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    DefaultWould like to change foods and need recommendation

    Both my 5 year old and 5 month old labs are on "By Nature" - this is what our breeder feeds their dogs, and we decided to keep our dogs on this. However, it is VERY difficult to find in our area, and we've been driving close to an hour to buy a bag of food.

    I'd like something on the same price level, but obviously healthy and nutritious for my dogs. My 5 year old had been on Bil-Jac up until we got our pup (our breeder used to feed with Bil-Jac).

    Any suggestions?
    thanks

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    Bob Pr. is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Would like to change foods and need recommendation

    You might compare it with the Kirkland Chicken, Rice & Vegetables formula I feed Puff. (Kirkland is the house brand sold at Costco member only warehouse clubs.) The price for a 40 lb. bag has been gradually rising over the last year; currently it's about $23 incl. tax. Ingredients, etc., in purple below.

    (This Kirkland is made by the same company that makes Diamond and Diamond Naturals (as well as Chicken Soup and Taste of the Wild and many others). Diamond Naturals is fairly similar to the Kirkland and the stores that sell it can be located with http://www.diamondpet.com/dealer_locator/ )


    Ingredients
    Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearl barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), egg product, beet pulp, potatoes, fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, millet, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamin mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyrodoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein_____________________________26.0% minimum
    Crude Fat________________________________16.0% minimum
    Crude Fiber________________________________4.0%maximum
    Moisture_________________________________10.0% maximum
    Calcium___________________________________1.0% minimum
    Phosphorus________________________________0.8% minimum
    Zinc__________________________________200 mg/kg minimum
    Selenium______________________________0.4 mg/kg minimum
    Vitamin E______________________________150 IU/kg minimum
    Omega-6 Fatty Acids________________________2.5% minimum*
    Omega-3 Fatty Acids________________________0.4% minimum*
    Glucosamine Hydrochloride_______________300 mg/kg minimum*
    Chondroitin Sulfate______________________100 mg/kg minimum*
    *Not recognized as an essential nutrient in the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient profile

    Calorie Content
    3,754 kcal/kg (393 kcal/8 oz cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy

    AAFCO Statement
    Animal feeding tests using Association of American Feed Control Officials procedures
    substantiate that Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice &
    Vegetables Formula provides complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages.


    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    blaisberg is offline Member
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    DefaultRe: Would like to change foods and need recommendation

    It's tough for anyone to give you recommendations since it depends on what you want to spend, if your dogs are picky, availability, etc. There's a good comparison tool on www.naturapets.com that you might want to look at. Just be careful of the calories per cup since your dogs are currently on a fairly low calorie food and switching will likely require decreasing quantity.

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