I love our dog. She is an absolutely wonderful, sweet, calm 9-year-old yellow lab named Babe. We just got her a few months ago, and she doesn’t like to eat. Well, she doesn’t like to eat dog food, that is. We’ve tried multiple brands, and no matter what brand I buy, she will go days without eating. Unless I pour meat broth in or stir in raw eggs or bits of meat. Then, she goes to town, and is completely happy eating it….but she still spits out like half of the dog food and keeps the “good stuff.” And then, she makes sure as soon as we leave, to knock over our big trash can so she can scavenge through the mess. She’s obviously wanting more than she’s getting. So I thought, why in the heck am I feeding her this junk?? I mean, look at the photo below of the food she currently has (Beneful):
Why are there red and green pieces in there?! I can pretty much guarantee those are not “naturally colored.” So do dogs find red and green colors more appealing? Apparently Babe doesn’t.
I never feed our kids this kind of nasty stuff. Sure, they get some of it at other people’s houses, but we just don’t have that dyed stuff in our house. And why am I trying to force our dog to eat this when the first four ingredients are: ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal and whole wheat flour?? Now, I don’t think Babe is human. And I know she does not have the same digestive system that humans have. But, she’s a dog. Aren’t dogs meat eaters? In the wild, do they chow down on corn and wheat? I highly doubt that. They eat meat. And plants. You can read more about that HERE.
My initial hesitation to switching over to a predominantly meat diet for her was the cost. It’s hard enough feeding our family of 7 good quality meats, produce, nuts and seeds on our limited budget. But, I’m paying about $30-40 a month right now on her food. If I change her diet, a lot of her food can come from the scraps of meat that we have leftover. I can buy nearly-expired organ meats for pretty darn cheap, and she would be ecstatic with that. So, I’m gonna try it. Maybe for a month or so to see how it goes. Maybe I’ll be wrong, and it’ll be way too pricey or not as simple a transition as I hope.
So, do any of you feed your dog a predominantly meat/plant protein diet? If so, have you been happy with it?