Is cesar food good for my dog?

asked 2017-01-12 17:08:43 -0600

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I say no. Canned pet foods lack in nutrition and ingredients are not truthfully disclosed. I never feed my dogs canned or commercial dry for that matter.

Cynthia B.'s profile image Cynthia B.  ( 2017-02-23 09:41:01 -0600 ) edit

I give an emphatic NO!!! I just came home from the Vet with a huge bill.... My dog that I recently started feeding Cesar brand dog food to, was really sick this morning. Took her to the vet to find out that she has Pancreatitis. They said I might as well have been feeding her McDonalds 2x's a day.

River L.'s profile image River L.  ( 2017-07-04 19:08:13 -0600 ) edit

What was the outcome if i may ask was your doggie okay after.

Corrine C.'s profile image Corrine C.  ( 2019-01-15 14:32:24 -0600 ) edit

After reading this not sure I will continue feeding it....why can't you change your packing as the foil is hard to open...

Lynne M.'s profile image Lynne M.  ( 2019-07-08 01:27:37 -0600 ) edit

My dogs are little Cesar savory beacon feast and they got sick all three vomiting and one of them look like he wasn’t goi g to make it , I forced water and milk and they started feeling better a day later. I’m never giving them that food again

Liz A.'s profile image Liz A.  ( 2019-11-03 17:09:20 -0600 ) edit

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Lara S.'s profile image Lara S.  ( 2019-12-03 12:44:26 -0600 ) edit

My miniature dachshund Joy was just admitted to an all night stay at hospital diagnosed with HGE, severe vomiting and diarrhea. I had just recently started feeding her Cesar chicken & duck dog food, it is in the trash can. river-licci ( Jul 4 '17 ) post, Joy has same symptoms, different diagnosis

Lisa S.'s profile image Lisa S.  ( 2020-07-17 12:58:12 -0600 ) edit

yes of course

Reut L.'s profile image Reut L.  ( 2022-08-10 22:51:33 -0600 ) edit

I'm going to say no. Can and dry food is loaded with dyes, byproducts, fillers, and there really isn't a lot of nutrition. So many recalls. I personally feed them A Pup Above or The Farmers Dog. Healthier. Side note, we feed them the best we can afford.

Vicki F.'s profile image Vicki F.  ( 2022-08-13 01:43:58 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2017-01-27 10:18:40 -0600

Cesar dog food is filled with by-products and non-specific meat sources. by-products are what's left over after all the good parts of the animal are gone. For chicken, it will include beaks, feathers, feet, non-delicacy organs. Blech! Non-specific meat sources are things like "poultry," "meat," or "fish." Poultry can include anything bird-like. Could be chicken, could be turkey, could be duck, could be quail. Fish is anything fish, maybe salmon, maybe whitefish, who knows? And meat could literally be anything. Depending on the state regulations where the food is processed, it could literally be roadkill scraped off the highway. You always want it to say what the meat source is.

Whatever brand you go with, keep an eye on those meats. Cesar uses low quality non specified meat.

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answered 2017-02-21 09:17:02 -0600

It's not about the brand or the packaging. It's about the ingredients .....what are the ingredients?

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answered 2018-05-04 23:45:56 -0600

I would highly recommend you watch the Documentary Pet Fooled. I found it in Netflix. It really opened my eyes to The Pet Food industry. It is poorly regulated. Yes bi products are every gross contaminated meat you could imagine. Lately they've found euthanasia solution in some of the meat. It's a farmers horse, roadkill, the big bloated cow on the side of the road with maggots rotting away...you get the idea. The problem is the dog food industry is so huge they manufacture many different brands in the same factory. Dry food is bad. Preservatives and the drying process is causing cancer, Auto immune problems and more.

Raw meat diet is best. Dogs have the necessary enzymes to kill the bacteria. We just need to wash hands and area its prepared on. Unfortunately its expensive but saves the vet bills.

Watch Pet Fooled!

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Thank you for sharing. I never heard of Pet Fooled. Since I just spent $1,400 on a hospital bill, and more expenses forthcoming, Cesar's dog food is in the trash.

Lisa S.'s profile image Lisa S.  ( 2020-07-17 13:31:46 -0600 ) edit
answered 2017-02-21 11:49:05 -0600

This is not the healthiest choice of wet food you can give your pet. Currently I saw there's a recall going out for this brand as well, saying that plastic pieces have been found in the food. You might want to do some research about this.

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answered 2018-05-15 23:09:13 -0600

Cesar's food is packaged with a foil top, that is sealed with chemical compounds that are like anti-freeze. Any dog food container that uses foil or plastic tops, in my opinion, is a health hazard, not to mention that the food itself is really not the best quality.

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answered 2018-05-06 16:07:16 -0600

NO! It's trash. Just like Pedigree and Alpo.

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answered 2017-02-23 09:36:57 -0600

There is is a great list I use as a guideline for worst vs bed dog foods. It's from the dog digest, The good dog food list is after the bad list

http://www.thedogdigest.com/dog-food-review/top-20-worst-dry-dog-food-brands-for-2017/ (http://www.thedogdigest.com/dog-food-...)

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answered 2022-08-13 17:10:04 -0600

I don’t know about Cesar’s specifically, but you must educate yourself about the best/worst ingredients for pet foods, then check the label carefully to see what’s in the food you are thinking about feeding to your pet. The pet foods companies are in the business to make money, and some sacrifice quality. Expect to pay more for a high-quality pet food.

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answered 2022-08-28 15:53:32 -0600

As many have already answered, I'll keep this short.

I have been in the dog industry for 12 years, and I have studied canine nutrition for that entire time as well.

My first piece of advice: Read the ingredients. Stay away from meat byproducts, "animal protein", soy, corn, BHA, BPA, and most grains.

Second piece of advice: The first 2 ingredients should be a meat source.

Third piece of advice: Anything after "salt" means that there is less than 1% of that ingredient in the food. So foods that advertise a picture of some sort of vegetable, superfood, or meat, but place after salt in the ingredient list is a marketing ploy. Don't fall for it.

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answered 2018-07-07 07:58:26 -0600

I start giving my dog cesar classics and gourmet wet food. In the begining was ok but now she is sick (vometing and not in mood for playing). I cook for her chicken with rice and chicken with carots and she was fine in 2 days. I gave her cesar again and she was sick again. I will take her to the vet to see but so far seems to be the food.

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