You know, I hesitated to chime in because I know many people believe this very strongly. But then I thought, better to have the conversation and see what we all can learn.I personally wouldn't recommend Iams or Pedigree. You can find some higher quality foods for the same price roughly and a good food can really do wonders for a dogs health, energy, coat and more.!
Is that the full name of it? Veterinarian Formula Holistic? I haven't heard of that one either. Do you know who manufactures it?I noticed that a lot of people feed Evo. Right now Max is on Veterinarian Formula Holistic and I'm still searching for what might be best. What I don't like about this one is that it isn't listed on the ratings sites that I've seen.
I agree, if it's not wrong fix it.You know, I hesitated to chime in because I know many people believe this very strongly. But then I thought, better to have the conversation and see what we all can learn.
I have no doubt that there's a lot of truth to what you say. But here is what I know: Marley was fed IAMS by his previous owner and we were trying to keep things the same as much as possible. He is now 4. He's never sick. His coat is beautifully soft. He has a ton of energy -- we do our best to tire him out, but never quite manage. Most of the other dogs he plays with tire out long before he does. He is quite "regular" and his poops are firm and normal looking. And plenty of dogs live to ripe old ages eating these sorts of foods.
So, what's the answer here? Maybe it's just that a strong dog, like a strong person, can get away with eating things that others can't. *shrug* But my thought is that if something isn't broken, I won't try to fix it. There are too many other things to worry about.
And the reason we didn't try to regulate Marley's diet is because we didn't want to make him totally food focused. I see a lot of dogs like that. Of course, if the dog won't self-regulate, you have no choice.
I respect other people's food choices, and I am always interested to hear what people are feeding their dogs. Things can always change.
Eukanuba has a new food out that (while it isn't the best) is far better than the regular stuff. It comes in three flavors and it is pretty cheap at PetsMart while they are trying to get the word out about it. I think it is called Naturally something. It was 6.99 for the little bag.My dogs are healthy also - and full of energy. My vet told me to use Eukabana or Iams and Iams is what the local store carries so that's what we use. The Pedigree is just to wet the dry becuase, unfortunately, ginger could see that is what the minis eat and wouldn't eat dry alone. The minis wouldn't eat the dry alone either - they were actually given cat food by their breeder - weird huh?