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01-07-2014 11:46 PM
xtramile
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I met a couple of reps for Merrick's and they were very enthusiastic about the product and company they work for.

They said it IS an independent pet food only manufacturer - so not owned by a soap company or brand.

I feed RAW, so naturally I ask about the carb source (what holds kibble together) and they said they have a sweet potato product.

I ask if any ingredients are sourced from China. They said NO, and that even the sweet potato isn't, that it's very hard to find and that although they pay more - it is not from China.

I move on to the Vitamin/mineral mix that is added in to meet the AAFCO's (minimum requirement - had to say it), almost all kibble added nutrients are from China...They said theirs is sourced in the USA.

Merreks also makes an organic brand (not sure what it's called), but it is certified organic facility.

Just putting this out there for your consideration.

But I suggest you go RAW...there is nothing natural about kibble
We would love to go raw. We did for a few days and he slurped down everything in his bowl, had tiny odorless poops, and gave him a good mental stimulation to eat. But there is of course the price. I am currently working in a large grocery store that has a ton of scraps from the meat department that I think they just toss. We are talking whole steaks and such because it touched the ground or something. Lots of good stuff. But I am hesitant to ask about getting access to it.

Thanks for the feedback on Merrecks
01-07-2014 11:22 PM
GatorBytes I met a couple of reps for Merrick's and they were very enthusiastic about the product and company they work for.

They said it IS an independent pet food only manufacturer - so not owned by a soap company or brand.

I feed RAW, so naturally I ask about the carb source (what holds kibble together) and they said they have a sweet potato product.

I ask if any ingredients are sourced from China. They said NO, and that even the sweet potato isn't, that it's very hard to find and that although they pay more - it is not from China.

I move on to the Vitamin/mineral mix that is added in to meet the AAFCO's (minimum requirement - had to say it), almost all kibble added nutrients are from China...They said theirs is sourced in the USA.

Merreks also makes an organic brand (not sure what it's called), but it is certified organic facility.

Just putting this out there for your consideration.

But I suggest you go RAW...there is nothing natural about kibble
01-07-2014 11:05 PM
Momto2GSDs DL-methionineis a supplement amino acid. Per Dr. Aldrich, a pet food industry adviser: The starting materials for production of DL-methionine are acrolein (a 3-carbon aldehyde) derived from propylene (a petroleum derivative), methyl mercaptan derived from methanol and various sulfur sources and hydrocyanic acid (HCN).
*Per Wikipedia: Acrolein is a severe pulmonary irritant and lachrymatory agent. It was used as a chemical weapon during World War I. It is, however, now outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention. Dermal exposure of acrolein to the eyes (0.3ppm in air) can cause severe irritation. Acrolein is not a suspected human carcinogen; no studies have been conducted on the carcinogenic effects of acrolein on humans, but studies on rats have shown an increase in cancerous tumors from ingestion.

Moms
01-07-2014 10:47 PM
xtramile
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
you may have to switch foods several times before
you find something that works for your dog and
something your dog likes.
That is what we thought we would need to do. How long would you recommend letting a dog try out a new food? A week or two cutting it into their diet, and then a month on it to see how they do?
01-07-2014 10:33 PM
doggiedad you may have to switch foods several times before
you find something that works for your dog and
something your dog likes.
01-07-2014 10:23 PM
xtramile Interested in the Honest Kitchen, I would probably order it online. Does anyone have a good website they have ordered it from? Pricing seems to fluctuate as I search around.

Any links to info on DL-Methionine?
01-07-2014 09:16 PM
Momto2GSDs
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Originally Posted by xtramile View Post
We have been to one of the urban canine's on south hill. Did not know there was a second one (we are new to the area). I think we saw honest kitchen today somewhere. I forget the price point on it. Will look it up now.

We will have to go to Pawpular Companions, have not heard of that one either. Thanks for the recommendations
Yes, do check out HK. It is the ONLY pet food in the USA allowed by the FDA to use the words "HUMAN GRADE INGREDIENTS" on their packaging and advertising. This is DE-Hydrated food so 10 pounds will RE-Hydrate to 35/40 pounds. All Natural Dog Food - Dehydrated Pet Food | The Honest Kitchen

Fromms is good kibble but I would choose the 4 Star Grain Free varieties b/c these do not contain DL-Methionine (a petroleum derivative). Four-Star Gourmet Recipes for dogs - Fromm Family Foods

Orijen is also a good food but gives some dogs lose stools. It's sister food Acana may be a safer choice. ACANA PET FOODS | Acana

Good luck!
Moms
01-07-2014 08:50 PM
alexg I have not seen anyone here ever mentioned Canidae Grain Free Pure Elements, but it seems (from our experience) like a very good food - the dog liked it and it has a 5 *s rating.
01-07-2014 08:42 PM
xtramile
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On that list, I'd go with Fromm. Have you checked "Urban Canine" (2 locations spokane) or "Pawpular companions" (liberty lake) to see if there are other options? If you are feeding one pup and $ is not a problem, what about "honest kitchen"?
We have been to one of the urban canine's on south hill. Did not know there was a second one (we are new to the area). I think we saw honest kitchen today somewhere. I forget the price point on it. Will look it up now.

We will have to go to Pawpular Companions, have not heard of that one either. Thanks for the recommendations
01-07-2014 08:25 PM
Nigel On that list, I'd go with Fromm. Have you checked "Urban Canine" (2 locations spokane) or "Pawpular companions" (liberty lake) to see if there are other options? If you are feeding one pup and $ is not a problem, what about "honest kitchen"?
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