Which pet food should I feed my dog/cat? | Vineland Animal Hospital
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Hi Kristina,Some of the Canidae cat food recipes seem good. My vet actually recommended their dog food as a good brand to try for my own pup. Check with your vet to make sure you can find a recipe that works for your pets.Thanks for reading!
All dog foods, which carry the statement of "complete and balanced" must meet AAFCO requirements for nutritional adequacy. Unfortunately, the AAFCO requirements are very broad and haven't been substantially updated in more than 20 years, despite numerous nutritional advances in pet care. So, you will find foods with wildly varying levels of calcium or protein, but which are all considered complete and balanced.
A great way to make sure your dog gets a variety of all of the nutrients he needs is to try a rotation diet. This is what I do in my home, as do many other experts and nutritionists. At home, my husband and I feed 5 different brands of food to our 3 dogs and 3 different brands to our 2 cats. Within these brands, there are a variety of formulas, each with different levels of nutrients such as calcium, protein, fat, phosphorous and fiber.
Many pet owners are concerned about feeding a rotation diet because their experience has been that you should never switch a dog's food because it can make the dog sick. This can be true, but the logic is somewhat flawed. When a dog...or a person for that matter, eats the same thing day in and day out, the digestive enzymes which are each activated by specific nutrients will start to go dormant. Eventually, on the same diet, most of the enzymes become dormant and only the specific variety and quantity of enzymes to digest that specific food are active in the gut. By contrast, when a dog is accustom to a variety of foods, all of the available digestive enzymes and bacteria are active and engaged in the gut. This allows for better overall digestion and nutrient absorption of any food. If your dog is only used to one food, you'll want to gradually introduce new foods and new ingredients slowly, but with increased frequency.
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I thought, "Could it really be a coincidence that a few days after I started him on the Hills metabolic diet he got so deathly ill?" I began researching online and found hundreds and hundreds of complaints From consumers that also purchased Hills products. Some of them ranged from their pets becoming deathly ill and some even reported the unfortunate death of their pets! I couldn't believe what I was reading. How could this be happening to so many people and this product still be on the market and the veterinarian still be prescribing it. Well I will tell You why! It is a huge moneymaking racket for veterinarians. They get Enormous kickbacks from the Hills company! Unfortunately dog food is not regulated by the FDA I so it is difficult to identify and report a problem. I am completely beside myself that such a horrific thing is going on! I say no. Canned pet foods lack in nutrition and ingredients are not truthfully disclosed. I never feed my dogs canned or commercial dry for that matter.I'm writing this review to inform other pet owners to carefully look at the ingredients and reviews before buying a prescription dog food. My 6 year old Beagle/Chihuahua mix had struvite bladder stones which required surgery a year ago. She was on Blue Buffalo before that, with no stool problems nor change of behavior until she had the bladder stone problem.Cesar pet food is not a good food for your pet or at least I would not feed it to my dogs. The food contains corn, wheat, and by product (beaks, feathers, parts of animal you wouldn't want to eat) which are all cheap fillers with no nutritional benefit what so ever, and with cheap fillers you'll feed more than what you need to. They are also some of the common allergens in pet food as well. Cesar pet food is mass produced too. Mass produced foods tend to have a recall history and Cesar just had one last year for having plastic pieces in their pet food.