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I feed my pack Nutro Natural Choice - either Lamb and Rice or Chicken, Rice and Oatmeal (I switch around). I live in a very small town - there are no pet stores here, and the local Grange does carry Nutro products. Mine have all done very well on the Natural Choice, shiny, soft coats, clear eyes and they've all been healthy. When I first got Romeo his breeder was feeding Purina Pro Plan, so I kept him on that for a while - he had constant ear infections - then the vet said that most ear infections now are caused by food allergies - so I immediately switched him to the Nutro - corn and wheat are major allegens for many dogs. It is the best I can get for them locally. When I can get to a Costco store (the closest is over 60 miles from here), I buy Kirkland, it has a good rating and it's about 1/2 the price of the Nutro. You will find that feeding a good quality food it will take less (my kids get 1 cup a day or less - depending on their size), split into two meals. There's also less clean up. You might want to check into a food with NO grains - by the way, if you notice, IAMS does not have a very good rating, and Science Diet gets an F. I have boycotted IAMS for years because of their research practices. If you consider Nutro, make sure you don't go for the Nutro Max, which does contain wheat. There are several very good foods that don't have grains at all - I just can't get them here. The Nutro is roughly $43 for a 40# bag, and they go through about 2 bags a month. Of course, if I'd let them, they'd eat a bag a week and still tell me they're starved - but there's not a skinny beagle in the pack.
IF you use dog biscuits, you might want to make sure they don't contain wheat, too. Wheat is usually the first ingredient in most dog biscuits. It might <span style="text-decoration: underline">not be the cause, but it's worth a try</span>. I've completely stopped giving dog biscuits to the kids, and have switched to saving a little of their kibble out as treats, or for special treats, I slice hot dogs VERY thin and dole out slices of hot dogs. With the kids, it's not the size of the treat, but the idea of the treat! Cheerios makes a good training treat, too. One of my clients gets commodity deliveries and she often gives me 2 lb boxes of cheese, which I cut into TINY cubes for treats too. Good luck! Don't they LOOK undernourished???
 

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I use Innova. My last dog had a lot of skin problems and allergies. We tried several different treatment options but nothing worked long term. My vet thought that maybe it was a food allergy and suggested Innova for her. It worked great for us and her itching stopped. When I got Jersey, it just made sense to use Innova with her.
 

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Discussion Starter · #23 ·
What an adorable pack!!
We've pretty much stopped giving the regular dog biscuits and have starting giving either pieces of their food, little pieces of cheese, or a treat called Chicken Chips from VitaLife. The listed ingredient is just chicken and the dogs LOVE them.
 

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Lately I have been using the Wellness Core which is grain free for Maggie. I have been buying the low fat version because she needed to lose a little weight. I have also been impressed with Orijen.
 

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We're in the process of switching to Innova, so we'll see what happens!!
I like that it has apples, carrots, etc. so hopefully they'll enjoy it.
 
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