The Nature's Variety demonstrator was in my local natural pet food store and was giving out samples. I wanted to get my dogs off Science Diet, so I grabbed a couple of samples and took them home for my dogs to try. They loved it and they are very picky.
However, I noticed that here was increased stool output and my dogs were always looking for something to eat. My dogs are usually not like that. One of my dogs could easily eat 6 cups of this food a day if I let her and she is only 40 lbs. I feel like not much of this food is absorbed by the body. They ate much more of this and didn't even gain weight and they were always going to the bathroom.
I recently switched to Nature's Planet Organics and they love it! It's very pricy, but they eat less of it, there is less stool output, and they are not going around always looking for something to eat. Therefore, the cost is about the same as feeding Prairie, and Nature's Planet is much better.
Nutrition Philosophy | Prairie Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
Treats: Just as with humans, there is more to your pet’s meals than the basics. Eating should be fun! Treats also help you bond with your pet. However, it’s tempting to feed too many treats, because pets like them so much. Avoid feeding so many treats that your pet refuses basic foods. Treats should make up no more than 5% of the total diet. Offer pre-packaged treats that are all-natural and low in sugar, with no artificial additives. Treats such as yogurt drops, carrots, dried fruit, and seed sticks are high in calories that promote obesity in prairie dogs. You can offer small quantities of vegetables as treats.
Nature's Variety Prairie Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food | Petco
Complete, high-fiber cubes: Large hay cubes are especially effective in satisfying chewing instincts, stimulating the prairie dog’s innate playful behavior and providing complete nutrition. Be sure the hay cubes you choose to feed are complete cubes that are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Feed three to four cubes a day in a sturdy crock bowl, in addition to free-choice hay, and clean dishes daily. Remove any leftover food. Avoid feeding peanuts, sunflower seeds, puppy food, and other fatty foods that are high in calories and low in fiber. Contrary to what we might think, prairie dogs do not need table scraps, meat, cookies, crackers, dog biscuits, fruits or starchy foods. If you already have begun to feed your prairie dog a fatty or starchy diet, it’s important to gradually covert your pet to the new feed over the space of one or two weeks. Gradually changing food for any reason helps avoid digestive upset.
Prairie Biscuits | Prairie Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
Prairie offers holistic foods that deliver optimal nourishment through a variety of simple, natural ingredients. Fresh meat, poultry or fish, hearty whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables provide balanced, holistic nutrition for pets. Only the highest quality ingredients have been selected for each of the Prairie recipes – 100% free of corn, wheat or soy.Similar to rabbits, prairie dogs require a diet high in fiber. Also like rabbits, prairie dogs are "hindgut fermenters", which means that the digestion of their food occurs by bacterial fermentation in the lower intestines, and which also means that they require a large amount of dietary roughage. Obesity is a common problem in pet prairie dogs due to improper diet and lack of exercise. Feeding mainly timothy or other grass hay, is essential. Avoid feeding large amounts of the richer alfalfa hay, except in the young, growing animal Timothy rabbit pellets or rodent chow (1-2 blocks per week) may be offered in small amounts to the young prairie dog, decreasing or even eliminating this after 1 year of age. Fresh vegetables (especially a VARIETY of dark green leafy vegetables such as parsley, cilantro, kale, collard greens, bok choy, clover, dandelion, carrot tops) should be offered.