I have feed all kinds of foods over the years.
I have a Golden who will be 13
A lab mix who is 12
a Lab who is 4
right now I have them on a solid gold kibble that just went up in price a lot.
So I have seen alot out there about Diamond. I know they have had recalls in the past. How are they now? Do you think I should buy the 2 older ones a sr. kibble and the other a large breed?
Just trying to stay cost effective yet feed a good food with no wheat, corn or yucky stuff!
Hope you can all help...what do you recommend or has worked for you.
Do any of your dogs have health issues?
No Health issues.
My 12 year old is a skinny dog....I think it is just the age that she is and loss of muscle. My golden is older has hard time moving around. My 4 year old lab is in great health.
I feed Taste of the Wild (a Diamond food) to my 2 girls-Java (2 1/2 years old) and Moka (2 years old).
I haven't had any problems with it and my girls are doing amazing on it.
I would not feed a senior food to your older 2 unless they have health issues that require it.
All 3 can be on the same food.
I have fed 3 flavors of TOTW-Sierra Mountain (lamb) High Prairie (venison & bison) and Pacific Stream (salmon). My girls have done equally well on all 3. I rotate foods and Pacific Stream and Sierra Mountain are currently in my rotation.
It is also cost effective-$35/30 lbs in my area......great price for a good food.
I bounce back and forth between Taste of the Wild and Earthborn Holistics, both are grain free....but with my 13 year old, sometimes he wants the smaller kibble (Earthborn) when his teeth bother him, and other times he'll eat the other. I find these are pretty reasonably priced. I used to use Diamond, the only reason why I changed was because I needed a grain free, and the Diamond Senior didnt come grainfree.
Mom to Indy 6/12/98 to 11/16/11 (always in my heart), and Jobe 8-14-2000 to 6/24/2013 (Working TDI) English Labs, and Annie our Golden Retriever (TDI), and Kodiak (who will one day hopefully be a TDI dog if he doesn't kill me first).
Ok what is the reason to go grain free?
I was on raw diet for 6 months but have just decided to try some of the premium kibbles again as we are not sure we trust our raw food source- also having issues finding any conclusive evidence for or against raw food. Most of the websites are stuff that should have been gone in the 80's and many make absolute claims of dogs as carnivores based on teeth, but my dog eats grass every time she is out in the yard, which seems to point to some level of omnivorism.
We got Orijen to start with after reading a bunch of pet reviews that seemed to position Orijen, Wellness and TOW at the top of the list. However, I then found about 100 anecdotal stories of bug infested wellness products. If she reacts poorly to the protein amount (can't imagine why after raw diet), we will probably try TOW or Acana.
Will try to remember to post a follow up.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky