Best Dog Food & Cat Food Options for Your Healthy Pet!

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Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky, Usa) on 07/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

We just got a Great Pyrenees puppy. He isn't fond of dog food, and neither am I. I figure, when you are insulting food, you call it dog food. Dog food is inferior to people food, why give it to my expensive dog? Cheap dog food is 40cents a pound. I can get quality grains that I feed my family for this price, so I am getting started feeding him some real food. I have been making him oatmeal each morning. I add a little sea salt, a t. of blackstrap molasses, 1/2 t. Garlic powder and this morning I added a teaspoon of spirulina. He shares it with the cats and likes it better than dog food. I am also going to give him eggs every day. I will supplement his diet with dog food just because I may not always have enough leftovers for him, but he should be able to get plenty of meat and grains and veggies from what we have leftover. I grew up with a pure bred dachund in my house. She was fed people food all the time. She hated dog food. When she was an elderly dog my mom fixed her scrambled eggs every day! She lived to be 17. Obviously, people food didn't hurt her.

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Posted by Rev. Dr. Mayo (Alva, Florida, United States) on 12/12/2012

If you say you are feeding your dog human food, are you claiming animal products are human food? Humans are herbavores, they should eat only a fruit and vegetable based diet. Dogs are omnivores and should eat food from animals and fruits and vegetables. If you are eating food from animals and you feed your dog your food, then you would feeding them the proper diet and feeding yourself the wrong diet.

All kibble dog food is not a natural dogs food, where would they find it in nature? There are a few acceptable kibble dog foods, but very expensive and not nearly as good as raw meat and vegetables/fruit added for your dogs health. Most all kibble contain grains, fillers and by products, all very bad for you dogs health.

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Posted by Eeej (Mesa, Az) on 09/07/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I see you wanted to make a list of culprit foods.

Purina Dog Chow. A green bag that says "Healthy Life Nutrition". I bought it because we are out of jobs and money. Halfway through the bag, she has a horrible allergy induced hot spot on her cheek.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Posted by Liz (Melrose, Ma) on 05/03/2011
1 out of 5 stars


I just want to report an experience that I've had personally. I have been wanting to advice my son to change the dry dog food he feeds his dog. As I researched, I kept running across the advice to use raw meat. The idea made sense to me, as dogs are carnivores and eat raw in the wild. I had not made up my mind, and was cautious about it and hadn't recommended that to our son. In the meantime, I was visiting with a friend, who's dog was not there. She told us an awful story about her dog who was visiting a neighbor they always visit and he usually gave the dog a commercial dog bone treat. He was out of them and had raw hamburg on the counter just getting ready to cook dinner and quickly grabbed some off the counter and gave it to the dog before the owner could object. The man was elderly. Her dog got so ill she had to take her to the vet. Sure enough, she had e coli and she died. I can imagine a dog in the wild can eat freshly killed meat that has not been processed, but meat from the supermarket that has been processed has all kinds of bacteria and I've decided not to take that risk with our much loved pet.

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 11/30/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My husband and I give our dogs oatmeal, very good for humans, also dogs. We also add ground turkey or chicken, sometimes carrots, but the number one item is a can of pumpkin. No. one best over anything for pets. We have a cockapoo; she is very old and we thought for sure this past week she was ready to go-- she just couldn't get up to go out and do her duties. My husband and I would carry her out so she could go to the bathroom.... after awhile and this special diet and the strong will to live, she is back up and running. Thank you Earth Clinic for this site and showing our votes of confidence. Thank you GOD for our loving pets.

Dietary Tips
Posted by Michael (Seattle, Wa.) on 12/30/2013

Hello, my name is Michael. I live in Seattle, and yes, I believe it is raining today. In my years of experience with my dogs and helping other dog lovers learn how and what will reversed nearly every disease, nearly 100%!

Today I never feed my dogs horrible commercial dog foods. They are the major cause of all dog diseases I discovered. These kinds of foods become highly "acidic" in the intestine, and effect the liver and kidneys. Commercial dog foods are totally lacking in organic mineral, trace elements, enzymes and organic antioxidants. Dog foods are "dead" foods. Dead foods cause illness, like it does with humans.

