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Old 12-21-2008, 03:46 AM
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Default Cheaper food, with a twist

Unfortunately, due to freezer space issues (can't buy bulk), its hard to keep raw down to a reasonable cost. After the post- Christmas turkey sales are over, I think it will be back to something more affordable, supplemented by clearance meat when I have room for it. Grain free isn't much cheaper, the Evo price has gone through the roof here, and other grain frees aren't far behind. Over $50/ 28 lbs for Evo.

My spreadsheet says that Canidae is the cheapest, but even if I ignore the formula change (Iron stomach dog, the only thing that has ever exploded was a whole pot of stuffing...) it made him ITCHY. That was mostly solved by adding fish oil capsules. (He wont eat the capsules, so I had to break them).

Because the fish oil almost completely stopped the itching, I'm inclined to think that it was not an allergy. He also itched a bit on Evo, but not a heavy turkey or chicken raw diet, even though it is not a reduction diet.. bread, cookies, etc, he is a good begger.

Canidae is/was only about 14% fat, but the omega 6 which is said to be a heavy influence on coat is very similar to Evo.

If I go to a less expensive food, I'd rather avoid the itching. Could it be a matter of not enough fat? Evo was over 20%, but raw chicken and turkey is lower than canidae.

Diamond Naturals comes in a 25% fat formula (Extreme Athlete), and a canidae level of omega 6. Thoughts? (Chicken and rice is only 16%)
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