What To Feed Your Dog

Dog Eating MeatWe linked to an article earlier regarding why wet food is important to cats. We received complaints of unfairness from itchmo’s Official Dog. And when he threatened to hump every leg in the house, we gave in. That’ll teach him.

The opinions seem to differ on what is a good diet for your dog. Most people recommend a quality protein diet followed by fiber, then carbs (sorry, Dr. Atkins). We’ve compiled a summary and list of diets for your consumption. (Get it? Y R U NOT LOL?)

• BARF
• High-quality dry foods
• Vegetarian/Vegan

Details after the jump.

BARF
Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or The Bone and Raw Food diet. Either the creator of this diet is a marketing genius or an idiot. Somewhat controversial, many people swear by this method. Even in our comments, many parents have indicated that they would switch their dog to BARF.

High-quality dry foods
Meet should be the leading ingredient (not according to just the ingredients list which can mislead, but as a fact). How you come about this data can be tricky, but dry foods are good for dogs, as unlike cats, they can drink water to compensate.

Vegetarian/Vegan
If your dog knew, they’d throw you in their kennel. But hey, they still don’t know it’s not bacon. According to this diet, it actually doesn’t matter where the high-quality protein comes from. And it doesn’t have to come from meat. The Official Dog of itchmo morally objects to this diet, even though the Official Mom of itchmo is one.

68 Responses to “What To Feed Your Dog”

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  1. Cynthia says:

    I feel that the only way you can protect your pets and yourself is to buy 100% organic and make your own pet food.

    Don’t allow yourself to be brainwashed by pet food manufactures, the media and veterinarians who sell pet food into believing that you can’t provide your pet with the nutrients it needs. I would be very careful in choosing a pet supplement. Check with the company to make sue they don’t source their ingredients from China.

    If you have health problems that prevent you from making your own pet food, there is one brand that appears to be a safe choice. Check out Evangers pet food… http://www.evangersdogfood.com.....sion1.html

    Evangers is a small company that has their own plant. They use human USDA grade food that you can actually eat! The suppliments they use is made in the US. Evangers told me that they do not source any of their ingredients from China.

  2. Cat Lane says:

    Hi all,

    I am a canine nutrition consultant with an extremely lively yahoogroup - my contribution to this crisis has been to set up online tutorials using the new NRC guidelines and offer instructions on how to formulate and balance your individual dog’s diet. We aren’t suggesting everyone go raw diet, it’s important that both the dog and owner feel comfortable with the home made food, which will mean cooked foods in many cases, and even if you do choose raw, it still needs to be properly balanced. The URL to my group is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ThePossibleCanine. As a professional nutritionist, I can no longer recommend any commercial foods in good faith, so there is a huge need for public education about how to home feed. These tutorials and recipes are my way of helping out a bit.

    Cat Lane

  3. Sylvia says:

    I have hit the link for The Possible Canine above and keep getting no such group exists. ?????

  4. kellkell says:

    Sylvia,
    The link has a . at the end that is causing it to fail, try
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/g.....bleCanine/
    that should work. Not advocating the group just helping with a link.

  5. Kerri says:

    Is anyone feeding thier dog Bil Jac? I am thinking of switching to this.

  6. Patricia says:

    Switched my 15 yr old Maltese to Fargo FarMore natural raw (frozen) 5 days ago. Her inner “wolf” emerged the minute she tasted it! She appears physically and mentally better than she has in the past year. Found it at my local pet food store where the owner brings it in for some local PD for their working dogs. You can check it out at farmoredogfood.com. Since start of recall, she was eating Flint River Ranch and Kumpi (both excellent dry foods), mixed with Ceasar.

    Has anyone tried Wildkitty (frozen raw) for their cats?

  7. andy121106 says:

    I was feeding Blue Buffalo until half their products were recalled last week, I have now switched to Eagle Pack dry it’s Holistic, dog(Pug) loves it.

  8. Donna Butler says:

    I use Innova Lrg. Breed by Natura and I have been told that they dont by products from China only from the USA and Mine are fine I have 4 Cane Corsos and we feel thatnthis is the best food we have every use they digest more so there is less waste. Great coats Great energy Natura make EVO and Calf. natural as well all real good products.

