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Adult Kibble suggestions?

Hi All,

I'm looking for a new kibble to try for Lincoln. His allergies have subsided for now and we are finishing the rabbit/potato allergy elimination diet finally!

I strongly suspect he is allergic to sweet potatoes, so I want to find a kibble that does not have that ingredient.

He also seems fine with chicken, so a chicken-based kibble would be ideal.
Also, he tends to pack on the pounds, so a lower calorie (but not diet) kibble would be good (around 350-400 kcal/cup).

I looked through the Whole Dog Journal 2007 list of approved dry dog foods and my top contenders so far are:
1. Premium Edge Adult Chicken, Rice and Vegetable
2. Natural Balance Organic Dry
3. Wellness Simple Food Solutions (Duck and Rice)

Does anyone feed their dogs these formulas, and do you like them (and does your dog like them)? Any info is appreciated!

I also have to consider things like if a food is available at a local store, etc.

Thanks so much in advance!

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Oliver loves the Natural Balance! Comet is OK with it
They are both doing well.

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I have always fed my boys Wellness, I feed them the super 5 mix, lamb. But I have always been happy with the wellness brand. If you go with them sign up at there website and they will send you coupons from time to time.

I hope Lincoln's problem stays gone, for both of you.

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I'm trying two with the girls. One is a big hit and the other not so much. The more popular one is Taste of the Wild - Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Wild Fowl. It's grain-free. It's 375/kcals per cup. The other is Nature's Variety Prairie. I've given them the venison and now I have the beef meal and barley. It's 430/kcals per cup. Sedona will eat them both. McKenna will pick out the Nature's Variety and drop it on the floor but will eat the Taste of the Wild. I get both of them at Pet Food Express.

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Jane, My boys like the Innova/Nutura products-- Perhaps the california naturals chicken and rice formula-- it is a very simple line with only like 8-10 ingredients..they also have a lower cal version. Glad to hear lincoln's allergies are better. sweet potato---LOL--- isn;t that what they give everyone as an alternative???? go figure. I'm telling you these boys need chicken, rice, blackbeans, and plantains...




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The Fromm Chicken A La Veg made the list for the Whole Dog Journal last year, but locating it isn't always easy. There is a store in Los Altos that stocks all the Fromm varieties. (I use the Fromm Salmon A La Veg and love how the coats are doing on all my dogs. I have samples of that and of their Duck & Potato formula too. I would need to look at the ingredients to verify they are sans sweet potatoes though.)
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I also recommend what Paige said about Wellness Super 5. When Dora was a puppy she had such a finicky stomach and that is what worked for her, otherwise it was constant butt baths. She did well on the lamb. Not sure if that is good for allergies though?

I am currently on solid gold wee bits but as soon as this bag is over, we are going to try Fromms!

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I have been using Fromm's Chicken a la Veg mixed with EVO Red Meat Small Bites. I mix it 1/2 and 1/2. Since I have been doing this, less poop and no loose stools.

As for feeding less calories, my vet always said to look for the low fat foods to cut calories. Adult dogs don't need all the fat. If you feel they need more fat, you can supplement with olive oil or some fish oil.


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Due to the recalls of 2007, the Whole Dog Journal also asked for some additional info on the making of the foods. Several brands did not make the list because they would not disclose the source of their food or the origin of their manufacturer. Here are some of the names that did not make the list and are well known are: Blue Buffalo, Newman's Own Organics, Royal Canin, Solid Gold, and Timberwolf.

Some of the foods that did make the list are Canine Caviar, Canidae, Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Organic, Diamond, Eagle Pack, Fromm, Natura (includes Karma, California Natural & Innova), Nutro Ultra, Nature's Variety Prairie, Wysong, and Wellness.

I already posted the next part in another topic, but I'll repost it here:
If you really want some good commercial food info, you should check out the February 2008 issue of the Whole Dog Journal. It just became available and it has a lot of information about the good foods, and even their sources. The no-grain foods have gotten so big that they are doing a completely seperate article on those next month. You can subscribe to the Whole Dog Journal for $20/year or you can pay a one-time price of $10 just to get the article off their web site. Since it is copyrighted, we can't copy it here, but it looks like a great article.
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Duncan loves his Merrickfood.
As a treat we buy the cannedfoodand mixitin with kibble!!YUMMY!!!


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