September 2008 Weddings
Dear Community,

Our tech team has launched updates to The Nest today. As a result of these updates, members of the Nest Community will need to change their password in order to continue participating in the community. In addition, The Nest community member's avatars will be replaced with generic default avatars. If you wish to revert to your original avatar, you will need to re-upload it via The Nest.

If you have questions about this, please email [email protected]

Thank you.

Note: This only affects The Nest's community members and will not affect members on The Bump or The Knot.

What do you feed your dog?

Just curious... what kind of dog food do you feed your dog and why?

BabyFruit Tickerimage

Mr. and Mrs. est. September 6, 2008 Expecting Baby #1 October 1, 2013

Re: What do you feed your dog?

  • Purina Dog Chow...and because that's what DH's parents always used, so that's what he wanted to buy.
    Dan & Emily: 09.06.08 Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker Pregnancy Ticker
  • We are currently switching because we realized how much he hates his food. He was on Nature's Recipe because they have a "sensitive stomach/ easy to digest" option but that's what he hates... so he's now on By Nature and loooooooooooooooves it (but his stomach may not...).

    ETA: forgot to add why-- same reason as Sam's below- Nature's Recipe didnt have fillers/ by products and neither does By Nature. Some of the really top-notch foods are too rich for Simon so we're testing them out. (The kitten eats Wellness though)

  • Wellness Core Ocean Formula.

    It's really important that the first few ingrediants in the dog food is actually real food (meat/veggies not processed junk),  Just like people food there are lots of processed foods and unhealthy options for dogs. Iams, Purina, Alpo Kibbles and Bits, Science Diet for example, are not good foods for dogs. It's like giving your kids McDonalds all the time. I would talk to your vet and see what they recomend. We tried several different foods till we found one that worked for our dogs. Taking weight off a dog is really hard, so if you start early with good quality food it's a lot easier.

    image The way life should be-
  • image mainezilla:

    Iams, Purina, Alpo Kibbles and Bits, Science Diet for example, are not good foods for dogs. It's like giving your kids McDonalds all the time.

    I've heard that they have more fillers than actual nutrition for dogs.  I have a problem with my dogs, especially Maggie, eating poop.  The vet says it's normal for dogs to do it; but I've heard it's because they are lacking some important part of nutrition.  I've brought up the idea of switching foods to DH to see if that fixes the problem, and he thinks they'll still do it so why spend anymore money. 

    Taking weight off a dog is really hard, so if you start early with good quality food it's a lot easier.

    My female dog really plumped out after she got fixed.  The vet says she is fine, but I (and everyone besdies DH) thinks she's overweight.  When the weather is nice, I walk them usually about 2 miles a day.  Again, I've brought up the idea of switching foods but DH says she's fine.

    Dan & Emily: 09.06.08 Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker Pregnancy Ticker
  • Science Diet
    <a target="_blank" href="http://tinyurl.com/7ntsl4" target="_blank">[Bibbity Bobbity Blog]</a>...<a target="_blank" href="http://tinyurl.com/44ugfp8
    " target="_blank">[Wiggy Say Cheese]</a>

    [url=http://www.TickerFactory.com/weight-loss/wN43Vv4/]
    [img]http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/wN43Vv4/weight.png[/img]
    [/url]
  • Eukanuba small bites (there's a Beagle on the bag).  It came recommended by our vet and they both do well on it.  Tomas has a sensitive belly and tends to gain weight easily, so I think the grocery store dog foods wouldn't bode well with him.  Lily likes it, too, so we stuck with it when we brought her home.

    ~DD born 3-25-10~DS born 6-5-12~
    imageimage
    Lilypie Third Birthday tickersLilypie First Birthday tickers image image
  • We feed Eukanuba Small Breed Weight Control.  When I first got them they were eating some cheap stuff from the grocery store.  They were super skinny and their coats were rough and dull.  I slowly switched them to Eukanuba Small Breed and their coats got really nice and they started putting on weight.  Then they were too heavy, so I switched them to Weight Control.  Now that's all they'll eat, they dont' like the regular stuff anymore.

    Oh forgot to mention why we chose Eukanuba.  I picked it because it doesn't have all the fillers that other dog foods have.

