Well, the vet called to tell me that the blood work came back on Jasmine, and she’s healthy and normal. That’s a relief! I told him about the blood in her stool last night, and he said that wasn’t unusual given her situation. I’m to continue the white rice and cottage cheese diet until she’s completely normal, and then I can slowly introduce the new food to her.
If Eukanuba had not changed their canned pet food formula, I probably would have kept her on their food to keep from disrupting her digestive system. But now that I’ve been forced to make changes, I’m going to feed Jasmine the EVO. Better nutrition, better ingredients and no grain fillers make it a good choice. However, I’m fuzzy on the “science” of dog nutrition. The argument is that dogs, in the wild, eat a diet mostly of protein, and that whole foods are better than processed junk and fillers. I’ll buy that–to an extent. The Dog Food Analysis site has an explanation of how they rate the foods…but where’s the science behind these ratings? There is a regulatory agency, the AAFCO, that oversees the feed manufacturers to ensure that a) the ingredients and guaranteed analysis of the food on the label is correct and b) the ingredients provide whole and proper nutrition for the animal in question.
What it boils down to is what do you believe? I think either of the foods are sufficient to ensure proper nutrition for Jasmine. The marketing hype for both is substantial. EVO claims better nutrition due to higher levels of protein, no grain fillers, etc. Eukanuba claims better joint health for Dachshunds because of the inclusion of Glucosamine and Chondroitin (ala ground up bones and cartilage). Reading packaging, EVO seems more wholesome and does have a guaranteed analysis that is much more skewed towards protein. But is this necessarily better? I don’t know. What is the optimal amount of protein for a dog? Has anyone proven this? I guess it just makes ME feel better to give Jasmine food that has better ingredients–more whole foods, less “by-products.” She seems to like the way it tastes. And hopefully, when her tummy settles down, she’ll be on the way to optimal health.
Some Facts for Comparison
EVO Small Bites Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, turkey meal, chicken meal, potatoes, herring meal, chicken fat, natural flavors, egg, apples, tomatoes, potassium chloride, carrots, vitamins, garlic, cottage cheese, minerals, alfalfa sprouts, ascorbic acid, dried chicory root, direct-fed microbials, vitamin E supplement, lecithin, rosemary extract. Protein = “minimum 42%”
From Dog Food Analysis site:
- Rating: Six Stars (highest)
- Recommended: Yes
- Pros: First four ingredients are named meat products, high meat content, grainless, quality ingredients throughout
- Cons: None
- AAFCO Certification: Yes. “Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that EVO Dog Small Bites Dry Dog Food provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.”
Eukanuba Dachshund Formula Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Fish meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals, Dried Chicken Cartilage, DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract. Protein = “not less than 25%”
From Dog Food Analysis site:
- Rating: One Star (lowest)
- Recommended: No
- Pros: First ingredient is a named meat product
- Cons: Insufficient meat content, byproducts, low quality grain, controversial filler
- AAFCO Certification: Unknown.