Dog food

Need help or advice on feeding your Schnauzer, whether it be kibble or treats, you'll find the information here. There is food reviews, recipes, remedies for poorly tummies and a wealth of feeding knowledge from your fellow Schnauzer owner. We cover BARF in a separate section.
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Ivy1
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Dog food

Post by Ivy1 » 09 Feb 2020, 12:40

Hi I’m new to the forum and would like some advice regarding which brand of dog food to feed my 1.5 year old standard schnauzer
The vet has advised I switch brands and suggested a few different brands such as Hill’s or royal canin but would like to hear what you think
Thank you

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Re: Dog food

Post by Dawnspell » 10 Feb 2020, 09:54

Hi and welcome
I wouldn't feed either of those brands those are ones that are regularly sold by the vets to get you to buy from them. You havent said what you are presently feeding that the vet thinks you should change.
A really good website is allaboutdogfood.co.uk. Grain free is generally the best option you pay more for it but you feed less so it doesnt really work out a lot more expensive and less poo to pick up. I personally wouldnt feed anything that say main source of protein is meat derivatives. This can be anything from an animal not necessarily "meat" as we know it, I dont even feed treat treats with meat derivative in.
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Post by Oscar 12345 » 10 Feb 2020, 12:10

Rachel definitely check out that website that Alison mentions and filter on type of food if your mind is set (wet, dry, raw etc.) on the type you want to feed and then rating.
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Re: Dog food

Post by zeta1454 » 10 Feb 2020, 12:57

Hi Rachel and welcome to the Forum :-)

Why did the vet suggest you needed to change your standard schnauzer's food? As the others have said above, big name brands such as Royal Canin and Hills are low quality foods at a premium price sold by vet practices for a financial benefit to the surgery. The website suggested will give you a good overview of many different brands and types of food with a glossary section that explains just what some of the ingredients in processed dog food actually are.

Personally I would recommend feeding raw and have done so with our dogs for over a decade - it has kept them well, they love it and I prefer to avoid processed food as much as possible. If there is a health reason for the vet suggesting the change of food, that may also influence your choice, of course.
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Post by Lou78 » 11 Feb 2020, 12:28

Definitely have a look at the All About Dog Food site. It was invaluable to us when trying to sort out Ollie's various food problems/intolerances over the years. i know there are a lot of "raw" advocates on here and in general when you talk to other dog owners but I just can't go there (for many reasons i wont go into!). I know that probably is an unpopular way of thinking but...there it is! It took us so long to get allergies under control, that once we found a good grain free dry food and another "topper" we stuck with it. Four years later = happy dog and owners. We mix up the "wet" food for toppers but always has to be grain free and high meat content. Good luck!

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