Killing Our pets with every meal.....

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Re: Killing Our pets with every meal.....

Postby Graham » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:33 pm

Can anyone give their opinions about the following two dog foods:

Diamond® Naturals™ Chicken & Rice Formula for Adult Dogs: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/d ... _7c5054575

and

4health™ Large Breed Formula for Adult Dogs: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/4 ... _7c5138515

Are both of the above foods good? Which would you say is better?

Thanks.
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Re: Killing Our pets with every meal.....

Postby Graham » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:42 am

Thoughts on this food: CANIDAE All Life Stages Formula For Dogs http://www.amazon.com/Canidae-Stages-Ch ... 699&sr=1-6

I need a better food for her than Purina one. I need any advice. Please & thank you!
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Re: Killing Our pets with every meal.....

Postby turtle » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:16 pm

When I look at a dry food, I want to see as much meat as possible in the first 5 ingredients. Meat or meat meal and not a rice or grain is what I want to see listed, but remember fresh meat has a lot of water so when it is cooked and processed, it loses some of the bulk, meat meal is cooked so has more meat in it.

The dry foods I have fed and that my dog did well on before she got old with health problems were these. Innova regular dog kibble (not EVO), it had 3 meats in the first 5 ingredients if I remember right. Diamonds Naturals Grain Free was pretty decent food for the price and so was the Taste of the Wild dry food.

I also added raw chicken from the grocery store and fed raw and kibble for many years. Cost wise the chicken from the store was about $1 a pound and less than many of the kibbles. With some research and effort, one can feed raw for a reasonable price too.

Oh and I have heard that the Kirklands food is a pretty decent one for the price.
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Re: Killing Our pets with every meal.....

Postby ChelseaB » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:27 am

Graham wrote:Can anyone give their opinions about the following two dog foods:

Diamond® Naturals™ Chicken & Rice Formula for Adult Dogs: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/d ... _7c5054575" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

and

4health™ Large Breed Formula for Adult Dogs: http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/4 ... _7c5138515" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Are both of the above foods good? Which would you say is better?

Thanks.



I'm not personally a fan of Diamond foods. There are pretty frequent recalls, and the grain content is generally fairly high, along with various meat meals and by-products.
I've fed 4 Health in the past and gone with the performance formula because although it's not totally grain free, it is free of all wheat, corn, and soy. The first 10 or so ingredients are identical to Blue (which is what they ate before), so that was why I switched initially. However; this includes chicken fat, which some people consider a "controversial" ingredient in dog food. This is still what I feed 2 out of my 3 dogs, the 3rd is on Wellness, because she's just really sensitive and can't eat anything else.
The bottom line I always stick to is: absolutely NO by products or unnamed protein (ie, "meat" "fish",) anywhere on the ingredient list, no corn or fillers, and real meat as the first ingredient. I also pay attention to the salt content and whether or not the food contains any REAL fruits and veggies (not just pictures on the bag!!). I also usually do supplement with certain things occasionally no matter what food I'm feeding. Things like pumpkin, blueberries, chicken, etc. are all really good for dogs, and even if they are listed as ingredients, feeding them in their recognizable form just makes more sense to me.
I also will tell you that although I am very proud and confident with the health of all 3 of my babies, Kelise (who eats Wellness) seems to me to have the shinier coat/brighter eyes/better energy compared with my babes that are on 4-Health. My boyfriend says this is all in my head and I'm projecting my guilt in not being about to do Wellness for all 3 lol :oops:, but I swear it's true. Anyway, 4-Health is better than a lot of other things out there at a very reasonable price, but that's not to say it's the best.
Hope this helps!
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