Darford Zero/G Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

WARNING — POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
This Review Has Not Been Updated
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Darford Zero/G Dog Food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Darford Zero/G product line includes 2 dry dog foods.

Since we could not locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these products on the Darford website, we’re unable to report life stage recommendations.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Darford Zero/G Turkey and Chicken
  • Darford Zero/G Sardine, Whitefish and Mysis Shrimp

Darford Zero/G Turkey and Chicken Dog Food was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Darford Zero/G Turkey and Chicken

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 42%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, chicken meal (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), turkey meal (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), peas, buckwheat, lentils, chickpeas, pea starch, flax seed, poultry fat (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), brewers yeast, mysis shrimp, salmon meal (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sunflower oil, tomato pomace, alfalfa, natural flavors, dl-methionine, vitamins (dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid) salt, choline chloride, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulphate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate), kelp, chicory root, probiotics: dried Lactobacillus plantarum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, rosehips, blueberries, bilberries,rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%17%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%35%36%

The first two items in this dog food include turkey and chicken. Although they are both quality items, raw poultry contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, these 2 ingredients would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

Which brings us to chicken meal and turkey meal, the next and (more likely) the dominant meat ingredients in this recipe.

Chicken and turkey meals are considered meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

The fifth ingredient mentions peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The sixth ingredient includes buckwheat, a carb-heavy fruit similar to rhubarb and notable for its gluten-free seeds.

Contrary to popular belief, buckwheat is not a cereal grain.

The seventh ingredient lists lentils. Lentils are a nutritious member of the legume family. They are rich in protein and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

Chickpeas contain about 22% protein which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The ninth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like carbohydrate extract probably used here as a gel-like binder for making kibble.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, the company appears to have applied friendly microorganisms to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.

Next, chicory root is naturally rich in a substance called inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Darford Zero/G Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Darford Zero/G Dog Food looks to be an above-average kibble.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 33% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

In addition, even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the lentils and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

The recipe’s use of legumes in place of grain or potatoes make this recipe a potential candidate for those looking for a kibble with a relatively lower glycemic index.

Bottom line?

Darford Zero/G Dog Food is a legume-based dry kibble using a notable amount of chicken and turkey as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

However, Darford appears to be in receivership and does not return phone calls or respond to our emails.

Not recommended.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

11/09/2011 Original review
10/30/2012 Last Update

  • InkedMarie

    I have no idea when I made the list but whenever I did, I thought I looked at all the websites, to make sure. Oh well!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    I placed a link to the news at the bottom of this review many months ago at the same time I placed the “Warning” notice at the tip of the page.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s how I knew last Oct., I scrolled back 10 months and one of the posts actually had a date that they went into receivership.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah it was sometime around October of last year, like Patty said. So right around a year ago – you can scroll back through the comments and find it. I’m not sure when you made the white potato free list but the review is still here even though the product is no longer being made so you may just have included it not knowing the food was discontinued. They do still make treats and their omega boosters, just not food.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Last October.

  • InkedMarie

    This food was grain & potato free. If you go to the dog food ingredients section of the forum, at the top is a stickie with those foods. Mybe you can find something comparable.

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t think that long….it hasn’t been that long since we came up with the grain & potato free food list. At least I don’t think that long.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    They discontinued this food a long time ago – about a year ago, I believe.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ok, well, the one I had in mind (which I seem to have mentioned way too often on here lately haha) is Nutrience Grain Free.

    https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.nutrience.ca/Grain-Free/pdf/GrainFree-Dog.pdf

    I guess the info would be helpful if it ever does appear in your neck of the proverbial woods, anyway.

  • Wilson232003

    No I live in Bloomington, IN. I am interested in knowing what it is. I was getting it by mail order. I got my last from Amazon. It turned out to be over a dollar an ounce. So I called Darford to see if they are still making dry dog food and CS said no. Quit over a year ago. Stated cost verses demand was not there. Great food my Scotty did very well with it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Are you in Canada? If so, I have a recommendation on a similar food.. if not, it appears to not be widely available in the US so no point mentioning it :-(

  • Wilson232003

    The company is out of Canada.

