Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Feed

I posted a while back about dog food and how I was having a dickens of a time trying to figure out what was best for my dog. I only have 3 working dogs (all Brits) so I'm not feeding a huge kennel of dogs.  That being said, I can afford what it takes to make sure they get what they need.  After much study and reading and opinion seeking, I've come to the conclusion that dogs need meat and some veggies.  Corn, they can do without and I noticed that some feeds the first ingredient it corn or corn meal, etc. I found that the best feeds (and most expensive, by the way) have meat or fish in 3-5 of the first 5 ingredients listed and always in the first two or three. Some have chicken innards, lamb meal, lamb, salmon, fish meal, beef, beef meal, etc.  You get the picture.  Right now I'm feeding Purina Pro Plan mixed with Mulligan Stew (from Jackson Hole, WY) and a 1/2 cup of  Bil-Jac. I am slowly changing the mixture to all Mulligan Stew and Bil-Jac. (I use the frozen Bil-Jac and give them 1/2 cup on top of the Mulligan Stew.)  For my 50# Brit, Ace, I feed him three cups per day of the mixture. My two smaller Brits 35-40#, they get 2 1/2 cups per day. After roading and training, they are thriving on the stuff and tear up the feed.  Their coats are shiny and smooth.  I will continue watching them, of course, and will note any problems for future posts.