I am in the process of putting my 2 dogs on a "premium" dog food after i found this forum and learned that the food i was feeding them and thought was good was actually horrible (bil-jac select ).
Anyway i have been researching like crazy and trying to figure out which one is the best, i ordered a bag of the orijen fish adult and im just waiting on it.
I also bought a bag of the solid-gold hund-n-flocken (in the meantime) just to see how they would respond to it...they wanted nothing to do with that!
My doggies are a 3 1/2 year old chihuahua and a 2 1/2 year old chi/shih tzu mix. My chi weighs about (and im guessing) 8 lbs, my mix weighs about 3 lbs...give or take a little on both of them.
My problem started when my chi started having skin issues, i took her to the vet and they gave her a cort. shot and it seemed better...that happened 2 times within less than a year. About 1 month after she went to the vet the last time (which was in July) she started chewing on her feet ALOT and i went back to the vet and asked what that could be from, they said its usually a food allergy and to change her food to purina one chicken and rice. I didnt realize at the time that was a pretty crappy food as well.
Anyway, i came across this forum and have been researching and reading like crazy. There is just so much info and there is always a few bad things with every food it seems, from reading the dog food analysis and rate it all.
A few weeks ago i bought some of the innova evo grainless dog treats and they LOVE them...they go crazy for them. But the protein content is very high....
As is the orijen (protein content) and some of the other dog foods i was considering.
My biggest question is, for my 2 doggies...is 42% protein too much? Should it be more around the 35 mark or 25? I just dont want to be hurting them in any way when i think im helping them.
I also got one of the samples of the wellness fish and sweet potato and they seemed to like it but i did read some bad things about it also.
Oh, one more thing...i know alot of people here feed RAW, my vet told me NEVER to give the dogs any kind of meat, no pork, chicken or beef and no bones..no rawhide from the petstores---he said only nylabones. He also said give them nothing that has been cooked with any pork or meat. He said it can ruin their liver and kidneys and they could die. I didnt ask him about this, he just offered this info...so i was just curious as to why he would say dont feed RAW foods if so many people do it.
What do you all think of the honest kitchen?, or addiction dog food <---that one has some interesting ingredients.
Thanks in advance for reading and responding.