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What Is the Best Dog Food for Your Dog?

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June is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but is currently residing in New York. She loves to cook naturally with plants from her garden.

Finding the Best Food for Your Dog

Today's pet food industry is larger and more varied than ever before. While this offers a large number of choices spanning a variety of styles, it can also be very confusing to try to figure out what is the best food to feed your dog.

Something that needs to be kept in mind is that dog food is not a one size fits all scenario. Each dog has unique traits, and as such, unique dietary needs and sensitivities. The age, breed and activity level of each dog all need to be taken into consideration when selecting an appropriate food.

Many dogs will eat anything you give them, regardless of quality. Certain pedigree dogs have allergies and food sensitivities. Some pedigrees are inclined genetically to certain diseases and need special diets. If you own a pedigree it would be in your dog's best interest to find out what these inclinations might be in order to rule out certain diets.

Understanding Dog Food Ingredients

Any one that is the proud owner of a dog really needs to become familiar with the ingredients that go into process dog food in order to make knowledgeable decisions as to what they are feeding their dogs.

Take a look at the ingredients on your packaged food and write them down. Then do the research so that you know exactly what the terms mean and what the side effects are on the animal that you love so much.

Dogs should be fed a combination of fresh and dried foods. The fresh food that is fed in the home is usually much healthier than the processed food that comes off of the shelf.

Fresh foods that are fed at home can include any type of meat such as poultry and beef, or even eggs. Foods such as cranberries and blueberries (or the juices); sweet potatoes or yams are also beneficial to a dog's diet.

Preservatives in the dog's food is usually not beneficial to the animals health; however, they are a necessity for prolonged shelf life of manufactured process dog food. Manufacturers are required to make a profit so the shelf longevity is a must, for them.

Asorbic acid is a food additive that is used as a preservative that will not harm the dog, as it is only another form of vitamin-C. Many manufacturers will not use it as a preservative and will instead choose to use a less expensive chemical method that can often have diverse effects on dogs.

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

What About Familiar Name Brands?

What about familiar name brands like Alpo, Purina or another premium brand like Wellness?

Are the premium brands that advertise specially formulated ingredients like IAMS, Science Diet, or Eukanuba really being truthful in their advertising claims? Will they qualify for one of the best dog foods? Are they really worth the extra money? Are generic or store brands suitable for a dog? These are all important questions to be asking.

We are now more aware than ever, with the first recall of 2007, that not all dog foods are created equal and even the higher priced brands should not be taken at face value.

Become an educated consumer and learn what a healthy dog food diet consist of . . . . learn to read those labels!

Dog Owners Need to Take Responsibility

They need to write down the ingredients that are on the packaging of the food they are using for feed. They need to do the research to find out what, exactly, they are feeding their animals and what the side effects are of the products their animals are ingesting.

Many dog allergies these days are are a result of the product the dogs are consuming. Skin allergies are very high on the list, as are kidney failure and cancer. These are all resulting from the chemicals that the dogs are being fed in the processed dog food.

Some premium types of processed dog foods will include essential fatty acids, carbohydrates with adequate fiber contents, vitamins like A, D, E and B complex vitamins; however, many will not.

Minerals such as zinc, are an essential ingredient to keep the skin healthy and kidneys functioning. Calcium is another essential ingredient for both bone growth and tonicity of the muscles. These minerals should be enriched in the processed foods; however, the cost of doing that is much more expensive and cuts into the bottom line profit of the dog food companies.

Although it may be better for your dog's health, many companies will not add the nutritional essentials to the garbage they process as it is not cost effective!

As I keep stating, write down the ingredients of the dog food you are using, do the research, and determine what your dog needs for optimum health and what will make your dog ill. The animal is no longer in the wild, responsible for his own survival. The dog is a domesticated creature that relies on his human master to care for him responsibly and with lots of love.

Beware of Dog Food Fillers

The dog food recall of those contaminated pet foods, just a few short years ago, has done nothing to stop the use of fillers in lower grade, and some premium, commercial dog foods. Many pet food manufacturers keep their costs low and their bottom line high by loading the the dog food with bulk which has absolutely no nutritional value. Your pet's food could be filled with one or more of a number of fillers, including:

  • Cereal by-products
  • Cottonseed hulls
  • Citrus pulp
  • Peanut hulls
  • Rice husks
  • Weeds
  • Straw
  • Corn and corncobs
  • Feathers
  • Soy

These dog food fillers are unfortunately used in the place of quality fiber, (remember brown rice hulls are a filler, they are not brown rice) and can irritate the walls of your pet's intestines. Some of the fillers are not digestible by dogs.Yet as food prices continue to rise, the use of fillers will continue to be used so that dog food manufacturers can continue to keep their costs low and their bottom line profit high.

