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2019 Worst Rated Dog Foods for Golden Retrievers (Thoughts/Recommendations!?)

I found this interesting article on worst rated dog foods for Golden Retrievers. The article is jaw dropping and very informative. What are you feeding your Golden Retriever? We are currently on Fromm....

2019 Worst Rated Dog Foods https://bit.ly/2G7Y1In
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Several of the brands on the list I recognize, several I have never heard of.

I feed Purina Pro Plan for Sensitive skin and stomach, have been feeding it for more than 8 years.
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There are some credibility issues with the Dog Food Advisor website - for example, giving very high ratings to fad (grain-free) boutique diets that actually kill dogs. The site owner is a dentist who is passionate about the subject but has no training or background in canine nutrition. In fact, the worst diet for a Golden Retriever these days seems to be grain-free food or food that is very high in certain legumes (peas, etc.). These types of foods have been scientifically linked to the development of dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that leads to death if not diagnosed and treated in time. Most of the foods found in scientific studies to be associated with the condition in Goldens are produced by "boutique" companies: Acana, Fromm, Orijen, etc., none of which subject their products to feeding trials (https://journals.plos.org/plosone/ar...l.pone.0209112). The recommendation these days is to use food produced by companies that carry out feeding trials. They are few and far between.



I feed Royal Canin high-energy gastro food to my dog. He does very well on it.

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Hmm... that list seems click baity...

Currently feeding Nutro Ultra and Merrick Back Country Raw Infused Game Bird recipe.

It goes without saying, I'm VERY happy with the results.

Healthy dogs, health inside and out, no skin problems, no gut problems, no allergies, etc.


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Articles like these pop up all the time usually listing DFA as their source.

With enough marketing it's easy to scare people into thinking that 'by products' are more evil than grain free. Fromm has been linked to DCM cases, grain free and grain inclusive versions.

We've always fed Purina Pro Plan (Sport/SSS/ and Large Breed Puppy currently). We've only consulted our Vet when choosing food, not a dentist or pet store.
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Articles like these pop up all the time usually listing DFA as their source.

With enough marketing it's easy to scare people into thinking that 'by products' are more evil than grain free. Fromm has been linked to DCM cases, grain free and grain inclusive versions.

We've always fed Purina Pro Plan (Sport/SSS/ and Large Breed Puppy currently). We've only consulted our Vet when choosing food, not a dentist or pet store.

If only more people did....


I cannot believe the number of people who go by the completely uneducated people who work in pet food stores, just cause they're nice and "know their stuff." They know marketing information from boutique foods - usually nothing more. When I first moved to a new city almost 20 years ago, I went into a local pet food store looking for Eukanuba - and was told I was "poisoning my dog." What was she pushing? Grain-free. I never went back to that store again.

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I have been feeding my golden and my golden mix Acana Ranchlands for over 10 yrs. (my other two dogs are feed this too) and they are doing extremely well on it, have never had any diet related health issues or problems with it.

For those who are interested Champion Foods who make Orijen and Acana, does in fact do feeding trials.
A few links worth reading.


https://www.championpetfoodsfacts.co...mation/faqs-1/

https://www.championpetfoodsfacts.co...questionnaire/


https://www.championpetfoodsfacts.co...iency-in-dogs/



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I remember may of those brands from years ago..Alpo, Kibbles and Bits etc..They were horrible foods 25 yrs ago and probably have gotten worse!
There is a Purina pet food plant here in Sparks, Nevada (Reno) and it looks and smells bad..


This will be my new arrival next week. (a gift from a friend across country) She is currently on Hills Large Breed Puppy and I will continue it until she is a yr old..I never thought I would buy anything by Hills, but this one looks good. Then I will be on the Hunt once again..I have 3 others that also need to be switched (Aussie, Border Collie and Lab/Border Collie mix) since their current food (Pure Balance) seems to be ditching the Chicken and Rice and going grain free.. More BS from Walmart..Pure Balance was rated 4 stars at Advisor too
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Not surprising that it's all the low end Purina and things like ol' Roy and feed store available foods. These are usually marketed towards people buying horse feed, chicken feed and sick in placed like tractor supply

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I remember may of those brands from years ago..Alpo, Kibbles and Bits etc..They were horrible foods 25 yrs ago and probably have gotten worse!

I had to laugh because I remember Kibbles and Bits from probably the 1980s, long before owners had the opportunity to read online reviews. We tried Kibble and Bits with a cocker spaniel that we owned. Every time she ate it, she would vomit. We threw the bag out after about 3 feedings. Horrible food.



Your comment also got me thinking about other dog foods from the 1980s. I always that Gaines Burger was the oddest dog food and product. (You had to pay extra so it could be packaged to look like a raw hamburger. Sooooo 1980s.) Found this 1981 commercial on YouTube. Too funny.
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