  • Wilson232003

    Bad news. I just finished talking to Darford and Zero G has been discontinued. They no longer make a regular dog food. The demand wasn’t there. Sad because this is a good high quality food that I have been using for 2 years. They are still making treats and other products. Can’t find anything close so far.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I love the treats and use them daily.  Never used the food and I’m glad I didn’t because it isn’t being produced anymore.  If they ever start making it again then I might try it, but so far the dogs are doing very, very well with Merrick’s new grain free!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I believe the treats are still being produced but the food isn’t. The article I read said that the new owners are going to fulfill standing orders then try to get everything up and running again. So I imagine the food will be back on shelves at some point this year. I’ve ordered the trial bags of their food in the past and it seems like a good product.

  • InkedMarie

    HDM, did they stop making Darford?  I’ve never used it but certainly would

  • Pattyvaughn

    This is the first I’ve heard of it.  I heard someone bought it and someone else hoped that they got it going again, but never heard anything definative.

    Thanks!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    So maybe this is old news and I’m just out of the loop – but I’ll post it for anyone else that doesn’t know. I was just reading some older articles on Susan Thixton’s site and apparently (found this in an article from last month) the original owners of Castor and Pollux (before the company sold out to Merrick) have purchased Darford and they’re going to try to get the company going again. I sure hope so because my dogs loved their Zero/G treats.

  • Tuck the Law Dog

    No Darford dog food in Roswell, GA. Pet store owner said they filed bankruptcy and are only making the treats. Here we go again with another transition. This was a good dog food.

  • Linda

    I am president of a Corgi Rescue. All of our dogs are fed Zero Grain. Most are unhealthy when we bring them into rescue. A few weeks of Darford and coats an eyes are healthier. Stools are formed, and even attitude is improved. I also feed Darford to my own Corgis. Agility dogs need the best diet and that’s what they receive.

  • sundance

    Yeah, they just went into receivership on 10/24 so it might be a while until the Bowra Group sells their assets to another company.  But even then, the new company may ‘change’ the formula ect, Seems things went south when they changed from ‘bagged’ treats to ‘box’ treats … they didn’t sell as well in boxes, go figure.  

    Anyway i am gonna try Go! Fit as the ingredients look similar to Zero/G, just am not a fan of potatoes so high up in the list with Go!   

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hmm…I’ve never fed Darford, but have used their grainfree biscuits.  My dogs love them and have done well on them.  I wonder if the same company makes the biscuits as the food. I probably won’t use them again.

  • ohnoesaz

    Too bad to see Darford sinking. My dogs looped the food. Eek, maybe this possible outcome is why so many good operations sell out to big bad guys. Hope to see Darford back….

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Amicus, Go! Fit & Free, Innova Prime, Nutrisca, Zignature, Canine Caviear Grain Free, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance, Natural Balance Alpha, Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon formula, these are lentil and/or garbanzo bean-based foods like Darford.  Some are better than others, but that’s just my opinion!  I’ll let you decide!

  • erin c.

    Our old female did very well on Grain Free Merrick Real Chicken and Sweet Potato. It smells good too.

  • sundance

    seems as if darford international went into receivership … any suggestions?  My dogs (4) did so well on their food … Tried Acana before and it was just ok … looking for something else now …

  • erin c.

    I returned the Blue and began Merrick Grain Free.
    It smells better than Blue. I serve it soaked in water, same as always. Our regular store ran out of Merrick GF, but I found a bag of Innova Grain Free half-priced at Petsmart. It expires in 1 month. She should be finished with it before it expires. I am transitioning that in for now. Innova doesn’t smell as good, but she is eating it. I won’t pay full price for it so will go back to Merrick when our regular store gets more in, which I’m told is soon.

    I am unable to go out of the way to get/search for Darford so will have to forget that for now.

    Meanwhile our 14 year old dog is doing well on Merrick GF. I hope she does equally as well on Innova GF or I will return it.

    All of the foods I am feeding her are chicken &/or turkey based.

    Thanks everyone for your help.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Southwest Canine appears to be fairly low in meat protein :-( Too bad, as it’s chicken-free, potato-free, and grain-free.. the 3 things I look for in a food!!! :-(

    http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products/dogs/dry_food/southwest_canyon_canine/

  • ohnoesaz

    Also Taste of the Wild has added a new formula – Southwest Canine - that is grain/potato free and similar to Darford.

