YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community


Welcome to the YorkieTalk.com Forums Community - the community for Yorkshire Terriers.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. You will be able to chat with over 35,000 YorkieTalk members, read over 2,000,000 posted discussions, and view more than 15,000 Yorkie photos in the YorkieTalk Photo Gallery after you register. We would love to have you as a member!

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please click here to contact us.

Go Back   YorkieTalk.com Forums - Yorkshire Terrier Community > YorkieTalk > Yorkie Health & Diet
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar JavaChat Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-13-2008, 08:54 AM   #1
Senior Yorkie Talker
 
amyn22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: chicago
Posts: 240
Default Is any dog food good?

After reading all of these posts I feel like people think no dog food is good at the stores. I absolutely do not have time to make him food and I have had yorkies before who did perfectly fine on foods like Purina. Are all these foods bad, or are people being overly cautious?
amyn22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Welcome Guest!
Not Registered?

Join today and remove this ad!

Old 07-13-2008, 09:28 AM   #2
Donating YT 30K Club Member
 
Patti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Illinois
Posts: 35,509
Blog Entries: 6
Default

Mine have always eaten dog food. I know growing up our dogs ate alpo or gaines burger as there wasn't the selection of good foods there are now, and they all did fine. I do like mine to eat a good food. Mine eat California Natural canned.
__________________
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
http://callipuppyscastle.bravehost.com/index.html
Patti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 09:30 AM   #3
Senior Yorkie Talker
 
amyn22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: chicago
Posts: 240
Default

is canned better? Is wellness good? You know susan gave us sensible choice, but you can only buy it online, and he only eats it if we hand feed him. He is only eating about 1/4 cup a day of food. I just want to find something he loves.
amyn22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
Senior Yorkie Talker
 
BethPurk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Susanville, Ca, USA
Posts: 160
Default

Ive had dogs all my life and I dont ever remember any of them having life threatening or even remotely dangerous problems or diseases from eating regular dog food that you buy from a grocery store. I think that right now the fad is to buy all the natural stuff because its proven right now to be the best thing. Unfortunately not everyone can afford the best thing on the market. I, for one, feed my dog Purina Puppy Chow. It might not be the best thing for her, but its not going to hurt her at all and its what the breeder was giving her. I free feed her and she eats it and likes it fine. I am thinking about switching her to Iams though because I think thats a step up from Purina and our last dog was on Iams and did fine with it. Unfortunately, there is no store in my area that sells anything but what is sold at Walmart or Safeway so I have to buy in bulk when I go to Reno and havent been since getting my puppy. I dont buy the best of the best in everything I buy for my family and we seem to survive. Aside from feeding my puppy whats apparently the worst foods out there, I think the middle of the road brands are fine. But what do I know, really?
BethPurk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 09:40 AM   #5
Senior Yorkie Talker
 
amyn22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: chicago
Posts: 240
Default

yes, my last dog ate purina for 15 years! He was a lively, healthy dog and never had any problems. I think the alot of these natural foods are a lot of hype, but that's just my opinion.
amyn22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
YT 500 Club Member
 
izzy816's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Washington, D.C.
Posts: 922
Default

I am wondering the same thing. I don't have time to cook for him either. I've done it but it is too time consuming for my lifestyle right now. Right now he is eating Solid Gold Wee Bits. I've fed him Canidae as well and he seemed to like it. I think both foods are good for them and are reasonably priced. Since I only have one yorkie spending $7-10 on a 5lb bag every 3-4 months works within my budget.

I might just go back to Canidae because the weebits is too small for him now. All he does is swallows them and ends up eating too much...then he throws it back up.
__________________
Peace and Love, Karla and Izzy!
Check out Izzy on Dogster: http://www.dogster.com/dogs/433985
izzy816 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 10:37 AM   #7
YT Addict
 
C C Kent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Missouri Ozarks
Posts: 452
Default

Breeding seminars typically have at least one speaker covering nutrition, and at some point they will say,"If what you are doing works....don't fix it." If you are having problems experiment and ask for references. My personal opinion is to avoid moist foods for regular feedings. Yorkies are prone to plaque build up and the dry food helps control that. Poor breeding practice has given us a high instance of allergic reaction to foods and the pet food market reacts quickly to any opportunity for profit, they will provide anything we are willing to pay for.