If you want a dog that will live longer and will never get sick, is just do this: 1. stop feeding harmful dog foods to your best friend. 2. instead feed your animals fresh raw, fruits and veggies, including fresh meats only. You can also semi-cook fresh foods, but above all, please don't deny your dogs the abundant benefits of eating healthier, by feeding our dogs fresh organic foods.

Cascading with real organic minerals and vitamins that the body instantly recognizes and instantly assimilates at nearly 95%! No dog foods even come close to doing this.

Michael - dittovanmp(at)comcast(dot)net

Best Nutrition for Dogs
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 06/30/2021 159 posts

I'd like to find some help for purchasing the right dog-food for my little Deer Chihuahua. She is a "rescue" from a "meth" family but seems to have survived very well. I have had her several months now and get the best I can for her foods, and lots of exercise as we take 4-5 walks a day for at least 15 minutes.

I had been giving her tiny pieces of Greenies a friend recommended for her teeth, then today, since I'm such a healthnut about what I eat, I read the fine-print ingredients of her treats. Now I am seeing the gluten free dog food, but didn't like the label either. There were things like Calcium carbonate on there and heard really bad review about that for people's diets ;( so I'm not about to give it to her.

Anyone find a truly healthy dry, dog food that doesn't have anything bad in it? If not, maybe something home-made that would be good for her. She's not sick, and her coat is shiny, and she has lots of energy, so this is preventative measures I'm taking right now.

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Posted by Swhit (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

After going through all the trouble of making our own organic dog food for years I finally gave in and researched on line. I found Blue Mountain for our 7wk old Border Collie and have fed her that for the past 1/2 yrs. Her eyes are bright, teeth are white, she shines from head to paw and sorry to say too alert ( more than a normal BC). The vet complimented us on how good she looks and wanted to know what we had been doing. She will eat all (organic) fruits and veggies except raw zucchini for some reason but she loves orange juice of all things.

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Posted by Katmjef (Gaylesville, Alabama) on 05/27/2012

I have been reading this site because I have two Great Pyrenese and I am treating them for their hot spots, fleas and after effects of vet treatment of mange. I just tried the ACV today and will update later.

The reason for my comment is that several people are on here arguing for diffferent brands of dog food and slamming purina. I have been feeding my dogs purina for years and have had no problems. I did go to and am reporting back to all of you who want people to change dog foods that every single one you have suggested has or is being recalled for ecoli or salmonella or just poor ingredients/ practices in production. NOWHERE on this site is there one thing about PURINA. I do pay a little more for purina than some foods, but I am not going to feed my dogs human food because, and I don't mean to shock anyone but, they are not human.

Thank you for the advise for the uses of ACV.

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Posted by Dr. Chloe (New York City) on 11/26/2015

Must disagree with your assumption that Humans are Herbavores. We are not. If we were we would have a multichambered stomach to digest only plant matter like cows do. We are Omnivores - our species have been Hunters & Gatherers for most of our existence. Dogs are also Omnivores with a bias towards meat.

However, you are right on about Kibble. Dog food is a post industrial convienience food invented to make money. What did dogs eat before they ate dog food?

Oh, but that Purina Chuck Wagon sure is cute! Haha

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Lokismum (Banbury, Oxforsshire England) on 02/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Please please feed your dogs raw. Both my dogs now seven and nine have been fed raw since very young pups. There is much advice online out there, and good books to read. It is so much less expensive than ccommercial so called food. Would a wild dog naturally eat cereals? Would a wild dog naturally eat processed cooked food? No, so why do humans think processed carbohydrates are good food for dogs? Feed as close to nature as you can and you will have happy healthy dogs. Raw meat, raw chicken carcasses with the bones, raw green tripe, offal, meaty bones, whole rabbits, and whatever you can get. Let them eat grass when they want. Supplement with a good brand of seaweed. If you love your dogs then you will feed them this way. Do please get as much good advice as you can. I now find that even the vets who always told me I was wrong, are now recommending raw!!!

