make it tastier for our pets.

If you are one that prefers the convenience of dry foods or kibble, look for those that list animal proteins as the main ingredient or is listed first. Try to find one with as few listed by-products as possible. Some are now using natural preservatives like Vitamin C or Vitamin E. These are also powerful antioxidants along with others like flavanoids. Whole grains are important and do your best to avoid getting dyes and other chemical additives.

Some are strong proponents that believe a healthy dog food would be that found in a can. One reason is the amount of moisture as opposed to dry or kibble. Another is the higher amount of proteins instead of carbohydrates. The third would be the fact that canned food is easier to digest. These three things can help prevent chronic dehydration, kidney and urinary tract problems, diabetes, obesity, and digestive problems.



by nature dog food

Dog Food Supplies

You must have heard of the working people but have you heard of the working dogs. You need to look at theWorking Dog Food, as they have to take the extra labor. Let us have a look at the working dogs at first. The first one is the farm dogs, grey hounds, security/guard dogs as well as the canine sports dogs.

We all know the sports dogs because of the agility as well as the quickness with which they work. This agility is due to the body, which they have got as a gift from the bogs. If you will have a look at the dog food supplies then you will find a lot of dissimilarities between the puppy dogs and the working dogs food. Just have look at all these foods and you will find a lot of dissimilarities between their compositions. Right now, we are not going to look at the Puppy Food but the working dogs food. The working dog foods must not contain the artificial colors, flavors as well as the preservatives. If you have seen your balanced diet then you should know that it should be hundred percent complete and this is what needed for the working dogs.

The working dogs are known for the glowing coat as well as the healthy skin and for that, they need the omega 3 as well as omega 6 fatty acids. It should contain the cereals such as rice and rice barns as it provides the protein to body. Their food should be digestible and it should contain a lot of amino acids. As far as the antioxidants are concerned, you should understand that it is necessary and all the working dogs should be getting them to get a boost. You should contact the American feed control council and they will let you know that what the nutritional requirements of your dog are. It can vary with the breeds and hence you need to buy the best quality as well according to the dog breed. You cannot just give the food of the bulldog to the Pomeranian and vice versa.



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What Do Dogs Eat

'Can dogs eat grapes?' This is probably one of the things you want to know about if you have a dog in your home that shows interests in the grapes you are eating. Unfortunately dogs cannot eat grapes as this fruit can be toxic or fatal for dogs.

Not so many do owners are aware that grapes or raisins when consumed by dogs in large amount can have dangerous effects on their pet. Black, green and red grapes are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. But what makes this delicious food more desirable is they have low calorie content. While grapes are good for human, these seemingly harmless fruit can however have some dangerous effects on your canine friend.

It is hard to resist giving your dear pooch some treats. Pet owners normally share whatever they eat with their dog. But pet owners should be aware that there are foods safe to human but potentially dangerous to dog's health. Some dog owners do not know that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs may be because it is a fairly new discovery. As a matter of fact, dog owners usually use raisins and grapes as rewards and treats when training their dog.

Though the component on grapes or raisins causing kidney failure in dogs is unknown, the possibilities of pesticides, heavy metals like lead and zinc and fungal contamination are ruled out. Dogs react in this fashion both to grapes grown commercially and those grown informally in the backyard. That being said, all grapes are dangerous to dogs whether fresh or dried and regardless of whether they are store bought or harvested from your own backyard.

Therefore, you should never feed your dogs with grapes or raisins and do not leave these food stuff out near your dog. According to vets, consuming even just two grapes can be fatal to the kidney of your dog and large amounts of it can be life-threatening. To sum it all up, you should keep your canine friend away from grapes or any other human foods that are found to be dangerous to them even if they good and healthy for humans to eat.

If your dog accidentally swallowed some grapes, you might want to know what you should do. If your dog has just recently eaten raisins or grapes, induce vomiting and give them activated charcoal. Vomiting is the first sign that your poor canine friend is in trouble so you might want to immediately give them activated charcoal after the vomiting occurred. To make your own activated charcoal, simply char a piece of toast until it is blackened and easily crumbles. Call your vet right away or take your pet to the nearest veterinary office.

Your veterinarian will keep your pooch on intravenous fluids for a period of at least 48 hours and will monitor their blood chemistry every day. Normal blood work after three days means that your dog is in a stable and safe condition. The best way to keep your dog out of trouble is to keep a watchful eye.



what do dogs eat

Puppy Food Brands

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    HEALTHY puppy/ adult dog food brands?
    I currently feed her California Natural but I looked on a couple dog food websites and it's a 3 star food.. I want 5-6 star foods.. Any healthy ones? (dry) and healthy treats? Make sure it's a GOOD BRAND under 50$. And for treats under 10$.

    Oops I forgot. My dog is a 8month old shih tzu pup. Make sure you say puppy formulas and adult formulas.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's probably the best kibble
      ~ Acana
      ~ Before grain
      ~ Orjien
      ~ Evo
      ~ Taste of the wild(TOTW)
      ~ Wellness core
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      Personally, I don't like dry or canned food. My BC get's a raw diet.
      The reason?
      A natural scrubbing and flossing action upon teeth and gums
      Clean, strong, white teeth and strong jaws
      Healthy, pink gums
      A reduction, or even elimination, of 'dog breath'
      Improved overall oral health
      Increased digestibility of meals
      Smaller, more compact, less smelly and completely biodegradable stools
      Greater bioavailability of naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes in raw, unground, uncooked meat, organs and bones.
      Mental, psychological and physical stimulation that increases vitality, while positively influencing your pet?s overall quality of life

      A prey model diet is one that is meant to resemble, as closely as possible, the diet that carnivorous canines and felines have evolved to eat, and have been eating, for many thousands, if not millions of years. It's a diet that is modeled on the kinds of whole prey critters that are consumed by our domestic dogs' and cats' wild counterparts - because physiologically speaking, our house pets are virtually identical to wild wolves and small wild cats. Our pets' teeth, stomachs and digestive tracts have been designed by nature to consume whole prey.

      Packs of wolves will hunt and bring down large ungulates, such as deer, caribou and bison. Individual wolves will hunt and eat smaller prey such as squirrels, rabbits, hares, chipmunks and other rodents, while small wildcats hunt and prey on small game such as reptiles, birds, fish, rodents and insects.

      All of these prey animals are made up of bones, organs, muscle meat, skin, hide/hair/feathers, fat and other connective tissue. In the average prey animal, the ratio of these parts is approximately:

      5-10% organs (1/2 of this amount is liver)

      10-15% edible bones

      80-85% muscle meat (and the rest of the critter)

      Since it's not generally practical for us to feed the exact prey animals our pets' wild counterparts hunt and feed on, the next best thing is for us to *model* our pets' diet on the ratio of parts found in wild prey, and to feed these proportions of whatever raw product is readily available to us.

      The important thing about prey model diet is that it involves feeding WHOLE foods, in as close to the way nature made them as possible, because this is what carnivores' teeth and digestive systems are designed to consume. One very important reason to feed whole, bone in raw meats to our carnivorous pets, is because of the effect they have on oral health. Gnawing, jawing, slicing, tearing, ripping and crunching through intact raw meat and bones does wonders to keep teeth clean and gums healthy. An unhealthy mouth with rotten teeth and gums can lead to a myriad of health problems, while a healthy mouth with clean teeth and strong gums is much more likely to be the gateway to a healthy body.

      Another important aspect of the prey model diet is that since it's generally not practical to feed actual wild prey to our pets, and instead we often must rely on food raised for human consumption, it's crucial that we provide as much variety in our pets' prey model diet as possible, to make up for the fact that commercially raised livestock does not contain the concentration and variety of nutrients that's present in wild prey.

      Unlike a prey model diet, BARF diets generally recommend feeding:

      ~ ground, not whole foods (which encourage gulping and provide no oral stimulation for healthy teeth and gums)

      ~ vegetables (which are not species appropriate foods for carnivores)

      ~ very bony body parts like necks, backs and wings (which contain a disproportionately high ratio of bone to meat)

      ~ supplements (which are unnecessary in a prey model diet because all requisite nutrients already exist in whole foods. The only caveat is that most commercially raised livestock is deficient in essential Omega 3 fatty acids, so some prey model raw feeders supplement with fish body oil if they are unable to feed raw fish)

      Prey model is the best way to feed our furry friends. It's based upon the way Mother Nature has been feeding her carnivorous creatures for generations

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      Add one:I preferably DON'T like blue,There's been multiple recalls and multiple dogs that haven't done well on blue, it also doesn't have enough meat.Just though I'd tell you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Large breed puppy food question (which brand)?
    Hi, I'm currently feeding my 4 month (Rotti/Bordeaux mix) Canidae ALS. She's doing "ok" on it, she gets eye gunk - still has mostly soft but formed stools - and poops 4 times a day.

    I've been reading up a little bit and was thinking about trying out Orijen Large Breed Puppy food. My only concern is the protein content (42%).

    I've read that to much protein for a large breed puppy can lead to future bone/skeletal problems, is this true? The last thing I'd want to do is possibly assist in her getting HD.

    Why would they make this food if it was going to hurt the dog later in life?

    thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      You should read Orijen's white paper on their site. The protein level is high, but it's not the protein level per se that's the problem for large breed puppies. Usually with high protein levels comes high calcium levels too. It's actually the calcium levels that are inadvisable for large breed puppies. Orijen has made sure to keep those levels low.

      I would trust Orijen. It's one of the few dog food companies that I actually buy food from when we don't feed our dogs their usual raw diet.

      Quoted from the FAQS on orijen's site:

      Q: IS ORIJEN SUITABLE FOR A LARGE BREED PUPPY OR DOG?

      A: YES. The main dietary concerns for large breed puppies and dogs are assuring appropriate calcium and energy levels in the food.

