Recommend Dog Food

I've had Chloe on Purina One Sensitive Systems for a while now, and it's been great (it's a low-bulk food free of dyes and artificial flavor) but now she's eating grass and has a snotty attitude (acting dopey and hanging out in her kennel).  She's been on this food for over a year her coat is shiny and she's otherwise healthy. . .but she's maybe just bored of it?


This tells me it's time for a new diet. . .I try to change it every once in a while and it seems to do the trick and pull her out of her funk.  This is an ongoing cycle :) 


So, I'm looking for advice on what brand to get this time before I go shell out the $$ for a bag of food!


Requirements:


low bulk and/or sensitive system


NO color, artificial flavor, etc. 


Not Iaims (that stuff really upsets her tummy for some reason!) or NutraBalance (she won't eat it). 


TIA!  :) :) :)


 

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 5:35 am
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I'm not sure if Science Diet meets your requirements, but that's what our 2 dogs and cat eat.  They all 3 LOVE the taste and all have such healthy coats.  I know my sister uses Natural Choice or something like that for her dog.  I think both of those brands are pretty expensive though...

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 6:05 am
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Oooh, I might have to try Science Diet - I don't think she's had that one.  I'm willing to put the money into it because even at $30-$40 a bag it's still cheaper to feed her than us :)

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 6:09 am
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i switched our dogs' food to dick van patten's natural balance (sweet potato and venison) dry food about seven or eight months ago and haven't changed since. my dogs love it and it helps with allergies (and by big dog's snoring!). it has no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or bleached ingredients. it is pricey (like $40 to $50), but we get it from petco (when you buy ten within a year you get one free).

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 8:20 am
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All my pets eat science diet and love it. Royal canin and eukanbua are also great brands and fit within your requirements. when you switch foods make sure you do it slowly so it doesn't upset her tummy, mix her old food half and half new food have for a few days then decrease the amount of old food until you have her on the new food it usually takes about a week to do this.

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm
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I feed my dog innova large breed puppy.  It is very expensive, and you have to buy it at pet stores, but he eats less of it than lower quality foods, so a big bag lasts us a few months.  The top 3 ingredients in it are meat: turkey, chicken, and chicken meal (not by-products, so no heads, feet, intestines, etc).


The dick van patten's natural balance looks pretty good.  Science diet isn't very good food.  It has virtually no meat in it.  The one I just looked at online had only 1 meat source in the whole ingredients list and it was like the 4th thing down.  Ingredients in dog food are listed just like ingredients in human food...in desending order by weight.  So science diet is mainly rice, corn, and corn meal.  The protein in it comes from "chicken by-product meal" which is everything in the chicken that humans don't consume (necks, feet, intestines, etc) that is dried and ground and "dried egg product".  Eukanbua is better than science diet, but not as good as the other two. 


Here is a link to the pet store I buy my food from.  The guy gets on his soap box about pet food a little bit, so you have to take him with a grain of salt sometimes, but there is some good info too.  www.luvhappytails.com

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 8:12 am
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My yorkie eats Innova brand dog food (they have dry and wet food available). It's only available in pet nutrition stores (where they sell only food and stuff..no animals)...

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 8:22 am
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It's in the same manufacture family, but my family vet has recommended Pro Plan for as long as I can remember.  We had Nicko on the Purina One, and her skin was always really dry and was scratching her ears a lot.  Switched her back to the Pro Plan (so much for saving a few bucks) and no problems.  =)

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm
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Innova sounds pretty good - thanks for the info on the Eukanuba. 


I've tried a few of the other high-end 'natural' foods and she just gets upset tummy, so we switched back to Purina One although I'd love to have her on a higher quality diet than that.


 

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 5:37 am
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I second Natural Balance - I feed my fur kid this as a treat (the logs) and he absolutely loves them...and they're supposed to be healthier for them too :)

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 9:25 am
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We have our Chocolate Lab, Cooper, on California Naturals Herring and Sweet Potato. It's stinky, but he does so well on it (he has issues with chicken and lamb)


Good Luck!

