Primal Raw Food

There are so many advantages of getting into raw food diet . A lot of raw food lovers say that consuming a raw food diet is more nutritious simply because cooking food can eliminate useful enzymes that could help the body better absorb nutrients. Raw food diets are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they are able to assist prevent heart disease, type two diabetes and cancer. Listed here are some tips to assist you to start a raw food diet.

1. Make a Study About Raw Food Diet

Never start a raw food diet program unless you already made some studies about it. Go online and do some research. Use Internet forums and nearby community groups to meet and share suggestions with other raw foodists. Health buffs like you are the ones who can give you advice and share useful recipes.

2. Get Some Good Kitchen Gear!

Before you starting your raw food diet plan, make certain you've all of the quality kitchen appliances and gear you'll need to suit your requirements. Sharp knives, a food processor and a juicer can be helpful, also as a food dehydrator.

3. Dont Be In A Hurry

Switching quickly from a high fat, high sugar, meat heavy diet plan to a raw food diet plan. All of a sudden or quick rapid switch to fruits, vegetables, entire grains and legumes all at once can really be stressful and hard. Make the switch slowly by gradually incorporating more and much more raw foods into your diet plan. Try fruit juices. They are a good way to mix some raw foods into your diet plan. That is why getting a juicer is essential to the raw food diet. It is very easy to do and you can have your own healthy juices at the convenience of your own house. Ultimately, your diet plan will consist of a minimum of 75% percent raw, uncooked foods and 15% cooked foods .

4. Be Creative and Eat A Variety Of Food

The more variety inside your raw food diet plan, the much better your nutrition and also the much more fascinating the diet plan will stay. Attempt to stick to organic produce as much as feasible, and make certain you include lots of nuts, seeds and legumes inside your raw food
diet.

Lastly, Experiment with Food Planning and Cooking Designs

Raw foodists will agree that a great presentation of your food offers a psychological come on that makes sustaining a raw food diet plan much more likeable. It is advisable therefore to experiment with making your raw food meals appear more visually appealing. Fresh sprouts are a great method to get raw legumes such as beans and nuts into your diet plan, plus homemade
fruit juices are also a simple strategy to your raw foods better tasting and appealing. Soak beans and nuts to make them soft for blending and mashing, and do not forget to enjoy dried fruit as a tasty snack. Consider investing inside a solar oven, which heats food with minimal heat; this way, you can appreciate hot dishes cooking your food!



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Homemade Cookies Recipe

My Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

it begins with butter

  • Serves: 13
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

That's a given! I think Paula Deen, at least the old Paula Deen would say, and I would concur.

Of course I know better and she knows better, and we've both adjusted our old trusty recipes to eliminate the majority of saturated fats.

But this is chocolate chip cookies I'm talking about - I mean chocolate chip! The kind that has small bits of chocolate that actually melt - I mean melt in your mouth.

To tell you truly, I usually do not use butter in cookie recipes anymore, but often when I'm going whole-hawg, and I think I can afford sugar sweetened chocolate pieces in my diet, then I'm sure to also use butter as the cookie fat.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar Crystals
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Organic Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Organic Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups + 3 Tablespoons Gluten-free Baking Mix (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 Cups Chopped Orangic Walnuts
  • 1 1/4 Cups Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees

If your oven is like mine, you may want to wait until step 4 before turning the oven on, because my oven heats up in 6 minutes.

1. Whip softened butter and coconut butter in large mixer bowl with sugar until smooth.

2. Beat egg into butters.

3. Add vanilla and thoroughly mix in.

4. Add baking mix and use rubber scraper to begin mixing it into the butters. Then mix on medium speed until mixed.

5. Add walnuts and chocolate chips.

I like to mix them in by hand, not caring for the blonkitty-blonkitty sound of the beater colliding with the lumpy nuts. Neither do I like having the tips of my chocolate chips cut off by the beater blade, and I enjoy seeing them merge into the batter, anyway.

6. Using large serving spoon, slide 1/13th dollop of dough onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet.

Now, I like Big chocolate chip cookies, but if you want your treats to be smaller you'll have more of them, and they will cook faster, last longer, and feed more people.

7. Bake 14 minutes for nice big soft cookies, if you like to eat them hot out of the oven - with a fork like I do. If you opt for normal cookie density, bake them for 15 minutes.

8. Transfer baked cookies to wire rack for cooling.

Or, if you like your soft cookies my style, transfer them to your dinner plate, Brew up some coffee, and Enjoy before they cool down.

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My Butter On Mom's Dish

On the days when I go for all butter - this is it!

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I Use Brown Eggs in My Cookies

At one point my family raised laying hens, but now I buy organic eggs from the local co-op.

Organic Chocolate Chips

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Coconut Sugar Is a Real Treat

I use coconut sugar in cookies and other baked items, and most anywhere I previously used sugar.

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I Threw In a Few Raisins

Before adding the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts by hand I sometimes add a few raisins.

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My Taste is For Big Cookies

This is a dollop of dough just right for a large cookies.

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The Way I Like Them

My preference is for soft cookies, very soft cookies.

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Don't They Look Scrumptuous

A nice batch of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. In this particular batch I used a large dark chocolate bar and chopped it up myself.

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Raisin cookies

that look like

chocolate chip cookies

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Resources Document the Healthy Benefits of Including Chocolate in the Diet

Prevention
Get all the scoop on the antioxidants in dark chocolate. it's the way to go.
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Do you call chocolate the new superfood yet? Maybe you should. Read on....
University of Michigan
So who doesn't put chocolate at the top of their food pyramid. U of M considers that a smart move.

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Pamela's brand baking mix is my all-time favorite, since I began eating gluten-free, in earnest. To me, it's wise to always have spare bags on hand. Then I won't be tempted to run out for something antagonistic to my health.
Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix, 4-Pound Bags (Pack of 3)

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Homemade Cookie Recipes

Sugar Scrub Spa Gift

There are two recipes for sugar scrubs, the Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub and the Sweet N' Spicy Brown Sugar Scrub. A great and unique teacher gift or bridesmaid gift. Find the instructions and recipes at Tidy Mom.

Valentine Gift Jar

For an inexpensive, yet cute gift for office mates, make these attractive Valentine gift jars. Find the instructions at The frugal Girls.COM.

Just the right size for gifts in a jar that call for pint sized jars.

Kerr 0518 wide mouth mason jar pint, 16oz(case of 12)

Kerr 0518 wide mouth mason jar pint, 16oz(case of 12)

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Soup Mix in a Jar

Soup mix in a jar would be a welcome gift for someone who has just moved into a new home or as a shower gift for newly weds. Find the directions and list of ingredients at AllFreeCrafts.com.

Air Freshener

This would be a thoughtful gift to give to a teacher or as a housewarming gift. Go to Cheap Crafty Mama for the instructions.

Older Than Dirt

Do you need a gag gift for someone's birthday? This idea from simply {kierste} will get lots of laughs.

Cowgirl Cookies

Everything that you need to know to make this yummy cookies in a jar gift is explained at Bakerella.

Hot Chocolate

A nice steaming cup of hot chocolate is always a welcome gift. You'll find the free printables and instructions at how does she?

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

I love the fresh smell of lemon, so this recipe looks especially good to me. See how this lemon sugar hand scrub is made by finding the recipe and instructions at the DIY Panda.

Crisp in a Jar

I'm afraid these would never make it out of my house, I'd have them eaten. Find the recipe and instructions for the crisp in a jar at Wendolonia.

This is the one if you need a half pint sized jar.

Ball Canning Regular Mouth Half Pint Canning Jar 8 oz. 12-Count

Ball Canning Regular Mouth Half Pint Canning Jar 8 oz. 12-Count

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Candle Jars

Candles are always a welcome gift as well as being something to make for yourself. Go to Spoonful for the instructions.

Spa in a Jar

A great gift idea for a bridesmaid, graduate, birthday girl or teacher. Go to The Gunny Sack for what to include in the jar.

Pie in a Jar

Because canning jars can be put in the freezer and in the oven, you can make pie in a jar. Find out how to make these pies by going to OUR BEST BITES.

Oatmeal Bath

There is nothing as soothing as an oatmeal bath. To make a jar gift of oatmeal bath, go to Davet designs for the directions.

365 Things We Love About You

An idea for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Christmas for mom or dad. A jar full of reasons why he or she is loved. See how this was made by going to The Princess and the Tot. Use this idea for any occasion for any one.

Love You to Pieces

Love you to pieces with Reece's pieces in this instance. The frugal Girls.COM shows you how to make this gift in a jar.

Bath Fizzies

An attractive and thoughtful gift. Martha Stewart has the instructions for these bath fizzies.

A beautifully shaped jar to use with gift in a jar.

Libbey 12-1/2-Ounce Vibe Storage Jars, Set of 6

Libbey 12-1/2-Ounce Vibe Storage Jars, Set of 6

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Cookies For Santa

Santa, and everyone else will enjoy the cookies made from a cookies in a jar gift. You'll find the instructions and recipe at Make It Do.

Bath Salts

Save unique bottles to use making these bath salts as gifts. Go to my own ideas for the bath salt recipe.

Sunshine Cookies

Surprise a teacher or co-worker with an appreciation gift of cookies in a jar. Find the instructions at eat at Allie's.

Salted Caramel Sauce

Imagine wrapping a jar of salted caramel sauce, two red apples and two green apples in a clear bag to present as a gift. RECIPE girl gives pictured instructions.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

One of the nicest gifts you can give someone that likes to cook or bake, is homemade vanilla extract. Find out how to make it by going to the Homemade Gifts Made Easy site.

Beefy Bean Soup Mix

Although soup is good any time of year, it seems to go best during the winter months. Make and give jars of beefy bean soup mix, you'll find the directions at Delish.

Pamper Yourself

Another great idea to show someone how much you appreciate what they do for you. Find the instructions for making this gift in a jar at The frugal Girls.COM.

Spiced Tea

This spiced tea is so delicious and anyone would appreciate a jar of it. Find the recipe at Sing FOR YOUR SUPPER.

Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix

You'll find the recipe and instructions for this gift in a jar at Craft Night With Stacy.

Pancake Mix

Take a gift of pancake mix with you when you visit a family member or friend. Go to The frugal Girls.COM for the recipe and directions.

A nice, attractive jar to present your gift in.

Anchor Hocking 85588R 1.5 Quart Stackable Square Clear Glass Storage Jar (Case of 4)

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Montreal Steak Spice

A great gift for dad or anyone who like to barbeque. Go to AllFreeCrafts.com for a list of the ingredients and instructions.

Curried Lentil Soup

A perfect one of a kind gift. Find the recipe and instructions at Good Housekeeping.

Punk Rock Cookies

Have the kids help when making gifts in a jar. They'll see how satisfying it is to make, rather than buy, gifts. Go to the POST PUNK KITCHEN site for the instructions.

Foot and Body Scrub

You'll want to save any uniquely shaped jars you come across because they make perfect containers for gift jars. The frugal Girls.COM will tell you how to make the foot and body scrub shown above.

Sweet Ginger Skin Polish

A beautiful way to show your mom or sister in law how much you appreciate them. Go to my own ideas to see how this great gift is made.

Bubble Bath For the Bridesmaids

Think how special the person you gift this to will feel when they find out you made it for them yourself. Find the instructions for making this bubble bath at Best Bib and Tucker.



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Innova Evo

Taiwanese company HTC is at the moment ruling the roost in the market with its HTC Sensation as well as 3D technology based smartphone HTC Evo 3D. Albeit, the later handset has been rolled out in July, 2011 after the launch of first 3D smartphone, LG Optimus 3D, but amazingly, the HTC phone is giving a tough challenge to LG device.

