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    We don't use "dog food" anymore. Our dog gets a hamburger and oatmeal mix twice per day. At supper, he also gets a li'l pumpkin pie filling for a stool softener and some green pepper chunks. He also loves the green peppers as treats.
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    Food manufacturers have already proven time and time again they don't care much for humans (surely there are complex cost/profit margin with law suits algorithms being run) so for dogs I figure it's a hundred times worse if not more. Much better to make your own dog food if you don't mind doing it every few days. There's a million recipes online that can be made for far less money than most of the stuff that pretends to be healthy at the store. https://www.aforkstale.com/easy-home...kpot-dog-food/

    As for the companies out there, of all the research I did years ago (and I shudder to remember), one of the few companies that I trust are these folks. https://www.grandmalucys.com/ Their food comes freeze dried, just scoop out what you think you need, add warm water and walla, instant dog food. I try to keep a 10 lb bag on the shelf at all times as it would be a perfect MRE style food if the poop should ever really hit the fan.
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    A few years ago, we lost a Golden Retriever completely out of the blue. We thought he was in perfect health, and he was running around one minute and laid down for the last time the next minute. Part of the way I coped was to carefully study dog food quality. We were feeding our dogs Purina ONE. After my study, we stopped. In simple terms, the conclusion I came to was the first three ingredients should be animal proteins; fish, chicken meal, beef, etc. And you don't want corn anywhere in the list, but especially in the top five. Manufacturers like corn because it's cheap, but the canine metabolism can't get much good out of it. Having said that, there are plenty of dogs that seem to do pretty well on it, but it just doesn't make much sense scientifically. Either those are superdogs who'd live even longer, healthier lives on better food, or the science isn't quite right. Hard to be sure.

    We tried a couple of foods; Blue Buffalo, Merrick, maybe one other I'm forgetting, before finding the 4 Health brand at Tractor Supply. The ingredients are great, it smells good, and the cost is more reasonable than any other brand with comparable quality. I'm ambivalent about grain free. When the first three ingredients are meat based, the ones further down the line don't matter as much.

    I think the FDA wanted to show they were doing something - after all, this is why the constitution created an FDA - so they did a quick study and published it. Probably too quick to really teach us anything. And while they did include proper "this is preliminary, don't jump to conclusions" language, the press is the press. So the press makes a big deal about it.

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    You guys are great! I appreciate all the comments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Keith View Post
    Our dogs died years ago, one small at 16 years in 2006 and one large breed at 10 years in 2013 so this is dated anecdotal info. They ate Ol' Roy by the big bags full their whole lives. They ate it and were active dogs. Dog food hasn't changed much since then I bet. I just don't worry about this stuff too much.
    I carry a coffee container full of Ol' Roy on my golf cart to feed the fish in the lake at the club. Large chunks, and even the resident turtle swims over for a few. I go through about three cans a week.


    From looking at the list of brand names, I've got a feeling that the study was funded by Purina.
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    I haven't eaten dog food since I was 8 so no.
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    Well, we lost a chihuahua to DCM in 2015. Actually, mitral valve insufficiency - you could hear the “honk” with every heartbeat which was the blood flowing backwards from the left ventricle back into the left atrium. Chihuahua isn’t listed as a particular breed susceptible and the brand of DF we use isn’t in the “dangerous list”. He didn’t die of dog food - he died due to too many table scraps! He was 8lbs overweight to where his belly scraped the ground when he walked. The high doses of lasix, while helping the heart failure, had him peeing all over the house. He developed seizures and fortunately died a few months after diagnosis and he was 14yo.

    We’re on our second chihuahua now and he’s starting to get a tad on the heavy side.
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    Purely anecdotal, but we have fed our woofers either Hills or Purina sincwe the year one. BUT, they always got distilled water as a regular drink, very seldom did they ever get anything with chlorine or flourine in it. OK, once Ozzie did drink an ounce of my lemonade, but in his defence, it was hot outside.

    Yorkshire Terriers, all. Max lived to over seventeen by two months, Jack just a month shy of seventeen, and I had to part with Ozzie this spring at nearly seventeen. Only Jack was a show-dog, his parentage for several generations were Best in Show and Champions, all. He is the one with the kidney issue that made distilled water an issue. Currently, the household has two "rescues" owning us. Jackie", a 6-pound, twelve-year-old Yorkie and "Sandie", a ten-year-old Silky terrier, 12-13 lbs.

    How did I ever live without dogs? Who knows? I can remember only when I was in the Air Force that I had no dogs.I've had dogs for more years than I have had Mrs Flash - Is that a compliment to them or a comment on her?
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    Depending on the type of breed of your dog, the diet requirements change drastically. Dogs are opportunistic omnivores. this means they they primarily eat meat, but if meat is not available, they will eat other things. The best diet you can feed a dog is called the barf diet. Barf stands for "Bones And Raw Feed". that is supplemented with veggies they'll eat as kibble. you also cannot just change what you feed them overnight. each diet change has to be gradual.
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