Oh brother ... I am so SICK and tired of seeing stupid, meaningless LABELS beign placed on processed *dog* feed First of all, the dogs come in second to my families physical needs - you better believe I don't purchase processed junk food for my family. Occasionally, we'll buy cheaper food items (such as those 5 packages for $1 noodle soups) if the budget is a shoestring that month. I'd like to eat nothing but fresh, whole foods 100% of the time, but in the real world, us working class people have to stretch to make ends meet.
You can bet your butt with the way food prices are I am not made of money and can't afford to buy a bag of food that has a purchase price of $30-40+. I think that is insane, truly insane, ehen you have a human family to think about. My PETS are just that. Pets and hunting dogs. They don't rank anywhere near my family anf there are surely not my child substitutes. So I don't feed them like they were my children, and don't appreciate comparisons between dogs and human family members.
This Top 10, 5 star food rating system is complete bologna. It's just another way these manufacturers are ripping off customers of their hard earned money. Flame away, but these foods that are advertised to look like a restaurant meal are nothing but marketing gimmicks - my mentor in the breed calls them "yuppie" foods, lol, and sometimes I think he's right. They don't work any better than basic dog feeds - not bottom of the barrel foods, but plain feeds that won't win any prizes for ingredients and certainly don't rip off the purchaser. I pay $18 for 34 lbs of feed - $11 when I have my Pro Club breeder rebate checks. The feed is digestable, leaves firm stools, velvety & shiny coats that barely shed at all. Their eyes are bright and clear. The dogs are healthy, active, and in great overall condition - meaining they are at perfect weights with very little fat and mostly muscle mass. It's very difficult to get a dog food to give muscle mass in lieu of fat ... I do not feed tham any more than with other feeds, my 65lb dog gets 2cups per day, slightly more if I take him on morning jogs. He's 7yrs old and was NOT in good shape before we went to "cheap" feed. But he is now getting compliments again on his beautiful coat, muscle tone, and you should have seen the look on another dog owner's face when they found out how old he was ROFL! He thought Thunder was a pup!
What makes a food 5 star are the RESULTS, not the ingredient panel. I see many people recommending Canidae/Chicken Soup for lower cost foods ... I tried both and Canidae was a nightmare. My dogs went to pot on it. Chicken Soup, half wouldn't eat, the other half got diarrhea
Sorry but I've had my "grocery store garbage" food do miracles for my dogs so that, in my book, is a 5 star food. Make comments about the ingredients all you like, but my dogs are healthy, my pups grow well, bitches are coming into heat on time and the two I've bred recently are expecting large litters and are themselves in top shape. Go ahead and knock the cheaper feeds, becuase I'm laughing every time I see someone wanting to switch to the higher end feeds that makes the dog have bloody diarrhea or colitis or dry skin ... Some pwople just never learn. ugh.