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Old 02-02-2005, 06:02 PM
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Has anyone heard of them or tried their dog foods?
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:08 PM
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Yup I'm feeding it now. It's pretty good. I'd prefer to buy Innova EVO but I haven't been able to get it out here yet.

The only thing I don't like about them is they use corn. I don't know how they treat their lab animals yet. That reminds me, I was going to email them about that.
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eagle makes a few good foods, but not all of their products are equal in quality. i like the "holistic select" varieties and very much respect the detailed research they have done concerning growth and development of large and giant breed puppies.
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I'll throw my 2 cents in here being I was an Eagle Pack(National Dog Food-Pro Pac Pet Foods also) Distributor in the early and into the later 90's. By the way I don't feed Eagle anymore but not because its not a good food. I feed a kibble formulated for the nutritional demands specifically for sled dogs that only comes in a 32/20(26% grain in the bag) and 38/25(15% grain in the bag) formula. The corn Eagle uses is grown locally in Indiana and no pesticides or any thing like it is used in any of there grains. Not many companies can say that about there grains. In fact I don't know of any that can make that statement that make there own food at there own plant. Not saying there isn't. Corn is a good beneficial product depending on what company it is and if there source is consistent and of high quality. Corn has gotten a bad rap because of companies using inferior product. Not always there fault either. The supplier is the problem most of the time. Another very important factor is how much of the total diet(in the bag) is actually carbs or grains and what is the TDD or total diet digestiblity. One thing you can say about Eagle is the Dog/Cat nutritional needs comes first and not what the market thinks should be in the bag.

Eagles test animals are sled dogs. These finding from these studies of the hardest working long distant athlete in the world the husky, are used in there other pet formulas for there nutritional benefits. 3 Time Iditarod champion Martin Buser(Alaska) and 3 time Yukon Quest Champion(the other 1000 mile race) Hans Gatt(Canada) are there main test kennels. There newest product on the market is a performance based high caloric diet called Ultra 37/24. Over 500 Me kcals an 8oz. cup. They also have other kennels that test there foods depending on what the kibble is ment for,ie; large breeds,bird dogs and so on. The calories some of these companies claim are in there food are empty calories. The food I feed is a 32Protien/20fat, 431 ME kcals a cup(Eagles Power Pack 30/20 is 376.6 ME calories) and some of the others foods that are talked about here claim they have more calories per cup like Natura/Health Wise and Innova's performance diets. But the real test was when I run some of my dogs on it and it dosen't stack up and falls short as a performance diet. That dosen't mean its not a good pet food. Its just not a top performance food and dosen't have the nutritional punch without supplementation. I don't dabble much in the pet food end anymore but if a company has a performance diet I'll probably no something about them. In my opinion if a companies performance diet dosen't stack up it makes me not so sure about the rest of there line of foods. Why,becuase the performance diet is where the best of the best ingredient they have to offer should be.

Eagle has been a leader in the market and a head of the field in the research department for a long time. Its just now starting to become a major factor and competitor in the pet food retail market and was a true super premium way before 98% of the other foods were and most are still trying to catch up.

I could be wrong and have know to be lots of times. This is just my experiences.
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i'd like to address some of the other points Scott LP brought up:

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I feed a kibble formulated for the nutritional demands specifically for sled dogs that only comes in a 32/20(26% grain in the bag) and 38/25(15% grain in the bag) formula.
i'd be very interested in the ingredient lists and manufacturing process of these products, since i frankly do not believe that they actually have such a small amount of grain ingredients. i suspect them to have a fairly large amount of gluten tho, since there has to be something in the food to hold the kibble together, otherwise you'd end up with nothing but dust. the actual content of animal-based protein in the products would be interesting too.


