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Tink-n-MrIncredible
05-16-2010, 04:48 PM
Hi all! What brand and type of dog food do you feed your dog? Right now my dog is on Nuetro herring and potato (for a sensitive stomach). I would like to find something alot cheaper than 45.00 a bag for a month. Any ideas on coupons for the brand I am using now or another brand for sensitive stomach.

TexasErin
05-16-2010, 05:23 PM
We buy Nature's Recipe Fish and Potato which has really helped my Great Pyrenees' stomach. Molly got to where the IAMS that she had been eating caused her terrible diarrhea (or at least that seems to be the culprit- it stopped happening when we switched her food two years ago). I think we pay about $37/bag at Petsmart which isn't much cheaper.....

All American
05-16-2010, 05:28 PM
We use Purina One for Sensitive Stomachs. We have a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and they have been known to have sensitive tummies. The breeder recommended that we feed her Canidae (really awesome brand), which we did until the store that sold it closed. Because Canidae can be a difficult brand to find, and the breeder being aware of this, she recommended the Purina brand. When we made the switch, we had no problems, and she has been eating it just so for two years now. Good luck finding the food for your dog; it can be really frustrating trying brand after brand.

DrivnMeUpTheWall-E
05-16-2010, 05:28 PM
Here's my tip -
Buy a Costco membership. It is only $50 a year, and the Kirkland brand dog food is amazing. No corn or fillers, meat is 1st ingredient. Goes for about $20 per 40 lb bag.
That's what my Toby eats!

4mickey2
05-16-2010, 05:45 PM
i buy a variety. we have used canidae (until they changed their recipe). if you do the canidae try to buy the no grain. it is better for the dog. i have also used wellness and fromm. all of these are great foods but, they aren't inexpensive. the benefits that your dog gets from a better food is hands down a better way to go.

if you go to www.bichonfriseusa.com and look about half way down, under canine nutrition, you will see a link to Whole Dog Journals best dog foods. i like using this when purchasing dog food, it helps take the guess work out of what is a good food.

good luck.

4Seasons
05-16-2010, 05:51 PM
Here's my tip -
Buy a Costco membership. It is only $50 a year, and the Kirkland brand dog food is amazing. No corn or fillers, meat is 1st ingredient. Goes for about $20 per 40 lb bag.
That's what my Toby eats!

That's what we buy too.

Robindianne
05-16-2010, 06:00 PM
We do Natural Balance sweet potato and fish (dog allergic to everything from human, sheep, and cat skin cells on up to grass), but it's really expensive too.

Hi all! What brand and type of dog food do you feed your dog? Right now my dog is on Nuetro herring and potato (for a sensitive stomach). I would like to find something alot cheaper than 45.00 a bag for a month. Any ideas on coupons for the brand I am using now or another brand for sensitive stomach.

ceecee
05-16-2010, 07:53 PM
We use Wellness, my labs don't do well with grain. It isn't cheap, but she hasn't had any ear infections since we switched.

StitchandPooh'sMom
05-16-2010, 08:06 PM
Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison - we pay $55 for a 28 pound bag. But our 70 pound lab eats less than 3 cups a day - it is highly digestible and good for his allergies.

Kate and Pete
05-16-2010, 08:06 PM
Our boxers ate Canidae until they changed the formula - I don't know what they did to it, but it made my guys so sick!!

We now use "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul" - another brand with no fillers. My guys love it (they also love it when we accidentally buy the wrong bag and they get to eat the super fatty puppy food!! :lmao:).

Aimeedyan
05-16-2010, 08:08 PM
Costco's Kirkland brand is very good quality; it's about $21 for 40 pounds or so. I found it to be comparable to Canidae and CA Natural so it'd be a little higher quality than what you are currently feeding. They have a Lamb and Rice we've fed that is good for sensitive tummies, along with a Chicken and Rice.

Costco is also starting to sell a grain free salmon based food called Nature's Domain that is excellent. I have switched to that and it's $28 for about 40 pounds. It's comparable to Wellness CORE or something similar (which are very pricey!).

We more than pay for our Costco membership just in dog food savings.

The Princess
05-16-2010, 08:39 PM
We feed our Bichon Blue. Its not cheap I think a 5# bag cost $18.00 but he is small (only weighs 8 pounds) and only eats 1/2 cup a day~at the most!!!

ThanksForNoticingMe
05-16-2010, 08:42 PM
Hi all! What brand and type of dog food do you feed your dog? Right now my dog is on Nuetro herring and potato (for a sensitive stomach). I would like to find something alot cheaper than 45.00 a bag for a month. Any ideas on coupons for the brand I am using now or another brand for sensitive stomach.