  • razee

    Hi,good to hear from you again. Thanks again for the good info. My little one is doing quite well on Darford chicken & Turkey.His glucose levels have been much  more consistent. He still gets insulin 2xday 6-7U and blood testing 2xday. His urine test was great.He has been so active and being his old playful self. My understanding is that the Bichon breed is one of those breeds that do have diabetic problems. I am trying to keep both of my babies healthy as possible. They both had their teeth cleaned also and I brush every other day. I think that has helped the glucose levels also. My understanding is that unhealthy teeth and gums can spike sugar levels. i have noticed a didderence also.

  • erin c.

    Right now we are trying to transition our senior dog to Blue Wilderness. (We chose this because our cats on on Blue Buffalo.) Not going as well as I’d hoped, but we will see when the bowl only contains Blue Wilderness.

    Thank you everyone for your help.

  • InkedMarie

    Order it! I did a quick google search….beside the one that HDM posted, I saw Amazon, K9Cuisine and PetFlow have it. I’d recommend PetFlow, if you like the food, that would probably be the best deal, esp if you sign up for automatic delivery (free shipping)

  • sandy

    There are other products similar to Darford (lentil-based).  Innova Prime, Horizon (Legacy, Pulsar, Amicus), Avoderm Rotating Menu, Precise Holistic Grain Free, I and Love and You, Zignature, Nutrisca, Canine Caviar Grain Free.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Erin C. –

    You can order Darford online from naturalk9supplies.com – flat rate shipping for orders under $100, free shipping for orders over $100.

  • erin c.

    Our female senior dog has been eating Darford for a while, but the store we bought it from stopped selling it. They said people weren’t buying it. I am trying to switch to Blue Buff. Wilderness. She only ate half of her food tonight. I thought she would be ok with the transition.

    I always thought Darford dog food smelled pretty good as dry dog foods go and I have smelled a lot of dry dog foods looking for one our old girl willl eat. What tastes and smells as good as Darford?

    Where do I go from here?

  • ohnoesaz

    Also please be aware that, according to Darford’s website, a minimum of 80% of this food’s protein comes from meat. That is an impressive stat, considering many other brands won’t even tell you (one of the reasons I never tried Earthborn Holistic grain free, despite really wanting to).

  • Shawna

    In looking at the whole picture — brewers yeast is a source of freed glutamic acid (the g in monosodium glutamate).  Natural flavor is often a source of free glutamic acid also.  Free glutamic acid can cause illnesses like multiple sclerosis, lupus, brain damage, aggression etc.

    Peas, buckwheat, lentils and chickpeas are all sources of lectins as well as anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors.  I’m not a proponent of potato but there are issues with these four ingredients too.  I haven’t heard anything negative about tapioca (when processed properly that is).  Lectins (for people and animals that are suseptible) can cause autoimmune diseases as well as gastointestinal issues like irritable bowel disease, colitis etc.  The anti-nutrients can cause certain minerals to not be digested (like zinc, magnesium and calcium).  A deficiency in magnesium, as one example, can cause seizures.  Etc etc

    The amino acid lysine is damaged at temperatures as low as 110 degrees.  This food has the amino acid methionine added back in but they do not add lysine back in.  Lysine is important for immune system health.

    The food isn’t “bad” by any means but it’s not all that either.  Improvements could be made.

  • ohnoesaz

    Like I said, look at the WHOLE picture. Are high animal proteins in kibble worth the other deadly items, such as potatoes, and high glycemic ingredients, such as tapioca, potatoes, list goes on? I’ll take the Darford any day.

  • Shawna

    Ohnoesaz ~~ protein is only as good as the amino acids within it.  The better the body can utilized the amino acids in a protein, the higher the bioavailability of that protein.  Vegetable and plant proteins have a lower bioavailability then animal proteins.  You’d have to consume considerably more plant proteins to supply the body with the same amount of amino acids supplied by meat.  You don’t want to short amino acids as every cell of the body uses them.  Additionally, they are used to prevent cancer, to make the enzymes that digest the foods eaten etc.. 

    The amino acids that aren’t used by the body of lower bioavailable proteins have to be filtered out by the kidneys.  Some, including vets, feel that the extra workload required of the kidneys can be hard on them.

    Because of the above reasons, plant based proteins are inferior to animal based proteins.  This holds true in humans and in dogs.

  • ohnoesaz

    Don’t get so hung up on meat. These aren’t the ancient wolves in story books. These are domesticated dogs that have evolved over many thousands of years under human care. Dogs now thrive – not survive, but THRIVE - on healthy ingredients and do not need all protein to come from meat.