      CALCIUM: The ideal calcium content for large breeds is thought to be between 1.0 and 1.4% on an ?as fed? basis. It is believed that calcium in excess of 3% on a dry weight basis can predispose to significant skeletal abnormalities. When formulating for large breeds it is also important to keep in mind that certain vitamins (Vitamin D) can increase absorption of dietary calcium (to possibly excessive levels). ORIJEN is formulated to meet these calcium ideals.

      ENERGY: If too many calories are supplied and consumed on a daily basis, too rapid growth can result and the excess mass that must be supported on an immature skeleton can result in damage to skeletal tissue, with subsequent malformation and/or malarticulation of joints.

      There are 3 sources of energy in commercial pet foods; protein, fat and carbohydrate. ORIJEN is moderate in fat, high in protein and, importantly, very low in carbohydrate.

      Carbohydrate has no essential function in the body, and as it converts to sugar quickly and easily, carbohydrate is the most common dietary cause of excess weight. Restricting carbohydrate in the diet is ideal for promoting peak physical conditioning in all dogs, including large breed puppies and dogs.

  3. QUESTION:
    Good Brands Of Puppy food?
    For a miniature poodle puppy. Just tell me your best suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Wellness Small Breed is GREAT food, however as a puppy, I would go with wellness puppy until the dog is one year old - http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/product-details.aspx?pet=dog&pid=66

      you can find wellness at petco or persmart.

      Eagle Holistic Small and Mini Breed is great food too (they also make the puppy formula) - http://holisticselect.com/product.aspx?pet=dog&cat=5&pid=8

      You will notice there is no corn, wheat, fillers, dyes, or by-products in either one of these foods. These are the ingredients you want to stay away from as they are bad ingredients and are hard for your dog to digest.

      Stay away from ANY grocery store foods you see such as purina one, alpo, iams, ol' roy, purina dog/puppy chow, pedigree, chef michaels, beneful, etc (you mine as well feed your dog saw dust)

      Another important point is to NOT feed foods such as Iams, Science Diet, Eukanuba, Nutro, and Royal Canin....many people are fooled into believing these are high quality foods, and they are wrong (as well as MOST veterinarians unfortunately since veterinarians do not know much about proper dog food nutrition). All these foods are sold at a premium food price, yet the quality is mediocre. All you're paying for is the big name.

      Other good brands of dog food are legacy, chicken soup for the dog lover's soul, natural balance, evolve, taste of the wild, earth born, halo, nature's variety instinct, merrick, orijin, blue buffalo wilderness, california natural, innova, canidae (and these are foods you can easily find at a feed store such as agway, or most smaller pet stores).

      Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    Best kinda of dog food for puppy?
    my dog is a large breed and was wondering what a good brand of puppy food would be?

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of feeding puppy food, feed an all stages food.

      Explanation as to why puppy food is BAD for puppies, especially large breed pups: It contains WAY MORE protein than needed. It causes rapid growth, rapid growth then leads to future bone and joint problems. Feeding a high quality all stages food will promote a more desired slow growth, and thus lessen the chances of bone and joint problems later. Puppies should grow up slowly, not spring up like weeds.

      In my opinion "puppy" foods should only be fed to pregnant and lactating dogs who actually can use all that extra protein and calcium.

      Nothing you find at a grocery store is going to be a good food. High quality foods can be found at large pet store chains, or online. A couple of foods I like are Nutro Natural, Innova, Innova Evo and Cannidae.

      There are other high quality dog foods. Here's how to spot them:

      A high quality food will have little or no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy. These aren't very digestable for dogs, and are common food related allergens. Since you were seeing corn meal in the first few ingredients, those are not high quality foods. Foods list ingredients by content, with the ingredient it contains most of at the top.

      A high quality food will not contain BHT, BHA or Ethoxyquin, these are all chemical preservatives that have been linked to cancer.

      A high quality food will not contain by-products of any kind. Meat meals are ok as long as the source of the meat is listed, such as Chicken Meal.

      A high quality diet should have meat as at least the first ingredient., and be made from human grade ingredients. Foods that don't use human grade ingredients often get their ingredients from less than desirable sources, such as meat from animals that were diseased, or euthanized.

      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. And unlike kibble, raw diets actually do keep teeth and gums healthy. Kibble cleaning teeth is a myth, and you can see this by looking at the dental health of our pets today.

      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...

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best puppy food brand?
    we are getting a puppy and i want to know which kind of food to feed her

    • ANSWER:
      I feed Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul - Large Breed Puppy...it's a "4 star" food....see the links below for information on what to look for in a good quality dog food, and for reviews of some of the top brands...basically, if you can buy it in your supermarket (dog food), it's probably not worth feeding to your dog...

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a good brand of puppy food?
    I don't want to pay an outrageous amount for all natural puppy food but I want a good quality puppy food that is found at regular stores. What is a good brand?

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him a high-quality food, either a puppy food or an all-life-stages 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.

      If you are on a budget, Canidae and Chicken Soup are both high-quality foods that are very reasonably priced.

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      Here is what you want to look for in the ingredients of the 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.
      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".)

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      Here's a few good foods for puppies:

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

      Chicken Soup Puppy -
      http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/products/dogs/dry_food/puppy_formula/

      Innova Puppy -
      http://www.innovapet.com/products/default.asp?id=502

      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 (most are "all-life-stages" foods) - http://www.eaglepack.com/Pages/HS_Dog.html

      Solid Gold WolfCub
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=61&code=180

      Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken Puppy
      http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=2&code=110

      Drs. Foster & Smith Dry Puppy Food
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+8734+8960&pcatid=8960
      (this one is available at Target)

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      "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

  7. QUESTION:
    Puppy/Dog food brand suggestions?
    I'm looking for high quality dry food brands for the puppy phase and dog phase, thinking about adopting a puppy. I know some are expensive but I'm not trying to feed junk to my pup, I'm looking to get a doberman mix or a German shepherd mix so if the information can relate that would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      *Orijen Large Breed Puppy or any of Orijen's foods.
      *Acana Regional - all life stages food.
      *Wellness Core Puppy or any of Wellness Core's foods.
      *Go! Fit&Free Puppy or Go! Fit&Free Adult (same brand as NOW just higher quality, more protein)

      This are the better brands, high quality, high protein, no grain, few or no recalls.

      Some others food to consider that are high quality but have recalls often: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy Large Breed or any Blue Buffalo Wilderness food, Canidae Pure Elements, Innova (lots of recalls).

  8. QUESTION:
    what is a good puppy food brand?
    i need a good puppy food brand that can make my puppy grow fast

    • ANSWER:
      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/

  9. QUESTION:
    Best brand of puppy food?
    What is the healthiest/best food for a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Any food you buy at Wal Mart or the grocery store is usually not a good food. Read the labels, you want meat as the first ingredient. You don't want ANY fillers such as wheat or corn Gluten. I totaly disagree with the person who said Science Diet was an excellent food. Science Diet is sold at vets office and recommended by vets, and I have not a clue why. Read the ingredients, it is full of filelrs and glutens, and it is just as expensive as the really good dog foods. Solid Gold has a wonderful dog food for puppies. Check out this website, where they sell several good foods and list the ingredients. www.jbpet.com Good luck

  10. QUESTION:
    What is a healthy brand of puppy food?
    In the past I've bought Purina Pro Plan Puppy Chow. I ended up switching to Nutro Max Puppy Food which is more expensive, but seems to be healthier. We're getting a new puppy. I'd like to know if sticking with Nutro Max is a good idea, but if there's something healthier out there for my puppy, that will not break my wallet. I'm also wondering if anyone has tried the BARF (bone and raw food) diets, or cooking foods for their pets. I'm so confused as to what is safe and healthy for my puppy, and what is unhealthy. I'd like to make up my mind before bringing my new puppy home so she doesn't become the guinea pig in my experimentations with different foods. I'd really appreciate anyone's input. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Read the label on the dog food - if it has fillers (wheat, soy, corn) as the main ingredient stay away from it. If it is a meat or chicken or fish it should be a healthier option.

      If you can buy the food at the supermarket or petco, its probably not the best - you get what you pay for. Also, If you buy a cheaper food your dog may develop other problems like skin, intestinal etc.

      I always try to mix a tiny bit of salmon, chicken or meat into the pupies food - not an entire filet mignon - just a little taste.. This may save you a little money on food. Also cooked veggies are healthy to add too (green beans)

      I have had a good experience with Eagle Pack, Diamond and Solid Gold. We feed our two westies Eagle Pack puppy formula. Try finding a specialty pet supply store - they will have this kind of food or you can go to the websites of these suppliers and look for a local store.

      YOu can find some healthy dog recipies at this website too:

      http://www.thepoop.com/pooppantry/

  11. QUESTION:
    Puppy Food?
    Whats a good brand of puppy food?

    • ANSWER:
      The subject of dog and puppy food can be a matter of great debate! But really, some important things to think about when choosing a good food for your pup would be,

      Brand Names: Do not choose a generic type food, or foods that sell for unusually low prices.

      Never feed your puppy food for adult dogs, it will not have the nutrition that growing puppies need.

      You should stay away from foods that contain corn, wheat , glutens, or soy as main ingredients, these are hard for puppies to digest.

      Usually a good food will contain a form of protien in the first 5 ingredients.

      You do not have to buy the most expensive food for your pup, just be sure it is good quality.

  12. QUESTION:
    Changing a puppy's food.?
    OK, as I said in my last question, my 9 week old puppy has gas somethng terrible. I am fairly sure that it is a food related issue. I have another puppy, 14 weeks old, and two 3 year old Shih Tzus also. They are all eating the same food, which is Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy Formula. I have always feed Eukanuba to my dogs, and have never had a problem before. I understand that it has corn meal, which may be causing the problem.

    I have done some research on picking out a better food. (My vet says Science Diet, but i know he earns money, every time he sells some.) It seems that every brand out there says that they are the best. Does anyone have any experience with a similar problem? Can you tell me what worked for you?

