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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    What stores are you willing/able to shop at?

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    What stores are you willing/able to shop at?
    Id perfer to shop where I work. PetsMart.
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    At Petsmart, the best are Blue and Innova. Does Petsmart have Wellness? If so, that's pretty good, too. Authority is OK but not terrific. Iams is junk. . .might as well feed Dog Chow.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    I would suggest the following after doing some research on PS.com

    Wellness Complete 5 mix, lamb: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...678&lmdn=Brand,
    Innova Adult Dog Food – Red Meat: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...246&lmdn=Brand
    Natural ULTRAMIX® Lamb & Rice: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...907&lmdn=Brand
    By Nature Natural Salmon, Fish & Yogurt: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...Brand#prodTab1
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    By Nature Duck & Sweet Peas Dog Food: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...579&lmdn=Brand


    Those are the only ones from PetSmart that I would buy, although I dont feed mine kibble these are too bad compared to the others!.
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    Oh, yeah, I forgot that Petsmart started carrying By Nature. That's a good choice, too. I don't think I've ever seen Ultramix at my local Petsmart, but if it's on their website some must have it.

    I don't agree that all dogs should avoid chicken-based foods. . .only if they're allergic/sensitive to it. They could just as well be allergic/sensitive to salmon or lamb.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Oh, yeah, I forgot that Petsmart started carrying By Nature. That's a good choice, too. I don't think I've ever seen Ultramix at my local Petsmart, but if it's on their website some must have it.

    I don't agree that all dogs should avoid chicken-based foods. . .only if they're allergic/sensitive to it. They could just as well be allergic/sensitive to salmon or lamb.
    I agree....however I was going with what I've learned from the OP's other thread about her skin/itchin problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Oh, yeah, I forgot that Petsmart started carrying By Nature. That's a good choice, too. I don't think I've ever seen Ultramix at my local Petsmart, but if it's on their website some must have it.
    I haven't seen By Nature at mine. If I did I would of considered it. However, I'll take a closer look at my selection.
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    we have used Authority for our pups.....IAMS they will NOT eat, Purina of any kind makes their poop awful and frequent and Science diet they actually eat around in the dish if I mix it with other foods My dogs are growing well, healthy, and have lovely coats. I think they are doing fine on this brand. My dogs like the chicken flavor.
    I realize there are better foods, but right now our budget is really tight and Authority is the best for this amount of money that I can find.

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    Is there a reason you're considering Blue Basics instead of the better Wilderness variety. The Basics formulas are for dogs with allergies that need limited ingredients. I'd look into Blue Wilderness, Blue Longevity or Life Protection, Wellness, Innova, By Nature, Castor & Pollux or Avoderm. Those are all 4 or 5 star foods sold at the Petsmart where I live so you might see if the one where you work carries them. Right now I feed my puppy the Blue Buffalo small breed puppy chicken formula. Next I'll try the Blue puppy lamb formula then give the Blue Wilderness puppy chicken formula a try. I usually mix in a spoonful of canned with her meal and I vary the brands of canned each month. Right now she gets a spoonful of TOTW canned and I just go through the different flavors before switching brands of canned food again. I do the rotation/topping diet. So next year I might feed her Canidae Pure dry food mixed with different canned food.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Pants View Post
    Is there a reason you're considering Blue Basics instead of the better Wilderness variety. The Basics formulas are for dogs with allergies that need limited ingredients. I'd look into Blue Wilderness, Blue Longevity or Life Protection, Wellness, Innova, By Nature, Castor & Pollux or Avoderm. Those are all 4 or 5 star foods sold at the Petsmart where I live so you might see if the one where you work carries them. Right now I feed my puppy the Blue Buffalo small breed puppy chicken formula. Next I'll try the Blue puppy lamb formula then give the Blue Wilderness puppy chicken formula a try. I usually mix in a spoonful of canned with her meal and I vary the brands of canned each month. Right now she gets a spoonful of TOTW canned and I just go through the different flavors before switching brands of canned food again. I do the rotation/topping diet. So next year I might feed her Canidae Pure dry food mixed with different canned food.
    Emma is having skin/itching problems. I have another thread posted about her itching. And we seem to be pointing towards her food.
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    I've fed the canned Authority before. I think this may be the food I was looking at where the canned version was rated higher than the kibble.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by PunkyPug View Post
    Emma is having skin/itching problems. I have another thread posted about her itching. And we seem to be pointing towards her food.
    Ok. What food/flavor did you have her on before? Sometimes food can cause skin/itching problems but sometimes it can just be the weather. Dogs can be affected by changes in weather the same as people. I first had my puppy on Wellness and she had the worst dandruff problem. I thought it was the food and switched to Blue but she still had terrible dandruff. So I took her to a groomer for an exfoliating bath and that didn't help. Vita Gravy skin and coat formula added to her food didn't help. Now that summer is here her coat has cleared up. And then I remembered I also had the worst dandruff at the same time she did. So I think it was just the cold, dry winter weather and the heat being on all the time that was causing both of our dry skin problems. Now that it is warm and humid we haven't been having a problem. But if it is something in the food she's been fed then Blue Basics is still a 4 star food.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    If you want cheap and decent and you work at PetSmart, their new Simply Nourish stuff isn't too bad. A LOT better than Iams and Authority, but still not quite as nice as some of the other stuff out there. Barsky wasn't doing well on the rich grain free diets, but so far he's doing well on that. Out of the foods they stock, Wellness is my favorite. Nutro also has a decently priced grain free formula that they have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Pants View Post
    Ok. What food/flavor did you have her on before? Sometimes food can cause skin/itching problems but sometimes it can just be the weather. Dogs can be affected by changes in weather the same as people. I first had my puppy on Wellness and she had the worst dandruff problem. I thought it was the food and switched to Blue but she still had terrible dandruff. So I took her to a groomer for an exfoliating bath and that didn't help. Vita Gravy skin and coat formula added to her food didn't help. Now that summer is here her coat has cleared up. And then I remembered I also had the worst dandruff at the same time she did. So I think it was just the cold, dry winter weather and the heat being on all the time that was causing both of our dry skin problems. Now that it is warm and humid we haven't been having a problem. But if it is something in the food she's been fed then Blue Basics is still a 4 star food.
    She is currently on Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken formula.
    I have noted that she is most itchy after she eats and chews on her chewies (which are chicken flavored)
    I'm wanting to put her on a Salmon formula