    Think about humans… Do you eat the diet that neanderthals and earlier ate? Nope! And you’re healthy, right? I hope so! While the neanderthal would probably drop dead on our diet of today, modern humans have evolved and are different.

    So don’t hate because a dog food isn’t 45% protein straight from an animal. You have to look at the WHOLE picture. Those foods with high meat content also contain things like potatoes, for example, which will kill your dog much more quickly than vegetable based protein.

    All things taken into account.. Darford is one of the best choices  you can make for your non human child.

  • Jess

    I certainly would never call this a great food. With 2 named peas before the first fat, which is poultry fat (ugh), this is pea heavy. And having “6″ ingredients vs 4 meat ingredients before the fist fat, also means it is meat light. But it is a decent dog food, but far from great, but it is certainly, WAAAY better than brothers.

  • ohnoesaz

    Vizlas, Darford is a great food. She’ll get all the nutrients she needs. You can’t go wrong with it.

    I wonder though if a higher caloric content food, but still potato free and low GI, would be a better choice? Look into Horizon’s Pulsar line and possibly NutriSource’s grain free line. NutriSource has some considerably high calorie options for a very thin dog.

  • Vizslas444

    darford,

    I have a 7 year old female vizsla. recently
    diagnosed with diabetes, due to being
    intact and a previous severe case of
    pacreatitis. she has been spayed, and
    blood glucose in the 200s and some 300.
    tested 2 x daily and 7 units 2x daily.
    eating well, but so thin. I would like
    to try your food. she needs high protein
    low fat, low carbs, and good nutrient.
    no grains. would your food work?
    thanks

  • Charleydarford

    Thank you for trying your two dogs on Darford’s Zero/G food. Darford also has a new product out called Omega Boosters (which give a natural boost of Omega 3s) which may be helpful for allergies and hair loss. We’ve had good feedback on it so far from owners whose dogs have allergies. The Zero/G seafood food is a very good option for both dogs – if you choose to leave them on it we’re sure you’ll see the difference the food makes. Thank you for choosing Darford! 

  • Tbbaker3

    Have just started feeding a 12 year old lab and wheaton 
    terrier this food(shrimp) to take the place of z/d science 
    diet(too expensive now).  Had the lab on z/d because of 
    allergies and loss of hair.  Buddy(lab) seems to be doing
    well on this but there are no comments to support this
    change.  I’m definitely looking for a less expensive dog
    food….any suggestions or just leave them on this for now.

  • Shawna

    Hi Razee & Sandy :)

    I recently found information on canine nutritionist, Lew Olsen PhDs website that you may find interesting..

    “Dr Kronfeld reports that older dogs and dogs with compromised kidneys can easily process high quality proteins.  He states that high quality proteins in percentages as high as 54% can actually kill bacteria in the kidneys and create an acidic condition that is healthier for these organs. This would be helpful for urinary tract infections and other bacteria in the dogs system. (2)” 

    Bovee says the same
    “Similarly, Dr Bovee’s research in the mid 1970’s concluded that high protein levels were more advantageous to dogs with deteriorating kidneys. He reported that the kidney function was much better in dogs fed a diet of 54% protein than 27% protein, for up to two years in his studies. (This study is in complete opposition to the recommendations of the NRC (National Research Council) for low protein for dogs with renal disease.) The same studies concluded that high percentages of protein in the dogs’ diet also help to kill bacteria in the urinary tract. (3)”http://www.b-naturals.com/news…

    My pup has had kidney disease since birth and is on a raw, high protein diet (Primal, Bravo, Darwins etc).  She turned 6 on June 30th and is still in EXCELLENT health..

    They now know that reducing protein in kidney disease (except if there is more then just a little protein in the urine) actually causes more harm then good.

    Here’s a couple more studies on protein restriction causing more harm then good

    “Dietary Management for Clinical Disorders in Dogs from the Journal of Indian Veterinary Association, Kerala “Recent research on dietary protein and the kidney has shown that o dietary protein does not cause renal failure o dietary protein does not appear to be involved in the progression of chronic renal failure o inappropriate restriction of dietary protein may actually have an adverse effect on the normal or compromised kidney”

    Kidney Failure from the Iams nutrition symposium “’For years, physicians and veterinarians have treated renal failure by reducing protein levels in diets,’ said Gregory Reinhart PhD, an Iams researcher. ‘After working with leading universities, we have now found that restricting protein in a dog’s diet may do more harm than good by potentially putting the companion animal at risk of protein malnutrition.’”  http://www.dogaware.com/health/kidneyprotein.html

