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Which would you choice??

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Ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Potato Flour, Oatmeal, Tomato Pomace, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavor, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Whole Carrots, Ground Flaxseed, Alfalfa Meal, Herring Oil, Sea Salt, Dried Molasses, Malted Barley Flour, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Zinc), Iron Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Mixed Tocopherols, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Green Lipped Mussel, Sea Cucumber, Chondroitin Sulfate, Yucca Shidigera Extract, Garlic, Spirulina, Lecithin, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene, Dried Kelp,Parsley, Turmeric, Green Tea Extract, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Casei, Enterococcus Faecium, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Niacin, Copper Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Copper), Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamin Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Vitamin K Supplement, Biotin.

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Chicken Meal, Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Lamb Meal, Chicken, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Oats, Flaxseed Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavors, Fish Oil (Natural source of DHA), Alfalfa Meal, Yeast Culture, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root, Raspberries, Turmeric, Garlic, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Selenium Yeast, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles.
 

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I am leaning toward the first one, but not sure.

Is there a place i can get samples?? Trying to find Dixie something she likes to eat. I would hate to buy $20 bags of food just to find out she don't like it.
 

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Petsmart lets you take an opened bag of dog food back. Just be sure to have your receipt.

I had no trouble taking back a bag that Bella did not like.
 

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IMHO you shouldn't choose either of those. If you have a wal mart near you, the kind i get is Maximum Nutrition(brand) Adult Lamb and Rice(they also sell chicken and rice) Formula. It's cheap- approx. $13.00 for a 50 lb. bag- and has very good ingredients(no artificial flavors and no preservatives and no wheat). When Derby was in PMart training, they had a class on nutrition and we discovered some very expensive brands such as Science Diet aren't that good for your dog. But if your set on one of these two, I would go for which ever 1 your dog likes more coz i think the nutrition is about the same.
 

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A lot of the companies will send you samples if you call them. Since the recall many of them are going out of their way to be helpful.
 

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Blue has been on Science Diet since he could eat and we are planning on changing that soon, we just feel guilty wasting a bag of food. He is horribly stinky!!!! We are going to try Three Dog Bakery since we don't have many choices in Wyoming.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by BeagleBabe:
Screw that stuff, get Three Dog Bakery stuff!
I might give them a call and see if i can get a sample just to see if Dixie likes it. I would hate to spend $15 on a bag of food she hates! lol
 

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Our local pet store (it's called Dog Lover's and it's the best!) has free samples of food all the time. They have a bin with a bunch of different brands of samples. You can pick three bags at a time to try. Also, go online to the different pet food manufacturers and see if you can order samples from them online.

As for selecting from those two, I'm not keen on either of them. The reason being that chicken "meal" is one of the main ingredients for both of them. You want solid meats, not meat "meal" to be in the top ingredients. If I had to select one, I'd go with the first one.

I'm a big fan of Innova. I've had great results using it with both Amber and Jersey. A lot of people say that the more expensive brands are better and I buy into that, but only to a certain degree. There are good foods out there that aren't very expensive, you've just got to do a little research. Personally, I wouldn't buy any brand that had any foods involved in the recalls back in the spring. To me, that says those companies are not paying attention to the quality of product that goes into their foods and are solely concerned with profit. OK, off my :soapbox:
 

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Madison, I thought this was a test of some kind, and I was looking for the answer!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif What are the 2 brands?
Miss Shiloh eats Beneful by Purina. It seems to be a pretty good food, and she likes it well enough. (Of course she much prefers people food. :rolleyes: ) I got a free sample bag of Wellness Core a couple of weeks ago, and she surprised me by gobbling that right up! Usually with kibble she sniffs it and looks at me as if to say, What else ya got? Even the Beneful sits most of the day till she figures out she's not getting something else! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif But Wellness is out of my price range, so we're sticking with Beneful.
 

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The ingredients are put in order of amount and you want more meat products than grain! So the more meat in the first 5 ingredients the better the food is!
 

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Food #1 has garlic listed. I thought garlic was BAD for dogs!

Both are pretty week in the meat department.

FYI: Feel free to mention brand names here.
 

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We have been feeding Dexter (now 1 and half years old) Nutro lamb and rice for a while now..he likes it and is healthy..coats good too...but it is a little expensive ($30 for large bag)...he is not super picky but will not eat it if he doesn't like something...i am also planning to change just to see if there is anything better out there in the same price range...this one has first item and lamb meal which i know is not good...but then again other brands are worse unless you go into a really higher price range...I have seen that he prefers lamb to chicken (but so do I, so he might be getting it from his Mommy) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
Any ideas?
 

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Quote:Originally posted by bpeery:
The ingredients are put in order of amount and you want more meat products than grain! So the more meat in the first 5 ingredients the better the food is!
I agree. I also heard that you should stay away from anything that says "meal" like "lamb meal" or "chicken meal".
 

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no test, as i was wanting a truthful answer and not a biased one! lol

the names are,

Number one is BLUE Life Protection Formula Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

Number two is By Nature Puppy food,


those are the best that my local Petsmart is carrying, sad huh. i will check and see if there is any other local pet store around here, who knows i might find a bakery local that does dog food.
 

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We tried Blue on Three Dog Bakery today and he loved it. The bites are bigger so he actually had to chew and it slowed him down. He hasn't been stinky so far tonight and it doesn't seem to cause him to digest as fast either.
 

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From what I have read it is better to see meal first rather than just the meat. Meat like chicken has the water removed so there is not as much as there appears even though it is listed first. If you have chicken and then chicken meal second there will be a fairly high meat content. What you don't want to see is meat meal. You want to see a specific meat listed. As someone else said earlier I am lucky enough to shop at a small locally owned store where they sell only quality and are helpful about explaining labels to customers.
 

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Yeh, that's what Derby's obedience told us too, Jassy...

Madison- I really don't know anything about those dog foods, except for I think beagles aren't Large Breed- Their medium

Does your PETsMart have Nutro Natural or Nature's Recipe? If so, those are pretty good...
 
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