A reader writes:
Could you please provide me with the names of some of the better quality dog foods. I can’t read Spanish (yet)
editor’s note: Carl is lurking in his northern lair, so I turned to PG correspondent El Codo for some investigative reporting.
Northern Mexico, the Baja California peninsula, and larger cities are more prosperous and a person is more likely to find expensive dogs, and therefore expensive dog food.
Unless you shop in a gringo enclave, smaller neighborhood tiendas (stores) are most likely to only have the most plain-jane generic pet food. Light brown nuggets which I refer to as “Doggie K-Rations” are sold in bulk or repackaged in small clear plastic bags. Skinny Mexican dogs gobble this stuff up, but a dog from the US or Canada would seemingly rather starve than eat this dismal fare.
Supermercados, chain grocery stores will have a larger selection, including quality Mexican brands and familiar US brands. Commercial Mexicana, Gigante, Soriana, and Bodega Aurerra are some examples of larger chain stores. Popular brands like Pedigree and Purina are common, as are variants of the majors. Puppy food is common, and “low fat” varieties are getting more common. But only in those larger stores.
Costco and Sam’s Club carry a large variety, as well as larger sacks in case you are feeding a particularly hungry Great Dane, or brace of smaller dogs.
However, truly exotic (to Mexicans) dog food brands like “Science Diet” are rare. Some veterinarians in gringo enclaves sell high-end dog food, but be forewarned, the price may make your knees wobble. If your pooch requires a special food, then by all means bring it from home. It will be difficult to find down here.
Some bag dog food list vitamins minerals, protein and fat content but don’t count on it.
Counterfeit dog food is quite rare – I’ve never heard of it being found.
Glossary of Spanish Dog Food Terms:
ALIMENTO PARA PERROS Dog Food
ALIMENTO PARA CACHORROS Puppy Food
ALIMENTO PARA GATASCat Food
Carne de Res BEEF
Pasta de Soya SOY PASTE
Bha/Bht PRESERVATIVES (Google for definitions)
Vitaminas VITAMINS (the same as in English)
Minerales MINERALS (latinized but very similar to English. “sulfate de magnesio” for “MAGNESIUM SULFATE” etc.)
Analisis Garantizados GUARANTEED ANALYSIS
Proteina Cruda CRUDE PROTEIN
Grasa Cruda CRUDE FAT
Fibra Cruda CRUDE FIBER
Editor’s note: See comments for additional info.