  • sandy

    Hi Razee,

    Have you thought about doing your homemade diet again?  If you’re worried about vitamins, your vet can recommend a good one.  There is also the Nature’s Logic whole food supplement.

    http://natureslogic.com/products/fortifier.html

    Here’s a recent post from an owner of a diabetic dog:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/ziwipeak-dog-food-dehydrated/

    It kind of annoys me to hear when someone says they were told their dog food caused a UTI.  Food does not cause a UTI.  Bacteria does. There are certain mechanisms whereby a UTI comes to be and I wish pet owners were told a little more info to enlighten them.  Urine pH plays a role. Normal bacterial colonization plays a role. If your dog does not have the proper urine pH, certain bacteria can grow. Yes food can affect pH.  Urinary tract health or having an unhealthy urinary tract plays a role in UTI’s.

    If I don’t give my senior female (10 yrs) vit C or d-mannose, her urinary tract health is affected.  This can lead to infection, urinary crystals and stones. Her mod-hi protein diet helps keep her urine acid. As I feed her raw and kibble (which is lower in protein) i have to supplement with the vit C. 

    You can keep tract of urine pH by using test strips at home or you can have a urine sample taken to the vet monthly to check for a UTI.  Another pug owner has to do this as her pug does not show symptoms of a UTI when she has one. Her pug has been UTI free for a year but this last test came out positive but the dog shows no symptoms. 

    My point is having a UTI doesn’t mean the food did it.  A dog can have a UTI at anytime whether it is caught early or late regardless of diet. 

    But anyways….if your homemade diet was successful, maybe you can start back at that again until her treatment for the UTI is done. Do you give any treats?  Are they carb treats or meat treats?  Does your dog drink enough fluid to keep the bladder flushed out.  I’ve been feeding my senior girl more canned food lately.

  • Razee

     It has been a while since we last had contact. It has been a rocky road for Beau. I put him on the Darford and his BS came down from the 300′s to the 200′s. Sometimes a little lower. I also mixed some chicken breast with it and he seemed to be doing better. He was getting 6U but I recently went to 61/2U. I still have not been to pleased with the readings. He recently came down with UTI (kidney infection) which the vet seemed to think he was getting too much protein.  He also was vomiting bile and she gave him something for the nausea. He would not eat at all and he had his insulin shot. Well he was put on an antibiotic and while he was in the hospital for a couple of hours he was given some fluids (IV) and she got him to eat finally. She gave him the Hills prescription can I/D. which I do not like but at least he ate. Since Thursday he has been on that and his readings have been 125 107. I could not believe it. I also thought of the antibiotic he  has been getting, and that probably helped with the low readings to. This evening I put him back on Darford and cut back on the amount and gave him some of the canned Canidae with vey low protein 6% which the vet thought was good. I also can give him string beans. Our vet said it is a little tricky because we have to watch carbs and also the protein amount to prevent further kidney problems. Hope all is well with you. If you have any suggestions on the food issue again, I would like to hear from you. You were very helpful and thank you. I  am learning and it is a long process. I have to get him on a good steady diet and my hope is to get him stable. I know he is 10 yrs. old but I want to keep him as healthy as I can, so he will be around for a long time. He is my precious little best friend.!!!! He has given our family such joy and happiness.

  • Charleydarford

    Hello and thank you for choosing Zero/G. So glad to hear your dogs love it! Right now we just have the two flavors and although there’s been some discussion around adding new flavors, there aren’t any in the works yet. Also, I’m not sure if you’re aware but we also make a Zero/G treat line that come in four flavors. Dogs really go crazy for these. Thanks for choosing Darford! 

  • ohnoesaz

    Charley, I’ve switched all four dogs to your food. They love it. There are two options in the Zero/G line. Are there any more flavors in the works?

  • Charleydarford
  • monkey

    do you have a company email address i can contact? i tried using the form 2 times on the site requesting a full nutritional analysis of the 2 formulas.

