Belgian Malinois > New Mal Owner---Recommend a good quality dog food? (17 replies)
New Mal Owner---Recommend a good quality dog food?
by PMWatch on 11 July 2012 - 07:28
|Would appreciate any advice on a good quality dog food for my 6 month old male Mal. (picking him up next month). I want something without all the chemicals that most store bought foods have. Any ideas??Thank you!|
by Rogerpodger on 11 July 2012 - 09:35
|Find out what he is on now and if the breeder recomends it and you are happy stay on it. Otherwise try Royal Canin GSD . It has been developed for shepherd digestion. Another is Redmills racer and Redmills tracker half and half. Failing that go on to flesh, fat, brown rice and some veg|
by PMWatch on 11 July 2012 - 10:15
|I don't like the brand he's being fed now. It's just a regular dog food brand. Typical corn,etc. Thank you for the info. I will check both those out.|
by Elektra21 on 11 July 2012 - 15:43
|We have switched the girls to Earthborn Primitive Natuaral and they are doing really well on it. The nice thing is they can eat a little less (good thing in the summer since they are still working regardless of how hot it is) and still maintain great condition.|
I have a friend that is using Native4 and is very happy with it.
by asomich on 11 July 2012 - 16:53
I like to avoid corn. Mals generally have less sensitive digestive systems than gsd, but many times it is hard to keep weight on them. First you need to find out what is available in your area and what you can afford. Feed stores are usually cheaper than pet stores. Then come back with specific food(s).
by PMWatch on 12 July 2012 - 09:47
|Looking into a company called Flint River Ranch. They ship dog food. Supposed to be all made in the USA, no chemicals, etc. Anyone heard anything about it?|
by asomich on 12 July 2012 - 12:40
by PMWatch on 13 July 2012 - 11:01
|Thank you for all the information. I'm in the process of checking out the dog food website. I can get Royal Canine in my area-----is it okay to feed the GSB formula to a Belgian Mal??|
by PMWatch on 13 July 2012 - 12:04
|Have also been checking out Honest Kitchen (alittle $$$) . So many choices out there!|
by asomich on 13 July 2012 - 15:13
Honest Kitchen is expensive but very good from what I hear. A lot of people who feed raw use it when traveling or boarding their dogs. If you want to go that route than it would be cheaper to feed straight raw.
by Mrs K on 20 July 2012 - 18:54
Healthy Omega Gourmet Dog Food
by asomich on 20 July 2012 - 22:27
|Dogfoodadvisor.com has not evaluated it yet. I don't think it will be a 5 star. It's sorta starchy. I would like to see salmon meal as the second ingredient. Main starch is pea.|
Crude Protein (Min) 24.0% - 240g/kg
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
by BM1 on 26 July 2012 - 18:08
|I can't belive that nobody on here said Orijen dog food. It is the BEST kibble there is. Raw aside, nothing comes close to this kibble. It is made by a Canadian comapany called Champion Pet Foods. They produce two brands of dog food. Orijen, the top of the line and Acana, a little more price friendly food. All of the food Orijen makes is grain free. There is no cheap fillers or any crap in there. The first five ingredients on all the lines except Senior are animal products. They have great protien levels, very high which is fine for all healthy dogs. It is expensive but you can feed on average, 40% less. This means less pooping which is always good. Of course each dog is different so make sure to watch the weight. I had about a week of the runs switching my puppy from some crappy Iams food to Orijen Large Breed Puppy. Not a big deal, though some people would flip out. I did an pretty much instant switch and just dealt with it. He just hit 5 months and was 47lbs and almost all his puppy teeth gone. Acana makes three levels of food. Food with grains(cheapest), single based high quality grain and grain free. They have percentages on the bag. Example is 80% 20% That means the food is 80% animals based, 20%fruit, vegtable, other, etc. What sets Champion apart from other dog food is that they OWN everything. It is all in one building. Many people realize so many dog foods are made overseas or at multiple plants. This all happens in one buliding which they own. They receive, they cook and bag it all there. It is vaccum sealed also. Smells awesome. Here are the Puppy Large ingredients. No, I do not work for them, I wish I did !! Maybe get a discount, haha. Acana is 60%,40% so a little cheaper. Look at the first five always though. So many have crap in there.|
Fresh boneless chicken*, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon*, turkey meal, herring meal, russet potato, sweet potato, peas, fresh boneless turkey*, chicken fat, (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fresh whole eggs*, fresh chicken liver*, fresh boneless lake whitefish* fresh boneless walleye*, sun-cured alfalfa, pea fiber, fresh boneless herring*, organic kelp, pumpkin, chicory root, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, apples, cranberries, blueberries, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium. *
by BM1 on 26 July 2012 - 18:09
by ziegenfarm on 26 July 2012 - 19:00
|ditto on the orijen. i gave up on the merry go round. sick of switching foods & worrying about ingredients. orijen at this house. we are finally at peace. :)|
by asomich on 29 July 2012 - 01:13
It's cheaper for me to feed raw than to feed Orijen.
by asomich on 01 August 2012 - 13:21
What foods have you found in your area that you need us to review for you?
If you want to do raw, we can help you with that too.
So where you?
PS. I don't like to really push folks to a specific dog food. Food becomes very PERSONAL to folks and can lead to arguments. The only time I say something is if they are feeding a really bad food like Purina Pro Plan or Science Diet, or God forbid, Beneful or Ole Roy!
by shag1602 on 02 August 2012 - 18:13
|I have not tried Orijen, but Acana is very good too. She loves it.|