Bringing her home next week & I'm tring to be prepared.
Much of the foods that have been recommended to you so I will not feed my dogs they range for poor to medium quality, some have food colouring and other ingredients that could potentially causing cancer, some have next to no meat, some have ingredients that dogs are often highly allergic to, some may contain euthanized pets, or rotting road kills that were picked up off the side of the road. Some contain peanuts shells often refered in an ingredient list as cellulose fiber, learning what ingredient terms means is important in choosing a good dog, learning what ingredients are dog for dog or bad for dogs is also advantageous. So I am going to give you a list of sites to read so you know what to look for in a good food. A vet is not always the best person to recommend a food, their nutrition course was put together by some of the worst dog food companies when it comes to quality ingredients example Hills who makes Science Diet, they use some of the cheapest ingredients possible and have next to no meat in their food, dogs were born to eat meat all you have to do is look at their teeth to see that is what they were designed for, ever seen a wild canine sitting in a corn field eating corn in place of meat? Yet that is the main ingredient is Science Diet.
While you do your reading and research I will recommend Canidae as quite a good food that is price in the same range as most of the food listed above but unlike the other foods uses lots of human grade meat that is hormone free and antibiotic free, and they use pesticide free rice, they use no dyes, chemical perservative or other ingredient which are known carcigens, and they do not use ingredients that dogs are most likely to be allergic to, it can also be fed to dogs of all ages http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
For reading resources
This give you a reason why you want to learn about foods
Now for sites to learn from
For my own dogs based on a lot of research I have chosen
Innova EVO RM
I chose to go with a very high meat protein diet with no grains
One of the reasons I chose a no grain food is because every single major dogfood recall pretty much is related to high levels of mycotoxins that have occurred in various grains, and which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of dogs
Today a new recall went into effect due to dogs dying of kidney disease details will be released to the public tomorrow morning info about is on Yahoo but I am pretty sure the news will be related to some kind of grain toxin.
Diamond foods had a toxic batch of corn with high levels of aflatoxin about a year ago which resulted in many dogs dying from liver failure, reported number of deaths as a result is much lower than actually occurred the only numbers counted are from those owners who decided to go ahead with a necroscopy(autopsy) after their dogs died, if an owner does not do due to finances or emotion pain their dogs or they lost their dog before the recall was announced and could no longer do are not counted into the death toll. Over the years there have been several other food recalls as a result of mycotoxins
I also chose because of research I had done on protein requirements for dogs especially seniors since 2 of mine were older dogs, many vets do not recognize the newer research and will still tell us it will cause kidney disease, original high protein research was done on rats not dogs, current research was done on dogs and the finding wee complete opposite if the rat study research.
Canidae is a good food, has a better meat ratio than most other dog foods but about 18% less than EVO, EVO is one of the most expensive foods available, so it is much higher than most people feel comfortable buying, and the reason I recommend the Canidae as a good food to start on plus it can be fed to large and giant breed puppies with out risk of causing Pano.Tags: Westie