First of if the dog is healthy and doing well on the food there is no reason to change food but specifical why some do not like Benefull first and third incredient is corn and the fourth is wheat. This is a large precentage of the food being grain and not meat. Proteins from grains ared cheaper and more poorly absorped.
see Beneful Original
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar,...
Crude Protein (Min) 25.0% Calcium (Ca) (Min) 1.1%
Crude Fat (Min) 10.0% Iron (Fe) (Min) 200 mg/kg
Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0% Selenium (Se) (Min) 0.2 mg/kg
Moisture (Max) 14.0% Vitamin A (Min) 10,000 IU/kg
Linoleic Acid (Min) 1.5% Vitamin E (Min) 100 IU/kg
Metabolizable Energy (ME)
Compare to What I Feed
Royal Canin Max light 27
Chicken meal, brown rice, corn gluten, oatmeal, barley, rice hulls, cellulose, chicken fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, natural chicken flavor, lamb meal, beet pulp (sugar removed), brewers yeast, fish oil,
Crude Protein Minimum 27.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 11.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 11.5%
Moisture Maximum 10.0%
Vitamin E Minimum 400 mb/kg
Vitamin C Minimum 300 mg/kg
L-Carnitine Minimum 200 mg/kg
Glucosamine* Minimum 390 mg/kg
Chondroitin* Minimum 110 mg/kg
270 kilocalories per cup ME (metabolizable energy) on an as fed basis (calculated).
Eukanuba Adult Large Breed Premium Performance
First Ten Ingredients
Chicken By-Product Meal
Fish Meal (source of fish oil)
Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid)
Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed)
Natural Chicken Flavor
Dried Egg Product
Crude Protein not less than 30.0%
Crude Fat not less than 20.0%
Crude Fiber not more than 4.0%
Moisture not more than 10.0%
Vitamin E not less than 140 IU/kg
L-Carnitine not less than 40 mg/kg*
Docosahexaenoic Acid not less than 0.10%*
Omega-6 Fatty Acid not less than 3.35%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than 0.45%*
Glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg*
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg*
Natural Choice High Energy
Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Rice Bran, Rice Flour, Lamb Meal, Natural Flavors, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of natural Vitamin E),
Crude Protein (minimum) 30.00%
Crude Fat (minimum) 20.00%
Crude Fiber (maximum) 4.00%
Moisture (maximum) 10.00%
Linoleic Acid (minimum) 4.00%
Magnesium (minimum) 0.10%
Zinc (minimum) 200 mg/kg
Vitamin E (minimum) 200 IU/kg
Ascorbic Acid (minimum)* 60 mg/kg
Glucosamine (minimum)*‡ 625 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate (minimum) *‡ 500 mg/kg
Quite a difference in the protein source.
Some interesting nutritional articles
Nutrition for Large-Breed Adult Dogs
Focusing On Protein
Nutrition...The Foundation of Good Health
DOG FOOD PROTEIN AND ITS AMINO ACIDS
The Importance of Animal-Based Protein in Iams Dog Foods
"Their gastrointestinal tract is simple and does not have the capacity to digest large amounts of plant products.
Animal-based proteins help dogs achieve optimal health."
and one of the most balanced articles on the web
Dog Foods Help in making the choice easier
"I am a believer in keeping things simple. My dog food guides are The Dog Food Book and Dog Health & Nutrition for Dummies by Christine Zink DVM. Both are no nonsense and to the point. Neither gets caught up in "fads" unlike some of the others out there who say you are killing your dog if you don't feed a super (read: expensive) premium food.
Oh I tried to be a better dog mom. I tried most if not all of the foods listed in a certain magazine as being the 10 best (based on ingredients - not testing). I felt guilty for feeding a food that can be found in most pet food stores. I felt guilty unless I did the best I could for my dogs which meant feeding an expensive dog food. I also spent hundreds of dollars trying to get my dogs back into shape afterwards. For the most part, feeding these foods was a disaster for my dogs. I learned my lesson.
I feed what works for my dogs! Whether that's Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Diamond or whatever. This is my advice for you. FEED WHAT WORKS!!! Don't let anyone guilt you into or suck you into buying a food based on a magazine's 10 best foods or prejudice towards certain dog food companies. If it works for your dog, then feed it. "
[ February 20, 2006, 05:17 PM: Message edited by: Mikey T ]