Which Dog food do you use?

iams
6%
40
purina
35%
217
canidae
4%
23
eagle
1%
8
diamond
15%
91
nutro
5%
33
other: Please Post Brand Below
34%
208
 
Total votes: 620
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ezzy333
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Re: Dog Food

Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:06 pm

UplandJim wrote:Go grain-free. We will be using Taste of the Wild dry food. Here's a list of grain free brands.
Grain free will work for dogs that are not being worked hard but I wouldn't recommend it without knowing what it will be fed to. Grain, especially corn is a very good ingredient for any working dog.

Ezzy
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=144
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=207

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Re: Dog Food

Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:29 am

I have been feeding my hard working dog a grain free diet for years and have loved the results. They hunt as long and as hard as any of the dogs we have hunted or trialed with. Go Grain Free.

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Re: Dog Food

Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:31 am

I do have to add that on a purely professional basis, Purina seems to be the only brand mentioned in the survey that has done a good job of Branding.

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Re: Dog Food

Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:45 am

Loyall

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Re: Dog Food

Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:07 pm

I feed Fromm's. My Vizsla is the pickiest eater of any hunting dog I have ever encountered. I've tried all sorts of different foods and finally he dives right in to the Fromm's so that's what he gets. The other dog doesn't give a crap what he eats.

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:37 am

Native level 3

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:35 pm

Hunt1Fish2 wrote:Native level 3


+1
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=4514

My dog's not spoiled ... I'm just well trained

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Re: Dog Food

Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:19 pm

Native 3. So many good ingredients a must research

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:10 am

Sportmix. Have fed it for 4 years and love the results!
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Re: Dog Food

Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:27 pm

Loyal
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Re: Dog Food

Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:23 pm

Acana with a couple squirts of salmon oil. After pup turned a year old she started dropping weight. This has been the only thing that has kept the weight on her (although still only about 35 lbs.).
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Re: Dog Food

Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:07 pm

We use Merrick dog food.

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Re: Dog Food

Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:39 pm

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Re: Dog Food

Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:34 pm

My last post in this thread was in 2008, so time for an update. Zoey is 14 now, doing very well for her age and her new food is a kibble called NEW FRONTIER. I switched because I noticed she was having some issues with stool formation. She would have a normal front end stool, but the back 1/2 very loose. I think maybe the higher protein feeds were becoming a little too 'rich' for her system, and she is doing much better on the lower protein kibble (26/14). Either that, or she was getting into the cat food and litter box .... Anyway, New Frontier is the new diet.
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Dog Food

Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:06 pm

Guess I'll be the first to mention Earthborne Holistic. The dogs do great on it and I'm constantly getting compliments on their skin and coat. Energy is great! Weight stays steady!



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Re: Dog Food

Thu May 12, 2016 1:00 pm

Other.

My dogs eat home cooked. I know what is in it, it is the same food that humans eat. There is no food from China in it. I lost a dog during the melamine contamination and I will not be taking any risk of doing that again.

Meat, some sort of carbohydrate, veggies, and fruit, all in a stew. Ingredients get varied often so they aren't eating the same thing all the time. Some combination of: Beef, chicken, pork, fish, rabbit, duck, goose, elk, turkey, cheese. Sweet potato, brown rice, barley, quinoa, rolled oats, wheat. Ground broccoli, carrots, squash, pumpkin, cauliflower, Apples, blueberries, peaches, melon.

Part of it depends upon what is on sale, what is coming out of the garden, what the family fisherman brings home.

Cost is pretty much in line with what the super premium dog foods cost. Cost also depends upon what is on the menu. Beef and fish cost more than chicken or pork. I am very careful to not actually figure out what the fish costs, but a lot of money goes into catching it.

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Re: Dog Food

Sat May 21, 2016 4:25 pm

Janee's August Breeze - Bree
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Re: Dog Food

Sat May 21, 2016 5:30 pm

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Re: Dog Food

Sat May 21, 2016 5:51 pm

3Britts wrote:
northforkecap wrote:I've been using the Diamond Puppy (purple bag) for the last 2mos or so. My 5 mos GSP looks and acts great (coat, energy, etc.) but after I switched to it, I've noticed some of her BM's are loose and she gases everyone out when she's in the house. Anyone else had these problems? I've thought about asking my vet about when to switch her to the adult mix and see if that changes anything.


