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Yuck - Ol' Roy is now the world's top-selling dog food

Discussion in 'Feeding' started by bustermom, Jul 28, 2003.

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  1. bustermom

    bustermom Boxer Insane

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    I was reading this month's Fortune magazine and was really disappointed to hear that Wal-Mart's Ol' Roy has surpassed Nestle's Purina as the world's top-selling dog food.

    Purina is nothing to write home about, but Ol' Roy is really scraping the bottom of the nutrition barrel. The first ingredients on the list (Ground Yellow Corn, Meat & Bone Meal, Ground Whole Wheat, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Corn Gluten Meal) are horrible and it just goes downhill from there.

    Yuck! I see a future filled with overweight, unhealthy, allergy-plagued pups... :(

    Plus, Ol' Roy got positive results from the FDA in both 1998 and 2000 on containing pentobarbital residue:

    http://www.fda.gov/cvm/efoi/dfchart.htm
     
  2. ctboxer81

    ctboxer81 Boxer Buddy

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    That is really sad news. Convenience and price must be more inportant then nutrition and health.. People should realize that they may save money on the cheaper foods, but they will pay in the long run with BIG vet bills for an unhealthy dog in the future. I can't believe that dog foods and cats foods too of that poor quality are even on the market..obviously the owners didn't do their "homework" in researching the issue. I feel sorry for the dogs....Like the old saying goes "you are what you eat" that goes for people too, the healthy eaters don't have to go to the doctors as often..oh well
     
  3. Draymia

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    It also doesn't help that they can state that they have all ingredients for a complete and balanced diet for a healthy dog. :(

    I saw a recipe years ago about what would make a complete and balanced diet.


    1 gal used crankcase oil
    1 pair old used leather boots
    Ashes
    etc.

    I can't remember the rest, but you get the idea. It has fat, protein, minerals, etc. Sounds complete and balanced to me.

    People will believe anything.
     
  4. Linda/NJ

    Linda/NJ Boxer Insane

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    :o What????How could that be???They sell it in Walmart. You know it can't be a good quality dog food. I hope people think twice about what they feed their dogs. Just think - would you feed your child bad food?

    Linda & Ginger
     
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    Some people do feed their children bad food, i.e. McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell.

    IMO, there are two types of people; The ones who look at the price alone and don’t care if the dog gets proper nutrition and the ones who are ignorant on dog nutrition and read the label not knowing what they are looking at. People think the label says balanced and nutritious it has to be. They assume since the FDA regulates labels in human food it must regulate dog food. Of course anyone who has educated themselves on dog nutrition would know better.
     
  6. Vela

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    Unfortuantely a lot of people see their dogs as JUST dogs. THey do not value thier nutrition. They figure if the dog isn't being starved it must be healthy (evidenced by the fact that Ol'Roy is such a hot seller). For a great majority of people their pets and dogs are expendable, inconveneint at times and disposable. I know people like this. They feed the cheapest possible and even buy different brands, whatever is on sale. Any attempt at explaining why this isn't healthy for a dog is met with a blank stare. I am just thankful there are healthy options out there for my dogs. Half the time they eat better than me and they never skip meals. If money was an issue I would buy their food before my own.
     
  7. ctboxer81

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    Vela-you are so right about the fact that some people think that as long as they are feeding the dog food then it must be an o.k. food. when it is probably the worst on the market.. I know people that just leave the awful food in a bowl all day long and let the dogs eat when hungry. these dogs have major health issues, their coats look terrible and they just look like ratty dogs. the owners don't even wash out the dirty food dish..And as far as the Kids issue is concerned, again it is the same kind of person that feeds their kids "junk" and wonders why the kids are fat and unhealthy.. I am the mother of 2 small children and I am just amazed at how badly some kids eat, and I live in Fairfield county in Connecticut which is supposed to be some of the richest people in the country. So it is not a money issue all of the time.. I wish that I ate as well as my children and my pets do. which includes 3-domestic cats 1-purebred Ragdoll cat, 2-boxers,and a california dutch rabbit that is on a quality food from a company called "Oxbow". If I took the time to eat as well as they did I would be a size....Well that is another topic altogether
     
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    i agree, not only do i keep more food/treats for my boys in the house than i do for myself, i would go hungry before they would. i recently had a friend tell me that my boys food (wellness/ canidae) was kind of like Total cereal whereas the food she was feeding her dog (kibbles n bits) was like fruit loops - great taste, poor nutrition. i had to agree :D it amazes me sometimes how little people actually know about their dogs. i once had a coworker tell me that her dog was having hip pains, but did not want to take it to the vet because "she's just a mutt" and instead was looking for a quick fix from the pet store. how horrible is that? unfortunately, a majority of dog owners neither seem to care nor want to care about their dogs health. people usually tell me "they're just dogs" and who cares if they eat leftover animal parts!smashicon
     
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    I've talked to veterinarians and vet techs who will swear that Ol' Roy will ultimately shorten a dog's life. People could feed their dog a cardboard box and the nutritive value would be about the same! Whenever I'm at Wal-mart and I see someone lugging around a bag of Ol' Roy, I always think, "Oh, their poor dog." I picked up a couple of owner-surrenders earlier this summer and the woman asked me if I wanted their food. She pointed to a bag of Ol' Roy and I said, "No thanks!" Within just days of eating Solid Gold, their coats were so much nicer. It's amazing.

    Claudia
    Green Acres Boxer Rescue of WI
     
  10. ctboxer81

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    On the subject of the dog food issue, I need to share with you two different situations that I recently encountered with the vet concerning pet food. About a month ago my Ragdoll cat was showing the signs of a urinary tract infection, so I immediately took her into the vet, since it was a saturday and my vet was off I had to see a different vet. She told me that any kind of kibble made for cats like "friskies" is fine for my cats (I Have 4). I couldn't believe she said that. My cats are on California Natural and have been for some time.. Also about 2 weeks ago I had my new boxer pup at the vet for a check up and the vet tech handed me some samples of puppy food (large breed-boxers are medium breed) and told me that Science Diet or any other store kibble was fine and there was no need for any fancy, expensive kibble for this puppy. I just smiled at her took the samples and left.. My question is this , are the people in this particular practice just ignorant to the benefits of good dog food, or do they know that if we all feed excellent foods to our pets it would cut down on the vet visits by alot..Something to think about...
     
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