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#117815 - 12/25/10 09:55 AM Grain-Free Dog Food
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I have been looking at different grain-free foods and was wondering what your thoughts were on the following foods....Orijen Adult Grain Free, Wellness Core and Acana Pacifica.

Also, if you have any other suggestions as to other grain free foods, please share!
Thanks!
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#117820 - 12/25/10 10:07 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: GSDTrain]
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Also, what about Canidae Grain Free Salmon or Merrcik Before Grain Salmon?
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#117835 - 12/25/10 11:27 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: GSDTrain]
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I had Oscar on the Wellness Core Ocean formula for a while over the past couple months. He did well on it.

Fromm's has two grain-free formulas and American Natural Premium (manufactured by the Fromm company) has one as well. Both of those brands have been used in our house with success, although I haven't tried their respective grain-free formulas.

Hope that helps a bit!

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#117837 - 12/25/10 11:52 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: LauraHolder]
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Natuaral Balance limited ingred. are grain free. Have a great holiday.

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#117841 - 12/25/10 12:21 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: marko]
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Orijen and Acana are the best (made by the same company) in terms of the quality of ingredients. They don't work for every dog though.

Kailor is on Nature's Variety Instinct and is doing well on that.

Where do you buy your dog food, Ashley?
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#117852 - 12/25/10 01:05 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: BowWowMeow]
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I feed Dante Nature's Logic and he's done VERY well on it over the last 2+ years.

Though some say it's grain free and others don't (Depends on people's definition of Millet http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-millet.htm )

Though the price tag can give sticker shock depending on the protein variety I've found over the years that it's costs me less than $1.75 a day to feed Dante

http://www.natureslogic.com/index.php
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#117854 - 12/25/10 01:06 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Barb E]
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And I rotate per bag through the varieties so I'm not always feeding the cheapest and Dante is happy smile
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#117859 - 12/25/10 01:26 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Barb E]
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I rotate between the three brands you are looking at... Acana Pacifica, TOTW Pacific Stream and Wellness CORE original. My dogs do awesome on it!

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#117860 - 12/25/10 01:35 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Pikoda]
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I rotate too - Acana, Orijen, Nature's Logic are the main ones I rotate with. I try to switch every couple of months.

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#118046 - 12/26/10 03:14 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: JeanKBBMMMAAN]
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We use the Wellness Core and Orijen.
Hero eats the reduced fat wellness and does very well with it.
Ella eats the large breed puppy and Jake alternates between the Six Fish and the Regional Red. I've been happy with all the formulas.
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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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#119773 - 01/01/11 08:58 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: kelso]
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Has anyone tried the grain free Fromm? We just got a couple bags to try. Probably won't get to it real soon as we have an open bag of Evo. Also picked up a bag of the new California Naturals grain-free to try. Will try to remember to post how they tolerate it.
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#119781 - 01/01/11 09:39 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Good_Karma]
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We feed EVO Red Meat, and our dogs are doing wonderful!
They have small stools, eat less quantity, maintain good weight, & have beautiful coats.
Until they "actually" change the quality of the food....we will continue to use it.
We have used Orijen Puppy for the (little ones)....but they don't seem to be consistent with their stools, and tend to have more gas.
We will try Wellness Just for Puppies on our current litter.
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#119809 - 01/01/11 12:22 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Robin Huerta]
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I am one who used to feed EVO (and suggested it to others) and stopped after the company sale.

Quote:
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.


As far as jumping prematurely, I think not based on the reactions of some dogs I know. While the company will tell you the formulas has not changed, itchy dogs suddenly chewing at their feet says EVO is not the same.

Remember - the formula can be the same but the food sources change. I have no doubt they went to the suppliers they already had and that those proteins are inferior to what EVO was using.

If your dog is still on EVO and doing well, that's great.

However, if you have dogs with issues as some of ours do, we don't wait after we hear of others dogs reactions.

Skye and Buddy are now on Orijen 6 Fish. I needed a single source dog food due to Skye's autoimmune problems and this has done well for them.
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#119876 - 01/01/11 05:57 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Good_Karma]
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My three love the grain-free Fromm (the original Surf and Turf formula with duck, salmon, chicken & eggs). I would like to try the new Beef grain-free one, but Faith can't have beef, so no one gets beef. nono

Their other fave is Acana Grasslands (lamb, duck, fish & eggs).

Edited to add: we removed Natura's products from our store shelves after P&G bought the company.


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#119980 - 01/02/11 10:14 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Lin]
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Originally Posted By: Lin
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.


Evo was just alittle too rich for mine but was decent food.

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#341540 - 08/14/16 05:16 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: Barb E]
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HI I am a new member and I have a young GSD and I wanted to know if it is okay to rotate different brands of food. If yes how to you do it?

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#344714 - 07/15/17 08:56 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: LauraHolder]
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HI I am new here and I am trying American natural premium right now and I wanted to know if you still use it and if you still like it. Thank you.

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#344729 - 07/16/17 02:45 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: jlstudent1970]
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Originally Posted By: jlstudent1970
HI I am a new member and I have a young GSD and I wanted to know if it is okay to rotate different brands of food. If yes how to you do it?

Welcome! I actually can't answer either of your questions in this thread, but will give this one a try.

Some dogs, particularly GSDs have sensitive digestive systems and don't handle change so well. However, there are GSDs that handle this just fine.

The general recommendation when switching over foods is to blend them together over several days, adding less of the old food and more of the new food. I've found that some dogs can do this quickly, and others need more time. After a few transitions, you will get an idea of how quickly you can transition by watching your dog and stools.
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#344732 - 07/16/17 03:13 PM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
[The general recommendation when switching over foods is to blend them together over several days, adding less of the old food and more of the new food. I've found that some dogs can do this quickly, and others need more time. After a few transitions, you will get an idea of how quickly you can transition by watching your dog and stools.


I agree with Lisa regarding the transition to a new food. When we switched Sean's food I was even more cautious, i.e. instead of mixing them over several days I increased the new with the old week by week. It took longer but in the end worked better for us. Good luck!
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#345065 - 09/03/17 08:42 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: AngelJ]
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Hi I am new at rotating dog food, how do you start? I know that every dog is different, but if I start slow, like for say, use fromm for 6 months then another? and go back and fourth?

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#345066 - 09/03/17 08:54 AM Re: Grain-Free Dog Food [Re: AngelJ]
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how do you start rotating dog food? I want to try it.

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