Today I answer a question about why we use Victor dry-food.
Just curious, why do you feed Victor Premium Beef & Rice? How long have you fed it to your dogs? I have been doing a lot of research on feeding. Have you ever considered feeding the Victor grain-free formulas? Do you have any opposition to it being fed? I have kept feeding the regime you feed your dogs to Rain. This is what has prompted my researching thoroughly how to feed dogs and commercially prepared dog food. (By the way OMG!!!) Just in doing this I am switching my other dogs and my cats food also. My Local feed store is able to get me the Victor kibble at a great price which I am very happy about. Wanted to know if you had any pros or Cons on the Grain free formulas provided by Victor?
We have used the Victor Super Premium Beef Meal & Brown Rice for All Life Stages formula for approximately four years. We are very happy with this dry-food. However, first I must explain what dry-food means for us and our German Shepherd Dog puppies and adults. We view dry-food as caloric base for our German Shepherd Dogs’ diet. We believe that all macro and micro nutrients essential for growth and maintenance and good health must be supplemented. The reason is because dry-food is cooked at such high temperatures and extruded at such high pressures that most nutritional value is lost. Therefore, we want a dry-food that is safe and with no harmful or indigestible ingredients, such as calcium carbonate or harsh chemicals preservatives like ethoxyquin.
The Victor Super Premium Beef Meal & Brown Rice for All Life Stages formula is basically grain free with the exception of the brown rice of course. We believe brown rice is safe and healthy for German Shepherd Dogs. Actually, if we have a sick or recovering German Shepherd Dog puppy or adult, we would feed it home cooked brown rice and cooked ground beef or ground venison to help it recover, just as we feed chicken soup to humans recovering from an illness.
We are strong advocates of grain free dry-food diets for German Shepherd Dogs. Especially avoiding corn gluten, which many German Shepherds Dogs may become sensitive and potentially develop allergies, hotspots, and certain autoimmune diseases.
The Victor dog food is preserved with vitamin E as an antioxidant. Any dry-food considered should be free of artificial chemical preservatives that could potentially cause cancer in German Shepherd Dogs.
We believe any of the Victor dry-foods are safe and of good quality so please use the type you and your German Shepherd Dog puppy like. But, as always with any dry-food, you need to constantly check the ingredients because dry-food companies do at times change their ingredients and an excellent dry-food today may be a horrible dry-food the next time you purchase it.
Because, we at Keystone German Shepherds feed a safe healthy dry-food that is readily digestible our German Shepherd Dogs have no “Doggie Odor”. This dog odor that everyone recognizes that is most readily noticeable when a dog is wet is from poor quality and indigestible forms of protein in the dry-food. Over the years, when our German Shepherd Dogs have developed an odor, we check the label on the dry-food that we were using and have found that the dry-food company has changed their formula and ingredients, forcing us to scramble and find a new dry-food to use for our German Shepherd Dogs.
Thank you, Alicia for your wonderful questions and I hopefully have provided reasonable answers for you.
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