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Looking for Grain Free Dry Food
  • HanakoHanako
    Posts: 110
    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking for a new brand of grain free dry food that has never been recalled.

    The only ones I can think of are Fromm, Orijen, Acana, Earthborn.
  • RikkaRikka
    Posts: 1501
    Merrick's is excellent. I've been feeding Sagan that particular brand for over a year now and he loves it.
    Lauren, living with a 4 y/o Shiba named after a scientist. ☆
    Post edited by Rikka at 2015-07-19 01:06:59
  • koyukikoyuki
    Posts: 1244
    We feed EarthBorn holistic primitive natural. We really like it, coats are lovely and soft on this, small poos, no itching. Only downside for us is 1.kibble size (biscuits are really small),2. Cost- we cannot feed all 6 on it, it costs us $130 for a 12 kg bag, which would not last very long at all. So we feed the two older Shibas EarthBorn, and the other 3 Shibas and Akita have Ivory Coat (an Australian holistic grain free food) which they love
    Koyuki - red female
    Takeo- cream male
    Kenji- black and tan male
    Suma- sesame female
    Haruki-brindle Japanese Akita Inu
  • Otto eats Merrick's too and it is very good. We are thinking about rotating it with another brand, though, because he seems tired of it.
  • SayaSaya
    Posts: 6678
    Farmina is relatively recent here I think they started selling in us in 2013 or 2014? I forgot, but they have grain and grain free varieties. the kibble size is pretty big, but they have small kibble size formula too. I fed farmina grain free herring, grain line chicken and the cod and grains with good results. Both Saya and Bella like the farmina kibble, but they aren't picky dogs.

    I haven't seen any recall on victor dog foods I don't think they have three grain free varieties.
    Nicole, 5year old Bella(Boxer), and 4year old Saya(Shiba inu)
  • ehu_guyehu_guy
    Posts: 23
    Ehukai get bored with his kibble all the time so we're constantly changing up the flavors, but essentially we stick with Now! Fresh, Orijen and Acana. We don't always buy grain free, but all of those brands are really good and have grain free options. Have you used this site? It has been recommended by a lot of others.
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
    Posts: 887
    I feed Quake Wellness Core Ocean kibble and I also sometimes transition to Acana Pacifica. I feed one half kibble and one The Honest Kitchen Zeal and he has done very well.
  • reibanshireibanshi
    Posts: 24
    Rei is still on mostly raw but does eat her Orijen kibble- big fan of the fish one!
  • zandramezandrame
    Posts: 1106
    OMG, welcome back! Would LOVE to see recent pics of Hanako! :D

    Any specific reason you are looking for different foods (health or dietary concerns)?

    Kouda does better without potato and other starches like tapioca and garbanzo/chickpeas, so that eliminates pretty much all kibbles for us. He's on a rotation of Real Meat (also rebranded as Only Natural Pet MaxMeat). This is very similar to ZiwiPeak, but he likes it better. Real Meat Company,dog,dry-food?noidx=1

    (The other food we feed is freeze-dried Vital Essentials, but they had a voluntary recall on their frozen tripe 2 weeks ago.)

    Here's the link to the FDA pet food recall list -

    Dogfoodadvisor's list goes back to 2009 -
  • HanakoHanako
    Posts: 110
    zandrame said:

    OMG, welcome back! Would LOVE to see recent pics of Hanako! :D

    Any specific reason you are looking for different foods (health or dietary concerns)?

    Thanks! I'll message you some pics soon.

    She's currently on Fromm but she's a really picky eater so I'm trying to incorporate other brands for variety.

    She can't have chicken or lamb because she's allergy sensitive, nothing above 28% protein ideally since her kidneys can't process it that well. She had one case of idiopathic acute kidney injury this year so I'm a bit cautious of what brands of kibble I'm feeding her. I'm also trying to choose brands that don't have a meal listed as the first ingredient. So it's kinda tough finding new brands.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and please keep them coming!
  • Kira_KiraKira_Kira
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    I'm a fan of Taste of the Wild as well, lower protein levels and mine likes Pacific Stream.
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  • zandramezandrame
    Posts: 1106
    For kidney issues, I'm not sure if low-protein is actually better. I've heard it's more about low phosphorus.

    As for more suggestions, this site has a thorough review of dog food companies, and comes down to these recommended brands.
    Their list is searchable as well.

    Back to Basics
    By Nature Natural
    Eagle Pack
    Earthborn Holistic
    Grandma Lucy’s
    Hi-Tek Naturals
    K9 Natural
    Nature’s Logic
    Dr. Harvey's
    Precise Holistic Complete
    Stella & Chewy’s
    Stewart Pro-Treat
    The Honest Kitchen
    The Real Meat Company
  • FrillfaceFrillface
    Posts: 170
    I'm also looking for a food and I would like opinions on which I should get from these:

    - Victor
    - Earthborn
    - Farmina Low Grain
    - Taste of the Wild

    I wanted to get Orijen but wow it's pricey!

    Also, about the Victor Hi-Pro; is Denso active enough for this? Or should I just feed their normal formulas? He takes nice length hikes every day, and some days also gets beach/field running time. I'm not sure how active that is considered.

    And what age should I stop feeding puppy formulas? He is 7 months.

    Thanks! :)
    Post edited by Frillface at 2015-07-23 02:12:49
  • NikkitineNikkitine
    Posts: 776
    I transitioned Tali fully off of puppy food at around 7.5 months. She's on Honest Kitchen Grain Free - Love now and she loves it. Poops twice a day in the morning and in the evening. Perfect, solid, no residue stool. She was a really picky eater before, but since switching, she finishes everything in less than a minute and even begs for more, the little fatty. She gets a pump of salmon oil with each meal and I have to say we're both pretty happy with it. Her coat is ultra soft and I haven't seen any signs of allergies. Yet. (knocks on wood).

    As for kibble, I'm a personal fan of Orijen. I used to feed it to my maltese before switching him to raw.
  • SayaSaya
    Posts: 6678
    I haven't fed victor yet, but plan to try the grain free yukon river formula or the Performance / Joint Health one. Still have good bit of current food so will be a while before i get it.

    From their website they are still family owned and it's based in Texas.

    Some people say their dog does great on it some not, but like all kibble it's not a one size fits all kind of thing.

    I've fed farmina cod & grains and Bella did well with that one.

    I'm not sure with the hi pro formula sorry.

    Saya was switched to adult kibble at 6 or 7months I forgot which.
    Nicole, 5year old Bella(Boxer), and 4year old Saya(Shiba inu)
  • FrillfaceFrillface
    Posts: 170
    No problem @Saya!

    I really like the Victor brand, so I ended up choosing it to try first. I'll probably try the joint one or Hi-pro first. I also really like how Amazon sells it too!

    My next choice was the Farmina low grain. Maybe I'll rotate both brands once in a while, we'll see ;)

    I have a lot of current food as well. It's making me impatient! Haha.
    The family I adopted him from gave me a 60lb bag of Nutrisource, and I still had about 20lbs of Whole Earth Farms left from a previous foster dog.. :P

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