I've gone through about 5 brands of food trying to find a good one that worked with my dog. This month when I finally decided to go for top quality food and stop playing with it, eagle pack was on my list of choices. I'd put it in the category of the 5 or 6 much better foods I can get my hands on.
No prob at all. You are doing the right thing, lol :)
My vet recommended iams... so I got to the point where I was willing to listen to anyone who was more nutrionally educated because they cared about their pup.
Don't feel too bad. My vet had never heard of Merrick's. I just cut the ingredient panel off the bag and took it to her. She liked what she saw. Unfortunately, I have since switched to Innova Large Breed Puppy. All natural and no BHA or BHT as preservatives. I loved the Merrick's, but the girls seem to like the Innova better with firmer results. I still give them an occasional can of Merrick's but I think the Innova dry is working better for them.
I raise Vizsla and we feed Diamond Sporting Dog and Diamond Puppy.No runny poop,just solid logs. They love it!It gives our dogs nice shiny coats.It contains Omega 3.They have many varieties. Show formula to large breed.
The Whole Dog Journal just recently puplished their lists of preferred foods. I have an Old English Sheepdog 9 years old that was raised on Eukanuba. I also have a 15 month old Great Dane. Because of the concerns with giant breeds and feeding I began feeding Eagle Pack. Eagle Pack is very difficult to get in my area so now I feed Diamond and am transitioning to Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. Chicken Soup is a holistic feed that is highly recommended. It is made by the same company that makes Diamond.
There is a lot of info and opinions about feed out there. I think of my OES who is a very healthy dog. I fed him "crap" food for 9 years and he did just fine. I am always in a state of unknown when it comes to knowing what to feed and which is best.
My vet says that the food thing is over hyped and that feed what you could buy in any area that you live. For instance pick a general well know brand of food!
Which Eagle Pack are you feeding, Abby? Their Holistic Select line is a VERY good food- regularly makes it on the top list of commercial dry foods published by WDJ every December.
Their "regular" formulas, though- not so good. I'd put them on the same level as Science Diet- not worth shipping special order at all.
One of the reasons I don't usually recommend Eagle Pack- even though the Holistic line IS good stuff- is because I believe it's dishonest for a company to produce different LEVELS of food. It's great to produce different high quality varieties- but to produce a "so-so" food for the people who just don't know better or just don't care- and then turn around and promote another line as the BEST- is just slimy, IMHO. If you know what it takes to make a good food- DO IT. Don't scrimp on one line just because the people who buy it don't know enough to complain. There's something immoral about that.
All that said- if you are feeding the Holistic line and it works for your dogs, I'll still give you MY stamp of approval. It's a good food. Just not thrilled with the company. And for the record, I feel the same way about Royal Canin, Diamond, and Nutro- who all produce at least ONE healthy line- and at least ONE crappy line. ;)
They are all natural baked dog food that composed mostly of human grade Chicken and NO CORN!
I have a giant red doberman that always seems to get sick. He was sightly overweight at one point, so my vet told us to feed him W/D Science Diet, so we fed him that for years. But he was no longer overweight for a long time, plus he didn't seem to enjoy W/D too much, so we changed to Eukenuba. I noticed that Eukenuba food seemed really greasy. Also, my dog has a terrible gas problem from W/D and Eukenuba. My dog seems to be picky because after a while, he wasn't eagar to eat Eukenuba either. A year later, I decided to do a lot of reserch to look for all natural food for dogs. Also I found out about the animal cruelty in Iams/Eukenuba Labs which made me not want to feed my dog that even more.
Recently, I tried 3 dogs bakery, and Flint River Ranch (and he's still on Flint River Ranch). I love the food. Three Dogs bakery kiblets actually smells really good. It's golden brown and super crispy. After the box of three dogs bakery kiblets, I got Flint River Ranch, and my dog really likes it too. It doesn't smell as good as 3 dogs kiblets and it is darker brown, but it has a lot more interesting ingredients. (They use free range chicken, no by products, no corn, no chemicals & preservatives).
The moment I started my dog on 3 dogs and flint river food, he stopped having gas problem which was amazing. I was so happy, since I'm sure the old food upset his stomach, and the gas was extremely unplesant (coming from 115 lbs dog). He seems a lot more active and happier too. The only problem is his stool... I don't understand why his stool seems to be extremely soft. It's not like liquidy diarrhea, it's just very soft and yellow (and smells horrible). Other than that he seems very healthy though so I don't know what to do. I'm worried, but I know my vet is just going to make me go back to Science Diet, and I really don't want to >_<;
Has anyone ever tried these brands, and also how does it affect your dog? Do they have the stool problem too?