Avoid obscure listings like potato product, rice or peanut hulls, and grape pomace. Look for something more recognizable than words that give you only a vague notion of what you are feeding your dog.

Diligence is required in avoiding these foods as many of them are masked with euphemisms and phrases such as "Moist, chewy" or "contains vegetables," among many more.

Pet food manufacturers pay marketers very well to come up with creative wording that will convince you to purchase their brand of dog food. This is why it is so very important for you to learn to read the labels and have an understanding of what the labels are telling you, Then and only then will you be able to make an educated choice on what you are willing to put into your pets dog food bowl. Don't allow your dog fill up on fillers

Read the Labels of Your Pet Food!

Dog Food Label "Rules" by the FDA

FDA Rulings Are on the Side of the Advertisers!

1. The 95% Rule:

If the product says "Beef Dog Food," 95% of the product must be the named ingredients. A product with a combination label, such as "Beef and Liver for Dogs," must contain 95% beef and liver, and there must be more beef than liver since beef is named first.

2. The 25% or "Dinner" or "Entrees" Rule:

Ingredients named on the label must comprise at least 25% of the product but less than 95%, when there is a qualifying "descriptor" term like "dinner", "entrees", "formula", "platter", "nuggets", etc. In "Beef Dinner for Dogs," beef may or may not be the primary ingredient. If two ingredients are named ("Beef and Turkey Dinner for Dogs"), the two ingredients must total 25%, there must be more of the first ingredient (beef) than the second (turkey), and there must be at least 3% of the lesser ingredient.

3. The 3% or "With" Rule:

A product may be labeled "Dog Food with Lamb" if it contains at least 3% of the named ingredient. The "Flavor" Rule: A food may be labeled "Duck Flavor Dog Food" even if the food does not contain such ingredients, as long as there is a "sufficiently detectable" amount of flavor.

This may be derived from meals, by-products, or "digests" of various parts from the animal species indicated on the label.

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Criteria for a Healthy Dog Food

A few of the things that must match our criteria for the best healthy dog food is that the dog food must be chemical and preservative free, they may not contain any animal by-products.

Meat must be the first two ingredients listed, not corn. Corn is difficult for dogs to digest. Brown rice is better, however, be aware that brown rice hulls are only a filler and not brown rice. See the difference?

They also must NOT contain any of these five ingredients:

  1. Animal fat
  2. Meat by-products and bone meal
  3. Fish by-products
  4. Liver meal
  5. Poultry fat or poultry by-products

I know these ingredients sound harmless and they are meant to. They've been carefully named so as not to raise any alarms or suspicions when you see them on the ingredient list on the side of the can or on the back of a bag...but when you know what they really are....alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear. Anytime there is a generic listing, steer away from the food.

By generic I mean i.e. poultry by-product. It needs to specify what type of poultry. If it says chicken or duck, for example, you are fine. Poultry is a generic term to cover anything from turkey feathers to chicken feces.

With the exception of vitamins and minerals as nutritional additives, the further down the list you find an ingredient the less it contributes to the overall quality of the food.

For example, if carrots are listed as the 10th ingredient, the amount in the dog food is so minuscule it barely matters. When listed that far down the list consider it to just be cosmetic “window dressing”.

To keep it simple, a rule of thumb can consistently identify the best dog food…
The first two or three items on any dog food ingredients list should be a whole meat protein; ie. beef, chicken, lamb or turkey, not a meat by-product.

Dog Food Ingredients Test

Use this test to figure out the score of your current dog food.

Start with a grade of 100 on the ingredients list:

For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

If the food contains BHA, BHT, Glyceryl Monostearate, Propylene Glycol, Propyl Gallate or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points. If all of them are in the food, subtract 50 points.

If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 5 points

If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 4 more points

For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "brown rice hulls", ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points.

Keep in mind though that brown rice hulls and brewers rice are a filler and not the same as brown rice. Brown rice alone is a good thing; see below. Rice flour is white rice.