It's the result of increasing popularity of HTC device, that HTC Evo 3d Deals are currently catching the attention of multimedia-enthusiasts. Available on the network stores of T-Mobile, O2, Talk Smart, Vodafone and Orange, these deals are certain to provide your a unique and pleasing mobile shopping experience.

If we look at the display screens of HTC and LG 3D phones, both are similar. But the difference lies in their resolution. HTC EVO 3D outshines the other with its 540x 960 pixels resolution, which is 480x 800 in later. Thus, you can enjoy a greater and richer viewing experience on this handset. This screen is superb to showcase 3D technology in its glory.

Both of the handset are running on the Android operating system. But, while the LG Optimus 3D was based on 2.2 Froyo, it can also be upgraded to 2.3 Gingerbread. On the other hand, the HTC device is already toting the Gingerbread.

But, when it comes to processing speed, the HTC device outsmarts the another. It's incorporated with 1.2 Gigahertz dual-core processor, which is more powerful than the 1GHz of LG device. Thus, the snappy multitasking is at your finger tips with this device of Taiwanese company. No doubt, the LG device packs the 8GB on-board memory, which is more than the 1GB of HTC. But, both of the handset also feature the micro SD slot to enhance this memory up to 32 GB.

In order to cater to the needs of music lovers, the HTC device also supports the Stereo FM radio with RDS, which is the downside of LG gadget. Even though, both devices sports the 5MP camera with Stereoscopic photos, the HTC camera can capture pics in dual-LED flash.

The HTC Evo 3D is fitted with battery of 1730 mAh, which is more powerful than the 1500 mAh battery of LG optimus 3D. Thus, viewing the 3D content is more enjoyable on the HTC device.

You can enjoy the HTC Evo 3d Deals in diverse tariff plans, which can be compared through any online mobile phone portal. After making comparison, you can quickly opt for the best one, which matches up with your exclusive requirements. You can also send your online order through these portals to get the delivery of HTC device as soon as possibl .



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Preparing Dog Food

Are you keen to stock up on Burns dog food?If you own a dog, or you are preparing to own a dog, you will naturally be concerned about exactly what type of dog food you should buy for it. Keeping your pet replenished with good quality food is so important - but with so many different varieties of dog food available, from so many different manufacturers, how can you be sure which dog food will be healthiest for your pet, while also being relatively easy for you to afford?In this situation, you should seriously consider buying some Burns dog food. The substantial range of Burns dog food was initially launched by veterinary surgeon John Burns in 1993, who was concerned by the apparent influence of dog diet on the pet health problems he kept tending to in his veterinary surgery. These foods, made from high quality ingredients and no pharmacologically active supplements, intend to help the body get on with its natural processes of maintaining and repairing itself and guarding against deterioration of the organ systems.What is the easiest way of finding sellers of Burns dog food?Well, using the Internet, of course! Even if you are a relative Internet newcomer, you shouldn't find it too difficult, and should be able to find a substantially greater number of Burns dog food retailers than through perusing the phone book. Just turn to a good, well known Internet search engine, and initiate a search for 'Burns dog food'. You should be pleasantly surprised by what you see on the subsequent page.What should you expect from a reputable seller of Burns dog food?They should stock a healthy supply of high quality, ethical pet health products, including vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements, and natural pet foods and treats from big name suppliers. A shop like this is likely to really know its dog food, Burns or otherwise.Hence, they should be better placed to help you if you struggle to find the product you desire among their stock. It should be straightforward to contact them through post, phone, fax, email or even a feedback form on their website. Good luck with your shopping.

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How To Make Healthy Meals At Home

Healthy restaurant eating is much easier than you might first think possible. To help you stick to your healthy diet plan while eating out and still enjoying the meals, please use the ideas listed below to make it easier to achieve.

Prepare a back-up food kit

This might include healthy snack foods such as apples, pears, beef jerky, walnuts and almonds.

These are the types of foods that will keep well wherever you are without the need for refridgeration.

Nuts and jerky are great when you are stuck for a snack and there is no protein handy.

If the kit is not an option, it may lead to quick unhealthy food options as a temptation.

Morning Meals

For breakfast, there will always be a protein option on the menu.

Smoked salmon or omelets are some good choices and there are even some breakfast menus that offer turkey sausages and turkey bacon which are also great choices.

Keep clear of the heavy pancakes and waffles.

Eating these sugar packed foods will only leave you feeling hungry with cravings for the remainder of the day.

Lunch and Dinner Meals

Although we all have a basic idea of what is healthy on a menu, we still continue to order the foods that are the opposite of healthy.

It's ok to have a treat meal each week but maybe not so great if you end up having them every night you are away.

Foods covered in heavy sauces like fettuccinne alfredo can be instantly scratched off the list of healthy options.

The chicken cacciatore or steak and veges are just as nice?

Often we are just as happy with the taste of the healthier food as we are with the unhealthy food.

Dessert Choices

As a general rule, if the dessert piece is bigger than the size of your head, there is no need to eat it all.

A few bites is all you need to satisfy your cravings and your body will be greatful as well.



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Puppy Food Ratings

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Mysterious Puppy... Food?
    Ok. Today ii Got A Puppy From Someone She Told Me They Have Been Wormed/Bathed/No Fleas And Breed (Golden Retriever And Lab) He's Gorgeous, On The Tubby But Healthy Side, But ii Don't Know How Old He Is...4-5 Pounds...And ii Have No Idea On How Much To Feed Him..What To Feed Him....How Often &&When To Feed Him....? Help?
    Okk Well he may not be exactly 5 pounds i mean i dont exactly have a dr scale. i weighed myself holding the puppy then not holding the puppy and the difference=the weight. hes like a foot and a half long and healthy looking. i mean i dont think hes too young i'd say 2 months?

    • ANSWER:
      Take him to the vet. If he's only four or five pounds, he can't be older than a few weeks. He requires specialized care, and the vet can teach you how to raise him from such a very young age. If he's past weaning age (at least five weeks old) and he's four or five pounds, and still chubby, there is no way he's a Golden/Lab mix.

      Until you know FOR SURE how old he is (or as close as the vet can determine), no one can really give you advice. I mean, a three-week-old puppy requires much different care than a six-week-old puppy.

      EDIT: You'll still have to take him to the vet, without question. The person may have lied when they said he was wormed.. Although whether they did or not, he must receive his vaccinations. He'll need regular vet visits for the next few months until the rounds of vaccinations are done.

      If you're confident that he's around that age, you'll need to begin him on a high quality puppy food. Browse the dry foods that received ratings of five or six stars here:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      If you don't know where to buy the food you've chosen, Google the food and go to the food's website. There should be a store locator so you can see if it's available near you.

      Feed him three times a day. He's a puppy, so keep the meals small. You have to feed babies a bunch of relatively small meals a day, right? You can see how much to feed him on the bag of food, it should having recommended serving sizes for different ages/sizes.

      He's also predisposed to something called bloat.. you should certainly learn about that, as feeding habits affect your dog's risk of bloating:
      http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    puppy food?
    I have a 5 month old pup. she is a healthy weight and is growing well however i wonder what i can feed her still. I feed her 2 meals a day (breakfast and dinner) and leave biscuits out for her during the day. I was buying puppy canned food as recommended by one person but a family friend said the best food for a pup is biscuits to nibble on. i dont follow the feeding guide on the can as it seems so much for her tiny body. she isnt at all underweight so i know shes eating enough. i notice she doesnt eat her biscuits much, is it because shes not hungry with the 2 meals a day? when do you reduce it to one meal a day? 6 months old or not until a year old? ive bought some supermarket made puppy food - meat and veges - as variety to try this week. i also give her mince when i use mince in my evening meal. i tried her with yoghurt which she loves. should she have a varied diet? or is canned type food enough for her? shes spoilt so i want to do my best with her of course :-p

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog should never be reduced to 1 meal a day, 2 meals should be the minimum throughout her life, 3 meals is better for a puppy her age. She should be on a dry puppy kibble from a reputable manufacturer. They are balanced and contain everything she needs. Dry kibble is better for her teeth, it will help keep them clean and healthy, I do mix a little bit of canned food (like a tablespoon) into my pup's to get him to eat better. Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ for ratings of different dog food brands. Generally anything you can buy at a grocery store is poor quality. Does your puppy food contain corn, wheat, or soy in any form? If it does, you will want to switch to a new brand. These 3 ingredients are common allergens for dogs and are used by manufacturers because they are cheap 'fillers'. They can cause dry skin and variety of other issues. Canidae, Wellness, Orijen, Nature's Variety, Innova, and many others are very reputable brands. Find a brand you would like to try and check their website- they will have a store locator to find somewhere nearby to buy. Canidae is probably the most widely available higher-quality food, and is fairly affordable.

  3. QUESTION:
    puppy food help please !?
    I give him milk bones & pedigree know any other type of dog food i can give him thats healthy for him growing up. hes 4months

    • ANSWER:
      Pedigree, Kibbles N' Bits, Purina, all have one thing in common; they are all about as bad as feeding your dog out of a dumpster!!!! They are terrible foods!!!!

      I would suggest Chicken soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul dog food. That is what I feed my dogs and it is EXTREMELY healthy food (lots of meat and leaded with fruits and vegetables), however it is very cheap for the quality. I get it for .99 at my local feed store for 35 pounds and that is such a good deal, it's ridiculous.

      A couple of other foods that are VERY healthy at a good price are Tast Of The Wild Dog Food and Premium Edge Dog Food. They are all very healthy foods at very good prices.

      There are lots of good foods out there, but most of them are WAY too expensive for most people to get for their dogs!!!! Some of them include Wellness, Innova, California Natural, EVO by Innova, etc.

      Just please research any food you are thinking of buying BEFORE you buy it. Do not buy any food from a grocery store or Walmart, Target, etc. If you are not getting it from a place that sells specifically pet items, do not buy it!!!!

      Here are two GREAT dog food ratings web sites where you can look through the different foods and see more details on them such as the cost of the food, the quality, the ingredients.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ (this one judges by stars with the best being six stars)

      http://www.petfoodratings.net/ (this one does dog and cat food ratings and has more of a description and opinions of the foods as well as ratings from 1-4 for price, and 1-5 for quality)

      I hope I helped!!!!!!!!!! Good luck with your puppy!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Puppy nutrients?
    I have a 12 week old Pomeranian puppy. To all the Pomeranian owners, what kind of nutrients or vitamins do you use or suggest i give my puppy?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you feed your puppy a high quality puppy food, she won't need any additional supplements because she'll get all the nutrition she needs from her food. Giving additional vitamins etc. isn't really recommended.

      You need to choose a food with a good quality source of protein as the first ingredient, and try to pick one with minimal additives, chemicals and fillers. Stay away from grocery store brands, and study the ingredient labels on the different foods.

      You can find out how to 'rate' any food according to the quality of it's ingredients at this url http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-comparisons.html and also see a list of some of the best foods on the market here http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-ratings.html

      For more information on feeding a puppy check out the url below too. Best of luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Would THIS be good puppy food???
    Would Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Food be good puppy food? i just found out we have some at our Petco store
    It would be for a 8 week old Cocker Spaniel
    Would it be good?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a big fan of the Nutro products, but the best line they have is "Nutro Ultra", so if you're going to feed Nutro, go for the "Nutro Ultra".
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=15&cat=all

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      EDIT:

      RE: "checked out the site that Shanna listed, look at the dates on those ratings, they are 1-2 years old."

      > They update the reviews when the ingredients change. Those products haven't changed ingredients, so they still have the original review. But the site stays updated on a frequent basis, here are products that have been added or updated within the last 2 weeks: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showcat.php?cat=all&limit=last14

      RE: "Shanna I wouldnt always go by those websites as it doesnt give you its sources."

      > If you look up the food by it's company website, you'll see that is where they get the ingredients from.

