What is the best dog food?
I want to find the absolute best dog food for my dog, Sugar. She's around 2 years old, if that helps.
Also, is there any dog food that helps shedding, she's an inside dog.
And how much does each brand cost?
- DarkLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
There is no absolute best dog food. The best dog food for your dog is the high quality dog food your dog does best on.
Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.
Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.
Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.
Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.
Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.
Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material and higher quality ingredients means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!
Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.
Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by... you guessed it, the crappy pet food companies! They also often get kickbacks from the companies for pushing these products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)
A great option is to go with an entirely grain-free diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grain-free formulas. Some good grain-free diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, GO Natural Grain Free, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.
Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo.
If you can't find a food, most of the high quality dog food brands have websites with store locators on them that will help you find the store closest to you which supplies their products. Simply type the dog food brand's name into Google, go to their website, and type your zip code into their store locator.
Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/
Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food
Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
http://www.rawlearning.com/ (Jane Anderson's Raw Learning Site)
http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Raw Fed Dogs)
http://www.rawmeatybones.com/ (Raw Meaty Bones)
http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
http://community.livejournal.com/rawdogs/profile/ (Raw Dogs Livejournal Community, excellent raw feeding information on the profile page and overall helpful community for raw feeding questions)
http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths About Raw Feeding)
Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times loosely based on the feeding guidelines on your dog's food. Adult dogs are typically fed two meals a day.
More on dog food:
http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)
- DanutaLv 44 years ago
Chicken soup for the Puppy Lovers soul is a much better quality food, it's actually rated 5 stars on the dog food analysis (out of 6). As you can see it contains a lot less "added" ingredients like Zinc Proteinate and Manganous Oxide and Manganese Sulfate blah blah blah, do you know what that is? If you don't then why feed it to your dog. If you had to choose select Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lovers Soul, less crap more real ingredients, however, Diamond foods manufactures Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lovers Soul and Diamond foods always has the most food on the pet food recall lists due to the use of gluten (wheat and rice gluten) and they also had the higest amount of deaths on the last pet food recall. Per the review of the food Diamond food uses Ethoxyquin to preserve their fish and meats, they've stated they will stop using it but since they aren't regulated by the FDA who knows for sure if they will. Personally I don't like any dog food with "grains" in them and I feed Holistic, it's better for dogs and doesn't cause food allergies as it's 100% allergen free. I feed Breeders Choice - Pinnacle Holistic, Holistic food is never on the recall lists. For the simple fact that the first food is produced by Diamond Foods I would pass entirely. Good luck
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- 6 years ago
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- The Liberal MuttLv 71 decade ago
Here are some of the best dog foods:
Taste Of The Wild- $13 for 8lb bag
Wellness- $11 for 5lb bag
Solid Gold- not exactly sure on price
Blue Buffalo- not exactly sure on price
Nature's Variety- not exactly sure on price
All dogs are different, a food that works for one dog may not work for another. See if you can find small samples of three different healthy brands that you want to try, and see which one your dog likes best! If you need any additional help or recommendations that this answer does not provide, you can email me at MMPanther@rock.com. Just put "Dog Food" in the subject line- and I'll check it before anything else!
Stay away from these brands:
Purina Pro Plan
Purina Dog Chow
Kibbles 'n Bits
If you are on a VERY super tight budget, these are good foods:
Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul
***Vets will try to tell you to feed Purina, Iams, and Science Diet. But don't feed them, they aren't good for your dog. Vets tell you those lies because they are PAID to do so!!!! It's sad, isn't it?***
Here is a website that rates dog food. Go to it and enter the food of your choice. You will want a 4, 5, or 6 star rating. If the food of your choice has a 1, 2, or 3 rating that means it is usually prettycrappy food. The higher rating the better, the lower rating the worse.
Also, another great thing to feed is the raw diet. Raw is completely safe and healthy. It's what I feed to my dog. Here are two great links about raw feeding, the healthiest thing for your dog.
Good luck choosing a healthy brand of dog food that your dog thrives on!Source(s): Mutt
- Anonymous6 years ago
Choose the best dog food wisely on your dog.
For more information check this out at http://k9goodfood.com/
- I love my mutts~Lv 61 decade ago
Go to this site and research. www.dogfoodanalysis.com Click on reviews and see what some common foods rate out as. Then look at the higher quality foods. Switching to a high quality food should help reduce shedding but all dogs shed, some breeds more than others.
- 1 decade ago
I'm feeding mine Solid Gold.
No fillers like wheat gluten or corn which most dogs have allergies to. They also do NOTHING nutritional wise.
Here's some of Solid Golds ingredients
Ocean Fish Meal, Beef, Potatoes, Potato Protein, Canola Oil, Tomato Pomace, Salmon Oil (source of DHA), Parsley Flakes, Pumpkin Meal, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Thyme, Blueberries, Cranberries, Carrots, Broccoli, Vitamin E Supplement...
All natural and meat is the first ingredient!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well each dog is different.
here is a website to tell u which is the best dog food.
and the shedding well i bought my dog this shedding medicine that u have to put into ur dogs food. and after 1 week 100% no more shedding
the medicine is called lipiderm healthy skin and coat.
it says it has fish oil in it
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