Can someone please tell me?
How you looked at Honest Kitchen which is FDA human grade dehydrated food? They have both whole grain and grain free food. White Fish along with the typical meat foods.It is so hard to find a good food made by a reputable company. I've been on the hunt to find a sensitive stomach food that does not contain chicken or poultry since I think he has issues with it.
He has been eating salmon and sweetpotato grainfree. However, the vet says that dogs with tummy issues need to have grain. And maybe the salmon does sit well with him.
It's day 5 of the meds and the horrible prescription food that contains chicken, pork and turkey. I think he is worse instead of better. Vet again tomorrow.
Absolutely. Right now I don't have a problem with the concept of synthetic ingredients (and I know this was just an example you used, I'm just borrowing it) but it doesn't mean I will always feel this way. Or that I won't come to believe certain synthetic products are problematic. On the other hand, changes in technology could also improve synthetic manufacturing and make some products more reliable than they are now. Or the weight of harvesting natural products vs. recreating them in a lab and all that both entail could change how I view these things. I completely agree it's about being open and continuing to learn. And not making these issues all or nothing. Things change.I think that there is a lot of confusion and misinformation about dog food and it is very difficult for us as consumers to know what is best. We all love our dogs and of course want to feel that we are feeding them the best that we can. However, sometimes fierce brand loyalties and preconceived notions get in our way. For example, I used to think that a raw homemade diet is best, however I have become more open minded to other forms of feeding and realize that there are pitfalls with any diet. I try to keep an open mind as to what to look for in dog food. For example, I brought up the subject of synthetic vitamins and minerals as an example. And I was impressed that two kibble manufacturers are implementing this. So do I want to dig my heels in and ignore this? Or be a bit more open minded about it? I think researchers are learning more and more about dog food, not only what is in the food but the bioavailability to the dog. I choose to have an open mind about the latest research, but sometimes fierce brand loyalties and preconceived notions get in the way. For example, I think some people will fight to the death to defend their brand and this can blind them to the latest research.
Feed your dog whatever you like because you are ultimately responsible for their health. I have used a pet food that my Ricky has been thriving on and loves for years and it is not Purina. Maybe he would thrive on Pro Plan too, but I am not willing to take that chance.I shamelessly LOVE Pro Plan. The research behind it is incredible, it is one of only a handful of foods formulated by boarded veterinary nutritionists. I used to be one of those staunchly against it and thought it was crap with a capital C, but the proof is in the putting and my dogs have done better on it than any of the large handful of other brands they have been on.
Smart woman...I tend to stay out of dog food debates because there are as many opinions as there are people on the forum!
The only problem is that the use of glysophate on corn, wheat and soy has skyrocketed since the 90's. This could have some impact on dogs consuming this food nowadays, even if the formula is the same.Our first Havanese were raised on Pro Plan, before so many choices of fancy foods came out. That was in the late '90's. They didn't live their whole lives on it, but some number of years.
I can't honestly say that those dogs suffered any ill effects from it, and they lived as long, healthy lives as the ones these days do.
I looked into glysophate in pet food a bit more and it looks like it is in grain free food also. I thought the food with grain would have more but I guess glysophate is pretty much everywhere in the food chain for pets and people. Anyway, I just wanted to clarify.The only problem is that the use of glysophate on corn, wheat and soy has skyrocketed since the 90's. This could have some impact on dogs consuming this food nowadays, even if the formula is the same.