    Thanks

  • Charleydarford

    Thanks for the feedback on the Darford food, and so glad your dogs like it! Charley Darford

  • Allie

    My vet suggested high protein, high fiber and low carbs for his diet. So she was happy about fresh raw green beans and zuc. I had to quit feeding him brown rice and barley with his Darford food. His hives came back. At least now I know what gives him hives. So now he gets 3/4 cup Darford food (soaked in water), healthy 1/4 cup boiled chicken, raw green beans, raw zuc. and a 1/2 teaspoon of organic can pumpkin (not pie filling). He loves his veg’s and chicken. So I think he is getting plenty of protein and fiber. Lowered insulin to 7 units. So far BG”S are good. Will keep on checking it threw out the day. He’s on benadryl for his hives. Thank god Darford food is grain free and gluten free. So I don’t have to change his dog food, just people food. Trying to keep him happy, healthy and alive is a chore. He’s worth it and I love him.

  • Alexandra

    Allie,

    Glad to hear your dog is doing well! I had to do the same thing with my vet. I had to SHOW why grain free is a better choice. And then I said I was fedding raw mixed with the kibble and that was frowned upon.

    Her “medications” didnt help my dog. Changing his diet did.

  • Allie

    Thank you for the reassurance about Darford. I’d like to let you know Cosmo has adjusted to being blind very well (amazing). That dog has a nose like a blood hound. He knows the scent of everybody in the house and for that fact in the neighborhood. He takes me for walks and when its time to go home, he shows me the way home (amazing). We have the house blind proof for him (took the table out of the middle of the living room and pushed the furniture together). He sleeps with my son at night and I go in and get him in the morning. He stays in my sons bed and waits for me. I get up early in the morning to feed him and give him his insulin, walk and then sometimes a nap! lol!!! He really does have a good life. We are very devoted to Cosmo and love him very much. I do soak the Darford food in water and have started to give him some people food again. I can’t help it. He just did not seem happy. So I started to boil him chicken breast strips (all natural organic fed chicken). Now I feed him 1/2 cup Darford food (for all the good ingredients a dog needs), a healthy 1/4 cup boiled chicken, some green beans and zuc., 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin and a 1/4 cup brown rice (thinking about changing this to barley). He’s happier and his sugar is good. He gets that every 12 hours. He has stayed his 26 lbs. Vet says he’s a couple pounds over weight. lol!!! In march he had gotten diabetes and lost 3 and 1/2 lbs. He looked like he was dieing. You could see every bone in his body. I was freaking out. Cosmoe is a large Breed Min Pin and he does not look fat to me. He looks healthy. Don’t we all wish we were only a few pounds overweight.

  • ohnoesaz

    Allie, I got so sad when you said your dog is blind! :( But then I saw his picture and just wanted to hug him :)

    I really doubt Darford will sell out. They pride themselves on – and charge alot of $$$ for - their small, honest operation which includes using ingredients that are close enough to be considered local. That’s something special that you can’t outsource without losing the entire brand completely.

    $20 for a 5lb bag is ridiculous… But they know what they have is special and people like me pay the price happily.

    For anyone curious, I routinely mix a few foods together. I notice my dogs always eat the other food in the bowl before the Darford so maybe the Darford won’t work for picky eaters. They do scarf the Darford down as well, but after the other stuff. But, I’m a true believer that there is no such thing as a naturally picky dog and that all picky dogs have serious underlying issues that need to be identified and taken care of. After curing they won’t be picky anymore!

  • Allie

    Since my Cosmoe has been on Darford Turkey and Chicken His BG’s are great never above 200. His skin and fur are soft. I read the one guys post about his dogs BG’s being to high on this food. He may not be getting enough insulin. Cosmoe is a large breed min pin(looks like a medium sized doberman pincher). He weighs 26.3 lb.s. He’s fed 3/4 cup food at 8am and 8pm. I do put water in his food. Food then 7 1/2 units humulin N insulin and walk. 2 hours later test blood. BG’s around 120. In the morning before food, shot, and walk. BG’s around 180. Same time every night and every morning. He’s like a normal dog again. Healthy, happy, likes to play and thinks he the baddest dog in the neighborhood. He is blind now from his diabetes, but it does not stop him from walks, playing or car rides to buy his dog food. Loves to visit the vet. So far things are well for my best friend. I just hope with all the recalls on dog food Darford will not cheapen their ingredients or sell out to a company that will buy it and cheapin the dog food. God help our loved ones. ^_^ Best of luck with your furry friends. My furry friend did not eat any of that bad food. Thank God!!!!!

  • monkey

    Thats cool that your dog likes it! My store says it hasn’t been a big hit for picky eaters. You are correct by the way, both the formulas are 388 calories.

