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    seems like a pretty nutrionally sound survey, you just have to decide what's right for your dog.

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    Thanks again for posting these links fellas. I've always been interested in Diamond dry food, as a local mom and pop shop has it nearby for a decent price (I like to support the "little guys" when I can). I noticed it's a 4-star food, and well worth looking into. I didn't know a thing about it before, but I do now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wesslpointer View Post
    Good site! Im wandering what people are paying "per pound less taxes" for there dog food. Im paying 44cts a lb for a 3 star brand! Who decides own how many stars or how is it rated?
    Some college genies that spells better then me and owns cats.
    http://www.bluerivergundogs.com/Home_Page.html

    When you think you are smarter than your dog, ask your self who cleans up who's poo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCSpringer View Post
    Some college genies that spells better then me and owns cats.
    The thought of that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

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    My own experience:

    I tried about 3 different brands of the super premium dog foods. They all had the high quality ingrediants and were highly rated on the dog food websites. I fed each of them for 3 -4 months before slowly transistioning to another one. For each of the three, my dog looked great and had good energy, BUT, he never had a firm stool (sometimes the stool was pretty bad, too), and he drank lots of water (not that drinking water is a bad thing, but he drank ALOT).

    At the urging of many dog people, some of them very experienced, I tried Purina Pro Plan Performance. It took alot of pursuading and I cringe everytime I read the ingrediants list. However, my dog does great on it, looks good with lots of energy, and his stool is always firm. Also, he drinks much less water than before.

    While the designer brands are very appealing, PPPP is working out better for my dog.

    --shinbone

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    You'll have just as good a luck with Diamond or ProPac, with stool quality, and save about 20.00 a bag. I think there is way to much emphasis on stool firmness. Do you have a firm stool all the time? If you want concrete stools feed Science Diet Maintenence, don't read the bag though!!!

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    I use Pro Plan Selects - that might give you a better feeling on those ingredients

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    I am sure there are a lot of good foods out there and cost is important but I look at it this way.

    I don't run my truck on corn and I ain't running my dog on corn either.


    My dogs just don't do well on foods with grain in them but I do find I have to add cooked rice to keep their weight up during hunting season.
    "Just shut up and follow the dog"

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinbone View Post
    My own experience:

    It the urging of many dog people, some of them very experienced, I tried Purina Pro Plan Performance. It took alot of pursuading and I cringe everytime I read the ingrediants list. However, my dog does great on it, looks good with lots of energy, and his stool is always firm. Also, he drinks much less water than before.

    While the designer brands are very appealing, PPPP is working out better for my dog.

    --shinbone
    That's just it, the designer brands look more appealing to us (Humans) because we associate some of the ingredients that would be good for us. Dogs have different requirements than humans and while these so called designer brands may indeed work out well for our pooches, it normally comes at a much higher price. Your mainstream brands (Purina, Nutrisource, Native, Iams etc..) have been in the feed business for a LONG time and have spent millions on researching nutrition for our pets over a long time, so they can never be discounted because those "ingredients" don't look appealing to us..

    Purina for example has been researching and formulating dog food for decades and the goal for most manufacturer's (Purina included) is to produce a quality feed that meets or exceeds our dogs nutritional requirements, while still making it affordable for most people.

    The best dog food is always the one that your dog does well on. Energy, coat, stools and overall general health are the tell tale signs.
    Last edited by birdshooter; 05-27-2011 at 01:57 PM.

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    It is helpful to see all the different brands and the way they are rated. It helped to decide which brands to try for my dog. She had parvo when she was a pup and she's a sensitive stomch ever since. The price was not that much to get over it either. All together it was less than$600.oo to get her better. The vet I go to is a farm vet.

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