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 12:53 am
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We also feed Dick Van Pattens Natural Balance Sweet Potatoe and Venison. My maltese has a sensitive stomach and the limited ingredient diet has really helped her.


Ive read that Science Diet isnt a very good quality food to feed, however, my childhood dog was on that her entire life and she lived to be 16 and was healthy as a horse until the last couple months.


I like to check this website to get the ratings on dog foods...


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

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 6:24 am
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We have Oscar on Eagle Pack Holistic Select. It is all natural and made with whole products.


We switched him to that after discovering his anal glands were getting clogged up from eating the other food. Whatever he was on initially was from the vet and wasn't cheap but it turns out it also wasn't the most nutritional food. We now buy the Eagle Pack from Bark and Fitz. They have a program where you get a free bad after buying so many as well. That's always nice :)

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:05 am
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Thanks for that link Kelly2bG! It's down right now, but I bookmarked it for later! :)

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:07 am
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When a dog eats grass, they have an upset tummy.  Let her/him eat the grass, it makes them feel better.


If the food switch doesn't work, take her/him to the vet. 

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:27 am
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Solid Gold Wolf King for Penelope. 

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 9:23 am
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You are welcome Nadine! Ive found that website very helpful when researching foods.


We just found out my maltese has some health problems and Im switching her to Orijen senior formula. Its supposed to be the best of the best. Pretty expensive, but since shes little its not too bad.

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 5:23 am
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I feed my two Italian Greyhounds Nature's Recipe Farm Stand Select.  It has only human food-grade ingredients with real fruits and veggies and no artificial colors, flavorings or preservatives.

Posted on October 24, 2009 at 9:42 am
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Natures Recipe Farmstand selects or Blue Buffalo. They are both corn, wheat, and soy free, with human grade ingredients, no by-products, etc.


Natures recipe is far less expensive than blue buffalo.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm
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We feed our dog Royal Canin Medium Adult 25. There are all kinds of formulations depending on breed, size, etc, and they have a prescription line as well. She's in perfect health and is a normal weight. Never had any digestive issues, except once when she was fed the wrong food at the kennel we use when we go out of town. Anyway, check out the line. Not sure if it meets your specifications, but couldn't hurt to look into.


2 dogs my ex and I shared ate Science diet sensitive stomach formula and were also in great health with really nice coats.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm
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The two best foods that Grover has eaten has been Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Nutro Ultra Adult Small Breed.  If your dog has a sensitive stomach, I'd recommend Nutro over Blue Buffalo.  Blue foods are EXTREMELY high quality (best on the market) but they can be a rough transition for puppies because the food is so rich.  You'll get lots of yucko poops.  Nutro is almost as good but slightly easier on the tum-tum.  They are both kind of expensive, but MUCH healthier.  If you need helping picking out a healthy dog food, I have the following tips that I learned from a very honest vet who also happens to be a family friend:



  • Check the first ingredient.  It should be a meat "meal," not a meat by-product.  If the first ingredient is anything other than a meat, like lamb or chicken, that's really not great for the dog. Anytime the first ingredient is a grain like "ground yellow corn," run for the hills. 

  • Science Diet used to be a really great food, and that's why vets would recommend it.  They still will try to sell it in their offices, because they make the most money off of Science Diet, as opposed to other brands.  Sadly, Science Diet built up their reputation and then changed their ingredients to something cheaper to make.  And now they rip everyone off.  Don't get me wrong, it won't hurt your pup, but it's kind of all built on a lie at this point :(  Mean ole Science Diet...

  • Be aware that these two brands are more expensive, but in the end you pay about the same.  They tend to be richer and higher quality, and dogs eat a bit less of it for the same number of calories.  Nutro Ultra can be found at Petsmart for $13 (a small bag for small breeds), but everytime I buy it, my receipt has a $2 off coupon for the next time.  It's been months since I paid more than $11.  Hope that helps!

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 1:10 pm
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