  1. If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
  2. If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
  3. If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points
  4. If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
  5. If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
  6. If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points
  7. If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit

  1. If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
  2. If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
  3. If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
  4. If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
  5. If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
  6. If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
  7. If the food contains barley, add 2 points
  8. If the food contains brown rice without the other "rice fillers", add 2 points
  9. If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
  10. If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
  11. If the food contains sunflower seed oil, add 1 point
  12. For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; do not include any meat "meal" as one protein source, i.e. "chicken" and "chicken meal" would be as 1 source), add 1 point
  13. If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
  14. If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point
  • 94-100+ = A
  • 86-93 = B
  • 78-85 = C
  • 70-77 = D
  • 69 = F

What About IAMS, Science Diet, Pedigree and Eukanuba?

Most humans think "if it cost more it is better". This isn't always true. In all of the research I have conducted over the years, I have found some of the premium brands are almost as bad as your low-grade brands.

I just cannot stress enough how important it is to READ THE LABELS and learn what the ingredients are that are listed on the label.

Many people have been fooled into thinking that IAMS, Science Diet, Pedigree and Eukanuba are the best commercial dog food money can buy. NOT in my humble opinion. The last time I looked they did not qualify as the best dog food.

These four brands were actually poor quality food that sadly, are charging premium prices for the food, for their advertising and for the commissions they pay to your vets.

Pet owners beware. I have discovered that IAMS pays hefty commissions to veterinarians that are willing to recommend and sell their dog food to trusting dog owners.

Personally, I don't want a vet taking care of my animals who will care more for the "almighty dollar" than the health of my dog. If your vet is recommending this dog food, I recommend that you find a new vet.

I have a friend who is an AKC certified dog breeder who was also contacted by IAMS and offered a substantial amount to advertise their poor quality dog food on her website. I am pleased that she politely turned them down.

When I first created this page 7 years ago, I couldn't find a manufactured brand of dog food that qualified for the best dog food. Since then many dog food companies have changed their formula ingredients due to public pressure.

Read those labels and know what you are paying for.

Dog Food Testing: Premium Is Not Always Best!

Bones the size of the ones in this video probably won't have any effect on a large dog, but they could be a problem for small dogs.

Remember . . . premium is not always best!

Homemade Dog Food

Anyone that has read any of my dog food HubPages knows that I am a real advocate for making healthy dog food at home.

I do realize that it is a time constraint for a lot of people but look at it this way. If it was a special needs child, wouldn't to make the time?

I often suggest to, at the very least, try to add some raw food to your dogs diet and to make at least one homemade meal a week.

Keep in mind you can make a batch and freeze it. If you make one meal, why not make a batch of 7 meals. You might as well make enough for one meal a day for a week to add to the commercial dog food that you have already purchased.

Making larger batches will save money and time. I like to freeze each meal in an individual serving. I thaw when needed and reheat with a little water.

I take a package out of the freezer before I go to bed and feed in the morning. I take out another in the morning before I go to work and feed when I get home from work.

Making Chicken and Rice for Your Dog: Homemade Dog Food

Preparing Dog Food at Home

There are many pet owners that still just don't get it. Your dog needs to have raw meat at least once a week, but several times a week is better.

Some people think that it is too time-consuming, you know, "too much hassle", to feed their dogs a well-balanced diet. These are the same people that are living on fast food, are overweight and don't give a hoot about their own diet, let alone a dog's diet.

Making food at home doesn't have to be a huge chore. It only takes a couple of hours to make up a big batch. This can then be frozen in separate containers and fed once a week at least.

Depending on the size of the dog, it is so easy to throw together a couple of pounds of raw chicken with some leftover brown rice (2 2/3 c.), some fresh veggies, with a tablespoon of safflower or olive oil, and a little (1/4 t.) iodized salt. Mix it together with about 3 grams of calcium carbonate (regular Tums size) and freeze it in separate containers. Pull one out say Thursday night and by Friday morning it's thawed and you can feed it to your best friend Fred the dog.

What's so hard about that?. You are already mixing dry with wet food anyway. This isn't any more difficult. Our dogs need that raw protein.

Do you add a couple of raw eggs into the mix every now and then? No? Why not? Dogs don't get salmonella poisoning like humans do. How hard is it to chop up some raw beef at the same time you are making yourself some stew or throwing a steak on the Bar-B?

Are you adding supplements to their food at meal time? No? If you aren't feeding them correctly, you should be.

Take a few minutes extra to make a difference in your dogs health and the payoffs will be great. Your bud will live longer and you will save a ton of money at the Vet's because you won't have to go to the Vet as often.