    The other puppy is fine and the two adults are OK too.

    • ANSWER:
      Toy/small breeds should receive puppy food until they are a year old, medium/large breeds until they are 6-8 months old and Giant breeds never.

      Your adult dogs should NOT be getting puppy foods.They need to be getting a good quality adult food. Puppy food is far too high in proteins, calcium, etc for adult dogs unless they are pregnant or debilitated from illness, malnourishment etc.

      Eukanuba/IAMS, Science Diet, Pedigree, Purina Dog Chow and other "supermarket" brands are low quality foods..they all contain cheap fillers..corn, wheat, soy, beet pulp ... and by products. They contain very little meat protein. Dogs are designed to extract nutrition from meats not grains. It takes up to 3 times more of the low quality grain based foods for a dog to receive proper nutrition then it does a good quality meat based food. Corn and wheat aren't easily digestable, they are high allergens and they add very little nutritional value to foods. Soy is a major gas producer as well as a filler..beet pulp has no nutritional value and only serves to add unnecassary sugars to the diet.

      Dogs are designed to eat & process mainly meats. Foods fed to them should have more meat then grain.

      Some very good quality foods to consider:
      Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Wellness, California Natural, Solid Gold, Blue Buffalo, Innova, Timberwolf..just to name a few.

      Vets do most certainly get nutrition classes and they DO have to take classes however they are general classes that take in all species from cats to rats, dogs to hogs..the nutrition classes are NOT taught by any pet food companies nor are they sponsored by any pet food companies (including Hill's). Vets do NOT get perks or kickbacks or anything else for selling Science Diet (despite what Hill's would love to have everyone believe)or any other particular pet food.(I would love to have been give all this free food and incentives/perks that we all supposedly get when I was a struggling student in school with pets....I guess I should have attended their "Optional seminars" and maybe I would have.I bet one of our vets who just graduated from vet school 7 years ago would love to have had all those things too as would our new techs who have graduated within the past couple of years or our tech who is currently in vet school. I've worked in the vet field for 34 going on 35 years and I've worked for/with several vets and not one of them ever got anything from the sale of Hill's products.Every single vet clinic/hospital I know has to fight to get free samples of Science Diet just to give to clients..as for incentives/perks well gee... a coupon to each tech/vet twice a year that is only redemable on the largest bags they carry I guess could be called an incentive/perk, or maybe it's the tons of literature and literature holders they send or bring in to us throughout the year or maybe it's those Pizza Hut lunches they try to get us to hold once/twice a year so we can listen to theri reps rattle on on how great the food is. Vets have to buy the pet foods they sell just like any other business that sells pet foods. They buy wholesale just like everyone else and sell retail just like everyone else..no difference. I get so tired of the false info concerning vets & kickbacks etc on foods...

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of puppy food?
    I am getting a new puppy soon and am planning ahead to purchase all the necessary things to keep him comfortable. I have all the basic things, except food. I am worried about this one. I have always trusted the Pedigree and Purina brands, yet because of the recent dog food recalls of 2008, I have my suspicions on the legitimacy of the claims of various leading dog food brands. I am not only looking for healthy foods, but for brands which foods's primary ingredient is real meat or chicken products. I would really appreciate the help here!

    By the way, my puppy is a boxer.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I don't know about the BEST dog food. But I hear that Kirkland brand dry dogfood is a solid brand, affordable, and findable (if you have a costco card).

      I think Orijen is one of the top of the line (I hear it alot at least), but I would have no idea where to find that (no specialty dogfood places around here at least). But I've never used Kirkland personally.

      Here are a couple dogfood rating websites:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/kirkland-signature-dog-food/

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php/product/1733

      Just keep in mind that if you don't exercise your dog enough that too much protein can cause kidney failure (the same that a cheap brand of dogfood will cause from using euthanized animals in their product). Good Luck!

      P.S. I think this is the puppy version for the second one (The first one lumps them all together under the small dog rating)

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php/product/1030

  14. QUESTION:
    Switching puppy food?
    My puppy eats purina puppy chow and I just bought a new bag but I bought a different formula one. The brand is purina puppy chow total care nutrition.. is it okay to switch her food if it's from the same brand? Will she get sick if I suddenly just change it?

    • ANSWER:
      Now would be a great time to switch to a better quality food for your puppy. You need to change over slowly so it does not cause stomach upset mainly diarrhea. It should take a couple of week to make a change complete.

      What breed is your puppy? large breed puppies should eat a food that is made for the larger breeds that way they will have slow growth helping to avoid joint problems and things like hip dysplasia that the larger breeds are already prone to. Look for a food that is made for large breed puppies or all life stages. Also higher quality foods will have a named meat source listed first on the ingredient list, will not contain, corn, wheat or soy and not contain any food colors or chemical preservatives.

      Also dogs and puppies need to eat less of good quality foods, since they actually get more nutrition out of the food they are eating. Some good brands to try are Wellness Core, Taste of the Wild, Back to Basics, Orijen, Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

      I hope this helps and good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Best puppy food brand available at petsmart or petco?
    Petsmart and petco are my only options for puppy food for this next month, unfortunately. Can anyone tell me what the best brands are for a three month old border collie? And maybe a certain type of treat?

    • ANSWER:
      Petco and Petsmart carry most of the quality brands of dry dog food such as Blue Buffalo, Wellness Core, Canidae (not sure why ex_me said they don't), Merrick, Innova, Orijen, TOTW (although I think there is a recall on this one), Wilderness, etc.

      Just look for a puppy formula in one of those brands. There are other quality foods also. Just read the labels. Meat should always be the first ingredient, it should not contain any by-products, grains or fillers. Most of these manufacturers also have a treat line. Try a few and see what your pup likes best.

      ADD: @ Sammy - The Petco in our community does sell Canidae. I used to buy it from them and it's still offered today. I'm not picking on any certain brand of dog food since I realize at some time or other, most have had a recall. Just pointing out that TOTW and some other Diamond Brands are under a "current" recall.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best premium brand puppy food?
    I want to be able to feed my 8 week old chihuahua puppy the best food, I have been feeding him purina puppy chow but I've heard that the ingredients are bad and that I should be feeding it a premium brand like the ones they sell at pet stores, so I want to know which brands are good? I've been looking online at petsmart to try and find a good one.

    • ANSWER:
      Most of these people are recommending organic or hollistic foods. While it is generally a matter of personal preference, please keep in mind that these are fad foods that are only becoming popular for animals because their owners have a perception that organic is better -- not true! Brands like Purina and Eukanuba have been around for years and years and have had undergone extensive research and testing to provide the proper nutrition. Very little is known about the fad diets, so I would NOT recommend them. I have worked at a vet clinic for 7 years and feed my lab Iams brand food. Make sure you get a puppy formulation!

  17. QUESTION:
    Good puppy food?
    I am getting a new puppy in a few weeks, What is a good food for a puppy Dogue de bordeaux?

    • ANSWER:
      Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog (or in your case, either a puppy or all-life-stages) 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. 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's the best brand of dog food for puppies?
    What's the best brand of dog food for puppies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many dog foods on the market right now and most people are totally oblivious to healthy and unhealthy dog food. I used to be, but after looking into dog food and researching it I have completely changed my ways when it comes to dog food. All of the food in Wal Mart and most foods from other stores such as Petsmart are unhealthy garbage. Why? Because they either carry:

      ?Artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives,? all of these can cause cancer and several other health problems. Cancer is the #1 killer of cats and dogs.

      ?By-products,? they are the junk in meat that are not approved for humans to eat. Road kill, cancerous, dead, and dying animals are allowed as well.

      ?Fillers,? are corn, wheat, and soy products that virtually don?t have any nutrition in them. They pass right through. Which also makes your dog have to eat more food to feel full.

      Surely good dog foods such as Science diet, Eukanuba, Iams, Pedigree, and Purina don?t have any of those and are great to feed my dogs right? Wrong. These foods have most if not all of these terrible things.

      Here are the first ten ingredients of three of the so called best foods, which make up most of what your dogs eat and are the most important. The capitol words are the main things that are wrong in the ingredient lists.

      Purina adult complete nutrition- WHOLE GRAIN CORN, POULTY BY-PRODUCT MEAL, ANIMAL FAT preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), CORN GLUTEN MEAL, MEAT AND BONE MEAL, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest? (There is nothing good in that list at all)

      Eukanuba-Chicken, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCTS MEAL, CORN MEAL, GROUND WHOLE GRAIN SORGUM, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Rice, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed)? (Most of what you see are either fillers or by-products)

      Science Diet- GROUND WHOLE GRAIN CORN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, Soybean Meal, ANIMAL FAT (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Soybean Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Iodized Salt, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, ? (first ingredient is a filler followed by by-products and more fillers)

      Here is a list of both cat and dog well known foods and treats to stay away from-Fancy Feast, Alpo, Friskies,Mighty Dog, Dog Chow, Cat Chow, Puppy Chow, Kitten Chow, Beneful, Purina One, Purina ProPlan, DeliCat, HiPro, Kit?n?Kaboodle, Tender Vittles, Purina Veterinary Diets, MeowMix, Gravy Train, Kibbles ?n Bits, Wagwells, 9Lives, Cycle, Skippy, Nature?s Recipe, Milk Bone, Pup-Peroni, Snausages, Pounce, Pedigree, Waltham?s, Cesar, Sheba, Temptations, Goodlife Recipe, Sensible Choice, Excel, Hills Prescription Diets, Nature?s Best, Diamond, Ol?Roy, Iams, Nutro, Royal Canin.

      Here are some foods that I recommend- Timberwolf organics, Innova, California Natural, Evo, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the wild, Wellness, Merrick Before grains, Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul, Health Wise, Karma, Orijen. Plus there are many more great foods not listed. You have to look at the ingredients list of any food that you feed your dog. If it have any of the things listed as bad then immediately put it down.

