I am new to this forum and a novice in dog ownership. So, please forgive me if these questions have been asked here before, or if my questions sound a bit retarded. But I really, really need your advice on an AFFORDABLE, high QUALITY dried dog food for a labrador breed. Please.
I am vision impaired and will be getting my first guide dog (labrador) in a few weeks time. Obviously the Guide Dogs Association will give me a lot of advice on how to care for my new dog, what to feed it, how to groom it etc. And I know they know and care for their dogs very much, as well as their clients of course.
The downside to this is, their recommendations are usually the most expensive.
For example, Eukanuba and Hills, etc.
I have googled the web trying to educate myself on dog food, and I have learnt a few things along the way. But the principle thing I have learnt is to ultimately read the ingredients on the bag and trial a few before you come up with a good regiment.
Problem is, I cannot read the ingredients and I have tried so hard to find a place on the net which lists all ingredients of every dog food on the market in AUSTRALIA. Unsuccessful.
I have also come accross sites which say that the most expensive brands aren't always the best, and there are cheaper altneratives. If this is true, I don't want to be spending lots of money on something I can get for cheaper.
I am guessing purchasing online would be cheaper. Are there any discounted online petstores / pet food shops anyone can recommend?
Basically, my goal is to make sure my dog doesn't get diarrhea, shed excessively than what is expected, and doesn't smell too much.
Does anyone know where I might be able to obtain a list of dog foods, with their ingredients and prices?
What is the best supermarket brand? My Dog or Supercoat or Purina... or something else?
Thanks so much in advance.