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View Poll Results: What type of kibble do you feed your dog? Grain-Free or Not?
I feed only grain free kibble. 35 47.30%
I feed non grain free kibble. 18 24.32%
I feed RAW and kibble. 17 22.97%
I feed only RAW. 10 13.51%
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:01 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Selzer which kibble did you end up using for your dogs?
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Selzer which kibble did you end up using for your dogs?
Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice and Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete, 50/50, which is about 29/20 protein to fat, and around 420kcal/cup. It has no listed glutens, so they aren't dumping gluten in there to spike the protein levels artificially. The dogs have been on it for a little more than a year and they are all doing really good.
And it doesn't break the bank.
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I was feeding non-grain feed kibble before (Fromm Gold LBP + Blue Buffalo LBP) but recently switched over to NutriLife Gold grain free, and he is finally doing well on a food. I don't feel like I HAVE to feed grain free, I just feed him whatever kibble he does well on.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:01 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I picked Orijen while I was researching dog food, and have kept Puppy on it since she came home at 4 months. She does not smell at all, has great coat, and small firm poops.

I'm not against grained foods. In fact, I think some of her treats I feed her have grains in them. I just picked a food and stuck with it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:19 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I feed kibble with grain. I would love to go grain free, occasionally do to switch it up, but it all comes down to what he does best on. I have tried a LOT of foods so far in the 4-5 star ratings because I feel better about it but keep going back because he has issues with dander. And when I say issues I mean the wall next to his crate has a coating of dander on it. He also has issues keeping weight on. So I stick to the food that gives him a shiny-dander-free coat, keeps his weight on without having to feed 6 cups a day, no gas, less poo.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:22 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Diamond Naturals Adult Chicken and Rice and Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete, 50/50, which is about 29/20 protein to fat, and around 420kcal/cup. It has no listed glutens, so they aren't dumping gluten in there to spike the protein levels artificially. The dogs have been on it for a little more than a year and they are all doing really good.
And it doesn't break the bank.
This is what Jackson eats too. I have issues with Diamond in general, but it seems to be the only one that works for both him and my wallet.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:29 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Three of our dogs did fine on high quality food with rice in it but . . .Pele has a problem with gas. I'm talking the kind of problem that drives you out of a room. And she is a very sensitive old girl and it got to the point that, when someone said "PHEW!" she would droop and leave the room (even if it wasn't her). So we switched to grain free and our poor gaseous greyhound/husky/lab cross can once again curl up next to her sister without feeling unwelcome, lol.
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This exactly. I tried it, but I haven't seen the much-touted benefits of grain-free. I'm glad you have, but let's try not to judge the one's that haven't.
This also.
"for whatever reason", how about these reasons?
"Grain free" is a sales tool? Simply the latest fad??
How about, my dogs look and feel awesome on the food they eat?
And, I'm not one to jump on bandwagons? Those are but a few reasons
Your poll is way too limited, as well, for me to answer.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #39 (permalink)
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You know, I have also always hydrated my kibble before feeding it. I figure it gives the enzymes added to the food a little time, takes care of any swelling issues (some do and some don't), slows down the dog and, in general has better results...also keeps the dog hydrated. I figure a natural diet (which is my goal but can't do right now) is very high in moisture and dry biscuit is even less natural.
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Default Kibble Feeders: Who DOESN'T feed grain-free? Why?

I switched mine to Blue Buffalo LBP from Royal Canin...she liked it at first but now losing interest.. I must say the dog looks great! Poop is excellent, shiny coat and shedding reduced tremendously. Her coat actually feels oily... The only problem is I wish she was excited about eating it..I'm in process of finding her another quality kibble,it's so complicated !!!


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