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Old 01-02-2009, 08:41 PM
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There are two dogs in my family, one is my sisters and the other is mine. When my dog (a small poodle mix) was a puppy I had a lot of trouble finding a dog food that would not make her sick. I switched her to EVO since she was about 3 months old, and she is doing great (she is 4 years old now). My sisters dog is a medium size dog (beagle/lab mix) who had an allergic reaction to chicken soup (the dog food), so we had to put her on the same food as my dog. I do not want to change their diet, but I have to. Right now, we can barely afford to buy EVO for our two dogs. I am getting a standard poodle in about a month :-) to train to be a Service Dog. (I recently retired my small poodle form Service Dog work). This means that we have to buy more food, and I do not think we will be able to afford EVO.

I have been reading labels and comparing foods, but I find it quite overwhelming.

My small poodle has not had any reaction to chicken soup (the dog food). I am not as worried about her as much as I am about my sisters dog. Also, I want my puppy to be healthy :-)


Does anyone have any suggestions? opinions? experience? I would appreciate your help.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:27 PM
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If you still want to stick with Grain Free, I'd highly recommend Taste of the Wild (TOTW as it's usually called around here). It's a quality food, and it's relatively inexpensive - especially compared to EVO - and most people who feed it have very good results. I fed it for about six months and loved it. I currently feed EVO, but if something happened and I had to go with a cheaper food, I'd probably go back to TOTW.

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Old 01-02-2009, 11:58 PM
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I am considering healthwise because it is also cheaper than TOTW. I was paying about 60 for EVO the 28.6pound bag. The healthwise is about 30 here. Has anyone tried that food?
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:46 AM
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Healthwise is about the same as TOTW, last time I checked. Maybe it's changed?

Another decent one might be Diamand Naturals. I've just heard of it, and it sounds pretty good for how cheap it is.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:05 AM
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I buy Diamond Naturals at Tractor Supply. It's $26 for 40 lbs.
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:34 AM
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have you considered cutting the food? As in mixing them? I mix evo and TOTW... it brings the price down a little bit.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:43 PM
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Where I live TOTW is about 20 less than EVO, but healthwise is 30 less. I am considering TOTW because it is grain free, and I can feed it to my puppy as well. If I get Healthwise I would have to buy the adult kind as well as the puppy. One of our dogs gets bad allergies from grains, so switching to healthwise could be a big risk. I get the puppy in 20 days, and I have to figure out what I am going to do about the food issue. The puppy will be a standard poodle, which means that it will eat probably more than my two smaller dogs put together. This is why I need to get something that is less expensive. I am now leaning more towards TOTW because of those reasons.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:00 PM
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What about Wellness Core? It is a decent grain free food and not too expensive.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:29 PM
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...I am considering TOTW because it is grain free, and I can feed it to my puppy as well...
You might want to talk to your breeder before feeding grain free to your new puppy. I remember reading something somewhere about it not being a good idea. I think it's because of the protein content of grainfree, but I could be wrong. What I do remember is that it was recommended not to feed grain free to a pup.
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Luckily with TOTW, the protein isn't as high as it is in most grain free foods - which is why it's the only grain free food I *would* feel comfortable feeding a puppy.
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