Joined: Aug 15, 2008 Posts: 1115 Location: Jacksboro, TN
Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:28 pm Post subject: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question?
Ok, since Zoe's last food reaction, she is now on prescription food. I need to find a new food to switch Dirty to, since Zoe's new one is soo expensive, it gets a little costly for them both to be eating it! What would be a good one, that's reasonably priced for her to try? She always does fine on anything, she loves any food set down in front of her and has no sensitivities to anything she eats...I'm thinking about trying Blue Buffalo, but wasn't sure as to which one, it's kinda overwhelming!
Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:31 am Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
well honestly, your idea of too expensive might differ from mine but i only have mimi. i dont want you to put actual dollar amounts because thats rude to ask, but what i'd do is sit down with my finances and figure out what you can comfortably afford then go to the store to see whats in your range. then you can use a number of sites to determine which food will meet her needs and be in your range. mimi was on a prescription food for struvite crystals but she doesnt have them anymore thanks to a switch to distilled water. so i said well i'll pay at most the same as the rx food, but preferably less. so she's now on orijen 5 fish which is only a dollar less than her rx food but she eats less because its higher quality
Joined: Mar 10, 2006 Posts: 6756 Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:02 am Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
I have switched to Iams Healthy Naturals, as they changed the formulation on the brand I used to feed, and it affected the dogs.
The Healthy Naturals has no whole corn, has barley and brown rice as a carb source, whole chicken, as the first ingredient, and has carrots, spinach, tomatoes, apples, beets, and peas, and has fish oil, for Omega 3 fatty acids. It is 26% protein.
I have found it to be fairly reasonable in price, too, and I get mine right at Safeway, for $35.99, for 35 pounds. If you try to buy it online, they want $48.99, for the same size bag, plus shipping, which seems to be ridiculous to me.
When you have as many dogs as I have, at various life stages, it's hard to find something affordable, that everyone can eat, and they seem to like this, and it seems to like them.
Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:08 pm Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
We recently switched our boys to Blue Buffalo from Nature's Recipe and have had wonderful success. We had overly soft stool on Nature's Recipe and I was about out of it, so rather than do a gradual switch, I did a pretty quick switch and their stools were solid within 4 days.
I highly recommend Blue for my pugs!! So much so that I am begining to switch my big dog to Blue as well.
Joined: Feb 26, 2008 Posts: 1741 Location: Villa Pug, IL
Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:59 am Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
Mine like Eagle Pack ... but it is expensive - $18.98 for a 6 lb. bag.
Zoe picked this food when I switched her from puppy to adult food.
A new store opened and they gave out free samples of all kinds of foods.
I took them all and would give Zoe 2 or 3 pieces of each one.
I'd mix the order I put them in.
She would sniff them and eat the Eagle pack first ... every time!
2 years later she still likes it so the boys get it, too.
They are both the typical pug ... they will eat whatever is in front of them!
I tried Blue Buffalo with Zoe - she wouldn't eat it.
I ended up taking it to the Humane Society - I didn't want to waste it!
_____ Ellen ... Mommy to Zoe (4 -1/2 years); Peyton (4 years); Webster (3 years) and Liberty (2 years)
Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:08 am Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
I was feeding mine Canidae Chicken and Rice. I switched them to Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. They love it, and it has good ingredients. A 35 lb. bag is about $40. Plus, Toby's gas issues have become much better since.
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:54 pm Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
The breeder had Laci on Royal Canin 33 when we got her. Anybody know if this a good food? I know Royal Canin has a pug food too. I currently feed my Mastiff- Fromm for large breeds. I was thinking about switching Laci to the Fromm line too but not sure because I hear pugs are prone to allergies. So kind of wondering if not broke don't fix it or horrible food switch. Any guidance?
Joined: Oct 18, 2010 Posts: 95 Location: New Jersey
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:16 pm Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
I've been doing a lot of dog food research...and I was leaning towards Wellness? Anyone use this brand and their thoughts? I read a few posts saying their pugs have less bowel movements, firmer stools and less gas. I read a few posts stating Buffalo Blue causes softer stools? I'm starting to think in the end, the higher quality foods are all good, but your pug will tell you which is best for him/her.
Joined: Sep 19, 2007 Posts: 3529 Location: Tidewater Virginia
Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:49 pm Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
Kim, you are right on the money. Wellness can be great for one dog, but terrible for another. Same with Blue Buffalo or any of the other higher quality foods.
With any food, I would avoid foods with corn and no identifiable meat sources. Check out this website to help you figure out which foods are better and why. It may not give you brand recommendations, but it can teach you what to look for and what to avoid.
Joined: Sep 03, 2006 Posts: 238 Location: Derby, UK
Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:28 pm Post subject: Re: For all you dog food buffs out there...I have a question
there are so many nasty gimmicky foods out there full of cheap ingredients and chemicals, i dont like any of the big named brands that they churn out of factories, they make you think youre buying high quality food because it costs a lot and comes in pretty packaging but im not convinced to be honest
i dont know whats available your side of the pond but I like Nature Diet, its a 100% natural wet food with no chemicals, preservatives or anything except meat, a small amount of veg and some rice depending on which one you buy!
ive always found it to be fairly cheap but i know a lot of people dont like to feed wet food, so its entirely down to what suits you to be honest!
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