I have been buying Exceed at Sam's club. I buy the lamb and rice, it's a little more expensive but it's still only about 21.00 for a 44 lb. bag. I bought one today. They like it, they do very well on it, and I've noticed they eat less and Lady's coat is much nicer with it. Because she has such fine/thin fur you can really see the difference. I will admit that a couple of weeks ago I was flat broke and had to buy dog food, I bought a cheap brand to get me through until my check came in (financial aid can take forever!) and I bought something at the grocery store, 37 lbs, the dogs were pooping constantly and talk about gas, omg it was bad, lol. I hope that no one would be rude to you. Obviously you know what they eat is important, sometimes life is just hard. Anyway my point is that cheap (13.00) bag of food did not last me anywhere near as long as the food at Sam's and look what I got for it, I had to go buy air freshener, not kidding!
I vote for the Kirkland's brand. I haven't compared prices on the dry stuff, but I did on the wet and it was WAY cheaper than the other cheap brands, and WAY better. So look into that as one of the first, IMO!
And I TOTALLY understand what you are saying. Some people get way freaky about food. Well, people get freaky about everything, so no worries!!! ;) ---- OH, I wanted to add that someone mentioned Natural Balance being cheap because you feed 1/2 as much.... NOT TRUE! I feed the EXACT same amount as with any food that I have used. It costs $42 bucks for 30 lbs. I go through it in about three weeks with my black lab. SO... it ain't cheap no matter how you slice it!!! I wish that I could convince myself I feed her less of it, but for a 60 pound dog, it still says to feed over 3 cups a day, which is pretty standard.
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 7/18/2006 6:54:20 PM*** Reason: add
You know, I read through this whole post not remembering a thing until I got to my post on the second page. This was originally posted over a year ago. Wonder why it was brought back up. Anyway yes, some people do get "freaky" about food.
Hi, new to the site. If your looking for a good food, I would recommend Science Diet. I think I have read a few posts about how "bad" SD is.......why? They have been around forever and they dont vary thier formulations. I have tried Nutro(way too high in calcium and phosphorus as the lamb meal includes ground bone)and Proplan. They did wonderful on SD and I researched some more as I was starting to buy into that "byproduct is bad" slogan for awhile. People are too often misled by ingredients and some pet food manufacturers seem to base their sales on confusing people on what canines and felines REALLY require in order to be in optimal health. I have had countless animal clinical nutrition continuting education since then and Im suprised how many people buy into the scare tactics of many of the "natural" diets. Im sure everyone knows this, but if you wanted to feed a cat a natural diet for example, allow them to hunt and kill a mouse a day. Not a pretty picture=( But its about as natural as you can get =) I love my pets and they are my "kids" Therefore, I feed them what they need in order to be sure they live long healthy lives. Pet food is more than ingredients, its the nutrients from those ingredients that is the sum of its parts. Just my 2 cents =) Good luck!