      To show what a good healthy dog food looks like, here is the ingredient list of Taste of the Wild High Prairie- Bison, venison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, roasted bison, roasted venison, natural flavor, tomato pomace, ocean fish meal, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

  19. QUESTION:
    Curious about puppy food brands?
    Which is honestly the best food brand that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I'm driving myself nuts wondering. I've heard junk about Science Diet, is it true?
    Thanks, I'm going to feed her Nature's Recipe.

    My other question is, if she is on say Purina when we get her from the shelter, should we gradually switch over, but have both foods on hand, or just buy Nature's Recipe and give her that the first night?

    • ANSWER:
      Science Diet has introduced a couple lines that are better than the Original variety one is called Ideal Balance and the other is called Ideal Balance Grain free. I fed Science Diet original to my dogs before I decided to switch brands to Canidae lamb and rice but my dogs never were sick and they had nice coats and never misses a meal. I have been feeding the Science Diet Ideal Balance Chicken and Rice puppy to my 9 week old Shih Tzu and she is doing great. Science Diet is moving foreword and making their food better one step at a time.

      Canidae is a All Life Stage food not too expensive I feed it to all of my adults and my 2 puppies eat the Science Diet.

      http://www.petco.com/product/115550/Hills-Science-Diet-Ideal-Balance-Chicken-And-Brown-Rice-Puppy-Food.aspx?CoreCat=DogFFB_ScienceDiet

      http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12595429&lmdn=Brand

      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/lamb-and-rice/dry.html

      Most small feed and seed stores are cheaper than Pet-co and Pets-mart and offer tons of sample size bags and coupons for free.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is 'Maxximum' a good puppy food brand?
    My pups are starting to wean. I found this brand at walmart called "Maxximum". I haven't heard anything about it so I'm wondering how I should be reading in to these ingredients. They read just like this :

    "Fresh Chicken Is The #1 Ingredient, Contains Wholesome Rice, Made With Real Lamb, Soy-Free Formula, Calcium to Support The Development of Strong Bones, Antioxidant Vitamins and Minerals"

    Now, it *sounds* like what I'm looking for what with the meat and rice, no soy, and 'real lamb', but it also sounds sorta shady to me. I want the real meat kind. I don't want all the fillers and such. I know a lot of companies tend to know what their customers want to look for so they make their product sound great when it really isn't. So, is it the same in the dog food industry? Does anyone have any good experience with Maxximum or is it total crap?

    They'd have to say if they put in fillers and grains wouldn't they? Even in dog food they have to put all the ingredients. I've yet to see a dog food ingredient lable read quite like this.
    HOLY COW! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!! I had *completely* forgotten about the not one but TWO feed stores we have near my home. We don't have a petco or petsmart very close to us, but we do have two Guizardo's feed and supply (Or it's now american's feed and supply....they sell the horse stuff and cow stuff and DOG FOOD ~ The good quality stuff). I don't know how in the world I forgot that they sold dog food. You have just saved me a WHOLE lot of trouble and riggamarole. I know exactly what to get now.

    • ANSWER:
      Well there is your red flag right there, you bought it from Walmart. Not one single food from a grocery store or walmart has suitable nutrition for a dog.

      Do some research on this website http://www.dogfoodproject.com this is a great place to understand the differences between low quality and high quality dog food, including explaining the importance of certain ingredients, protein, fat, and calorie levels, dog food terms and what they mean.

      There are 4 key points to look at when deciding on a high quality dog food.

      1.Meat should always be the first ingredient, and it should be a whole meat like Chicken, Beef, or Turkey. NOT a meat meal, like ?chicken meal?
      2.Grain should be as far down the ingredients list as possible, and it should be a whole grain like barley, brown rice, or oatmeal.
      3.?meal? is okay in a dog food as long as it is a meat meal, like ?chicken meal? and not ?corn meal? Meat meal in a food is all the good leftover parts of a animal, like bone marrow, liver, heart, and some fats.
      4.You should NEVER see the words ?gluten? or ?by-product? in the food. Corn and wheat gluten is garbage filler. It has no nutritional value to it, and is in cheap dog food as a substitute for high quality protein. Chicken or meat by-products is all the rotten decaying left over animal parts such as beaks, feet, feathers, and unusable organs like intestines and stomachs.

      If the dog food you are feeding does not meet ALL 4 of these points, then you are feeding a low quality food and need to think about switching.

      Some big chain pet stores like Petco and Petsmart are starting to carry some higher quality dog foods. Pet Supplies Plus has several super premium dog food brands, and many of the small family owned pet stores do as well.

      Some of my favorite name brand super premium foods are:
      Innova
      EVO
      Californial Natural
      Orijen
      Wellness
      Taste of the Wild

      If you can?t afford the high quality foods, some good mid-grade, affordable foods are:
      Canidae
      Blue Buffalo
      Nutro Ultra
      Dick Van Patten?s Natural Balance
      Merrick

      It is important to stay away from all the grocery store brands and popular names brands you are used to hearing. Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, Pedigree, Proplan, Beneful are all very low quality foods that have multiple fillers and by-products in their formulas. These foods actually have very little usable nutritional value for a dog, which causes dogs to eat more on these foods so they can meet their body?s nutritional needs. Veterinarians will tell you these are good foods because the dog food companies pay the vets to say so, and vets only go through a short, very biased nutrition class while in school.

  21. QUESTION:
    Whats the best brand of puppy food?
    We just got a six week old black lab puppy. what's the best brand of puppy food that doesnt have all the fillers and unhealthy crap?

    • ANSWER:
      You want to avoid the big brand labels such as; pedigree, science diet, royal canin, kibbles and bits, gravy train, etc. these foods are all TERRIBLE.

      You want to look into high quality, grain free brands. Dogs being that they are carnivores cannot digest grains of any kind.

      Some high quality grain free brands:

      Orijen
      Acana regionals
      Taste of the wild
      Wellness core

      Here is Article that explains what Ingredients to avoid when buying pet food and why:

      http://www.bestcatanddognutrition.com/?cat=13

      Here are some more helpful articles:

      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/07/21/13-pet-foods-ranked-from-great-to-disastrous.aspx

      http://rawfed.com/myths/

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-grain-free-dog-foods/

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a good brand of wet puppy food?
    My puppy doesn't really seem to eat a lot of his dry food. He nibbles on it.. but doesn't really eat the whole thing. So sometimes my mom will cook him some regular burger meat and put it in his dry food. Then he'll pretty much eat everything in his bowl for dinner. (But we only feed that to him sometimes, and it's only for dinner when we do feed him the burger). We've been feeding him the same dry puppy food since we got him at 9 weeks old. It's Purina Puppy Chow. He'll munch on it here and there. But he won't actually eat all of it unless we put the "real" meat in it. So do you think it'll be a good idea to start putting wet food in his dry food? Would it be a good idea to switch over all together? He's 5 months old as of right now. So I feel like we should start mixing in some other puppy food with his Puppy Chow (dry food). Do you think that'll be a good idea? What brand is really good but won't be too expensive incase he doesn't like it?

    • ANSWER:
      What is a good brand of wet puppy food? Raw. Prey model raw is the absolute best thing you can feed your dog because it is biologically available and appropriate for him. Feeding raw is great for his health, teeth, coat, and fleas and parasites will be at a minimum. Dogs on raw are eager to eat their food and they also process it faster than kibble or processed foods.

      http://www.thewholedog.org/artcarnivores.html
      http://rawfed.com/myths/changed.html
      http://rawfeddogs.org/rawguide.html
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

  23. QUESTION:
    Is Blue Buffalo a good brand of puppy food?
    I have a 5 month old sheltie puppy

    • ANSWER:
      its funny that i stumbled across this question as i just a month ago switched my 5 month old pit bull over to this. He was eating purina pro plan, which in my opinion is garbage, and his stool was soft and he was going often. I spent over two hours at my local petsmart reading every lable, of every puppy food in the store, and what i found out was amazing.
      For some reason people think eukanuba is the best around, but the truth is that its just one step above purina, or iams....science diet is garbage as well....they both contain by products, and corn, and too much of it......
      wut i did discover is there are 3 satisfying puppy foods i would recommend. Blue Buffalo is my number one choice, followed by Innova; but thats not available at petsmart; and also authority has a new line of puppy food that has low amount of corn in it, but otherwise very good at a very reasonable price.
      Whatever you chose to feed your puppy, make sure its puppy food because they need more protein than adult dogs do. Read the label and you will see a good quality puppy food will contain about 24-30% protein, and ideally 12-16% fat, with no fillers or by products.
      good luck, and enjoy your new friend

  24. QUESTION:
    Chihuahua puppy food?
    I am getting a chihuahua puppy next week that wont get over 4 lbs and I was wondering what is a good brand of food to buy for her. Thanks

    • 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 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, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing these 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: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, 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://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community, excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions)
      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.

      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~

  25. QUESTION:
    Is ProPlan a good brand of puppy food?
    I am thinking of feeding my YorkiePoo puppy ProPlan small breed puppy food. Has anyone had any experience with this brand, good or bad? Is this a good puppy food? I'm not going to spend 50$ per bag on like royal canine or anything, but I also don't want to feed him crap. Thank you!
    eyepiece- your link doesn't work, and I'm not sure how that answers my question
    byb's always lie- Thank you, but why is it low quality?
    Thank you guys for answering more thoroughly! (idk how to spell that)

    • ANSWER:
      "But, reading further down, this food does not contain enough meat for a dog, "

      W R O N G ! !
      It only means that there are fewer KINDS of meat, it in no way implies how much meat there is. Fewer kinds of meat can actually be a good thing.
      One of the bad things about how ingredients are listed for dog foods is that there are no percentages given by ingredient. So that first ingredient COULD only be 1% of the total if enough ingredients are listed, or it could be 99% of the total if only a few ingredients are listed.

