Senior food

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  1. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    What do you prefer? I need to pull the pit bulls off this great life kibble, it's too fatty for them but I'm not sure what to put them on.

    For starters at my new job I can get ToTW, Acana, Canidae, solid gold, and Evangers at cost. I was going to do Fromm senior but I figured I'd ask about these first.

    I need something without such high calories, they're gaining weight on way too little food and my guilty conscience hates feeding less than 1 cup per meal.

    None of the formulas at work are seniors, except the canidae senior & overweight, but I could probably ask for that to be ordered.

    Suggestions? I need grain free (which these are).
     
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    I'd try Acana Pacifica. I really like the Champion foods though! Its actually what Hobie and LoLa eat a lot.
     
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    The Canidae Platinum is one of the lowest calorie foods out there, at least that we carry, but it isn't grain free.

    If it was me I would probably rotate through the Acana Regionals line.

    Difference between Canidae Platinum and the Acana lines is going to be roughly 90 calories per cup.
     
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    *dog food nerd hat on*

    Taste of the Wild is a fairly moderate-calorie food - between 338 and 375 kcals/cup depending on which formula you go with.

    Acana is at 425 to 460 kcals/cup depending on the formula.

    The Canidae Pure formulas (the grain free ones) are super high in calories - 475 to 500 kcals/cup. The Platinum that you mentioned is only 330 kcals/cup but it's not grain-free - it contains brown rice, white rice, and rice bran.

    The grain-free Solid Gold formulas are 350 kcals/cup (Sun Dancer) and 465 kcals/cup (Barking at the Moon).

    Evangers has two grain-free formulas, the Meat Lover's Medley (sounds like a pizza) at 387 kcals/cup, and the chicken at 414 kcals/cup.

    I love love love Fromm, but only their four-star line has grain-free formulas (the senior is not grain free), and they range from 400 to 425 kcals/cup.

    Honestly, brand-wise, I would choose Acana or Fromm, hands down, but they might be too high in calories. My second choice would be the Solid Gold Sun Dancer.
     
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    I really like Acana Pacifica. It was good stuff! I did feed Lily less Acana than I did Evo though... and Acana is less cals. For some reason she gained easily on Acana. Eh, it may just be my dog is weird. ;)

    I really like the look of Fromm. I think if I were in your position I'd try Fromm or Acana.

    Isn't the Go Now! Endurance formula pretty moderate fat/cals and all life stages? Maybe that would be a good grain free to try with them.
     
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    I have used the Go or Now? Senior large kibbles for treats and enjoyed the results.

    Outside of these brands do you guys have another recommendation? I don't have to stick to these, it was just an idea since these may be cheaper.
     
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    I really like Earthborn foods, the dogs have been on it for a few months and have done quite well. Depending on which flavor you get, the size of kibble varies from teeny, medium, and large.
     
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    I am not a fan of senior diets in general. If I had a senior who gained weight easily I would probably feed Wellness Core Reduced Fat. It's expensive, though.

    ETA: And it's not through your feeding program... reading comprehension fail.
     
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    We are actually having this problem too. Zander is high energy, 70lbs, 27''....big dog that I usually have a HORRIBLE time trying to keep weight on. He's only getting a total of 1 cup of Acana per day, some days less. He gets fat otherwise. And I do mean very fat. Very fast. His nickname is Sausage Dog. Acana, for what it is, is pretty dense. For some reason, the calories per cup just doesn't translate the way you think it might.

    I know Earthborn is a hit or miss with most dogs. The biggest issue is itchies, though, so nothing too horribly wrong with it.

    Fromm has good food, small kibbles though. Since you have bigger dogs they might inhale more than they eat. It's also pretty high in calories, but I didn't have nearly as much of an issue on it as I am with Pacifica. I fed closer to 3 cups a day to Zander, and he was still a bit ribby. I fed the Surf n' Turf and Salmon grain-free.

    Now and GO! have really awesome reviews. I haven't heard anything bad about them. I haven't tried them, though, because they all have poultry and Zander is a no-processed-poultry dog.

    If I think of anything else, I'll come back and drop a few more brands. It's been a while since I looked at a Senior food.
     
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    It doesn't have to be these brands or a senior food they were just a starting point, it just has to be a lower cal that allows me to feed enough and not have old fatties.
     
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    I know you said grain-free, but Fromm has some really good formulas with lower cals/fat. Their Gold line and their Four Star. I'd almost rather see a food with some brown rice and barley than full of peas and potatoes. All formulas are low in ash, meaning most of the protein is coming from meat and high quality meat. But, yeah, I just looovee Fromm and their very reasonably priced. I just bought a 15lb bag of Fromm Classic Senior for my dads overweight dog for $18.99.

    Earthborn is also a great deal, and I've heard lots of good things. Their Meadow Feast formula is lower in fat and cals than most. I really like Now! too but it's really expensive from what I've seen.
     
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    Is Go & Now more expensive than Acana? I have been looking at the Acana bags and thinking, holy cow!
     
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    Here Go! and Now! are WAY more expensive than Acana. They are just a little under Orijen in pricing. There is a reason we sell a ton of Acana and barely any Now!/Go!...! lol
     
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    Yeah, Acana can be affordable, definitely. I usually get it shipped for around $50-$60, depending on what sales and coupons I can catch.

    Fromm can be expensive, too, though. I'm looking at shipping in Four Star Beef Frittata because Acana is a little hard to find right now. It's just slightly more than what I would typically pay for Acana Pacifica. It's closer to $70 shipped.

    Annamaet is almost as expensive as Orijen. Usually around $80 for a 30lb-ish bag.

    Solid Gold can be much cheaper, and more available since it's sold at Petco.

    Totally blanking at the moment on anything else.

    ETA: Wellness Core isn't bad, as someone else said. I think it's closer to $50-$60 depending on where you get it.
     
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    Nutrisource grain free you might be able to find for a reasonable price but they run around 500 cals/cup.
     
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    Yeah price is a big reason why I've never even contemplated trying Go or Now. Acana has a range of prices - I fed Wild Prairie because I liked the price ($55 for largest bag), but Ranchlands was not going to happen ($70 I think?), for that price I would rather bump up to Orijen. Pacifica isn't too bad. But their singles line is pricey too, I wanted to try the lamb & apple but couldn't spend that much.

    I think grain-free Fromm might be more expensive than Acana. They're close, at least, depending on formula.
     
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    Where are you all getting your Acana? The cheapest I've ever paid for any of the formulas is 60$ for the big bags. Most of the time, I pay 70$ a bag.

    When I fed GO! It was cheaper than Acana and still is actually. Judge just started looking horrible on it so I switched, plus I am a horrible food switcher. LOL
     
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    PetSolutions, PetBest, PetfoodDirect, Chewys, etc, etc.
     
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    Bailey's done well on Pure Vita, Acana, Fromm, and Earthborn as an elderly dog.
     
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    I bought Acana here: http://northwestpets.com/
    Its $55 for Prarie Harvest and I think Ranchlands is like $70. Grasslands was like $68 and Pacifica like $62. I mostly fed Pacifica and Grasslands... and they hadn't come out with Ranchlands yet. :)

    My friggin' picky cat's Wellness Core I buy there too. Its like $26 something for a 5lb bag. Spoiled cat!! Boy she is sure packing it away this fall too. Crazy little active punk.

    The other cat who is an old lady I gave up and just let her eat the crap my stepdad buys his cat. At least she hunts and yes I worm her! She's actually in really good shape for a 13yr old indoor/outdoor cat who eats whatever cheap kibble is on sale and gets friskies wet every morning.
     

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