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Do Tell: Would You Feed Your Pet a Free Sample?

Last week a Sugar staffer left me this sample she was handed on her way to work. Sadly, it's not for dogs since North is always up for a taste test, but it got me thinking about our pets with sensitive tummies. Since my pooch is healthy, has no allergies, and loves eating even food I don't give him, I would totally mix in a trial product . . . after reading the label of course. Would you do this and has any sample off the street ever led to an entirely new meal plan for your furry friend?

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cageyme cageyme 8 years
My dog eats his own vomit. A random free sample isn't (hasn't) going to hurt him. :dog:
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
yup would and have especially the cat treats
Dollylo Dollylo 8 years
Polka eats special food. A prescripted one because of a little disease so, nope ;)
Susan76 Susan76 8 years
I give my Dogs the free samples I get from some of the Pet food companies I just make sure to not give them too much incase it upsets their tummies. Luckly that hasn't happened much. I'm more likely to buy a product if the company let's me try it for free first.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
actually, I got this sample just a few weeks ago and I let Bubba try it and he loved it and I went out and bought a few more packets and mix it in his daily regimen
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I like to keep Oliver's diet consistant, as he has PKD and is doing well. His previous owner was feeding him Purina. Eeek!!! I will, however, give him samples of high quality treats. Speaking of, I received a sample packet of Greenies Feline Pill Pockets in the mail last week. He LOVES them, and has no clue that he is being given a pill! It's great for me, as his medication, in compounded liquid for, was costing me 50 clams per month. Now, I can get his medication from the vet in pill form, for 12 dollars per month. :bananana:
ladyr ladyr 8 years
If they are a holistic/high quality brand, I keep them and use them as treats for training. They think it's a treat since it's something different. We normally feed our dogs Solid Gold brand food and mix in a little bit of fresh meat for extra flavor.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I only give Cuba samples from the Holistic Pet Store and the brands that I trust like Evo, Orjens, or Solid Gold. However, he loves his raw over anything any day of the week.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
I only keep the decent brand samples, but I generally only use them when for some reason I've run out of food, and there is a snowstorm going on or something.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 8 years
we only integrate samples if the ingredients are on par with that the dogs need: grain free, no fillers, by products, and meat based protein. Great info, Euni!!! Your pups are luck to have such a health conscience mom!
nancita nancita 8 years
Glad you were able to use the sample somehow, Pet! That is actually the second time I've seen a pet food brand handing out free samples, which is so funny to me, since the only thing I could do with that is eat it myself.
Blackthorne Blackthorne 8 years
My Pug, and the kitties all have iron stomaches. As long as its a premium brand or higher, they can get the trial package. It wasn't always that way. One of my past kitties had IBS, another was on a special diet. I am enjoying the freedom.
dzymzlzy dzymzlzy 8 years
Not a FOOD-food sample, but perhaps a sample treat like a Milkbone.
foxie foxie 8 years
Nah. My pets would either get explosive diarrhea or the vomits. Ick.
shepptacular shepptacular 8 years
They were giving this away in Union Square awhile ago and I took one. But then I realized that they were only for cats and I didn't want to risk stunting my kittens growth and I would not hold on to it until they were grown up so I gave it back.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I do give B-Bop samples of stuff sometimes. He has a stomach of steel and loves getting new stuff. Honestly I kind of take it like me eating jack in the box or whatever every so often. Sure it's not the best for me, but it won't kill me if I eat once every couple months.
Euni Euni 8 years
Depends on the sample. I've mixed in raw samples from Jeffery's Natural Pet Food Company in SF a few times while I was considering a raw diet for the pups. But definitely not anything from Hill's Science Diet, Purina, Beneful, Eukanuba, or any of those "big-name" commercial brands. Those foods are filled with some of the worst things imaginable to dogs- corn, wheat, soy, by-products... even sugar and salt! It makes me shudder! When I first got Milo, he came eating Eukanuba Puppy. It was only until I did my research ( & that I realized how horrible these foods are. These companies mass-produce their foods with mostly fillers (meat isn't even the first ingredient on their lists!) and add in hormone-laden byproducts and meals. I didn't know my food was the equivalent of garbage. What really irks me is that premium, holistic dog food is NOT much more expensive than the commercial brands, but most people use price as justification for not switching to a better food. No wonder they end up paying higher vet bills. It makes absolutely no sense to me that a person can say "Oh... I can't afford to spend $5 more per bag on a 2-3 week supply of dog food" when they have no problem spending that money on other things for themselves. Or when people buy designer leashes but they can't even feed their dog quality food. Why even have a dog then? Milo and Otto are currently on Orijen with a home-cooked diet mixed in (cooked fresh organic chicken, carrots, spinach, peas, apples, blueberries, hard-boiled eggs, flax oil and bone meal all ground together with a tablespoon of greek yogurt on top) and their health, especially Otto's (who has been on frickin BENEFUL for 4 years and has had many trips to the visit during that time) has improved soooooooo much. They look better and feel better and actually get excited about mealtime now. Please don't feed your dogs Science Diet! Many vets endorse this product because they are given a cut of the profits but LOOK AT THE LABEL! Would you eat any of that? Better to switch to a premium food that uses human-grade ingredients, no? Do it for your doggie!
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I'm very strict with my dogs', so we don't really feed them anything else. Especially since their tummies are a little sensitive. When we first got Bella, we were feeding her Science Diet and then we were given a sample of EVO from a pet store owner and told how fantastic it is. Which then led to me doing a ton of research on doggy foods. So now it's only EVO for our babies.
jfellows1631 jfellows1631 8 years
we don't give our baby anything but his regular food...for fear of "soft serve"
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