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    Question Is expensive dog food better

    Hi yall, i have a question, is expensive dog food better than the cheap genaric kind? {i know i spelled that wrong srry} Cause we r getting a new sheltie puppy soon and i want to spoil her but i want good tasting dog food 4 her not boring kind, maybe i should taste the dog food lol just kidding

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    Well, I guess that depends on the brand.

    I know that the natural type food, which generally does cost more, has more to offer in it nutritionally so it lasts longer. Other cheaper brands put alot of Corn in their food, so, your dog needs to eat more of it to get the same nutritional value as the other food. In a nutshell, i'd say it's about the same if you think long-term.

    Erm.. sorry, did that get confusing? *hits head* i'm going to stop now, maybe someone else can explain this better.. LoL.
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    Expensive is not necessarily better. Take Eukanuba for example lmfao... I'm paying less for Canidae and it's higher quality, contains no by-products, potentially harmful synthetic chemicals/preservatives, corn, etc.

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    Yeah ok its just that some dogs get boreded out with the same food, i really like purina brands, what do yall think about that

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    I think they're low quality. Here is a really informative website that can teach you what to look for and what to avoid in dog food:

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/

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    purina is not something that i would feed a dog if i had a choice. I cant get some of the better foods right now so i feed nutro ultra. Its good but not the best. some of the ingredients in the purinas and olroys can cause alot of problems.

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    in my personal opinion. no. some might be, but you never know if they do animal testing or use chemicals. thats why you should researrsh the dog food if you know absolutly nothing about it. people tend to think that because it's more exspensive its better, which isn't always true.
    and now i'd like to thank my greatest teacher...MY DOG.

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    Well could yall give me a little heads up on what yall buy yalls dog/puppy? Thanks i kinda need ideas

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    i wish choochoo wasnt picky *sigh*....it makes me frustrated *tear tear*......but we use kibbles n bits but he has also liked purina....purina i think is better
    ........it's what i do best........
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    Kibbles & Bits is made by Purina. Hmmmm... yellow #5, red #40, yellow #6, BHA, and mystery meat... >@_@<

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    I had Indy and Jasmine on Canidae at first. Jasmine did great on it, but poor Indy always had the runs. So after much experimentation, I found a food they both do well on- Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. It's made by Diamond which makes me a bit nervous, but its of good quality and at a decent price ($31.99/35lb).

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    Well i need ideas plz on wat yall buy for your petz, what so bad about purina? Just wondering........... What can be harmful in it

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!plz

    Thnx yall

    O yeah 2browndawgs, i've seen that before, does it help your dogs? Like i mean make their coat shinnier, teeth,gums,skin,ect.? Cause thats what i was kinda looking 4 in a dog food brand, plus i want to get something healthy 2, since im getting a new puppy
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    Let's take a look at Purina -

    PURINA BRAND DOG FOODS
    PART IPurina Puppy ChowPurina Dog ChowPuppy Chow Healthy MorselsPuppy Chow Large BreedPuppy Chow Balanced NutritionDog Chow SeniorDog Chow with Lamb and RiceDog Chow Little Bites Dog FoodGround Yellow CornCorn Gluten MealChicken By-Product MealCorn Gluten MealPoultry By-Product MealSoybean MealWhole Wheat FlourCorn Gluten MealSoybean MealGround WheatBeef And Bone MealChicken By-Product MealBrewers RiceGround WheatBeef Tallow With Vitamin ESoybean MealBeef and Bone MealLambCorn Gluten MealBeef Tallow With Mixed Tocopherols (Source Of Vitamin E), Brewers Rice, Beef and Bone Meal, Beef, Sugar, Pearled Barley, Animal Digest, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sorbitol, Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Phosphoric Acid, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas, Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Added Color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2), Glyceryl Monostearate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin supplements (E, A B-12, D-3), Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Brewers Dried Yeast, Thiamine Mononitrate, Garlic Oil, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, Sodium SelenitePearled Barley, Beef Tallow With Mixed Tocopherols (Source Of Vitamin E), Beet Pulp, Animal Digest, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin Supplements (A, E, B-12, D-3), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Garlic Oil, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium bisulfate Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, Sodium SeleniteBeef Tallow With Mixed Tocopherols (Source Of Vitamin E), Pearled Barley, Animal Digest, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Zinc sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin Supplements (A, E, B-12, D-3), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Garlic OIl, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, Sodium SeleniteBeef Tallow With Mixed Tocopherols (Source Of Vitamin E), Animal Digest, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin Supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement, Added Color (Red 40), Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfa, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, *9% - a Source of FiberBrewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Added Color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), Vitamin Supplements (E, A, B-12, D-3), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Garlic Oil, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Citric Acid, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium IodateDried Whey, Ground Wheat, Brewers Rice, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Animal Digest, Calcium Carbonate, L-lysine, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamins Supplements (A, E, B-12, D-3), Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Added Color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Garlic Oil, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium IodateProtein = 27%
    Fat = 12%
    Fiber = 4%
    Moisture = 14%Protein = 27%
    Fat = 12%
    Fiber = 5%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 27%
    Fat = 12%
    Fiber = 5%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 25%
    Fat = 8%
    Fiber = 7%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 21%
    Fat = 12%
    Fiber = 4%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 21%
    Fat = 8%
    Fiber = 4.5%
    Moisture = 12%