In one seminar taught by Pat Hastings she makes a statement that the best dog and the worst dog, nutritionally speaking, that she has ever seen were fed the same brand of food.
C C Kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 10:58 AM   #8
Donating YT 1000 Club Member
 
YorkieChick1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bay Area, California
Posts: 2,249
Default

I'm sorry but just because you think your dog is doing well on a supermarket brand doesn't mean they are. Would you eat chicken feet, beaks, feathers, beef testicles, hair, eyeballs and everything scaped up off the floor? That is what a meat-by-product is!! And almost every grocery store brand has by products in it and way too much corn or wheat gluten. Dogs really shouldn't have grain anyway, that is how they have so many allergies and itching problems. Dogs are carnivores, not ominvores. If the first ingredient in your dog food isn't a named meat or meat meal then it is not a great food for your dog. All the dog foods at the grocery store are fast food for animals, would you eat McDonald's every day for the rest of your life?? Just something to think about.
__________________
Nanci 's her furbabies!!
Brooke,Binky,Bunny,Buster & BooBoo And My Chichis: Baby & Bitsy
There's nothing that brightens my day more than a puppy kiss!
YorkieChick1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 11:09 AM   #9
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
 
browniesmom622's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: ny
Posts: 11,253
Blog Entries: 5
Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by YorkieChick1 View Post
I'm sorry but just because you think your dog is doing well on a supermarket brand doesn't mean they are. Would you eat chicken feet, beaks, feathers, beef testicles, hair, eyeballs and everything scaped up off the floor? That is what a meat-by-product is!! And almost every grocery store brand has by products in it and way too much corn or wheat gluten. Dogs really shouldn't have grain anyway, that is how they have so many allergies and itching problems. Dogs are carnivores, not ominvores. If the first ingredient in your dog food isn't a named meat or meat meal then it is not a great food for your dog. All the dog foods at the grocery store are fast food for animals, would you eat McDonald's every day for the rest of your life?? Just something to think about.

:thum bup:
__________________
We Love our Yt Angel!
browniesmom622 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 12:33 PM   #10
Loved by Layla
Donating Member
 
marcerella02's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 11,257
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by YorkieChick1 View Post
I'm sorry but just because you think your dog is doing well on a supermarket brand doesn't mean they are. Would you eat chicken feet, beaks, feathers, beef testicles, hair, eyeballs and everything scaped up off the floor? That is what a meat-by-product is!! And almost every grocery store brand has by products in it and way too much corn or wheat gluten. Dogs really shouldn't have grain anyway, that is how they have so many allergies and itching problems. Dogs are carnivores, not ominvores. If the first ingredient in your dog food isn't a named meat or meat meal then it is not a great food for your dog. All the dog foods at the grocery store are fast food for animals, would you eat McDonald's every day for the rest of your life?? Just something to think about.
well said... i think ignorance is bliss but i am not feeding Layla something i wouldn't put in my own mouth.
__________________
Layla 's Simon
marcerella02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #11
Luv my Angel, too!
Donating Member
 
LuvMySissy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 9,333
Default

I do believe it is not just hype, but proven that quality foods definitely make a difference. Purina and Iams are not middle of the road, but bottom of the barrel foods. Pay particular attention to teh list of additives and you will find known cancer causing agents in many lower grade foods. Feeding kibble will not help keep their teeth clean when it essentially has garbage and sugar in it either. And kibble alone should never be relied on to keep Yorkie teeth clean. Yorkies are notorious for poor dental health. Either brushing their teeth or providing quality chew items such as natural Bully's or quality raw bones is essential.

A quality food does not have to be ridiculously expensive either. And with a quality food, 1/4-1/2 cup for a small dog is all they need. If you look at the recommended feeding amount of Purina (for example) as compared to Canidae there will be a substantial difference because Purina has very little meat and mostly filler and junk, compared to the good ingredients in Canidae. So, if you base the price of the bag divided by how many feedings you get out of a premium brand, the premium brands are not more expensive.
__________________
Sissy & Angel
LuvMySissy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 12:54 PM   #12
"Owned" by Miss Tricksie
Donating Member
 
donnarod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Riverview, FL
Posts: 3,737
Default Is any dog food good?

Quote:
Originally Posted by amyn22 View Post
yes, my last dog ate purina for 15 years! He was a lively, healthy dog and never had any problems. I think the alot of these natural foods are a lot of hype, but that's just my opinion.
I am as confused as you are. My Maltese ate Casear's and lived to be 16 because of heat stroke. They say this is the worst food to feed. He was always healthy, happy, full of energy. Look at the products in our food.
When I was a kid, Daddy, was a cook in the Marine Corp. for 30 years, he cooked chicken feet, it was cleaned very well and delicious, hog brains and hog testicles that he put in corn bread. I am a very healty 64 year old.
Tricksie is on Pedigree wet with Innova EVO dry, the Vet said that she is so healthy, keep on the same diet.
I think a lot of us just get to carried away with stuff.
__________________
Donna, Tricksie and Peanut
donnarod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 01:00 PM   #13
I ♥ Scooter
Donating Member
 
lovelylf1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 533
Animal Smiley 019

I used to feed Scooter Purina One until I started noticing his coat becoming more wirey. It would look great after we got back from the groomers but as time went on, I could tell something wasn't right. He had itchy skin and stopped getting excited about meal-time. My next-door neighbors have a dog that needed to see a specialist. The specialist switched the food they gave their dogs to Wellness. After talking to them about what a difference it made, and knowing what was going on with Scooter, I decided to try Wellness.

