German Shepherd Dog > gsd food ??? (12 replies)
gsd food ???
by peter c on 11 May 2012 - 11:34
|can anyone tell me if|
Wagg Complete with Chicken & Veg kibble dog food is any good a few people have said it is a good food would appreciate your opinion on this matter as unfortunately at the moment im not able to work and would like to get my little girl the best i can afford thank you for your help
by stary_eyed_angel on 11 May 2012 - 16:19
Even if I was willing to feed kibble, I wouldn't touch this stuff. The main ingredient is wheat, followed by "meat meal" so you really don't even know what is in that, wheat again, corn, and poultry fat (again, you have no clue what this is other than "bird" based). This looks like pig feed more than dog food. For claiming it's "chicken and veg", it's rather sad to see chicken is the NINTH ingredient on the list. I'd keep looking. Look for something that is preferably grain free or at least wheat/corn free (major allergens and nutritionally about useless to a dog) and has and IDENTIFIED meat such as chicken or lamb (remember that meals are at the dry weight but fresh meats will cook down due to being about 70% water) as the main ingredients.
by aceofspades on 11 May 2012 - 16:59
|If you have access to Costco the Kirkland dog foods are good quality for the price. We feed Natures Domain right now (salmon and sweet potato has been on the recall list recently) and for 15 years prior to that we fed the Kirkland Lamb and rice and the dogs did fantastic on it. Not sure what is costs in the US but it is abOut $32 for a 40lb bag in Canada soni expect it would be less in the US|
by schweiz on 11 May 2012 - 18:26
|Nature's Domain is made by Diamond and they are the one's having all the recalls. I was on Natural Balance until that also was recalled because it's made by Diamond. What other dog food are you GSD owner's using?|
by Keith Grossman on 11 May 2012 - 19:14
|I'm still feeding Canidae even though it was on the recall list. The bag I had was not and if it had been, I'd have simply exchanged it for one that was not. I think people overreacted to this recall. It was an isolated incident at one processing facility that has since been remedied, not a problem with the formulation of any of the recalled brands.|
by aceofspades on 11 May 2012 - 19:28
|Yes I did make it clear that the salmon and sweet potato is on the recall list.|
by aceofspades on 11 May 2012 - 19:31
|Oh and we are still feeding Nature's Domain. My dOgs do great on it. And I honestly have no clue if we had any recalled bags, we go through it do fast that by the time a recall is announced it would have been 6-10 bags ago for us. LOL plus as soon as we get the bags home they get dumped in to a giant airtight bin and the bags go in the trash.|
by Abby Normal on 11 May 2012 - 21:48
I am a raw feeder and you can feed very cheaply, if you have freezer space and can buy in bulk from somewhere like Landywoods. I would say I feed 1 GSD for around £1 per day this way, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea.
Wagg is not considered a particularly good food. However I came across a couple of GSDs owned locally that I found out were fed Wagg, and I was very surprised when I learned that, as they are very fit and healthy. It wouldn't be my choice, but they seemed to be doing very well on it. I know others who swear by Chappie. I know what I prefer to feed my own dogs, but I also appreciate that others don't necessarily agree and that budgets do not always stretch to 'premium' range foods. If you can afford it I would go with one of the middle range foods rather than Wagg if they suit her.
I don't know how Laughing Dog compares price wise, but it is a holistic food and I like the idea that it is 'baked'. How about Skinners or Arden Grange? You can get some good deals by buying off the internet rather than in pet shops too. Maybe you could make the budget stretch a little better if you find a middle range food that suits your girl and combine it with a little of the Wagg if they both suit her? Just a thought.
The link to compare and read dog food ingredient labels given in an earlier post will help you in your research.
Perhaps the odd raw chicken wing as a treat would be beneficial and appreciated too? You can get those really cheaply in Tesco/Sainsburys.
by GK1 on 11 May 2012 - 22:49
Compared to an all natural diet based on meat, bone and organs (I feed mostly raw, with some cooked and some other proteins and veggies), kibble is dead, processed low quality feed no matter how much money you spend and how good the product advertisement.
I started my pup off on one of the pricey, grain free kibbles and actually seemed to have good results. He liked eating it and I thought that's all he needed to meet his nutritional needs. Once I started educating myself and consulting with others who feed natural, raw diets, I had an abrupt change of heart and stopped feeding anything commercial and processed altogether.
My 6 month old loves raw; he is lean, super energetic, has a sleek coat, alert and has not yet had even a hint of an ailment whatsoever.
I will not go back to commercial dog food even though I did not have any negative experience with it other than my pup's breeder educating me on the dangers (hips/elbows, etc) of growing a GSD pup too fast.
A wealth of informative articles are posted online about raw feeding, it is easier and more economical than you may think at first. And you will take pride in preparing these meals for your best friend.
by Abby Normal on 12 May 2012 - 06:46
I agree, raw is my preference too. I have midldle aged and old dogs now who belie their ages which I like to think is at least partly attributable to their diet, but could be to do with their genes! I do not care for the overprocessing of 'kibble' either.
However, equally I know 'dry' fed dogs looking fantastic well into old age too. I think everyone has to do their own research and take their own path. Mine has been a natural diet so far as I can make it for the last 15 years.
by Nellie on 12 May 2012 - 10:56
|I have fed RAW fo the last 17 yrs, and had no problems with my 2 , have no idea as to what kibble to suggest to you and that you need to see what is on the ingredients list on the packerging and the most importent should be the protein first, their are many cereal and grain feeds now avalible, look for one of them|
by ggturner on 12 May 2012 - 12:43
|Ace, we also feed Nature's Domain from Costco and all of our gsds are healthy and doing great. No dogs BTW got sick from the recently recalled food, but humans did.|
Here's the latest recall list: http://www.diamondpet.com/information/
by GK1 on 12 May 2012 - 17:15
One caution to keep in mind if you transition to raw...others who may not be 'read in' may accuse you of harboring a wolf that will eat you and your family if you run out of raw meat.