    PURINA BRAND DOG FOODS
    PART IIPurina Brand SeniorFit & Trim BrandHi Pro BrandGround Yellow CornGround Yellow CornBeef and Bone MealBeef And Bone MealSoybean HullsGround WheatSoybean MealCorn Gluten FeedGround Yellow CornCorn BranBeef And Bone MealBrewers RiceSoybean HullsBeef Tallow W/Vitamin ECorn Gluten MealBeef Tallow Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Soybean Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin Supplements (A, E, B12, D3), Soybean OiL, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Garlic OiL, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisultite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium IodateProtein = 16%
    Fat = 6.5%
    Fiber = 7%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 14%
    Fat = 5%
    Fiber = 10%
    Moisture = 12%Protein = 27%
    Fat = 15%
    Fiber = 4%
    Moisture = 12%
    Now click http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index....badingredients to see what to avoid in dog foods.

    Good luck!

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    I wouldn't buy it because it has Menadione Sodium.

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    Ummm, i feel stupid asking this, but whats medadione sodium? What what do yall use for your dogz, i still kinda need ideas plzzzz


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    Quote Originally Posted by sheltieluver4
    Ummm, i feel stupid asking this, but whats medadione sodium? What what do yall use for your dogz, i still kinda need ideas plzzzz


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    Only you can make that decision. There are many foods with varying prices and qualities. You will need to look at the dog food labels, and perhaps the link I posted earlier to make a good decision. I would almost always stay away from grocery store brands if your budget allows. You can find a better quality at a feed store. Nutro (Natural Choice, not Maxx), Canidae, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Wysong, Diamond (formulations without corn), Flint River Ranch. Those are just a few. But not every one will work for every dog. Drs Foster and Smith has a decently priced food as well, at an ok quality. No one can make this decision for you. You have to look at your budget and the dog food labels, and weigh your personal options. Is it better to spend an extra $20 a month for better ingredients? In my opinion, yes. In your case, with a sheltie, it would probably be even less than $20.

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    Wink Well......

    Well i mean i really Purina brand. M y past dogs have liked it, and they've been taking 2 it really well, but now that im questioning it, im so sure Well i was kinda thinking of trying the chicken soup for the dog lovers soul 1 what do yall think about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheltieluver4
    Well i mean i really Purina brand. M y past dogs have liked it, and they've been taking 2 it really well, but now that im questioning it, im so sure Well i was kinda thinking of trying the chicken soup for the dog lovers soul 1 what do yall think about that?

    Thnx
    Chicken Soup is a good food, but not all lines of Purina are bad. Pro Plan, for instance, is a great food and many champions have been raised on it. Is someone going to tell those breeders that have had years of success only feeding Purina products (including, GASP!, Dog Chow!) that they are all wrong? I'm not going to. Purina has put decades of research into their products and I doubt that the very tiny amount of this Menadione Sodium that's actually in the food (which is a very negligible amount as it's so far down the ingredients list) is harmful. If it were, you would hear of more cases of poisoning and Purina would have to pull all their products from the shelves.

    Now, that being said, I believe you just have to feed what works for your individual dog. If your two are doing great on Purina's products, then leave them on them. Depending upon which line you're feeding now, you could possibly go with a higher-end Purina product. However, I do have to stress that you do not want to put your pets on the the "dogfood rollercoaster"- which involves switching from one brand to another to another, never giving your pets a proper period of adjustment to see results in-between. People who get on the rollercoaster seldom ever find their way off or even back to a good point. The end result of the rollercoaster ride is a dog that has reactions to just about everything.

    Good luck!

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    Yeah... I just have to wait and ask what the breeder says and what she feeds her dogs... all her dogs are show dogs so I want to feed Basil the same

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    Not all the time but Innova is very good food and it is not that badly priced either.
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