I follow a Facebook page called "Lone Star Dog Ranch". Along with their own very endearing pack of dogs, they run a dog boarding place as well as do rescues. Any dog would be a lucky pup to get to go spend some time there. Heck, I'd enjoy spending a day there! Recently the owner wrote a post about dog foods and how healthy (or unhealthy) they are for dogs. I have read articles online before, but there always seems to be so many opinions it just gets confusing on what you should feed your dogs.
She feeds her own dogs a raw diet of food. While most people (like me) don't have taking care of dogs their daily business and this just isn't practical. So, she wrote a very informative post about what are good dog foods to feed your dog with a link to some helpful info and ratings of dog foods.
Our older dog (and our dog of 14 year before him) has always eaten Purina One. Well, that food is pretty much crap, apparently. 2 stars out of 5. (though I will say he has always had the softest coat, whether that's from the food I have no idea). Our younger dog eats Blue Buffalo - put on when he was a puppy and we were trying to cure his itchiness. Better, at least and has 3 stars, but nothing great. She said she feeds the boarding dogs (when their owners prefer her to feed them while boarding and not bring their own food) Diamond Naturals. It has a 4 star rating. She also listed a couple others in the 4 and 5 star range that she would feed dogs.
I've decided I'm going to try out the Diamond Naturals dog food for our dogs. I was expecting that I would have to increase my dog food budget, but it would be worth it to know I am feeding them much higher quality (especially older dog) food. I was pleasantly surprised to find out this particular brand of food is actually cheaper than what I am currently spending. It is only found at feed stores in my area, but the price listed there is $32 for a 40lb bag! Online it was in the $40 range. It is higher in protein and lower in fat, which hopefully will be good for our older dog, who could stand to lose a few pounds and hates exercise.
I stopped by the feed store in my town on the way home and got a bag. Apparently they have baby chicks for sale.....it was a really big store and they must have been in the back as I didn't see them. I warned DH I might come home with baby chicks, too - haha!