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Old 02-14-2014, 12:12 PM
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No hard and fast rules here. Generally stick to 30%-34% protein, around 360-450 kcals. Don't care if grain inclusive or grain free or what protein source it is. Doesn't seem to matter.

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Old 02-14-2014, 03:19 PM
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My dogs have been on a raw diet for years, so my requirement is that their food isn't cooked

For kibble, my rules were:

- Grainfree

- More meat than anything else in the ingredients list (example, I wouldn't choose a food where chicken was the first ingredient and potatoes were the second... once that water is removed from the chicken, the amount of meat goes further down the list)

- Brands I trusted from doing research

- Brands that are made in either Canada or the USA

- Brands with variety... I liked switching around proteins and brands like Acana and Nature's Variety made that easy for me

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Old 02-15-2014, 12:39 PM
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I look at quality of ingredients first. I don't want to see less than 3 named meat sources (no by-product meals) in the top 5 ingredients. Grain free preferable, but absolutely no corn. Price is important... I have to be able to afford it. And I want a brand that isn't known for being shady.

Then, after using those criteria to pick the food, my dogs have to do well on it for me to continue feeding it.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shai View Post
My requirements basically are

(1) My dogs do well on it.
(2) I can be as certain as is reasonable that it is safe for my dogs, in both the short- and long-term.
(3) Doesn't break the bank.
^^ This is pretty much it for me.

I do have a preference for grain-free, though a grain-inclusive food isn't necessarily a deal-breaker assuming it sits will with my dog.

I also am particular with WHAT the protein/meat sources are. Morgan is fine with poultry/fowl and fish, is a little iffy with red meat (lamb/venison is generally okay if mixed in with a fowl or fish flavor), but bison and boar just sits terribly with him.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:37 AM
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20-30% protein
Made in the USA or Canada.
Grain free
Not Diamond
No or few recalls. It matters to me how the company handles recalls, if there have been any.
Generally trusted company, although I also feed Annamaet, which isn't commonly heard of... Still a great co. from my experience.
Has to be on, cuz that's where I buy my food.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:10 AM
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Ingredients I would avoid: Soybeans, Beet Pulp, Tomato Pomace, Alfalfa, Peas, Beans, Oats, Potatoes, Garlic, and Yucca.
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