      Pro-Plan IS NOT a low quality food. Some may choose not to use it because of this ingredient or that, but that in no way implies that it is low quality.

      Since the link was posted, there isn't one ounce of science behind "dogfoodanalysis", the site is nothing but a bunch of biased opinions.

      Do I use Pro-Plan Puppy food? No, I don't.

  26. QUESTION:
    Best brand of puppy food?
    Hi!
    I'm getting a purebred (registered breeder etc) King Charles Cavalier Spaniel puppy in the next couple of weeks but am wondering what is going to be the best brand of food to feed her? I'm not entirely impressed with the food they're currently feeding her (grain based) so have got my options down to:
    1. Evo Dog Small Bite
    2. EaglePack Puppy Small/Medium BReed
    3. Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural (the one I'm leaning towards)
    4. Earthborn Holistic Puppy Advantage
    5. Innova Puppy

    These are all dry dog foods... As far as wet goes I was just going to provide her with regular raw meaty bones and the like. I would LOVE to make my own food for her but I'm just not confident enough to do it which is why I'm considering the above foods.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Please look into feeding an all-raw diet.

      Some are concerned about bacteria and parasites in raw, but the stomachs of dogs are highly acidic, able to liquefy raw meat/bones.

      Canines are designed to handle parasites and large amounts of unhealthy bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. Raw fed dogs will have a strong immune system able to handle any viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection.

      Dog food decreases the acidity of your dogs' digestive system, so mixing dog food and raw meat is often a bad idea. Also, feeding raw bones is critical. They can't be cooked because cooked bones can splinter and cause injury/death. Raw bones are much more pliable and easily digested.

      Many vets recommend a kibble-based diet despite the inadequate nutritional value.. A small reason for this is that they can earn about 20% of their revenue from pet food sales and manufacturer kickbacks. The main reason, however, is because they receive about 2 weeks worth of training on animal nutrition, and guess who the teacher is? A representative from a pet food manufacturer.

      The pet food industry earns over billion annually in the US. Huge profit margins are gained by use of the cheapest ingredients possible.

      A major ingredient in dog food is grain, such as corn, wheat, or soy. These are indigestible to dogs. They are literally the floor scrapings from mills that process these grains for human food. They can even include cardboard. This causes large, bulky stools, or at it's worst, causes bloat, diabetes, bowel problems, etc.

      Vitamins and minerals are added because they have been cooked out of dog food. Other ingredients are artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Colors are added to make it look good to us, but unfortunately they may be toxic and lead to kidney/liver problems and cancer.

      Compare the ingredients of a low quality dog food to a high quality dog food. The first ingredient may be some variety of meat. Maybe it's actually "meat" or "meat meal". "Meat" is a protein source that comes from rendering plants that process slaughter house leftovers, road kill, and dead animals from animal shelters and vet offices.

      They then sell the material to livestock feed and pet food manufacturers. Not only is it unbearable to think of our dogs as cannibals, bear in mind that the soduim pentobarbital used in euthanization is not eliminated in the rendering process.

      Today the pet food industry earns billions, yet faces countless lawsuits from owners who's animals were made sick/killed by their products.

      Also on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dog+food+truth&oq=dog+food+truth&gs_l=youtube.3..0l3.806.7052.0.7199.25.19.4.0.0.0.351.2402.7j8j2j1.18.0...0.0...1ac.1.Bia1siSf85k

  27. QUESTION:
    Puppy Food.?
    Right now my puppy is on Purina puppy food. It seems to be one of the cheapest types in the pet store. What is the best Puppy/Dog food for my dog that is reasonably priced? Why do you think that type is the best? What do you base your answers on? Also please note that i cannot afford the most expensive food.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone will have a different opinion on their 'favorite'. (Some quality foods are: Chicken Soup brand, Innova, Merrick, Solid Gold, Canidae, Timberwolf, Orijen, Wellness, etc..)

      GOOD FOODS:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=8&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=8&ppuser=
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=3&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=3&ppuser=
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=4&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=4&ppuser=
      BAD FOODS:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=5&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=5&ppuser=
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=6&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=6&ppuser=
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=7&stype=1&si=puppy&perpage=12&sort=8&stype=&limit=&cat=7&ppuser=

      ---

      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

      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.

      It may seem like quality foods cost more, but in the end, it evens out. With a high-quality food, you don't have as many fillers. Also, with a high-quality food, your dog will eat less and poop less. So while that bag of higher-quality dog food looks expensive, your monthly feeding bills won't increase much.

      ---

      When switching foods, do it slowly. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    Puppy food?
    We're getting a puppy soon and we just wanted to know the right brand to give to our puppy? Whats is the best brand of food to give to a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't mention what type of dog it will be, so I can't give an exact answer. (Large breed puppies require lower protein puppy foods so they don't grow too fast.)

      Here is a list of high-quality foods that appropriate for puppies. (some foods are more appropriate for small-medium breed dogs, and some foods are more appropriate for large breed dogs, and some go either way).

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

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

      Innova Puppy -
      http://www.innovapet.com/products/default.asp?id=502
      or
      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 Small breed puppy -
      http://www.artemiscompany.com/products_detail.asp?product=small_breed_puppy
      or
      Artemis Medium/Large breed puppy -
      http://www.artemiscompany.com/products_detail.asp?product=breed_puppy

      Blue Buffalo puppy -
      http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/lp-puppy-chick.shtml
      http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/lp-puppy-lamb.shtml
      or
      Blue Buffalo Large Breed puppy -
      http://www.bluebuff.com/products/dogs/lp-large-puppy-chick.shtml

      If you're on a budget, the Chicken Soup and Canidae brands are probably your best bets. Those are very reasonably priced foods.

      === === ===

      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
      .

  29. QUESTION:
    what is the best dog food brand for a shih tzu puppy?
    i want to get a proseries puppy. but i heard that eukanuba is also a good brand. im not pretty sure what im going to give my shih tzu pup. any suggestion?

    • ANSWER:
      The very best food for your dog is a raw diet, such as B.A.R.F.
      If it's a kibble or canned food you're looking for, one of the best readily available foods around is Wellness. This brand can be found at any pet store worth its salt. It is not cheap, but none of the quality foods are.
      When choosing a dog food, look for:
      - An identified real meat source as the first ingredient. For example look for "chicken", "lamb", "fish", etc. Skip anything that lists "meat" or any unidentified source, this can be just about anything, including dog and cat meat or road kill.
      - At lease one more identified meat ingredients in the following 3 ingredients. These are often meals or by-products, which are fine, as long as they're not the first ingredient.
      - No corn, wheat, or soy.
      - No artificial anything.
      - Made in the USA. (I think Canada is safe too, avoid China.

      Other good foods to consider are:
      By Nature Organics, Innova EVO, Blue Buffalo, and Canidae.

      Brands that are often recommended by those who don't properly research include Iams, Eukanuba, Hills, (Science Diet,) or any other brand you're likely to find at your grocery or discount store. These foods are filled with all sorts of things that are not good for your pet, and poor diet is blamed for all sorts of kitty problems, including cancer.

  30. QUESTION:
    good puppy food?
    since realizing that purina pro plan is not a very good puppy food i have been looking for new ones. i found the wellness core which i heard is very good but what do you all recommend for pups?

    • ANSWER:
      There's lots of good foods out there. Wellness is one. Also Innova, Orijen, Solid Gold, Candiae, Timberwolf Organics are a few examples. You need to find the food that your puppy does well on and stick with it. Some foods just don't agree with a dog even though it's a very good brand. My dogs couldn't tolerate Wellness for some reason, but did really well on Innova.

      When you do change food, you need to do it gradually so your puppy doesn't get diarrhea. Ideally, the complete change should take about 10 days. You start off with about 10% of the new food, and gradually increase it every day until the change is done.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is a good brand of dog food for chihuahua puppies?
    in a few weeks i am getting a puppy and he just a few weeks old so what is a good brand of dog food for chihuahua puppies?

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on the new puppy! I'm glad you are interested into giving the best possible dog brands you can get your Chihuahua. Watch out , for dog food brands that have corn , soy , other cheap fillers and ZERO meat source! Also , avoid brands that are cheap to the bone like kibbles n' bits , O'lroy , Pedigree and other supermarket brands. I feed my dog Pure Balance it has REAL chicken and or lamb , No corn or soy and it cost's only and to my suprise it was from O'lroy I searched up the dog food brand & it is 4 star dog food. Another good cheap dog food that I buy is named , " Rachael ray nutrish" my dog loves it better than Pure balance and it is . Other dog brands are the below!

      Best 5-Star Dry Puppy Foods
      Acana Dog Food (Dry)
      Acana Regionals Grain-Free (Dry)
      Amicus Dog Food (Dry)
      Annamaet Grain Free (Dry)
      Back to Basics Dog Food (Dry)
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness (Dry)
      Brothers Complete Advanced Allergy Care (Dry)
      Brothers Complete Dog Food (Dry)
      By Nature Organics (Dry)
      Canidae Single Grain Protein Plus (Dry)
      DNA Dog Food (Dry)
      Dr. Harvey?s Oracle Dog Food (Dry)
      Dr. Tim?s Dog Food (Dry)
      Dr. Tim?s Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
      Earthborn Holistic Grain Free (Dry)
      Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural (Dry)
      Evanger?s Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
      EVO Dog Food (Dry)
      Go! Fit and Free (Dry)
      Great Life Grain Free (Dry)
      Holistic Blend Grain Free (Dry)
      Horizon Legacy (Dry)
      Infinia Dog Food (Dry)
      Innova Prime Grain Free (Dry)
      Merrick Classic Dog Food (Dry)
      Merrick Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
      Nature?s Logic (Dry)
      Nature?s Variety Instinct (Dry)
      Nature?s Variety Instinct Raw Boost (Dry)
      Nutram Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
      Nutrisca Dog Food (Dry)
      Orijen Dog Food (Dry)
      Pinnacle Peak Protein Formula (Dry)
      Pioneer Naturals Grain Free (Dry)
      Primal Freeze-Dried Formula (Freeze-Dried)
      Tuscan Natural Carne Dog Food (Dry)
      Victor Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)
      Wysong Archetype Buffet (Dry)
      Wysong Epigen (Dry)
      Young Again Dog Food (Dry)

  32. QUESTION:
    What dry puppy food brand do you recommend and why?
    Bischon/shitzu 3 pound puppy 10 weeks old

    • ANSWER:
      Diamond Puppy. I have been using it over 10 years and it is the best I have ever used. My puppies get really bad skin problems on other foods, along with dull coat, slower growth for their age, and overall not as healthy as they should be if I use a different brand.
      Diamond puppy has omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, excellent protien content, oils, vitamins, chelated minerals, good fat content, and DHA. Every thing puppies need for correct growth, and development.
      It is the only brand I will use now.

