View Full Version : In your opinion....Question about dry dog food

23rd April 2007, 12:51 AM
I first found this website a few weeks after getting our first Cavalier, approx 10 months ago. Our vet put him on Science Diet, but after reading many of the posts on here, I decided to switch him to RC puppy food. He loved this from day 1 and was doing really well on it. A couple of months ago, I switched him to the RC27, which he loved just as much. I also include meats, fruits and veggies in his diet, but the RC was his main food.

Since the recall of RC food last week, I have taken our little chap off the RC27 and just given him home cooked food. I don't really know too much about other dog foods, and there seems to be quite a few threads about the recent recalls and what is good/not good to give your dog.

I would be grateful for anyone's opinion on which dry food is good for an 11 month old Cavalier who has been feed mostly Royal Canin. I am switching from topic to topic trying to work out what is good, what is not good, what is on the recall list and what is not, but am getting a bit muddled with all the different threads and what I should be looking out for.

Any opinions listed on this thread would be greatly appreaciated, as it will help me decide which food to purchase for Wrigley next week.


23rd April 2007, 01:22 AM
We have been very pleased with Eagle Pack. We originally put Annie on it because of her trouble with her hips. She has improved a lot, but I'm not sure if it's all due to the food. It is a little bit expensive, but well worth it in our opinion.

Anyway, people always comment about how shiny and soft her coat is. Eagle Pack is made from all natural ingredients, and all of the contents come from the USA (with a few exceptions). Their website is www.eaglepack.com (http://www.eaglepack.com). Annie eats the Holistic Select Chicken Meal and Rice Formula. It's made right up the road from us in Mishawaka, Indiana. They have a locater on their web site to find places that sell it in your area.


23rd April 2007, 01:22 AM
I personally feed our dog Wellness, and it seems to be a great food for him. We did quite a bit of research when initially choosing a food (he had allergies and a LOT of problems when he was initially eating Eukanuba - the food the breeder had been feeding him), and spoke with our vet about it, and we were recommended on multiple occasions to have him eat Wellness for puppies, so that is what we've been doing so far :) he seems to like it, and is a very healthy dog. We noticed his coat also appeared much shinier also after switching to this food. From what I have read, it is an excellent food, however I am new to these boards, so I am not sure what the feelings on Wellness are.

23rd April 2007, 02:27 AM
Well~ I used to feed Wellness, and when we got Hogan I had to switch to NB Venison and rice becouse he had tummy trouble on it...( and this is unusual for Wellness...I really loved it for Maxwell) ..and of course now the NB is part of the recall....so now we are 10 days into Merrick Wilderness with one bad day and so far after, so good.

Speaking of the wellness, it is REALLY great for their coat, Max hasnt had the same lovley sheen since the switch....Hmmmm.....perhaps Ill switch him back and give just Hogie the Merrick....

* Where is the little confused smiley face...anyway, insert him here....this recall stuff has been hard on all of us, and thankfully more dogs werent lost......Ill take the inconvience of the food switch*

23rd April 2007, 02:32 AM
I also give my 9 month old Maisie, Wellness. She is doing very well on it and none of their products in the U.S. have been recalled. I check their website daily for any notices.

23rd April 2007, 02:40 AM
My Lily is 8 months old and has been on RC since we brought her home. First baby dog, and then RC 27. She was doing great on the RC, but last Friday, I threw out what was left of the 27 and bought Wellness due to the new recall. She has only been on the Wellness for 2 days and her poops have been softer. That is probably because I wasn't able to transition her gradually. I have read great things about Wellness, but I have also read that it causes loose poops and tummy upsets in a lot of dogs. Hopefully, she will adjust to the new food. If not, I'll try something else, and maybe go back to RC, once I feel it's safe.

23rd April 2007, 02:44 AM
I've had my two on California Natural for a few months now, and they both do really well on it. Bentley had been having some loose stools with another dog food, and since he's been on California Natural we haven't had any more troubles with the loose stools.

23rd April 2007, 02:46 AM
Can you buy Wellness at Petsmart or PetCo? I have been looking at their websites, but cannot find it listed. I usually shop at Petsmart, as it is the closest to me.

Also, I noticed on PetCo's website that they stock Castor & Pollux. I was looking at the Natural Ultramix Adult Canine Formula. The first ingredients I think are Chicken and Turkey. Their website seems to be quite informative about the recall and what they do and don't use in their products. Just wondered if anyone had tried this, or if it is considered a 'cheap' brand. I am not very clued up when it comes to dog food!

Gracie's Mommy
23rd April 2007, 02:59 AM
When Gracie came home from the breeder, she was on Nutro Puppy Chicken. I wasn't thrilled with the quality of the Nutro and talked to my vet about it on one of her puppy shot visits. He agreed that Nutro wasn't one of the brands that he recommends. However, he did recommend California Natural due to its limited ingredient list (good for dogs with allergies) and Wellness if allergies aren't a problem. I chose Wellness Super5Mix Chicken because I actually didn't want to have her on a food with so few ingredients at this point, until we need fewer (if allergies become a problem). The Wellness has worked great for us! Her coat is much shinier and she seems to really like it.

