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Innova (Post P&G takeover)

Good afternoon fellow Hav owners!

It's been a while since the last time I posted anything here but believe me, I have definitely been reading the site and trying to keep up with all the happenings here.

The reason for my post is regarding Innova dog food. Since receiving him from the breeder, we've had Chester on Wellness Core wet food which he loved in the beginning, but now barely touches it. Gradually, his distaste for it grew, and it was becoming a chore coaxing and convincing him to eat his meals every day. We tried all the different suggestions on the site on how to get your dog to eat promptly but nothing worked except one thing - Chester's cousin's Innova dog food.

We've already begun the slow transition and he's tearing through it along with his Wellness (we mix it together). Doing my due diligence, I looked up reviews about Innova but only read many posts and websites proclaiming the "end of days" for Innova once news broke they were being bought out by Proctor & Gamble. As for now the food is now, I couldn't find anything.

Which leads me to my question - has there been any recent reviews of Innova post P&G takeover? Or, does anybody have any suggestions or thoughts based on evidence or experience, not on assumptions?

Thanks in advance and yes, my wife, Chester, and I are doing great. He's really been a joy to have since day one...um...ok maybe day 15. Here's a picture of him cooling off on our laminate floors...
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I'll check with Sabine. I do know ,she wasn't happy with this acquisition. LOL She knows all about this stuff. One thing though , she doesn't recommend mixing kibbles other than during a transition .

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Good afternoon fellow Hav owners!

It's been a while since the last time I posted anything here but believe me, I have definitely been reading the site and trying to keep up with all the happenings here.

The reason for my post is regarding Innova dog food. Since receiving him from the breeder, we've had Chester on Wellness Core wet food which he loved in the beginning, but now barely touches it. Gradually, his distaste for it grew, and it was becoming a chore coaxing and convincing him to eat his meals every day. We tried all the different suggestions on the site on how to get your dog to eat promptly but nothing worked except one thing - Chester's cousin's Innova dog food.

We've already begun the slow transition and he's tearing through it along with his Wellness (we mix it together). Doing my due diligence, I looked up reviews about Innova but only read many posts and websites proclaiming the "end of days" for Innova once news broke they were being bought out by Proctor & Gamble. As for now the food is now, I couldn't find anything.

Which leads me to my question - has there been any recent reviews of Innova post P&G takeover? Or, does anybody have any suggestions or thoughts based on evidence or experience, not on assumptions?

Thanks in advance and yes, my wife, Chester, and I are doing great. He's really been a joy to have since day one...um...ok maybe day 15. Here's a picture of him cooling off on our laminate floors...
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It will be interesting to see what Sabine says. I know once a company changes hands sometimes things go down hill..hopefully not this company..thanks for posting this question.

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LOL , I knew this would strike a nerve with her. She wouldn't comment on the current food. But here is her letter.
"I don't support any brand owned by P&G. The company has shown in the past that they can't be trusted, and their business ethics are pretty terrible as well - including completely unnecessary animal testing (I'm not opposed to the kind that's actually useful and necessary, be it for animal or human health). "

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I wondered how and why Innova was coming to Pet Smart.. .now I know why!

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That doesn't surprise me Tammy.

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Wait until I tell the guy at my pet store who told me it was one of the most trusted, best foods, I wonder if he knows what has happened...I am happy to have this information..thanks for the question and the answers...

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My primary concern is what is physically entering my dog's body. Yes I agree that a firm that uses "best practices" will ease my conscience some, but at this point I just want to know if the ingredients found in Innova are still good for Chester. Or, if the recipe has changed at all since the takeover?

Also, Wellness is sold on Petsmart and Petco. Does that mean Wellness doesn't make quality food?
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My primary concern is what is physically entering my dog's body. Yes I agree that a firm that uses "best practices" will ease my conscience some, but at this point I just want to know if the ingredients found in Innova are still good for Chester. Or, if the recipe has changed at all since the takeover?

Also, Wellness is sold on Petsmart and Petco. Does that mean Wellness doesn't make quality food?
Please try and save an ingredients label from the old packaging. Take it with you, or research it often. The companies don't tell you when they change things in pet or human foods. Sometimes the clue is "New" but more likely it is "Improved"...and it is anything but. I was trying to think if I have ever seen a "takeover" by another company improve things? I don't think so. Usually a good company is surviving and after the take over the new company wants to make more profit..JMHO...

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My primary concern is what is physically entering my dog's body. Yes I agree that a firm that uses "best practices" will ease my conscience some, but at this point I just want to know if the ingredients found in Innova are still good for Chester. Or, if the recipe has changed at all since the takeover?

Also, Wellness is sold on Petsmart and Petco. Does that mean Wellness doesn't make quality food?
you'll have to research but it is difficult to tell what changes will be made , but you can guarantee there will be changes. Don't believe a word from the company. Yeah Wellness is OK, maybe one of the few that are good in these box stores. In Canada, we have they same big box stores basically and none of them carry the "good:" brands. Not sure why this is. Maybe it will change. If you really want to find the best kibbles and the best suppliments, do a consult with Sabine. If you're dog is lucky, you might switch to canned or home cooked. LOL

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