  • Fromm Four Star It is made in the USA (WI actually, so I am supporting local)

    Originally we fed him Nutro Naturals, b/c that is what IL's feed their dog. Then I did research on www.dogfoodanalysis.com. Read the FAQ page, and then the reviews. Like PP mentioned, the first ingredients listed should be meat, not by-products. Alot of foods have fillers, like grain, which dogs don't need. They are carnivores.

    Better foods can be a bit more $$, but you also have to compare. For example, with a  "cheaper" food, we would have to feed Ty like 5 cups per day based on his weight. But with the food he has now, He gets 4 c, so a bag actually lasts longer.

  • Our dog jack ate poop and while we were feeding him Iams (we weren't as knowledgeable than) and our vet told us it was because he was still hungry b/c the food we were feeding him wasn't all that great and he wasn't getting enough nutrients
    image The way life should be-
  • I want to say its Natures Recipe and it has salmon and venison in it.  I chose that because of 1) Didn't have the fillers that other food had and 2) he has really bad allergies so we needed something hypoallergenic.  It's a little on the expensive side but he likes it and his allergies are much better
  • image mainezilla:
    Our dog jack ate poop and while we were feeding him Iams (we weren't as knowledgeable than) and our vet told us it was because he was still hungry b/c the food we were feeding him wasn't all that great and he wasn't getting enough nutrients
    Our vet said dogs  do that  when fed  "cheap" dogfood not because of nutrients but because so much  of  the fillers come out the  same way they went in because  they  don't digest it- thus their poop actually smells to them much like  their food. gross,  right?

    We feed Stella California Natural. It seems like a good food, and  she does really well  on it. I was also  feeding Nutro,  which seemed good too but the local store  doesn't carry it and I'd rather give my $$ to a local place.  

    Also, I think it's worth it to buy the better food because  like Mary said, you do  feed them  less, so it ends up probably costing only a bit more,  not as much as you  might think when faced with the initial "sticker" shock. Also,  they poop SO  MUCH LESS because they  process  so much of the food rather than  just pooping out fillers.

    image Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker
  • image NineTwentyOhEight:

    Also, I think it's worth it to buy the better food because  like Mary said, you do  feed them  less, so it ends up probably costing only a bit more,  not as much as you  might think when faced with the initial "sticker" shock. Also,  they poop SO  MUCH LESS because they  process  so much of the food rather than  just pooping out fillers.

    I noticed this right away when we switched Ty. We were feeding him the Nutro Naturals, which is more spendy than the stuff at Walmart or Target, so we thought it was good food. But when I looked it up on the dog food analysis, it didn't score well b/c it had a lot of fillers. Now that we switched to the Fromm, he poops half as much as he used to on the Nutro. Our neighbor's dog, who eats cheap food, poops these ginormous piles of poo. And the downside is....Ty tries to eat them (but not his own poo). Probably b.c so much of their cheap food is coming out of the dog in the form it went in and he thinks it is food.

  • Thanks everyone! I have always fed my dog Science Diet, but we have been really strapped for cash lately, and a $50 bag has been really difficult to do. We have just been feeding her whatever we can pick up, and a friend of mine gave me a bag from the pet food store where she works (they can take bags that are close to expiration since the stores dispose of them anyways). So, that has lasted us for a couple of months. I did a bunch of research and decided just to put her back on the science diet. The ingredients look fine to me and it's what she's used to. :)
    BabyFruit Tickerimage

    Mr. and Mrs. est. September 6, 2008 Expecting Baby #1 October 1, 2013

  • We feed both of our dogs- Canidae. It is more expensive but we feel it is worth for many of the reasons listed above.
    [IMG]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g35/sprice8826/IMG_3542-1.jpg[/IMG]
    <a href="http://lilypie.com/"><img src="http://lb3m.lilypie.com/Pmcgm5.png" width="200" height="80" border="0" alt="Lilypie Third Birthday tickers" /></a>
    <a href="http://lilypie.com/"><img src="http://lbdm.lilypie.com/0fm3m6.png" width="200" height="80" border="0" alt="Lilypie Pregnancy tickers" /></a>
Sign In or Register to comment.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards