I read this whole thread and then checked out the webpage for the food comparisons and am feeling a bit inadequate
Just to give a bit of a historical perspective from where I am coming. I worked in pet shops for my Highschool and College years (8) During that time I learned all I could about dog foods from several sources. Veterinarians, Feed wholesalers and literature from several MFG companies. I also got much feedback from customers. Let this be a background or preface to what I am about to say and ask.
I have been a Science Diet user for the better part of 25 years! Almost all of the Vets I spoke to touted its benfits. Obviously, the Company reps from Science Diet were big on the food and left much literature, all of which made sense to me. Every customer I turned onto Science Diet, EVERY ONE, was not only impressed with the results they got with the food, but they became my best sales allies! I saw dogs go from poor coated lethargic dogs to vibrant animals in short periods of time. My own dogs were well served by this food. Bear was probably the best example of a SD fed dog that I really doubt could have been made any better by any other food. The real clincher for me was when a Dog Food Distributer, one of the largest in the area at the time, told me that he bred Goldens and that he has damned near every dog food on the market at his fingertips and he used SD, he said that no other food compared.
I understand that there has been a move afoot recently to disparage SD claiming that is little more than a hyped up junk product. I read the comparisons and must say that the ingredient descriptions for all the foods listed were pretty eye opening.
Bleu is still young and changing him over would be no problem but I am still not convinced........hard headed I guess :roll: Can anyone tell me of instances where SD can be blamed for POOR nutrition in a dog or can be attributed with causing a particular problem in a dog? Is there a favorite here? I did not check out the results of the poll....are they even available?
Oh by the way, when Bleu was owned by my uncle (up to 4 months old) he was fed BARF. I must say not only was he bloated and filled with fluid, but BARF made house training rather difficult as the dog had to pee almost continuously. His stools were NASTY too
I broke him off Barf and got him onto SD and within a week, his urination was controllable, his coat shined up, he started to lean out and even developed a bit of a tuck (which he has maintained), he calmed down immensely.....basically he was a new dog! Not knocking BARF it just did not seem to be right for Bleu.