  33. QUESTION:
    When can my sheltie start eating puppy food !?
    Hay,
    I have a Female Sheltie, and she will be turing 8 months, in about 10 days.
    When can she start eating adult food.
    *And she is on Puppy Iams.

    • ANSWER:
      Puppy food is generally recommended for the first year (according to most bags!), but at 8 months, I'd say you could start to transition.

      Also, I'd recommend switching away from the Iams. Iams has a lot of fillers. There are a lot of higher-quality brands out there that are much better - Wellness is my recommendation, but there are also things like California Natural, etc. It's more expensive, but dogs tend to need less of them to get their required nutrients because they don't contain any fillers. When choosing a dog food, read the labels - look for foods that contain more meat and less grain. No corn! Also, avoid words like "by-product" or anything just called "meat." You want a named meat - "chicken" rather than "poultry by-product."

      Also, since you have a Sheltie - some shelties are very sensitive to certain foods. I had a Sheltie with very severe allergies who basically had to eat simple foods with ingredients like "lamb and rice." Lamb and rice, period, end of ingredients. Look for simple foods that contain whole, natural foods.

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

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the best puppy food brands?
    I have a 4 month old Doberman Puppy, and I want to know what are the best puppy food brands I can buy at Petco or Petsmart. The price doesn't matter at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to this link
      http://www.bluebuffalo.com/dog-food-comparison/test-results
      I use blue for all of my dogs. They have large varieties for dogs who need special food and they make food for dogs of all ages and sizes. They are a wonderful brand that has no by products and is real. That link should help :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Best puppy food brand?
    i have two pomeranians (3mo, 6mo) and im now feeding them Natural Balance grain free which is for all ages.
    but My vet suggests to feed them puppy food until they are 1yo.
    so im searching for some good puppy food brand.
    price doesnt matter, please suggest healthy, nutritious puppy food :) thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Blue buffalo is the only one I can think of that I know. pretty much any dog food that has the first ingredient to be 26-29% protien of chicken, beef, ect any meat really. you also want puppy food that contains vitamin A B and D. your pup needs fats, calcium, phosphate, fiber, zinc, ect. Doesn't hurt to give your pup veggies either. Well I'm not a Vet but if you want your puppy to grow to it's best I would suggest feeding it puppy food intill it I'd year n 1/2 and slowly start switching it's food to adult dog food. (: hope I helped

  36. QUESTION:
    Recommended Puppy Food...?
    I'm wondering what brand of food is good for my dog as
    the puppy food I have now is running out. I like whats
    best for my puppy's health . And if you want , some
    good treats?

    By the way my puppy is a male chihuahua whose
    birth day is November 19 , so it's about 2 1/2 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      taste of the wild , pedigree and other name brand foods are mostly fillers , taste of the wild will last you longer because it is a no grain hi protien hi quality fat food . good treats for your dog..carrots , green beans, blueberries ,yams...but as a puppy , simply use its own food , it will be easier on its stomach an all it really cares about is the fact that its getting something to eat

  37. QUESTION:
    is purina puppy chow a good brand of puppy food?
    or is there a better brand also it would be for a yorkie

    • ANSWER:
      No, it really is not. Its among the worst... It has less animal protein than even Walmart's generic Ol' Roy. Just look at the ingredients; Corn and corn gluten are the primary ingredients, chicken byproduct meal is the closest thing to animal protein in the food. Corn in general is a very good indicator of a terrible dog food... if its in the food, keep looking. Many of the ingredients in Purina are just fillers that bulk of the food and have little nutritional value and in some cases are unhealthy. The first ingredients listed in a food are the main ingredients: you need to look for meat or meat meal (chicken, beef, turkey, fish, etc) as top ingredients.

      The "science" involved in formulating foods like Puppy Chow has nothing to do with making the ideal food to help your dog thrive, its goal is to find the cheapest way to make a food that will keep your dog alive. They didn't think-up the idea of doing food testing on dogs using corn to see if corn was a superior replacement for chicken--they already know meat is the ideal. They test these alternatives to the ideal to see just how many quality compromises they can make before it kills the dogs. It comes down to cost/ profit/ benefit /risk economics... I've been in the Purina labs several times and have seen some amazing (and freaky) things their scientists are able to do with animals... But its all about maximizing profit not bettering our pets. That's all well and good when you're talking about livestock, but when it comes to my pets, they are family and I want to give them what is ideal or as close as I can get.

      Orijen is a great kibble (first 5 ingredients are quality meats)... Solid Gold and Innova are other examples of good brands. FYI, they cost more, but you feed much less kibble because they are more nutritionally dense (less fillers, more calories, easily digestible protein, etc). These foods are usually marked at "Ultra Premium," "All Natural," or "Holistic" foods in pet stores. The Whole Dog Journal puts out a great list of quality dog foods, start with that and narrow them down from there.

      An even better option is home prepared food. And the very best option is a RAW diet.

      You're off to a great start by looking past the TV commercials and wanting to know what is good for your dog! Hope all goes well!

  38. QUESTION:
    How can i Change My Puppys Food Brand To Another?
    As of now my puppy is eating Purina Puppy Chow. And i've been seeing that Pedigree is Much better!
    which brand is better overall??

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,

      Both brands are really bad in my opinion, its one of those "commercial dog food brands." However, if your puppy is doing fine on Purina, I would stick to it since a dog can't cope with switching foods a lot like us humans. I had a Contact on Y!A who said his dog got killed by Purina. Pedigree is low quality because it has low quality grain products. Have you ever considered switching your dog to a BARF diet or Canidae or Orijen? I would recommend going to www.dogfoodanalysis.com to see what are great dog food brands and the worst. Pedigree and Purina are 1 star dog food brands.

      Good luck!

      ???????????????
      Remember, if you are going to switch dog food brands, do it gradually. Dogs can't really cope to switching foods like I said above. Since I don't want to be a stealer, you can go to the website on how to change your dog's food:http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/how-often-should-i-change-foods.html

  39. QUESTION:
    What food brand should i feed my puppy?
    Their are so many different kinds of puppy brands out there, I am just confused on what brands are good. I know Purina puppy chow is not the best, and right now my 6 1/2 month old Labrador mix is currently eating Nutro ,Large Breed Puppy Lamb Meal & Rice Formula. he kind of likes it, the only way he eats is when i wet the dog food and heat it up.

    • ANSWER:
      Kirkland is much better food the Science Diet and Pro-Plan.

      Kirkland is an 'okay' brand, especially for the price if you're on a tight budget.

      Blue Buffalo and Canidae are both good foods. (Canidae is better than Blue Buffalo. I would say Blue Buffalo is 'good', and Canidae is 'excellent'.)

      My personal top food choices are Merrick and Canidae. My dog does excellent on those foods, but not all dogs thrive on the same foods.

      ---

      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 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

      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, 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

      ---

      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
      .

  40. QUESTION:
    Whay is the best dog food brand for a puppy?
    What is the best dog food brand for a 3 month old puppy! Iam giveing my'n science diet. Is that good

    • ANSWER:
      What type of puppy do you have? His size will play a factor in what sort of puppy food he will need. For example, if your puppy is a large breed dog, it is important to feed him a large breed food since large breed formulas have high levels of glucosamine and chondroiton to help keep big dog joints healthy. They are also formulated to control the growth of a large breed puppy so he doesn't get too big too fast and put unnecessary strain on his joints.

      If your puppy is a small breed puppy, small breed dogs also have special needs. Small breeds sometimes prefer a smaller kibble and have higher energy needs than big dogs because they have to work harder to get around with their small little legs.

      Even if you have an average or medium size dog, the puppy food you choose will affect the health, growth and brain development of your puppy. For example, Natural Choice Puppy formulas are formulated with ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) from fish oil, a proven nutrient for brain development. Research shows that puppies naturally convert ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) to DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) to help support better learning.

      Natural Choice Puppy formulas also contain no chicken by-products and no ground yellow corn that are difficult for your puppy to digest and can cause dry skin, hair loss, diarrhoea, vomiting and more poop.
      Premium dog foods do not contain these ingredients, so check your Science Diet ingredient list.

      I've attached links to these foods so you can read more about them, see what they look like etc :)

      Enjoy your new pup!

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro

  41. QUESTION:
    Is Nutra Nugget a good food brand for my puppy?
    I have a 3 months old terrier and i just got Nutra Nuggets dry food. I want to ask if its a good brand of food and if its safe to feed my dog from it or it has some problems.
    Thanks a lot for all your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      No. The first two ingredients are: chicken by-product meal and whole grain ground corn. Two things that should NEVER be in dog food.

      You want to find a puppy food that has meat or meat meal as the first couple ingredients, by "meat or meat meal" I mean, chicken, chicken meal, salmon, salmon meal, etc. I also prefer to use a grain-free food, as it is easier to digest.

      You have lots of grain free high quality options: Wellness Core Puppy, Merrick Grain-Free (for puppies and adults), Acana Regionals (for puppies and adults), Orijen Puppy, Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy, Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free (for puppies and adults).

