|Barked: Tue Jan 14, '14 7:49pm PST |
|Right now I feed three foods:
Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete Protein/fat ratio, it's cheap, and my dogs do great on it.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie 'Cause I've fed it a while and like it as a low-cost grain-free option.
Orijen Adult I have a dog with problems, he gets speshul (expensive) food.
Three of the dogs are getting a 60/40 mix of the Diamond EA and the Taste of the Wild. I am feeding a mix because I went out of town and forgot my kibble, had to buy more, and just felt like mixing the two when I got back. I switch it up every bag or so to avoid nutrient excess/deficiencies 'cause no kibble has the same level of nutrients and some of them bother me (if fed long-term) despite me really liking the food. Other brands I use are: EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Earthborn Holistic, Canidae, and Fromm.
I pick dogfoods based on a few things. First is the protein level. It's gotta be at least 30%, higher is better. Next is fat, lowest I'll go is 15% but I prefer to see 18% or more. I chose foods with higher levels of protein/fat 'cause my dogs do much better on them than lower protein/fat foods. Ingredients, I like them to be named, high-quality, and preferably not a million fractions (the same thing many times with a different name) and I don't care for there to be ten billion other ingredients either (like blueberries way the heck at the bottom of the list). I don't care if it's grain-free, but if it is, I don't like peas. I hate how that's the fad now. I will feed foods with peas but I prefer they not be there or just make up a small fraction of the food.
No wheat, corn, or soy 'cause I have a dog that has issues with those things (digestive intolerance, not allergies, different problems).
I really like 30/20 or higher foods, the kind made for high-energy active/sporting/working dogs. I'm going to try this out soon: Native Level 4.
Edited by author Tue Jan 14, '14 7:51pm PST
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