      > Here is how they evaluate the foods:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/how_do_we_assess_the_foods.htm

      > It's not saying that website is the gospel truth, but it's a really good place to get the gist of what it good and what isn't. They explain why the rate the food that way, and then you can do extra research on the side. It definitely is helpful to narrowing down what foods you should put more research into.
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    GOOD INEXPENSIVe PUPPY FOOD?
    I got an 8 week old pug, and so far I've been feeding him crap, (purina). I fed him Cesar's yesterday and he LOVED it, but id have to spend like a month for him to eat all that.

    I need good nutritious puppy food. Please list the prices too.

    I feel guilty as it is, so please dont tell me "You shouldn't have gotten a dog if you cant care for it," because I can. Also back when I used to live in europe, we used to feed dogs like potatoes and meat & etc. Can i just do that?

    Thanks in advance =]
    Sorry,
    yeah Im in Canada, Ontario.

    • ANSWER:
      Take a look at this link.

      I've been feeding my three pugs the Kirkland Small bites and I'm very please with the results. It compares out really well, too. It is for a 20 pound bag, and that feeds my three for a month. You'd be looking at -3 a month. Now, if you can't afford *that*, I will give you a lecture on why did you get a dog if you can't afford to feed it!

      Good luck!

      http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-ratings.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Was wondering which you'd recommend..?
    Eagle Pack or Timberwolf...? It's for 4 Staffies & a setter X... 2 Staffies (6yr old & 20mth old) need weight loss/ joint care, 3 just need feeding!! Lol!!

    They range from 6-1years....

    Thank you!!
    Am in Ireland so it's very tough to get anything except Royal Canine, Eukanuba or Hills.... There is one site that has a reasonable selection, but are still limited varieties of the 2 i mentioned & sold out of Solid Gold!!
    Mine are healthy, happy & well cared for, we've never fed them 'top brand' cos when it comes to owning 5 dogs, or them being dead cos 3 are rescues, i'd prefer them alive!! Lol!!

    They definately are my 'luxery item', we don't holiday etc, cos their insurance, vets bills, wormer, food, pet fencing etc all comes first...

    Personally i've found the brands we do feed, you feed more than the more expensive ones.... The 2 i mentioned are more natural, feed less, yet are less expensive than Hills!!

    It will take an enormous chunk out of an already stupidly tight budget, but i feel at least for the 2 over weight ones, i need to find an alternative!!
    ADD: Judge, sadly can't find either of those brands over here either, or at least no where near me..... :(

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-ratings.html

      This link will help you decide.

      Good luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    Dry puppy food for my Bulldog?
    I have a bulldog she will be is twelve weeks old. What is a good dry puppy food for her? The vet said Iams but I have heard it is not so good. I don't mind the expense, I want a food that is good for her. I am not open to a raw diet. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever you do, DO NOT FEED IAMS OR SCIENCE DIET. Science Diet is like "The Man" of the dog food world. Vet's are force-fed Science Diet in vet school and at the clinics they go to work at, per a friend who is a vet and a friend who is a vet tech. It has so many chemicals, by-products, grains, etc. I have a friend who fed her dog a bunch of mainstream foods, including iams and science diet. I referred her to my holistic pet shoppe. After the dog, Indy, was on a natural diet for a few weeks, he stopped having seizures. She now goes to a different vet, a more holistic vet that doesn't shove science diet down her throat.

      I highly recommend Orijen. I buy it at my local, natural, holistic pet shoppe. You can find it online if you don't have a holistic pet store nearby. It is grain-free, all natural, all made in canada (no chinese ingredients, etc.). grain-free food is the best as dogs don't eat grain in the wild, and a lot of main-stream brands, like iams, use corn as fillers, etc.

      Here is the website: http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/puppy.aspx

      Here is a website about the different ingredients and ratings of a lot of dog food. www.dogfoodanalysis.com

      EDIT: Ditto hello above. Champion pet foods is the parent company of Orijen. Orijen and Acana are made by the same company--very high quality food.

      Edit 2: Here is a great study by champion pet foods/orjens called the white paper. It goes into details and sites a lot of studies showing why their diet/grain-free is best: http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/ORIJEN_White_Paper.pdf

  9. QUESTION:
    Best puppy food for small breeds?
    I'm getting an 8 week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel soon & I want to know what the best puppy food is

    • ANSWER:
      Purina Pro Plan and Pedigree are low quality dog food

      Canidae, Chicken Soup and Blue Buffalo, as already mentioned, are high quality.

      Other high quality puppy foods are: Wellness, Innova, Blue Wilderness, Evangers, Orijen, Fromm's, Taste Of The Wild, Merrick's, Natural Balance.

      For more information on what types of ingredients make for high quality dog food vs. low quality, check this site out: www.dogfoodproject.com

      For ingredient listings of hundreds of brands, check this site out: www.dogfoodanalysis.com. Take the 'star ratings' with a grain of salt though - there are several good foods buried as low as 4-3 stars.

      Breeders are not neccesarily reliable sources here. They don't neccessarily feed their dogs the best food. They are looking to control costs.

      You might also look into natural/raw 'real food' diet - if you're up for that.

  10. QUESTION:
    My new puppy is coming tomorrow, can you recomend a good puppy food? What's your oppinion on Purina One?

    • ANSWER:
      First off you have to start off feeding your puppy the food that it was eating before you got them, quick changes in diet upset their stomachs, you can switch there food just do it slowly my adding a little of the new food in with the old, increasing amounts has you go.

      Second Purina one is not good at all. You want to stay away from ingredients such as Wheat Glutin, Corn, Soy, and Meat by-products.
      By-products are the worst they are the low grade and diseased parts of the meat, that they aren't allowed to sell humans so they put them in your dogs food. Some good popular brands are:
      Wellness
      California Natural
      Innova
      Canidae
      You can go to dogfoodanalysis.com and look at the food ratings

  11. QUESTION:
    best puppy food for my puppy?
    Hey all yall puppy lovers/experts! What's the best brand for my puppy to eat? I've been feeding my three month chihuahua mixed terrier Purina pro plan focus and I'm pretty shure she's tired of eating the same thing over and over again. And I've also read ratings that Purina doesn't make their first ingredient as meat which it should be right? So what do yall feed your puppy that's absolutely delicious yet nutritious?
    ******PRICE DOES NOT MATTER TO ME AS LONG AS SHE IS FED WITH THE BEST NUTRIENCE******

    • ANSWER:
      Well I am never the first person to tell anyone to change a food just because you think your puppy doesn't like it. That's never a reason to change.

      However, good quality food vs Purina is a good reason to change.

      There are tons of excellent puppy foods. It's up to you to determine what's best, just make sure it's for a small breed dog so the kibble is easier to chew.

      There's Wellness for puppies, Acana, Royal Canin, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance, Fromm, all kinds of very good quality food out there. Go to PetSmart and look them over. Talk to someone. Go for a food with little to no grain filler.

  12. QUESTION:
    whats the best puppy food for my 2 month pitbull?

    • ANSWER:
      Food ratings,reviews and analysis: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

      Pit Bull forum.Diet,training,general info: http://www.pitbull-chat.com/forums.php

  13. QUESTION:
    Help with my puppy's dog food?
    Just yesterday, I went out and bought a new brand of dog food(Chicken Soup for the puppy lover's soul), because I found out my old food was awful. (Purina Puppy Chow) I am slowly going to add the Chicken Soup to his purina, and slowly get him off the purina. When i mix them, he just picks out the green and red in the purina, and doesnt eat the other pieces of the purina, or any of the chicken soup.

    So, My question is...does he just not like the chicken soup kind, or will he eventually eat it? What do you think?
    Although 2 out of the 4 times i've fed the mixture to him, he has eaten all of it.

    Will he like it more as I slowly get him off the purina?
    No, I will not continue to feed him purina puppy chow, it is a very low quality food. I like chicken soup for the puppy lovers soul because of the ingredients, and it's cheaper price.
    It is a VERY low quality food. It is rated 1 star quality. Go here for the review:
    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1840&cat=all

    Ingredients
    Whole grain corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), barley, animal digest, calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fish oil, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, DL-Methionine, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, brewers dried yeast, manganese proteinate, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium se

    • ANSWER:
      You're right about Purina Puppy Chow being not being a great food but don't forget that millions of dogs have lived long and healthy lives eating nothing but Purina. I don't put much faith in the ratings on the dog food analysis site. Many of their criteria are flawed and all they do is enter the ingredients in a software program and the computer rates the food. There is more to a dog food than just the ingredients. How the food is manufactured makes a huge difference, too. Keep feeding your dog as you are mixing in more of the new food until he is weaned from the old stuff. He will eat when he's hungry.

  14. QUESTION:
    Please Help me decide on dog food!?
    I just want to make sure what Im feeding them is good for them.
    I have 3 dogs:
    A shepard/chow mix -8yrs old
    A shepard/ Rot. mix - 7 months
    And another (smaller) shepard mix- 8 years old

    Thanks you!

    • ANSWER:
      Heres some information on dog food. My rule of thumb is if you find it in a walmart or your vet office its not good (Science Diet is vet recommended but fails the dog food scoring)

      How to grade your dog's food (Some brands are done at the very bottom):

      Start with a grade of 100:

      1. For every listing of "by-product, " subtract 10 points
      2. For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry," meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4. For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice," "brewer's rice," "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "--" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A

      86-93 = B

      78-85 = C

      70-77 = D

      69 = F

      ************ ***

      Here are some foods that have already been scored (listed alphabetically, note the ratings after each name):

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  15. QUESTION:
    About puppies? food, toys, tricks? HELP?!
    Whats a good brand of food that is puppy that is around 40 dollars?

    What are good toys that I could get a petco or a local petstore?

    Are clickers good for training, what if i dont always have a clicker?

    What are some good tricks, instead of sit lie down shake? (i will teach him that first)

    What are cute boy names?

    THANKS!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of good dog foods:

      Innova
      Evo
      Canidae
      Merrick
      California Natural (great for dogs with allergies!)
      Healthwise
      Karma Organic
      Natural Balance
      Eagle Pack Holistic Select
      Blue Buffalo
      Solid Gold
      Artemis
      Horizon Legacy
      Instinct
      Orijen
      Ziwi Peak
      Wellness
      Taste Of The Wild
      Fromm Four Star
      Nature`s Logic
      Timberwolf Organics
      Nature`s Variety
      So many more.....

      When looking for a good quality dog food check that it has NO by - products, corn, wheat, soy or artificial colours or flavours.

      Please check out this website, for dog reviews and ratings:

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

      I do not live in America, so I would not know the prices over their. All of the dog foods above are avalible in America.

      Bad dog foods (do not feed your dog these):

      Iams
      Science Diet
      Eukanuba
      Anything by Purina (Alpo, Beneful, Lucky Dog)
      Advance
      and of course anything from the supermarket or that has lots of bad ingredients (like the ones mentioned above ^^)

      Their are many toys you can buy for your dog. Always make sure the toys are not small enough for the animal to choke on or swallow.

      Check pet co`s website to see what toys they have avaliable:

      http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_productlist_Nav_188_N_22+101.aspx

      I read this from a book, about clicker training:

      Many commands are easier to teach if you use a clicker. Clicker training was invented by a dolphin trainer to teach dolphins tricks. You can buy clickers at pet supply stores.

      Clickers replace your spoken "good dog" reward with a quick clicking sound. By the time you tell your dog what a good girl she is, she may be doing something bad. The click tells her she is good at the exact moment she is being good. For example, by the time you say "good sit", your do may be standing up. But you can click the moment she is sitting.

