What is the best dry dog food for a West Highland Terrier?

November 26, 2008 by admin  
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sanjo asked:

I have been told a dry complete dog food is best for my westie puppy because of their risk of skin infections and tooth decay. If you have a westie what do you feed your dog?

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15 Responses to “What is the best dry dog food for a West Highland Terrier?”

  1. .shakeshakeshake. on November 28th, 2008 5:31 pm

    .solid gold wee bit.

    .solid gold hundchenflocken if he is a puppy but eventually go over to solid gold wee bit. you will have a happy and healthy dog.

    .and as a nice surprise (never thought this would happen,to be honest) petco now carries Solid Gold also.

  2. stevie x on December 1st, 2008 11:44 pm

    It’s a “Dog” came from Wolves, They eat meat.

    Would you feed your Budgie a steak ?

  3. Amanda K on December 2nd, 2008 2:55 am

    the breed wont make a difference when it comes to food. any high quality food will be just fine. Innova or timberwolf organics are great but expensive. canidae is also very good and is a lot more affordable.

  4. Agenoria on December 2nd, 2008 7:30 pm

    Baker’s Complete

  5. abbyful on December 5th, 2008 5:32 am

    You are going to have a lot of different opinions. You’ll have your raw feeders, kibble feeders, those who cook for their dogs, etc.. I personally am a kibble feeder, but have the upmost respect for raw feeders as well. Raw is a good diet, but for me, kibble is easier and fits my lifestyle better.

    There isn’t one single dog food that is the overall “best” on the market for all dogs. For example, some dogs do best on grain-free diets, for others, grain-free is too rich and they need a little lower protein diet.

    What you want to find out is what HIGH-QUALITY dog/puppy/all-life-stages food is the best food for your dog/puppy.

    I recommend using dry dog food, it’s better on the teeth than wet dog food.

    On choosing a dog food:

    Read the ingredients on the food you buy. Go with a high quality dog food. A grain should not be in the first couple ingredients ingredient (corn and such are mainly fillers, dogs don’t digest it well). Avoid foods that have a lot of “by products” listed.

    Here is an article about byproducts:

    And an article on what ingredients to avoid:

    Some GOOD foods are :
    * Merrick -
    * Solid Gold -
    * Canidae -
    * Timberwolf -
    * Orijen -
    * Wellness -
    * Chicken Soup brand -
    * Blue Buffalo -
    * Innova -
    * Innova EVO -

    Or check this website for good foods:
    (I recommend only feeding foods rated 4, 5, or 6 stars. Anything 3 stars or less, I would stay away from.)

    Stay away from grocery stores brands. They are low-quality foods chalk full of fillers, preservatives, dyes, etc.. (Grocery store foods are those like Beneful, Old Roy, Alpo, Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

    Beware “premium” foods. “Premium” does not mean good nutritionally, and is not a nutritionally high quality food. It has the same types of ingredients as grocery store foods, just a bit better quality of those not-so-good ingredients. (Premium foods are those like Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, etc..)

    Another thing to be wary of: A lot of vets will recommend what they sell in their office. They get profit from the brands they keep on their shelves, that’s why they push it. Truth is, vet schools don’t focus a lot on nutrition. It’s not saying that a vet is a bad vet because he recommends those foods, a lot of vets just are told “this is good food”, so they pass the message along without proper nutrition knowledge. Also, some dog food brands (like Hills) support vet schools, so vets have heard of it from the time they start college, which makes them think it’s good as well.

    Higher quality food may seem more expensive at first, but it evens out. The higher quality the food, the less fillers eaten (and therefore the less poop comes out the other end). Your dog eats more to try to get the nutrition it needs, and most of the food just passes right on through. Also, it will make your animals healthier, so you save money on vet bills in the long run.

    “Big box” petstores like Petco and Petsmart rarely have quality foods. Also, grocery stores and Walmart aren’t good places to buy food either.

    Your best bets for getting quality dog food are:
    - small, locally owned petstores
    - dog boutiques
    - farm supply stores

    When switching foods, do it gradually. I do this over about a two week timespan:
    25% food A, 75% food B
    50% food A, 50% food B
    75% food A, 25% food B
    100% food A

  6. goldenretrievercrazy on December 8th, 2008 2:44 am

    canidae is the best food.heres why.

    Four Human Grade Meats – Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish
    10 Natural Skin & Coat Conditioners
    Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids
    Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and Superior Digestibility
    Guaranteed Enzyme Activity
    Antioxidant Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals
    Excellent for Problem Skin & Allergies
    Holistic & Herbal Benefits
    Formulated for All Life Stages – Puppies, Adults, Seniors & Overweight
    Excellent Palatability – Dogs Love CANIDAE®

    All Natural Ingredients
    Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Brown Rice, White Rice, Lamb Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Herring Meal, Flax Seed, Sun Cured Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil, Chicken, Lecithin, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Linoleic Acid, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Inulin (from Chicory root), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (source of Vitamin E), Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (source of B2), Beta Carotene, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, D-Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Papaya, Vitamin B12 Supplement
    All Natural and made the CANIDAE® Way with Superior Quality in Every Bag with No Corn, Wheat, Soy, Grain Fractions, Fillers or by products and Naturally Preserved!

    CANIDAE® All Life Stage formula is formulated to meet the AAFCO Dog Nutrient Profiles for all life stages

    Chicken & Turkey Meal – (Human Grade)
    Hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat, flesh tissue and skin only.

    Lamb Meal – (Human Grade)
    Finest American lamb, hormone free, antibiotic free and ethoxyquin free. Human quality meat.

    Herring Meal – (F.D.A. Inspected), (Omega 3)
    Meats have been tested to have No Ethoxyquin Residual.

    Brown Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
    Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; contains a generous supply of B vitamins, plus calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

    White Rice – (U.S.D.A. Grade #1)
    Rice has been tested to have no pesticide residual; also nutritious, and of all grains, Rice is the most easily digested and least likely to cause allergic reactions. Rice helps clear up psoriasis and has anticancer and antidiarrheal properties. Rice helps to lower cholesterol and may also help to prevent kidney stones.

    Chicken Fat – (Omega 6), (Human Grade)
    Naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid.

    Sunflower Oil – (Omega 6)
    Cold pressed, naturally preserved, Rich in linoleic acid and is known for producing a beautiful skin and coat, as well as visible sheen.

    Omega-6 & Omega-3 Fatty Acids – (5:1 Ratio)
    With balanced Omega’s we can improve the coat and help to avoid hot spots, hair loss and allergy problems caused from flea bites, repeated licking and from a fat imbalance.

    An excellent source of protein and contains all the essential Amino Acids.

    Flaxseed Meal – (Omega 3)
    Aids in the movement of food through the digestive tract. Flax nourishes and is soothing to the stomach and intestinal linings. This plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids helps enhance the coat’s sheen.

    Linoleic Acid – (Omega 6)
    Essential fatty acid for healthy skin and coat.

    Is used in the digestion and absorption of fats.

    Aids in healing allergies, stomach ailments and bad breath; cleanses the kidneys and removes poisons from the body; neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier; improves the appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium and other nutrients.

    Strengthens the mind and concentrating abilities; it aids in healing skin sores and skin eruptions and removing dandruff. It has been mostly employed in disordered states of the digestion and for its savory usage.

    Is a stimulant of the circulatory system; to treat bad breath; stimulates the hair bulbs to new growth. Employed for its savory usage.

    Prevents the spread of bacterial infections in kidneys and the urinary tract. Helps prevent Cystitis.

    Rich in soluble fiber, helps lower blood cholesterol levels and normalizes blood sugar.

    Vitamin packed herb, calms the stomach, reduces
    tissue swelling, removes worms and parasites from the digestive tract.

    Rich in vitamins and contains 30 minerals, controls the thyroid and regulates the metabolism which aids in the digestion of foods and the burning of calories. Kelp aids with improved brain and nerve functions.

    An amino acid derivative found in meat that shields the heart from harm. Studies also show that Taurine may also benefit vision disorders, epilepsy, and gallstones. Plays an important part as a neurotransmitter, maintains the correct composition of bile and the solubility of cholesterol.

    Yucca Schidigera Extract
    Used for its reduction of both breath and stool odor! A cleansing agent. Used by the Indians of the southwest for skin disorders, skin eruptions and helps avoid inflammation.

    All natural fiber intake to help in digestion, improve intestinal health and effective in reducing cholesterol. Also known as an anticarcinogenic.

    An amino acid sugar necessary for construction of connective tissue and healthy cartilage. Benefits include prevention of arthritis and improved joint health.

    Exist naturally in cartilage. When combined with Glucosamine it is known to produce a synergetic effect in helping prevent arthritis and improving joint health.

    Inulin (from chicory root), Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) / Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Mannan-Oligosaccharide (MOS) – Stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy bacteria. Benefits Include: Helping to prevent cancers and have antimicrobial activity. Prebiotics may further help in lowering triglycerides, stabilizing blood glucose levels, boosting the immune system and helping to improve mineral absorption and rid the gut of harmful microorganisms.

    Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Products – Aid in the maintenance of the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Benefits Include: Improved Digestion, Lower Cholesterol Levels, Strengthened Immune Systems and help Correct Digestive Disorders. Probiotics also aid in helping to prevent ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases, lactose intolerance, yeast infections and colon cancer.

    Digestive Enzymes
    Aspergillus Oryzae, Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extracts, Papaya (containing the enzyme Papain), Pineapple (containing the enzyme Bromilian) – Hydrolyzes proteins, fats, oils, starches and carbohydrates for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

    Digestive enzyme that hydrolyzes fiber for better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Canidae Pet Foods is once again the leader in cutting edge nutrition by being the first pet food manufacturer to include proven enzymatic activity in our products backed by scientific data and proven methodology on the inclusion of Cellulase.

    Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
    All natural live culture. Acts in stimulating microbial and enzyme populations in the animal’s digestive system. This improves feeding efficiency and digestion.

    Complete Vitamins including Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Tocopherols.

    Complete balanced minerals containing Amino Acid Chelated Minerals. When Amino Acids are bound to minerals they produce Chelated Minerals, which can be attributed to 3 to 10 time better assimilation of minerals.

    What is an Herb?
    The term herb has been used to refer to any plant or part, valued for its medicinal or savory qualities. Herbs contain the active ingredients that give the plant its medicinal properties.

    go to canidae.com for more info and click store locator to find a store that carries it near you.this food is not pricey.you can order it online at petfooddirect.com.its about $31 for a 40lb bag

  7. anwen55 on December 11th, 2008 1:06 am

    Have you tried asking this on a breed specific forum like this one:
    If you bought your puppy from a reputable breeder, you should stick to their advice as they should know the breed & their breeding better than anyone.

  8. Tc and Bj on December 13th, 2008 11:57 am

    Westies are really cute! In UK a brand called “Supadog” is very good. We’ve fed all our dogs with it over the years and all different breeds. In the range of different requirements you can buy..Supadog Sensitive which is for dogs with delicate tummies and goes up in scale depending on how active the dog is. There’s even one for working dogs which is called Supadog Active. Any good petshop should be able to advise you on what your doggie needs or speak to your vet. As for the problem with tooth decay, Dentistix are an excellent product. Our Cocker Spaniel has one every night and it keeps her teeth in good condition. There are specialist oils that you can put into your doggies food that help with skin conditions but you’d be able to speak to your vet about them too. We feed our Cocker with the Sensitive and she loves it.

  9. prada on December 14th, 2008 8:48 pm

    Without a doubt Burns dry dog food, was invented by a vet and my vet uses it for his dogs, you can start it on the mini bites, i wouldnt use any other, try it give it a go.

  10. M!$F!T on December 15th, 2008 12:30 am

    I would definately go with a ‘no grain’ food…Wellness and Innova are great food distributors and have a No Grain line…when going with no grain u dont hafta worry about allergies to corn meal and all the other additives that can cause alotta problems with sensitive dogs…My lab was on Nutro and had irregular BM problems…but the other 3 dogs were fine…i switched her to Wellness “CORE” which is all natural food (meat, veggies n fruit)…and in the first week her feces was normal…but i guess your finacial situation plays a big part in buying food as well…if yer gonna go with something cheaper, then all i say is: NEVER EVER feed your dog ‘DADS’…its the worst and your dog will suffer in the long run…also, u will get alotta vets telling you to buy Science Diet…dont…they only tell you that because they get it for free and sell it in their offices…i take care of a pet store that offers the brand but we would never recommend it to a new dog owner.

  11. denise m on December 15th, 2008 4:24 am

    NONE…..I would do a search on the breed to find recipes for good diets….I have to say after searching for a good diet for my ckc spaniel with Diabetis I did come across so many people stating this commercial dry food stuff is one of the biggest causes of skin complaints and many more illnesses….I would think twice before starting him on that stuff…..the only thing that can be said for it…CONVENIENCE….for the owner, our pets deserve more from us if they are going to be healthy

  12. Jean O on December 17th, 2008 9:30 pm

    James Well Beloved. They do puppy as well as the other stages. I put my GSD cross on it as he was scratching most of the time and solved the problem.

    My present dog has a sweet tooth and loves Baker’s Complete.

  13. lerbo on December 19th, 2008 7:32 am

    Burns dry food. Excellent. Look at the website it’s very good.

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