You could try Blue Buffalo- Fish and Sweet Potato. My family switched to Blue Buffalo a few years back after our family dog was poisoned by that tainted dog food scandal....we were feeding our dog what we thought was a great dog food. One of the BIG Name Brands...turns out the food was Crap pushed on vets by the pet food industry. :headache:

Now we only feed our pets natural/holistic food...So far Blue has been great!

rszdtrvl
05-16-2010, 09:26 PM
My 2 Beagles ate Canidae until they changed the formula a little over a year ago.

Now they eat "Taste of the Wild Wetland Formula". They do wonderful on it!

As soon as Canidae changed the formula, it didn't agree with my dogs anymore.

Edited to add : A 30 pound bag costs $46 after tax at the local feed store. My dogs only eat 1 cup each per day (1/3 cup 3x/day).

monorail girl
05-16-2010, 09:37 PM
Hi! I also swithched my dogs from Iams thinking it was a good brand but it really has a lot of fillers. My girls now eat "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul". My lab does not shake her head anymore from ear infections:banana:

eatatmidnight
05-16-2010, 09:56 PM
This website has a wealth of information about dog food.
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

Judique
05-16-2010, 09:56 PM
You could try Blue Buffalo- Fish and Sweet Potato. My family switched to Blue Buffalo a few years back after our family dog was poisoned by that tainted dog food scandal....we were feeding our dog what we thought was a great dog food. One of the BIG Name Brands...turns out the food was Crap pushed on vets by the pet food industry. :headache:

Now we only feed our pets natural/holistic food...So far Blue has been great!

We started our dog on Blue Buffalo about 2-3 weeks ago. She doesn't particularly like it. I may also buy the Costco brand. The cats eat Costco catfood.

sunnyday123
05-16-2010, 10:19 PM
My Newf puppy eats the Costco brand-I have to watch the calcium/phosphorus ratio, and very few large breed puppy foods are intended for giant breeds-and there are no giant breed puppy foods that I can find.

Our breeder recommended the Costco brand-like someone else said it has no fillers. She also gets veggies like shredded carrots, grean beans and romaine lettuce, as well as apples and strawberries.

uk_wildcat
05-16-2010, 11:04 PM
I buy Orijen for my dog, but it isn't cheap. I read through the website that someone listed when we first got our dog and made the decision to go with the Orijen from the time we brought him home. He loves it and actually doesn't really care for any other type of food - including people food! He was on the regular flavor for a long time and just recently I found the all red meat flavor and he has been eating that for a couple of months. It was hard to find for a while because it is from Canada and not many stores were selling it. I ordered it online up until last month when I finally found it at a local pet shop for the same price. I really feel like the price is worth it for him because he is energetic, healthy and has a shiny coat.

rparmfamily
05-17-2010, 03:39 AM
I feed my minidoxie Natural Life Senior but I'm not sure if it's a "good" one or not.

badblackpug
05-17-2010, 04:31 AM
Eukanuba Lamb and Rice Senior. My pug <-------- is prone to skin allergies and this is the only one where he doesn't get hives. It's expensive, though.

Jynohn
05-17-2010, 11:27 AM
Another vote for Costco's Kirkland brand. I have five Great Danes to feed, so the savings for us is enormous, and it's a very highly rated food (manufactured by Diamond). We haven't had any problems since switching over about two years ago.

Disneefun
05-17-2010, 11:33 AM
We feed ours Innova. It's not cheap, but I figure it this way: I either pony up for good food, or I pony up for a lot of vet visits. I'd rather buy the good, expensive food than spend boatloads at the vet for infections, upset stomachs, weight problems, etc. etc. that can be caused by bad food.

Carmell226
05-17-2010, 11:57 AM
Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato, my lab has a ton of problems unless we keep him on this food. It is so expensive but if you have a Petco in your area and get a PALS card you do get discounts and every 10th bag is free. Last time I got a $10 off coupon on my receipt.

Parkers_girl
05-17-2010, 01:20 PM
I know how expensive it can be and I was pondering switching my dogs from the top-notch food they are on to a cheaper food, but I couldn't justify doing that to them. Food is really the only expense the cause me (besides toys and the like) so I tell myself that they deserve to have the best. My three year old pup has been on Innova EVO his whole life and when I adopted my then 7 year old boy (now 10) he was put on EVO as well and all of his skin irritations cleared up. They have thrived on EVO and my ten year old has more energy than ever. But I recently found out that Innova's company Natura was bought by Proctor and Gamble so I decided to change food and we are now on Orijin which seems to be working wonders for them. Granted it is an expensive food ( I spend 64 dollars on a 30 pound bag), it's the least I can do for my pups since they are my family. Grain-free is really the way to go since dogs are carnivores and they don't need corn...it just fills them up.

jennb
05-17-2010, 01:21 PM
My Newf puppy eats the Costco brand-I have to watch the calcium/phosphorus ratio, and very few large breed puppy foods are intended for giant breeds-and there are no giant breed puppy foods that I can find.