      To teach your dog that the click means "good girl,"you need a pocketful of treats and a clicker. Click and give your dog a treat. Do this about thirty times. By the time you`re done, your dog knows the click is a good thing! Then whenever she follows a command, you just click instead of using your voice to prompt her.

      I am not sure what will happen if you do not have the clicker, probably nothing much. Just give her a treat or praise her instead, but I would suggest making sure you take it with you, just in case.

      Their are many other tricks you can teach your dog like fetch the newspaper or even play dead.

      Check out Amazon! They have tons of books on dog tricks that you can order online:

      http://www.amazon.com/Only-Tricks-Book-Youll-Family/dp/1593372566/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1217756577&sr=8-2

      Here is a few websites/videos on dog tricks:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1lO6HQZdsk (this video was really good!)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk1pOUb8a_g&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq5RQJDMRWI&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7QrBwANSDs&feature=related

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB6y7t_FeT8&feature=related (this was funny!)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaj6lApFuaY&feature=related (screaming pug!)

      http://www.loveyourdog.com/tricks.html

      http://www.idodogtricks.com/index_flash.html

      http://dogtricks101.com/

      Cute boy names:

      Butterscotch
      Shadow
      Buddy
      Husky
      Twinkles
      Frostie
      Twinky
      Munchkin
      Oreo
      Pudgy
      Tiger
      Squirt
      Angel
      Mushka
      Mango
      Sam
      Brownie
      Fudge
      Cookies & cream (if you get 2 dogs!)
      Pepper

      Check out these websites, for more names:

      http://www.fundognames.com/male-cute-dog-names.html

      http://www.names-for-dogs.co.uk/cute-dog-names.html

      http://www.alldognames.com/

      Good luck! I hope this helps.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best food for a puppy.?

    • ANSWER:
      I have to wonder who the TD fairy is... anyhow,

      Go to http://www.DOGFOODANALYSIS.com/ for ratings on almost every brand of dog food. The higher rating, the better.
      Go to http://www.DOGFOODPROJECT.com/ for ingredients info, updates on pet food, etc.

      You might also want to watch this video. It has a list of pet food ingredients to avoid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpC0O0E1J...

      I personally feed my dog the raw diet. He loves it. It's what nature intended for dogs to eat. However, dogs can be healthy without it, if the kibble they are fed is high quality. Here's a list of foods with good ingredients: Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova, Healthwise, Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul, Canidae, and Diamond NATURALS.

      New foods are coming out that are grain free. I believe these are the best foods. Dogs don't NEED grains. However, some of these foods are too rich and have too much protein for some dogs. Here's a list of some of them: Taste Of The Wild, Canidae Grain-Free, Wellness CORE, EVO, and Orijen.

      Also, you don't want to listen to most vet's recommendations on pet food. Most get paid to recommend crappy brands. They are schooled little in pet nutrition, and the classes that they do take are usually funded by an unhealthy brand of food. Here are some brands to avoid: Kibbles 'N' Bits, Purina, Iams, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog, Beneful, Dog Chow, Pedigree, and any generic brand.

      Always read the ingredients on your pet food before buying, and make sure you know what the ingredients mean!

      When switching pet foods, do it over a week long period. On the first day, feed 25% new food, and 75% old food. Do that for two days. When that's over, do 50% of each. Feed that for two days. Next, feed 75% of new food & 25% of old food. Feed it for two days. After that, feed 100% of the new food, and donate what's left of the old food to the shelter. You can also feed it to wild birds and squirrels.

      I study pet nutrition. My email address is rawfeederr@gmail.com, and you can email me if you want. I'll respond to your email quickly, as I am on here almost every day.

      Good luck with your dog(s)!

  17. QUESTION:
    My Puppy Hates Blue Buffalo Puppy Food?
    I have a twelve week old mini dachshund puppy that I'm currently feeding Blue. Every time I serve her a bowl she walks away from the food bowl or ignores it completely. What are some high quality dog food brands I could try with her? Could someone list all the high quality dog food brands?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/dry/5-star/

      Dry foods that have the highest ratings.

      And if you contact some of the companies that you can get near you before buying, quite a few will be willing to send a sample size and coupons :p

  18. QUESTION:
    German Shepherd Puppy 2 months old?
    i have a 2 month old german shepherd puppy and she bites. HARD. she made me bleed at least 4-5 times. When she even touches me with her teeth, i yelp and she goes away. For about 5 seconds. then she comes back and attacks me again. I have to put her into solitary confinement for about a minute, then i take her out again and she goes wild about a minutes later. what do i do? I tried the water spray, the water vinegar spray, but she attacks the bottle. Also, when can a dog do obedience training?

    • ANSWER:
      Rate: (155 Ratings)

      For young puppies, nipping, biting and "mouthing" are normal behaviors and rarely cause serious harm. But it's important to stop these behaviors before your dog reaches adulthood, when a bite could inflict serious injury.

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      Step1Begin your training early - when your puppy is 6 weeks old, if possible.
      Step2Teach your puppy that biting hurts you. When he bites, give a sharp "no!" or "ouch!" - or even a yelp like a dog would make. This is the same reaction that your puppy would get from another puppy if he bit too hard during play. It teaches him that he's been too rough, and the odds are that he'll be more gentle next time.
      Step3Remove your hand slowly - don't jerk it away - and give your puppy a toy that he can chew on without damage.
      Step4If your puppy ignores your reaction and bites again, repeat your "no!," "ouch!" or yelp, and leave the room for a few minutes. Let your puppy know that when he bites, he will lose his playmate. This, too, mirrors the reaction he would get from another puppy if he played too roughly.
      Step5Be persistent in your training. As your puppy's behavior improves and his bites are softer, continue to yelp or give a sharp "no!" or "ouch!" whenever he puts his teeth on you. Make it clear that all bites are painful and unacceptable to humans.
      Step6Reinforce your puppy's good behavior. Whenever he licks you without using his teeth and whenever he plays nicely and appropriately, give him plenty of praise.
      Step7Begin teaching the "off" command after your puppy has stopped biting with any pressure. Hold a handful of the puppy's dry food, close your hand and say "off." After a few seconds, if the puppy has not touched your hand, say "take it" and give him a piece of food. You are teaching him that "off" means not to touch.
      Step8Continue to give a sharp yelp, "no!" or "ouch!" any time your puppy bites you unexpectedly. If you see the bite coming, give the "off" command.
      Step9Enroll your puppy in an obedience class where he can socialize with other dogs when he is about 6 months old. Their interaction will help to reinforce what you teach him, since rough play with other dogs will likely cause them to yelp and cut off play. At the same time, your puppy will learn the difference between people's limits and other dogs' limits - dogs will allow rougher play than people will.
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  19. QUESTION:
    Lab Large Breed Puppy food and corn? (Pro Plan, Nutro or Blue Buffalo)?
    I have a wonderful lab pup who is 7 weeks old and our vet told us to change his food to "a more bland food" - he is on Authority large breed puppy....

    The guy at Petsmart yesterday told me either Pro Plan large breed, Blue Buffalo large breed puppy or Nutro large breed puppy.... I am hesitant about Pro Plan because it has corn and I thought corn is bad for dogs but other people online seem to like the stuff... What should I get him?

    • ANSWER:
      Blue Buffalo is likely the best.

      Here are independent sites that review various foods. And yes, I've used them to purchase food for my dog. I basically look at the ratings and pick the best food at the price I can afford.

      I would also read on "Dog food advisor" about how to do your own evaluation when you are in the store (just in case you are looking at one that is not reviewed). They tell you what to look for in the ingredient list that should give you a cause for concern.

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/dry/

      I'm guessing your vet wanted "bland" food because labs will eat and eat and eat if you allow it. He probably wants to discourage this.

  20. QUESTION:
    wellness dog food good?
    i would love to have your opinion on it for my dog, im planning on getting it and want to kno if you have heard negative or positive about the food, please say anything that may help,

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the ratings on the Wellness brands by Dogfoodanalysis.com. I do not know which type you would feed so I will give you all of them:

      Five-star rated foods:

      Wellness Just For Puppy: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1473&cat=3

      Wellness Super5mix Chicken: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=327&cat=3

      Wellness Super5mix Lamb: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=328&cat=3

      Wellness super5mix Large Breed Puppy: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=2205&cat=3

      Wellness Super5mix Small Breed: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=2215&cat=3

      Six-Star rated foods:

      Wellness Core: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1291&cat=8

      Wellness Core Ocean: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1742&cat=8

      Wellness Core Reduced Fat: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=1292&cat=8

  21. QUESTION:
    Malnuturished Pitbull puppy?
    my boyfriend has a pittbull puppy named Aldo (he's so cute!) It's his bosses, whom he lived with for a while. His boss has moved out, but the puppy remains causing havok lol. Well, they dont have a lot of money and he has become very thin and i dont think is being fed well.

    i was wondering, what exactly does this dog need to get healthy? i have a dog myself who is fat and happy and so i am bringing over food to feed Aldo. how many times a day should he be eating?

    • ANSWER:
      The back of the bag of food should tell you. It depends on the weight/ size/ type of dog. To put weight on my own little dog who was malnourished when I got him, I fed him puppy food because it's higher in calories. The dog could also possibly be depressed from losing his owner. I think my own dog was depressed from being abandoned. I'm pretty sure he led a posh lifestyle before they dumped him off at the rescue group I work for. He didn't like being around so many dogs. I think he was also used to eating a specific type of food when I got him, so I had to try several brands before I got the right one. I also fed him some wet food in the beginning just to perk up his appetite. But, dry food is better for his teeth, so I stopped doing that. My dog gets a bowl of food that he eats out of whenever he wants. But, some dogs eat their food all at once so it's not possible. I'd also pay attention to the content of the food that you are feeding him. Some food is better than others. Check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com for food ratings and information on the content of each specific brand. That is how I picked the brand of food for my dog.

  22. QUESTION:
    What makes Solid Gold better than other dog foods?

    Which other brands are as high quality as Solid Gold?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's one way of scoring dog food, thought I'd share it. I had troubles figuring out Pro Plan Chickens score... But I think it was around a C.. or worse...

      How to grade your dog's food (Some brands are done at the very bottom):

      Start with a grade of 100:

      1. For every listing of "by-product, " subtract 10 points
      2. For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry," meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4. For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice," "brewer's rice," "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "--" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A

      86-93 = B

      78-85 = C

      70-77 = D

      69 = F

      ************ ***

      Here are some foods that have already been scored (listed alphabetically, note the ratings after each name):

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between indoor and outdoor (or regular) dog/puppy food?
    As of now I've been feeding my 10 month old puppy indoor puppy food. But, it comes in a smaller bag (compared to regular dog food), and is much more expensive. I'd rather just get regular food for her, but I'm not sure of the differences.
    And what brands do would you recommend?
    We used to feed her indoor food, and we switched her to human food. We've been trying to get her to go back to puppy food, but she won't eat any. If we were to switch her back to puppy food, I'd like to know the differences between regular dog food, and dog food marked with the word 'indoor'. Sorry about the confusion .
    vvvv
    I just want to know if it's okay to feed an indoor puppy, puppy food that is not marked with the words 'indoor'.

    • ANSWER:
      I have never heard of an "outdoor dog food". It would help if you told us what brand it is.

      When choosing a food, it is best to stay away from foods that contain any of the following ingredients: Corn, animal byproducts, wheat, soy, food colorings, chemical preservatives, beet pulp, or bone meal.

      Go to http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/, and see if they have the brand of food that you are currently feeding listed, and see what they think about it. Go to their ratings page, and look through their 3-5 star listings. Choose a brand from that list.

