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after being a pet owner to a cat and dog i have learned over the years that we have different ideas on a balanced diet, situations that call for a specific brand of dog food, or if u want to cook. since having baden and learning he was allergic to chicken and cant tolerate oatmeal i was torn i had to switch brands because i believed it was the best (wellness) and then having to move here to CA i simply could not afford it! i have switched from tons of brands finding one that baden could eat and would not tire of and most important, what i could afford. i have chosen natures variety prairie and im thrilled he loves it, i can afford it, i can rotate flavors, and hes very healthy.

same went for my cat, he has urinary issues. as most male cats do and has to be on a special diet. having to stray away from the natural brands and i can not buy dry anymore, even though wellness has 3 blends of cranberries, he has to be on wet food and boy is it expensive!!!! wellness, halo,and blue was toooo rich for him and would throw up all the time. hes now on purina pro plan UTI care and also natural balance.

never did i think i would buy these brands but certain situations call for changes. dont get caught up in the hype. get what will work for your dog and your budget :) most people feed blue but my pets cant handle it. some recommend call of the wild but badens coat was sooo dry from it. theres tons and tons of brands. do your research and choose whats best for your dog

Well said! Do what works for you and for your dog, not what someone tells you is the be-all and end-all.

exactly ^^ thats why there are so many brands out there. not one brand is going to suit everyone's dog


I absolutely agree with you. I have been experimenting for years. I thought that PetGuard was a good food but Tipper did not like every flavor. It can also be hard to find so you can't shop around for price savings. Blue is always held up as great but i wasn't impressed.

Tiki Dog seems like a good food. Tipper loved it (it looks pretty darn tasty!) but the cans are small so it can get expensive. I finally settled on Vet's Choice. It has never been recalled and is produced a small family owned company in the US. A lot of holistic vets prefer it over other commercial foods. Tipper loves. Her coat is soft and shiny and she's a healthy and fit eight year old.

Every dog is different so you really have to watch and see what works best.

glad u found a brand that you trust and that works for you. in the end thats what it is all about :)

Darwins Raw...Riley and Maggie May get a variety...beef, chicken, turkey, bison and duck.   Something different everyday.   They also enjoy Tripe, as a treat, once in awhile.

Rebecca....that's the best response I have ever read on what to feed your dog or cat!

thank you Linda. i keep seeing huge debates on pet food everywhere on the internet and after what i went through that is what i ended up learning so when people ask me what i feed my pets and why, i explain why that brand is great for me but should see what will work for their own pets

I've known for some time now that I'd eventually have to switch Ellie's food. Pet stores aren't carrying her formula anymore (Wellness Whitefish & Sweet Potato) and I'm so reluctant to order through Amazon because we haven't always gotten good quality food when I ordered online before. Ellie has such a sensitive stomach. It took us several uncomfortable (and messy) months to find this formula the first time around. I would love to stick with Wellness. It's been a great food for us, but Ellie can't digest any other formula they have in pet stores and she doesn't care for Wellness Simple. She likes Merrick treats so I think we'll start there and see how that goes. Hopefully a combination of knowing she needs a single fish-based protein source and mixing in pumpkin as we switch will save us from the tummy troubles this time.

I've been buying Wellness at Whole Foods, but not that particular formula. If you have a WF within reasonable driving distance, you might ask them. They might special-order it for you. Also, sometimes tack & feed stores can get a specific product for you.

try :) i order all my pet stuff from there and have had no issues in the past 6months and i always get it the next day i order. u also save a lot of money ordering from them VS. a pet store


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