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food question

February 26th, 2005, 06:20 PM
A couple people I know, go to the butcher and get chicken meat and feed it to their newfs raw. Has anyone heard or use raw meat??? Our Buddy grew up on puppy chow and now just eats dog chow. Can anyone recommend a good dog food that I would have reason to switch to? Otherwise, my buddy is healthy.

February 26th, 2005, 06:38 PM
I give my cat raw chicken hearts. They have taurine - something she needs - and she loves it! There is a whole movement now advocating the feeding of raw food to animals. I would stay away from beef (CJD et al is too scary for me no matter what the odds) but as a supplement, the kind of things they would eat in the wild are good supplements.

February 28th, 2005, 04:49 PM
My dogs get a high quality kibble (human grade meat, no corn, no by-products) as well as tripe two days a week and raw meat/bones a few days with the kibble, the bones are great for thier teeth and they love it! I don't do 100% raw as I am not convinced and partly because I am lazy!!! My dogs are healthy, have good teeth and have lovely coats.

I don't think Dog Chow is a food I would feed but some dogs do just fine on it.

Do some research on the web about dog foods, a few places to start are:

February 28th, 2005, 04:56 PM
Rule of thumb is generally no good quality food comes from a grocery store or a chain store like superpet.

This link will let you compare food brands by ingredients in order of content and lets you click on ingredients to define what they exacty are.

You may not want to eat right before researching. Poorer quality brands of food contain things you really don't want your dog to be eating.

heeler's rock!
February 28th, 2005, 05:05 PM
Here is a list of ingredients from Purina's website. This is for their "Complete Nutrition" formula.....

Ground yellow corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), brewers rice, soybean meal, dicalcium phosphate, animal digest, calcium carbonate, malted barley flour, salt, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, DL-Methionine, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, brewers dried yeast, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite. O-4101

I feed my border collie Mountain Dog Food ( and it's a pre-packaged raw diet so it's less time consuming, but still as beneficial. My other 2 heelers are on Innova Evo which is raw food in kibble form. I HIGHLY recommend switching your dog to a higher quality food. It's more cost
effective aswell, because you feed way less. One big bag (28.6 lbs) of Evo lasts both heelers one month. That's what one bag of Eukanuba (approx. 40 lbs) lasted my one heeler. When researching dog foods, your first 5 ingredients should be meat or meat meal, not by-products, and grains like rice and such for fillers, not corn. Innova Evo has no grains whatsoever and the kibble is held together with potatoes. It's amazing food, and if you can't feed raw, that's what I would suggest. Their website is

February 28th, 2005, 05:18 PM
That's great, I found a store in my area that sells Innova Eva, and I'm going to go check it out! Thanks

heeler's rock!
February 28th, 2005, 05:33 PM
That's great, I found a store in my area that sells Innova Eva, and I'm going to go check it out! Thanks

That's awesome. I can't even tell you how great that food is. You won't be disappointed! :thumbs up

March 3rd, 2005, 10:04 AM
Hi! I just got a puppy and it's the first one I've had in about 5 yrs. He was already on Purina puppy chow so I bought a small bag of it. I read this post yesterday and went to Feeder's Supply, the local pet supply store here, to see if they had any of the brands you guys listed here. I was surprised to find that they had Nutro and it wasn't nearly as expensive as I expected. It was actually cheaper than Eukanuba or Science Diet! So I will probably be switching my little beagle to that.

Any other suggestions?