Monday, November 12, 2012

Dog Food


Our dog food situation has been very irritating lately.  I really miss the days when I fed 100% raw.  For ten years, all of my hounds did great on it, but now we have an odd mix of hounds.  Reagan does not do well on raw food. Period. End of story.  She clearly does awesome on commercial dog food.  Riley does awesome on half and half, but not as well on 100% raw.  Stacker (13 years old) seems to have diarrhea every other day now so we are playing around with what works for him.  Plus it easier to get calories into him with kibble than it is with chicken backs and other raw food items.  Seven, Allie (12 year old), and Maddie seem to be less complicated and have done well on everything I have offered, thank goodness.
We had been very happy with Acana Ranchlands and Acana Grasslands, but something has happened to the distribution and it is a difficult food to find now.... and top it off with feeding 6 dogs and it is downright ridiculous to keep yourself supplied when shops will only sell you one bag at a time.

Not sure what experience others have had, but I find my greyhounds do best on a grain free, red meat, dog foods.  I have not been successful with the poultry or fish varieties of food, but it seems that there are unlimited varieties of these foods to choose from.  I also prefer that the red meat foods tend to be higher calorie and I can feed less of it.
We tried Fromm Beef and Vegetable and it was the food that made Maddie so thirsty and stools were not great on everyone else.  Then we tried Orijen Regional Red which was stupid because it is made by the same company as Acana so it was not long before it was in short supply.

So back to the drawing board. I hate switching and trying new foods with 6 dogs.  If any one has a readily available, grain free, red meat, and made in the USA (Acana is from Canada and I am trying to avoid future distribution issues) that your greyhounds have done well on... let me know.  Thanks.

21 comments:

K-Koira said...

Not a food suggestion, but have you tried ordering the food online? I know Chewy.com (and other similar companies) has a ton of food options, and has free delivery for orders over $50, and the food would be dropped right at your house. It might help with some of the issues you were having getting the food.

Karen said...

We've had a great experience with Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet kibble (in combination with raw)-- there are bison and venison and possibly other red meat varieties...

Catalina said...

I feed NutriSource. It's made just a few miles away from my town and my dogs have done very well on it. My cat too! And it stopped the chronic diarrhea and put weight on/shiny coat/cleaner teeth the foster dog I had this summer.

My cat also likes it!

Hiking Hounds said...

My guys seem to like and do best on a red meat based food too. I've been feeding Taste of the Wild High Sierra and/or Sierra Mountain for awhile now. The Sierra Mountain is lower in protein, etc. So I usually do a mix or just the High Sierra because they are definitely hungrier if it's only Sierra Mountain. I also mix in some IVO canned beef or turkey and chicken. Their stools have been good with this as they used to be soft often. I've not done a lot of raw since Zephyr got sick, but they get some raw or cooked meat occasionally too. I've wanted to try the Acana, but they haven't had it in our feed store.

Angela J. said...

No suggestions here but I know Acana was having an issue because I think they had a fire or something in one of their kitchens. There was a notice up where I get mine awhile ago. I alternate between Grasslands and Ranchlands. Hopefully they will be back to full force soon. One bag at a time would be very annoying and I only have 3 to feed.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to take a look at them. Unfortunately, Acana is out of stock at Chewy.com and probably everywhere else I imagine. I like to rotate through the Grasslands and Ranchlands also. I bought a bag of the Acana Prairie today so we'll see if poultry can work.

IHeartDogs said...

I know you said no raw, but this is not true raw; how about The Honest Kitchen Love http://www.chewy.com/dog/honest-kitchen-love-dog-beef-grain/dp/35482

Beef, grain free and made in the USA, maybe it is worth a try?
I feed the Honest Kitchen and Chewy & Stella and Bravo raw.

Good luck and I love the blog and Mad Maddie! I rarely comment but read everything :)

GreyhoundGeek said...

