Nikki's Mom· Registered
It is a commonly held, but unfortunately erroneous view that high protein and high fat foods are hard on the liver/kidneys of most dogs. Poor quality protein and rancid fats are very hard on the liver and kidneys for sure. Unfortunately, most kibble, including some of the high-protein kind, is sprayed with rancid fat and contains poor quality proteins.Blue Buffalo is a good food. If Jasper is doing well on it, you don't have to change. There is no one "best" food for every dog. While the high protein high fat diets(like Orijen, Acana) are excellent foods and work well for some dogs, these diets can be too rich for most dogs and can be hard on the liver and kidneys. Also, some of the fish based diets are processed using ethoxyquin which can cause cancer. I feed Natural Balance venison & sweet potato(one of my girls has allergies) For the average dog, a premium diet(no-fillers, by products, chemical preservatives) with a moderate amount of protein and fat is a good choice and there are lots of good foods out there. I know, it makes you head spin, doesn't it?!:smstarz:
Good quality high protein dry or wet foods (like Orijen/Acana) might not be indicated for dogs with chronic health conditions, but they are totally fine and preferred by many for healthy dogs - as long as fresh water is provided, and as long as the owner ensures that their dogs are drinking that water.
Unfortunately we all have to spend a lot of time and money to hit on a food or two that is just right for our dog, and rotate those foods for optimum health.