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Need help deciding on a food?

Discuss ways to improve the quality of your dog's life and longevity through proper nutrition; a place for all of your questions and answers about feeding your pooch!

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Zeus

Zeus - King of the Dogs
 
 
Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 8:26am PST 
I have a one year old Saint Bernard (and a two year old GSD). The SB has started to smell recently and he is losing weight. He is uninterested in his food and sometimes will not eat all day. He gets Pedigree dry and Pedigree wet. He is also starting to smell like stale, moldy wet rags.

I have decided to change their food.

I just don't know what the best food is for them. I can only spend about $100 a month on food and these big dogs eat a lot, which is why Pedigree is great. I can get 20kg for $30 and it lasts two weeks.

So lets say I will spend $50 - 60 every two weeks.

I used to buy Royal Canin for the Shepherd but it got too expensive at 70/bag when we got the SB, then we used Eukaneuba for a while at $60/bag but they ate too much of the small bag and it was too expensive.

Is there a large breed dry food, large bag (18 - 20 kg) for $60 or less, that is good for the dogs?

Thanks for all your help!
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Ginger

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Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 10:06am PST 
You can try Horizon Pulsar. It is grain free and is on the lower end of the price range for grain free foods. You can also try Precise or Hi-Tek Naturals. They are also priced well. I currently feed Horizon Legacy, but it would probably cost a little more than you prefer to spend ($60 for a large 28.6 lb bag) and is a very good quality grain free food.
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Zeus

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Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 3:08pm PST 
Thanks Ginger. Unfortunately none of those foods are availbe to me. I only have access to petsmart and global pet foods.
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Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 4:16pm PST 
Petsmart's brand Authority is a good food for a decent price. They also have grain free.
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Barney,- friend of- Lennox

Bad to the Bone
 
 
Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 11:33pm PST 
Check you petsmart's price on Nutro Max for large breeds - it is definitely a step up from Pedigree in that there's no by products, and no whole ground corn although it has both wheat and rice. But it's moderately priced, you should be able to find it in petsmart, and you can often find coupons on line for it at Nutro.com/my nutro rewards. It has received Dog Food Advisor's "mid tier" rating (3.5 stars out of 5).
http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/nutro-max-dog-fo od-dry/

Here's the ingredient list:
http://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food/max-dog-food/dry/large- breed-adult-chicken-and-rice.aspx

My Cindy works part time for Nutro...she often suggests this to folks feeding Pedigree or Beneful or Purina as a moderately priced food that offers an upgrade. There's a guarantee with this...that your dog will like the food, have a better skin and coat, and you'll be cleaning up less stool cuz the food is more digestible. So keep your bag, and the receipt, and check with whereever you buy it about returning unusued food.

At Petco.com a 30lb bag is about $30.00
http://www.petco.com/product/116891/Nutro-MAX-Natural-Chicke n-Meal-And-Rice-Recipe-Adult-Food.aspx

Don't forget to check for coupons!
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Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 5:19am PST 
You should ask your vet how much food would be best for your dog. They will tell you what is best based on the breed, size and current condition of the dog.
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Ginger

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Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 9:16am PST 
From Petsmart, I would probably go with Blue Buffalo or Nature's Variety.
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joey

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Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 10:45am PST 
Assume you don't have a Costco in your area, but if you do, they have a good grain-free food. I forget what it costs, but it might be in your price range.

One thing to consider is that, normally the better the quality of dog food it is, the higher priced it is, but you may find you need to feed less, since the lower-priced foods have more filler and less nutrition. Looking at the recommended feeding amount on the back of the bag is a place to start in determining how much to feed, although I've found that many of the manufacturers, in my opinion, overstate how much you should feed!

Assuming you're in the continental U.S., many of the mail order places ship at a reasonable price, which opens up more possibilities.

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Ellie CGC

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Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 9:52pm PST 
Joey made a very good, and important point...with better quality foods you can feed a lesser amount than you do for Pedigree. You can check the "feeding guidelines" on the bags and see this for yourself...you really can feed less, so the food lasts a bit longer.
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Zeus

Zeus - King of the Dogs
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 9:07am PST 
I have checked the feeding guidelines for Nutro, BB, and Natures Variety and it will cost me over 200 bucks a month.

I am looking into Authority and Nutrience.

Thanks for the suggestions.

It's hard to feed two big dogs properly and without breaking the bank.
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