I don't know if this holds for dogs but, my doctor told me, a long time ago, that gas is the sign of a healthy intestinal track.
Besides, I've never met a good dog that didn't gas. 8)


For humans too? If so, I am fit as a fiddle! :D

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Re: Dog Food

Sat May 21, 2016 6:29 pm

oregon woodsmoke wrote:Other.

My dogs eat home cooked. I know what is in it, it is the same food that humans eat. There is no food from China in it. I lost a dog during the melamine contamination and I will not be taking any risk of doing that again.

Meat, some sort of carbohydrate, veggies, and fruit, all in a stew. Ingredients get varied often so they aren't eating the same thing all the time. Some combination of: Beef, chicken, pork, fish, rabbit, duck, goose, elk, turkey, cheese. Sweet potato, brown rice, barley, quinoa, rolled oats, wheat. Ground broccoli, carrots, squash, pumpkin, cauliflower, Apples, blueberries, peaches, melon.

Part of it depends upon what is on sale, what is coming out of the garden, what the family fisherman brings home.

Cost is pretty much in line with what the super premium dog foods cost. Cost also depends upon what is on the menu. Beef and fish cost more than chicken or pork. I am very careful to not actually figure out what the fish costs, but a lot of money goes into catching it.
I am not as concerned with the cost as I am with the protein, fat, and mineral that's in it each day.
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=144
http://www.perfectpedigrees.com/4genview.php?id=207

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Re: Dog Food

Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:39 am

I use Victor Dog Food.
If you want your dog to perform at the highest level, use a quality dog food!
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Re: Dog Food

Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:03 pm

Acana Regional Wild Atlantic Grain-Free with Tripett Lamb Tripe

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Re: Dog Food

Fri May 05, 2017 9:30 am

Native is actually rated very high (5 stars on dogfoodadvisor) so kudos to them. But for some reason my english pointer doesn't like it. too bad because I would love to give it to him. They need to improve flavor. I currently give Kirkland but will change because of reviews and ratings. Will try Diamond, Kinetic and Victor.

btw: Purina PP has some of the worst ratings and reviews online!

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Re: Dog Food

Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:51 am

I feed Dr. Tim's Pursuit. My pudelpointer has ate that since we finished the 15lb bag of puppy food the breeder sent us home with and he's done great. He weighs 63-65lbs and I feed 3 cups a day.

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Re: Dog Food

Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:07 am

I recently switched my French Brit from Acana to Farmina. He seems to love it and performs well on it.

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Re: Dog Food

Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:12 am

Other: Kirkland from Costco, which is basically Diamond. Roughly 28%/17%, has salmon oil, plenty of veggies, and good bacteria for the gut.

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Re: Dog Food

Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:28 pm

With almost 109,000 views and nearly 300 comments ,it would appear Y'all have more interest and knowledge about Food :lol:

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Re: Dog Food

Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:28 pm

Nutrisource Super Performance Chicken & Rice 32/21.

Two cups day for a 60# dog.

http://nutrisourcepetfoods.com/dog-food ... ormance/10

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:28 am

ctn830 wrote: btw: Purina PP has some of the worst ratings and reviews online!
That is one of the main reasons for discounting the online rating sites as total bunk. There is quite a difference in making up dog food ratings as a thought process from emotional headspace and actually feeding stuff to hard working dogs.

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:08 am

I feed raw. Chicken, beef, pork, venison, duck, goose, lamb, goat, pheasant, chukar, and fish, flesh and bones. Liver, spleen, kidney, brain, tripe, tounge, and testes, from various species round things out.

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Re: Dog Food

Mon May 21, 2018 1:52 am

purina
canidae
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.
Sometimes I feed to dog natural food and homemade food.

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Re: Dog Food

Mon May 21, 2018 7:35 pm

I use Victor for my 10 month Brittany and she does great on it so far

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Re: Dog Food

Thu May 24, 2018 1:47 am

As a dog owner, one question that’s often weighed heavy on my mind is whether or not I was giving enough food and proper food to my dog. I think it is very important to choose the right food for a dog for their healthier life and get full of energy.

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Re: Dog Food

Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:19 pm

I have been using Sportsman's Pride 26/18 for several years now. It comes in 50# bags.

Dogs do very well on it.

