Dog owners: What dog food do you feed them?

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  1. BHW

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    Forgo to add, I'm feeding my 57 pound labradoodle Iams Simple and Natural chicken, etc.

    I looked for Taste of the Wild, but the local Petco doesn't carry it in store...although their website said they did. Tractor Supply has it but its not convenient. Price wise, TOTW is only about .20 cents a pound more than Iams.

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  2. Bueller

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    They may not chase a bag of Acana, but they would gladly chase it's main ingredients :deal

    My dogs would also gladly eat corn based foods like Beneful, in much the same way you can find a morbidly obese person sucking down big macs at McDonalds. And that's kind of the point. When left to their own choosing, many dogs would gravitate towards a large pile of shit before they would grab an ear of corn off the stalk.
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  3. nskitts

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    When did dog food bring about all these sanctimonious attitudes? When I was a kid we fed the dogs what we ate. Of course that was chicken and pork bones that never killed one of my many dogs. But, I guess what we are eating nowadays is probably toxic to dogs since it pretty much is to us.

    It's still hard for me to pay 2 dollars or more a pound because a dentist has a dog food blog and assigns stars to how high up the list meat is on the ingredient list and of course that corn is not even mentioned on the designer zip-fresh flavor seal bag. If one wants to feel so smug, quit being lazy and buy real ground meat on sale, flax, vitamins, oats, and olive oil as a binder and make several fist-size meatballs to refrigerate and feed throughout the week. At least you would truly know what you are feeding your dog, and you wouldn't be getting taken advantage of by marketers much smarter than any of us and that know the terminology we want to hear and know the expensive packaging will impress us.
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  4. Grreatdog

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    You should have seen the last dog food thread. This one is pretty mild. The I don't even own a TV crowd was out of control with the custom blends, home cooking and various raw diets. My favorite was somebody that swore he knew more about how to feed dogs than both of my vets.

    Apparently my vets were part of some vast dog food conspiracy and I was just too dense to realize it. I never did figure out whether my vets were expensive but scary bad food pushers or just duped into the conspiracy like me. There are some extreme dog foodies out there.
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  5. troidus

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    If a vet is pushing a particular brand, to the point that he has POS racks of the stuff and sells it OTC, that's a little suspicious.
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  6. Grreatdog

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    Mine don't sell food. But thanks for making my point.
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  7. Bueller

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    No smugness about it. If you don't believe it makes a difference, please help me to understand the liver issues my three dogs had on Science diet. The three dogs were a Keeshond, a Siberian, and a Jack Russell Terrorist. Of the three, only the JRT is still alive today. After switching his food away from Science diet (and potentially corn in general) to a meat and vegetable dominant diet his blood liver values returned to normal ranges.

    I'm not making this up, and I wish it weren't true in my case because it would possibly mean my Siberian wouldn't have died from liver cancer complications a year and three months ago. And I wish I had the time in my life to make their food. But since I don't, and since I am officially capable of burning water in the kitchen it's probably better if I trust experts with my Dog's nutrition, even if - heaven forbid - they are making a tidy profit. If my dogs even have a chance of living healthier, longer lives I'm all in. For a point of comparison, my Siberian's vet bills ran about $20k over three years. As much as that sucked, thank heaven we lived within reach of OSU's veterinary hospital or she would have died at least 2.5 years earlier. The dog food can be gold fucking plated for all I care, it will still cost less than we spent on her care. And yes, I'm aware that she might have gotten liver cancer anyway. But again, if there's even a chance of better health from food I'll gladly spend the money.

    Beyond that, why is this discussion making you angry? If you don't want to pay more for dog food, don't. If you want to feed your dogs table scraps or even rendering plant product, go for it. Just don't get angry with me or others for making a different choice.
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  8. nskitts

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    It's been proven that a JRT can thrive on Natural Light cans, cigarette butts, and three day dead deer balls.

    Sorry about the other long illness...
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  9. cab591

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    Our dogs all get Pedigree. Used to do their Large Breed, then switched to Adult Complete Nutrition. It's cheap (comparatively), and appears to keep them healthy. No liver / joint problems, their coats are shiny, etc.

    Granted, I've caught my mom sneaking my dogs McDonald's cheeseburgers before, so I guess they'll eat anything...
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  10. shil

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    I feed my guys Taste of the Wild dry with a teaspoon of Merrick wet, just for fun. I rotate the flavours.
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    Merrick looks better than what I eat.
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    my kelpie mix has had skin issues since day 1 and finally a good vet prescribed fish oil and that has done the trick along with better food

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  12. Grreatdog

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    When my mother in law was pretty deep into dimentia we could never get her to eat. I brought a bag of Krispy Kreme chocolate doughnuts home thinking she might eat a few and the caloroes would help her. I don't know if y'all have seen those but they are sugar and fat nuclear bombs.

    The whole bag was gone that night. We thought great and bought another the next day. Same thing third day. Then I got a little suspiscious because that is a LOT of sugar and chocolate. Then I noticed my Golden looking at the bag then looking at his dish and then at me. Uh oh.

    I don't think she ate a single doughnut herself. I figured my first Golden survived a gator mauling and several poisonous snake bites so that one could survive a pound or so of chocolate. :lol3
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    Reminds me of the time mine ate through a stick and a half of butter, before I got the "what the hell is he up to?" impulse. :lol3
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  15. troidus

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    My wife's beagle got into a pound of chocolate one Christmas. He was way sick from that and destroyed the house with puking everywhere.
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    That's abuse. Very sad to see.
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  18. Grreatdog

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    Looks like the beagle I had as a kid. We all but quit feeding her but she just kept getting fatter and fatter. I finally saw her waddling through the park behind our house following well worn path. The dog went to a little general store that still had a butcher shop back then. The butcher was feeding scraps to her. It turned out he had been doing it for months. The dog used to follow us to school then walk back home past there. I guess she stumbled on that gold mine along the way. :lol3
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    my moron girlfriend left tampons in the garbage and left the garbage hanging off the shower door handle and of course the cattle dog got into it. Luckily i caught it in time and the vet induced vomiting
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  20. Grreatdog

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    We need a stupid shit your dog ate thread. Wait, the stupid shit comes after what they ate.

    Nothing like noticing the purple leg from a stuffed animal or half a green tennis ball (as on our Christmas trip) in the :topes