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The food I feed is a 32Protien/20fat, 431 ME kcals a cup(Eagles Power Pack 30/20 is 376.6 ME calories) and some of the others foods that are talked about here claim they have more calories per cup like Natura/Health Wise and Innova's performance diets.
first of all - natura doesn't make "performance" foods. their products have higher amounts of calories per cup because the ingredients are more digestible, but this has nothing to do with being a performance food. i'll get back to that a bit further down tho.

a calorie is defined as an unit of energy that equals the amount of heat necessary to raise the temperature of one gram of water by 1 degree celsius. this energy is used by the body in various ways. "empty calories" come from foods that do not contribute much nutritional value as far as rebuilding and maintaining the body is concerned, but nevertheless they still supply energy the body uses to maintain body temperature and sustain metabolic processes.

in human foods, sugary and fatty "junk foods" are considered empty calories. whatever the body doesn't need to meet energy requirements is turned into body fat - which is an easily accessible energy reserve.

the same principle applies to dogs overall, but we can't extrapolate the "empty calorie" thing to them in the same way, since they do not eat candy, potato chips etc. just for the pleasure of snacking and (ingredient quality nonwithstanding) pet foods are designed to be complete meals for them. if a commercial food were full of empty calories, the only thing that would happen to the dogs eating it is they would get fat but still be malnourished and exhibit all the well-known symptoms: poor coat, dirty ears, bad odor from mouth and body, gas, large amounts of very soft stool and so on, up to serious health problems.

the principle behind dry dog food is that dogs can meet the requirements needed for maintaining and rebuliding the body from the relatively limited amount of protein and fat contained in the formulas if they can meet their energy requirement from using the (cheaper) carbohydrates. it's not what nature intended, and not all dogs thrive on this kind of diet, but it's possible. the less exercise a dog gets, the less of a requirement he has for rebuilding muscle cells, so the lower the amount of protein in the food he has to expend for this purpose.

now let's move on to some basics in nutrition. generally speaking, one gram of protein or carbohydrates supplies 4 calories, one gram of fat supplies 9 calories. how much you actually get out of any amount of food depends on how digestible (i.e. available for utilization by the body) it is tho. even tho the chemical makeup may be similar, a pound of chicken meat is more available to the body than a pound of corn gluten, and a pound of rice more than a pound of millet or sorghum.

a lower caloric content per weight unit in foods with the same overall percentages of protein, fat and carbohydrates indicates that the food is less digestible, it has absolutely nothing to do with calories being empty or not. the problem with pet foods is that the protein and fat content is given in "crude" percentage, which does not take digestibility into account at all. on the other side of the coin, a food with a higher fat percentage is always going to offer a much higher amount of calories.

and one very important side note here: you can absolutely not compare caloric content of foods by volume measurement (cup), since density and size of kibble needs to be taken into consideration. think comparing a cup full of rice grains to a cup full of dried kidney beans for example. if you want to compare fairly, you need to compare by weight.

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But the real test was when I run some of my dogs on it and it dosen't stack up and falls short as a performance diet. That dosen't mean its not a good pet food. Its just not a top performance food and dosen't have the nutritional punch without supplementation.
of course it falls short - it has so much less fat and protein, even tho the digestibility may be greater. it doesn't meet the requirement of an extremely active working dog who experiences a lot of stress on the body and expends a lot of energy on a routine basis. we are looking at two completely different concepts here. the difference of a fat content of 14% to say 24% alone is significant - remember how fat supplies 2.25 times the amount of calories than protein or carbs?

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In my opinion if a companies performance diet dosen't stack up it makes me not so sure about the rest of there line of foods. Why,becuase the performance diet is where the best of the best ingredient they have to offer should be.
and this statement is profoundly wrong. just because the ingredient composition is different doesn't mean that the food uses better quality ingredients. just as an example - if i funnel enough corn gluten into my dog he'll be able to withstand some abuse and have sufficient energy, but it doesn't automatically make corn gluten the "best ingredient". or to take a parallel from the human "performance world", if i pump enough protein drinks and concentrated nutritional supplements into the body, i can expect the desired outcome (muscle mss, endurance etc.) but it doesn't mean that i am doing the healthiest thing in the long run.

performance careers of dogs don't last for all that long. personally i'm more interested in what a food does to a dog long term, and if my 13 year old companion can for example still handle a walk of 3-4 miles on a daily basis, still has most or all of his teeth and no issues with kidneys or heart.
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[quote]"performance careers of dogs don't last for all that long. personally i'm more interested in what a food does to a dog long term, and if my 13 year old companion can for example still handle a walk of 3-4 miles on a daily basis, still has most or all of his teeth and no issues with kidneys or heart."[endquote]


And don't forget those chronic food related skin problems we see so much of in aging dogs - and cats for that matter.
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[QUOTE=Mordy]i'd like to address some of the other points Scott LP brought up:
You will need to go back to Mordy's(nice to meet you) post and some of the points I don't know if I addressed because they could be more arguementive then informative so I saw know reason too and ran out of room to post.