FWIW, Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20 is the gold standard in dogfood for competitive performance dogs. comparing most dogfoods, including the one I use, to PPP is like comparing regular gasoline to airplane fuel.

If it wasn't so darn expensive I would feed it myself. It is absolutely consistent, bag to bag...year in and year out. It has everything the dog needs, in the right amounts. The dogs have incredible energy with relatively small amounts of feed and their stools are small and tight.

Several feeds are quite good, and over the years I have fed a number of good feeds. But there is a reason why most of the top winning field trial dogs are on a Purina Pro Plan Performance diet and it ain't just because they get a volume discount.

If I only had one dog I would feed Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20.

RayG

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Re: Dog Food

Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:42 pm

Taste of the Wild!

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Re: Dog Food

Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:19 am

birddogger2 wrote:I have been using Sportsman's Pride 26/18 for several years now. It comes in 50# bags.

Dogs do very well on it.

FWIW, Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20 is the gold standard in dogfood for competitive performance dogs. comparing most dogfoods, including the one I use, to PPP is like comparing regular gasoline to airplane fuel.

If it wasn't so darn expensive I would feed it myself. It is absolutely consistent, bag to bag...year in and year out. It has everything the dog needs, in the right amounts. The dogs have incredible energy with relatively small amounts of feed and their stools are small and tight.

Several feeds are quite good, and over the years I have fed a number of good feeds. But there is a reason why most of the top winning field trial dogs are on a Purina Pro Plan Performance diet and it ain't just because they get a volume discount.

If I only had one dog I would feed Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20.
The only good thing about Sportsman's Pride 26/18 is the price. Premium real Chicken lists chicken as the 7th ingredient limited is a little better, not good though. It looks like about $30 for 50#. I pay about twice that for for ProPlan Performance Sport30/20 50#. From the difference in the ingredients I think Purina Pro Plan is a bargain. Less food equals less poop........Cj
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Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:12 pm

One of the things I never paid attention to or even cared about was the amount of poop except when we were doing feeding research. So many more valid things to think about it just doesn't seem important though I understand what you are saying.

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Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:02 pm

Have now switched to Hi-Tek Naturals. Was hard to get Fromms and they raised their prices to a level that I looked around for something new.

Tried several new foods and this is the one the dog decided he liked best. Have used both the Salmon and the Chicken grain free.

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Re: Dog Food

Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:55 am

I'm not convinced that one food is really any better than another. Some have higher protein but seem's to me over the years, what ever food the dog's ate well they did well on. Even tried Atta Boy one time. Now that was not a good food. Only food I ever recall feeding that the dog's lost energy really fast when worked. The majority of people don't hunt their dog's hard enough to require higher protein food or any of the specialty brands. But at the same time, if you can afford them and the dog's like it, I doubt they will do any harm. Now if your trialing a horseback dog, especially one hour + stakes, they may be a lot to higher protein foods. Then I'd say conditioning is pretty much a year round process and it's best to keep the dog on the food the dog eats and maintain's the dog's endurance. The deal, IMO, with all the custom feed's is advertising. I recall many years ago Gains had a facility where foods were actually tested on the dog's daily. If anyone is doing that today, I haven't heard of it. If high protein is your thing and your dog's eat it, go for it!If grain free is for you and your dog eats it, go for it. Best food I ever fed was Biscuit by Kennel Ration. Baked food and every dog I ever fed it to ate it well. In fact wheen turning them over to it, I mixed it half and half with what ever I was feeding and the time. Every one picked out the biscuit and left the rest, every one!
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Re: Dog Food

Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:36 pm

ezzy333 wrote:One of the things I never paid attention to or even cared about was the amount of poop except when we were doing feeding research. So many more valid things to think about it just doesn't seem important though I understand what you are saying.

Ezzy
I think the amount and consistency of the of the stool is one of the most valid things in choosing a dog food and also one of the first things you will notice. To me a food that causes large amounts of loose poop is not a good choice. I have never found a food my dogs would not eat.
To Don F there is pretty good research saying grain free causes enlarge heart. Dogs die from that........Cj

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Re: Dog Food

Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:33 am

birddogger2 wrote:I have been using Sportsman's Pride 26/18 for several years now. It comes in 50# bags.

Dogs do very well on it.

FWIW, Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20 is the gold standard in dogfood for competitive performance dogs. comparing most dogfoods, including the one I use, to PPP is like comparing regular gasoline to airplane fuel.

