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 Post subject: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 12:27 pm 
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I have been feeding my dogs/cats BARF diet for a good while now. Well this is are super sloooooooooooooow time at work and let me tell ya it's beyond slow, it's dead. So I have been trying to survive on 1/4th of my hours plus odd pet sitting jobs I can find. We still have about 3 more months of a slow period and between rent and bills I am going to have to put the kids back on kibble. I don't want to but can't seem to find anyway around it. As soon as business/hours pick up they will go back to BARF. Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 12:51 pm 
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I've been using a combination of Acana Ranchlands and prepared Raw for a while now. Kibble in the morning, Raw at night. Acana is a bit pricey but because of all her classes and treats I don't feed very much. When Chessie was only eating kibble one bag would last a month.

Are there any smaller specialty dog stores around you? The one I go to worked with me when I was trying to find a food for Chessie. They gave me tons of samples to try before I made my final decision. Plus when one food I thought would work ended up not being good for Chess, they took back the partially used bag and exchanged it for a new type.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
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Gromit does really well on Natural Balance limited ingredient formulations.

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We have our pack on Wellness CORE Low-Fat. It's grain-free. We have tried a lot of various kibble over the past almost 25 years of cocker spaniels and it's the one we like the best and the pups seem to do well on it. I usually put a home-made moist over it.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Rugby lives to eat. He would scarf down cardboard nuggets if they were in his bowl. Duncan would rather hunt lizards than eat. Typically he has skipped most of a meal every 3 days. Since I've been feeding grain-free Acana (Ranchlands or Grasslands), Duncan no longer skips meals, in fact, I've had to cut back. Both boys get a little less than a cup a day and are a good weight (32 lb. for Rugby and 22 lb. for Duncan - big difference in the calories they burn!) This is an expensive food, but I'm feeding a little less and save by not having to add anything to it at all.

I think the best inexpensive food is Costco's Kirkland Signature chicken or lamb. It really has pretty good ratings and you just can't beat the price. Before that, I fed them Blue Buffalo which I could easily find at Petco. They did great, but tired of it too.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
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With all the recalls lately I wouldn't feed Kirkland anything since it's made by and owned by Diamond, esp. the lamb and rice. Google around if you need to find Diamond brands to avoid or there are several threads on it. I like Natures Variety kibbles. Max loved their turkey and tomato formula and I agree about samples from a local small pet food store. That's usually my go-to. NV can be a bit more expensive but I found I was feeding less with less stool too. If your kids aren't used to switching I'd also not be surprised if it takes them a few days to get interested in kibble after BARF. Max thinks is Raw diet is food gold. Good luck!

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I feed 2 of mine Wellness Core and 1 Holistic Select. I get the Wellness Core really cheap-if you join the Wellness newsletter club, they email you coupons once a month for $3 off a bag, I get a small bag near me reg price $10.50 so minus $3 is $7.50 for the small bags, I just buy a lot of them, and prefer the small bags that stay fresher longer. Sometimes I find a $5 coupon off! Holistic Select also emails coupons. Still expensive but makes it easier on the wallet.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
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I switched my two over to the EVO Herring and Salmon (grain free) and they have done wonderfully on it. Rambo does best with a fish protein (for ear flair ups). I will say, this food smells really fishy, but they love it.

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We are very happy with Wellness Core Reduced Fat as well. My dogs would eat just about anything, but both thrive on the Core and we have had very few ear issues since going grain free a few years back. I am also in the Wellness Club and get the coupons, plus we do the free bag rewards program at Petco, so get a free bag about once a year ($60 savings).

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody got any good kibble they can recommend......
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Debbie in Atl wrote:
I switched my two over to the EVO Herring and Salmon (grain free) and they have done wonderfully on it. Rambo does best with a fish protein (for ear flair ups). I will say, this food smells really fishy, but they love it.


We also like EVO. Charlie was eating their Weight Management formula (also grain free) because their normal version was high in calories and he was gaining weight. I think the 13 lbs bag costs around $33 (canadian) and it last a loooong time. The 6.6 lbs bag costs around $16 and that bag was enough for 14 days.

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Mosley has eaten EVO small bites turkey and chicken since he's been off the puppy food and he loves it! A small bag lasts over a month and we keep it in an airtight container in the pantry. Every now and then Pet Supplies Plus (where Mosley shops) has it on sale for a couple of dollars off a bag, but we generally pay about $13/bag. We do feed him canned food as well; all grain free. We buy the larger cans and get 3 feedings out of one can; so we buy 12 a month. Good luck and I hope business picks up for you.

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We use blue buffalo here. It's grain free and the dogs have done very well on it, even my itchy allergy girl.

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We Feed Fromms Grain Free and have had no problems with it. the dogs love it.


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