I'll start off with corn gluten. Dogs can not carbo load like humans. However, they can use carbo's "short term" for energy ie: corn and as well as its natural skin and coat conditioners from the oils. Alot of companies use Corn Gluten as a filler to pump up there protien numbers because they lack a good quality- quanitity of meat protiens in there diets,ieurina and companies like them that give mostly grains in most of the flavors. Again quality go's back to the supplier your buying from. For a working dog Corn Gluten Meal is highly digestible and a source of protien that helps in rebuilding muscle and muscle tissue working in conjunction with meat protiens and fat with a low melting point.

Natura dose make a performance diet under Health Wise Active that is a 30.5/20.5 formula. Also Innova EVO break down is 42.2% Pro./22.153% fat without listing there carbs %. Which leaves 35.647 for carbs and ash depending on there cooking process. Those %'s dose put them along with there stated calories in a performance range of pet foods and is the reason you get to feed such a little amount to your pet. I would encourage you to look at performance diets ie;calories and digestibility.

What AFFCO considers a complete diet is a joke. Come on now look at some of these so called dog foods in the supermarkets/Walmart/Fred Myers and then look at the peoples dogs being fed those cheap foods. Obese,dull coats ,big piles of poop(due to high grain %'s)short energy levels and those foods are helping to keep the Vets in business along with tained ingredients that AFFCO still allows. The minimums to sustain life is all thats in some of these bags of food. AFFCO should be imbarrassed of themselfs. A diet of high grains are empty calories and have the same effect on some of us humans that are carb addicted and can't lose weight untill we increase our protien and fat levels while cutting out carbs and then only keeping small amounts of them in our diet later on.

I agree with you for example some food might only be 3.5 oz. of food in an 8 oz. cup. With that food try a test and soak the kibble in water and see how big it grows. The higher amount of grained kibble will grow 2 and 3 times there normal size. The more nutritionaly dense a food is takes less cups to feed and in water won't grow very much or in the dogs stomach. For example I'll go by what I feed. A pound of my food is 4-8oz cups = 1 pound at 1725 ME Kcals a pound. So lets say another food takes 3.5-8oz. cups to make a pound. So along that line the dogs stomach dosen't understand oz. only the bulk that go's in. The more food that has to go into the dogs digestive system to get the calorie requirments needed to maintain weigh or especially perform make the digestive system to have to work over time. The trick to working dogs is alot of small amounts over the day to keep enough calories in there system so they can work at the top of there game but not feel stuffed and sluggish. The point of these denser foods is so the dogs digestive system gets a break from all that bulk of the less caloric foods that were the norm for so many years and a major factor in the studies done on liver and kidney failure in older animals. All that bulk alone had major medical side effects. Also the tainted ingredients also play a major role in those studies that some companies are still using thats AFFCO allows. What I can do is see how a food performs as a maintenance because at my temps(+30 to -35 and the calories huskies expend a pound of food is the staple to sustain weight know matter of the 0z. per cup but by the pound per calories. Speaking of calories in order to get real numbers you need to look for ME or Metabolize Energy and Total Diet Digestibility know matter if its a maintanence flavor or a performance one. You do have to compare by the pound and not the cup I totally agree. What makes that even more interesting is that the % of grain will come back into play here and how much you end up feeding. The studies done by Cornell on sled dogs say a huskies average calorie requirement is 1200 to 2000 calories for maintenance. On a race like Iditarod the numbers of calories jump to 10,000 to 20,000 kcals in a 24 hour period. NO kibble alone can do that. Meats and fats/oils and other supplements have to be used. My experience has been I can get 3 pounds of kibble in the dogs in a 24 hour period along with meat and turkey skins for snacks for more energy and hydration.


