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Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by williamN, Feb 16, 2007.
How to rate dog food
I feed my dogs Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul.
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Great dog foods! At the super premium level, you really can't go wrong.
My Plato as his cancer progressed couldn't keep down anything but wellness duck and potato. Wellness and solid gold can't be beat.
My dogs are off Eukanuba!
Good idea I used to feed our cat Eukanuba before I did any research and knew better.
I like pj's list with one addition.. Royal Canin's Sensible Choice. I also agree that everyone has thier preference and I'm not gonna try to change you mind.. But, I will say this.. do alittle research and then decide.. We aren't experts by any means ok, but for what it's worth, have four german shepherds and we do everything from thearpy training to AKC obedience to schutzhund. Believe me ok, what and how you feed really can make all the difference.
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
They have puppy, adult, and senior formulas. It is very highly rated. I switched from Iams to Chicken Soup on a vets recommendation. Iams, however, is quality stuff.
I have my dog on chicken soup as well. Good stuff, and a lot cheaper than all the other stuff I used to feed him. It is amazing how much cheaper good dog food is if you go to a feed store instead of a pet store.
Whole Dog Journal has done its annual review of Dog Foods, and the results were pretty interesting. Out of the 100's of dog foods you may find at any given pet supply store, only 55 made the recommended list. I'll list them for you here. Please note that WDJ lists them in alphabetical order, which says nothing about which food may be better for your dog. In parenthesis, are the recommended formulas but that doesn't mean other formulas from the same companies are bad.
Addiction Foods (Wild Kangaroo & Apples Formula)
Artemis (Power Formula)
Azmira (Classic Formula)
Back to Basics (Chicken Formula)
Bench & Field Holistic Natural Canine (Holistic Natural Formula)
Blue Buffalo (Chicken Formula)
Burns (Brown Rice & Ocean Fish Formula)
by Nature Brightlife (Brightlife Canine Formula)
by Nature Organics (Chicken Formula)
California Natural (Chicken Meal & Rice Formula)
Canidae (All Life Stages Formula)
Canine Caviar (Lamb & Pearl Millet Formula)
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul (Adult Dog Formula)
Cloud Star Kibble (Holistic Kibble Formula) [is a baked food]
Drs. Foster & Smith (Lamb Formula)
Eagle Pack Holistic Select (Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal Formula)
Evanger's Super Premuim (Pheasant & Brown Rice Formula)
Evolve (Maintenance Formula)
Firstmate Dog Food (Ultra Premium Naturally Holistic Formula)
Foundations (Chicken & Vegetable Formula)
Fromm Four Star Nutritionals (Chicken a la Veg Formula)
Go! Natural (Chicken, Fruit & Vegetable Formula)
Innova Evo [this is a grain-free meal]
Karma Organic [actually includes organic chicken, unlike many claims from other products]
Lick Your Chops (Adult Maintenance Formula)
Life4K9 (Oven-Baked Chicken & Barley Formula) [another baked one]
Merrick Pet Care (Cowboy Cookout Formula)
Natural Balance Organic (Organic Formula)
Natural Balance Ultra Premuim (Ultra Premium Formula)
Newman's Own Organics
NutriSource (Adult Formula)
Organix (Organix Canine Formula)
Petguird Organic (Organic Vegetarian Formula)
Performatrin Ultra (Chicken Formula)
PHD Viand (Canine Growth and Maintenance Viand Formula)
Pinnacle (Trout and Sweet Potato Formula)
Prairie (New Zealand Venison Formula)
Premium Edge (Chicken, Rice & Vegetables Formula)
Prime Life Plus (Prime Life Plus Formula)
Raw Instinct [also a grain-free meal]
Royal Canin Natural Blend (Medium Breed Adult Formula)
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (Potato & Rabbit Formula) [alleged prescription-only diet]
Showbound Naturals (Chicken & Brown Rice Formula)
Ultra Holistic Nutrition (Ultra Adult Dry)
VeRUS (VeRUS Advanced OptiCoat Diet)
Wellness (Fish & Sweet Potato Formula)
Wellness Simple Food Solutions (Venison Formula)
Wysong (Anergen Formula)
Zinpro (Skin & Coat Formula)
For dry kibble, Timberwolf or inova are my choices. Timberwolf is slightly more expensive but my dog likes it much better. Whole foods raw patties are certanly the best you could possibly feed to your cainine, if you can shell out the cash.
I find this site helpful in comparing dog foods.
It not only breaks the foods into categories ( 5 star, 4 star, etc.) the reveiws are pretty educational as well.
Costco frozen fryer chicken and home-made veggie-slop.