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Old 01-08-2017, 02:17 PM
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Dog Food Suggestions

Helloooooo everyone!

So, I have been struggling and trying to do my best to feed my dogs a raw food diet. We have had great difficulty in trying to do so, there just aren't the resources where I live. It is nearly impossible to get whole meats, game meats, and good sources or organs etc. I can't in good conscious continue trying to feed them this, because I know they are not getting the nutrients they require. I did briefly look into commercially prepared raw, but it's all just ground meat anyway, plus it is ridiculously expensive. (Like over 250 to feed two dogs a month).

With that in mind, I am looking to get back into most likely kibble with probably the occasional bone for keeping teeth clean. With that in mind, I'm thinking about the following brands:
  • Fromm
  • Acana
  • Orijen
  • Ziwi Peak

But I am open to other suggestions, or thoughts about the above mentioned foods. Neither one of my dogs experience any sort of hot spots, allergies, or major problems. Levi does tend to get a little bit of a sensitive tummy.

My favourite parts of raw are the clean teeth, no dog smell, and great poops, so if you have a kibble/food recommendation that could keep those, I'd be super on board.

Price point, I'd prefer not to spend more that $150 or so a month on two dogs *but we could go a little higher and not tell my husband...). I'm in Canada, so I can't order anything on Chewy.

Enjoy this picture of my dogs being themselves. :P

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I feel the struggle. I have recently decided to switch mine off raw for mostly the same reasons as you plus my supplier went up about .50/pound, which may sound not much but with 3 dogs and two cats on raw its adds up quickly. I currently have my three on Acana and they are doing really well, switched flawlessly too, happy dance I think I actually might go with Orijen in the long run I just wanted to try the less expensive of the two first. I still think raw is best but just can't right now. My lab/springer, Primo, gains weight fairly easily and raw kept him nice and slim so with the kibble I have to give a lot less than the bag suggests so just beware of that too. Good luck!
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@Shandula, your babies are so adorable!

If you are looking to spend around the $150/month range, the ZiwiPeak may be a bit out of your budget. It's quite expensive, but I have always had amazing success with it.

Of the ones you mentioned, you really can't go wrong with any of those brands. The good thing about all of them, is that there are multiple protein options so you can rotate the protein source. The disadvantage of Orijen is two fold: 1. the price point is significantly more than Acana or Fromm and 2. (this is also true of Fromm) their foods contain multiple protein sources so if there is every an allergy to one of the formulations, it's would be unclear what the contaminant would be. The Acana singles, are single source proteins, but come in multiple flavours so you can still rotate, if you so choose.

All of the brands you have suggested will put on weight fairly rapidly if you aren't careful.

Good luck!
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I personally like, Fromm, Orijen, Acana, and Zignature.

My personal favorite would be Zignature. Its not super expensive. Its grain-free, potato free and completely chicken free. The poops arent super big, but not as small as raw.

Hope this helps.
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My younger is on royal canin giant junior about to switch to Giant Adult. She was started on royal canin breeder formula and when we got her she went onto royal canin puppy.

I can not say enough about how great this food is. It took her from a 6 lbs woem to her 130lbs teenage self in a year and a half without ever letting an excess drop of fat form on her body. This is a major consumen for large loose jointed puppies, keeping early wight off and this food did it amazingly. She doesn't find it the tastiest which is a mild problem but she and my other dog ( also on RC) are healthy as can be. Regular consistent poops. Incredibly well balanced growth formulations
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I've had wonderful success since switching to Earthborn Holistics.

I wish I could feed Ziwi Peak because it's an amazing food but it's out of my price range

I feel like I remember @jclark343 saying that she feeds Fromm so maybe she can give you some feedback on that.
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Horizon pet foods is another option that is a good food at a decent price. It's made in Saskatchewan and I know they support the local rescues and dog sport groups a fair amount.

Personally I usually try a food for a month and keep notes on how the dog errr... processes it as well as the pup's energy level and skin condition while on it and make my decisions based on that.
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I do feed Fromm. They eat Fromm Gold and honestly my dogs love it. I had considered the signature Fromm but with all of the options, I didn't see myself being one of those people who would circulate, and Gold is in our price range so it works. We go through a bag a month at about $50 a bag. (WELL below your budget).

I looked into Ziwipeaks (my husband asked about it after seeing Sara Carson and Hero advertising it) and after I looked at the priced I quickly stepped away. It's WICKED expensive. I think one of my dogs would go through a bag every 3 days and the bags are like $30-$40 a bag. No Thanks! Lol.

I was just talking to one of my friends about Orijen as she is looking for a new food for her dog (possible allergy problem) and I guess she was reading that they recently moved from Canada to Kentucky and a lot of the recent reviews on Chewy have been very negative. And for $90 a bag, I better be getting good quality food.

I haven't heard anything negative about Acana, and they've always been a highly recommended food. Definitely one I would look at if I needed to change.

So my suggestion would be Fromm and Acana.
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I had my dog on Nutro large breed puppy food (chicken and rice) when I first got him, and something just wasn't going well with his stomach with it. Could be a chicken allergy...but either way, I was trying to decide between Fromm and Canidae and ended up going with Canidae's large breed puppy with duck, rice, and lentil. He's doing much better on that! I've heard a lot of good things about Fromm and if we have any other issues, I'll be trying that next.
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My dogs are eating Acana. It took me a while to find something that worked for my dog with allergies but her coat is nice and shiny on the Freshwater Fish formula, and she hasn't had any rashes and doesn't scratch constantly anymore. We did Orijen for a while but they both do just as well on Acana and it's a little cheaper.
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