  • ohnoesaz

    My overweight chihuahua loves this food. I’m hoping the low GI will help him lose weight, maybe. Of course some plain pumpkin substitution and some calorie cutting is the next plan but right now I’m out to see if the low GI food, as opposed to his old potato-filled Blue Wildnerness food, will help him.

    By the way Darford does not list calories on its website which sort of stinks. For anyone curious, the sardine/whitefish zeroG bag says 388 calories per cup.

    (note: Eh, maybe 388 isnt exact in my memory but it is in the 380′s)

  • hounddogmom12

    No, unfortunately most vets don’t know much about nutrition. When I told my vet I feed my dogs raw she said I was going to kill them. What vets learn about nutrition is generally through textbooks/lectures sponsored by big name pet food companies like Hills and Purina. So it makes sense that they’re a little ignorant when it comes to nutrition. If you want good nutrition advice seek out a holistic vet.

  • Allie

    Hi, I started my dog on this food slowly mixing it with his other food and now he is on just Darford Turkey and chicken Zero/G for 8 days, his fur is soft again and no more skin issues. I got his BG’s between 100 and 200. Vet said that was good. My Vet wanted me to feed my dog that WD. I told her I would not feed him that, I was trying to keep him alive. So I did research and found Darford dog food, my vet never heard of it. All I got to say is my dog likes it, it is good for his diabetes. He is 10 years old and I hope to have him many more years. Blood work came back good from the Vet. My Cosmo has had diabetes for 3 and a half months now. Darford is sending me litature for my Vet to read. A Vet does not know anything about nutrition. Its not a required class in Vet school. Did you people know that? So I find myself educating my Vet about nutrition and diabetes. Anyways my dog is doing great on this food. I thank God for Darford making nutritious food. ^_^ Just remember same food, same time and insulin everyday. And lots of love!!!!

  • suzanakm

    Peas and lentils are legumes.  This is a grain free diet, but not legume free.  
    It has helped my dog with diabetes quite a bit.  It is designed for dogs with diabetes.   Raw is cost prohibitive and tough for a busy schedule, especially when dealing with large dogs.  (I have 11 year old labrador with diabetes and mast cell tumor – this food has helped both, and a golden puppy.)

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    They eat Brothers Red Meat mostly and then Fish formula and then White Meat and mixed together.  They basically Red Meat all the time and something else with it.  I don’t buy chicken kibble as much since I feed raw chicken.  This food is not as low a glycemic food though (I think) for your diabetic dog.  For the other one it’s fine. Or they could both eat raw!! They have also eaten in the past Nature’s Variety Instinct Duck & Turkey (which they now have a new Instinct Duck & Turkey Boost with Freeze Dried Raw), Great Life Grain Free, and Nutrisca Salmon and Amicus. My foster dogs sometimes get Natures Select Grain Free which is sweet potato based (and ethoxyquin free, I’ve asked). Currently the fosters get Brothers and Nature’s Select.

    http://naturalpetfooddelivery.com/

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-select-grain-free/

  • Razee

    Thanks!!! What is the kibble you like and use for your pets??

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Ok.  I looked up Nature’s Logic raw.  They all have a fat-to-protein ratio over 100% so I personally would not feed it unless I have a lower fat food to go with it.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    “Thank you again!!! You have been so helpful. I went to pet store yesterday and picked up a package of raw food Natures Logic, before I had a chance to review your latest input.I looked it up before and did not get a good rating. Now that you mentioned it I did see Primal Raw frozen foods there. I will check that out.”

    You’re welcome. Nature’s Logic received a lower rating due to it’s higher fat content. I would still feed it but with another lower fat formula as well.  Also you have to look at each recipe.  The protein/fat is different for each one.  Nature’s Logic might have a lower fat recipe. For example the Primal Beef is 42/42 but the turkey/sardine is 57/25.  For Primal I would use all except the beef, chicken and lamb unless rotating with a lower fat one.  I can calculate the Natures Logic for you, give me some time…I’ll get back to you.

    “I looked up Wysong and the ingredients were good except the potato protein and the high % of protein. Will the potato protein have an effect with the diabetes?”

    The protein portion does not have carbohydrate according to Wysong’s website. But I only use the Epigen Fish with pea protein. I don’t use it by itself.  I use it with my othe kibble (Brothers) 2 parts Brothers, 1 part Epigen.

