All of the pet food advertisements would have us believing that their dog food is the best, or at least a very healthy dog food blend. Now, the latest information says that Purina Beneful has been poisoning and killing dogs. Hopefully, we are not in the same kind of situation as we had a few years back, when melamine from China was inadvertantly added to a common supplement that is put in foods (both human and pet foods), and so many people lost their pets due to toxic foods.
I just discovered a website that is not put out by any of the dog food manufacturers, and you can do a search for your brand of dog food and see how it is rated, plus, you can see which brands are the top rated dog foods.
I used to check on the dog food when our dogs were puppies - we were given 2 puppies, born one week apart, 1 by our car mechanic and the other by our lady vet. Since the puppies were being fed dog food so we had no choice but to continue. Pedigree was the brand that we inherited and based on the survey I had read, it is quite a good brand.
But when the puppies were 5 months old (not sure, it may be 4 or even 6 months), we shifted to cooked food. My husband doesn't like dog food because of the availability, besides it is obvious that the puppies didn't have that much appetite for dog food unlike the cooked food where they are salivating. As long as there are no harmful ingredients in the cooked food, it can be considered good for the dog.
I totally agree with you, Corzhens, and we usually feed regular cooked food to our dogs, and I know that many people are starting to do that now.
A few years back, so many dogs died from the tainted dog food which had an ingredient from China that was in one of the added vitamins put into dog foods, and after that , people stopped trusting the dog food manufacturers.
More and more products are being imported from China, and they do not have strict manufacturing rules like other countries have, so there seems to be a continuing trend of dog treats or some dog food that has to have a recall for one reason or another.
My belief is that dog food is not necessary if the dogs are getting a nutritional diet. Dog food itself has only been around for about the last 100 years, and before that , dogs and cats survived on what they scrounged and the table scraps that they were beinng fed, and they did just fine.
Most people lived in rural areas, or even in town, they grew a garden, and produced most of their own vegetables.
As industry advanced and more people moved into large cities to work, food manufacturing became a productive industry, and people bought their food rather than growing it themselves.
Naturally, there were leftovers and scraps; so that is when the food companies started making dog food from these leftovers from the food canning process.
Now, they have most people convinced that your dog or cat is not going to be healthy if they ar not fed commmercial dog food.
I think that if dogs and cats could survive without canned dog food for all of these thousands of years, then it can't be all that important for them to have it in their diet.