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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-30-2007, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Question Trying To Pick A Quality Dog Food

I know that dog food choices have been discussed ad nauseum on this forum. Nonetheless, it is time to switch Scout to an adult dog food (kibble), and I am paralyzed by indecision and fear. When making this choice, what qualities should I look for in a food? What is a good amount of protein? Do some brands have too much/too little protein for Havanese? Which ingredients do I want to see in the food and which ingredients do I want to avoid? How do I know where the food is made and where the ingredients are from? Are there some brands that manufacture their foods in the US or Canada AND only use domestic ingredients?
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I know how you feel. After all my research and narrowing down what my boys will and will not eat. I feel best about the Nutro brand of products(Innova, Innova Evo, California Naturals. I also like Merrick, and Fromms but my boys won't touch it. I also sometimes use a product called Back to Basics which I think is a small local reputable company. I mostly rely on the Natures Variety Raw Medallions and fill in with the evo and innova kibble. Good Luck




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We feed Innova EVO. One thing to keep in mind maybe, aside from the contamination issues, is that plenty of dogs live to a ripe old age on "poor quality" foods! Maybe we anguish a little too much over this stuff. That said, I contemplated changing foods at one time, and I really was stressed about it!! Good luck with the switch!
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I'm not sure about the answers to many of the questions you asked, but I am interrsted in the answers. I myself use Merricks and I know that all of their food is made here in the US. My vet has also said to me that it is a very good brand of food to give to Kubrick. Plus, Kubrick does love the taste.
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IV'E HAD GOOD LUCK WITH EVO
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We feed Innova EVO. One thing to keep in mind maybe, aside from the contamination issues, is that plenty of dogs live to a ripe old age on "poor quality" foods! Maybe we anguish a little too much over this stuff. That said, I contemplated changing foods at one time, and I really was stressed about it!! Good luck with the switch!
(Bold emphasis mine.)

I agree with DAJsmom. I think we worry too much about the food we feed our dogs.

Having said that, I am currently using Fromm, and my dogs did great with Purina Pro Plan, but I suspected an allergy, so I left them. My dogs did not do well on Innova, and it took me a while to figure out that it was too rich for their systems; any change (including car rides) created diahrea. Some dogs do great on it, but my first two Havanese did not.

I'm sticking with Fromm for now, but it is a pain to get it delivered. I have to make a 60 minute drive to pick it up or order a large batch and have it delivered to my door.


Edited to clarify: I left Purina Pro Plan because I wasn't sure if it was corn or wheat that was causing the itching problem and left to only try foods that didn't have either.

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I have been driving myself crazy with this. There wasn't any real problem with what I had always fed my dogs but after reading all the threads I felt that maybe I wasn't doing the right thing. I feel as though I am trying to fix something that isn't broke. I did buy a new food to try and I think adding fresh veggies and fruits are ok. If I just had the hav it might be easier but I think I am going to make dogs that ate any food turn picky by switching it all the time. I have told myself not to look at threads that deal with food for awhile
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Anne, I think you are taking the most sensible approach. If it isn't broke... Besides, I think a lot of us create picky eaters by changing the food often.
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I really like the Wellness kibbles - they are made in the US from human-grade ingredients. Both my dogs like it and I've never had a problem with loose stools, etc. on it.

Maybe you can find some samples available at a local pet store. There is a nice high-end pet store near me that has a rack with little sample baggies for several brands (all free for the taking). That way you don't have to commit to a 5 lb. bag

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A had never given a thought to food but a friend steered us toward foods with real meat, not by-products,and whole grains. I personally don't really get why carnivores need grains and fruits and vegetables. I had originally bought the Innova puppy, but when I went back and the store didn't carry it, I bought the Innova Evo which is for both dogs and puppies. It's the 'Ancestral Diet' (seems like this should be announced with a very deep voice', more like what wild dogs would have eaten i.e. more protein.
Marvin seems to like it. And who cares if it is expensive! It's not like he eats all that much!

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