How to Make Homemade Dog Food for a Week by Linda's Pantry

Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs

On a last note, I want to talk about this dog food book by Rick Woodford. I think it is a book every dog owner should read at least once. Once it has been read I know it will be referred back to often.

I like the way Rick Woodford wrote this book. It is written in simple laymen's term which are easy for anyone to understand.

He explains the dietary and nutritional needs of our canine family members and includes recipes for meals and snacks.

Lovingly called the "Dog Food Dude", Rick has helped many dogs regain their health and vitality by taking them off processed dog food and feeding a healthy diet.

Voted the Best Books of 2014 on Amazon this book is full of homemade, nutritionally sound, dog food and dog treat recipes. It is available in paperback and on Kindle.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is Fresh Pet a good dog food?

Answer: Yes, however, you must realize not every animal is the same. The ingredients of this brand of pet food is exceptional. You will have to try it and see how your dog reacts to it. Keep in mind when introducing a new food, especially foods without the crap, it may take a week for the dog to adjust. It will depend on the size and breed of the dog.

Question: Should you add probiotics and vitamins and minerals to homemade dog food?

Answer: In most instances I would say yes, but I can not give you a one for all answer. Each breed of dog is different and has different needs. Small dogs have different needs than large dogs and old dogs have different needs than young dogs. You must learn the needs of your particular dog.

Question: What do you think about the dog food Ziwipeak?

Answer: I suggest reading the label of the dog food and seeing what the ingredients are to find out if it is something you feel comfortable feeding your dog. Read the ingredients online if you don't have the food readily available. If you don't understand what the ingredients are, then do an online search to find out.

That is what I would have to do for you, so please, learn to do your own research. Learn the names of the ingredients and learn what they are and what they do so that you can make an educated decision.

Question: How good is Royal Canine dog food?

Answer: I suggest reading the label of the dog food and seeing what the ingredients are to find out if it is something you feel comfortable feeding your dog. Read the ingredients online if you don't have the food readily available. If you don't understand what the ingredients are then do an online search to find out.

Have a Question? Ask It Here.

Pamela on June 17, 2019:

What is the best food for a Bull Mastiff / Pitt ?

David Harbin on May 07, 2019:

Thanks for the enlightenment.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on January 21, 2014:

@TransplantedSoul: The better they are fed and taken care of, the longer their lifespan.

TransplantedSoul on November 04, 2013:

Feeding your pets well is a good investment. Remember - "Dogs are people too!"

chardonnay1313 on September 14, 2013:

This was great, I wanted to change my dog diet and bring her over from eating overly processed foods to eating natural foods. Thank you

Anja Toetenel from The Hague, the Netherlands on August 28, 2013:

I feed my 3 dogs raw complete food every day with the best results ever. We have some great brands here in the Netherlands that sell them frozen, so that's easy, not much work! And I vary with several of them. Also I feed them raw bones every now and then, they love it! Must have a look at the Innova, but still have my doubts about dry dog food, where is the meat... if it is fresh meet it needs to be stored in the fridge... so what do those companies do to make sure the so called 'meat' stays "fresh".... But it's good to hear you have great experiences and I wish you and your dogs a healthy happy and long life together. Thank you for this wonderful Lens, that is now in my bookmarks!

k4shmir on July 15, 2013:

very informative. thanks for sharing.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on July 15, 2013:

@blestman lm: Glad to hear the dog kelp has helped.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on July 06, 2013:

@jimporsche86: I haven't looked at that brand for a while, so cannot comment on it just yet. A few years back, it depended what "flavor" or type you bought in the canned and dry foods. Again, it is always important to read the labels. If you are not sure what your dog should be eating, visit my https://hubpages.com/animals/healthydogfooddiet and my https://hubpages.com/animals/poisondogfood lenses to learn mre about what should and should not be in the ingredients of dog food.

blestman lm on June 25, 2013:

I love to give my dog pet kelp -- along with natural food. He does sooooo much better and looks great at all times

KTPT13 on June 20, 2013:

Great lens

jimporsche86 on June 20, 2013:

We use Purina One Senior for our dog.