I don't know how you figure it falls short when you look at the calorie per pound. It dosen't fall short. You have to compare applicable foods and Innova and Health Wise dose have applicable Kcals per pound compared to what I feed and many other foods. Don't get me wrong. I like what I see in thoughs foods and I'm not trying to say there not quality foods. What got me thinking and replying to this peculiar post was the comment about Eagle and the comparisons made. But, coming from a performance back ground of 30 years as a recreational trainer/competitor I guess I don't understand when the Kcals per pound aren't comparable when the numbers are in the same ball park. Your saying they don't. But,please correct me if maybe I missed something or maybe over looked it. Another example is the ME kcals per pound of the 32/20 I feed is 1725 or 431 an 8 oz. cup. Innova EVO claims 537 kcals an 8oz cup which must be gross calories without ME in front of it. Natura /Health Wise Active 30.5/20.5 claims 446 or 1795 a pound. Health Wise is what I tryed on 2 dogs for 6 months before deciding it wasn't worth the cost per pound because they needed extra nutrition(meat and turkey skins) to stay up with dogs on my main kibble. This is all the same company by the way and dose fall into a comparison category with the numbers of calories that are listed. as far as your statement about fats percentages. Everything from 15% and higher has always been aimed at the working or hard playing dog. 12% fat is more of a maintenance %.

With all due respect to you here. Your information is a little out dated and human requirements with calories dosen't hold water. Of course like any dog sport there's bad apples or dog owners in general know matter what there discipline,pet/play or sport. The performance careers of sled dogs have grown in age due to better dog care and nutrition as well as better animal husbandry. I don't agree with alot of the top sled dog racers. But, you can't run a dog 1100 miles in under 12 days with the record 9 days and some hours done by Eagles sponsored Martin Buser without taking top care of them. I think last year the top pure bred Siberian team fueled by Eagle Pack of all AKC/CKC dogs did the run around the 12 day mark. Again there's people that should never be alowed to own a dog or kids for that matter. Its not uncommon to see 10 yr old sled dog running a 120 miles to the longer 1000 mile races today. Of course not in the really competitive teams where the average age is more like 3 to 6 yrs. But from the middle of the pack back you can find 10 yr. olds. I too have my concerns with many dog sports and the direction some are going in. I Also have concern for the pet animals and what people think is a fulfilling life for there pets..... However, I think the trend has been very possitive in keeping pets more active and web site/forums like this has a snowballing effect in a very possitive way. I know people who have 15 to 17 yr old huskies that were top performers in there day that are still running around in the kennel and I know of others who never seem to have any dogs into there later teens. 17 is very old for a Northern breed. Maybe they don't run around as fast as they use to though. My first 2 huskies will be 13 this summer in July. Unfortunately one has had medical problems but his sister is still having a fun and a healthy life running in harness. This year at 12 1/2 years old 4 months shy of turning 13 yrs. old she will be making the 2 day 72 mile run over the Oregon Sand Dunes in Lead for her 7th or 8th time not counting the races she ran with me in the pacific north west and 3 of those runs over the dunes were with me. I would have to say that equals and surpasses what most pets will ever do at that age or there entire life. By the way those 2 dogs have been fed Eagle Power Pack all there entire life. The male was shot by a jerk and he ate a peice of wire they can't take out that has caused siezures. My first and foremost concern is my dogs nutritional/physical and mental health needs. You need the first 2 elements to have a truely healthy mental attitude and longevity. EVERY dog food company has skeletons in there closets and some of those are caused by the mills making there foods who will cheat if you don't keep an eye on there production. There in the business to make money not give it away. So lets not defend them to much but make them earn our trust and business by not cutting corners. They all start out really good but down the road will tell there whole story. I have never run into more liers then I have in the pet food industry. Ask the sales rep of your dog food when there in your favorite store if they own an animal when your standing by the store owner. The larger percentage of sales reps don't own a pet. I'm not trying to throw something at anyone that was taught to me by a pet food company but by personal experience. Of course some influnence of being a pet food distributor/retailer has tained some of my thinking in a negitive way but working with dogs out weighs the negitives with many more positives and experiences.



