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Please suggest if Pedigree food is good for health.?

Please suggest if Pedigree food is good for health. my German shepherd used to eat Pedigree, all that i would give at a go. In some days he has stopped doing it. Days are there when he does not eat at all and then I have to add some treats so that he eats the food. When i asked the doctor, he got very pissed. he said the pedigree is the worst food. He also said it weakens the digestive system. Someone please advice if he said the truth or he did it for sale of his food EUKANUBA which also my dog did not eat regularly.
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 31 Aug 2011 7:07 pm
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By Anil @ DoggiesDude · 31 Aug 2011 7:08 pm
Pedigree is a filler. Best can be used when loose stool or dog regaining after illness.
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By Navjot Singh · 31 Aug 2011 9:49 pm
Vets are selling those products on which they earn greater margin. In my personal experience, pedigree and drools caused problems for my labrador. Eukanuba was ok as long as i was feeding starter pack.when i switched to puppy large breed, he would refuse to have it bcoz of large kibble size. There is a popular believe pedigree makes dog fat. Ive been feeding canobites to him and there have been no issues so far.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 31 Aug 2011 11:58 pm
From my point of view, pedigree and other kibbles/dry dog food are like burgers and pizzas for humans, burger and pizza can be good if we take it for one month/year but think what happens if we take this lifetime? Is that good for our health? similarly for dogs you can give dry kibbles as alternative for main food but not as main food.

You can do some search in internet and try to find out what homemade food suits best for GSD. Also while giving home made food to your GSD, you will be knowing what your dog is eating, but in the case of dry foods, we always choose brand based upon the ratings, and the brand with highest ratings are costly and not affordable by the normal middle class families also the brand with nominal price suits for some dogs and cause allergies (as most contains grains) and organ failure to some dogs and that made shorter life span for dogs. Also while giving dry kibble food you should make your dog to drink plenty of water but some dogs wont drink, and this made tough task for us to run behind our dogs to make him drink plenty of water.

Either you give home made food for your GSD or put him BARF/PMD diet that will be the best food for your GSD than the brands you mentioned.

Remember that dogs are like kids and stay as kids lifetime, they will eat whatever we give just like human kids, but we as responsible dog owners/parents should give right and healthy food.

My friend has GSD and he is giving beef rice daily and the dog looks awesome and healthy. My lab is on BARF diet and his meal have only chicken, lamb, egg and yogurt. I dont go by vet advice as my vet told me raw meat food bring animal agression but my lab made this statement false.
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By Navjot Singh · 02 Sep 2011 11:38 am
kamal, if i'm to feed chicken rice to my labrador, should i boil the chicken with rice or what?
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By arvind singh · 02 Sep 2011 11:53 am
Fresh Homemade food is best. Just add some good Multivitamin & Calcium, normally that's enough.
If you want to give Meat, Chicken or Beef, then remove bones before boiling it or get boneless meet/chicken from meat shop.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 02 Sep 2011 12:15 pm
Hi Navjot,

If you boil the chicken, the chicken bones tend to be sharp and it hurts lab throat, so if you plan to boil chicken along with rice, try boneless chicken else just give raw chicken with rice. I personally dont give rice to my lab as labs are tend to put weight, less carbs will be good for them to maintain weight. Chicken with skin also put weight on them, try chicken without skin.

Regards,
Kamal
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By varadarajan · 02 Sep 2011 12:31 pm
I've also fed My GSD raw chicken which worked well with my GSD. The coat was excellent Stools were tight and solid with a very minimal quantity.The water intake was also minimal. He was very active. He is a proven stud. Apart from all these it was in quite normal temperament with our kids of 11 and 13 year old boisterous boys. The dog was more bones less fat. But you contact with your vetenary consultant for what type of meat will suit your dog and what are the additives or supplements required
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By Kamal · 20 Jan 2012 10:43 pm
I fully agree with your vet as pedigree is low quality food containing Chicken and Meat by products which is not good for health.
I will suggest to go ahead with your vets recommendation of Eukanuba.You can also try other premium food like Hills, Drools or RC .
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