I was just reading some posts on VIN about some stuff I have ben working on and got led to another post concerning commercial pet foods. You know, you just gotta give credit to the marketing geniuses behind the "big.." pet food manufacturers - Hill's, Iams, Purina. Those pictures on the bags look like FABULOUS, balanced diets - for a human.
The product I was looking at was the Nature's Best Cat Food - on the lable, there are all kinds of "healthy" vegetables and grains. Last time I checked, cats were obligate carnivores. Also, on the Hill's website, they list "corn gluten meal" as a primary ingredient, but on the actual label, it says "maize gluten meal." I guess they know that people in Petsmart looking at bags will scorn foods listing corn as the first or second ingredient. Amazing.
Most of you reading this probably don't give a flip about this, but I get on this soapbox from time to time, but I get asked about this stuff almost daily and it is so hard to advise people on what they should be putting in the bowls. My own dogs are my guinea pigs, and I don't recommend anything that I haven't tried out on them. I have to admit, that if we try a new food and they don't really eat it with gusto, it is hard for me to recommend it. Right now, we have Solid Gold and Wellness in the buckets and some homecooked oats/turkey/mashed carrot in the fridge.
Oh well.....I can't figure it all out, but I can at least get the itchy dogs off whatever they are on!