SquidooPower on June 06, 2013:

Great idea for an article!

junkcat on June 01, 2013:

I need to check more carefully

junkcat on May 31, 2013:

Thanks for the information I need to check the label on the one I have in the cupboard for my dog to see what it is made from, I am sure it's corn.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on May 29, 2013:

@ConvenientCalendar: You are welcome

KonaGirl (author) from New York on May 28, 2013:

@Cari Kay 11: Cari, I am so glad this lens on dog food has been helpful to you. You should read my other lenses on dog nutrition.

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 25, 2013:

There are too many brands that make claims to be the best, it is difficult to determine when shopping and the brand you know is good for your pet is not at the store that day to make split second decision. The information you gave will give me a better way to make an informed choice.

ConvenientCalendar on May 14, 2013:

Very useful information! I will try some new dog food for my dog! Thank you for sharing!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on May 04, 2013:

@BarbsSpot: Glad you found it useful.

Kay on May 02, 2013:

I am printing out that ingredients test to take with me next time I am at the pet store! Terrific page. You are maxed out on blessings right now otherwise I'd be honored to bless this page. Terrific job!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on April 28, 2013:

@choosehappy: That is such great news. Good luck and great health to you!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on April 15, 2013:

@Meyani: Thanks for stopping by.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on April 15, 2013:

@tintenpatronen-blue: So true!

BarbsSpot on April 15, 2013:

@Lensmaster...It's so hard to find your way through today's dog food market. Your Lens gives us furry-friended humans a leg up on how to better choose for them. Thanks for sharing this Lens!

anonymous on April 13, 2013:

I use "Old Yeller" dog food.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on March 29, 2013:

@rasnasah: I hope you were able to learn something about dog food.

Fridayonmymind LM on March 29, 2013:

It just highlights how important it is to read the ingredients label for our pet's food as well as our own.

Vikki from US on March 26, 2013:

It's so hard to find a healthy food for the dogs anymore. We finally just started making our own--food and treats. Just easier ;)

KonaGirl (author) from New York on March 25, 2013:

@Scotties-Rock: Thanks for the nice compliment.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on March 17, 2013:

@CoolFool83: I agree that taking care of our pets is like taking care of one of our own children. They are animals that we are the guardians over.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on March 14, 2013:

@Elyn MacInnis: Elynmac, I really appreciate your support and "blessing"

Meyani on March 13, 2013:

Great lens. love to learn from you.

Meyani on March 13, 2013:

Great lens. love to learn from you.

Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on March 11, 2013:

I am sending this to my daughters so they can read it too. I know they have good dogfoods, because they care, but you have so much here - I am sure there is something they don't know about yet. Thank you for all the hard work that went into this lens. Your blessing tag is all filled up - am sending a blessing through the stratosphere!

tintenpatronen-blue on March 06, 2013:

The point of home cooking is to give your pets a higher quality diet than they'd have on commercial pet food

KonaGirl (author) from New York on February 28, 2013:

@miaponzo: When I still had dogs, I did too and they were so much healthy because of it and it actually saved money too.

rasnasah on February 27, 2013:

Great lens on Dog Food. I love dogs.Thank you for sharing this lens. I am new to Squidoo and still learning .Your lenses helped me a lot .Thanks again .

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on February 23, 2013:

Great article of Dog foods. I will have to add in some of the raw diet for my dogs which I am sure they will love. It must get quite boring to eat same thing each and everyday.

AnimalHouse on February 23, 2013:

This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on February 21, 2013:

Hi June,

I just got my wings today and came back here to bless this lens that has blessed me so much. Thanks and big hugs to you.

TonyB

jayavi on February 21, 2013:

I like your information. very important

KonaGirl (author) from New York on February 21, 2013:

@tonybonura: Thanks for the reminder. It has been removed.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on February 20, 2013:

@tonybonura: You are so sweet! Thanks so much. Hugs.

CoolFool83 on February 19, 2013:

I have my dog on Paul Newman. Organic and good for him. I think pet owners should take the time to make sure they give their dog's the best. After all, they are family to us.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on February 18, 2013:

@Linda BookLady: Thank you for the sweet comment and for the Squid Blessing. It is so greatly appreciated!

jayavi on February 15, 2013:

great lens about dog food. love to read

miaponzo on February 10, 2013:

I know a lady who makes her dog food completely fresh every day... using ground beef, mixed veggies, and rice!!!! She says their poop doesn't stink when they eat that...

KimGiancaterino on February 07, 2013:

This is great information for pet owners. My husband likes to cook up chicken and fish for our cats, and they appreciate it too.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on January 12, 2013:

I have published the lens as I told you at another of your lenses comments. BTW, Ceasar's no longer has the coupon program in effect even though they still promote it on their website.