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You will need to go back to Mordy's(nice to meet you) post and some of the points I don't know if I addressed because they could be more arguementive then informative so I saw know reason too and ran out of room to post.
nice meeting you too, scott.

i do not make points for the sake of being argumentative, but when it comes to feeding dogs, i do believe in the benefits of a natural diet rather than on claims made about a product that comes in a bag and is supposedly "complete and balanced".

i don't know what carb loading has to do with the digestibility of corn gluten (or other glutens for that matter), but i can tell you thatthere is no difference in digestibility of food items between working and non working dogs. all their digestive systems work the same, and they both have the short digestive tract of carnivorous animals and not the elaborate ones of ruminants like for example cattle. let's not get the digestibility properties of corn used as a source of carbohydrates mixed up with the incomplete protein corn gluten supplies. i'm not sure about your statement about "fat with a low melting point", as animal fats are the most natural ones for a carnivorous animal to eat.

the fact that healthwise active and innova evo have a high protein and fat content doesn't automatically make them "performance" formulas. notably evo is not meant to be a performance formula, but an alternative to grain filled food products out there.

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Also Innova EVO break down is 42.2% Pro./22.153% fat without listing there carbs %.
you can get a detailed analysis of evo, including carbs, ash and other nutrients on their company website:
http://www.naturapet.com/display.php...pxsl=//product[@id='1246']

however, comparing it to standard pet foods is not quite possible, since it is completely grain free and derives almost all of its protein content from animal sources.

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What AFFCO considers a complete diet is a joke. Come on now look at some of these so called dog foods in the supermarkets/Walmart/Fred Myers and then look at the peoples dogs being fed those cheap foods. Obese,dull coats ,big piles of poop(due to high grain %'s)short energy levels and those foods are helping to keep the Vets in business along with tained ingredients that AFFCO still allows. The minimums to sustain life is all thats in some of these bags of food. AFFCO should be imbarrassed of themselfs.
no disagreement on that from me, i'm just citing rules and numbers, however you have to keep in mind that the AAFCO is the governing body for the pet food industry and rules and regulations could be changed if only the members of this governing body had any interest in it.

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A diet of high grains are empty calories and have the same effect on some of us humans that are carb addicted and can't lose weight untill we increase our protien and fat levels while cutting out carbs and then only keeping small amounts of them in our diet later on.
i don't quite agree with that statement. the true problem is not that carbs are "evil" and make people fat. what makes people fat is overeating and not enough exercise. it is very well possible to lose weight and be healthy on the traditional recommendations of a 40-30-30 diet (distribution of calories from carbohydrate 40%, protein 30%, and fat 30%), as long as caloric intake is lower than the daily requirement. no matter which diet plan you follow, the only way to lose weight is to create a deficit in daily intake. when meat was not as cheap and abundant as it is today, carb foods were the main staple of people's diets and people worked much harder and were less sedentary than they are today.

however, for a dog, who is a carnivorous animal and has a completely different digestive tract than humans, different rules apply.

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With that food try a test and soak the kibble in water and see how big it grows. The higher amount of grained kibble will grow 2 and 3 times there normal size. The more nutritionaly dense a food is takes less cups to feed and in water won't grow very much or in the dogs stomach.
how much a kibble inflates doesn't only depend on its grain content. it also depends on the content of moisture it had to begin with, on the solubility of the source of fiber that is used and the density of the kibble. a big kibble that is very porous will soak up more moisture and inflate much more than a small, dense one. think about the choice of medium you use to mop up a mess of spilled fluid. a handful of crude straw isn't going to soak up nearly as much as it would if you first ground it into a fine powder with a much higher surface area.

i'm going to skip over most of the next paragraph since we are not arguing about the needs of a working dog at all here, but about feeding an average household pet. to go back to the comparison with humans, we are not trying to feed olympic athletes, we are concerned about the everyday needs of the average house pet.

