Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:08 PM
With food sensitivities and allergies galore in our furry family, I spent countless hours reading ingredient labels, comparing nutrition analysis and contents of this and that til my eyes crossed. Wheat, chicken, rye, corn, beef, soy, and lamb are all forbidden for the dogs (because one can't have what the other can't!)- and those are just the trouble makers we know of. We also suffer seasonal allergies and the dogs get local honey to help with that, benadryl for monster flares of the itchies. Our male cat has already suffered 2 bouts of UTIs so the cats are on a strict high protein and high moisture diet.
If you have none of these issues to contend with, I'm so happy for you and jealous!
As mentioned previously, www.dogfoodanalysis.com is a good place to compare and contrast foods- I haven't been there in a while, but I think they may also have general pricing available as well? If not, a PetSmartCo website comparison is easy enough.
Our pooches used to be fed Acana Pacifica, which is what Cleo came to us being fed with and was doing reasonably well on. She ate this food exclusively before, and twice the recommended serving size. She had cholesterol deposits in her eyes, and their coats were very greasy from so much salmon oil in their food. We've since switched, 8 or 9 months it's been now maybe, to Blue Buffalo Basics, turkey and potato recipe. Just 3 months into the new food, we noticed the cholesterol deposits were clearing up- one was completely gone, and the other was nearly gone! The cholesterol deposits are entirely gone now. Their coats are no longer greasy, though they do need spring baths! We feed dry for breakfast, wet for dinner- wet food includes the few Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Wellness they can eat, and Nature's Recipe venison.
The cats are jerks and will only eat PEWP for canned food, but for dry they get Blue Buffalo duck wilderness. They really loved the salmon one too, but like with the dog food I thought their coats were greasier with the salmon. Our boy Oliver, who is white, was actually shiny when he ate the salmon food. I'd never seen a shiny white cat until then!
I wouldn't consider myself to be brand loyal except for when it counts. Blue Buffalo makes quality products I know my pets do well on, and that's what matters to me. We don't feed BB exclusively; when we find a canned food with nothing itch-inducing in it we certainly will give it a try, and the cats get a (small) variety of canned foods as well. For dry food though we stick with what we know works, and for us that's BB.
That being said, I **love** BB's new walnut shell cat litter! It's just *so* expensive!