February 13th, 2009, 11:05 PM
I'm looking for a new food for my boston who has very bad gas and so far no luck! Please tell me what you think of the listed ingredients.
February 13th, 2009, 11:20 PM
I don't think it would be your best choice :shrug:.
Here are the ingredients listed:
Salmon, brewers rice, canola meal, oat meal, fish meal (natural source of glucosamine), animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), salmon meal (natural source of glucosamine), pearled barley, brewers dried yeast, animal digest, salt, potassium chloride, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
Many are listed as ingredients to avoid, and why, here: http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients
February 14th, 2009, 06:55 AM
Most dogs have a lot of trouble digesting grains, so that's probably the reason for your little one's gas.
I would definitely recommend choosing a grain free kibble. Give it some time and you'll for sure see an improvement.
Good luck! :)
February 15th, 2009, 03:31 PM
I'm in agreement. This is not the food for a dog with digestion issues.
The first five ingredients are indicators of quality. If you're feeding meat or fish look for a specific meal. Disgusting as it sounds, in digestible protein terms "salmon meal "is better than "salmon". With all the water dehydrated, when it is reduced to meal, you get more protein and good ol' vitamins "bang for your buck" out of salmon meal than salmon.
I always aim for 3 or more of the first five ingredients to be protein based, preferably meal. All those blueberries and stuff you read about in kibble are nice but really make no difference in their health. Any goodness in them is cooked out by processing and likely can't be absorbed anyway (with that said Bridie loves all fruit and I feed it to her shamelessly).
Your dog is a carnivore by preference and an omnivore by circumstance. If you are looking at kibble as a diet think about higher end kibble with some meat and/or offal supplements. My gang have been with Orijen for a few years now and we're pretty happy with it. They also get raw green tripe as well as raw beef bones, raw beef, raw turkey necks.
I have learned so much about feeding my dogs from pets.ca. The best thing I can suggest is to do a search of the food forum so that you can make up your own mind.
March 31st, 2009, 12:32 AM
What brands and recipes have you tried so far? It may be an allergy your dog has, and if we can figure out some possible culprits, then maybe we can pick out a better food for your doggie! =]
April 1st, 2009, 10:49 PM
Have you considered a raw diet or home cooked? I just got a rescue Rottie with what might be allergies and I'm slowly transitioning him over to raw with the help of some friends who swear by it. I'm starting with the boiled hambeurger, rice, cottage cheese combo first to see if that will firm up his stool and then take it from there. They way they look at kibble is that it may have great ingredients but it's still processed dry food and how can that be good for any dog (or cats or us) over the long run. ANywya, don't mean to preach but it might be something to check out for the allergies.