Matt: What puppy food is best for a Brittany?
I'm bring home my Brittany in less than a week and wanted to know what is the best brand for a puppy. Brittanys are usually very hyper so I want a food that would definitely help in that area but also the best and healthiest for a dog. We feed my Golden iams for 11 years and she died of cancer 6 months ago, we later found out that iams might cause cancer so we wanted to get the best and right food this time around. Thanks.
I was also recommended Blue Buffalo by a family friend and wanted to know if that was any good.
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Answer by taismith
The general rule is to go with a high quality dog food. Yes I know there's people who swear by Pedigree, IAMS etc, but it is subpar and if you wouldn't feed yourself McDonalds every single meal, why should you feed your dog the doggie equivalent?
I am a huge fan of the following brands (and my dog has tried all of them):
- Orijen (same company as Acana, but with more protein...if your dog needs it)
- Stella & Chewy's
- Blue Buffalo
- Real Meat (it's a company)
The thing to remember with a raw diet is that because there's no fillers (oats, potato etc), you feed less. So a bag of raw food is more expensive, but you're feeding significantly less so the cost comes out to about the same (or less) than kibble. The reason I love feeding my dog raw is that the stool is always consistent, it smells less, and is more firm. This way when my dog has loose stool, I know immediately that she's not feeling well.
Answer by Kaido Potato
RAW. Pure protein, calcium, and just AMAZING! Had an amazing transformation with my 2 dogs! No dog food is good for dogs. No offense to all of the kibble feeders. Kibble is known for causing ALL sorts of diseases. Here is a list of those diseases: Dermatitises of all sorts, cancers, joint problems, heart problems, kidney problems, digestive problems ("lack of enzymes"), liver problems, pancreas problems, coat problems, tooth problems, anal gland problems, glandular disorders, allergies, and soft doughy bodies. Yes, even kibble like Orijen and Acana cause these. The thing is, is that kibble is processed and has a whole bunch of added things to it that dogs don't need. Most kibbles add potatoes, peas, supplements, etc, that dogs DON'T need.
You see, dogs are CARNIVORES not OMNIVORES. If you dissected a dog, you would notice that its internal organs are almost IDENTICAL to the wolf's. Only 0.2% ISN'T the same. Dogs are not made for digesting vegetables. The enzymes in their mouths are specifically made for breaking down MEAT. Sure, they can eat veggies, but they're not designed to and often have a hard time digesting them.
Dogs need a COMPLETELY raw diet to be healthy. This would be 80% muscle meat, 10% organs, and 10% bone. These diets aren't even expensive if you can find the right sources. I get my meat from hunting, my hunting friends, my butcher shop, or I go to the store and see what's on sale. Meat is cheaper if you can get it RIGHT when it's about to expire. Dogs don't care if the meat is a little "ripe" and it certainly won't hurt them. I also post ads on craigslist about wanting FREE freezer-burnt or expired meat that no-one wants and that sometimes works too.
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