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A few things-

"meal" in and of itself is not a horrible thing. Its the QUALITY of meal that makes the difference, and you always want it to be a named meat source. For instance, a food that uses "chicken meal" or "lamb meal" is generally using a high-quality ingredient. A food using "meat meal" or "by-product meal" or "poultry meal" is not.

Corn, wheat, and soy should be avoided at all cost in your dog's food. He is a carnivore, and while he CAN process a portion of those ingredients in a cooked form, his body is putting much more work into the digestion than he is getting back from what little nutrients they provide. In short, not worth it at all. Plus corn is one of the highest allergens in dogs.

COOKED grains are also digestible, can provide some nutrients, but on the whole not necessary. If you feed a grain-inclusive food, try to only look for ones that use things like brown rice or oatmeal, as they are generally consider higher quality and more nutrient dense than white rice.

Royal Canin is terrible, avoid if at all possible. Their "breed specific" formulas are nothing short of a joke, and for the ingredients they use, should be charging MUCH less for the food. Way overpriced for an inferior product.

Some people have differing opinions on puppy formulas, but I ABSOLUTELY recommend you stick to a puppy line for at least the first year of life. If not, be very careful to select an appropriate all-life-stages food with the correct calcium/phosphorus numbers. Your puppies food should have less that 1.5% calcium, and less than 1% phosphorous, else you run the risk of bone growth-spurts, which can be very painful for a puppy.

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I am not familiar with NuVet.

I am also not a fan of dogfoodanalysis.com. They are painfully out of date, and IMO prone to bias. They are also run by a Boxer forum, who while may have good options and are worth listening too, are hardly a "reputable" source. While not ideal, I still greatly prefer Dog Food Reviews | Dog Food Ratings

Whatever you do don't take advice like this.
 

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I usually refer to the dogfoodadvisor.com and cross reference it with the Whole Dog Journals yearly listing.
Here's the latest from WDJ, copied from another site since I lost my copy.
BoxerTalk.org - 2010 Whole Dog Journal's Recommended DRY Food List
The burden of proof is on you because you speak with such conviction, but I will educate you.

1) "Corn, wheat, and soy should be avoided at all cost in your dog's food. He is a carnivore, and while he CAN process a portion of those ingredients in a cooked form, his body is putting much more work into the digestion than he is getting back from what little nutrients they provide. In short, not worth it at all. Plus corn is one of the highest allergens in dogs"

Wheat and soy are in fact common allergens but they are much less likely to cause a reaction than Chicken, Beef, Eggs & Dairy. That is proven scientific fact, peer reviewed studies.

Corn is not in fact a common allergen, in fact Cornell & Penn have shown that rice and corn are equal. That is proven scientific fact, peer reviewed studies.

Overall only 10% of confirmed allergy cases have anything to do with diet at all.

2) "COOKED grains are also digestible, can provide some nutrients, but on the whole not necessary. If you feed a grain-inclusive food, try to only look for ones that use things like brown rice or oatmeal, as they are generally consider higher quality and more nutrient dense than white rice"

Brown rice and oats are fine ingredients but they are no where near the nutritional density of corn. All grains need to be gelatinized but once that is done the protein in corn is the easiest to assimilate and the starch is 99% digestible just like rice. In 2004 Cornell studied the cancer fighting power of common foods and it was found that corn has 3 times the compounds that fight cancer than broccoli. Roughly half the amount of corn can be used to acheive the same nutritional benenfit as rice or oats.

Corn has also been proven to keep blood insulin levels more stable, especially when compared to potatos.



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Ha.... haha. Ok, now I get it.

If you want to be believe dogs are designed to digest corn, and that they ACTUALLY gain anything from eating it, then you go right on ahead believing. I don't need a peer reviewed studdy to tell my dog is a CARNIVORE, with the digestive tract of a CARNIVORE, designed to process meat, not corn or grains.

Dogs have survived thousands of years WITHOUT processed corn meals and glutens in their diets. The very fact that the corn absolutely MUST be cooked in order for them to gain anything at all from it, is proof enough of that. I don't see many wild dogs cooking their food, but maybe I'm missing out on something here.

I'll stick to raw, thanks, minus the corn. I suggest anyone else feeding their dog, kibble or otherwise, do the same.
This person did not ask for advice on raw feeding, rather a recommendation on a dry food.

So my advise to the original poster is find a food where a protein meal is the first ingredient and since you are asking about a dry food because a source of starch must be used to make it, one with corn or a combination of rice and corn. I like 30/20's because they can be used througout the life of the dog and have lower levels of total carbohydrate.





Your suggestions are 100% incorrect. Dogs are in fact designed to digest whatever is available. Whether its meat, bone, wild grains, fruit and vegetables.
 
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