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Old 03-18-2010, 08:32 PM
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So I have been on thought lately about food. So I did some research on what we feed Turbo. We feed him Eukanuba: Small Breed kibble. I looked up on a dog site and it's stating it's a 1 star dog food and is made from a lot of fillers!! The Vet said it was OK and a good food!! and it bothers me that they make food that could hurt our dogs.

I also did reading on the raw food diet (meat). It seems very beneficial.

Can anyone reccomend another kibble that isn't full of fillers? I dont want to hurt our dog with garbage food.
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Most people are surprised to learn that most vets aren't trained much in nutrition. They get a couple hours on it in vet school. AND... their books and supplies for the nutrition hours are paid for by the big dog food companies such as Science Diet. It is no wonder they recommend it and sell it in their offices.

Personally I think raw is the best food. It is species appropriate and with all the recalls and problems with manufactured pet foods, you know EXACTLY what you are feeding. But it is a personal choice. It takes some effort. You aren't just scooping kibble out of a bag. A prey model diet is 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, and 5% other organs. You will have to decide what is best for you and your dogs. you are interested in feeding raw, just ask and we will help you. There are several people here who feed raw.

If you are looking for a good quality kibble, consider Wellness or Wellness Core, Taste of the Wild, Canidae, Innova, Evo, Orijen, Acana. Dogs don't need carbs, so a grain free diet is best. Having said that, some people feel a lower protein food with grains is better. You will have to do your research, try some foods, and find out what works best for you and your pups.

You might also consider high quality canned food. It is MUCH better for their teeth and offers a more meat based, more natural diet. (Kibble cleaning teeth is a MYTH. It's like brushing your teeth with crackers. Doesn't do a thing for teeth.) Of course if you are feeding high quality canned (at about $2.00 and up per can), you could be feeding the very best raw diet, so that is something to factor in if you are concerned about cost.

here's a couple sites to get you started ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-vet-rich.html

http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/Knowle...47&click=73767

http://drmarty.com/feeding.htm

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com
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I switched from Science Diet to Nature Balance.. she seems to be doing okay with it, Good Luck!
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Bodysmom: Thanks for the input, I'm going to try out the Taste of the Wild. I have heard a lot of good about it.

I just want to get him off this food now after reading that review.
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Good luck! Many people have great success with Taste of the Wild and really like it! Let us know how he does on it.
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I couldn't add more to what Brodysmom said! And for the record - we have fed Solid Golds Just a Wee Bit & had okay results. We then switched to EVO (grainless) and had great results. We've now been on raw for a month & so far it's the best for us. It is a lot of work especially with 5 dogs but I feel great feeding my dogs what I do & they are happy happy happy (and healthy of course). Good luck to you in your decision!!
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I am a firm believer in grainless foods, which is why mine are on a combination of Evo Innova red meat, and Orijen. I like having the combination of different protein sources and the additional omegas etc from the fish source. I would thoroughly recommend either.
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I am a firm believer in grainless foods, which is why mine are on a combination of Evo Innova red meat, and Orijen. I like having the combination of different protein sources and the additional omegas etc from the fish source. I would thoroughly recommend either.
Me too. We choose to feed Wellness Core.

My pups also really liked Taste of the Wild (Salmon I believe).
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