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Old 02-24-2010, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Omega 6 fatty acids are not bad, in fact they are essential. The problem comes when the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is too great. Many dog foods have a ratio of ten to one or higher. The lower the ratio the better. I use Blue Buffalo Fish and Sweet Potato because it has a very low ratio: omega 6 - 3.0%, omega 3 - 1.3%. That's about 2.3 to 1, great for their skin and coat.
Wow! That is really good! I knew Blue Buffalo was a top quality kibble, but I had no idea they kept their fatty acid ratio so low.

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul has Omega-6 Fatty Acids of 2.2%, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids of 0.4%, for a ratio of 5.5 to 1. Well within the acceptable range, but more than double that of Blue Buffalo.

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Old 02-25-2010, 06:27 AM
 
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Wow, that Eukanubua isn't cheap either. I feed Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. I pay $37 for a 35# bag at a local feed store. It is a 4* rated food with the 1st 4 ingredients of chicken, turkey, chicken meal, ocean fish meal... as well as no corn, wheat, brewers rice... I know there is better food out there, but I haven't found anything that is basically $1/lb that is anywhere near as high quality.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Surely that is worth a few extra pennies to buy corn-free kibble, isn't it?
Oh, if it actually were a few extra pennies, sure. But I haven't been able to find anywhere thus far where the cost differential is anything resembling minimal.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Wow, that Eukanubua isn't cheap either. I feed Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. I pay $37 for a 35# bag at a local feed store. It is a 4* rated food with the 1st 4 ingredients of chicken, turkey, chicken meal, ocean fish meal... as well as no corn, wheat, brewers rice... I know there is better food out there, but I haven't found anything that is basically $1/lb that is anywhere near as high quality.
I agree.. in fact my JRT lost all that weight eating Chicken Soup regular. I don't feed my dogs a lot of bought treats either, they get veggies or peanut butter or sweet potatoes as treats
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Oh, if it actually were a few extra pennies, sure. But I haven't been able to find anywhere thus far where the cost differential is anything resembling minimal.
Actually, it isn't that expensive to get corn free food. Chicken Soup brand is cheaper than many of the corn-filled "premium" grocery store brands. Also, if you have a Costco near you, their Kirkland brands are probably the best deal out there IMO. Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearl barley... are the first 4 ingredients in the Chicken and Rice formula, no corn. There are some other things that would be considered fillers and not ideal on down the list but for like $23 for a 40# bag, it is probably the best dog food deal out there and a HUGE improvement over Science Diet, Iams and the like at a fraction of the cost. I've seriously considered switching my 2 to it just to see if they like it and how they do.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Thank you all again.

Can someone please explain to me the Omega 6 and 3 ratios? One person said it should be between 5-1 and 10-1, but another person said the lower the better?

Euk maintenance small bites has a ratio of 7 to 1 (if I did that correctly)
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Lots of misinformation about essential fatty acids on here. This might help clear things up:

The Dog Food Project - Nutrients: Essential Fatty Acids
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:39 PM
 
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Thank you all again.

Can someone please explain to me the Omega 6 and 3 ratios? One person said it should be between 5-1 and 10-1, but another person said the lower the better?

Euk maintenance small bites has a ratio of 7 to 1 (if I did that correctly)
I think the person who quoted "between 5-1 and 10-1" was quoting minimum acceptable ratio. It is very unusual to find a food with a ratio below 5-1. I only know of two: Blue Buffalo Fish and Sweet Potato and All Orijen formulas. if anyone knows of others, I would like to know.
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