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Posted by Mia (Appleton, Wi) on 12/21/2009

I'm so confused what to feed my 8 year old boxer. He has had skin problems due to allergies his whole life. For a while I was feeding him California's Natural and then had to switch to Candidae due to the only store in my area discontinued their contract. Candidea worked with him not itching/scratching so much but gave him bacterial build up that caused severe diarrhea that would not go away until I put him on a bland diet and bought medication from the vet to bring his digestive bacteria levels to normal. This went on for about a year (having the diarrhia cases about every 3 months) and talked to the vet one more time about what I could do. Her suggestion was to get him on a low-residue food. My dog is allergic to potatoes, beets and eggs. There are not many low residual dog foods on the market that avoid these 3. Any suggestions as to what I could feed my dog? Currently he is on Pro Plan - sensetive stomach and skin and seemed to do okay at first but now after 3 months he has been scratching himself so much he has numerous scaps all over his body (ecspecially by his ears and neck). His ears tend to get very dirty easily and I have to clean them at least once a week as well. I'm startding to lose all hope.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Posted by Jumar (Adelaide, Australia) on 11/30/2009

I believe a natural diet is so important for animals. Some conditions or diseases are inherited/genetically passed down. Read labels on dog food. There are some healthy organic choices out there. Some of these are found in the meat section of the supermarket[ they have a pet food section?]. Feed your animals fresh meat, vegetables [plain] and some good quality carbohydrates. I feed my dog a mix of these and she's absolutely in good health. Vegetable matter should be a part of their daily diet [think wild dogs]. In the wild, wolves would eat the stomach contents of rabbits etc. Omit all foods containing preservatives, colourings [artificial] and additives. Also to be included should be raw bones [hard] eg. lamb shin bones etc. These should be given occasionally to keep teeth in good condition. I know someone, who's dog has just had 12 teeth removed because they never gave their dog a raw bone!!!! Wild dogs would eat the bones of anything they could catch. No cooked bones of any description should be given however. I believe in most cases, diet is the most important aspect in maintaining an animals health. Be cautious about giving your dog anything it wouldn't normally have access to, there is no evidence to show that acv has no long term complications. Veterinary care is sometimes the only solution.

Footnote: If you are concerned about giving you dog raw bones, give them under supervision.

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Posted by Carla (Grand Rapids, Mi) on 10/29/2009

I stopped feeding my cats dry food because they were addicted and getting fat. It isn't a natural diet for them. I switched to a natural wet cat food that is made without chemicals and by-products called Pet Guard. The thing to fear is ethoxyguin which is a known carcinogen and propylene glycol, a chemical used in anti-freeze and a solvent in brake fluids also used as a preservative and flavor enhancer in pet foods. Into the Pet Guard food for each cat, I mix one Nu-Cat soft multivitamin and 3 drops of flax seed oil. My girl with herpes has had gunk in her eyes and nose and this is clearing. Even my 16 year old with renal failure is thriving.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Posted by Dawn (Birmingham, Al) on 12/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

It is exciting to here that other individuals are taking precautions for their little ones. I have 2 maltese, both under 5 pounds. My little girl had severe allergies for about 2 years. The vets did every test that one could possibly do and even proceeded with compound medications. I decided to take things into my own hands and research what would be best.

Each morning they both receive a quarter of banana, tablespoon of organic yougurt with a pinch of dried greens (purchased at an organic store) and they split one organic egg lightly scrambled in organic coconut oil. Each afternoon they receive a mixture that I prepare once a week and freeze.

The mixture includes the following all organic: one yellow squash, one zuccini, 3 carrots with skin, 1 sweet potato, 3 stalks of broccoli, 1 cup of cooked long grain rice with coconut oil and 2lbs. of grass feed organic sirloin steak freshly ground. I place all of the vegetables in the food processor and add in with the cooked rice and mix in the raw sirloin steak. I put these in small side dishes and freeze.

