There are no guaranteed health benefits with any higher priced food...alot of people swear by premium foods, and the ingredients sure do look better, but I personally was unimpressed with the actual results of the ones I tried. If my budget was bigger I would probably try a few more just to see, but for now I have used both Purina One and Walmart's Maxximum Nutrition and have been happy with both. If you're near a Costco, Kirklands is supposed to be good.I know you get what you pay for, but what if you can't pay the high price to get the quaranteed health benifits.
This is the cheapest I'll feed my animals now. I'm switching from it to Innova. This may sound harsh, but if you can't afford to feed your animals the proper diet, you can't afford to care for them and have them.Thanks, I've never heard of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. I'll check it out.
I agree with you on the Science Diet. my dog is on the prescription KD for her kidneys and ever since she has been on it she has had skin problems and itchs a lot! before the vet recommend us put her on the prescription we were feeding the Royal Canine Bulldog food! when she was on that she had hardly any itching and never had to many skin problems! I would love to find a good food that is good for her kidney's as well but I have not been able to yet!I've known a lot of dogs, and it seems to be generally true from observing them that feeding a better food makes a big difference in their health - lifespan, weight, coat, teeth. All of the dogs I've known that were on a cheap food for any prolonged period of time tended to have a greasy coat, flaky skin, stinkier stools, and poorer overall health.
Better usually means more expensive, but more expensive does not necessarily mean better. Case in point: Science Diet. Terrible food, high price tag.
I don't know what you're looking to pay so I'm not really sure what to recommend. However, bear in mind that with some of the more expensive foods you don't have to feed as much to maintain the dog's weight.
I used to think that....but, really, there are more important issues.but if you can't afford to feed your animals the proper diet, you can't afford to care for them and have them.
You know, I can't afford the time to walk my dog, so I think I'll just leave her in the crate or yard all day instead.My aren't you full of yourself!
I'm totally with you. I'm not saying that anyone should give up their dog. They should, however, consider the cost of vet bills and proper food. I just wouldn't settle for feeding my dog Iams. I'd sooner give up spending money doing something I like. If that means not eating out for lunch, fine. I'm not going to make my dog suffer for my own poor financial planning.I used to think that....but, really, there are more important issues.
If you can't afford to feed your dog AT ALL, you should definitely re-home him. If you can't afford to feed him anything but store brand, you should look into what you could do in order to buy a name brand (give up/cut back on smoking, sodas, candy, etc.), because those store brands really are awful.
But saying that you should give up your dog because you can't afford Innova.....really now, I think that with all the dogs dying in shelters for lack of homes, giving up your dog should never be an option, especially for a reason like food choices.
And of course, "proper diet" is highly subjective.
For those without a Costco (like me), Diamond Naturals is almost identical to Kirkland. I pay $26.99 for the chicken and rice formula (40 pounds) and $20.99 for the beef and rice formula (I don't know why the beef costs less). I forget how much the lamb and rice formula costs, because my dogs don't do well on lamb.I do love Kirkland. A 40 lb bag of food for 20 bucks, and no wheat, corn, by-products, or artificial colors/preservatives? Yes please! Mine are on this right now because I am short on cash, and they're doing great. I'd recommend it to anyone.