I Am Feeding Science Diet But Want Something Better- What Should I Look For In Dog Food?

After some research, I’ve found that Science Diet isn’t a good dog food. Since my vet recommended it, I’d thought it would be fine!

So, I want to switch my Papillon and Yorkie’s food to something healthier and with better ingredients.

Any suggestions? When I look at the ingredients and nutrition, what should I look for or avoid?

I know what you’re going through! We are trained to trust vets and breeders, and think they know best, but really… when it comes to nutrition, they don’t always know best.

When looking for dog food, you want something that has no corn in it. Most dogs have some form of allergy to corn. You want the most meat content you can afford. And you want meat or meat meal. No meat by-products.

Also, I would recommend researching raw diets. Even if you don’t plan on switching, it doesn’t hurt to look into it. I switched my dog to a raw diet about 2 months ago, and so far, I am loving the results.

Manders

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9 Responses to I Am Feeding Science Diet But Want Something Better- What Should I Look For In Dog Food?

  • abbyful says:

    Read the ingredients before you buy.
    Here is my “short list” of rules when I am looking at dog food ingredients:
    1) When I chose a dog food, I chose one high meat content. I want to see preferably at least 2-3 out of the top 5 ingredients be meat or meat meal (first ingredient must be!). Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed.
    2) I want to see higher quality grains, such as barley, brown rice, and oatmeal, instead of seeing wheat and corn. Or an alternative starch/carbohydrate such as potatoes or sweet potatoes.
    3) I don’t want to see any byproducts.
    4) I don’t want to see a lot of fillers.
    5) I don’t want to see preservatives that are believed to be carcinogens (BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin).
    6) I don’t want to see artificial colorings such as the Red, Blue, and Yellow dyes.
    7) I don’t want to see added sugars (sugar, corn syrup).
    8) I don’t want to see mystery meats (meats identified only as “meat” or “poultry”.)
    Here is an article about byproducts:http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?…
    And an article on what ingredients to avoid:http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?…

    There is no food that is the *best*, different individual dog may thrive on different foods. What is best for one may not be the best for the next. And just because a food is good quality, it doesn’t mean it will jive the best for your dog.
    What you want to find is the HIGH-QUALITY food that *your dog* does best on.
    Here are some examples of GOOD dog foods:
    * Artemis Fresh Mix
    * Blue Buffalo
    * California Natural
    * Canidae
    * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
    * EVO
    * Fromm Four Star
    * Innova
    * Merrick
    * Nature’s Variety
    * Orijen
    * Solid Gold
    * Taste of the Wild
    * Timberwolf Organics
    * Wellness
    * ZiwiPeak
    Or check this website; the 4, 5, or 6 star rated foods are all good foods. http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_…

    Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more of a low-quality food to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, higher-quality food will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

    What *NOT* to buy:
    Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)
    Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not always mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. Most of these foods have the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Bil-Jac, Royal Canin, etc..)
    Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.
    Hills company, the makers of Science Diet, are heavily involved in vet schools. “Hill’s scientists author more than 50 research papers and textbook chapters each year and teach at leading schools of veterinary medicine” (Source of quoted section: http://www.hillsvet.com/zSkin_2/company_… )

    “Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. (There are some higher quality foods at those locations, but most of the foods aren’t.)
    * Blue Buffalo
    * Castor & Pollux
    * Eagle Pack Holistic Selects
    * Natural Balance
    * Solid Gold
    * Wellness
    Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren’t good places to buy food either.
    Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
    – small, locally owned petstores
    – holistic pet food stores
    – dog boutiques
    – farm supply stores

    When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
    1/4 food A, 3/4 food B
    1/2 food A, 1/2 food B
    3/4 food A, 1/4 food B
    all food A
    .

  • Manders says:

    I know what you’re going through! We are trained to trust vets and breeders, and think they know best, but really… when it comes to nutrition, they don’t always know best.
    When looking for dog food, you want something that has no corn in it. Most dogs have some form of allergy to corn. You want the most meat content you can afford. And you want meat or meat meal. No meat by-products.
    Also, I would recommend researching raw diets. Even if you don’t plan on switching, it doesn’t hurt to look into it. I switched my dog to a raw diet about 2 months ago, and so far, I am loving the results.

  • Jordan S. adopt & save a life! says:

    California natural small bites is terrific and my dog’s coat is very glossy from it and he rarely sheds. It has no corn,wheat,soy,gluten,by products,beet pulp,or ethoxyquin(preservative that has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats and this preservative is in science diet!). http://www.californianaturalpet.com/
    I also feed raw beef ribs twice a week along with a couple fish oil capsules.

  • cracker4 says:

    Avoid food with corn or corn meal in it.
    I’d look for a grain free food (dogs don’t need grains) something like Orijen, Timberwolf, I am feeding Taste Of the Wild & my dogs are doing great on it.

  • dmg1969 says:

    Look at Canidae All Life Stages. It has no fillers, by-products or artificial preservatives. 5 out of 6 stars on dagfoodanalysis.com. I feed it to my two (German shepherd and a pit bull mix) and they love it.

  • says:

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
    Great site to do some research!

  • S says:

    I feed my pug science diet lite I think its fine. and she likes it.

  • TBDDF says:

    Tryhttp://drydogfood.bravehost.com

  • meathead says:

    My dog eats Purina Pro Plan chicken and rice…..He’s 13 and still active.