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Has anyone ever fed this? I'm thinking of switching my GSD's to it and was wondering if anyone here has given it to their Hav?
http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
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If you look up TOTW on http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com it has a good rating.

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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Tori has been eating it for several months and absolutely loves it. I've tried all the flavors and she much prefers the Wetlands formula.

I like that it's a premium grain-free food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg (I pay $9.99/5 lb. bag) I highly recommend it.

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I may pick up a small bag...and see how the GSD's like it and Gracie...of course, I would wait until Gracie is all better to introduce it and would slowly mix it in.
The only concern I have is the chemical used in the fish meal...
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My Lilly LOVES it also. I use it along with the EVO. I either mix them or alternate meals/days. It keeps meal time interesting.

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All of my dogs (2 Havs and a Sheltie) eat it. I feed them the wetlands formula. I moisten it just a touch and top it with a small spoonful of something like turkey or chicken, cottage cheese, etc.

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I just wrote them and ordered some samples (I still have a fantasy that I can find one food I can feed both Jasper and Cash) They also told me that although made in the USA some foods are sourced outside the states...

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Most of the ingredients in our formulas originate in the United
States. There are critical ingredients that are not available
domestically in an adequate supply and with as much quality as our
international supply. We do purchase some ingredients from foreign
suppliers such as lamb meal from New Zealand, potato protein from
Germany and dried chicory root from Belgium. We screen for all toxins
with a test called ToxiScreen. This test screens for other toxins
besides melamine and cyanuric acid but heavy metals, pesticide residue,
aflatoxin, vomitoxin, rodenticide, and many others. Should any of these
contaminants be present in the sample, the ToxiScreen test will detect
it.

Sincerely,

Pam Libbert
Customer Service Representative
Diamond Pet Foods
I have two concerns with the food that maybe you users could dispel... One is that it is made by Diamond Pet Foods-- One of the main companies involved in the recalls.. not saying this food is dangerous-- but does that concern you? or do you feel having gone through it they may be one of the safest now?

the other concern and I could not find any info on this...their wetlands and their salmon formulas both have smoked meats in it (this is why I think my guys may both like it) but should we be concerned with carcinogens? like we would if we ate smoked meat day after day?

I like that the food has less protein than the other grain frees and more fiber
4% compared to usually 2%...

Daniel, you are very good at this food thing...What do you think?




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Missy~ I have nowhere near the knowledge you, and a few others here, have when it comes to dog food. But, I do feel that since Diamond Pet Foods was "bitten" so hard they are probably one of the safest now.

Also, Tori is on a modified rotation diet. I say modified, because she won't eat the raw medallions when they're totally raw, I have to slightly cook them (sound like anyone you know? ) Since I rotate what she eats on a daily basis (some days she doesn't even get any kibble, just canned & slightly cooked medallions) I don't have any fear regarding the smoked meat. That being said, I'm not even sure if: 1) there is a carcinogen concern w/dogs in the same way there is in people, 2) since the smoked meat is aways down on the list of ingredients, I'm not sure there'd be enough in each serving to warrant any concern.

I'll be interested to see what others thoughts are (Daniel? Kara?)

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Personally I would feel better staying away from Diamond. More than likely their processing practices are still the same except for this new test they are doing. I don't really need to worry though since I feed raw. To be honest I haven't heard good or bad about smoked meat. I would think dogfoodanalysis would mention it if it was a concern.

In regards to fiber I found the following which is a pretty good source.
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Fiber in the diet is probably good for overall gastrointestinal
health and may help some dogs keep their weight down. The typical
diet of normal adult dogs contains between 2.5 and 4.5% fiber. However,
the fiber content of some “diet” dog foods may be higher. This may allow the
dog to feel full without consuming too many calories for effective weight control.
Diets high in fiber also may help in the management of hyperglycemia (high blood
sugar), and may improve large intestine function.
On the other hand, too much fiber in the diet can decrease the digestibility of other
important nutrients and result in loose stools, frequent defecation, and reduced
palatability of the dog food. Wheat bran and barley products are high in fiber.
Conversely, dog food ingredients high in starch, including rice and dried potatoes,
have less fiber

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