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Old 02-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #1
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hello; my name is bill; my dogs name is candi,she is a mini schnauzer.

I would like to know what is the best dry dog food to feed to my dog

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to df Bill.
Vagreys has an excellent section on nutrition. You need to explore it. There is great controversy about feeding. lol Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about it.
We are feeding our 4 YO beagle Costcos' Salmon and Sweet Potato. We like it very well.
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For dry food get the kind that is BAKED!! Lotus is a good brand for that.

Most dry pet foods are Extruded.

Extruded pet foods usually loose about 40% of their vitamins and 20% of the protien during the processing, Oven baked foods retain 100% of both!

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hello; my name is bill; my dogs name is candi,she is a mini schnauzer.

I would like to know what is the best dry dog food to feed to my dog
Hi, Bill. There is no one best dry food out there. There are a number of very good dry foods, though. As we continue to learn more about domestic canine nutrition, the quality of foods available improves. Do not be fooled by price, or by terms like 'premium' and 'super-premium' or 'holistic'. They don't mean anything. What's important are the ingredients. There are foods with good ingredients at discount prices, and expensive foods with mediocre or poor ingredients. I recently switched my senior Greyhound from Eagle to Orijen to shift the balance of his food toward the nutrition a senior dog needs, and have been very impressed with how well he has done. My other Greyhound is thriving on Eagle Pack. There are a number of other very good foods out there.
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...Extruded pet foods usually loose about 40% of their vitamins and 20% of the protien during the processing, Oven baked foods retain 100% of both!
Looks like you've been reading the Lotus marketing material. There is no evidence to suggest that baking at high heat is any better than steam-cooked extrusion. Both denature proteins, kill enzymes, and break down temperature-sensitive nutrients, which is why temperature-sensitive nutrients are added to dry dog foods after cooking. What is true is that high-pressure, high-temperature extrusion is no longer an accurate description of extrusion. Modern methods have allowed for fully-cooked kibble formed at lower pressures and cooler temperatures, including cold extrusion. Each method has its drawbacks.
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Looks like you've been reading the Lotus marketing material. There is no evidence to suggest that baking at high heat is any better than steam-cooked extrusion. Both denature proteins, kill enzymes, and break down temperature-sensitive nutrients, which is why temperature-sensitive nutrients are added to dry dog foods after cooking. What is true is that high-pressure, high-temperature extrusion is no longer an accurate description of extrusion. Modern methods have allowed for fully-cooked kibble formed at lower pressures and cooler temperatures, including cold extrusion. Each method has its drawbacks.
I deff read just about everything i can when it comes to food! While I know there are lots of "claims" about whats best for a pet, im no scientist, so i cant be SURE. But along with the Stats that sevaral different baked food companies, and independant sources use to promote baked, Extruded food just sounds horrible. After the quick high heat processing they actually add oil and fat for flavor..... that cant be good! haha

Then again, Zoey eats raw food, so my only experience with dry kibble is what i read

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See below... Its hard to get an experts opinion without being tied to a product company, but i found a few articles

Dog Food Is Oven-Baked Or Extruded
dog food explained describing the variations, benefits and draw backs. Give your dog a healthy diet.

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It is hard to find independent information. As some folks here can tell you, I'm constantly updating as new information becomes available. In the articles above, the first is an article by someone who markets Flint River Ranch baked dog food, and is the marketing information from the Flint River website. The second is a website co-sponsored by the Betty Miller dog food bakery described in the paragraph on baked dog food, and again, is a restatement of their marketing information. So far, I've found no information suggesting that baking is inherently better than steaming. Thanks for the links, though. I'm always interested new sources and new information, especially when it offers a new perspective.
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I work with a team of Vets, ill ask them for their individual opinions. Ill also ask if they can refer me to any scientific research thats been done on the subject!

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