      Some slightly lower quality (still much better than Nutra Nuggets but not all grain-free): Halo Spot's Stew Puppy, Organix Puppy, Wellness Small Breed , Nature's Variety Prairie Puppy, Merrick, Kirkland Dog Food, PC Premier Grain-Free.

      Switch foods slowly, over 10-14 days. Some diarrhea can occur for the first couple weeks, this is normal if it isn't serve.

  42. QUESTION:
    What's the best brand of puppy food and why?
    We are currently feeding our 10 week old Science Diet- Healthy Development food. I've been advised that many brands are full of fillers and other "not good" stuff.
    What's you opinion?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My opinion is that you should feed your dog what is within your budget, the best within that budget that you can afford, that the dog will eat.

      Being married with no kids and both of us working full-time and our pets are the only dependants, we can afford higher quality then say, a single retiree on a pension with 3 or 4 dogs to feed.

      The basic rules I follow with dog foods in terms of quality are the following:

      1. A named meat should be the first and/or second ingredients
      2. It should have no meat/named meat "by-products"
      3. No corn, wheat or soy. Dogs can't digest these very easily and they are pure filler, dogs pull little to no nutritional content from these ingredients, and many breeds have a tendency for wheat and soy allergies (my dog is allergic to wheat).
      4. No BHA or BHT preservative
      5. No artificial colours or flavours

      If you can afford it, there are many completely grain-free foods for dogs on the market that are great quality, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to feed a great quality food. There are many mid-range priced brands that offer great nutrition, and follow these basic rules for good quality food. There are many more rules you could follow, too, but again, your budget will be the main dictator of your dog food selection.

      I personally feed my puppy Blue Buffalo Small Breed Puppy. We also tried him on Wellness Just for Puppy but he wouldn't eat it (he actually spit it out). He is a toy breed, so completely grain-free isn't a good choice for his activity level.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can I change my puppies food brand?
    I have a black toy poodle ans I have given her the same brand for over a year can i give her another brand will she accet it

    • ANSWER:
      Yes but any time you cange brands do it gradually, over a couple of weeks time. Mix a little of the new in with the old and every couple of days increase the new, decrease the old till she is eating all new. Hopefully you are switching to a good brand. All pet food is NOT created equal. Look at the ingredients lists. Meat (not meal) of some type should be the first ingredient. There should be no corn, wheat or by-products. Innova, Wellness, Orijen & Merrick are a few of the good brands out there.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is nutro natural choice brand puppy food any good?
    I haven't been able to find a lot of info on this brand online. Right now i'm feeding the small bites oatmeal, chicken, and rice formula to my 9 week old miniature american eskimo dog puppy. He seems to be doing well on it, but does anyone reccomend this brand for my pup?

    here's the ingredients:
    Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Flavors, Oatmeal, Menhaden Fish Oil (source of DHA), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Dried Egg Product, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Chondroitin Sulfate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro is a low medium end dog food plus it's had a lot of issues with contamination and recalls. I wouldn't trust it.

      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 dump cheap leftovers in. 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.

      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!

      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.

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually, 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.)

  45. QUESTION:
    What's a healthy puppy food brand thats affordable?
    Ok so i got my puppy from a breeder and they've been feeding him Purina Puppy Chow and i did some research and its horrible! So I'm planning to switch him (slowly) to a better food. So what are some good brands that are healthy BUT cheap? :)

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy high quality food doesn't come cheap. Canidae grain free Pure is an all life stages food and is pretty cheap for its quality. Where I live it's about for a 30 pound bag.
      Other good foods are Orijen and Acana (my two favorites), Before Grain, EVO, Innova, Nature's Variety Instinct, and Wellness/Wellness CORE.

      Orijen: http://Orijen.ca/

      Acana Grain Free: http://www.championpetfoods.com/acana/products.php

      Wellness/Wellness CORE: http://wellnesspetfood.com/dog-wellness.aspx

      EVO: http://www.naturapet.com/brands/evo.asp

      Nature's Variety Instinct: http://www.naturesvariety.com/Instinct/dog/all

      Before Grain: http://www.merrickpetcare.com/store/bg_dry_dog_food_1.php

      Canidae Grain Free Pure: http://www.canidae.com/dogs/grain-free-als/dry-morePURE2.html

  46. QUESTION:
    What brand of puppy food does your puppy like?
    We've been feeding our puppy "Iams: Proactive Health: Smart Puppy" food, which she seemed to like when we were mixing it with her old food (the one the breeder gave her) to help her tummy adjust to the new food. But now that the old food is gone and it is just the Iams, she doesn't seem to like it.

    If we could, we would simply buy the old food that the breeder had, but it was at her local co-op store five hours away.

    What brand do you prefer / does your puppy like?

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy your food at www.wag.com. They have I think 278 brands of dog food. They deliver it to your house via UPS. The prices are great and for the first 3 months there is free shipping. I was using Iams too. For 15 years now. My dog is a senior and he will not go near the Iams senior dog food. I ordered some Orijen from wag and I got it the next day. My dog loves it and Orijen has never had a recall. I just got the food today. Look it up online and you will be amazed at the wonderful things in the ingredients.

  47. QUESTION:
    x-large puppy...puppy food or large dog breed food? and what brand do you prefer?
    I heard that puppy food is a no no when it pertains to large breed puppies (in my case, x large)

    soooo... question is, which choice is best when feeding a large breed puppy...... puppy food, large breed food or adult food.

    Also, which brand is "the best" when it comes to dog food? (especially one that is close to a raw diet as possible without being raw)

    I heard blue buffalo is a good choice.

    thanks:)
    see, iv'e considered taste of the wild but i heard it was not a good brand due to high protien content? I haven't done research on that so I don't know much about it.

    • ANSWER:
      No puppy food for a puppy such as a Great Dane, not because of the protein but because of the calcium. It use to be thought that high protein was a problem but many studies have proven that it is not the case as long as the protein sources are "good" proteins from meats and not "bad" proteins from grains. Dogs are carnivores and designed to process meats & meat proteins not grains.

      *******Giant breed puppies should NOT be fed a puppy food including large breed...this has been proven over & over by people very knowledgable in giant breeds and their nutritional & growth requirements. Be ware of people who tell you to feed a giant breed a puppy food.********

      Taste of the Wild is a good food to consider along with several others such as Canidae ALS, Wellness Super5 Mix, Solid Gold, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul large breed adult or regular adult, California Natural, Innova, Merrick just to name a few

  48. QUESTION:
    puppy food??
    my puppy is four months old and i adopted her from the local pound last week. i don't think that she likes her puppy food (iams smart puppy), but i don't know what people is okay to feed a puppy. i think that the reason she doesn't like the food is that it's too hard. i tried mixing in water to make it softer, but that upset her tummy. the vet also said that she needs to gain about 10 pounds. does anyone have any ideas on some good quality people or puppy food that i can feed her??
    and don't say dumb stuff like "feed her bacon grease"
    Thanks! my puppy appreaciates you.

    • ANSWER:
      Once your pup starts eating regularly, she should start steadily putting on weight.

      Iams puts out the appearance of being quality, but in reality, it really isn't. Here is a review that looks at the ingredients in it:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=146&cat=all

      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..)

      ---

      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.)

      My puppy's diet right now is Merrick puppy food mixed with Innova EVO 95%. Mixing some wet with the dry may help you as well, because dogs go by smell more than by taste, so if you add some wet food to the dry, it will make it more appealing for the dog. (I tend to only add a little bit of wet, because the dry is better for their teeth, so I want to keep it crunchy. However, since you're just trying to get her to eat better at this point, you can add more wet than normal, then slowly wean her off of it later.)

      ---

      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

      ---

      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 slowly. 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

  49. QUESTION:
    Best supermarket brand of puppy food?
    My mum and dad have taken my sister to the Sydney Royal Hospital for 2 weeks which is where they will stay whilst my sister will being her treatment for her blood disease. Anyway, my grandma is looking after me these 2 weeks but she can't drive. The closet shops that we live near and can walk to is IGA (we live in Canberra). So I was wondering, what the best brand of canned puppy food that I could buy for my 5 month Toy Poodle? Thanks. And no, Coles and Woolies will take like an hour or more to walk too. The only shop I have access to is IGA. :D

    • ANSWER:
      The best would be whatever you normally feed her - if you didn't bring any with you, maybe try getting some chicken mince, and mix it with a little dried kibble (for teeth). I don't ever feed tinned foods - too sloppy - but if you must I know heaps of little dogs around here who love "My Dog" and at 5 months probably a puppy food from a reputable company will do until you get home. Don't stress about dog food at this time - despite what many people think NO dog food company is out to kill it's customers! Sure there are worse and better foods - as there are for people, just get what you can for now. I hope your sister's treatment is successful for her and good luck to you and your family.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can I do this for my brand new puppy? (food related)?
    We just adopted a puppy a few days ago. She is almost 6 months old. When we got her, we bought her a bag of Purina Puppy Chow because that's what the foster lady said she has been eating. We didn't want to change her diet right away because it would be so stressful for her. We know it is a very low quality food but we just want to get rid of all of it so we don't waste it.

    So is it okay if we feed her Purina Puppy Chow for the net few months, een though it is so low quality?
    Also we think that our dog is a border collie/pitbull or lab mix , if it matters at all :P
    After this food we will be feeding Orijen , is this good?

    • ANSWER:
      start your swap now, it'll be gradual anyway (no more than a quarter new food added every 2 days...i.e. day one 3/4 purina 1/4 orijen... day 3 1/2purina 1/2 orijen etc... ) and continue with half and half to use up the bag before you swap entirely to the new food .... :)

      we went through 4 foods with our puppy (shes 17 weeks old now) including the lower quality food she was on when we got her...

      this was to sort out issues with overly smelly or soft elimination and it took us a while to find the best food for her.

