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What is the best dog food?

I was recently reading somewhere that high priced dog foods such as Iam's are not good for your dog. I was very surprised about that, I just assumed that because it was more expensive it would be better for the dog. Which dog foods out there can buy from the grocery store that are reasonably priced and good for dogs? I am fostering so I am trying to get them the best food available but don't want to spend a small fortune.
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We order our food from www.petfooddirect.com it is a great place to research foods, as it gives the complete label reading along with prices...
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I was recently reading somewhere that high priced dog foods such as Iam's are not good for your dog. I was very surprised about that, I just assumed that because it was more expensive it would be better for the dog. Which dog foods out there can buy from the grocery store that are reasonably priced and good for dogs? I am fostering so I am trying to get them the best food available but don't want to spend a small fortune.
The best dog food? The one that works for your dogs.
Price vs Quality is a very difficult line to walk. Sorry I have no advice on a specific food.
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There are many, many opinions about what is the best dog food. And of course, 'best' also has to reflect what your dog will eat and what it does well on. But in my opinion, you're not going to find a good dog food of any brand at the grocery store. Someone mentioned recently that the Kirkland brand of dog food from Costco is pretty good for the money.
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There are definitely a lot of good quality pet foods out there, but I personally highly recommend the Purina ProPlan. We have our puppy on regular Purina Puppy Chow right now since that is what the breeder was feeding, but we plan on gradually changing him over to the ProPlan soon.
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I was recently reading somewhere that high priced dog foods such as Iam's are not good for your dog. I was very surprised about that, I just assumed that because it was more expensive it would be better for the dog. Which dog foods out there can buy from the grocery store that are reasonably priced and good for dogs? I am fostering so I am trying to get them the best food available but don't want to spend a small fortune.
Iams is not a bad food. In my opinion its one of the better lower cost foods out there. Eukanuba and ProPlan are probably better then Iams...but I fed Iams most of Lucky's life span and he has done very well on it.

If you want to believe that the commercial companies like Purina and Iams have bad food then that's fine but if you haven't come to a conclusion then don't just take people or what they write verbatem. There are alot of untruths and hype out there....
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Check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com for more information and dog food ratings.
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Here's another site that can help explain why iams may use ingredients that other companies don't. I know they are good about establishing Patents as well.
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/iamssym1.html
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Dog Food drives me crazy. I was trying a switch with my two, but it isn't going like I would like it to.

I don't always believe everything a dog food company guarantees. Just as an example: A company can claim they don't use Ethoxquin in their foods. If they get their fish from a supplier and it's already been preserved (or whatever) they can still uphold the claim. Drives me crazy...
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I appreciate all of the good responses. I just want to get them the best food possible considering they are puppy mill dogs and have not been taken care very good. The older one especially is really thin so I would like to put some weight on her and nutrition would be good for her also. I was just thinking that maybe I should consider putting her on a doggy vitamin.
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