|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 7:50pm PST |
|The best food for your dogs is as individual as your dogs. What is best for my dogs may not be best for your dogs. As a matter of fact, what is best for my one dog, my other dog cannot eat.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness is a good brand of kibble. It worked perfectly for my one dog. Earthborn Holistics Primitive Natural is good kibble that worked perfectly for my other dog. Neither of the dogs did well on the other dog's food.
There are other good quality brands out there. The thing to look for is high protein dog food that derives most of its protein from animal meat. Therefore, scratch any dog food that does not have meat as its first ingredient (by law, ingredients are listed in order of highest percentage weight contribution before processing). So, that's basically anything you find at the regular grocery store and most of the stuff your vet carries in his office. These foods usually have a plant for the first ingredient (corn).
High protein means low carbs which is good for the dogs. Corn and peas are high protein but has relatively low digestability for dogs compared to animal meat. Therefore, a lot of the protein just goes in the mouth and out the butt. Protein from animals has a higer digestability, therefore, the dog uses most of it. I prefer my protein at 30% or above, and at least in the high 20's.
Grain free is good if you have a breed that is prone to allergies. But, for those that are not allergy-prone, grain free dog food is only better if it is not subsituted by another high carb starch that still keeps the carb percentage high.
Do not get anything that has "generic meat" such as "poultry" instead of "chicken" or "turkey" or "duck" or something that says "animal meal" instead of indicating the specific animal like "beef meal". Do not get anything that says "by product" on the meat ingredient.
There are a lot of other stuff to watch out for but it is better to do your first stab at picking the kibble from those guidelines above then when you find one go to something like dogfoodadvisor.com to see how it rates.
Hope this helps.
Edited by author Mon Feb 25, '13 7:56pm PST
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