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Kirkland grain-free dog food? Benefits of grain free?

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  • Kirkland grain-free dog food? Benefits of grain free?

    I've read an occasional post from people that are feeding this (it's the Nature's Domain Salmon & Sweet Potato, right? Bright blue bag?)

    I'm considering switching my two labs to this kibble & would like to know how your dogs responded - nicer coat, etc....

    I am not all that familiar with the benefits of a grain free diet vs. one with grains - so any help would be appreciated. I'm starting to research grain free diet benefits but would like to know what differences people have actually seen in their dogs.

    Thanks all!

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    Grain free stopped my dog from having seizures. She only had three (in a year) before this nervous owner swapped her over, but she's been on the food for two years now and hasn't had another.

    In terms of coat; all three of my dogs have fabulous coats. The Aussie mix still blows out disgusting quantities of hair twice a year, but it's over in a few days vs. a week or more. The Border Collie always had dry, itchy skin, which is all gone now.

    The teeth is probably the largest area of improvement apart from the seizures. Their teeth and gums (I have a 1.5 year old, 4 year old, and a 9 year old) are all sparkling white and clean, no plaque anywhere. Their vet is always amazed and impressed and comments on them at every appointment, wondering if I brush their teeth.

    My border collie also has fatty tumors, which have not increased in size/number since the grain free swap two years ago.

    While it is more expensive, I also feed less than the grocery store stuff. My Aussie, for example, gets 1 cup twice a day; her 75lb shepherd brother does too. The Border collie gets a 1/2 cup twice a day, as her activity level is much less.

    I know everyone is not on the grain-free bandwagon, and millions of dogs have lived long lives on Pedigree/Purina/Walmart brand/etc. But I've seen drastic improvements in my dogs and won't be going back. My particular brand is also all made and sourced from the USA, which comforts me both in economy terms, and in all the pet food scares that keep coming out of China. (Taste of the Wild.)

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      Well for starters you would have to worry about the two recent recalls due to corn containing aflatoxin....

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        Originally posted by vtdobes View Post
        Well for starters you would have to worry about the two recent recalls due to corn containing aflatoxin....
        Did you mean to say I wouldn't have to worry about the recalls? There is no corn in this formula.

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          Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
          My particular brand is also all made and sourced from the USA, which comforts me both in economy terms, and in all the pet food scares that keep coming out of China. (Taste of the Wild.)
          Can you show me information that shows this food is made in China? I feed it to my dogs and cats and did research before switching them over and everything I can find says its made in South Carolina, Missouri and California and that the ingrediants are sourced from areas in the United States.

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            Originally posted by DevilsAdvocate View Post
            Can you show me information that shows this food is made in China? I feed it to my dogs and cats and did research before switching them over and everything I can find says its made in South Carolina, Missouri and California and that the ingrediants are sourced from areas in the United States.
            Which is what I said?

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              Goforgallop, you said you use Taste of the Wild because it is not made in China, correct?

              I think the other poster saw the placement of TOTW in paranthesis and thought you were referencing TasteofTheWild to the last clause (made in China) rather the first paragraphs.

              Have I made this clear as mud now?

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                Originally posted by Chall View Post
                Goforgallop, you said you use Taste of the Wild because it is not made in China, correct?

                I think the other poster saw the placement of TOTW in paranthesis and thought you were referencing TasteofTheWild to the last clause (made in China) rather the first paragraphs.

                Have I made this clear as mud now?
                Oh, yup, I see what you're saying. Yeah, Taste of the Wild should have gone after "my brand"......so much for that English degree.

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                • #9
                  I feed Nature's Domain. My chihuahua is glossy and perfectly healthy, while my aussie is epileptic (this has food has had no effect on the frequency or severity of his siezures) and a bit gassy. I've been pretty happy with this kibble but I am planning on switching them both to a raw diet as soon as I can get a batch of chickens raised up to butchering age . . . in the spring.

                  I would definitely never switch back to any grain-based kibble and I'm only thinking of switching to raw in hopes that it will help my aussie with his various medical issues.
                  My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

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                    Originally posted by tarynls View Post
                    Did you mean to say I wouldn't have to worry about the recalls? There is no corn in this formula.
                    Yes...*wouldn't*

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                    • #11
                      I feed it to my Dobe and Jagdterrier.

                      There is another thread about that food on here somewhere....

                      I like it. Prefer Orijen but am happy feeding the Nature's Domain since it is far less expensive and the dogs seem to be in as good condition...at least from what I can see.
                      "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                      • #12
                        I started my dogs on grain free because my big dog, Uma, had a terrible itching problem that we couldn't get a handle on. Since going on grain free, Uma's itching has subsided dramatically, although not completely gone. That's enough for me.
                        "The captive bolt is not a proper tool for slaughter of equids they regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck fully aware they are being vivisected." Dr Friedlander DVM & frmr Chief USDA Insp

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                        • #13
                          "grain free": the biggest benefit isn't actually anything to do with grain or its absence. Grain in dog foods is a cheap source of calories delivered via carbohydrates. Dogs have zero dietary need of carbohydrates, and tend to be much healthier in many ways if they are fed diets that are very low in carbohydates and are high in protein and fat.
                          Many (but not all) of the foods advertised as "grain free" have much more fat and protein in them than your average kibble, which is what the dog benefits from more than than fact that the carbohydrates are from potatoes instead of say rice. A grain-free food that has a lot of potatoes in it (lots of carbohydrates and not much protein) isn't any better than a food with lots of grain in it. If it doesn't have at least 30% protein listed on the label don't feed it to your dog.

                          The other putative benefits of "grain free" related to inflammation and the glycemic index. Foods that are high on the glycemic index tend to cause rapid blood sugar spikes after ingestion, which may promote the development of body fat, diabetes, and inflammatory states. I'm not convinced that potatoes are any better than rice for this purpose, and dogs can digest rice far better than potatoes.

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                            Thanks all, this info has been very helpful!

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                              Originally posted by GoForAGallop View Post
                              Oh, yup, I see what you're saying. Yeah, Taste of the Wild should have gone after "my brand"......so much for that English degree.
                              hahahaha thanks for the clarification. Sorry I dont look at peoples names when I read posts. I should probably start to make that a new practice. Thanks for the clarification!

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                                I have been using it on my dogs for about 18 months. One has bad allergies and I have been through tons of foods, and he has done fantastic on this one. It helps the bank account as I really can't spend $75 a bag. I do add in other grain free canned foods with their evening meals:-)

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                                  Think Wendy summed it up nicely!
                                  I have horse to sell to you. Horse good for riding. Can pull cart. Horse good size. Eats carrots and apples. Likes attention. Move head to music. No like opera! You like you buy.

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                                  • #18
                                    We just started our dogs on Nature's Domain Turkey and Sweet Potato yesterday! It's the Costco one in the red bag. Here it was $30 for 35 lbs.
                                    The reason we switched is because our dogs kept having trouble with their anal glands and we figured it was worth a shot!
                                    It's too soon to tell how they will do on it, but so far our picky eater loves it! I've just been giving them a handful of the new stuff along with the old stuff, and picky eater won't even touch the old stuff now.
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