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Old 05-18-2013, 01:51 PM
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Default Switching back to kibble, which food?

I'm considering switching Sako back to kibble. He's been on raw for.. 1 1/2yrs. now and has done great, but he has these weird phobias of food and he literally HATES to eat now. So instead of "torturing" him, I'm thinking about trying kibble again to see if he eats better. Of course, if he does the same thing, I'll probably just keep him on raw.

Anyway. I'm kind of out of the "kibble loop". Before I switched to raw he was eating either Orijen or NV Instinct. Did "okay" on them, but he always had issues with on/off again loose stools.

Price isn't that big of a deal, but I'd like to stay below $60 for a 30lb. bag. Should probably stay away from chicken based foods, and I'd prefer grain free. High in calories per cup would be good too, he burns food off quick. I don't mind if I can't get it locally, as long as I can order it from one of the online stores (Pet Flow, Wag.com, etc.).

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:59 PM
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Around here, $60 limits you quite a bit.

Off the top of my head I can think of Earthborn Holistic, NutriSource, and Taste of the Wild for GF under $60 for the largest bag.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:47 PM
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Thumbs up The Best Kibble is Orijen

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I'm considering switching Sako back to kibble. He's been on raw for.. 1 1/2yrs. now and has done great, but he has these weird phobias of food and he literally HATES to eat now. So instead of "torturing" him, I'm thinking about trying kibble again to see if he eats better. Of course, if he does the same thing, I'll probably just keep him on raw.

Anyway. I'm kind of out of the "kibble loop". Before I switched to raw he was eating either Orijen or NV Instinct. Did "okay" on them, but he always had issues with on/off again loose stools.

Price isn't that big of a deal, but I'd like to stay below $60 for a 30lb. bag. Should probably stay away from chicken based foods, and I'd prefer grain free. High in calories per cup would be good too, he burns food off quick. I don't mind if I can't get it locally, as long as I can order it from one of the online stores (Pet Flow, Wag.com, etc.).

Anyone have any suggestions?
Hello kady05,
Going to kibble from raw is a step backward but you have to do what you have to do.
By far the best kibble is Orijen but it will cost over $60.
Wellness Core is an OK kibble.
Almost all of the other grain-free kibbles are pretty much the same in different packaging; containing one or two meat sources, very heavy in starches, sugars and carbohydrates which is not good for Sako. Roger Biduk
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:11 PM
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Wellness CORE Ocean Formula is under $60/bag, here. 26lb bag, though.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:07 PM
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He did pretty well on the Orijen, so I could do that again. It runs about $60 for the big bag (I think it's 30lbs.) here. Earthborn is one I had considered as well, since a lot of people switched to it after the whole TOTW/Diamond recall.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:25 PM
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Only $60/bag for Orijen there? Guess I know where I'm moving... upwards of $80/bag here.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:30 PM
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Have you tried any of the Acana line? Made by champion pets but is cheaper then Orijen.
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I feed Acana Pacifica or wild prairie kibble. It's not cheap but even my hard keepers work well with it.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:28 PM
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I made the switch back to kibble a few months ago and have been rotating between acana, wellness core and fromm. I choose the gf formulas of acana and fromm and only use the fish core. For some reason Bear doesn't tolerate the chicken core that well, although he does okay with the wild prairie acana.

Honestly, the dogs did better on raw, but it's not like kibble is killing them. They certainly don't look to be in poor condition. I do miss raw-poop though, I will say that
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We're on Earthborn grain free here and the dogs do awesome on it. The big bags are around $60 here.
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