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11/7/08 7:55 P

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Thanks everyone! I'll check out Royal Canin, Wellness, Innova EVO, NOW, Orijen, and Blue Buffalo. I'm going to do some price research. I'll post what I find on here.

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11/6/08 9:39 A

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We had to go through this same process several monthes ago when we first got Dulce. We realized that not her but I was allergic to her food. So we set out to find a different food. We shopped by weight which actually proved to not be the best of ideas. Although she was getting enough nutrition for a large dog she wasn't getting enough nutrition for a extra large puppy so we set out to seek a extra large puppy formula with no wheat. Once we did that we found out that on top of everything else she has a very sensitive tummy. So we avoided things high in fats, which seemed to be the problem. So now she is on Eukenoba- Puppy formula for extra large breeds - Chicken and rice. Our vet said that it is a great formula for her, even though it is not one they sell.

The point is if you have a dog under two they should be on a puppy formula as they are still developing and you need to shop for the size of your dog at adult size. Another thing I learned is that grain isnt' good for your dog anyway so the closer to natural you can get the better.

Happy shopping!

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11/5/08 10:56 P

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We like both NOW grain free and Orijen. We switch between the 2 of them. Both our dogs are doing well on them. We've told a couple of our friends about them and they've switched their dogs too. One that had been having problems with her old food is gobbling up the NOW and doing extremely well on it.

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11/5/08 3:04 P

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Again, we really like the Iams / Eukanuba products and have used them very successfully for many years.

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11/5/08 2:57 P

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THANKS!!!!

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11/5/08 2:21 P

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Hi Pamela - if you go to their web site, you can type in your zip code to find a retailer that is close to you that sells their product.

www.innovapet.com/where.asp


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11/5/08 2:11 P

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I have been looking for a new dog food too. I have a 50# goldie and a 20# Schnauzer so I need one that works for both as trying to get them to eat out of their own bowls does not work. So they share they eat a little then switch and so on till they are done. Were do you get Innova at as I have not heard of it?

Thanks Pamela

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11/5/08 2:03 P

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two web sites that contrast & compare brands that might help:
www.dogfoodproject.com

www.dogfoodanalysis.com


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11/5/08 1:56 P

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If your dog is developing allergies...you may need to switch to a food with novel protein such as duck, venison, fish, rabbit, etc. They usually come in diets mixed with potatoes, peas or something along those lines. There are some of these that are prescription diets from your vet but there are also brands you can find that are over the counter.


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11/5/08 1:53 P

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Orijen is very good, a Canadian Co that uses all local ingredients.

Wellnes has been bought and sold a few times in the past few years. For us IT WAS A LOCAL owned company until a few years ago.

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11/5/08 1:51 P

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Me back again emoticon We fed Wellness brand to our dog a few months ago...she stopped eating...did not like it at all and this is a dog who eats anything! We had to sprinkle sodium free chicken broth on it just to use up most of the bag. When we started to mix it with the Innova EVO, she would sort out the wellness chunks and place them by the side of her bowl and leave them...too funny! The "pet food lady" at our pet store said she wasn't surprised since her dogs wouldn't eat it either! Lots of dogs love it obviously and do well on it, but that was just a heads up.

I agree with the lady below...even if the price is higher, may not mean that you feed as much. Definitely stay away from corn!!

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11/5/08 1:45 P

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We fed Chiken Soup for a while but it was hard to get in my area. Loved Precise Plus, bought it at shows at a very nice price but it became a b*tch to get when the company got rid of the sales rep in my area. I went to Innova but not all the dogs loved it so I went to Innova EVO grain free. While the EVO looks $$/lb you feed less. For me EVO is easy, avail 6 days a week a few miles from my house from the distributor. If I really screw up I can get it in the next town over on Sunday at a grain/feed store. All that being said I do think Pro Plan is a good food at a good price that is easy to get just not in my town! I JUST WISH PURINA HADN'T BOUGHT IT.

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11/5/08 1:43 P

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QUIRKLES - you want to check out the food portions by the size of your dog rather than the size or cost of the bag.

I use to feed Natural Balance which was about $38 a bag and am now feeding Orijen, which is about $60 a bag - but they come out to the same price when I figure out the per serving cost as we feed less of the Orijen (it's a higher quality protein and the dogs digest/use it more effectively).

Innova has a 5 star rating with DogFoodAnalysis.com, which is a good thing! Also take a look at Wellness -- they have an excellent name & we've used them (their core variety which has no grain as well as the regular varieties) and they're on the 5 star list as well.



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11/5/08 1:37 P

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I was feeding Eagle Pack Holistic Select and then Cooper developed allergies...possible food...

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Cooper has food??? alleriges...has been eating Royal Canin Vension and potato(bought through vet $$$$$--18# for 60$)---done great on this so today I am getting him Canine Cavier, vension and split pea and see how he does with this.....hoping his allergies are just food and not enviroment. We did what was an elimination diet where all he could have was the food from the vet(no treats so for a treat we feed him more food as treats), food has just 1 protein and 1 carb source...symptoms went away so time to try something else...always done holistic for him, but they had chicken , beef in them....I am hoping this works.....anyways.....hope this helps...


Cooper was also doing alot of paw licking, recurrent ear infections and hives from time to time---all gone now...vet says most allergies are beef, wheat, corn, soy and sometimes chicken.....just an FYI....


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11/5/08 1:33 P

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We've been researching dog foods lately and found several highly recommended ones. We were told by our vet, that we should really change foods about every 6 months or so...switching between flavors if not between brands because that way the dog is less likely to develop allergies. We are now using Innova EVO...dogs like it, seems good. We will try a new healthy brand when this big bag is gone...if you introduce them slowly by mixing with the old, the dogs seem to handle the changes well. Betty had been bored with her old food and not eating it as well any more...she has a much better appetite now and looks forward to meals again. Our dogs are smaller though so I know what you mean about higher priced products being more difficult to use when the dog eat more.

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11/5/08 1:23 P

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I'm also trying to decide on a new dog food. I've been using Canidae for 3+ years and Oscar (3.5 year old black lab) has always been really healthy with a shiny coat. This summer when Canidae changed their formula he started scratching a lot, licking his paws, and he also smells bad for the first time. I want to use a good quality food that he will thrive on as he used to with Canidae, but I don't have a lot of disposable income right now. I looked up some of the highly ranked dog foods, but they all look really expensive, much more than the $30 I was paying for a 40# bag of Canidae. My breeder recommends, in addition to Canidae, the following: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Dog Formula, Eagle Pack Original Adult or Holistic Select Canine Formula, Innova Dog, or Precise Chicken Meal and Rice Formula or Foundation Formula. Does anyone have experience with any of these or other recommendations?

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