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03-01-2014 01:17 PM
Liesje Quality to me depends on the health and condition of the dogs. I don't feed Orijen but my adult dogs are very healthy, no allergies, no broken or decayed teeth, haven't been to the vet for any GI issues since....I can't even remember, I think it was over 5 years ago Coke had a bad bought of diarrhea and that's when I switched to the food we use now (FWIW Coke is not a GSD). Dogs are active, they don't smell, don't get ear infections, nice shiny coats. Lots of people stop to ask what I feed. I don't supplement because the dogs are really healthy, never had to.
03-01-2014 12:25 PM
Wild Wolf What is the best is subjective... I look for grain free, whole food, no by-products, no chemicals, no fillers, etc etc.

I like Orijen, Acana, Merrick, Nature's Variety Instinct, Go!, Now...

I've met with several representatives during my career, and was very pleased with the in-depth discussions I've had with Champion Petfoods (Orijen, Acana), Merrick, Percurean (GO and Now)... Those are the three "brands" I most commonly recommend because of my experience with them and my product knowledge.
03-01-2014 12:20 PM
middleofnowhere Whole Dog Journal does a review of commercial dog foods. Last I knew they made it available free on their website.
That aside, when my 4 yo was a pup, I tried the best kibble I could find = loose stools gallore! Went with a less "high" one and she did fine. Sooo - it is going to depend on your dog.
03-01-2014 10:10 AM
marksteven Well, i think the "Best Kibble" is the one your dog does well on. Believe it or not, mine does fantastic On Purina Pro Plan Sensitive stomach/Fish
I dont think an EPI dog would do well or benefit from Orijen
02-28-2014 07:10 PM
RocketDog I've tried others when my dog went through a spell of not being thrilled to eat it, to the point of missing meals all the time. Many that I actually really liked, he liked, the company was good. (Pioneer Naturals, made by Great Life).

Unfortunately, he did not look anywhere near as good on anything else. So, back we went. He is now on the Adult, until I go back to work next month, but he still doesn't look as good as he does on the 6 Fish, which means when I start getting a paycheck again, back he'll go on it. *sigh*
02-28-2014 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
In conversation with the maker he did acknowledge that dogs benefit from added digestive enzymes to pull maximum nutrition out of the food . I would say that is a good plan -- and more important for other kibbles.
Do you recommend any particular brand?
02-28-2014 12:22 PM
Blanketback Has anyone tried their freeze-dried food yet?
Regional Red | Orijen

I saw it in my local pet store, but it's much more expensive than feeding raw would be.
02-28-2014 12:21 PM
GSDNVR I like the blue ridge beef line of ready made raw products

I feed that as a supplemental snack in conjunction with kibble

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02-28-2014 12:15 PM
blackshep Orijen and Acana are what I had my dog on. I feel they are one of the best kibbles out there, however my dog did not tolerate them well. But she didn't really tolerate any kibble well. lol

I changed her to raw, and oh my, what a difference! I'd say, if you're open to raw, that is the best thing, it's just so good for them! But if you go with a kibble, I think Orijen is one of the best on the market.

I feed their dehydrated treats in training class, they are single protein source, freeze dried with no fillers.
02-28-2014 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
It is the one I recommend as a substitute when travelling or for those emergencies (power failure in blazing summer when meat goes rank) - or if you choose for any number of reasons not to feed raw .

they try their very best as a responsible company to provide the best nutrition , including an effort to maintain digestive enzymes by processing at the lowest safe temperature ---
In conversation with the maker he did acknowledge that dogs benefit from added digestive enzymes to pull maximum nutrition out of the food . I would say that is a good plan -- and more important for other kibbles.
Agreed 100%
Also acana is very very high quality

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