Thought I'd post the latest update from Acana, followed by the link for the original press release about their kitchen fire, in case you hadn't seen it already.

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NOVEMBER 2, 2012 | DISTRIBUTOR & RETAIL PARTNERS
KITCHEN REPAIR UPDATE | WEEK 8

Dear Distributor & Retail Partners,
We’re thrilled to report that we’re almost there.

KITCHEN REPAIRS | ON TARGET
WE EXPECT TO BE COOKING IN BOTH KITCHENS AGAIN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
Four sections of our new oven are ALREADY installed - with the remaining two sections scheduled to arrive Monday, November 5.

FOOD SHIPMENTS
Because our distributor partners have been so accommodating, we were able to meet our October shipping targets. Our Commercial Services Team will be communicating the next round of shipments shortly.

Eighteen days until full cooking resumes — Thank you!

Robin Jean
Director-Food Production
Champion Pet Foods
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http://zeusandco.com/images/email_promo/orijen-fd/CPF-Kitchen-Repair-Letter-Consumers.pdf

Cheers,
GreyhoundGeek

Greyhounds Aren't Grey said...

We feed Taste of the Wild as well and find it to work the best for the kids. We rotate between all the flavors. All are grain free. They get some mix in whether it be veggies or raw natural instinct. Sometimes bonest kitchen. In any case, we tried a bunch of foods before finally settling on this one.

Hazel said...

I wonder if parasites are present in raw meats, and would infect the dogs. I know that parasites are definitely a risk for humans.

Also, since I live in an RV and move around frequently, I find that I have to buy food that I can find in many locations. To have food shipped to me would be problematic and to find specialty foods is a problem in many areas.

houndstooth said...

I'd second trying ordering from Chewy.com. We usually get ours delivered in just a couple of days after we order and you can set up a delivery schedule. Shipping is free if your order is over $49, and there's no more running to a store and juggling bags of food out of the car. I found the prices to be pretty comparable to what the stores were charging for the foods we use, so we were pretty satisfied with it.

houndstooth said...

Whoops! I didn't see that you'd already looked for it at Chewy.com!

Christie said...

I feed Nutro Ultra for my two greys. It has worked really well for them, their stools are much better - nothing loose for a long time now (knock on wood). I think Nutro is available about everywhere and made in the United States. It was recommened by my vet (Dr. Barr at Foley Animal Clinic in Coon Rapids, MN) who also has greys.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

OMG, so excited to hear that Acana should back up to full production soon. I would be so happy to have my Ranchlands again!

Stoutheartedhounds said...

Don't know if this is true where you live, but the Costco's out here sell a grain free kibble in a red meat variety. I can't recall the name, but they never seem to be in short supply.

Tasha Miner Salsido said...

I like The Honest Kitchen's Thrive formula. I also have had a lot of luck with Canidae Pure Elements.

dog food chicago il said...

I am feeding grain free food to my puppy. I often make some homemade foods for him which he likes a lot. I don’t give him some human ingredients like grapes, raisins, chocolates and avocados.

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Kini_pella said...

I also have been doing Grain Free Nature's Domain with terrific success for both hounds (and Winry has a sensitive belly). This is made by the same company who makes Taste of the Wild; they have had some recalls in the past, but I think it's been repurchased, or some other act of improvement on it's behalf. In any case, $31 for 35lbs is fantastic when you don't have to compromise quality! I've also been doing as you have and giving occasional raw as is possible.

Nancy said...

I have been feeding Kirkland's Nature's Domain but if you google different dog foods you'll find that even the"grain-free" are plant based, not meat. I'm trying to switch to EVO chicken and turkey but may have to go to their red meat kibble. Also, with Nature's Domain I've been feeding 4 to 4 and 1/2 cups a day and with Evo it's about 2 and 1/2 cups for a day. So price is not the only thing to look at besides grain-free: named meat source in the first 3 ingredients and serving size. Thankyou for the turkey neck tip!

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