My dogs tend to do better on what I consider medium grade foods. Not the best/priciest stuff (Innova, California Natural, Canidae) but not the really cheap stuff either (Hi-Pro, Dog Chow). Remember price has nothing to do with what might work for your dog. Just because a food is listed in a magazine as their 10 best, doesn't mean its better than another food that isn't listed. They do no testing of the food, they base their opinions on the ingredients. My dogs have not done well on any of those foods. Think for yourself and don't get brainwashed into thinking you are a horrible pet owner if you don't buy these foods for your dog.
There is nothing inhearently bad about corn it is a fine ingredient often better than what many super premium brand substitute for it. But there is not much that get my IRe up when discussing dog food nutrion than the term filler. Ther is no ingedient liisted on the bag called filler so what is it exactly. something that has no nutritional value? the closed thing to that in any dog food would be Fiber but it is still required for color health and proper stool formation. I think for the most part when people say filler in the end they are on believeing marketing hype and two trying to disticquish between good carbohydrates in dog food and bad. and such a distinction does not exist. First from a dogs perspective and AAFCO guidelines you will never see carbohydrate conttent list on a bag of dogfood because dog don't reuire it. Axtual that is not entirely true the the amaount require is inconsiquential . So why do dog food manufacture use carbohydrates because they are cheap substitute for something perhaps but not really. They use carbs because they have to. In order to produce kibble and have it stay together you need starch ie charbohydrate. It is required in the manufacture process. So what dog food manufacture and marketers (because many super premium brand do not manufacture) to differentiate themselves in the market place co on marketing campaigns demonizint the carb chioce of other manufacture and hyping there nost of the time with little trueth. ie dog can't digest corn ture if it is not cooked but well it cooked in dog food and easily digested. Corn cause food allergies. um no more so than chicken, beef, lamb salmon or any other protein It is protein that dog predisposed to a food allergy become allergic to and it is the proteint they are exposed to the most that they ussually become allergic too. As a matter of fact most grains are more nutritious than the so called better for dogs grain feed food. A but grains are not a natural part of a dogs diet yous say, so potatos and tapioca are? That is what you get when you examine they hype.it's all about the corn and fillers in the grocery store kind
When most people talk about ear cleaning they are talkinhg about cleaning the ear canal. I asume using a warm wet towel you are talk the ear flap I don't find it necessary to clean them that often just about never if you keep the ears dry. Which can general be accomplishe by giving water in a spaniel bowl wich is shaped like a volcano wide base narrow top the ear dont get in the water ckeep the ears oout of the food if you moiten kibble of feed moist or canned food as well.How and how often do you do there ears.I clean everyday with a warm wet towel what do you do?