TonyB

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on January 11, 2013:

Aloha, June!

It's me, TonyB again. I want to also feature this lens in my new lens. I have been amazed about what I am learning about dog foods as I do research for my lens. You have some great information here and on your other lens I read tonight. Thank you for sharing this important information.

TonyB

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2013:

Really worthwhile. Have a 2013 full of fun and bounty.

anonymous on December 27, 2012:

I feed my Boxer/Lab Taste of the Wild High Prarie Canine Formula

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on December 26, 2012:

What a compassionate dog owner you are! Thanks for the dog food recommendation!

KonaGirl (author) from New York on December 13, 2012:

@MiaMusement: Mia, Mahalo for the visit! So good to see your smiling face!

Food101 on November 25, 2012:

great lens very informative

MiaMusement on November 15, 2012:

Lots of good info here, June. Mahalo... from a Kauai Girl... ;-)

KonaGirl (author) from New York on November 15, 2012:

@sudosu44: I hadn't hear of PureVita before. I will look into it.

Two Crafty Paws on November 03, 2012:

Royal Canin. Our dog loves it (cat even more - ah the little thief). Great lens, lots of useful information on foods we haven't tried jet.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on October 23, 2012:

@coolmon2009 lm: Glad you found it useful

sudosu44 on October 10, 2012:

This is excellent information. I have a new puppy and want to try homemade food. Currently she eats PureVita, which wasn't on the list.

spids1 on October 06, 2012:

Great lens very well written.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 30, 2012:

@LaraineRoses: Thanks so much Laraine. I really appreciate the blessing and the return visit.

sunny saib on September 30, 2012:

Pedigree! But it's more like a treat, on everyday basis he just feeds on homemade stuff..

EbooksFreeWeekl1 on September 22, 2012:

This is a very nice lens. It's funny we think alike because I've written about this too and mentioned about the filler dangers and other. Nice work.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 22, 2012:

@thegrowlinggour: Thanks for stopping by to visit.

coolmon2009 lm on September 15, 2012:

Good information on various dod foods thank you.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on September 13, 2012:

Stopping by to refresh my SquidAngel blessing on this excellent lens! All dogs should eat so well!.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 11, 2012:

@Kapalbility: Rice is really good for dogs that have stomach and digestive problems. Mix it with pieces of cooked chicken breast, scrambled eggs, cooked carrots and chicken broth for a meal sensitive dogs will love. Thanks for stopping by.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on September 09, 2012:

@anonymous: I cannot stress enough how important it is to read food labels before buying not only for your animals, but for yourself as well!

anonymous on September 06, 2012:

We use pedigree puppy chow!!

thegrowlinggour on September 04, 2012:

Great Lens & Important Information. Thank You!

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

great lens on dog food. I especially like you emphasizing to read the ingredients in your dogs food. People rarely do that...

If you can't even pronounce half of the stuff; it's probably not very healthy!

Kapalbility on August 29, 2012:

I feed my dog human food. :D Meat and eggs, usually with some veggies plus rice.

MatijaB LM on August 28, 2012:

I love dogs, thank you for sharing this lens with us.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on August 07, 2012:

@audithedestroyer: I think it is so important for a dogs health to feed homemade dog food and not to rely on the processed dog foods. Thanks for the comment.

audithedestroyer on July 26, 2012:

I use a combination of dry dog food from alpo or pedigree and homemade dog food.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on July 22, 2012:

@OrlandoTipster: You can get it on Amazon at calcium carbonate or from your local pharmacy.

OrlandoTipster on July 11, 2012:

Where do you get some calcium carbonate?

FashionMommy on June 21, 2012:

Great lens. Thank you for sharing.

coolmon2009 lm on June 06, 2012:

Nice dog food related lens; I will bookmark this one.

KonaGirl (author) from New York on May 23, 2012:

@MsJanet: A few years back we had a Pekingese with a sensitive stomach that was fed a canned chicken and rice diet. The food could only be bought through the vet, and we supplemented his diet with home cooked chicken, fish, veggies, rice and vitamins. He was also prescribed a medicine that he had to take until he died. At the time a grain free dog food was unheard of and rice is the easiest for a dog to digest for a sensitive stomach. Today there are many on the market. Check this link for Evo's ingredients and see if this is something along the line of what you are looking for:

http://www.vippets.us/index.php/dog/dog-food/grain...

