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#341420 - 08/05/16 07:49 AM Switching from Raw to Kibble
emilyL Offline
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Hello everyone! Ronin is now 9 months and I am looking at switching him off of Raw food to a good kibble brand. Just because it's become so expensive and we need to cut back on some costs. I don't want to feed him junk kibble, and he is a very active pup so I want to keep that up. I was told about Arkana and Origins dog food were good. Does anyone know anything about these or have any other suggestions? I live in Canada so I don't know if these brands are sold in the US or not.
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#341421 - 08/05/16 09:31 AM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: emilyL]
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I think I've heard of them but I don't have any input. I feed Basia Nature's Logic. If it wasn't for her EPI I'd have her on raw more often, but I do really like this kibble. Affordable, no recalls, ethically sourced meats, family owned. Basia's coat is very soft and shiny, and she thrives well on it.

Orijen is from Canada and is a very high quality kibble, but I think it might be the most expensive kibble on the market, at least down here. Maybe in Canada it's different?
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#341423 - 08/05/16 10:17 AM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: BasiaBear]
emilyL Offline
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I'm not sure. I'm going to have to and look around. He has enough Raw food left for a few more days so it's not like I have to run out and get today. I want him to have a good kibble, and I'm okay with spending a bit of money on it. We already spend $500 every month and a half on his raw food, so I'm ok with spending a bit of money on kibble that is good for him. Hopefully not $500 worth though. Haha

I'll check in to the Orijen food and see how much it is here.
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#341427 - 08/05/16 12:25 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: emilyL]
PositiveDog Offline
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Lucky you. Orijen here in the states is now made in Kentucky, not Canada. But since you are in Canada, that won't be a problem.

My dogs thrived on orijen six fish.

Lotus brand is very good as is Nulo.

There are many good grain free products now.

Good luck!
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#341428 - 08/05/16 01:06 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: PositiveDog]
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$500 seems high? I definitely wasn't spending that much when I had basia on raw. I made my own mixes though with ground beef from a local butcher... They would package the stuff that fell on the floor and sell it super cheap to raw feeders for .99 per pound. And a 30 lb box of chicken backs was $30.

Anyway, the good thing about kibble is you can always start with small bags. My pet supply store even offers free exchanges if you aren't 100% satisfied or if the dog doesn't do well on it.
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#341430 - 08/05/16 01:54 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: BasiaBear]
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I am very happy with Acana Grasslands and Ranchlands.
Excellent rating on Dog Food Advisor.
Check the ingredients.
Abby has been thriving on it for 6+ years.
Get it from Chewy.com .... free shipping for orders over 49$.
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#341431 - 08/05/16 04:30 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: PaddyD]
aubie Offline
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$500 a 1.5 month for raw, for one dog?

That's pretty steep. We spend about maybe $200-250 for a month-month/half for two dogs.

Are you getting it from the grocery store or do you have a raw/bulk supplier?
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#341436 - 08/06/16 08:23 AM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: aubie]
emilyL Offline
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We have a raw bulk supplier. He's on 4 patties a day and I get him 3 different protiens otherwise it only lasts about a month at most. Plus our tax rate went up and the prices are now even higher.

I'm going to a pet store today to see what the have. We have a store here that offers all kinds of choices for good prices.
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#341443 - 08/07/16 02:56 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: emilyL]
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That seems more than double what I pay to raw feed Grimm, even considering this in dollars Canadian.

Grimm did okay on Orijen Six Fish. Not great, but okay. Switching to raw was a huge improvement in his health.

Can you scout around a bit for others who feed raw? My guess is they don't buy from pet stores, because the mark up us so high. Just wondering if he could be fed raw much cheaper?

I hope you find either just the right kibble, or a cheaper raw source! Best of luck! smile
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#341448 - 08/07/16 05:57 PM Re: Switching from Raw to Kibble [Re: Braverhund]
anniej Offline
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My last GS did really well of Orijen for a while but Cara my present GS didn't tolerate it at all - she has allergy issues so it's not alone in foods she can't tolerate. It is a high quality food and one of the best kibble. Do remember to switch gradually over at least a week otherwise you could end up with some horrible stomach upsets,

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