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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-23-2018, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding efficiency, help requested

Hello everyone.

Ghost is just 9 months on the 20th, he has been on Fromm Heartland Gold LBP since we got him in January. Its costly, and he eats one bag a month....

At 55 pounds, I'm feeding 3 cups daily (1.5 AM, 1.5 PM)

At the boutique where I buy, I expressed my concerns over how much money I'm spending and she suggested supplementing his Fromm with Taste of the Wild Grain-Free...



Would the forum consensus approve of doing say a cup of Fromm and 1/2 cup of TOTW to help out in the cost? (or atleast make it last a few extra weeks...)

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I would just switch him to totw completely. I think when it comes to the decent quality or premium foods, diet really comes down to an individual thing. The difference between those 2 foods for your dog, may be nothing.

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So as i understand it, Fromm is one of THEE best foods out there, where will TOTW fall in the order as far as quality for my dogs health compared to Fromm? Can i use it with confidence although its not quite as up to par as Fromm is?

I have it stuck in my head that its either Fromm or bust as far as foods go....

Even a quick forum search on TOTW shows posts of owners saying how their dogs had itching attacks or loose stools, others mentioning how the company who makes TOTW, Diamond, has poor quality control and mass produces numerous foods and the ingredients are not up to par for our pups...

At this point, do I swallow the $68 a month to feed this goof ball the good stuff? TOTW would be $50 a bag.

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You could see if there are any locally produced foods available to you. Where I live there is both Beaverdam and Verus. Both seem to work diligently on quality control since they are smaller companies, and it is by quality they compete. Also the price is decent. You could also look at Victor. That is a bit lower in price and many folks post that they are happy with that brand.

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Too many problems with TOTW and the Diamond Company for me.


Many breeder's and dog owners do not feed the "puppy" variety of foods.

Since he is 9 months old and you are considering reducing a small part of his Heartland Grain Free Puppy, why not use Fromm's Gold Large Breed Adult for that "supplemental" part? (unless there is a grain sensitivity)


FROMM Prices from Petflow.com
Heartland Gold Grain Free Large Breed Puppy: 26 Pounds = $62.95
"Gold Large Breed Adult":`````````````````33 Pounds = $50.00


Or just switch to Fromm's Heartland Gold Grain Free "Large Breed" = $58.50



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There are lots of decent quality foods out there at a lower price. I've thought about it, and I've never had a dog get sick from what I could link back to his/her kibble brand quality. If you are feeding kibble, find a good brand you are comfortable with both price and quality. One could argue cancer is diet related, but I'd think a healthy weight and exercise play far greater roles.
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Diamond company has a lot of issues. Although I fed totw in the past and had no issues with it. Fromm is a family owned company with very little recalls I think 1 and they are bound to happen.Fromm has different recipes with different price ranges. You have to do what is in your budget though. I know there is a deal now by 12 bags get one free at local feed stores you can ask them about this. Black Friday With coupon you get a free 6lb bag of Fromm food. You can also always use it in rotation. Victor, earthborn another good food. today you do have many choices.


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Quality aside. Something you have to consider when changing foods is the calories per cup. Changing to a less expensive food may not mean monetary savings if the calories per cup are also lower and you have to feed more of the lesser expensive food to keep health, energy and weight steady and ideal. In the end it could be a wash or actually cost more if you have to feed more each day. It's not just the price on the bag. How long that bag will last is part of the equation.

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Funnily enough, I had nothing but trouble with Fromm with my dogs, and TOTW is the only food that gets rid of the issues. I personally like TOTW, and I'm not sure why so many people don't. It really does come down to the individual dog. In my experience, Fromm is awful. But like I said, it depends on the dog, as I have friends that feed it and are perfectly happy! Opinions vary so much. I think you should try a switch and see what you think for YOUR dog.
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