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I read in magazines and online that kibble is very unhealthy for our pets. Fresh homemade food is preferred or we can order frozen food online or buy it in some stores. Personally, I would find that a lot of trouble. I buy the best food available locally but worry about the health of Annie and Blacky. I have been supplementing their kibble with small amounts of canned food with vitamins and probiotics mixed in and they love that. I am wondering if I should switch to canned food.

What do you feed your pets?

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I feed a kibble with no corn, wheat or soy for the dogs. The main ingredient is salmon. I also give them probiotics. I have not tried wet food because of the issue with dental health for them with that. Also, I have tried more expensive kibble, attempting to go more holistic, but every food like that I have tried has caused my last 3 dogs to vomit and have diarrhea, so when I found the food I feed for sensitive stomach and skin, I went with it, beginning with Lily. When Piper started having tummy issues, I started her on it and it works.

I would fear, that if I cooked for them that I would not give them a balanced meal, plus I don't cook for myself and so that is not an option for them. I have seen lots of recalls for the frozen foods for dogs. I think I am sticking with what they get unless we run into problems. I sometimes give them a jar of Gerber beef baby food. I only do Gerber because it has no onion in it. The other meat baby foods all have onion. I do give both dogs treats in the evening. I am sure that unbalances things a bit.

The cats are a different ballgame. I don't feel that the cat food I feed is as high a quality as what I feed the dogs, but Bob had colitis and the vet prescribed the dry cat food I feed and it worked a lot of years for Bob, though colitis is what finally did him in. Because Bob had to have this food, Joseph and Jacob and Hobbes ended up on it. They seem to do well with it and so I am sticking with it. However, it has some corn in it. I do not like that. I do feed Joseph and Hobbes wet cat food at night, with 1/4 cup of added water and they love that! Jacob refuses to eat anything wet. Bob ate the wet cat food, too, but with 1/2 cup of added water.

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Thank you, Susa. I wonder why all the natural and holistic vets are so opposed to kibble? They say it is the worst thing you can feed a pet.

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I don't know. They act like it is candy. A lot of dogs have reached old age on kibble. I tend toward moderation. I won't feed the cheapy, cheapy foods that are all corn, wheat or soy and have almost no meat. Meat has to be my #1 source.

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I've only had 3 dogs in my [sign in to see URL] ate a kibble that had meat as the first ingredient. I had a good old country vet tell me as long as the main ingredient was meat, and not fillers or corn/wheat etc. that our animals would be fine.
As for [sign in to see URL]'ve always given them kibble, simply because I have always had so many cats. Most outside until the last 15 or so years. But I still have always bought the top named brands, with meat as the first ingredient.
I have had cats that lived to be 21 years old, and some that only lived to be 5 or 6..(some even less, but they had issues to begin with).
I don't think diet has everything to do with an animals [sign in to see URL] about 1/[sign in to see URL] rest depends on the the animals heritage.
My cats [sign in to see URL] lysine added to moist food. But it is not their main diet. I mean all 7 cats split one 6oz can, so about a tablespoon full with their lysine is all they get in the moist. Then I put down their kibble in 4 [sign in to see URL] leave it down for 3 hours. (Giving all of them including Miss Kitty time to eat)....then I pick it up. Until evening, when I put it back down for another 3 [sign in to see URL] pick it up again, till morning. That keeps them from over [sign in to see URL] I should have done years ago! emoticon

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We have had many dogs throughout our marriage, but we don't have one now. We have never had a cat.

Here is what one of our car friend's wife fixes for their 13 year old golden retriever. (I am assuming she freezes the meals. I don't know what the meals are. emoticon )

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I find this all very complicated. Of course, it is very different here in England to the USofA.

when we were kids, a long time ago, emoticon dogs had left over scraps! I don`t know how long they lived generally, but I think I agree with what Queeny has said, that long life for cats and dogs has not a lot to do with diet.

our Charliecat is 17 and has always had kibble.. not a cheap one, but not an expensive one. and of course when Bridie got ill, I tried the most expensive stuff, and it did not good at all.

our ds and dil were talking with us, only last night about what to feed our pets on, and it was said that the wet food goes right through them, whereas the kibble, being dry, sits in the tum etc. a bit longer, so the nourishment is absorbed better... who knows! as with us humans, the "experts" change their minds periodically.. it is worrying though, as we do like to do the best by our loved ones

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It is hard to decide Nanny. But I don't think the big pet food industry would be making something that was killing the pets. They would be going out of business.
Each animal is different.

Our dear sheltie, Darcy [sign in to see URL] on Alpo dry and moist till she was 17 years old. She was diagnosed with failing liver, so to give her a few more happy [sign in to see URL] made up a diet that our [sign in to see URL] of a holistic [sign in to see URL] us he had good luck with.

Fry up a pound of ground [sign in to see URL] all the fat. Allow to cool. Then add a 16oz can of drained LOW SODIUM Del Monte Mixed Vegetables:(can be found at any grocery store) Ingredients: Vegetables (Carrots, Green Beans, Peas, Corn, Lima Beans)
Mix together and feed a 1/2 cup twice a [sign in to see URL] more dry kibbles. Keep bowl covered and refrigerated.
She perked back up wonderfully and we had her for another 3 years... emoticon

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Queeny, that sounds like a very healthy mix for your sheltie. And not that difficult to make.

Glad you had her three more years. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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It was very [sign in to see URL] I guess it was very easy on her body [sign in to see URL] she LOVED it! emoticon

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Thank you for all the advice. The first ingredient in Annie's Fromm is beef.

Queeny's recipe sounds good.

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Ollie and Oskar eat kibble too. Grain free. I do buy a beef and or chicken off and on. They do very well with this food and I would hate to change trying to figure what is good or not. Ollie's breed is said to have food allergies so once I have found what works I don't like to change.
I personally think a lot of what the big concern is is the factory that it comes from. Seems that people don't do things the way they did way back when. You never know if workers are skimming over stuff anymore. Trust. I do make a rice and hamburger meal if the tummies are bad and diarrhea has become a problem. I have never used canned on my dogs.
Cats get a kibble. Grain free also. Canned too. The canned is not great, "Friskies" but I don't feed that often. I have a 14 and 13 year old cats and they are very healthy.
I agree with Susa. The kibble helps the dental in animals.


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