Both of my dogs have been eating Merrick now for a couple of months. The other day I went to buy more Merrick and bought the wilderness blend. They can't get enough of it. All foods i've ever bought ,I put the food in the bowl and it could sit there for almost a hour before they touch it. With the wilderness blend , they can't even wait for me to put this in their bowl .I've never seen anything like it ,they love this food. I thought I would share.I wasn't sure how they would take to eating Buffalo.
LifeofRiley, what kind of food does Riley eat? Just curiuos, as I am trying to decide on a food to switch Rilo to. He doesn't have any allergies that I am aware of but does have dry skin. I'm trying to find a good quality food with the least additives and such to give him.
Rilo was on the Wellness puppy and my family kept saying how fishy smelling it was (I cannot smell so I had not idea)...is the Fish & Sweet Potato horribly fishy smelling and give him bad breath? The Fish & Sweet Potato is on the top of my list for his new food.
Personally, I would check out Natural Balance Duck & Potato or Natural Balance Fish & Potato. I am going to switch Riley to the duck adventually. Wellness has a new ingredient that can be deadly for humans, unknown in dogs. meninadone or something?
I feed the Eagle Pack Holistic Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon. Smells a bit fishy, but never on their breath, just in the bowl. Romi is allergic to chicken. Only chicken so far (knock wood) not like Riley with the multiples, but I'm keeping all fowl out of her diet, just in case. The Eagle Pack is a little less pricey and a little less rich. I tried the Wellness and all my girls were a little "loose". Trial and error - so don't buy the big bags to start out.
riley - are you taliking about the Menhaden Fish Meal? Just curious. Old Mother Hubbard (the parent company) is usually pretty good about not adding anything dangerous. They're one of the few that actually print ethoxiquin free on the their packaging.
Trying to get a handle on this. Natural Balance is my back up food. After looking at the home sites for both Wellness and Natural Balance, I didn't see that one listed. Do you know what it is? I saw DL-methionine. Goodness, I wish I knew what half this stuff is. Maybe I should seriously consider bones and raw.
Sorry started typing before reading the link.
***Edited By: wolf256wolf on 3/9/2006 5:00:03 PM*** Reason: ++
Wolf, many times the menadione is listed as Vitamin K. And, yes, Wellness recently changed their entire product line, with the exception of the Simple Solutions products, to a "new & improved" formula which not only contains menadione, but has also reeked havoc with many dogs allergies & stomachs.
IMO, Natural Balance is a much better option (unless going with Simple Solutions line) and they recently removed methadione from all their products after receiving many complaints from their customers. I feed the NB sweet potat/fish two three of my four dogs (the other is on Wellness SS venison/rice) and none of them every smell fishy...the canned SP/fish food is very fishy smelly though. Mine LOVE the NB products. I fee the potato/duck in a pinch and they like it too, not as much as the SP/fish (but, I can't get their poops firm on the potato/duck which is why I went with the SP/fish).
I would have thought they wouldn't add K to the fish foods as they are already high in natural K. What do I know? Eaqle Pack Holistic is my first food. I finally got "firm" ones on the Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon, but if I have to get something other than my normal feed I plan on getting the Natural Balance fish (dry). I don't feed canned anything. Too bad for my spoiled girls, but its better for their teeth,
As for the bag of Wellness, donate it a local rescue or shelter. Many times foster dogs come to me with partial bags of food that I refuse to feed and I just drop them off at my local shelter. They can always use it and though it may not be the what I choose to feed, it may just be the best food the shelter dogs have ever been fed. They'll even give you a receipt for tax purposes if you want.
riley even if you keep the kibble in a rubbermaid-type container, its best ot leave it in the bag, in the container. the bags are coated inside adn mae to preserve freshness. taking the food out of the bag adn allowing it to be exposed to light, moistures, etc, can have a harmful effect on it.