Updated Brandon Dog Food list for 2011

Dog food is one of my things. It doesn’t seem like a day goes by that I don’t talk about dog food to somebody either at daycare or in class.

I have come to my current conclusions about dog food from trial and error and by learning from the experience of other people. I am also on the look out for just about anything that comes up regarding canine nutrition online and in print.

I know from talking to people here at daycare that most people make dog food choices based on:

  • What is available
  • What’s cheap
  • What their dog will eat
  • What a pet care professional (vet, groomer, trainer, breeder) recommends
  • What they fed their last dog until he lived to be 18 years old

These are all great considerations when choosing a dog food however; I think most people forget to really have a careful look at the quality when choosing a dog food. Just like human food, dog food is now available in a varying formula’s of varying qualities and the dizzying array of choices can make decisions difficult. There are a lot of great dog food rating sites out there but oftentimes these are not as helpful as they could be they contain hundreds of foods (only a few are available in Brandon) and the ingredient lists included are often only for the US versions of the foods.

So…I got writing and developed a handout for people who might want to think about changing their dog food. Now, more than a year later, we have more foods to choose from in Brandon and I have completed and updated handout.

Please read the following with the understanding that this is my opinion, you and your vet are ultimately responsible for making decisions regarding your pet’s health and wellbeing.

Brandon Dog Food List – July 2011

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5 thoughts on “Updated Brandon Dog Food list for 2011

  1. I love this article. I can never figure out what is in the food I am feeding my cat and with the idea of getting a dog it’s scarry. I am in luck to have such a resourceful place to go for info as Prairie Dog Day Care.

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  3. I feed raw but occasionally use kibble when travelling or when we are in a rush in the mornings 😉

    I find that feeding raw is the best way to have good quality food for a fraction of the price… as long as you are sourcing the food yourself rather than buying pre-made raw food from pet stores. It is time consuming and can get messy though!

    Some of tips for finding good cheap raw food:
    Talk to local abbatoirs (butchers who kill/cut-up animals on-site) they are a good source of organ meats which are so important in a well balanced raw diet. They are super cheap because it seems like most people don’t want to eat liver, tongue, kidneys, and hearts anymore but Fido loves them!

    Check with processing plants for “byproduct” of human inspected meat like chicken carcasses and necks etc. This is a good source of edible bone, provided you don’t cook it first!

    Buy in bulk and get a big freezer! It is way cheaper to buy half a cow at a time rather than in smaller chunks but you have to have a place to keep it… Fido does not need Grade AAA beef either, an old milk cow that was going for hamburger may be even more delicious to him and will be much cheaper as well.

    Be prepared to get you hands dirty some butchers will give you a deal if you help them cut and package (these places tend to be smaller places out in the country)

    This is just some tips I have picked up in the past year feeding my rottie pup raw food and I am by no means an expert so try to find a mentor who can guide you through the ropes when it gets confusing.

    Also quick question about your chart, where are you buying your Origen from? Everywhere I have seen it, it is more expensive than Acana but it seems cheaper on your chart.

    • Thanks for the raw feeding tips! I have been researching raw diets for a wile now and certainly believe it can be very beneficial for dogs – if their humans are prepared to do the work!

      Regarding Orijen being Cheaper than Acana, if you look closely at the comparison you will see that it is cheaper to buy 1000 kilocalories worth of Orijen than Acana BUT that a bag of Orijen costs more.

      With a higher protein content, Orijen is more calorie dense. What this means is that you should need to feed less of the Orijen to maintain your dog’s ideal bodyweight and so, in the long run – Orijen is actually cheaper.

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