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"Quality" Pet Food Makers -- Who are they really?

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Deal Addict
Dec 21, 2011
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London
our girl still only does well on the kirkland grain free, recommend it
Sr. Member
Aug 21, 2014
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Manitoba
I've been buying Simply Nourish Source [dry dog food] from Pet Smart. It has a 5 star rating from dogfoodadvisor.com

However, it looks like Acana / Orijen are getting most of the love.

I will have to do some more research on this matter.
Sr. Member
Aug 21, 2014
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Manitoba
What is the difference between wheat and grain?

Google is my friend.
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Dec 27, 2009
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Ottawa, ON
We feed our dogs Oven Baked Tradition (wheat, corn and soy free). It is Canadian made. They like the lamb and the chicken. They weren't too keen on the fish kind.
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Nov 20, 2008
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My lab puupy is 11 months old, still on large breed puppy food. At what age is it suggested I move him to Adult food?
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Jan 16, 2007
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Toronto
1C5 wrote:
Mar 7th, 2017 5:27 pm
My lab puupy is 11 months old, still on large breed puppy food. At what age is it suggested I move him to Adult food?
Right after you finish your current bag of puppy food. I thought the only difference between puppy and adult food was the size of the food chunks/kibble, so puppy doesn't choke on the adult food.
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Dec 4, 2004
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game_fanatic wrote:
Feb 21st, 2017 9:10 pm
I stumbled across this thread after doing some research on cat food. We feed our cat Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free dry food and the canned wet food, but after reading some comments I'm thinking we should switch to Orijen/Acana, or even ditching dry food all together. Generally we give our cat 1/2 cup of dry food per day (1/4 cup morning and evening), and about 1/2 cup of wet food (1/4 cup morning and evening). Based on these amounts are we risking dehydrating our cat? How much food do others feed their cats?

Thanks in advance!
I pretty much do the same feeding schedule. The products I use are Acana Wild Prairie dry and Petcurean GO! Grain-Free Duck Pate wet. I've been using the GO! for about 4 years and the Acana for 1 year. Prior to that, it was Fromm Grain-free Game Bird dry for 3 years. Prior to all that, (before I found this thread) I used Fromm Non-grain-free dry and GO! non-grain-free wet food. The reason I switched from Fromm to Acana recently was that it was cheaper (the change in dollar really boosted the price of Fromm), Canadian vs. American, and the ingredients list was slightly better. The cat just turned 7 and has had no health issues so far. As for your dry vs wet, from most of the readings I've done on the subject, the best way to feed cats is 100% wet, twice per day. If you want the truly content cat, the routine should be Play, Eat, Groom, Sleep.
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Feb 7, 2004
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Haldimand
I've never put much stake into pet foods (been years since owning a pet) but we recently got a Siberian husky pup and have been trying to solve the issue of "soft stools" for almost 3 weeks now. After being to the vet a couple times for vaccinations and deworming and a couple different "quality" puppy foods they recommended, the issue was still not fixed. Huskies are known for having sensitive stomachs but the vet keeps insisting grains are great for all dogs and saying he probably has a parasite, however there's no other symptoms of infection.

I finally had enough and decided to try a more "natural" approach after doing lots of research. He's now been on a rotation of canned salmon, cooked ground turkey, potatoes, carrots and pumpkin all mixed with a little Orijen kibble and literally overnight his stools are now perfect. He only goes 2-3 times a day as opposed to 5-6 and just over all seems happier.

My point being, don't put all your faith into these big pet food brands and their marketing. A lot of them contain fillers and lots of grains which aren't necessarily good but they're cheap. You can get quality food for your pet when you do your own grocery shopping without breaking the bank.
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Aug 1, 2006
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It'd be a lot easier to feed a dehydrated raw dog food like Honest Kitchen Thrive or Embark than it would be to try to make sure your puppy is getting a balanced diet from home cooking. The dog will probably tolerate Honest Kitchen very well.
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Feb 7, 2004
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Haldimand
A lot easier? Maybe for someone who doesn't grocery shop or eat a balanced diet already. All the ingredients, maybe minus coconut, in the honest kitchen I get almost every time I go to the store plus I buy all my meat in bulk from a local butcher. The price point does look decent though and I can see how it's convenient for certain people. Will keep it in mind, thanks.
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Oct 17, 2017
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Hi, I know I’m a bit late, but, I’ve had a 3 years old male cat that had an urinal blockage and didn’t make it. As I understood, he should’ve eaten better food. But as I read your text and comments, I had to ask you personally what I should buy for my new 1yr old male cat. He’s on Nutram for now, and I’m concerned since you’re not recommending it.
Is grain free a must ? WHY?
WHY does the vet suggest me Royal Canin ?
Is Nutram ok for now ?
Fromm would be a great decision ?
I tried to « upgrade » my cat’s food by picking Nutram, is it that bad ?
Im never on a budget for my pets, I only want to make a good decision , so that I don’t have to euthanize this one, or else I won’t live with myself...
Kind regards,
Mathieu.
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Jun 29, 2015
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Canada Eh?
jimmysack wrote:
Jun 9th, 2018 5:06 am
whats your opinions on Nulo cat food?
They're relatively new, and more pricey than other cat food brands. They're also quite limited at the amount of retailers that sell them. I've only seen them at PetsMart so far.

However I've heard some good things from them. If you do a quick google most of them are rather positive, and there has been no recalls so far.

My cat doesn't seem to care what food she eats, I've switched her food multiple times from Wellness, Acana, Hills, Friskies, to Nulo with no issues.
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Jan 24, 2018
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pseudosammich wrote:
Jun 16th, 2018 11:12 pm
They're relatively new, and more pricey than other cat food brands. They're also quite limited at the amount of retailers that sell them. I've only seen them at PetsMart so far.

However I've heard some good things from them. If you do a quick google most of them are rather positive, and there has been no recalls so far.

My cat doesn't seem to care what food she eats, I've switched her food multiple times from Wellness, Acana, Hills, Friskies, to Nulo with no issues.
what about the other cat food called Crave? lots of good talk about it, and its half the price of the "expensive" ones, with it, being an expensive grain free itself
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Nov 20, 2008
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I'm a little concerned about the possible links to heart disease and grain free food in the articles I have been reading. I'm currently feeding my lab Orijen Original. Can someone suggest the highest quality grain included food I can try?
I was going to try the Kirkland but on page one it says stay away from it. That post is years old though, not sure if it has improved since then.

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