|10-22-2013 10:51 PM|
If you want the convenience of kibble and want a SMALL company, I think you should look into FROMM.
Fromm is family owned, and they own their own plant (i.e., they don't contract manufacturing out to mysterious third parties, or to Diamond, like so many companies do). This last point is very, very important if recalls trouble you -- take a look at the source of some recalls, and you'll see it's often just one manufacturing plant that allegedly has the potential to contaminate several different brands because so many brands contract with that one plant. A recall involving a Diamond plant, for example, involved NB, TOTW, Kirkland, Chicken Soup, Canidae, Wellness and several other foods because those foods were made by Diamond for other companies under contract, in their plant. Here's a list involved in one major recall out of that one plant: More Dry Pet Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination
For me, when I switched last year, it was important to my peace of mind that Fromm has been around for decades, had total control of the manufacturing process, and they've never had a recall. **knock on wood***
You can get it through Petflow.com, or other online or local specialty stores. It's a little more expensive than NB at around $55-60/bag for the Four Star line, which is designed to be rotational (i.e., feed fish this bag, feed duck the next, without any need to transition). It's not as expensive as Orijen, though, which is an another excellent food, though considerably more expensive. For picky eaters, I find the fish-based Four Star flavors (white fish and potato, salmon) are especially good, and a lot of dogs seem to like the duck as well in this line. (We have constant parades of foster dogs, so we get a lot of picky eaters and dogs with digestive issues -- they all do great on all the flavors EXCEPT the pork-and-apple in the Four Star line. Something about that one doesn't seem to agree with some dogs and gives them loose stool.)
I'm not saying Diamond-manufactured foods are bad -- I've fed NB as well as Kirkland Nature's Domain, both of which come out of a Diamond plant. We never had a problem with those foods, and the dogs did great on them. The recalls just gave me the creeps and made me nervous.
|10-22-2013 09:55 PM|
Taste of the wild. Has many different flavors. It is not available at the big pet shops but can be found at the tractor and feed stores. My GSD will only eat this brand of food. it has done wonders for his stomach and stool, as well as skin issues.
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|10-22-2013 09:37 PM|
Natures Variety (Petco) and Wellness (Petco and Petsmart) are both good brands. I also like Fromm's (formed my GSD poops up), Acana, Orijen and Natures Logic.
This website will give you a good low down on dog food brands. I have found it very helpful. DogAware.com: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated)
|10-22-2013 09:03 PM|
If you have any Doggie Boutiques in your town, the very best food is The Honest Kitchen. It is 100% Human Grade ingredients made in a Human Grade facility. It is the ONLY pet food in the USA that the FDA legally allows the words "Human Grade" to be used on their advertising and packaging! This is a dehydrated food so a 10 pound box will cost approx. $70, depending on the variety chosen, but it RE-hydrates to 35 to 40 pounds of food! Put your zip in here: Where to Buy Honest Kitchen - Honest Kitchen Stores | The Honest Kitchen
If you have a Pet Supply Plus near you, try Acana by Champion. Champion also makes Orijen but I think it will be too rich for your Fur Kid's gut.
If all you have is a Petsmart, try Nature's Variety (NOT Nature's Recipe).
You may also want to add a digestive enzyme/probiotic to your dogs meals to help keep his gut healthy and help him assimilate his food better. Digest All Plus is an excellent quality, mostly organic ingredients, and a combo of both probiotics and enzymes. http://www.thewholisticpet.com/produ...ll-plustm.html
|10-22-2013 08:49 PM|
|Nigel||I don't know how much of a factor cost is to you, but I would like to try Honest Kitchen for mine, but with three to feed and DW working reduced hours it ain't happening now. They are the only ones that can claim human grade, worth looking into if trust is a big issue.|
|10-22-2013 08:17 PM|
Natural Balance Refugee Seeks New Food
While reading about the recent jerky recalls, I was surprised to learn that Natural Balance was bought by Del Monte back in May. I completely missed that news. Alas, I don't trust big companies for dog food...and Del Monte's record of importing tainted-in-China crap does not inspire confidence.
My 9-year-old has been on NB since he was 6 months old and I hate to lose them.