Help! My friend is feeding Beneful...

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Postby Magnolia618 » July 14th, 2006, 11:15 am

First rule of thumb... Anything that you can get at a grocery store is very low quality food.

Canidae is good, and also inexpensive. It may seem more expensive than grocery store food, but you feed less (Less fillers) so it lasts longer. Thats not to mention the money you will save on vet bills in the future!

You should also look into raw. It is the best thing for them and it is very inexpensive. I found chicken for 39 cents a pound the other day!!! :shock: Maggie eats one pound a day, Trey eats about 2.
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Postby concreterose » July 14th, 2006, 2:30 pm

I sure wish I could say I spent less on raw than premium kibble...chicken is cheap, as well as canned fish, but beef (which I can't even feed to Vicki anymore because she is allergic), rabbit, and lamb gets pretty pricey.
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Postby Maryellen » July 14th, 2006, 5:52 pm

mill have you tried venison for vicki?
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Postby anissa » July 15th, 2006, 1:24 am

A few people suggested Purina.. but we were at the store investigating other dog foods tonight, and noticed that Beneful is made by Purina.
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Postby Magnolia618 » July 15th, 2006, 11:56 am

Please dont feed Purina... :o
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Postby concreterose » July 15th, 2006, 6:50 pm

Maryellen wrote:mill have you tried venison for vicki?


Yep, she tolerates it really well!
Her last episode of diarrhea was pretty scary. Lots of blood in her stool, I freaked out. I had been keeping a food diary, but took her to the vet again to get another fecal just to be sure.

Her allergy test results last year had shown her to be allergic to beef, but I had read how unreliable they were sometimes. Guess this one was right. As soon as I stopped giving her beef, firm stools again, and she was good to go. I am also going to start giving her more veggies, because in the past they really seemed to help her as far as her stool, breath, etc.
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Postby Sarahdee » July 17th, 2006, 9:30 am

alright, well I just bought a huge bag of the Iams, so I wait till thats gone.
He wouldn't touch it this morning. But he will eat it when he's hungry.
thanks for the help!
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Postby Maryellen » July 17th, 2006, 10:08 am

noooo no iams..... get http://www.canidae.com or merrick... no iams....nooooooooooooo
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 17th, 2006, 10:14 am

Yep, Merrick is great.
Timberwolf is also good. Satin loves it, we just switched her to it a couple months ago from Wellness. Timberwolf smells good and to me it smells fresh. She doesn't need a lot of it per day because it is a high quality kibble so it lasts longer.
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Postby Sarahdee » July 17th, 2006, 11:09 am

Can I get any of these in the pet store?

why is Iams bad?
that is what the humane society fed him and told me to keep him on that.
but if he doesn't like it, I have to find something else.
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Postby Sarahdee » July 17th, 2006, 11:11 am

Magnolia618 wrote:First rule of thumb... Anything that you can get at a grocery store is very low quality food.

Canidae is good, and also inexpensive. It may seem more expensive than grocery store food, but you feed less (Less fillers) so it lasts longer. Thats not to mention the money you will save on vet bills in the future!

You should also look into raw. It is the best thing for them and it is very inexpensive. I found chicken for 39 cents a pound the other day!!! :shock: Maggie eats one pound a day, Trey eats about 2.


so you feed them actual chicken? and that is okay for them?
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Postby Maryellen » July 17th, 2006, 11:13 am

any foods in pet stores are crap... you are better going to like a pet food store that is a specialty store, like a private owner.. iams is filled with junk, just read the ingredients...

the higher quality food you feed him A. the less he will poop as he will digest more food
B. you wont go out every 2 weeks and pay $50 for a bag of iams
C. Your dogs skin , breath, etc will get softer, cleaner, better
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Postby cheekymunkee » July 17th, 2006, 11:19 am

Sarahdee wrote:
Magnolia618 wrote:First rule of thumb... Anything that you can get at a grocery store is very low quality food.

Canidae is good, and also inexpensive. It may seem more expensive than grocery store food, but you feed less (Less fillers) so it lasts longer. Thats not to mention the money you will save on vet bills in the future!

You should also look into raw. It is the best thing for them and it is very inexpensive. I found chicken for 39 cents a pound the other day!!! :shock: Maggie eats one pound a day, Trey eats about 2.


so you feed them actual chicken? and that is okay for them?


Yes and yes. :) There are several threads in this section about raw feeding. Look them over & ask any questions you have!
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 17th, 2006, 12:18 pm

The raw feeding regimen is still controversial. Even though those who feed it swear by it, some still don't 100% agree with it. There are a couple threads on here that were debates about it.
You could either feed raw or do a high quality kibble such as Canidae, Timberwolf, or Merrick- there are a few others that people have said are good. These kibbles you won't find at Petco or Petsmart but at a specialty-type, smaller pet store.
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Postby Fear_the_Sheeple » July 17th, 2006, 9:35 pm

I like this chart, for comparing products. Of course they rate themselves as the best, but it gives you an idea of what to look for and what crap is in the popular brands.

http://www.naturalpetsystems.com/dogfoodchart.htm

This one too:
http://www.ourpetfood.com/comparison.html
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Postby Sarahdee » July 19th, 2006, 9:20 am

cool, thanks everyone!
I don't really know of any other petstores in my area.
but I'm going to look them up.
can you order the food on the internet then?
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Postby Sarahdee » July 19th, 2006, 9:25 am

okay, I found a site that sells these foods, thanks for the help guys.
He won't even eat the IAMS, I have to feed it to him out of my hand or he won't go near it.
He hates it I think....
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Postby turtle » July 20th, 2006, 2:21 am

Sarahdee wrote:He won't even eat the IAMS, I have to feed it to him out of my hand or he won't go near it.
He hates it I think....


Smart dog! Iams is poor quality food sold at a high price for what's in it...

Try to get Canidae, it's a great food for the price.
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 20th, 2006, 1:16 pm

Ok I got a couple samples of Wellness puppy and Merrick puppy from the pet store for my friend at work. Hopefully I can nicely emphasize to her that these have better ingredients!!
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Postby Sarahdee » July 20th, 2006, 1:55 pm

when this bag of food runs out I'm going to try one of these other brands.
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