Debbie G (tollers) wrote,
Debbie G
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The dog food dilemma

I've fed Eagle Pack Holistic for several years, and until recently I was happy with the results. The boys maintained good weight and had great coats.

Since the move, though, and especially since fencing the yard, Drummer's on the skinny side and Thunder is positively gaunt. The Eagle Pack doesn't seem to be nutrient-dense enough to keep the BusyBoys at a good fighting weight while they're running running running in the new yard. I've also been unhappy with (not to put too fine a point on it) the volume of doggy "output" that I'm having to pick up in the yard. Since our standard lamb & rice formula didn't seem to be suiting Thunder, I first tried a different Eagle formulation, but the fish & oatmeal didn't help, so the next phase of the quest was to find something completely different. This time the goal was no grain, minimal carbs, and more protein and fat.

The last time I read all the bags at my favorite purveyor of pet food, they didn't have anything substantially better than what I was already feeding. This time, though, I found two possibilities, one with 10% more protein than the Eagle Pack and the second with 20% more.

COMPARISON


               EAGLE PACK          BEFORE GRAIN 3          EVO RED MEAT
Protein        22%                 32%                     42%
Fat            15%                 15%                     22%
Fiber          4%                  3%                      2.5%
kcal/cup       403                 383                     487
1st ingred.    lamb meal           buffalo, deboned        beef
2nd ingred.    ground brown rice   chicken meal            lamb meal
3rd ingred.    ground white rice   potato, dehydrated      potato
4th ingred.    chicken fat         turkey meal             egg
5th ingred.    oatmeal             canola oil              sunflower oil

So... current plan is to feed a mix of the BG and Evo, starting w/ mostly BG and converting over to mostly Evo by the time the current 6.6 lb bag of the BG runs out, then I'll feed the Evo for a couple of months and see what happens. Since both have more fish oil in them than the Eagle Pack had, I'll reconsider which supplements I'm adding. I think I'll keep adding probiotics for now, at least until Thunder's perpetual yeast infection in his ears finally clears up.

Things I like about the Evo Red Meat: After the five ingredients listed above, four of the next five are meat (and the fifth is oil), and four of the next five are fruits and vegetables. Only thing I don't like about the Evo, at least so far? It's 50% more expensive than the Eagle Pack, which was already pricey. Ouch. I hope they do well on it!!

Entertainingly, this experiment in food means that the dogs are now eating a higher-protein kibble than the cats, who are of the opinion that the dog food smells really really good now.

So, dog-people... what do you feed, and why? (And yes, I've heard all the arguments for feeding raw, and that's not a path I'm ready to go down.) Anybody with experience with either the BG or Evo Red Meat?

Originally published at reddogs.com.

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