|Barked: Sun Jan 13, '13 5:02pm PST |
|My first dog, a Golden Retriever, was fed Pedigree his entire life, and he lived to be 13 which is pretty good for that breed. That said, I would never feed that food now. He was relatively healthy overall, but stank strongly of dog, had a greasy coat, nasty breath, filthy teeth, and constant recurring ear infections. At the time, I thought dogs were just smelly and greasy, "dog breath" was normal, floppy eared dogs got ear infections, and that everyone scrubbed their hands with soap after touching their dog to get the rank stench off.
Like Uno, I'd feed scraps off my table before feeding my dogs grocery store foods. I don't think people who choose to feed Pedigree or similar foods shouldn't own dogs or anything like that, it's just my own personal decision never to do so. After seeing the difference a good diet can make, I never want to go back. I love that I can pet my dog without smelling like dog after I do, that his face can be inches from mine and I don't smell a thing, that his coat shines and isn't the least bit greasy, and that he's energetic and toned. I really just find owning a dog more enjoyable when it's fed a healthy diet.
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