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    Growing up we had a jrt kelpie cross who lived to a healthy 17 on homebrand everything without ever having a health problem, but then you read so much about vitamins/minerals, not feeding by products, not feeding this, not feeding that.

    Would love you thoughts....?

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    Growing up the farm dogs were fed whatever was there.

    When I got Ben (now farm dog) I did the same thing. One day there was a premium food on special and I tried it - it was a large bag and it lasted about 4 weeks. At the end of those 4 weeks his teeth were whiter, he wasn't farting all the time, he didn't have that foul doggy odour, he had more energy and seemed to have a higher mental capacity (he learnt a lot faster) and his stools were far healthier than anything I'd seen before and they disintegrated in days not weeks. From then on he's been on premium foods. Oh, his coat was healthier too.

    Batty has been on premium food his whole life, his coat is shiny, his teeth are still pristine, he doesn't stink, he's as healthy as they come. In contrast, housemates dog who is on home brand stuff stinks always, even straight after a bath, her coat is dull and has no lustre to it, she has pretty bad teeth (lots of tartar), farts like a warthog (REALLY stinky too), and is a bit slow on the thinking front.

    I'll stick with the premium foods

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    We use Nutro Natural Choice, which has no by-products in it.

    We noticed a MAJOR difference, same as AngelanBatty - shiny / soft coats, better teeth, better breath, no stinky farts, smaller stools (apparently this is because they absorb most of the food because it's good, whereas cheap foods that are useless to the body are just pooped out = more poop).
    Happiest result is that their attitudes changed majorly. They behave 10 times better, and have less 'hyper' episodes.
    Our boy had dandruff, which stopped completely.

    Also, they eat less crazily.. They would scoff their previous food and just keep eating and eating if it's there. With the new food, they just eat when they're hungry, and don't fight over it!

    A dog may not have any 'problems' from eating home-brand food, but feeding them something with good nutrition can mean that they're just that bit healthier.

    Like humans, if you eat takeaway every day, you may not die from a heart attack, become obese, or get diabetes, but you certainly FEEL a lot better if you don't. You sleep better, have better skin, are less lethargic, less bloated etc.. it's the same for dogs. It is harder to grasp though, because it's not like a doggy is going to come up to you after it's meal and go "ughh, I feel SOOO bloated."

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    The two main things with cheap feed we noticed were the killer farts (eye watering stuff) and the hyper attacks just after feeding. There was no clear breakdown of ingredients on the package so we just assume a high carb content. Too bad our pooch loved it. We stay away from it though... mainly for our own noses sake

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    The lack of nutrition information on dog food is horrible! So confusing!

    I was told to get food that has 'meat' as the main product. 'Meat meal' just means by-product, so chicken beaks and feet etc, not actual meat.
    So in the ingredients list, 'Meat' should be first. That made it easier, but finding a product that had 'meat' as the first ingredient was ridiculous! Ruled out all supermarket brands, and at our local pet supply store, only ONE product had 'meat' as the main ingredient.

    Most products simply had meat meal, followed by rice/corn - so pretty much the main ingredients is just useless, meatless animal parts and rice!
    poor doggies.

    Our dogs love the cheap stuff, too.. we have to give it to them now and then when we run out of the good stuff (it's a bit of a trek to get it, although I should be more organised) and they go mental over it. Just as mental as I'd probably go if my husband said I could eat freddo frogs for breakfast lunch and dinner haha

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    Some dogs do excellent on expensive foods and terrible on the cheap stuff, while other dogs can't handle the expensive stuff and do better or supermarket brands.

    It's all up to the individual dog.

    I used to feed my kids Royal Canin, 2 of them did really well on it (a little too well, I had to put one on a diet) and the other had skin problems.

    I switched to Supercoat (a middle of the range food) and they all do great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msliss View Post
    The lack of nutrition information on dog food is horrible! So confusing!

    I was told to get food that has 'meat' as the main product. 'Meat meal' just means by-product, so chicken beaks and feet etc, not actual meat.
    So in the ingredients list, 'Meat' should be first. That made it easier, but finding a product that had 'meat' as the first ingredient was ridiculous! Ruled out all supermarket brands, and at our local pet supply store, only ONE product had 'meat' as the main ingredient.

    Most products simply had meat meal, followed by rice/corn - so pretty much the main ingredients is just useless, meatless animal parts and rice!
    poor doggies.

    Our dogs love the cheap stuff, too.. we have to give it to them now and then when we run out of the good stuff (it's a bit of a trek to get it, although I should be more organised) and they go mental over it. Just as mental as I'd probably go if my husband said I could eat freddo frogs for breakfast lunch and dinner haha
    There was a fabulous article written about this a couple of years ago and published in Urban Animal. It explained how the wording is used legally and what it means. I was flbbergasted by the misleading wording actually!

    I have the article at home somewhere and one day, when I have the energy I might scan it. If anyone is interested though, perhaps email Urban Animal magazine and see if they will make it available.
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    My first dog was fed exclusively on Pal meatybites and cans for 17 years. She was shiny and full of energy, a very healthy specimen always ready for action and super smart, no farts or smelly breath. I did give her marrow bones to chew on form time to time.

    I now feed a 50:50 mix of nutro natural choice and supercoat and all my dogs seem to thrive. I also feed weekly bones for their teeth. They all have shiny coats, good teeth, no bad breath and energy to burn.

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    I started off feeding my first dog super coat as a puppy, not knowing any better and his coat was flaky, he lost a lot of weight and his poos were enormous. It's horrible stuff, needless to say i changed him off that pretty quickly and now all of my dogs are on Nutro and they are much much better off

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    I too agree with crested that it all depends on the dog.
    Mine always had the supermarket brands and had long and healthy lives.
    Maybe that is partly because they also had/have raw, table scraps and the odd egg as well as sardines at times. Vets have always commented in the 30 years that I have had dogs myself how well they were doing and great coats.

    I have no intention of buying premium brands because they are presumed to be better.
    I would however trial and buy them if my dogs were having problems.

    To me, if it ain't broke don't fix it. But what works for me and mine may be a far cry from what is best for yours.

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