  24. QUESTION:
    My 9week old puppy has flaky skin..?
    I have a 9wk old chi weenie puppy she has flaky skin and scratches often. I have only gave her one bath since I got her at 6wks and she eats science diet. I check her for fleas every day and she is on medicine so I know its not that. I asked my vet about it and she said it was nothing to be concerned about. What can I do to keep her from being so itchy for her sake?
    I had no choice but to take her at 6wks she didn't come from a breeder I rescued her. She has been to the vet twice already and has had all her shots. I just took her to the vet Thursday for her second round of shots and the vet said she just has dry skin. I just want her to not be itchy. Whats some thing to help with the itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it takes a puppy's body a while to get everything working. Give it a little more time. For now give it a good brushing every day with a soft bristled brush. That will remove dead skin flakes and stimulate the glands in the skin.

      Note, for those that want to base their decisions on well done scientific research, it is much better to have a puppy in its home at 6 weeks than 12, and Science Diet is as good or better than the more expensive ones. You will not find a single fact to back the popular food ratings or bashing the common brands of food. It is all speculation and lies.

  25. QUESTION:
    Best Dog Food?
    I see a lot of people giving food advice on Y/A. I see recommendations from Iams and Purina, which I personally think are fine foods, to a raw food diet which I do not agree with. For those who know about food, what food do you think is best for dogs, why, and where did you get your information? Credible information. I found one person on here who actually sounds like she knows what she is talking about. She is an LVT who specializes in Nutrition. That is her Job. But for everyone else, where do you get your information from? I just wonder because I hear so much food talk, and I don't know who is really right. I don't have a dog yet, I am planning to adopt a dog soon.
    I have learned about Iams. The testing they do is feeding dogs Iams. They don't do any harmful tests, they just feed the dog Iams, and see how they respond, and make any changes they need to based on their information. I haven't found any credible source that suggests they abuse animals.

    • ANSWER:
      Two of my dogs eat Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance. Our new puppy eats Fromm Large Breed Puppy Gold (Actually Fromm's Gold Nutritionals and Four-Star Nutritionals are holistic. Their Classic formulas are not holistic, so I would not use them.)

      I have had extensive nutritional training at work from Hills, which includes both their over the counter Science Diet formulas and their Prescription diets for both dogs and cats. By nutritional training I mean a very thick manual with tests at the end of each chapter, as well as, representatives from Hills coming to speak to our staff. We also sell prescription diets made by Royal Canin, Eukanuba, and Purina. We are required to know about those formulas as well. The only over the counter food we sell is Science Diet.

      If a client asks me what I feed my dogs and why, I tell them. I don't come across as all-knowing, because I don't know everything. But I won't lie to them. There is a way to discuss it without coming on too strong. Some of our doctors are even recommending Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice or Fish and Sweet Potato over the brands we carry for dogs with allergies, because they've seen the good results I've had with the Venison formula.

      Science Diet and Eukanuba/Iams spend a lot of money to promote their food at vet's offices. Science Diet is a better food than a lot of the grocery store brands, and some of our vets believe in it wholeheartedly, while others recommend more holistic foods. I personally have seen excellent results with some of the prescription diets, and would NEVER tell a client not to use it for their dog's particular problem when a vet has prescribed it. Holistic vets may prescribe a homemade diet, which I believe in, too, if the pet is under their care.

      Royal Canin has prescription diets that are a little better geared towards being a little more natural than the other major companies. Maybe someday they'll all be made with better ingredients. As long as my dogs are healthy and don't require a prescription diet, I'm going to stick with what I know are better quality holistic foods. There are many others I would recommend such as Canidae, Solid Gold, Wellness, California Natural, and Innova, to name a few.

      Over the years I've learned that you have to protect your dog's immunity. A good immune system will help your dog to fight off many health problems, as well as, give their bodies the ability to heal faster. In my opinion, this begins with a diet free of by-products, corn, artificial preservatives, and free of protein sources that are basically unfit for human consumption. I don't want that going into my dogs. Two books I would recommend for anyone questioning if their dog food is good are Ann N. Martin's "Foods Pets Die for" and "Protect Your Pet."

      I don't know everything about dog food, but I've done a lot of reading on my own and have a lot of training at work. If you're interested in ratings on great foods, check out "Whole Dog Journal." Their last issue had the ratings of the best foods in their opinion. Really good issue. Hope this helps!

  26. QUESTION:
    Pro Plan Selects puppy food/Nutro Natural Choice Ultra Puppy Food?
    Sorry, I'm probably annoying the heck out of you with all of these questions but I have NO idea what I'm looking for in a good dog food and want advice from experienced premium dog food users...

    Which of the 2 brands above are the best?
    If I'm correct...I'm thinking Nutro Natural choice because one of Pro Plans first ingredients is corn gluten meal...

    Anyone??
    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750149
    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2750856

    Theres the links the ingredients are at the bottom...

    • ANSWER:
      If you go to http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com you can look up many different dog foods and they give an analysis on each one and give them ratings from 1* to 5 or 6*. Purina, like the other brands found in grocery stores are basically garbage. Filled with corn and other junk. The only Nutro I might recommend is the Ultra version. Blue Buffalo is a good one and I know they carry it at my Petsmart.

  27. QUESTION:
    how much should I feed my 5 month old great dane?
    he weighs around 25 to 30 pounds he is kind of skinny for his age. He got sick a while back went to vet and is better now. Just wondering how much he should eat a day.

    • ANSWER:
      Feed a high quality large breed puppy food.
      You can find pretty reliable ratings and info on food here:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php/cat/1

      Puppies go through stages and at times look pretty thin and awkward.If there is good muscle covering bones you are at a good weight.As long as you don't see sunken areas or the points of hip bones etc,you are fine.

      It's easier on the dog to be lean while growing.Look at the recommendation on the bag of food and adjust to your dogs body condition and activity level as you go.

      Good Luck with your pup!

  28. QUESTION:
    Which do you prefer? Wellness or Merrick puppy food?
    My puppy is currently eating Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover's Soul dry kibble mixed with some of the brand's wet food. He has had loose stools and dry and crusty eyes (my vet contributes this to the food). I was in the process of switching him to Taste of the Wild prairie formula, but he really does not like it. Before I go any further switching his food, does anyone have any recommendations. My puppy is a 6 month old English Bulldog, and I am particularly interested in Merrick or Wellness.

    • ANSWER:
      Both are good foods, but i would prefer Wellness CORE if you're going to pick one. You can find complete ratings and analysis here if you want to learn more: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com

  29. QUESTION:
    my puppy is pooping too much...?
    my 10 week old puppy is pooping too much... she does not have diarrhea but she's pooping ever 40-50 minutes. I gave her plenty of water so that she wont dehydrate what food can I give her. I gave her rice, and some people told me to give her oats... she has a lot of energy and does not look sick at all...any experiences on this?

    any vet tech who can help me

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on what food you are feeding your puppy this could be normal.
      If you are feeding a lower quality food you have to feed more of it and much of the food will be less digestable and the dog will produce more waste.
      If you feed a higher quality food where more of the ingredients are used by the dogs body you will feed less and you will have less waste.
      Check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com
      for some dog food ratings.
      If you are going to switch foods please do it over a two week period. Start with 75% old food 25% new then after three days move to 50-50 and after a few more days to 25% old food 75% new food then after a few more days on to 100% new food.
      By feeding a higher quality diet you feed less food and the dog uses more of it and you have less stool volume. One good reason for feeding a high quality diet

  30. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food should I give my puppy?
    I have a 8wk old puppy and I want to knowwhat type of brand gives all the nutrients he needs but at the same time affordabe. I've been feeding him puppy pedigree is this an ok brand?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, thumbs up to Kunzy, Wolf Femme and I Love To Help. They all recommended good food for your puppy.

      Thumbs down to Eleazar, K and ????. You get a thumbs down for recommending foods with poor ingredients and fillers that will most likely cause issues like kidney failure later in life.

      Why do I say all this? It's simple. High quality foods use real meats, fruits and vegetables as their main ingredients. Low quality foods use corn (undigestable to dogs), soy and meat by-products because all those things are extremely cheap so they make a huge profit off using them.

      Lets compare the ingredients of a 6-Star Premium Food to a 1-Star Food that Veterinarians recommend the most.

      TASTE OF THE WILD INGREDIENTS: 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, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Raspberries, etc.

      SCIENCE DIET: Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavor, Brewers Rice, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Soybean Oil, etc.

      Notice the difference? Do you even know what those products are in Science Diet? The main ingredient is corn. Have you ever noticed after you (a human) eat corn, sometimes it comes out the other end whole? That's because corn is not easily digested and therefore not a good ingredient. Notice that all the ingredients in Taste of the Wild, you would probably be happy to eat for dinner tonight? Notice how the only meat in Science Diet is "Chicken By-Product"? Do you know what "By-Product" means? It means that it's the parts of the chicken that are deemed inappropriate for human consumption like the beak, feet, intestines, etc. The grind this stuff up and put it in the food.

      The worst part is, Science Diet is considered the best of the bad foods. Pedigree, Eukanuba, Purina, Iams and all those brands are even worse.

      Lastly, to the person that said that some people can't afford a good food I say that Taste of the Wild costs for a 30 pound bag. Royal Canin and Science Diet cost for a 30 pound bag and Iams costs about for a 15 pound bag so everyone that can afford those crap foods can afford Taste of the Wild and help their dog live a long and healthy life.

      Go to www.dogfoodanalysis.com and look at the 1-Star foods. All the ones suggested from the people I gave a thumbs down to are rated 1-Star. The ones I gave thumbs up to suggested foods that received 5 or 6-Star ratings.

      Lastly, don't EVER listen to your Vets advice on food. They don't learn about nutrition in Veterinary school. The only education they get about food comes from the food representatives that sell them their products. Also, your vet gets an incentive for recommending those commercial foods.

  31. QUESTION:
    California Natural dry food for puppy?
    Is this a good type of food for a Maltese puppy? I got several samples from the pet store (innova, Evo, and 2 others i can't remember) she ONLY liked the California Natural one, but is it a good high quality dog food? Does it cause tear staining in Maltese? Does it cause a smelly odor in the stool? Any suggestions would be helpful I really need help!

    • ANSWER:
      California Natural is a low-allergen, high quality food made by Natura. Natura was just bought out by Proctor & Gamble (which isn't a good thing if you dig into what P&G did when they bought Iams). I have to agree with the other poster, if you're starting a puppy on a food, go grain-free. Orijen is a very very good food, but is $$$$. After a lot of research, my puppy is on Taste of the Wild, and loves it. Taste of the Wild is grain-free, and gets all the highest ratings on most sites (and it's very affordable!).

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-dry/

  32. QUESTION:
    What exactly should I feed my new puppy?--labrador retreiver..?

    WELL u see i saw in a site that u shouldnt buy the food instead u should prepare it....wats ure opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      My malamute pup is thriving on Kirkland Puppy, but there are other good foods out there. The rule of thumb is that if you can buy it at the grocery store or Wal-Mart, you shouldn't.

      Here's a link to help you decide. http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog-food-ratings.html

      Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    is purina one a good dog food?
    is purina one chicken oatmeal a good dog food for a pitbull?

    • ANSWER:
      Purina is horrible no matter what brand

      Heres some information on dog food. My rule of thumb is if you find it in a walmart or your vet office its not good (Science Diet is vet recommended but fails the dog food scoring)

      How to grade your dog's food (Some brands are done at the very bottom):

      Start with a grade of 100:

      1. For every listing of "by-product, " subtract 10 points
      2. For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry," meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4. For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice," "brewer's rice," "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "--" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A

      86-93 = B

      78-85 = C

      70-77 = D

      69 = F

      ************ ***

      Here are some foods that have already been scored (listed alphabetically, note the ratings after each name):

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  34. QUESTION:
    Why should you not feed a Great Dane puppy food?

    • ANSWER:
      Uhhh, not sure where the other answere'ers here got their info, but you should NEVER, EVER, EVER feed a dane pup any kind of puppy food, not even a large/ giant breed formula.

      check out www.greatdanelady.com for nutritional info.

      Dane pups should be fed a high quality adult food from the time they are weaned. High quality foods include Eagle Pack, Chicken Soup, Canidea, or Innova (though I think the calories might be too high for a pup in this one).

      check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com for ratings on different foods, and the reasons why.

      Feed your pup the wrong food and you run the risk of him developing problems with growth, and health. HOD, PANO, and OCD are all possibly nutrition related. You want to grow your pup nice and slow. Puppy food is way to rich for any dane pup. Even a low quality adult food is a bad choice. My dane was weaned by his breeder onto Nutro Lamb/ Rice adult, and developed HOD, and OCD (though the OCD was probably genetic).

      Do you really want to take a chance???

  35. QUESTION:
    The Best Food for a Pug?
    Hi. I am a 7 month old Pug puppy. I am a15 pound male. I have been eating Nutro Small Bites Puppy Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal dry food since I was 3 month old. I recently read that my food is not one of the best premium dog foods. I am constantly searching my backyard for leaves, figs, berries etc. Also when my owner feeds me boiled carrots, green beans, chicken or rice I tend to get an upset stomach. I would like to be properly nourished so I have hit the internet to find out what food would be the best for my breed? Also if there is any place I could find information about my vitamin and nutritional needs on the web. I should mention that I currently get fed 3 times per day 1/2 cup per feeding. Thank you for any information that you can provide. Cheers!

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro is not a good food at all. Noperz. I'm glad you're looking into healthier food! :-)

      Go to http://www.DOGFOODANALYSIS.com/ for ratings on almost every brand of dog food. The higher rating, the better.
      Go to http://www.DOGFOODPROJECT.com/ for ingredients info, updates on pet food, etc.

      You might also want to watch this video. It has a list of pet food ingredients to avoid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpC0O0E1J...

      I personally feed my dog the raw diet. He loves it. It's what nature intended for dogs to eat. However, dogs can be healthy without it, if the kibble they are fed is high quality. Here's a list of foods with good ingredients: Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova, Healthwise, Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul, Canidae, and Diamond NATURALS.

      New foods are coming out that are grain free. I believe these are the best foods. Dogs don't NEED grains. However, some of these foods are too rich and have too much protein for some dogs. Here's a list of some of them: Taste Of The Wild, Canidae Grain-Free, Wellness CORE, EVO, and Orijen.

      Also, you don't want to listen to most vet's recommendations on pet food. Most get paid to recommend crappy brands. They are schooled little in pet nutrition, and the classes that they do take are usually funded by an unhealthy brand of food. Here are some brands to avoid: Kibbles 'N' Bits, Purina, Iams, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog, Beneful, Dog Chow, Pedigree, and any generic brand.

      Always read the ingredients on your pet food before buying, and make sure you know what the ingredients mean!

      When switching pet foods, do it over a week long period. On the first day, feed 25% new food, and 75% old food. Do that for two days. When that's over, do 50% of each. Feed that for two days. Next, feed 75% of new food & 25% of old food. Feed it for two days. After that, feed 100% of the new food, and donate what's left of the old food to the shelter. You can also feed it to wild birds and squirrels.

      I study pet nutrition. My email address is rawfeederr@gmail.com, and you can email me if you want. I'll respond to your email quickly, as I am on here almost every day.

      Good luck with your dog(s)!

  36. QUESTION:
    Should I Feed My Pug Puppy Innova Evo?
    I have a 6 month old pug puppy and I was feeding him chicken soup for the puppy soul which he loved but I thought I would change it to Evo cause it was a 6 star rated dog food as supposed to chikcen siup which is 5.Now I read about the high protein content in it and not so much that he is a puppy but his breed.He is a pug.Is this dog food to high in protein for him?I'm thinking I should change him back to chicken soup.I was just wondering your thoughts.Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      EVO is an "all-life-stages" food, so theoretically can used for both puppies and adults, but it does have rather high protein (42%). I personally would use EVO only for adult dogs. Grain-free foods can also be too rich for some dogs and cause loose stools.

      Chicken Soup is a great brand of dog food, there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeding it to your dog.

      Those ratings aren't gospel. The ratings are a great guideline, but it doesn't mean your dog will do well on certain foods. Even high-quality foods are not "one-size-fits-all".

      It all comes down to what high-quality food that *your dog* does best on.

      ADD:

      "Isn't Chicken Soup made by Dimond? Dimond brands are way down on the list now"

      Yes, Chicken Soup is made by Diamond, but is a great food. The regular Diamond-brand foods that actually say "Diamond ____" are low-quality, but Chicken Soup is great. Diamond also makes another high-quality food that is grain free, called Taste of the Wild.

      The BAD Diamond foods:
      - http://www.diamondpet.com/

      The GOOD Diamond foods:
      - http://www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com/
      - http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
      .

  37. QUESTION:
    dog food ratings for the best dog food for puppys or adult dogs?
    what is the best dog food for puppys ao adult dogs

    • ANSWER:
      We feed my 2 1/2 year old mix terrier Royal Canine food. She doesn't really like the taste, so we usually mix it with something else, like cheese or one slice of ham cut up into really small pieces. She loves it this way.
      Our vet told us that Royal Canine is the best food for dogs, of any age. They have different packages for different dog ages and breeds.

  38. QUESTION:
    Which dog food is better, Purina or Iams?
    I have an 8 month old German Shepherd. I am currently giving him Iams, for large breeds. I give him this food only as a base, I make my own dog food. Even as a base, I want to know which is better, Purina "Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies" or Iams "ProActive Health Smart Puppy Large Breed"?

    • ANSWER:
      Well. Both foods are crap, but Iams is better than Beneful will EVER be.
      Go to http://www.DOGFOODANALYSIS.com/ for ratings on almost every brand of dog food. The higher rating, the better.
      Go to http://www.DOGFOODPROJECT.com/ for ingredients info, updates on pet food, etc.

      You might also want to watch this video. It has a list of pet food ingredients to avoid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpC0O0E1J...

      I personally feed my dog the raw diet. He loves it. It's what nature intended for dogs to eat. However, dogs can be healthy without it, if the kibble they are fed is high quality. Here's a list of foods with good ingredients: Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova, Healthwise, Chicken Soup For The Dog Lover's Soul, Canidae, and Diamond NATURALS.

      New foods are coming out that are grain free. I believe these are the best foods. Dogs don't NEED grains. However, some of these foods are too rich and have too much protein for some dogs. Here's a list of some of them: Taste Of The Wild, Canidae Grain-Free, Wellness CORE, EVO, and Orijen.

      Also, you don't want to listen to most vet's recommendations on pet food. Most get paid to recommend crappy brands. They are schooled little in pet nutrition, and the classes that they do take are usually funded by an unhealthy brand of food. Here are some brands to avoid: Kibbles 'N' Bits, Purina, Iams, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Mighty Dog, Beneful, Dog Chow, Pedigree, and any generic brand.

      Always read the ingredients on your pet food before buying, and make sure you know what the ingredients mean!

      When switching pet foods, do it over a week long period. On the first day, feed 25% new food, and 75% old food. Do that for two days. When that's over, do 50% of each. Feed that for two days. Next, feed 75% of new food & 25% of old food. Feed it for two days. After that, feed 100% of the new food, and donate what's left of the old food to the shelter. You can also feed it to wild birds and squirrels.

      I study pet nutrition. My email address is oreos_are_magic_stuff@yahoo.com, and you can email me if you want. I'll respond to your email quickly, as I am on here almost every day.

      Good luck with your dog(s)!

  39. QUESTION:
    Dog food brands?!?!?!?
    ok so i am feeding my dog pedigree and puppy chow.
    I want to know about them because i am scared my puppy could get sick. please be as descriptive as you can.
    10 points for most descriptive answer
    Chris you are right but my dog has been acting a little different
    wow.........
    i am missing out on a lot. but i don't get it.
    my dog eats the bowl clean. for both of the foods.
    Shara your right wasting a couple more bucks wont hurt me or my dog. i am probably going to consider the food you suggested but i will check the internet first before choosing a best answer

    • ANSWER:
      They have both been recalled in the past so would not consider them the best dog food. Look online at pet food ratings. PetCo has one that my dog likes very well called Solid Gold that is tops! They have not been recalled and have excellent ingredients. There are others yet, need to search on the internet. Paying a few more bucks is worth the benefits to health and well-being. They really are not that much more expensive.

  40. QUESTION:
    Shar Pei Puppy Food. What's best?
    What is the best dry-kibble brand dog food for Shar Peis? My pup is currently 5 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to dogfoodanalysis.com and do some research.

      Safe bet is anything you can get in your local grocery store is crap.

      I feed my dog Canidae All Life Stages which has really high ratings.

  41. QUESTION:
    What kind of protein & fat content should my dog food have? Large breed puppies?
    I have an 11 month old boxer, and we're getting a puppy this week, either a great dane or a great dane/english mastiff mix.
    I used to think that giant breeds were supposed to have giant amounts of protein as a puppy, but I just read an old question that said protein should be capped at 24% for giant breeds. Is that true?
    There are 3 brands of Dog food we're considering: Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness (very high protein), Chicken Soup for the puppy lover's soul, and Canidae. I want to know the ideal protein/fat/starch combos so I can pick a good dog food, or find a recipe to make my own.

    • ANSWER:
      There's a lot of conflicting advice concerning protein and fat levels, calcium and supplementation!

      From my own experience, a food that has between a minimum of 22% and maximum of 29% protein, with a fat content of between 9% and 15% works best for large breed puppies (I have Rottweilers). Large and giant breeds grow very fast and it's a balancing act to make sure they get enough nutrition without going overboard in one area or another. If you have a high quality food you shouldn't generally need to add any supplements.

      It's important not to overfeed large breed puppies, you don't want them to grow too fast or it leads to bone and joint problems. A chubby puppy looks adorable, but it's not good for his long term health! Avoid letting him jump into or out of cars, off porches or steps and sliding on wood, slippery floors or wet muddy ground can cause damage.

      Check out the article below to learn how to 'rate' any dog food according to the ingredients (the rating system was devised by a Great Dane owner and is amazing! There's also a link to the Top 25 dog foods on the market, with individual 'ratings'

  42. QUESTION:
    SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT BUYING A PUPPY!!?
    I will be getting a puppy (a maltese) .

    Question 1a:
    My dad wants to just get the dog first before buying all the supplies. Do you think that is smart?
    I can at least get a crate because my friend has one for me.

    Question 1b:
    What should I buy (of puppy supplies) ahead of time?

    Question 2:
    The breeder has a Royal Canin puppy kit thats comes along with it, do you know what is included in it?

    Question 3:
    Any boy or girl puppy names??

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you should buy supplys ahead of time thats not smart

      Supplies you need
      (when bringing home your first puppy or dog)
      Water Bowl
      Food Bowl
      Leash
      Collar
      Dog Food
      Local Veterinarian Chosen (new pet should visit vet ASAP)
      Shelter (if outside dog or if dog will spend any length of time outdoors)

      Optional Supplies
      (depending on the type of dog, budget and living conditions)

      Dog Bed (or cozy place to sleep)
      Dog Toys and Chewys (recommended for puppies)
      Dog Crate (if you are crate training)
      Treats
      Dog Brush and or Comb (not needed for hairless dogs)
      Dog Shampoo
      Puppy Pee Pee Pads
      Dog Carrier (for puppies and small dogs)
      Dog Clippers / Strippers (Depending on coat type)
      dog toothbrush
      dog toothpaste
      idtag

      The Royal Canin Puppy Kit is FREE on your pet?s first visit to Animal House. The Puppy Kit comes in a specially branded package which contains an 800g trial size bag of Royal Canin dog food, a universal measuring cup, a Royal Canin collar and leash, and a very comprehensive Puppy Guide Booklet with Discount Coupons inside.

      zoe
      sadey
      pugsley
      chloe
      tina
      duke
      max
      suka
      chida
      tia
      tiko
      prince
      princes
      Molly
      mr. Bean
      Maggie
      Kayla
      Casey
      Riley
      rolo
      daisy (a bit overused though...)
      Sasha
      maddie
      check out dog names.com for more names ,breed specific, what they mean,there ratings,and much more

      The Maltese Puppy Handbook by Jonathan Russell on amazon.com is a good book you should buy its only 5$

      please rate me

  43. QUESTION:
    Help in change of dog food?
    I have a 16 week puppy and hes been eating Science Diet. Is that a good brand or should i switch to something better?

    • ANSWER:
      At 4 months, a puppy should still be eating a puppy or all life stages kibble. There are many great foods out there, it depends on what you are willing to pay/can afford and if your dog does well on the food. A dog can eat any food and live, but I prefer to have a dog that thrives, is healthy and has tons of energy.

      The following website gives you reviews and ratings on different kinds of food. 4+ stars are better foods while the lower stars are getting into fillers and other products that aren't necessarily good for dogs.

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

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get a picky puppy to eat his new food?
    I've recently changed my Lab's dog food from Purina puppy chow to Nutro Natural large breed puppies. At first he loved it (I mixed his old food with the new one for a week) but I guess the taste of the new food finally sneaked up on him because now he does not want to eat it. I know their is nothing wrong with him because he eats anything else (like wet dog food) BUT his food. I took him took him to the vet and they told me that nothing was wrong with him and that he may just be picky. What should I do? I really didn't like the puppy chow because it made him poop ALOT (like 4 times in ONE day) and with the new food he only goes 2 times a day and it looks healthy Versus his old bowel movements. he loves puppy chow should I just keep him on the old food? or change to another dog food? Also he's 6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      Purina Puppy Chow is one of the worst dog foods on the market. Please do not switch him back to that. I once read that feeding a dog puppy chow (or dog chow) is like feeding your kid nothing but fruit loops for his whole life. However, maybe Nutro is not the right food for him either. You may need to try something else, but don't do it abruptly. You did the right thing by mixing the food before going right to Nutro. I had a picky dog when we first got him and I ended going with a brand (a 5 star brand according to the various review sites) that has many different flavors and varieties so we are able to switch up the flavors without switching brands. We also mix wet and dry from the same brand too and he eats most of his meals shortly after we feed him (not always, but most of the time). Like people, dogs don't want to eat the same thing day in and day out. They get bored too. As a rule, don't feed you dog any food that you can buy in a regular grocery store. Only feed him high quality food (check dogfoodadvisor.com for ratings, reviews and advice). Yes, it may cost more, but it will save you in the long run from ongoing health problems from feeding him low quality food. Feeding low quality food often results in kidney problems and other issues as they age.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a good dog food that doesn't contain any chemicals?

    • ANSWER:
      Start with a grade of 100:

      1. For every listing of "by-product, " subtract 10 points
      2. For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry," meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4. For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice," "brewer's rice," "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "--" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A

      86-93 = B

      78-85 = C

      70-77 = D

      69 = F

      ************ ***

      Here are some foods that have already been scored (listed alphabetically, note the ratings after each name):

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the healthiest dog food brand?
    I was thinking Beneful since the bag looks like it is so darn healthy. People think it is loaded with junk.
    I was thinking Science Diet, but some people believe others are better.
    I heard from a friend that Iams was full of unhealthy things (roadkill?) I think that is a false statement, though.

    What do you use?
    I don't want to spend too much money, though.
    I heard Wellness is good, but I'm not sure.
    I'm getting a puppy: Yorkie/Shih Tsu mix

    • ANSWER:
      A bag that looks "so darn healthy" does not mean healthy food. Same with Science Diet and Iams. They're all crap. You have to look at ingredient quality, meat content, etc. Some vets support these low grade foods because these companies often hold nutritional seminars and also pay them to vouch for their food. As for the roadkill statement, AAFCO has admitted that rendered meats are allowed in pet foods (road kill, euthanized pets, etc.). A euthanasia drug was once found in a cheap supermarket food, but I don't believe that is still happening now. However, I do not know the status of road kill.

      Good brands (mostly dry, some canned, some prepared raw):

      - Natura Evo
      - Natura California Natural
      - Orijen
      - Canine Caviar
      - Acana
      - Horizon Legacy
      - Wellness Core and Super5Mix
      - Merrick
      - Fromm
      - Taste of the Wild
      - By Nature
      - Pinnacle
      - BLUE Buffalo Wilderness
      - Timberwolf
      - Weruva
      - Ziwipeak
      - Primal Pet
      - Freshpet
      - Nature's Variety
      - Wysong
      - Addiction

      Top brands in my book (independent manufacturing, high meat content, etc.):

      - Natura EVO
      - Champion Pet Foods (Orijen & Acana)
      - Merrick (lots of options)
      - Ziwipeak (raw)
      - Wysong (raw)
      - Weruva (canned)

      Wellness is good, but it isn't independently manufactured and the products aren't as meaty as others out there, even the grain-free line, Core. Keep in mind that the "healthiest" food is the one your dog does the best on, although my top choices are great options because of the high quality and meat content; very appropriate for a carnivore.

      Budget friendly foods (under .15 per lb):
      - Kirkland Signature
      - Nature's Domain
      - Pelican Bay
      - Diamond Naturals
      - 4Health
      - Premium Edge
      - Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
      - Whole Foods 365 Holistic
      - Trader Joe's
      - Natural Select

      I suggest an ingredient comparison.

      You want a food with a decent meat content, no generic meats, no by-products, no artificial additives, and ingredients passed fit for human consumption. It's best to add some canned food for extra meat (you need carbs to bind kibble) and moisture (a dogs natural diet is much higher in moisture content). I don't have time for a raw diet, so I'm actually considering feeding all canned food, because I can feed the 95% meat cans (all meat, except for vitamins/minerals and some thickening agent). As long as you brush a dogs teeth regularly and provide it with appropriate chews, like elk antlers and Nylabones, all canned food is fine.

      Ingredients to avoid:
      - Generic meats
      - Unspecified by-products (organs are fine, beaks and feathers are not)
      - Corn (it's more of the amount that's a problem, not the ingredient itself)
      - Wheat
      - Soy
      - Artificial additives (colors, preservatives, flavors, and menadione)
      - Meat that isn't fit for human consumption (ingredient lists do not tell you this, so you have to contact them)
      - Make sure all fresh meats are backed up by meat meals (fresh meats lose water during processing and drop down the ingredient list)

      Pluses:
      - Meets EU standards (no denatured meat meals, etc.)
      - Has meat meals to back up the fresh meats (they drop down the ingredient list after processing, due to loss of water)
      - Does not contain any vegetable protein ingredients
      - Independently manufactured
      - Free range/grass fed, antibiotic & hormone free meats
      - Wild caught fish

      Orijen, Evo, and Weruva top my list because of the independent manufacturing and high meat content.

      Also, a homemade Prey Model raw diet is the best if you have the time, storage, and a place to get cheap meat. It usually costs less than most premium commercial foods, too. You feed 2-3% of the dogs ideal adult body weight in 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ (5% liver). Don't ground anything or add any carbs.

      DogFoodChat.com has a great forum for both kibble/canned and raw feeders. Check Dog Food Analysis and Dog Food Advisor websites to compare ratings of Beneful, Science Diet, Iams, etc. to some of my top brands. These websites only review based on ingredient labels, so they do not know the quality of the specified meat sources (chicken, etc.); they assume that they are all high quality. I doubt supermarket brands use meats passed fit for human consumption; "chicken" can mean a fresh free range hen, or it could mean a diseased chicken as well (this is something to contact companies about).

  47. QUESTION:
    Can you send me a list of all the DOG food recalls?? please i need to know cuz i have a new puppy so yeah?

    • ANSWER:
      Heres some information on dog food. My rule of thumb is if you find it in a walmart or your vet office its not good (Science Diet is vet recommended but fails the dog food scoring)

      How to grade your dog's food (Some brands are done at the very bottom):

      Start with a grade of 100:

      1. For every listing of "by-product, " subtract 10 points
      2. For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry," meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points
      3. If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
      4. For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points
      5. If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice," "brewer's rice," "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points
      6. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
      7. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
      8. If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
      9. If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
      10. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
      11. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
      12. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
      13. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
      14. If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point
      15. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

      Extra Credit:

      1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
      2. If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points
      3. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
      4. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
      5. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
      6. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
      7. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
      8. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
      9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
      10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
      11. If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
      12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "--" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
      13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
      14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

      94-100+ = A

      86-93 = B

      78-85 = C

      70-77 = D

      69 = F

      ************ ***

      Here are some foods that have already been scored (listed alphabetically, note the ratings after each name):

      Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+

      Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F

      Canidae / Score 112 A+

      Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+

      Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F

      Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B

      Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A

      Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+

      Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+

      Foundations / Score 106 A+

      Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B

      Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D

      Innova Dog / Score 114 A+

      Innova Evo / Score 114 A+

      Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+

      Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B

      Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B

      Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F

      ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+

      Purina Beneful / Score 17 F

      Purina Dog / Score 62 F

      Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F

      Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+

      Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+

      Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A

      Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F

      Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F

      Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+

      Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

  48. QUESTION:
    DOG FOOD QUESTION: Whcih one of these canned dog foods is the better one? (Ingredients Listed)?
    I?m taking care of 8 German Shepherd mix that are 4 weeks old, their mother was run over, the owner asked me to take the puppies and find homes for them, she gave me a few cans 2 different brands of dog food, and I don?t know which one I should buy when there is no more canned dog food left.

    Canned dog food 1 (624 g can)
    Ingredients: water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, chicken, poultry by-products, soybean meal, barley, textured soy protein product, wheat middlings, ocean fish, tricalcium phosphate, salt, guar gum, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E, AB12, D3 supplements, thiamin mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin supplement) minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc, oxide, copper proteinate, manganous sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite) iron oxide.

    Canned dog food 2 (652 g can)
    Ingredients: sufficient water for processing, chicken, poetry by-products, wheat middlings, barley, ground corn, meat by-products, beef, guar gum, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E, AB12, D3 supplements, thiamin mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin supplement) minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc, oxide, copper proteinate, manganous sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite) iron oxide.
    Thats supposed to be poultry by-products not poetry.

    • ANSWER:
      First things first,I believe they probably need to be on milk replacement, at least for part of their diet, for for a bit longer.

      When they are ready for puppy food, go with higher quality food. Those foods you listed are atrocious. It's like feeding the equivalent of McDonalds everyday: pure junk.

      Read the ingredient before you buy. If there are any"by-products" listed, that's a sign of low-quality dog food. If there is corn, wheat, and soy, those are signs of low quality dog food.

      Let's compare the ingredients of a couple high-quality canned foods against the ingredients you listed for the canned food you have.

      Canidae ALS:
      Chicken, Chicken Broth, Lamb, Chicken Liver, Herring (Source of Omega 3), Brown Rice, Egg, Sunflower Oil (Source of Omega 6), Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Flax Seed Oil (Source of Omega 3), Guar Gum, Choline Chloride, Salt, Rosemary Extract, Carrageenan, Lecithin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

      Merrick Puppy Plate:
      Turkey, Turkey Broth, Duck, Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Whole Brown Rice, Fresh Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Carrots, Fresh Green Peas, Fresh Granny Smith Apples, Potato Starch-modified, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Flax Seed Oil (For Omega -3), Carageenan, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Cassia, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Poultry Seasoning (Thyme, Sage, Rosemary), Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Natural Caramel Color, Lecithin, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Mixed Tocopherols, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

      See the difference? High meat content, no by-products, and overall high-quality ingredients all the way around.