At first, I didn't know what to think but I swear there is a major difference. Scooters coat is back to being super soft (without any products) and he loves his food. I know you don't think there is a difference now but once you switch, you will never go back. Scooter started on Wellness Just for Puppy but now that he is growing up, I am transitioning him to their adult food. When I visited family recently, their dog loved Scooters food so much that now they have switched their dog to it as well. I think you should give it a try. It takes a week or two minimum to see a change but you will see it.

for Wellness
Purina/Purina One
__________________
Lauren and Scooter
Texas YTers Club
lovelylf1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 01:00 PM   #14
I ♥ Franklin & Maggie
Donating Member
 
PrincessDiana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 2,068
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LuvMySissy View Post
I do believe it is not just hype, but proven that quality foods definitely make a difference. Purina and Iams are not middle of the road, but bottom of the barrel foods. Pay particular attention to teh list of additives and you will find known cancer causing agents in many lower grade foods. Feeding kibble will not help keep their teeth clean when it essentially has garbage and sugar in it either. And kibble alone should never be relied on to keep Yorkie teeth clean. Yorkies are notorious for poor dental health. Either brushing their teeth or providing quality chew items such as natural Bully's or quality raw bones is essential.

A quality food does not have to be ridiculously expensive either. And with a quality food, 1/4-1/2 cup for a small dog is all they need. If you look at the recommended feeding amount of Purina (for example) as compared to Canidae there will be a substantial difference because Purina has very little meat and mostly filler and junk, compared to the good ingredients in Canidae. So, if you base the price of the bag divided by how many feedings you get out of a premium brand, the premium brands are not more expensive.
This is a great post!

For the person who asked - Wellness is a GREAT quality food. Franklin and Maggie are on Wellness and I love it!
__________________
Diana , Mommy to Franklin, Maggie, Oliver, and Millie - RIP Piper
PrincessDiana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 01:18 PM   #15
Loved by Layla
Donating Member
 
marcerella02's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 11,257
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by donnarod View Post
I am as confused as you are. My Maltese ate Casear's and lived to be 16 because of heat stroke. They say this is the worst food to feed. He was always healthy, happy, full of energy. Look at the products in our food.
When I was a kid, Daddy, was a cook in the Marine Corp. for 30 years, he cooked chicken feet, it was cleaned very well and delicious, hog brains and hog testicles that he put in corn bread. I am a very healty 64 year old.
Tricksie is on Pedigree wet with Innova EVO dry, the Vet said that she is so healthy, keep on the same diet.
I think a lot of us just get to carried away with stuff.
in my opinion.. it doesn't matter HOW well your dogs are doing on that food (fi you can call it that) but LOOK at what the ingredients are.... i'm sure the quality if the EVO is balancing the crap of the Pedigree and for that your pup is very lucky.
__________________
Layla 's Simon
marcerella02 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Google
 

SHOP NOW: Amazon :: eBay :: Buy.com :: Newegg :: PetStore :: Petco :: PetSmart


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2003 - 2018 YorkieTalk.com
Privacy Policy - Terms of Use

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 969 970 971 972 973 974 975 976 977 978 979 980 981 982 983 984 985 986 987 988 989 990 991 992 993 994 995 996 997 998 999 1000 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005 1006 1007 1008 1009 1010 1011 1012 1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019 1020 1021 1022 1023 1024 1025 1026 1027 1028 1029 1030 1031 1032 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037 1038 1039 1040 1041 1042 1043 1044 1045 1046 1047 1048 1049 1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059 1060 1061 1062 1063 1064 1065 1066 1067 1068 1069 1070 1071 1072 1073 1074 1075 1076 1077 1078 1079 1080 1081 1082 1083 1084 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 1091 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1097 1098 1099 1100 1101 1102 1103 1104 1105 1106 1107 1108 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 1114 1115 1116 1117 1118 1119 1120 1121 1122 1123 1124 1125 1126 1127 1128 1129 1130 1131 1132 1133 1134 1135 1136 1137 1138 1139 1140 1141 1142 1143 1144 1145 1146 1147 1148 1149 1150 1151 1152 1153 1154 1155 1156 1157 1158 1159 1160 1161 1162 1163 1164 1165