  9. Lisa says:

    Kerri:

    I am feeding Bil Jac Large Breed Select. It’s excellent. I also have 17 dogs; I don’t care about price. I am NOT going to lose my furry friend family over this recall fiasco. The company is located 30 miles from my home. I live in Ohio.

  10. Susan says:

    We feed both our dogs BilJac, started when our first one was small, and had problems with gas and bloating. Heard about BilJac at PetSmart, and have been feeding it since. Both dogs are healthy, at the right weight, and doing very well. And so far, we have not had to worry about the recall, since there is no wheat gluten in the food. I would recommend it.

  11. Ernesto says:

    After the Natural Balance re-call we switched our sick dogs to
    this:

    http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/

    So far, so good.: )

  12. Lynda says:

    I have a 1-year-old Westie — since August, have been feeding him Canidae Chicken and Rice (dry mixed with some wet), plus an occasional Canidae treat . He loves the food! He just had his 1-year checkup and appears to be the picture of health! I have confidence in Canidae because of the human-grade ingredients and the fact that none of the ingredients come from outside the U.S.

  13. marilyn says:

    I use Evo Innova for one of my dogs, and have seen it on the list, but my concern is they are recalling more every day. I dont feel comforable any longer using commercial brands. I had been using Natural Balance Fish and potatoe on the others, and it appears that one has not been recalled…..only the Venison diet in that brand…but, I have stopped using it anyway, for fear it will be added. Im assuming it the venison has been recalled because it containes rice,….the fish diet does not. I now have begun cooking for my dogs to be safe. 2 questions….what supplements would be best, if cooking (im using veggies, brown rice and either chicken or beef)……ALSO….I still use the Natural Balance Log Rolls for training/showing treats, where you slice them….no rice in them…they are not the dried treats or cookies….Have the rollover rolls been recalled? I see Nat Balance is on the treat list.

  14. Jen says:

    I have 3 dogs in my care at this time and switched to Blue Lamb and Rice. I also supplement the kibble with healthy foods (chicken, beef, turkey, pumkin, raw meatloaf for dogs [satin balls], etc..)
    My dogs have never looked better. I foster for American Bulldog rescue and have over 300lbs of dogs running around. Blue Buffalo Dry dog food has been a wonderful change in my household and not that much more in price. I would suggest it to anyone. Also try Missing Link Plus as a supplement if your dog needs extra glucosamine mix.

  15. Marshy says:

    My dog eats Gravy Train food…. Not treats, thank God! I’m glad they didn’t do a recall on MilkBones….
    It’s bagged dry-food, but if you want to taste gravy, so wet it. It’s a strange dog food, but my dog loves, so it seems.

  16. lily15 says:

    My dog had renal failure, acute…now it is chronic. I don’t know whether food
    was the problem as this was last May 2006. But my experiences may be helpful. IV is just for liquids and is necessary for a max of 48 hours. If animal is sick, get kidney biopsy. I used the UC Davis Center for Veterinary Medicine in San Diego(del mar) that specializes in renal failure . They have dialysis units there. My dog was saved by 4 treatments…but is still chronic. I also had the biopsy first. If your dog is not eating, ask the vet about putting a feeding tube in him. I did that too and it made a big difference. But IVs do not provide nutrition….my dog was so skinny before I changed vets and got him the proper treatment.

  17. Heather says:

    I don’t think that the chicken soup foods cause cancer. Its one of the best suposdedly! but I do prefer Evangers but some cans are only be used as a mix. In my opinion Wellness dry, Innova and timer wolf orangics are the best! There is a food that Walmart sells called Natural life in the can and its very good and you don’t have to go to a special store to get it. None of any have been efected and I hope they don’t .

  18. Mary says:

    My advice to everyone is to keep looking at the pet food recall notices. I was told that Blue Buffalo was totally safe and could be consumed by humans. I haven’t been checking because they were not on the intital recall and I trusted what I was told about their products. A good friend just told me that she saw them on the recall list. Sure enough they are there. After all this time they are finally fessing up. I am disgusted!! We normally make our own food but when we run out I use Blue (for the past four days). Now, one of my dogs is not feeling well and not eating. Needless to say, I am really really angry at that company and will never trust their products again.

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