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Just how bad does the food have to taste???

Dogastrophe
July 22nd, 2005, 08:56 AM
While watching TV the other night I saw a commercial for a line of "Savory Sauces" that get poured over dry dog food. The immediate thing that came to mind was how bad does this dry food would have to taste to require slopping what amount to BBQ sauce on it to make it palatable.

So I went to the corporate website for this product and they say that it "adds essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to a complete and balanced meal". So this begs the question, if the meal is complete and balanced in the first place, why the need to add to it? And given the relatively low selling price of this crap, why don't they just make a high quality food and charge a bit extra in the first place.

Companies will make, and many people will buy, just about anything!

Puppyluv
July 22nd, 2005, 10:26 AM
The company plays on negligence. I don't think their target customers are the ones who think about such things as "hmm shouldn't the food be balanced anyways?" (obviously good questions, but not asked by all) And then there are all those people who would rather buy cheap food and put "tasty" sauce on it to "treat" their dog. Just the world of marketing and money. :(

Karin
July 22nd, 2005, 12:40 PM
I have the chicken flavored savory sauce for Ciara. One of her medications is a bitter tasting granules, the sauce mixes well with it and Ciara does not turn her nose up at her food with the meds in it anymore.

Mackoroni
July 22nd, 2005, 01:12 PM
Okay, this going to sound strange but I have tasted dog biscuits, dry kibble and wet dog food. The dog biscuits (small multi-flavour milk bones) my brother, cousins and I all took a bite out of when we were kids as a dare to one another :p . They tasted like very bland dry cookies (no one had it in them to try a marrow bone!). The dog food incidences were both involuntary - shoved in my mouth by my older brother. :mad: (Ahhhh, older brothers, he's still still bigger than me but he is much nicer!!). I recall the kibble having a very wheaty taste. The wet food, well, it tastes like it smells. :yuck:

Prin
July 22nd, 2005, 01:21 PM
LOL Foods with fish as a main ingredient or second ingredient tend to be tastier than foods with just regular meats. I think the fish has a stronger taste.

SnowDancer
July 22nd, 2005, 01:50 PM
When I first saw this commercial I immediately thought "monosodium" or Ketchup for dogs.

Prin
July 22nd, 2005, 04:24 PM
I know eh? I can't imagine the trans fat and salt in those sauces...

kandy
July 22nd, 2005, 04:27 PM
I think this product is aimed at people who give their dogs lots of people food, and then when the dog won't eat it's own food, they think they have to dress it up. Viola, easy way to dress it up. If they'd had this stuff when I was a youngster, I'd have probably had my mom buy it for our GSD.

Puppyluv
July 22nd, 2005, 04:28 PM
i can't imagine having to add anything to the fish-based foods. It has SUCH a strong smell, kind of hard to take first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. :yuck:

Sneaky
July 22nd, 2005, 04:31 PM
I remember when I was a kid we had a Newfie,
and because of how much he ate my parents fed
him Mainstay dog food.
I have looked at this food, and meat is like so far down
the list it isnt funny. Mostly its a whole bunch of corn
and wheat and barley with a little meat thrown in for ?fun?
flavor? who knows. MSG is also on the list.
I could see adding a gravy with vitamins and minerals
to a really cheap nutrient defficient diet like this.
But for good quality foods, why bother?

Puppyluv
July 22nd, 2005, 04:39 PM
'Roasted Beef Flavour"
Ingredients
Beef Broth, Beef, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Sodium Bisulfate, Xanthan Gum, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Potassium Sorbate (a preservative), Brewers Dried Yeast, Flax Meal, Beef Flavors, Carrots, Peas, Caramel Color, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Rosemary Extract

I don't know if I would want to add that to anything. :yuck:

Prin
July 22nd, 2005, 05:22 PM
Which brand was that? Iams? It looks like a recipe for enriched poutine! :D

Puppyluv
July 22nd, 2005, 07:31 PM
Yeah, that's Iams, the only one I know of, except for the one I saw in Dollarama the other day... I don't think I want to know what's in that one :yuck:

Prin
July 22nd, 2005, 07:58 PM
Dollar store dog food? :eek: If grocery store dog food is bad, I can't imagine dollar store dog food!! :eek:

Dogastrophe
July 23rd, 2005, 08:59 AM
Next they will come out with a product that goes on top of the sauce that goes on the food in an effort to make the sauce more tasty and on and on and on. :crazy:

Prin
July 23rd, 2005, 05:01 PM
Oooh it has to be a spice!! Dog Sauce Spice. -- with added vitamins and minerals.... :rolleyes:

LL1
July 23rd, 2005, 09:13 PM
With a sick dog who will not eat I dont have a problem with adding things,I do it.Usually fresh foods,the sauces dont sound that bad from what I have seen.

MollysMommy
July 24th, 2005, 08:20 PM
When I first got Molly, I took her to this vet that suggested I add that kind of sauce to her food to get her to eat. She was really skinny. Needless to say, that vet was terrible (for other reasons too), and not only did Molly hate the sauce, it gave her terrible gas. While we thought it was funny, I can only imagine how poor Molly's tummy felt.

Puppyluv
July 24th, 2005, 08:37 PM
oooo poor molly :( i imagine that the last thing she wanted was for that "sauce" to be poured on her food.