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Kibble Good/Bad?

I was just wondering how people here feel about feeding their dog kibble. Does your dog do well on it? If so, what kind do you use? I live in Canada and I've read that there are some good quality ones made here. Would you recommend not going the kibble route and if so, why? Is it because of existing health issues or do you feel it's just not good for a dog? Thanks so much!
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Our breeder recommended Now Fresh Grain-Free kibble for small breed puppies, so we started with that. (An employee at the store complimented our choice of food as it's made in Canada where standards for pet food are higher than in the US - just quoting her, not sure if that's true . . .) Now Shama eats the adult dog variety of the same food. She seems to like it, and we like how regular she is. We top it with soft food (Wellness Lamb or Venison), and we add fish oil for her joints once a day. (She receives two meals a day but doesn't always eat both.)

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Thank you! I'll check out the link
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Good questions. I'm interested in responses as well. At the moment I'm feeding Henry a mix of Orijen kibble and Stella and Chewy's dehydrated raw patties. Not sure if this is going to be the final choice. There are so many choices these days. It's confusing.

If you do go the kibble route, Orijen is considered one of the better ones, especially since you live in Canada. It's made in Canada from locally sourced ingredients. It's not only grain free but they haven't substituted other cheap carbs like potatoes for the grains. Some grain free kibbles have very high sugars contents.

All of Orijen used to be made in Canada but now the kibble sold in the US is being made in Kentucky from US sourced ingredients. I've read people saying they don't like the US version. I don't really know if there is a significant difference or not. But that's what we're using since I'm in the US.
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I use Wellness Core Puppy and tried raw for several months, Stella and Chewy and Primal in both frozen and freeze dried, all varieties. My eldest had soft stools on the raw that I couldn't get under control, but Zoe could have been a raw dog. Trouble was, Koz loved the raw and I didn't have the heart to let him see his house mate chowing down on his favorite. Feed raw if your dog thrives on it and within your budget, it really makes for a beautiful coat.
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My boys get kibble mainly. They do well on it, and I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The flavor of the month is Zignature and has been for awhile as it is calorie dense (which is necessary for Nino, who doesn't find eating all that interesting), but I have changed it up in the past. I do add things in every now and then. Weruva canned food, various frozen commercial raws, and chicken necks as treats every now and then. I think every dog can benefit from the addition of raw, wet, or dehydrated foods, but unless your dog is wrought with health issues, kibble is not the devil
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Molly is doing well on a combination of Natureís Variety Instinct kibble topped with their raw boost mixers. I do add some water to the kibble to make sure she is getting enough moisture in her diet.
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Regardless of the form of food, kibble, fresh, raw frozen, raw dehydrated, etc., The main things to consider are the quality of ingredients and proportions of each. I'm no expert, but I will tell the tail (pun intended) of the boxer who lived to be 25 years old and was studied by a lot of people to determine his excellent health. He lived on a farm where his owners raised everything they ate, and the dog ate everything the owner's ate. Says a lot about variety, balance, safety in the "processing plant" or lack there of, and fresh unfettered proteins and veggies. Obviously we all can't do that, but the closer you can get to that balance and variety where you are less likely to miss a necessary vitamin, mineral, fiber, protein or whatever, the better. On the opposite end of the scale, eliminate products such as preservatives, SUGAR, dyes, etc. made to make the food look palatable or the dog act like he loves it (sugar). If you take the time to scour the web, you will find horror stories in dog food that will set your hair on fire.

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here are some guidelines https://healthypets.mercola.com/site...ood-types.aspx
By all means Orijen and Petcurean are two of the best.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...a-good-option/
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The article linked: Kibble: Why Itís Not A Good Option For Your Dog lumps all kibble together as if all kibble is equal. For example, saying that kibble has poor protein sources and too high ratios of carbs. That is true of some kibble. Not true of other kibble. To lump all kibble together as in the article - from the cheapest supermarket no name brand to high quality kibbles that are being produced - doesn't help owners make informed decisions.

I'm not defending kibble, just would prefer a comparisons between alternatives that compare them accurately.
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