The kids love it. They have so much more energy and my 6 year old that had severe allergies is now the beautiful show dog. Once a week they get a quarter thick raw femor bone from the butcher and they receive baby carrots for treats. I have had them on this for over a year now. A word of caution to all who may switch their little ones over to a diet like this, remember that the above causes a cleansing process to occur just as humans that switch their diets:)

Adulterated Cat Food in Canada
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 09/25/2015

Four years ago just before elections, the Pet food industry approached the government of BC (and perhaps of all Canada) to put a filler, possibly melamine, into pet food . It could be more of non nutritious stuff. Now, just before elections in Canada, it has happened again. I used to buy a cat food by P.... I had been searching high and low for better cat nutrition but living in a small place to no avail. My feed store man remarked that they were "rearranging" their food again.

Today this is what happens: cats, seven of them, stare at me and they look hungry. The pet food they had so far in plenty stays on their plate untouched. They eat better quality grain free kibbles but four of them do not well on this alone. When I contacted the company which is also the first company to want to irradiate pet food, big talk recorded with "pet lovers" etc. I returned all the unopened cans and have to cut my losses as the ingredients seem to be a sponge soaked in flavouring and some colouring.

I was told that in turn for gov't favours, the pet food industry gives blocks of votes.

This is cruelty and avarice , greed and total disregard for honesty.

I would like pet owners to be aware that the cost of a can is partly inedible crap.

Sadly, Namaste honouring the integrity within you. Om

Diet for Puppy
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/15/2014

Hey Kay!

That's a lotta scooping you are doing!

A couple things come to mind.

If you are feeding a puppy kibble, your pup's metabolism shifted into low gear right around 16 weeks; he no longer needs the extra OOOMPH from the puppy kibble, so you might consider switching to adult chow.

That said, if you are feeding grain free you might be over feeding; if your puppy has puppy fat and you cannot easily feel the ribs, you may be over feeding. Even if he looks age appropriately rangy and not fat, you might consider cutting out the noon meal and seeing if that makes a difference.

And what treats are you giving? Pig's ears for snacks, raw hides for working the jaw, biscuits during training sessions? A chunk of cheese because you are standing in the kitchen with the fridge door open and he just happened to look super cute? They add up... and come out!

And the pumpkin - I know you added this for the constipation from the last food, but why are you continuing it? It certainly cannot be over looked as to why your pup has so many stools.

And how is his temperament over all? Is he a nervous Nelly or a laid back Larry? A high energy nervous type will simply have to 'go' more than a couch potato because the nervous Nelly's nerves just work things loose.

Best Nutrition for Dogs
Posted by Diana (Plainview, New York) on 09/06/2013

I just wanted to jump in and encourage you to do some research on nutrition for dogs. Dogs ARE NOT vegetarians. Their whole anatomy is designed to eat meat. They are CARNIVORES. Look at their teeth, they were designed to rip meat. They also have a short digestive tract that is designed to digest meat. IT IS TOO SHORT to digest vegetables or fruits properly. And grain is DEFINITELY NOT GOOD FOR DOGS!! In fact, it is VERY BAD for them. This could very well be why they are having health issues. I feed my dogs a raw meaty bones diet and they are EXTREMELY healthy. My oldest dog is almost 9, and everyone thinks she is 4. Their teeth are perfectly clean, no need for cleanings EVER at the vet. Their coats are very glossy. Their eyes are very clear and sparkly. I do feed them some vegetables, but I put it in my blender first so they can digest it a lot more easily. You can easily do a google search online to verify what I have said. Good luck to you and wish you and your dogs the very best :-)

Best Nutrition for Dogs
Posted by GertJr (Madison) on 07/01/2021

Just because something is not good for people does not mean it is not good for dogs. Many people swear by vegetarianism, but dogs are created to be meat eaters. How about asking what would be the best nutrition for canines?

