|Barked: Tue Nov 1, '11 11:05pm PST |
|I have five working dogs on a 300+ acre tract of land that all eat Iams and got really, really sick when they were performing on Blue Buffalo. One lost hair and got a nasty rash, along with a diminished liver. All of them had the runs for nearly a month. Blue Buffalo is good food if your dog sleeps 18 hours a day and wears bandanas. Mine are pets and help me with goats and sheep on a working farm, all of them are very active, and I have a Border Collie/Aussie mix that runs half marathons everyday and Iams keeps her with a shiny coat, outstanding vet visits, and a low food bill.
Don't buy into the "holistic" dog food movement, it is mere marketing. Dogs ate table scraps and refuse until about 80 years ago. Dogs are 10,000-15,000 years old when being fed by humans, probably older.
One of my dogs is an 11 year old German Shepherd that still gets up and works, everyday. She has had Iams for the better part of her life, and has outlived all of her littermates. Most German Shepherds don't make it to 11, much less still herd and flock guard.
In short, buy whatever food your dog does well on, but don't talk down to others that have different results. If you want to spend 40 bucks on a bag of commercial dog food, so be it--just don't preach to people that have had dogs their entire life and all of them have lived a long, long time with no cancer, renal failure, diabetes, or anything else "holistic" food claims to prevent.
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