Not sure how others feel about this...but, my vet also recommended that we switch brands from time to time, but stick with Chicken/poultry formulas until she gets older. The reason for this is that they liked to have multiple proteins as an "ace up their sleeve" as she gets older and possibly becomes intolerant to certain proteins. So, we stick with chicken because it's what she started with and has always been on...but, the same would go for lamb, or whatever.

Edited to add...forgot to say that I get Wellness at the pet supply store that's run by the vet. However, Pet Supply Plus also has a store nearby that carries Wellness. It's not available at Petco or Petsmart, though. From what I've read here, I think that RC and Natural Balance are the best brands available at those two stores...unfortunately, now their both part of the recall. Also, Om's Mom has been posting some very informative threads about dog food analysis that might be worth a read!

23rd April 2007, 03:05 AM
I also checked Petsmart, and didn't see if on their website. I didn't check Petco. I bought mine at Pet Supply Plus. Do you have one of those where you live? They have every dog food you have every heard of nd some I've never heard of. They have a huge selection of all natural and holistic foods. They have Canidae and Invova EVO, whcih I also considered.

shell nyc
23rd April 2007, 03:15 AM
Also, I noticed on PetCo's website that they stock Castor & Pollux. I was looking at the Natural Ultramix Adult Canine Formula. The first ingredients I think are Chicken and Turkey. Their website seems to be quite informative about the recall and what they do and don't use in their products. Just wondered if anyone had tried this, or if it is considered a 'cheap' brand. I am not very clued up when it comes to dog food!

I was impressed with the ingredients and so tried the Castor & Pollux puppy formula. It looks great out of the bag, with real bits of fruits and veggies, and Winston LOVED it (much more than the Nutro puppy we tried first), however it gave him horrible gas and loose stool. :( We eventually settled on Innova puppy and Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural. He devours both and has perfect poops on both, so we just mix/rotate those for now (along with a little Merrick's canned every now and then.)

23rd April 2007, 03:28 AM
Unfortunately, Wellness isn't offered at Petco or PetSmart (at least in my area). I would look for a pet specialty shop in your area. There are two little dog shops in our area that sell it, so we head to either one of those.

Joanne M
23rd April 2007, 03:32 AM
When I went looking for Wellness Dog Food, I visited this site:


Under "Where to Buy" I put in my city and state and found a local pet store that carried it, only @ 5 miles from my home.

23rd April 2007, 03:57 AM
Joanne M - thanks for that link. I typed in my zip code and found a pet store that stocks Wellness less than 3 miles from my home. Think I will go there tomorrow and pick up a bag and see how he gets on. Might try Evo?? also.

Was tempted to try the Castor & Pollux, but after hearing about the gas problems, I might stear clear. I have enough of that with son and daughter!!

Harley & Carley
23rd April 2007, 06:32 PM
RC's website updated their FAQ's to state very clearly that the corn gluten meal in their RC 27, puppy 33 and special 30 (and other RC foods that contain corn gluten) did not come from China and were sourced in the US.

This is copied from their website today.

Does the recent issue in South Africa affect the few Royal Canin USA pet food products that include corn gluten?

No. Products manufactured by Royal Canin South Africa are not distributed in the US.
Royal Canin USA does not source its corn gluten from China.
Royal Canin USA corn gluten is sourced from suppliers in the US.

I was glad to see this as we use the sensitive 30/puppy 33!! :)

23rd April 2007, 07:59 PM
I live in Canada and have been feeding my pooches Medi-Cal Preventative Formula dry food available only through veteranians. It is made by Royal Canin, but had not been affected by the recall. I have checked the ingredients and there appears to be none of the wheat/corn gluten and rice proteins.

The dogs really like it and I would hate to have to switch.

I also feed as supplements - canned Go! Natural (salmon and vegetable, and chicken and vegetables - both very high quality), sometimes canned tuna and salmon oil - plus some fresh fruit and veg.

23rd April 2007, 09:33 PM
I have just gone out and bought a bag of Innova small bites. Put some in Wrigley's bowl with a few raw veggies, and he has turned his nose up at it. I still have an unopened bag of RC27 which he really loves. I don't know whether to take it back to the store or keep feeding it to him. My mother thinks that he would have been sick by now if he has been on it for a while. Decisions, decisions!

23rd April 2007, 10:03 PM
I switched Lilly to Wellness on Saturday and she loved it, thank goodness. She was eating RC 27 and she liked it too. Sometimes it takes them a few days for them to adjust. If you really want to switch him to the new food, I would give it a few days. I was reading about dog food ratings and Innova is rated 6 stars, the highest. Wellness was rated 5 stars. I was surprised to see that the RC 27 was only rated a 3 out of 6.

23rd April 2007, 10:33 PM
It sometimes takes something like a pet food recall to make us aware of what is in some of these products. I noticed corn gluten meal in the ingredients for RC27, but Innova seems to be gluten free. I have just mixed in some rice and steamed veggies, and he's eaten the lot., so I will persevere and see how he does.