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    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

    As best I can tell "Artemis" is the best kibble out there (unless you make your own). But it's hard to get.

    The next might be Innova EVO - but that's sold exclusively through a pet shop chain that supports puppy mills, so that's not worth supporting either.

    I get nutro natural choice. It is made in Australia (under licence) by Mars, which also make advance and pedigree and royal canin. Each brand gets a slightly different quality of ingredients. You can check the ingredient list to see. And use the website to interpret.

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    That's what I do, Michelle - a mix of raw and kibble.

    Maggie is a toy poodle, and she gets raw in the morning (royal canin "mini urban" ) and some form of raw at night (chicken, beef/lamb meaty bone or roo, usually) . She also gets pig ears sometimes, and bones a few times per week.

    There are so many conflicting opinions about which dry brands are best, and just to be difficult, no real consensus..

    My rule of thumb is to look at the first couple of ingredients, and make sure there's some meat in there. A lot of dry foods are choc full of filler or some description, be it wheat, glorified sawdust, or names that you have to think before you can pronounce, if you can at all.

    I'm going to try Black Hawk Holistic and Candidae next - I started researching this when I got Maggie (about 3 months ago) but haven't really had to buy much food since then. She's only 4kg and I have to watch her, she'd happily eat her bodyweight at every meal

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    Maddy is really picky about kibble, and i have bought expensive Eagle Pack, Science Diet etc to supplement her raw diet, and she will eat it for a while, but then only if she is starving! We are now getting her the Optimum from the supermarket. She has eaten a few bags of this now and still chows it down. She is still too skinny, being a hyperactive kelpie, so i am not worried about adding a couple of sardines in oil every week. She is lucky to weigh 12kgs is that small for a pure working kelpie? (Maddy was rejected as a sheep dog at 8 mths as she is too timid) She has free reign of our 25acre fruit property with alas no sheep to play with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
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    I think you can get sawdust or wheat chaff cheaper than supercoat, and I'm pretty sure it's just as nutricious. Have you read the ingredients?

    My dog loves supercoat like teenagers love maccas.
    Well I guess My Ruby must be a fan of sawdust, surprising that she is still alive considering I am feeding her with such a bad diet?

    You should call the RSPCA On me because I'm pretty sure the fact that I can read yet still feed my dog Sawdust must mean I have little care for her well being Doh!!

    Honestly.... ???
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    yeah but like any bad diet - you can survive for a while but how many years of your life with quality are you trading for that?

    It seems as far as pets go - well humans too - that the bad diet is your choice so it's your problem if you make your life or your dog's life a bit shorter as a result.

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    Everyone has their opinions. My 3 do very well on supercoat and raw etc and I have no inclinations to change.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    yeah but like any bad diet - you can survive for a while but how many years of your life with quality are you trading for that?

    It seems as far as pets go - well humans too - that the bad diet is your choice so it's your problem if you make your life or your dog's life a bit shorter as a result.
    You may class it as a bad Diet, being that your obviously an expert in that field. I do personally do not!!

    I guess the fact that all she gets is wet and dry supercoat, Oh wait no she doesnt!!! I'm guessing your choice to leave out the rest of what I feed her has some meaning to it. Yes, to insult me!
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    Just to note Hya, I remember on another thread of mine I explained what I fed her and Your opinion seamed to be very different now then uit was in that thread.. Hmmm wonder why?
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    I can't seem to find a kibble that I like that isn't so damn expensive haha. My dog's only preference is that the pieces are small and it smells yummy! I personally like My Dog cans and dry, but the dry food is ridiculously expensive. I'm trying him on Supercoat now, but he doesn't seem particularly fussed about it.

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    Dogs will and do live perfectly well on commercial foods of all descriptions.

    Personally, I choose to avoid commercially preprared food where possible both for myself and my family and my dogs but there are many times in life when things get hectic and I resort to pre-packaged food for all of us.

    In having said that, my cat Molly who is very health apart from arthritis and is now 15 years old, has primarily lived on commercial food all her life. I honestly expect she will live for at least another 5 years. She has only ever been to the Vet on a handful of occasions over the years.

    I know of dogs who have lived well into their senior years and were fed nothing but no-name kibble and I have known dogs that were fed high quality raw and died young. I have know dogs that have beautiful glossy coats and were fed commercial food and I have known dogs with beautiful glossy coats that were fed raw or barf.

    In a nutshell, there is no real evidence that commercial foods are doing any damage do your dogs, apart from commercial wet food feeders who are not taking care of the dental aspect of their dogs.

    Dogs are scavengers. Wolves were scavengers. Dogs were domesticated through their need to scavenge. Their digestive systems easily handle diets that we wouldn't normally think to feed. Dogs are not humans. They don't have the requirements we do but we now think they do!

    Let dogs be dogs. Please.
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