I've done a lot of research on feeding for both Miso and my cat, Isis. I've found a few things that have made me frown, quite a bit.
First of all, when you take your dog to a vet, ask your vet if they've taken animal nutrition classes. It's actually an elective in vet school! Also, keep in mind the fact that Hill's Science Diet is #1 reccomended by vets in part because Hill's usually gives the vets in training free food to feed their own pets with.
I've heard many bad things about Hill's Science Diet, and the other 'supreme' pet foods. First of all, the pet foods that say they're preservative free? They aren't required by law to state what was in the ingredients BEFORE they came into their processing facilities. It's a loophole that many pet food companies exploit. It's a sad fact that a lot of pet food companies really don't care about what they're feeding these animals, they just care that they make the most in sales.
Long story short, after doing hours of researching, I have come up with two good solutions: A raw meat diet. If that is too expensive, there are two brands I can highly recommend that seem to actually care about the animals they're feeding: Wellness (which I feed to Miso, and will soon be switching Isis to from Hill's), and Eagle Pack (Which has been approved by PETA). Merrick's is also approved by PETA.
Keep in mind, I think PETA looks like idiots most of the time (getting mad at President Obama for swatting a fly, come on!), but I am of the mindset that anything they approve of must be good for our pets!
We feed Karli grain free Taste Of The Wild . Ive done to much research to feed her grains if its not something they would eat in the wild I dont want it in her dog food as filler . Plus she loves it .
Wetlands Canine Formula
A grain-free formula for all life stages with sweet potatoes and peas provides highly digestible energy for your active dog. Made with real roasted and smoked fowl, this formula offers a taste sensation like no other. Supplemented with fruits and vegetables, this hearty formula delivers natural antioxidants to protect your friend's body from the damage of everyday living, supporting a healthy immune system and overall good health. Your dog craves a taste of the wild. Go ahead and give him one.
I would think they bake them, under their warm bellies. Animal Planet had their show on what happens when humans are gone. One of the episodes showed what would happen to The Queen of England's corgis once no one was there to tend them, it was not pretty. I'm sure the food is fine, but "wild" dogs eat garbage and stuff they shouldn't.
May as well chime in...
Gizmo's been on Evo, Merrick's, Orijen, and Before Grain, and both of us really like them both. On Evo and Orijen, he had way too much energy though. For the past 2 months he's been on raw, Stella and Chewy's and Nature's Variety (less expensive than Wagalicious and Primal, which are also easily available in my area) and you can tell he really really likes raw. And this is a boy who will eat anything I put in front of him. I've tried chicken, duck, lamb and venison and he seems to like venison more than the rest. I hope to be able to rotate between 2 flavors to give him some variety. So far it doesn't seem to be helping much with his allergies as compared to the kibble.
I also starting doing a lot of research on dry food. I was really surprised to see that Iams and Science Diet were crap. I am in the process of switching my 3 1/2 month old Henry to Orijen's puppy formula. The natural pet food store where I live recommended it as the best for dogs and puppies. He seems to really like it. I wanted to check the site everyone seems to be using. I tried to look on the www.dogfoodanalysis.com site but it is not coming up. Is anyone else having this problem?
The Whole Dog Journal has several issues on good and not so good dog food! They give many different types and I think most of the ones people have listed here are on the good list but I don't believe Science Diet is NOT on the "good list"...This is a great monthly paper for dog owners and covers soooooo many issues!
I heard the same thing but have been told I can feed Sadie both non/low-fat plain yogurt and non/low-fat cottage cheese. I haven't tried the yogurt but Sadie loves the cottage cheese and I heard it is good for her bone growth, since she is still a puppy.