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We're switching from Canidae since the fact that they're raising the price per pound and being manufactured by Diamond makes it no longer the great food for the price it once was. I'm looking for a high-quality food that isn't made by Diamond, uses only ethoxyquin-free sources, and is under $1.50/lb. These are the foods I can buy near me that fit those criteria:

Innova Adult: $1.39/lb
Ingredients:
Turkey, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Potatoes, Natural Flavors, Ground White Rice, Chicken Fat, Herring, Apples, Carrots, Cottage Cheese, Sunflower Oil, Alfalfa Sprouts, Egg, Garlic, Taurine, Vitamins/Minerals, Viable Naturally Occurring Microorganisms


Blue Buffalo: $1.33/lb
Ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Rye, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid and Rosemary), Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Ground Flax Seed, Alfalfa, Herring Oil, Sea Salt, Barley Grass, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Calcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Whole Garlic Cloves, Lecithin, Parsley, Glucosamine, Spirulina, Yucca Schidigera, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcus Faecium, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Zinc), Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Turmeric, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Natural Color, Beta Carotene, Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Copper), Potassium Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Potassium), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Calcium Pentothenate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Cobalt Proteinate (source of Chelated Cobalt), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite.

Solid Gold Mmillinnea: $1.33/lb
Ingredients:
Beef, Beef Meal, Millet, Brown Rice, Cracked Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Rice Bran, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Flaxseed Oil, Garlic, Parsley, Thyme, Dried Seaweed Meal, Dried Cranberries, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dried Apples, Dried Carrots, Dried Chicory Root, Carotene, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, (a chelated source of iron), Zinc Proteinate (a chelated source of zinc), Yucca Schidergera Extract, Copper Proteinate (a chelated source of copper), Manganese Proteinate (a chelated source of manganese), Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.

Solid Gold Hundenflocken: $1.36/lb
Ingredients:Lamb, Lamb Meal, Millet, Brown Rice, Cracked Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Rice Bran, Menhaden Fish Meal, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Flaxseed Oil, Garlic, Amaranth, Blueberries, Dried Chicory Root, Carotene, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, (a chelated source of iron), Zinc Proteinate (a chelated source of zinc), Yucca Schidergera Extract, Copper Proteinate (a chelated source of copper), Manganese Proteinate (a chelated source of manganese), Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid
 

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Ive been feeding my dogs innova ever since my inlaws suggested it. They use it with their 7 pups. Ill never go back to anything else. My dogs have lots of energy on it
 

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Others here can tell you much more about foods than I can.

But just from my own personal experience with it, I like the Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken. We've had Gunner on it for probably a couple months now (somewhere around there) and he's doing real well on it. He never gets finicky and picks at it like he used to do every so often with his old food - Nutro. His coat has never looked better and I swear he has more energy (which isn't always a good thing for me.
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The switch-over was a little rough, mostly because I tried to go too quickly. Once we slowed down and made the transition very slowly, he was fine.
 

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i dont know what the cals/cup are for the other two, but im finding im feeding even less of the innova adult than i was with canidae. it has 550+ cals/cup, so it may turn out to be the most cost efficient.

i also like that natura (innova) makes all their dry kibble, and no one elses (as far as i know), at their own facility. the list of the companies that do this now is rather small.
 

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Originally Posted By: roxy84i dont know what the cals/cup are for the other two, but im finding im feeding even less of the innova adult than i was with canidae. it has 550+ cals/cup, so it may turn out to be the most cost efficient.
The Solid Gold products are both under 400 cals per cup.
 

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My first pick off of the list would be Innova - simply b/c it contains taurine in it and I feel that is important for a GSD to have. My second choice would be either one of the Solid Gold choices. I think that's a great food as well. Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of those choices.
 

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i like the natural balance but it is pricey. the california natural made by natura the company that makes innova and evo is a good one too.
 

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I've had my 3 year old female GSD on Innova adult since she was a young pup. She's been very healthy, has a gorgeous coat with only seasonal shedding and rated Good and Normal on her OFA hips and elbows.

Less ingredients on the list means more percentage of each and of most any food I've looked at they seem to have the most meat.

Switched to Nature's Variety once over a year ago as I wanted to rotate her diet, she had an allergic reaction so back to Innova with the addition of whole people foods like meats, yogurt, veggies and fruits.

Innova does have live pro-biotics added to help with digestion but this means you need to be careful with storage. Bought a bag yesterday but waited until the end of shopping so it wasn't left in a hot car.
 

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orijen or innova are IMO the best out there besides NB if you have a allergic dog to something in those brands or just in general.
 

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Of the choices listed, I have had the best luck with the Blue Buffalo which I am currently feeding. Scout seems to have dry skin no matter what I feed or supplement with although his coat is nice and glossy. My entire pack enjoys the Blue Buffalo better than any of the others I have tried including Innova and Solid Gold and are doing well on the food.

Of course, your results may vary...
 

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My favorite would be Innova....I like their products and company. Second choice would be one of the Solid Gold products....which one would depend on the calories and protein/fat numbers - just depends what you want for your dog.
 
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