Many people wonder how much kibble really belongs in their dog’s bowl. Dog owners are worried — and even suspicious as I was — about the enormous amount of dry food that many companies recommend feeding. Some of the dog food labels I have read have directions on the bag which stun me, suggesting that I feed my 100 lb. Weimaraners EIGHT to TEN cups of dry food a day!! Holy cow! (that sounds more like as much as a cow should eat of her pelleted food!) If I fed my dogs that enormous amount of highly processed carbohydrates, they would blow up like a balloon!
Myself, I would certainly be worried if I was feeding those foods requiring 10 cups of food a day, especially because the brands with those directions are often the ones with no named protein source as the first ingredient (which is my first criteria for evaluating a brand) and then they have lots of the ingredients which are always on my No-No list: corn in any of its versions, wheat, or brewers rice. (I actually recently came across what I used to think of as a lower quality dry food and was pleasantly surprised to see they suddenly had the word “chicken” at the top of their ingredient list, but then I was really annoyed to find many variations of the word “corn” following it, which basically “canceled out” one good aspect of the recipe list with the others!)
I used to cynically think that those companies with the 8-10 cups a day directions were telling dog owners to feed those gigantic portions in order to have them use up a bag more quickly and sell more food! But now I understand that they probably have to recommend that vast quantity of daily kibble in order to get the right amount of balanced calories into the dog, because the nutritional value in every cup is so much lower than a true super premium brand. Like Halo. This is yet another reason I love this company and their food. The directions on the bags of the chicken, salmon and lamb kibble that my dogs are lucky enough to eat (I rotate protein in every bag) suggest I should feed 4 ½ cups of kibble for a 100 lb dog. Now that makes sense! If I was feeding nothing but kibble (which I am not) that would be a very reasonable amount to see in their bowls — about 2 cups per meal. What that means to me is that I have picked a truly high quality food that I actually need to feed only one half as much to get even better nutrition — which means better health, and also less chance of obesity (and less dog poop to pick up from all the indigestible cheap fillers in some dry dog foods!) It also justifies the price of Halo because it lasts me twice as long as a lower quality food with those instructions would.
It’s not that hard to decide in favor of Halo: should I feed a food made from top quality ingredients, with real meat, no rendered meals or by-products and no chemicals? Or feed a food that uses rendered meal, indigestible plant fibers, colorings, fats of unknown origin and synthetic ingredients — and would require me to feed so much of it it would be like stuffing my boys like a sofa cushion? Some decisions in life are true no-brainers!