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#118144 - 12/26/10 08:12 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: AngelJ]
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The dogs are really doing well with Merrick Before Grain Buffalo

It is also nice as you can get it at Petco
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#118154 - 12/26/10 08:28 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: kelso]
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Heidi is currently on Orijen and doing quite well on it. She was on the Wellness Core for a while too, but it just didn't quite agree with her completely so we tried the Orijen. She's been eating the Orijen for several months now and is doing well. I would also like to try the Acana.

Lucas has allergies so he eats Natural Balance venison and sweet potato and he is doing very well on that too.
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#118613 - 12/27/10 11:29 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Heidifarm]
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I have tried the orijen and Acana, and recently tried TOTW to reduce calories....Out of the three Dakota actually LOVEs the ACANA! Which surprised me since the Orijen is supposed to be better. lol
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#118685 - 12/28/10 08:47 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: AngelJ]
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How come no one else ever feeds Evo? shrug

Both my dogs are on the red meat formula, and apart from a temporary increase in poops when we switched, they've done really well on it. Poops firm, once or twice a day. Both are always excited to eat it and finish every bit with just a sprinkle of water in the bowl.
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#118956 - 12/29/10 08:24 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Good_Karma]
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A lot of people have switched away from Evo due to Natura being sold to P & G. There is a lot of fear that the quality will go down, and I know during the sale they were already considering changing the formulas and sending out questionares to get peoples opinion. The questionare stated adding carbohydrates to "balance" the formula. Read: cheapen the food so we make more profit.
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#118960 - 12/29/10 08:58 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Lin]
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But it's just guessing at this point to think that the formula has changed. Everyone is jumping ship on Natura products a bit prematurely I think.
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#118971 - 12/29/10 09:31 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Good_Karma]
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Well thats exactly what happened when they bought out Iams, the formula changed. So its a case of knowing the history.
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#118990 - 12/29/10 11:00 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: AngelJ]
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Feed your dog what works best for your dog, meets your budget and is available in your area.
I fed Nutria Natural for many years with no issues then one of mine didn't agree with it so switched to various foods till I settled on Canidae ALS. When they improved their formula I knew it ahead of time and had some original left to make the transition. They had no issues and still do great.

Don't forget calories per cup or you'll be feeding more for the same energy.
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#119020 - 12/29/10 12:07 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: kutzro357]
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We use Nature's Variety Instinct and the Blue Buffalo Wilderness formulas. Both of mine do well on those.
I've tried the Wellness Core and the only problem I had was that Aodhán tends to get some pretty bad gas on that formula. Caleb never had it as I tried it for her when he was still a puppy and the formula is not recommended for large breed puppies.
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#119755 - 01/01/11 05:30 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Good_Karma]
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Originally Posted By: Good_Karma
How come no one else ever feeds Evo? shrug

Both my dogs are on the red meat formula, and apart from a temporary increase in poops when we switched, they've done really well on it. Poops firm, once or twice a day. Both are always excited to eat it and finish every bit with just a sprinkle of water in the bowl.


We feed EVO as well. EVO actually seemed to be the first big deal grain free. It is a good food. We mix it up alot between raw and kibble, have tried most of "high quality" kibbles. They seem to do good with all of them...except... GASP..Orijen..at least their fish formula seems a bit rich for Kelso..but he does pretty good with EVO red meat though.

Like said, what works for the dog(s) is what is best!
I like Urban Wolf the best for our two really..a hybrid of a premade mix with raw.... I do not know anyone else that feeds it though..and we do it off and on as it is pricey and as much as they like it it is easier to do raw/kibble ect
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Riko z Vom Weberhaus, "Fez" 7/29/2012

forever our angels
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Kelso, b. 9/3/2006-2/9/2012


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