      I would advise not going right for a very rich food ......we went from iams ... which i think is similar to purina... to royal canin and it was far to rich for her... very soft stools etc
      we then moved to a natural food with hypoallergenic properties but she didnt seem keen on the food (the smell of it in the bag was especailly horrid too haha)

      we now feed her barking heads which has worked out wonderfully for her... nice and tasty, all natural etc

      ... my point being that buying a small-ish bag of orijen and trialing it now would be a good plan.... even if you do a gradual week swap over and feed her just orijen for a week or two to see how it suits her and then go back to half and half with purina just to use it up that is fine..... also you have the purina as your fallback for any trialling with different foods you need to do....
      e.g. a week swap onto orijen... try it out for a couple of weeks... not working go back to purina and do a gradual week swap onto something else... trial for a couple of weeks... etc etc etc

      as for the quality of orijen i dont know it so i cant really comment but like others said you want to match the protien level if you can to ease the swap... do your research. look for all natural ingredients... you should recognise everything on the list (vitamins or supplements should be explained by the company.... for example our pups food includes glucosamine and joint care supplements but every other ingredient is natural and could be found in human food) .... you want to avoid meat by products .... if you can find ones that state chicken breast.. as opposed to vague leftover bits thats usually a good sign.... also avoid any vague meat/animal ingredients that dont specify . foods with rice/brown rice/ potatoes as a secondary ingredient after meat usually seem to be pretty good too.... avoid lots of grains and cereals... if there are none even better

      good luck!


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Corn Dog Recipe

Basic Fried Cornbread Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup Plain Corn Meal
1 to 1 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 tsp salt and seasoning to taste
Vegetable oil for frying

Prep the oil: Pour approximately one-quarter inch of your favorite frying oil into a 10-inch skillet with deep sides and place on the stove over medium high heat.

Note: These amounts make about 15 little fried cornbread patties. The perfect amount for a snack or a side dish. If you're serving a crowd you can double or triple the recipe or just work in small batches to make things easier.

Directions:

Whisk together the corn meal, water and salt and seasoning to form a batter. It will be lumpy and that's okay - this is sort of like making pancakes only you're going to fry them in oil instead of pouring them onto the hot griddle (think of them as little fried cornbread cakes) -

Once your oil is hot and ready for frying (350 degrees) drop a few tablespoon-fulls of batter into the skillet and cook on each side for three to five minutes, until it's golden brown and yummy-looking. I find it's better to judge by sight here rather than timing the three minutes, you'll know when it's time to flip and when it's time to pull them out.

Drain on a wire rack or paper towel and allow to cool for a minute before serving.

Alternate Fried Cornbread Recipe

(this is my own recipe) using buttermilk just makes it taste more breakfasty

2 cups cornmeal
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Note: you can add more water depending on how thick or thin you want the batter.

Cooking directions are the same as above. The buttermilk and egg gives a more rich flavor that's really great with breakfast. If you're having bacon, you can fry your cornbread in the leftover bacon grease. Not the healthiest option, but it sure can be yummy.

You can serve with butter and syrup, eat them plain, or maybe with some sausage gravy (yummy!)

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Chocolate Dog Treats

You might want to agree to this question, reminiscing the time when your dog enjoyed a bite of chocolate with no adverse effect at all.
Well, Chocolate is harmful for dogs, but the effect varies according to amount and type of chocolate eaten; and the age and weight of your dog.

In fact, poisoning of dogs by chocolate is not as uncommon as you might think.

Why is Chocolate Harmful for Dogs?

Chocolates have a chemical stimulant similar to caffeine in them. Its called theobromine. According to the experts, theobromine is toxic to a dog when it is ingested between 100 and 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

The percentage of Theobromine differs widely in each type of Chocolate. Puppies are especially vulnerable to theobromine poisoning because they can't eliminate caffeine from the bloodstream nearly as quickly as adults.

In humans, theobromine results in frequent urination and affects the central nervous system as well as heart muscle.

What are the Symptoms of Theobromine Poisoning in dogs?

Within the first few hours, the symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea or hyperactivity. With time there's increased absorption of theobromine in bloodstream, causing a rapid rise in the heart beat, arrhythmia, restlessness, twitching, and excessive panting.
If the theobromine dose is more, it can lead to hyperthermia, tremors, seizures, coma and eventually death.

Whats the Maximum Amount of Chocolate My Dog can eat?

There is no general benchmark for it. A lot of this depends on your dog's age and physical condition. An old or sick one would have a lower threshold for Theobromine poisoning than a healthier and younger dog.
Another factor that must be taken into account is the type of chocolate.

Which chocolate are safer, or have lesser percent of Theobromine?

Milk Chocolate has the least amount of theobromine. Baking chocolate has the highest amount of Theobromine.

Here is the list in increasing order of Theobromine:

Hot chocolateMilk chocolatebaking chocolatesemi-sweet chocolate.

The quantity of chocolate consumed also has a direct correlation with the weight of your dog. Small dogs can be poisoned from smaller amounts of theobromine.

What should I do if my dog has ingested chocolate & is sick?

The first-aid treatment for chocolate poisoning involves its removal from the body, before theobromines circulation, by following steps

-Inducing vomiting.

-Administering activated charcoal to a slurry consistency, which absorbs theobromine byproducts.

-Dog owners should prepare an emergency kit at home. Plus you should consult your vet for the guidance on first-aid treatment for your dog.

-Your dog can suffer from dehydration after vomiting. Provide plenty of water.

-If your dog's symptoms remain the same within 6-8hrs or worsen further, call your vet. If you have a very small or young dog, consult a vet sooner.

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Get the kids involved when they clamor for a treat that's quick and good! Chocolate Oat Cookies Prep: 10 min, Cook: 10 min. * 3/4 lb. semisweet chocolate chips * 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened * 1/2 cup sugar * 1 egg * 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract * 3/4 cup all purpose flour * 3/4 cup quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked * 1 tsp. baking powder * 1/4 tsp. baking soda * 1/4 tsp. salt (optional) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat and set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy. Add melted chocolate, egg and vanilla. Combine remaining ingredients in another bowl. Stir in chocolate mixture and remaining chocolate chips. Place rounded tablespoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack. If you wish to freeze dessert: Cool quickly to retain freshness. (Dairy and egg based dishes should cool in refrigerator.) Place the amounts you will use at one time in freezer-proof containers or on sheets of aluminum foil. Seal tightly. If using foil, wrap and fold edges to seal and place on a flat baking sheet (to preserve shape) and place in freezer until frozen. Then you can remove baking sheet and place dessert where you wish in the freezer. Freeze up to 2 months. Thaw completely at room temperature before unwrapping. Must-Have Recipe For Southern Chocolate Cobbler: Ever heard of a recipe for Southern chocolate cobbler? You'll be very, very glad you did. True chocoholics strive to experience chocolate in all its forms and this is one not to be missed! Chocolate Cobbler 1 cup self-rising flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, plus 1/4 cup baking cocoa, divided 1/2 cup milk 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 3/4 cups hot water vanilla ice cream (optional) 6-8 servings 1 hour 10 mins prep 1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and 2 Tbsp cocoa. 2. Stir in milk and oil until smooth. 3. Pour into a greased 6 inch square baking pan. 4. Combine the brown sugar and remaining cocoa; sprinkle over batter. 5. Pour hot water over top. 6. Do not stir. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until top of cake springs back when lightly touched Serve warm with ice cream if desired. 8. Serves 6-8. Egg Sauce: Beat the whites of two eggs to a stiff, dry froth; and beat into this, a little at a time, one cupful of powdered sugar. When smooth and light, add one teaspoonful of vanilla and the yolks of two eggs. Beat the mixture a little longer; then stir in one cupful of whipped cream or three tablespoonfuls of milk. Serve at once.

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With gourmet cookies, you will want to find the best and most delicious assortments available. What makes the greatest gourmet cookies will be the ingredients, hands down. They are not like commercial cookies that you can buy at the grocery store, though some gourmet cookies can be sold at local Co-op markets, farmers markets, and specialty shops and through online gourmet companies. In order to know what makes the best gourmet cookie, you should first know how they are made and how to order the best ones online.

How Gourmet Cookies are Made

The best gourmet cookies are usually baked using just the right temperature and at a slower pace. This is why most of them are simply fantastic to the taste buds. The slower bake time allows each one to retain their wonderful flavor as well as the smell. With temperature control, cooking time is monitored so that every cookie in the batch will have a golden brown color.

Gourmet cookies are made from the freshest ingredients and are often more expensive than typical packages that are bought from super markets. Flour is of upmost quality, chocolate is used from some of the worlds leading producers of cocoa and nuts come from areas around the world and in countries that produce delicious nuts. Some chefs and bakers will use organic flour, or flour that has improved physical and nutritional properties without having to use chemicals. The best thing about these is that they do not contain preservatives.

To begin with making the best in gourmet cookies, you should know that they begin with using fresh ingredients and are generally handmade. Bakers around the world will knead their dough; chop nuts and add toppings such as fruit and fruit preserve. They are handmade using attention to detail which allows each cookie to be unique from the next since they are not commercially made.

How to Order the Best Gourmet Cookies Online

The best thing about getting delicious gourmet cookies is that you do not even have to leave the house since you can order online and receive them in the mail. Ordering online is easy and convenient but be careful when choosing which website to go with. First of all, only order them from reputable and legitimate online companies and read through reviews posted by previous buyers.

You should also make sure that when you order your gourmet cookies online that the site guarantees that the product gets to your home on time. Usually, you will want the cookies delivered within a day or two at the most. This ensures that your order will still be fresh and maintain their delicious taste. Depending on where you are located, when you place your order online, you can eat them or give them away. Also make sure that the company that you order from has specific packaging during summer months to ensure that when you buy cookies online, they will come guaranteed with freshness.



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