Re: cheap dog food Question for Angellvets
posted at 1/27/2012 3:02 PM EST
In Response to cheap dog food Question for Angellvets
[QUOTE]Is supermarket dog/cat food really that bad? I know some go on and on about corn and fillers, but since when did we have to spend $50 $60 for a bag of dog food? I now think my dogs have a better diet than I do! I remember a dog we had growing up that ate 1 can of "Calo" a day and lived to be 18! If the dog doesn't have allergies, appears healthy and likes the inexpensive/moderately priced food... is that good enough? After all it does have vitamins, minerals, protein and is FDA approved. My friend feeds his cats Hills Science dry food (recommended by his vet) and says his cats are doing great on it and yet people say terrible things about it! What to believe?
Posted by dog-lady[/QUOTE]
IMHO it really depends on what the health concerns you have for your dog. If you have a dog whose breed is predispositioned to be overweight, it's best to give them something with as little filler as possible. Personally, i feed my dog natural hollistic diet because:
1.) His breed is predispositioned to being overweight
2.) He has allergies and the diet helps manage them
3.) I like being able to understand the ingredients in my dog's food. I wouldn't to eat a bunch of chemicals, so I don't want to give them to him either.
4.) A lot of big-name dog food brands test their products on animals in an inhumane way. I'd hate to think some dogs and cats suffered so that my dog could have a balanced diet.
5.) If I'm going to spend money on dog food, I'd rather be spending it on good, wholesome ingredients. Not filler. If I wanted to go the cheap way, I'd buy him canned tuna and rice, and then give him scrap veggies from dinner.
Lastly, I commend Blue Buffalo for voluntarily recalling their food due to the possibility that it might contain too much vitamin D, which some dogs may have a reaction to. The excess of a vitamin supplement shouldn't be lumped in with the recalld from manufacturers who have had to pull food due to their cheapo ingredients being toxic.