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@Jax08 How interesting is that- wow. I really canít say Iím much surprised though. They will have to modify their answer. Lol!
They should tell you how it's processed too. I'm curious how they balanced the minerals, vitamins and amino acids from the meat conga they removed.




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I was using Victors Hi Pro Plus mixed with another kibble, but I don't like the small size of the kibble for a large GSD. Any recommendations for a quality, large sized kibble that is readily available locally and not premium priced?

I don't know what you consider "large sized" for kibble, but Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete is about 32% protein and looks like normal kibble to me. It's just over $40/bag for 40 pounds. You should be able to find it at feed stores, TSC, or mom-and-pop boutiques -- or on Chewy.com. We use this one with foster dogs that need to gain weight or that have very fast metabolism, and it feeds out pretty well for the price.



If you are liking how the Victor with small kibble feeds out, you could try using a slow-feed bowl (or even turning a steel no-tip bowl upside down and putting the food in the steel outer ring). That might at least slow the dog down if it's gulping and not chewing.
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@Jax08 I will ask - good questions Michelle.
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Thanks for the info. I don't think slowing down my dog's eating behavior would work and the Victor kibble is so small for a large dog, being close to the size of a pencil eraser. I called Diamond and they said the kibble size of the extreme athlete is about the diameter of a dime and about two dimes thick, which would have a larger surface area. I don't know why the trend has been to go to smaller and smaller kibble sizes with large breed dog foods. The other kibble I feed is an average, grain free food, pea and fish protein based food, so the rice in the Diamond would compensate for lack of grain and the pea protein. I also found it close by at TSC. I know Diamond has had at least three recalls, but I would think that might be an advantage in that, in order to stay in business, their QC would have to be very good. I used their product in the past and was satisfied, but stopped after the first recall. I can't see paying $55-$60 for 30 pounds of kibble and would rather use that money to buy real food.
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I can't see paying $55-$60 for 30 pounds of kibble and would rather use that money to buy real food.
Don't ever look into Orijen.

(A 25lb bag is $90+. I can almost get frozen raw food for that price.)
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I think moving forward I will be going with Muenster dog food, it is also made in Texas and they own their own manufacturing plant. No recalls and the owner frequently replies to customers himself and posts on their facebook. Their ingredients and formulas are equal if not better to Victor, grain inclusive and grain free. Beaverdam will also be in my rotation.

I am feeding Muenster Milling Ancient Grains Ocean Fish flavor to my two GSDs. First food they've both had solid stools on. Only down side I've had is that they've got fish breath and the kibble is tiny. The calhos ratio is okay for growing puppies.
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I have not heard from Victor I did put a second call in she is waiting to here back from the nutrionist.

Muenster Milling Ancient grains looks good and in protein and price range. I have never seen the food at my feed store ever hopefully they can get it to try it.


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If I were feeding kibble to a working dog and wanted to switch, I'd go with Redpaw.




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Thanks for the info. I don't think slowing down my dog's eating behavior would work and the Victor kibble is so small for a large dog, being close to the size of a pencil eraser. I called Diamond and they said the kibble size of the extreme athlete is about the diameter of a dime and about two dimes thick, which would have a larger surface area. I don't know why the trend has been to go to smaller and smaller kibble sizes with large breed dog foods. The other kibble I feed is an average, grain free food, pea and fish protein based food, so the rice in the Diamond would compensate for lack of grain and the pea protein. I also found it close by at TSC. I know Diamond has had at least three recalls, but I would think that might be an advantage in that, in order to stay in business, their QC would have to be very good. I used their product in the past and was satisfied, but stopped after the first recall. I can't see paying $55-$60 for 30 pounds of kibble and would rather use that money to buy real food.
What don't you like about the small size? Smaller pieces are easier to digest and since they're easier to digest especially if the dog is chewing they won't swell up as much in the stomach which I think could reduce the risk of bloat or similar issues from dried kibble swelling up in the stomach. Also, less of a choking risk because they are so small.
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If I were feeding kibble to a working dog and wanted to switch, I'd go with Redpaw.

Cool! I will have to check out thanks!


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