On the other hand avoid Science Diets dog food for sensitive stomachs. The ingredients are atrocious!

Aquablocks on May 19, 2012:

Dogs need quality foods to stay healthy and happy. There is need to know the difference between foods and the nutrient quantities in what you buy. Getting your dog checked by a vet is also helpful so as to detect any deficiencies.

dream1983 on May 19, 2012:

Beautiful looking lens! Squidlikes!

anonymous on May 18, 2012:

@MsJanet: "Addiction" raw dehydrated dog food and "Ziwipeak" raw dehydrated dog food from New Zealand are good for dog that has sensitive stomach. Both of the two brands are grain-free. I am currently feeding these two brands alternately together with home cook food (such as steamed fish, water boiled chicken and pork) in order to provide my dog a well-balanced diet. For Addiction, you may even sees the meat, carrot and vegetable before you added water. For Ziwipeak, it has 95% meat, it looks like a meat jerky. My dog loves it so much! Both of these brands has NO grains, by-products, fillers, corn, wheat, artificial colors, flavorings and preservatives which play an important role for dog which has sensitive stomach. For raw dehydrated food from the US, personally, I think "Honest Kitchen" is good as this company has go all the way to court so that the state government allows them to stated "All the meat that used are human-grade meat ingredients". A company which is willing and care to spend efforts should not be that bad either.

anonymous on May 17, 2012:

I feed Purina Pro Plan sensitive salmon and rice dry food. It was what she had always been fed, although I've heard some negative reviews about it. Anyone know if it's worth changing? Also, is it more beneficial to feed wet or dry?

anonymous on May 15, 2012:

I love this wonderful dog foods lens .. my dear friend :) So proud to be here. Have wonderful times.. always.. dearest lady June :D

MsJanet on May 07, 2012:

Any advice on a high-quality, grain-free dog food for a dog that has a sensitive stomach? Thanks! Love the lens!

MsJanet on May 07, 2012:

Any advice on a high-quality, grain-free dog food for a dog that has a sensitive stomach? Thanks! Love the lens!

goo2eyes lm on May 02, 2012:

lovely lens. if dogs could talk, they would say...give me some purina dog food. blessings.

ria on April 29, 2012:

thanks for this lens, i'm sure you know how much time i have been spending trying to find the best product online.

queenofduvetcover on April 26, 2012:

This is some great info, thanks for sharing!

AlphaChic on March 11, 2012:

Interesting lens. I learned a lot of dog food labels.

top101 on March 07, 2012:

Very nice list ;)

JoshK47 on February 20, 2012:

Great info! Thanks for sharing! :)

kimmanleyort on February 20, 2012:

Back to bless this lens. You got me started on homemade dog food a couple of years ago, which basically cured my dog's liver disease. My vet said, "A diet cure. How interesting!" So, thank you.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on February 14, 2012:

Now this is a lens I really needed and was so happy to see it. We have had 3 of our pets die with cancer and I am at my wits end. We have bought bottled water for them and we thought that we were feeding them the best food possible. I am going to embark on this idea of yours. Feeding them homemade dog food. I know from past experience that once our dogs tasted 'people food,' as we call it, they turn up their noses at the store pet food.So once we start, I'm sure that we'll have a lot of encouragement to continue.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for putting this all together for us!

Maritimer LM on February 08, 2012:

Thanks for the wonderful information.

darciefrench lm on January 25, 2012:

I used to cook for my dogs all the time; it's important to feed them good food. Thanks for the excellent article on the subject.

OzGirl LM on January 23, 2012:

Positively wonderful lens. I've done exhaustive dog food research several times over the years. I'm currently feeding my crew (2 Australian Shepherds and a Chocolate Lab) Merrick's Grammy's Pot Pie, but I was recently told by my local pet food store owner that Merrick had sold out to a larger corporation - hence my local pet food is not going to carry the brand any longer. I have my dog food delivered by PetFlow anyway since I live so far away from the local pet store, but I'm now thinking I may have to reconsider and change brands - I need to review the ingredients label on Merrick's dry and canned dog foods, and see if they are changing things up. :-( Another thing to consider is rabies shots - our crew are all 8 yrs old, and based on everything I have read in the last year or so, I don't think I will getting rabies shots for them anymore. But that's a whole 'nother topic!!! (And yes, I have made my own dog food in the past - been thinking about doing it again.)