I admire your patience and your kind heart. But dry food is not necessarily all evil.
It just depends on the brand you buy. It's all about big corporations, cost of the products, profit margin and etc.
Raw feed, "processed properly" (don't feed raw meat you buy from your local Vons/Ralphs/Albersons), is the best for your pets.
Wet food, most of the time are not recommended. I mean, if you understand the science of it, you will know why. It's not that every single brand of
wet food is bad, it's just that wet food contains almost 60% of water.
Dry kibble, is generally recommended the most. But, the quality is largely dependent on the consumer, how much are you willing to spend?
For example, when you enter a pet store like PetSmart or PetCo., they basically have all the dry food split into 3 categories. The top category
contains the least amount of filler, middle and last category contains the most.
What I found out, was that even the "Top of the line" dry food they sell at pet stores, is questionable in terms of quality ingredient used.
Also, beware of what the Vet's recommend in terms of food. They get a cut (commission) from the brand they promote, regardless if it's medication or
Let me give you another example, these are all from personal experience mind you. For instance, at the hospital we bring our dog to, their Vet highly
recommends feeding Royal Canine as the brand of dry dog kibble. They almost swear by it's quality and make, they even go as far as tell you that's the
only brand of dog food you should feed your pet. And they recommend "Science Diet" for Cats.
Like a fool, I trusted the Vet. I mean, who would of known right? My thoughts were, there is no way a Vet would lie to us right? Right....
After doing my own research on Royal Canine, I found out that the ingredients they use is crap. The quality is mediocre at best but the price is
ridiculous. Same thing goes for "Science Diet" for Cats, it's all bs hype created by the Vets.
Another example would be, the hospital would push First Shield Trio as a flee/tick prevention, while almost everyone else knows that Frontline has
been the popular/better brand. Instead they insist First Shield Trio is the same and will cost you less if you buy it from them directly. They charge
you almost $15 for a single dose of First Shield Trio. Frontline on the other hand, a 3 dose pack, costs $30 at WalMart, we found this out later and
literally almost went back to the hospital and give the Vets there our middle finger.
After research, First Shield Trio is # compared to Frontline. But again, I discovered that First Shield Trio was made by these f***ers just like Royal
Canine or Science Diet. So again, they get commission for what they sell, screw your pet's health.
The more research I do on feeding my dog, the more hideous things I find out about the dry dog food industry. But the more positive things I learn
I now feed my dog Orijen dry dog kibble. It is a "Grain Free" formula. Which means, there is no wheat, no rice, no brown rice, no grain of any kind.
It is guaranteed 80% protein 20% fruits & vegies. My Golden Retriever's energy level is like Krypto the Super Dog on this diet.
But Orijen will cost you dearly and it cannot be found in regular pet stores like PetSmart or PetCo. Orijen is a Canadian brand dog food, you have to
look for it online.
Again, grain free dry dog food will cost you an arm and a leg but over time, it is the best for your dog, saves you more in the long run when your dog
is disease free.
Here's the link to Orijen's main web site, they are amongst the top 3 dry dog kibbles in the world and they get awarded every single year.
Just to let you have a rough idea of the difference in cost.
A 29lbs. bag of dry kibble, under the brand of Purina, IAM, Pedigree or whatever Costco/Wholesale brand they offer to consumers... cost you anywhere
between $8 ~ $30.
A 29lbs. bag of dry kibble, under the brand of Orijen, will cost you $75 ~ $90.
For a large breed dog, they go through 29lbs in about a month. So if you really love your pet, be prepared to spend $70 to $90 a month on "good
healthy dry food".
edit on 12/14/2011 by truthseeker84 because: (no reason given)