Good thread and interesting points. I also raised this in another thread that someone was asking a question. I still buy dog food for my girl based on the ingredients I read, but half the time wonder if itís mostly marketing that has us thinking this way. Honestly, I think that sometimes we forget that there is a lot more research and data that goes in what is appropriate nutrition for our dogs vs. what we can read off a label. The prime cuts of chicken, etc., may be appetizing for us, but may or may not be the most effective for the dogís system.
Thereís another thing I wanted to point out...we often knock the big name companies bc they may use byproducts, etc., yet few of us really look into what makes that list. I personally think of beaks, feet, skin, etc., when in reality when I took a look at whatís acceptable, itís things like liver, hearts, etc. The things that wild animals would go to first due to higher nutritional value. We also forget the brand equity a larger company has in that they have a lot more to lose if they mess up. With all that said, Iíll be the first to admit buying Acana and Orijen makes me feel goodÖIím just not 100% sure if Iím doing my dog any good vs. other products. I donít buy items with byproducts because of the conception that goes with it, but I think Iíll be digging into it more in the future.