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Cowgirls Boots 07-20-2013 11:46 PM

What is a good dog food?
 
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So I have a 4 month old Akita/Husky who's weighing in at 47 pounds currently. Vet estimates he'll be 180 pounds if be keeps growing at the rate he's been going. (Gained 20 pounds in 1 month and 6 pounds in 6 days last week) I doubt hell get that big but surely he's going to be a monster.

I also have a 2 yr old 80 pound Dutch shepherd/German shepherd mix.

They're currently on Purina Dog Chow which I know is garbage and after looking into other brands I've decided to switch to something alot better for them.

I know good brands like Blue buffalo and call of the wild but they're sometimes 60$ for a 40/50 pound bag. I am not trying to spend much more then $45 for a 40/50 pound bag. If anyone can recommend a good feed, that would be awesome.
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Brighteyes 07-20-2013 11:51 PM

Honestly, I think Taste of the Wild is worth it. I was turned off by the price tag as well. Someone gave me half a bag to try out. It made my dog glow in the dark. Her coat was shiny, she had boundless energy, and she no longer itches herself raw. (She's a 60 pound, four-year-old pit bull, by the way.)

A big bag lasts a long time too. Since it's good quality, you don't have to feed as much. I ended up spending the same for nice food as I did for crappy food.

equiniphile 07-21-2013 12:09 AM

We used Blue for a while but recently changed to Tractor Supply Co's brand (4Health), which they are doing well on.
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SorrelHorse 07-21-2013 01:41 AM

Honestly, I am repulsed by mostly all dog food.

We feed a raw diet. We feed whole chicken leg quarters, two a day, and then one every three days instead of two. That keeps them on track. They feel so much better, coats are nicer, stools are better, more comfort, and our old ten year old Dane is doing exceptionally well on it with her joints.

If you do some research you can see how much healthier it is. For us, it evens out to about the same cost as kibble too. You can buy the chicken leg quarters at walmart in big red bags in the meat section, one bag lasts three days. If they have to not eat for a day too, it's no big deal on their system. I mean, don't aim for it, but if something was to happen you could leave them to "fast" for one day with no negative effects.

If you do feed kibble, the Blue and Call of the Wild is going to be as close as you'll get to a healthy solution for them...

alexischristina 07-21-2013 04:22 AM

We feed cheap bagged food as something for them to just 'have' but ours get home-made stuff too. Sometimes raw, sometimes cooked it gets stored in the freezer and ta-da, healthy dog food. Something they really like is pumpkin but the smell getting it prepared and frozen so they can have it all year long is just gross, nothing like pumpkin pie :lol:

MissingStar 07-21-2013 04:53 AM

Left to their own devices, mine opt for wild rabbit, socks and toilet paper :shock:.

Saddlebag 07-21-2013 09:58 AM

The bagged dog food causes too rapid bone growth. Old Roy is actually ok dog food as far as bagged foods go. Dogs need variety in their diet, not just the grain based dog food. Mine have always gotten partially cooked veggies (no potato), meat juices. I've even gone to the butcher and asked for trimmings and cooked them as I don't know how long they sat before being refrigerated. This supplied the dog with bones, real meat which was beef, chicken and pork, and lots of good broth. The scraps and broth comprised half the meal. When I first got my Chesapeake I was also given a yellow bag of pricey dog food. His coat was dull and he really stunk. Barely a week on Old Roy and that awful odor was gone. On the Old Roy and scrap diet he developed a beautiful shiney coat and no odor.

swimminchikin 07-21-2013 10:13 AM

We've been feeding Blue Seal lamb and rice and have been pleased with the results. Our house dog was a fat little bugger, when we switched she started to slim down and grow a nice coat of hair.

The farm dogs also have nice hair and are doing great in it. My ACD is solid muscle and looks great.
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PaintHorseMares 07-21-2013 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 3121106)
The bagged dog food causes too rapid bone growth. Old Roy is actually ok dog food as far as bagged foods go. Dogs need variety in their diet, not just the grain based dog food. Mine have always gotten partially cooked veggies (no potato), meat juices. I've even gone to the butcher and asked for trimmings and cooked them as I don't know how long they sat before being refrigerated. This supplied the dog with bones, real meat which was beef, chicken and pork, and lots of good broth. The scraps and broth comprised half the meal. When I first got my Chesapeake I was also given a yellow bag of pricey dog food. His coat was dull and he really stunk. Barely a week on Old Roy and that awful odor was gone. On the Old Roy and scrap diet he developed a beautiful shiney coat and no odor.

Our old small animal vet stopped trying to sell us high priced brands after our dog reached 15 and still looked great on Old Roy WalMart food.
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SlideStop 07-21-2013 10:20 AM

I had the same dilemma with my dog, when your $120 pounds you can't help but eat A LOT. Actually my dog was a pretty "easy keeper" but it still didn't keep us from going through 50lbs a month. We had him on Nutro Naturals, better then average but not tip top quality. I wish I had a Costco card because their Kirkland signature dog food is supposed to be up there with the best of them and its EXTREMELY affordable!
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