Switching back to kibble, which food?

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  1. kady05

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    I'm considering switching Sako back to kibble. He's been on raw for.. 1 1/2yrs. now and has done great, but he has these weird phobias of food and he literally HATES to eat now. So instead of "torturing" him, I'm thinking about trying kibble again to see if he eats better. Of course, if he does the same thing, I'll probably just keep him on raw.

    Anyway. I'm kind of out of the "kibble loop". Before I switched to raw he was eating either Orijen or NV Instinct. Did "okay" on them, but he always had issues with on/off again loose stools.

    Price isn't that big of a deal, but I'd like to stay below $60 for a 30lb. bag. Should probably stay away from chicken based foods, and I'd prefer grain free. High in calories per cup would be good too, he burns food off quick. I don't mind if I can't get it locally, as long as I can order it from one of the online stores (Pet Flow, Wag.com, etc.).

    Anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    Around here, $60 limits you quite a bit.

    Off the top of my head I can think of Earthborn Holistic, NutriSource, and Taste of the Wild for GF under $60 for the largest bag.
     
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    The Best Kibble is Orijen

    Hello kady05,
    Going to kibble from raw is a step backward but you have to do what you have to do.
    By far the best kibble is Orijen but it will cost over $60.
    Wellness Core is an OK kibble.
    Almost all of the other grain-free kibbles are pretty much the same in different packaging; containing one or two meat sources, very heavy in starches, sugars and carbohydrates which is not good for Sako. Roger Biduk
     
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    Wellness CORE Ocean Formula is under $60/bag, here. 26lb bag, though.
     
  5. kady05

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    He did pretty well on the Orijen, so I could do that again. It runs about $60 for the big bag (I think it's 30lbs.) here. Earthborn is one I had considered as well, since a lot of people switched to it after the whole TOTW/Diamond recall.
     
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    Only $60/bag for Orijen there? Guess I know where I'm moving... upwards of $80/bag here.
     
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    Have you tried any of the Acana line? Made by champion pets but is cheaper then Orijen.
     
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    I feed Acana Pacifica or wild prairie kibble. It's not cheap but even my hard keepers work well with it.
     
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    I made the switch back to kibble a few months ago and have been rotating between acana, wellness core and fromm. I choose the gf formulas of acana and fromm and only use the fish core. For some reason Bear doesn't tolerate the chicken core that well, although he does okay with the wild prairie acana.

    Honestly, the dogs did better on raw, but it's not like kibble is killing them. They certainly don't look to be in poor condition. I do miss raw-poop though, I will say that :rofl1:
     
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    We're on Earthborn grain free here and the dogs do awesome on it. The big bags are around $60 here.
     
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    I think I don't want to move...my store sells the big bag of Earthborn for $45.99, big bag of Acana for $59.99, TOTW is $44.99.
     
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    I have been using acana regionals for my kibble portion of my dogs' diets and it's been great. I've seen a lot of improvement in their coats since switching from blue wilderness.
     
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    Oh, maybe it's not lol. I've been buying the medium sized bags for so long and they're like $31/14 pounds.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys :)

    If I remember correctly, Acana has actually been more expensive than Orijen. But I haven't really kibble shopped in almost 2yrs., so I'll have to go back and look at prices at my local stores.

    I don't really want to switch him off of raw, but I kind of want to see how he reacts to kibble vs. raw and then go from there.
     
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    Orijen is sooo expensive. I've never seen it cheaper than Acana anywhere.

    We've always had great results on Acana. Some awesome brands that are more price friendly though are Precise, Dr. Tim's, Annamaet, Fromm, Nutrisource, Earthborn.
     
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    Yeah I know Orijen is supposed to be more than Acana, but I swear Acana was a little more expensive here. I'll go look tomorrow if I get a chance to swing by the store that sells both.

    I tried him on Dr. Tims for a little while, he didn't do well at all on it, neither did Wilson (who is my "can eat most anything" dog), so that brand is out. Nutrisource was another that was mentioned that I might consider..
     
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    I just recently switched Nico to Nutrisource grain free. He has soft stools on anything other than Natural Balance and he's been on Nutrisouce for a couple weeks now with no issues. I'll be switching Saga to their fish formula when her current bag of food runs out. In my area, the 30 pound bag runs around $45.
     
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    Here, under $60 for the large bag would give you TOTW, Fromm, Earthborn, NutriSource, and PureVita. Fromm would be my top choice!
     
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    I thought PureVita and Fromm GF were all over $60/bag!
     
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    PureVita is still slightly under, the most expensive variety is just $60 I believe. Fromm is around $60 - between $55 and $65.

    It's so bad, I work at a pet food store and I can only estimate prices lol - I don't look that often!
     

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