    Quote Originally Posted by eeloheel View Post
    If you want cheap and decent and you work at PetSmart, their new Simply Nourish stuff isn't too bad. A LOT better than Iams and Authority, but still not quite as nice as some of the other stuff out there. Barsky wasn't doing well on the rich grain free diets, but so far he's doing well on that. Out of the foods they stock, Wellness is my favorite. Nutro also has a decently priced grain free formula that they have there.

    Right now it is probly going to be a lot of trail and error with her foods. My bonus is right now being spent on stuff she needs and her food. My 75 gallon fish tank is going to be put on hold for her. Before I found her I planned on spending my bonus to finish decorating the fish tank and getting the fish. BUT I've been wanting a dog for the longest time and I'd rather spend it on her than a fish tank right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeyondBlessed View Post
    I've fed the canned Authority before. I think this may be the food I was looking at where the canned version was rated higher than the kibble.
    I think all canned foods are rated higher than their dry counterparts. Just because of being less processed overall and not needing grain/starch to hold it together (like kibble).

    If she's itchy and food is suspected, I'd probably try a fish-based food next. Lamb is lower in fat and my dogs have always gotten dry coats from lamb-based foods. Fish has higher omega-3 levels.

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    Oh, I forgot to mention that if you go to Blue Buffalo's website and compare your brand to theirs you can get a $5 off coupon. I went to my local Petsmart when Blue was on sale and used my coupon and got a great deal.

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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Pants View Post
    Oh, I forgot to mention that if you go to Blue Buffalo's website and compare your brand to theirs you can get a $5 off coupon. I went to my local Petsmart when Blue was on sale and used my coupon and got a great deal.
    Just finished the comparision
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    The only food PetSmart sells that I would consider (and did, since I was basically in the exact same situation a week ago where PetSmart was my only choice and I had to switch to something they sold) is Blue Wilderness. Some of the others aren't horrible... But you could do a lot better. Blue Wilderness is the only one I saw that was actually grain free. I would only feed one of the others if something happened and I couldn't feed Wilderness anymore.

    On a related note, be wary of Innova (or any Natura product, really.) Natura was bought by Protor & Gamble early last year, and we all know what that means. Kinda like if your local health food store was bought by McDonald's. The only little store that carried any Innova products here (prior to the PetSmart being built) dropped them all immediately. I don't blame them.
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Quote Originally Posted by TorachiKatashi View Post
    The only food PetSmart sells that I would consider (and did, since I was basically in the exact same situation a week ago where PetSmart was my only choice and I had to switch to something they sold) is Blue Wilderness. Some of the others aren't horrible... But you could do a lot better. Blue Wilderness is the only one I saw that was actually grain free. I would only feed one of the others if something happened and I couldn't feed Wilderness anymore.

    On a related note, be wary of Innova (or any Natura product, really.) Natura was bought by Protor & Gamble early last year, and we all know what that means. Kinda like if your local health food store was bought by McDonald's. The only little store that carried any Innova products here (prior to the PetSmart being built) dropped them all immediately. I don't blame them.
    I just saw on Blue Buffalo's site that their promise says states "no chicken or poultry by product or meals" BUT their Wilderness has Chicken Meal?
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    Re: Iams or Authority?

    Chicken meal is a GOOD thing if I remember correctly. Meal just means it was measured AFTER being cooked, which means that if chicken meal is listed high on the ingredients it probably contains a lot more chicken then it would if it just contained 'chicken.'

    Please correct me if I am mistaken.

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