Look at this food's ingredients

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  1. skittledoo

    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    Since I'm no longer going to be feeding natural balance anymore, I bought a bag of natures variety instinct L.I.D lamb for Cricket to try but holy crap it was nearly $70 for the bag which is doable, but with 3 dogs to feed and a cat that is on a raw diet, its not preferable to spend quite that much if I can avoid it but of course I will if I have to.

    Our food representative came to my work today and asked how Cricket has been doing since we have talked about her allergies before. I explained the whole ordeal with natural balance and del Monte and that I'm on the hunt for a new food, but trying to find something that isn't going to completely cost a fortune either. She mentioned that I look into Zignature and that she has heard really good things about their limited ingredients diet. She gave me samples and a brochure and told me to contact her if I'm interested.

    If I was to switch to this food I would get it at cost and not retail and it would be roughly $45-47ish for a 27 lb for me. I can't get the natures variety at cost because we order our food through a company that doesnt offer that brand yet.

    But.... I'm not super ingredient savvy so want your input and if you know anything about the brand. I feel like I've asked about this food before, but can't find the thread if I did.

    The one we would be looking at getting is the lamb one since she does pretty well on lamb.

    Here's the ingredient list
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  2. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Eh, I'm not crazy about the "at cost" price per pound for what you're getting with the food, but I wouldn't call it a bad food.

    ETA: Also, I'm not sure how much you feed Cricket currently, but you'll have to feed more of the Zignature than the NVI
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    That's a lot of peas, not horrible though.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    She currently eats roughly 1/2 cup in the morning and 3/4 cup in the evening
     
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    So long as she's not allergic to peas (I know several dogs who are).
     
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    Peas, pea flour, pea protein, chickpeas. Lots of peas. o.0 But if Cricket takes it well, it shouldn't really be a problem. I think the food is okay, but pretty pricey! Better than the $70 bag you mentioned, though.
     
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    I would be a little concerned about how much protein is coming from meat and how much is coming from peas. But that's your call and you can always give it a try.
     
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    I was going to agree with the amount of "peas". If it agrees with Cricket, then okay but watch for any allergies. When I changed to a food with lots of "peas", mine got very itchy and licking all the time.
     
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    It's a lot of peas, but NatBal is a lot of potato so... similar in my eyes.

    I wouldn't feel bad trying it.
     
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    Beet pulp is a deal breaker for me.
     
  11. Whisper

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    I used to feel that way, but I very much trust this source, which is from a (long time missing) Chaz member actually.


    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=dog_food_reviews
     
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    Agreed, not from "what such-n-such website says" either, but PERSONAL experience that my dogs ONLY get dirty and infected ears on beet pulp filled foods. I'm dealing with it now, two dogs eating a new food, which has beet pulp in the ingredient list, and both have dirty ears and are shaking their heads, they weren't with the previous diet, only ingredient difference. Sorry, but personal experience trumps all for me.
     
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    I totally get that. I'm not a fan of beet pulp and I'll avoid it if I can. I just don't think it always needs be treated as cyanide. Both scientific knowledge and experience are both extremely valid. My personal experience has told me a dog can live into their teens with a gorgeous, shiny coat and rippling muscles eating Ol' Roy. Doesn't mean it's they case for every dog.
     
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    Yes, true, my childhood companion lived to 16 1/2 on Pedigree, never had an ear infection in her life, but she had the WORSE nasty ash colored smelly grease on her skin! She herself didn't really smell, but whatever that was, it was surely the food, and for me if I know I can do better, heck I will! the only reason I bought this last bag of food was because Enda stopped eating the Fromm so I'm on the hunt again to find something she'll eat, and whatever she's eating Noodle gets too. Jinj is a different story, actually he's doing HORRID right now but that's another story in itself, and I know exactly what people go through with an allergy dog. Honestly, if you know your dog can handle the ingredients, or you're willing to put up with the little maintenance that might come with it (I'm having to clean ears frequently), then try it.

    I'm in NO WAY saying this is a bad food, don't take it that way! Just saying to take into account each ingredient and check your dog frequently while feeding it the first time to make sure you're not missing anything (which going back to the ears, is obviously easier to monitor prick ears than floppy, which it why Noods didn't get noticed till he started shaking his head and dropping an ear to the side). Honestly, for myself I actually find more fault with all the peas, but as has been mentioned, compared to the previous food when your dealing with a lot of these types of "limited diets" it'll be one thing or another usually, if it's not peas it'll be potato, or rice, or whatever.
     
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    If your dog is okay with the peas then according to me it is really not a bad food.
     

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