Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
LOVE the twinkie vs real food (apple) analogy, and it's dead on! The ingredients on the dog food bag are listed by weight, including water. So if something says chicken, then corn meal, that chicken is 80% water while the corn meal is dry. Therefore, once it's all dried out and kibbled, there is actually MORE corn than chicken. So I look for meat meal (cooked dried meat) or meat byproduct meal first (meat byproducts are liver, heart, intestines, lungs, kidneys, and other 'gross' things that people don't eat much but are good sources of protein) when I'm reading a label.
I have two GSDs. One is sensitive to corn, the other to chicken, so that limits our options. It is much cheaper in vet bills for skin and GI issues and in feeding less, as well as time spent cleaning up 'accidents' for me to feed a food that is higher quality and more expensive per pound. I like Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, and Natural Balance. I LOVED the Costco foods, but there's no Costco where I love now.
I was watching a puppy for a few weeks, had to pick up some food. Figured, heck, the owners were feeding it Purina Puppy Chow, so I'll stick with that because it's cheap and it's not my place to change their dog's food, right? Big Mistake. This little 20lb guy was eating more cups of food a day than my 80lb Shepherd, and pooping ALL the time. AND it was all soft and smelly and gross. Never Again!