Our breeder recommended the Costco brand-like someone else said it has no fillers. She also gets veggies like shredded carrots, grean beans and romaine lettuce, as well as apples and strawberries.

We have a 10 month old Irish Wolfhound - we started him on the Kirkland (which the breeder recommended, but gave him loose stools). After some research, we switched him to Innova Giant Breed Puppy food. He loves it. He actually eats less of it than the Kirkland as it has more protein. Granted, its expensive, but a purebreed IW is worth it, IMHO. (BTW, I actually found a pet food delivery service that with the delivery fee, costs less than the pet store to have the food delivered to the front door - about $59, incl. tax and del. fee)

njsweetP
05-17-2010, 02:06 PM
That's what we buy too.

Yup, us too!: (Costco's Kirkland brand, that is.)

rparmfamily
05-17-2010, 03:58 PM
Is the kibble from Costco small enough for a mini-doxie?

Tink-n-MrIncredible
05-17-2010, 04:09 PM
OP here we do not have a costco where I live only Sams.

Chloesmom
05-17-2010, 04:27 PM
This is my field of " expertise".. I run my family pet supply wholesale business and have a cert. in pet nutrition. I have also worked for several major premium brand foods prior to taking over our family business.
Most of the brands named here are great brands and you cant really go wrong with most of them unless you have a specific allergy or need ( like sensitive stomach). First thing.. why do you think your dog has a sens. stomach? Many people think this because they fed a cheaper brand and it didnt agree with them but in reality it was the grain or filler used that did it and you can after feed a regular premium formula just fine. When I say premium I mean a brand that you cant buy at the grocery.. Nutro, Innova, Taste, Wellness, etc.
If you are looking for something cheaper then I would for sure try the Costco brands.. they are decent formulas for a decent price.. be careful tho because our Costco has a few formulas that have corn in them.. which is never good.The salmon formula someone mentioned sounds promising but I havent seen it. I am a big big fan of the grain free formulas for dogs with allergies and issues.
If you are just wondering if you are feeding the best then that, much like the endless " which restaurant is best" question, is a matter of opinion and isolated experience. You are feeding a good food... there is really no reason to change unless it is budget based or the dog isnt doing well.
Something else to suggest.. we sell our damaged dog food at local flea markets here in Ohio. We sell a 30# bag of Taste of the Wild for $20, Nutro for $20 Chicken Soup for $16. They are bags that were damaged in our warehouse and repaired but are not expired. You may want to look in your area and see if there is something like that at a flea market near you.

sunnyday123
05-17-2010, 04:28 PM
We have a 10 month old Irish Wolfhound - we started him on the Kirkland (which the breeder recommended, but gave him loose stools). After some research, we switched him to Innova Giant Breed Puppy food. He loves it. He actually eats less of it than the Kirkland as it has more protein. Granted, its expensive, but a purebreed IW is worth it, IMHO. (BTW, I actually found a pet food delivery service that with the delivery fee, costs less than the pet store to have the food delivered to the front door - about $59, incl. tax and del. fee)

Whats the protein level? My breeder advised me to keep her around 23% so she doesn't grow too fast.


And I've learned, the bigger the dog, the bigger the expenses!! :laughing:

labdogs42
05-17-2010, 04:47 PM
we sell our damaged dog food at local flea markets here in Ohio. We sell a 30# bag of Taste of the Wild for $20, Nutro for $20 Chicken Soup for $16. They are bags that were damaged in our warehouse and repaired but are not expired. You may want to look in your area and see if there is something like that at a flea market near you.

Wow, I wish I lived near you! I rotate between a few different premium foods for my dogs and I would be all over a deal like that!! Right now we feed our dogs Canidae All Life Stages and the dogs (two Labs and a Beagle) all do well on it. They have the most beautiful and softest coats you can imagine! We used Chicken Soup for a long time and every once in a while I buy them a bag of Wellness and mix some in with their regular food.

My Dh actually works for FreshPet, but unless he gets me a deal, i can't afford to feed them that stuff all the time! But, it is a GREAT food!

jennb
05-17-2010, 06:08 PM
Whats the protein level? My breeder advised me to keep her around 23% so she doesn't grow too fast.


And I've learned, the bigger the dog, the bigger the expenses!! :laughing:

Its around 24% - check their web: www.innovapet.com