|Just in case you forgot|
The dog food industry has sure changed a lot since I brought Sunny home as a puppy 25 years ago. Purina dog chow was the defacto standard. Soon there was Iams and Science Diet clamoring for market share. This market space is jam packed with heroes and pretenders. Today, this is what I have found to be true:
- There are more high quality dog food options than ever in the history of barkdom.
- My single source of credible, detailed information about dog food is the "Whole Dog Journal".
- Any of our dogs could do very well on a number of different "premium" foods. All dogs are different.
- Availability and price are huge factors when deciding what premium food to feed. Not one local store (in Seattle or Phoenix) carries the complete line of every premium brand.
- Grain should not be a major part of Lady's diet.
- I would throw her a whole Salmon to eat every couple of days, but it's hell to get the guts off the carpet.
Lady has been with me for almost 2 and a half years. During that time I have fed her the following (all kibble).
- Orijen Adult (5 months)
- Natural Balance Duck and Potato - and - Natural Balance Venison and sweet potato (alternated these 2 NB foods for 18 months)
- currently, Castor Pollux (see the previous post) - she's been eating this for 4 months
There is a lot of misinformation about dog foods. Most perpetrated by over zealous advertising and some retailers (your dog doesn't care what color his kibbles and bits are). Do your own research, talk to your vet, find a retailer that you can trust. YOU are in control of what your dog eats. A clerk at a chain pet store is unlikely to be well informed. Beware, there are company reps that hang out in the pet food aisles and (even though they may be knowledgeable) will push you towards their brand. Occasionally there are specialists in some large stores you can lean on, but I have found that the most trustworthy are small business proprietors whose whole life revolves around the care of your dog. Seek these people out and create a relationship with them. They may or may not have any revolutionary new information or ideas, but you know every day they will inspire at least 1 dog owner to give up their Old Roy and feed their best friend a balanced food made from quality ingredients.
Links of interest - do some research, you and your dog will be glad you did
Whole Dog Journal - choosing the right dog food
Unbiased, detailed information about dog food ingredients
Next post: Part 2 - Lady's health, plus "the choices we all make".
And now, your moment of Zen......