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Posted by Angelatx (Austin, Tx) on 05/23/2012

My cat has suffered UTI's pretty much her entire life and then I did my on research and the ash in her food is what causes it! I switched her food to ash free and we have been UTI free for 3 years. Then my other cat that is older started losing weight and after vet visits and nothing again did my own research. Come to find out she is allergic to something in the Ash free food. Now she is back on the original. Now this is where I may lose my mind. Sheckie the one that has to have Ash free I cannot keep her out of the other food. Everytime I turn my back they work together so she can have it. I need a cat food that is both Ash free and my other cat can also eat. She is on Purina One. I am trying to find the ingredients on line to compare with the Meow Mix. See what is comparable and may see what she may be allergic too. Once I took her off of the Ash free my other cat Misti regained her weight in a month and started playing again.... The simple things. Now if they just wouldn't be a pain! Lol... Smarties! I ran out of Sheckies UTI free med and when I went to purchase more it is a whole lot more expensive. After I drop my child at school I am going to get some ACV!

Barf Diet
Posted by Bob (Beijing, China) on 02/06/2012

Love your site. Would suggest added a topic in the pets for dogs at least for raw, 'barf', bones natural diets.

Researched this for a long time, tried home cooked and slowly but finally, fully converted our two 7yr old schnauzers...Absolutely amazed at the effects!

Realized that my biggest obstacle was human psychology about 'raw' and 'bones'. Must say the first few tens of times prepping the raw foodstuffs took getting used to and the watching of swallowing of bones well made me hold my breath many times initially! But, once over the prepping, and getting the raw bones to the right size for our kids..... It has been absolutely wonderful for all of us!

1 dog year is said to be 7 human year ratio, so now our in the '50's mid to older age adult dogs look and feel like they are teenagers again!

Wish I had tried sooner... Both had already lost several teeth over the years.... So now stemming that problem and hope to share our good experiences with others!


Barf Diet
Posted by Lisa (Vancouver, WA) on 06/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I put my ShihTzu & LhasaTzu on the BARF diet about 9 months ago. Best 3 Benefits of BARF:

My LhasaTzu was always afraid of loud noises like fireworks or gun shots.... She has way MELLOWED OUT

She NO LONGER has FLEAS (she is light colored fleas love light colored dogs)

Both dogs' teeth have less tarter & good breath.

Barf Diet
Posted by Wendy (Abbotsford) on 12/30/2016

I have a 10 yr. old shitzu. Just at the vet and he wants to pull alot of her teeth because they are rotten {her gums are all inflammed].I am worried about the risks of the surgery! Never having a dog before, I now am learning! I would like to make her food and start some natural remedies for her teeth? Can anyone help me with advice please.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Carolin (West Hollywood, Ca ) on 09/15/2011
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Until 7 years ago all kinds of problems would acute with my pets, ever sense I was introduced to raw food diet not once has there been a single dog problem that I had to worry about dogs are carnivores no kidding they get yeast infection?!!! The dog foods out there are unreal and I'm not sure how they could still contents there outrage called food, if you look into it more and understand what your putting in their body I assure you, you will never do it again. Disgusting what these poor things are eating and don't know it's not food it's garbage, only dry I give if I don't have raw is oregen 80% protean. Only one out there so far the contains this. You must wonder what is the rest? Ya you should that's my peace and I will never do that to my dog again- my doxy lived to be 19 or we had to put him down 7 years prior it's a medical food.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes
Posted by Monadz (Wnc) on 06/22/2010

Ok, I have a rescued Saint Bernard who adopted me 5 yrs ago. She is loving, sweet, etc, (when she gets her own way) Well, that includes her diet: one very fussy pooch. We fix something new, she hoovers it up for about 3 meals..then "Hohum...what you got for me next." Turns around and walks away.....and this can go on for days....right now she is on her 3rd day of fasting; I know it is hot now, but have just thrown the 4th or 5th bowl of food away. She was at a vet hospital lst wkend and getting IVs and antibiotics for FUO and they tell me she scoffed up all her food there. HA! they should have had her there another day or so. I have tried the expensive, the homemade, the raw, conjoling, coaxing, ignoring. Oh, I have vented and am going shopping for Something for her shortly. Any suggestions I may not have covered?