First of all, I want to say that this forum is AMAZING!
I haven't been here for a long time, but I'm so grateful. People are soo nice and give you great advise.
I had posted before about Teddy being on the skinny/bony side. People gave me great advise, one of which was to mix kibble with dry food.
Today I decided I needed to do something about Teddy's weight issue. First, let me tell you how I found this great place.
When I was 15, I bough this poodle-mix dog. He was adorable to my eyes and he had a great personality. I new nothing about dogs so I would feed grocery dog food because I didn't know any better. Either way, know that I'm 22 and I got Teddy from a good breeder, I know about dog food and ingredients.
I was feeding Teddy Natural balance since I got them because a representative from that brand at petco told me it was good. I looked at the ingredients and they were good. Then, when I took him to the free-vet visit from the AKC she told me that he needed to be on puppy formula. Natural balance doesn't have a puppy formula. She told me to try science diet. Once I saw the ingredients I'm like NO THANKS! She said that I couldn't control my dog not eating corn I was like YES I CAN!!!
Either way, I was reading this forum, and I saw so many people recommending Orijen. I was trying to find it at Petco or Petsmart and I couldn't find it. I went to their website and found a shop near my house.
It's really close to my house and has great hours (9-9). I checked out their website (bluecollarworkingdog.com) Its amazing, I went the guy there knew like he knew what he was talking about. Unfortunately, they were sold out of orijen. The guy recommended Pure Vita Salmon and Potato.
He's been eating that and loves it. He previously had a skin rash (according to the vet it was a food allergy) and now its gone but he still has dry skin. So today when I went in looking for wet food to mix with kibble. The guy recommended Evanger's wet food. I always use this website, Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor
, to check the food ingredients.
This is a great website. Its easy to understand and explains to you what the ingredients are and if they are good or not, then it rates the food. Either way, I also mentioned to the guy that Teddy had dry skin; so, he recommended Ultra oil pet. Its an oil you ad to the food. I will post another thread to mention if it worked for Teddy's dry skin.
Okay. So when I was about to leave he mentioned the raw food diet. He mentioned that they sold patties that had meat bone and other things.
He told me that it sold for $21 and it came with 12 patties. According to Teddy's weight the guy said that each patty would feed him for about 4 days.
I was reading threads and I saw people mention raw food but they would buy meat from the grocery.
Has anyone tried prepackaged raw food?
He mentioned kibble being compared to Mcdonalds in the sense that I was no nutritional value. Funny thing I had Mcdonalds breakfast in the car lol
He mentioned that kibble was made in high heat; therefore, it would loose all nutritional value. Plus that kibble has a 2 year shelf life and that its like "dead." Since my dog is soo tiny (4 pounds) buying raw food wouldn't be so costly.
What's your opinion on kibble vs prepackaged raw food?
Sorry for the rambling just had a lot to share lol