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"density" and "nutritional density" can not be used interchangeably. the fact that a kibble is dense doesn't automatically mean it is high in nutritinal value, and vice versa. further, a larger kibble doesn't automatically mean it's less nutrient dense. case in point: kibbles that are offered in different sizes, e.g. regular and "small bites". of the smaller kibble, you will get more to fit into a given volume unit since there is less "air space" between the individual kibbles.

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The point of these denser foods is so the dogs digestive system gets a break from all that bulk of the less caloric foods that were the norm for so many years and a major factor in the studies done on liver and kidney failure in older animals.
bulk is not the problem. neither is too much protein. the true culprit, as has emerged from more recent studies is the phosphorus content, which is quite high in poor quality foods.

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I don't know how you figure it falls short when you look at the calorie per pound. It dosen't fall short. You have to compare applicable foods and Innova and Health Wise dose have applicable Kcals per pound compared to what I feed and many other foods.
i would very well say that for example a food that lists a guaranteed analysis of 30.5% protein, 20.5% fat and 27.99% carbohydrates with a caloric content of 1795 ME per pound falls short of one that lists a guaranteed analysis of 24% protein, 14% fat and 40.6% carbohydrates at a caloric content of 1895 ME per pound, because the second food is obviously more digestible - if the first one were more digestible, the higher fat content alone would increase the caloric content drastically.

let's look at it from an ideal viewpoint where both foods were equally digestible. we will use the basic calculation that one gram of protein or carbohydrates supplies 4 kcal and one gram of fat 9 kcal.

the first food should supply
(30.5*4 + 20.5*9 + 27.99*4)/78.99 = (122 + 184.5 + 111.96)/78.99 = 5.3 kcal per gram (1/1000 kilogram)

the second food should supply
(24*4 + 14*9 + 40.6*4)/78.6 = (96 + 126 + 162.4)/78.6 = 4.8 kcal per gram

as per the data natura has on their website, the first food supplies 3.950 kcal per gram and the second 4.168 kcal per gram. you see that the healthwise is "off" by 1.35 kcal per gram, while the innova is only off by 0.632 kcal per gram. the amount each food is "off" by represents the energy that could not be utilized by the body and is excreted in poop and pee.

if you'd like to post detailed data for the food you feed, you can easily go through the same calculation and compare. what you need to know for this is the content of protein, fat and carbs on an "as fed" basis tho, since AAFCO labels list protein and fat as minimums and not on "as fed" basis.

as someonw who has fed california natural, innova adult and innova evo, i can tell you that the listed caloric content is ME, not GE.


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Everything from 15% and higher has always been aimed at the working or hard playing dog. 12% fat is more of a maintenance %.
again i'm not quite sure what that statement is supposed to mean. what i can tell you is that fat is one of the more costly ingredients in pet food and is thus used sparingly where it's not needed. in more sedentary dogs, the basic need is for skin and coat health, despite the fact that fat is the most natural energy source for carnivorous animals.

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With all due respect to you here. Your information is a little out dated and human requirements with calories dosen't hold water.
my information is neither "outdated" and i'd like to hear just why exactly the principle "doesn't hold water" when it comes to dogs. so far, you haven't made any statements as to why exactly my information is outdated and doesn't hold water. i don't claim to be above anyone else and believe that there's always something new to learn, but statements devoid of facts don't help in that regard at all.

neither am i arguing that eagle pack is not a good food, which seems to be the issue of your argument here as far as i understand your post. eagle is one of the better foods on the market.

what i'm still missing after all this is any tangible information on the food you are feeding, which you claimed only contains 26% and 15% grains respectively.
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Eagle Pack is made locally in my hometown. All of our shelter dog's are on Eagle Pack (most of it is donated by them) and it's now what I feed my own dogs and cats. I think it's great. The ingredients and grade seemed comparable to Nutro, but cost wise it was cheaper.

Their website gives you information on which brand is best for your own dog. I don't think their Holistic Select brands contain any corn, for those that are concerned about that. Most of them contain glucosamine and omega 3 fatty acids. http://www.eaglepack.com/pages/which_dog.html
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