If it wasn't so darn expensive I would feed it myself. It is absolutely consistent, bag to bag...year in and year out. It has everything the dog needs, in the right amounts. The dogs have incredible energy with relatively small amounts of feed and their stools are small and tight.

Several feeds are quite good, and over the years I have fed a number of good feeds. But there is a reason why most of the top winning field trial dogs are on a Purina Pro Plan Performance diet and it ain't just because they get a volume discount.

If I only had one dog I would feed Purina Pro Plan Performance 30/20.

RayG
Not sure how many dogs you have but PPP 26/16 isn't really that much more expensive than Sportsman's Pride 26/18. On Chewy.com PPP 26/16 is 45.58 for a 37.5 or $1.22/lb. Sprotsman's Pride 26/18 is 33.98 for 33 lb. or $1.03 per lb. So even if you are feeding 2-3 dogs the cost per year really isn't that much more for PPP.
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Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:43 am

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ezzy333 wrote: To Don F there is pretty good research saying grain free causes enlarge heart. Dogs die from that........Cj
That isn't necessarily true. You need to read the facts. It isn't just the fact that it's grain-free. You need to look at the ingredients. Apparently the foods that are causing the problems don't contain Taurine, or enough of it. I see a lot of dog foods are now listing Taurine as one of the ingredients.

I was never a believer in grain-free dog foods until I got my current Brittany that ended up being an allergy dog. Tests show she is allergic to most all protein sources except pork and venison. For the past year I have been feeding her a grain-free, limited ingredient food with pork from Zignature and she has done very well. It's protein/fat is 31/18 which if good since she is a big running field trial/hunting dog. Zignature has added Taurine to their foods.
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Re: Dog Food

Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:51 am

I noticed recently that the TS where we get our PPP carries this stuff called 4Health.
Does anyone know about it?

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Re: Dog Food

Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:34 pm

Dakotazeb wrote:
cjhills wrote:
ezzy333 wrote: To Don F there is pretty good research saying grain free causes enlarge heart. Dogs die from that........Cj
That isn't necessarily true. You need to read the facts. It isn't just the fact that it's grain-free. You need to look at the ingredients. Apparently the foods that are causing the problems don't contain Taurine, or enough of it. I see a lot of dog foods are now listing Taurine as one of the ingredients.

I was never a believer in grain-free dog foods until I got my current Brittany that ended up being an allergy dog. Tests show she is allergic to most all protein sources except pork and venison. For the past year I have been feeding her a grain-free, limited ingredient food with pork from Zignature and she has done very well. It's protein/fat is 31/18 which if good since she is a big running field trial/hunting dog. Zignature has added Taurine to their foods.
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What you wrote is normally right as far as allergies go and as you said it has nothing to do with being grain free because 99% of all food allergies are caused by the meat since it is the main protein source and that is where the cause ususally lays.

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Re: Dog Food

Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:56 pm

ezzy333 wrote:What you wrote is normally right as far as allergies go and as you said it has nothing to do with being grain free because 99% of all food allergies are caused by the meat since it is the main protein source and that is where the cause ususally lays.

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The problem comes when your dog is allergy positive for chicken, lamb, salmon, turkey and beef. It doesn't leave a lot left to chose from. Like I said, she was negative for pork and venison but venison dog food has become very expensive to that left pork. When I did find a food with pork so many of them also contain chicken meal or lamb meal. Zignature was one of the only ones that didn't. It's a little on the spendy side at $55 for a 27 lb. bag but with only one dog it's not that bad. To find a food like that you are probably going to have a grain-free food. I also think for allergy dogs that using a "limited ingredient" food is beneficial as it limits the sources of potential allergies. I should add that in order to get her itching and biting under control we were giving her injections of Cytopoint and that worked extremely well. The Cytopoint shot is suppose to last 4-8 weeks but we have been getting by much longer since she has been on the Zignature dog food. Her last shot was over 3 months ago.
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Re: Dog Food

Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:56 am

Settertude wrote:I noticed recently that the TS where we get our PPP carries this stuff called 4Health.
Does anyone know about it?
I believe that is Tractor Supply's house brand. I've never fed it, nor known of anyone that does. But in looking at the ingredients and analysis it would appear to be a pretty decent food. It's made for them by Diamond from what I've found on the web.
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