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"Best" sort of dog food?

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I don't want to waste money, but I do want all the money that I spend on dog food to actually benefit and nourish our new addition to the family. She is a Jack Russel Terrier.

I took her with me to the store and let her sniff various brands, and she showed more interest in some than others, clearcut choice other than she seemed to prefer...I think it was Beneful and Iams, to the other brands. She is really a nice little dog (mature, not a puppy) and I want her to live as long as she can.
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Madison Avenue can sell anything, proven by how folks purchase.

A long time friend feeds like her parents did, the cheapest feed in the store. Her dogs are healthy, no vet bills. The youngest they've died is 15 years.

The big, expensive names have been on the recall list.

Those who feed raw and buy the meat in the supermarkets take a chance due to all the meat recalls. Knowing how that meat was fed when it was alive would prevent me from buying it for the critters or me. Buying from local farmers whose ways you know of doing things or raising your own is much healthier.

I free choice feed a dry kibble, not a national brand, only sold in the southwest. They don't cut corners by purchasing ingredients from overseas. Therefore, they're not on the recall list.

There's no BHA, no BHT, no ethoxyquin, no corn, no soy, no wheat. A 40 pound bag lasts my 60 pound American Pit Bull Terrier over 2 months. $17. Less in other areas.

I also feed food grade diatomaceous earth (DE). Keeps them healthy. They don't know what a vet looks like. Same for the large livestock and poultry.

I haven't heard of many of the conditions I've seen posted in these forums. Sorry some of you have had to go through that.

Choices, we all have them.
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=== The best dog foods will run about $30 for a 40lb bag. ===

Strongpoint Naturally Senior (I feed the Senior to all ages. If I go over 20% protein the dogs fight and have behavior problems.)

40 pound bag $17.

20% protein

No wheat. No soy. No corn. No BHA. No BHT. No ethoxyquin.

lamb meal

ground rice


chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract)

beet pulp

fish meal


dried egg product

brewers dried yeast

chicken liver meal

yeast culture

potassium chloride




vitamin A supplement

vitamin D supplement

choline chloride

vitamin E supplement

ferrous sulfate

dried aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract

zinc oxide

manganese oxide

copper sulfate

zinc amino acid chelate

iron amino acid chelate

manganese amino acid chelate

cobalt amino acid chelate

potassium iodate


calcium pantothenate



vitamin B12 supplement

thiamine mononitrate

pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)

sodium selenite

menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K)

calcium iodate

folic acid

cobalt carbonate

yucca schidigera extract

NOT ON THE RECALL LIST! They don't buy ingredients from overseas like the big guys.

I've had dogs all my life. I'm almost 70. I've always free choice fed. I can put any dry kibble down for my dogs. They've never refused any feed. No treats are fed. Nothing is fed from my table, only the bones after my meal. None of my dogs have ever had the problems spoken of here. I've had no vet bills. I've used the present feed for quite some time due to it not having soy or corn.

I've seen how U.S. soy destroys the human's and critter's bodies. We have aflatoxin outbreaks every year in corn.

What I do works here.

As you can see, chamoisee, it doesn't matter what kind of critters folks have, none of us do things the same! :eek:)
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