      To find high-quality dog foods, here is a very helpful website, they have ratings for both dry and canned foods. The 4, 5, and 6 star foods are the ones you'll want to choose from.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Best of luck with the puppies. :)
      .

  49. QUESTION:
    Dog food ratings. What do you consider a good brand and what do you feed. Is there a differnece?
    I have a Husky x Bull Mastiff. She is like a daughter to me. She's my everything, so I want to feed her good wholesome food. She is 3.5 months old. She has a very sensitive tummy and cannot eat a lot of foods.

    When I bought her she was on Innova large breed puppy which is a 4 star dog food according to http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

    I'm about to run out of the Innova and my local pet stores/warehouses don't stock it. They also claim that they had never even heard of it before, and that I should never have paid the 5 I paid for it, for any dog food.

    They had available some other brands such as Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams etc.
    I went for the Holistic Select Large and Giant breed Puppy. It was 0. Holistic Select is also a 4 star dog food.

    They first tried selling me the Science Diet but I'd previously googled it and it's only a 2.5 star dog food. They claimed that most vets reccommend Science Diet as the best food to feed your dog.

    Why would a vet be recommending a 2.5 star dog food? Why not reccommend the best food with the best produce in it. It just baffles me to think that they aren't really wanting whats best for our pets.

    What do you feed your dog and why?
    Is there any specific brands you favour over others?
    Is Price vs Quality an issue for you?
    Any RAW feeders out there?

    I'm just sort of wondering what you all feed, why you feed it and what you think is reasonable in terms of price, ingredients, and brand.

    I really suggest checking out http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ it really opened up my eyes to ingredients and quality of dog food. After all our dogs are part of our family right?
    Thanks for replying. But I didnt come here to be lectured.
    She gets RAW in the evenings. She is going fine on her Innova and Holistic Select.
    Also her food is grain free with a high meat content. I did my research months and months before getting her.
    My late boy Dash passed away in Feb due to health issues. That is when I began my research into dog food and it's impact on health. I wouldnt knowingly give my dog food that's going to harm her after going through the pain of losing my dog earlier this year.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I feed Taste of the Wild to my food-sensitive border collie. He doesn't tolerate many foods well, but he has no problems with this brand. I used to feed him Blue Buffalo - another high quality food - but he had constant difficulty with soft stool / diarrhea, so after trying a few brands, TotW was the best for him. I find it depends upon the dog though; some tolerate a particular brand better than others. It's a matter of seeing what is best for both your dog and yourself. (Raw diet has pros and cons, as does dry dog food...I opted not to feed raw, but that is a personal choice.)

      As to your question about vets and dog food recommendations...unfortunately, there is often the factor of dog food manufacturers being 'in bed' with vet clinics; meaning, they will supply the clinic with their foods at a discount in order to promote the product, and many major clinics will do so.

  50. QUESTION:
    Some healthy dog food help?
    I'm currently feeding my dog Purina One Healthy Puppy formula, but I've recently heard that Purina isn't a healthy dog food. I really spoil my dog, and I want what's best for her. Do you know of any super healthy dog foods or dog diets? (Include prices if possible) Also, I give her Cesar brand wet dog food as a treat, but is Cesar healthy? If not, some other healthy wet dog food?
    She's nearly grown, and weighs about 25 lbs.
    How much does a 15 lb bag of Taste of the Wild cost on average?
    What are some suppliers of Taste of the Wild in the Pensacola area and/or within 50 miles?

    • ANSWER:
      Purina One Healthy Puppy is not a good quality food. The 1st ingredient is lamb which is good however dog food ingredients are listed by weight. The lamb is weighed including its water content which is about 70%. Then is is cooked and processed, weighs much less, which would put it farther down on the list.
      Then it has brewers rice. Brewer's rice is a lower quality rice product that is missing many of the nutrients found in ground rice and ground brown rice.
      Next is Corn gluten meal which is a concentrated source of protein that can be substituted for costlier animal protein. In many bargain dry dog foods, corn gluten meal provides a large proportion or the total protein in the food rather than more digestible forms of protein such as meat. It is a poor quality protein filler. Garbage!
      Then there is more corn, poultry by-product meal (so it may be chicken, duck, who knows!!!).
      I'm sure your dog would not die from this food. But no it is definitely not good quality and I would not use it.
      I would not feed her Cesar wet food also. I know there are good ones out there but the only one I have tried is Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul.

      Some good brands of dog food are:
      Innova
      California Natural and Evo (both made by the same company as Innova)
      Wellness
      Taste of The Wild
      Blue Buffalo
      Eagle Pack(But MUST be the holistic formulas!)

      ...and many more. I sometimes refer to dogfoodanalysis.com. It gives star ratings on food and reviews regarding the ingredients.

      I would stay away from:
      Purina
      Iam's
      Science Diet...and many more.

      Anything you can buy at a grocery store is not a good quality food OR any foods from Walmart.


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Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Pumpkin is one of the known natural remedies for dog diarrhea. It is high in fiber and water which is a great help in keeping your dog hydrated and to normalize the stool. It is a good thing now that pumpkin with out chemicals is readily available in processed form so you can now get canned pumpkin for dog diarrhea.

1. Purchase a Can of Pure Pumpkin Puree

When we say pumpkin to treat dog diarrhea we mean pure pumpkin. Do not buy pumpkin fillings for pies as these are already mixed with sugar and other flavorings that could be bad for your dog. Any canned pumpkin should do but to be sure read the label and do some research as there could be brands that have added fillings when there is not enough pumpkin puree. There are also others that use squash instead of pumpkins. So make sure you get canned pumpkin for dog diarrhea instead of canned squash.

2. Add the Canned Pumpkin to your Dog's Meal

When serving bland food to your diarrhea stricken dog add pumpkin to it to enhance the effectivity of the diarrhea treatment. This will depend on the size of your dog. Add pumpkin to boiled rice as well to give it a fuller taste to help out your dog eat it. If your dog weighs about 50 lbs then a tablespoon of pumpkin will do. For smaller dog breeds a teaspoon of pumpkin will do. Increase the amount for bigger dogs that are way heavier than 50 lbs. This is how you make use of canned pumpkin for dog diarrhea.

Continue serving bland food with pumpkin to your dog until you can see changes to its stool. This should be firmer and similar to the stool of your dog when it was healthy. So monitor you dog always when it takes a bowel movement. If you have a neighbor with a healthy dog then you can use its stool for comparison.

A lot of dog owners who have treated their dogs diarrhea can attest to the effectivity of pumpkin. Although actual pumpkin is the best source for pure pumpkin purees it takes time and effort to acquire it in addition to preparing your dogs meal. This is why it is better to buy canned pumpkin for dog diarrhea. The only effort left for dog owners is to determine the brand of canned pumpkin that offers pure pumpkin puree.



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Recipes For Dog Cakes

Below are a few birthday wedding cake decorating ideas that will assist make your child's bday a very memorable situation.

- Candy Territory Cake: Make a regular sheet cake within your child's favorite taste, in a rectangular griddle. When it is cool, frost it with buttercream frosting in your child's preferred color. If you can get a hold of a Candy Territory game board, you will be able to fashion the dessert decorating to resemble the board. You may also go to Candyland.com to find out a game board.

The Candy Land video game features peppermints, iced gingerbread males, colored gumdrops, licorice sticks, chocolate bars candies, and show peanuts. If you can't locate some of these items, You need to use construction paper to ensure they are, staple or recording them to a popsicle stick to stand it upward in the cake.

- Race car wedding cake: Bake two brownies, one in a loaf cake pan the other in a rectangular griddle. Allow the cakes to chill thoroughly. Remove them from your pans, cut the particular loaf cake in an arch, like the form of the top of the car. Ice the sheet wedding cake and place the minimize loaf cake at the center, centered to give the dessert balance.

Ice the vehicle with a different colour icing than in college the cake, red or blue are good sporting colors. You should be capable of finding decorations in the retailer for this cake. Fantasy, many times craft stores have some nice decorations. You can either use sugar to outline the doors and windows, or string licorice works well for this. Small chocolate bars doughnuts make a very good tires for your ethnic background car.

- The Doll Cake: This particular cake is very liked by young girls who nevertheless love to play with lifelike dolls. Bake a wedding cake in a metal, stove safe, bowl. If the cake has chilled, turn the cake out there, centered, onto a new prepared cake table. The widest section of the cake should be for the board.

Use a butter blade to hollow out there a spot in the the top of cake for the doll's hip and legs. Once the doll is actually inserted, the cake becomes a dress for the girl doll. Make sure the doll is actually clean and undressed. Cover the legs inside plastic wrap before placing the girl doll into the cake, as much as her waist. Snow the cake and the the top of doll to make it appear that the doll is actually fully dressed. You can aquire accents at the grocery store to jazz up the gown.

These cakes are a good idea for children which love different designs, and you have a fondness for cake designing, These are basic, simple ideas, for a children's theme party too. You can use the girl doll cake and have a Barbie dolls theme party, the particular race car wedding cake to have a Car's design party, and of course, you can decorate for the Candies Land party using huge gumdrops and gingerbread males made of construction papers to hang or adhere to the walls.

It's also possible to want to include a pinata that goes along with the party design.



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Dog Food Without Corn

I try out to tell folks that meat no matter whether it be beef, chicken, lamb or venison should really make up the majority of what their puppy or cat is eating and having a raw or home made diet it's pretty simple to complete this job. But with industrial pet meals you obtain that which you get so to talk and many people are fast to highlight that chicken or fish or what ever meat is the 1st ingredient on their cat litter bag or cans label. Consequently they think or image it as the primary ingredient while in the meals. But is it definitely the bulk with the meals your pet is eating? The 1st ingredient detailed on a label constantly can make up the bulk of the food. That applies to all food that arrives pre-made, canned, or bagged. So if corn is the first ingredient around the list than you by now understand that it is creating up essentially the most with the meals so you can bypass it for a far more meaty meal. But pet meals corporations obviously want you to order their meals on the minimum value to them. Because corn is definitely an inexpensive filler for dog food bag, in addition to other grains, these pet food corporations need to set it in there without having us recognizing that it can be creating up the majority of the food plus they use label splitting to achieve this.

Let's use corn for instance. There is a protracted record of corn goods that can be utilized in pet meals. These include: Corn Flour This can be the little size, challenging a part of ground corn that contains modest amounts or none of the bran or germ. Corn Bran This can be the outer covering of the corn kernel and contains minor or none of the starchy a part of the germ. Corn gluten meal This is actually the dried continues to be from your corn after the starch and germ are removed. It's a by-product of processing corn to create corn starch and corn syrup. So to display meals splitting let use these corn products in an ingredient checklist. Chicken, Corn Flour, Soybean Mill Operate 16% (supply of fiber), Chicken By-Product Meal, Powdered Cellulose, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Corn Bran, Soybean Oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, Vitamin D-3 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin. A-4586. So we might believe that chicken will be the greatest ingredient and corn flour is the second greatest ingredient but that is not actually the situation here. Once we pull out all of the components that really come from corn we can easily see they are unfold around the ingredient record and evidently extra with each other would make the majority in the food. Corn as a complete can be the best ingredient of this food. And that how foods splitting works. So check out your pet foods and see should you've been feeding that which you believe you have been feeding or is food splitting with corn or other grains taking place for you. If it really is you'll be able to bet that it is a trick to create you think that on the other hand and just how much would you have confidence in a meals making business that is looking to trick you? Learning your way about pet food regardless of whether it be commercial or home made may be confusing. Learn how to produce the healthiest selection for your pets by undertaking your investigation.



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