    “Also my baby has some stones and had a UTI with the onset of diabetes.The stones are very small and will go away once diet is regulated as I understand it.”

    Depending on the type of stone (although I believe struvite is most common) a higher protein diet is acidifying which will help maintain urine pH so that crystals stay in solution and do not form crystals which can then form into stones.  Also UTI’s/bacteria change the urine pH which allows crystals to form.  Most of the time a UTI will cause the stones.
    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2114&aid=400

    “I do have some choices as you mentioned. The raw seems the best because I do not have to worry about any further nutrients or vitamins. Are you suggesting raw or dry or on the Wysong?”

    I serve raw, dry, and canned, but my dogs do not have diabetes.  Raw is best, then canned, and kibble if you must. Consistency is key for your diabetic one.

    “Also Sandy I have another question for you. My other bichon is a small 10 lbs. and 8 yrs. old. He has a sensitive stomach and itches often along with licking his feet. I have put him on the Darwell Zero/G also, but is this good for him being as it is a low glycemic food or do you have any other suggestions? He seems to really like it.You have been a lifesaver for your input and I thank you as I am very concerned about my two little ones. I will keep you posted”

    He can eat the Darford.  It is complete and balanced.  But I also don’t feed the same food long term nor would I (personally) feed a legume-based food long term.  Just like grains have potential health issues, I believe legumes have potential health issues.  And feeding one food long term has potential issues.  I stick with a tapioca or sweet potato based kibble but occasionally throw something different into their mix.
    http://www.totalhealthbreakthroughs.com/2009/07/lectins-a-little-known-trouble-maker/  Since my dogs eat such a variety, sticking to one kibble is not so much an issue.  As far as allergy symptoms, my dog quit chewing his feet after going to a grain free and potato free food.  The poor boy chewed his feet for several months while I tried just the grain free (with potato) and then it slowly went away for good after leaving potato out of the diet. But any dog can be allergic to any ingredient.

    You have to pretty much “pick your poison” for lack of a better phrase, when it comes to kibble as it is processed. I wouldn’t be a healthy human eating just a complete and balanced processed protein/cereal bar for the rest of my life.  I’m not a complete raw feeder.  I do half raw and half kibble/canned.  I also give fresh meat/eggs/fish.  Kibble is very convenient but it has its drawbacks.  I found one that I really like and if I should not be on this Earth, hubby has his instructions to feed only this kibble ecause raw and fresh additions would be too difficult for him.  I think he can handle raw chicken wings/thighs though.  And he does give them table food.
    http://www.thewholedog.org/artcookedfood.html

  • Razee

    Thank you again!!! You have been so helpful. I went to pet store yesterday and picked up a package of raw food Natures Logic, before I had a chance to review your latest input.I looked it up before and did not get a good rating. Now that you mentioned it I did see Primal Raw frozen foods there. I will check that out.I looked up Wysong and the ingredients were good except the potato protein and the high % of protein. Will the potato protein have an effect with the diabetes? Also my baby has some stones and had a UTI with the onset of diabetes.The stones are very small and will go away once diet is regulated as I understand it.  I do have some choices as you mentioned. The raw seems the best because I do not have to worry about any further nutrients or vitamins. Are you suggesting raw or dry or on the Wysong? Also Sandy I have another question for you. My other bichon is a small 10 lbs. and 8 yrs. old.  He has a sensitive stomach and  itches often along with licking  his feet. I have put him on the Darwell Zero/G also, but is this good for him being as it is a low glycemic food or do you have any other suggestions? He seems to really like it.You have been a lifesaver for your input and I thank you as I am very concerned about my two little ones. I will keep you posted. Thanks again!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Razee,

    Personally, I would not add anymore carbohydrates but meats/fish/egg instead as meat is carb-free.  You can add in 20% to the kibble you are feeding.  If you add over 20% it will unbalance the vitamins and minerals. The problem with kibble is that it needs carbohydrates to be formed into kibble shape.  Kind of like baking a cake.  You have to have the flour (carb) in it. Canned foods are also generally lower in carbs than kibble when you get a grain-free, meat-based canned food. Certain Merrick canned foods are also certified low glycemic.  It will have a symbol on the can.  But compare Merrick cans to Weruva Human Style cans and look at the protein/fat/carbs. There are also canned foods called 95% meat you can use as toppers to the kibble.  Wellness and Merrick Before Grain are 2 examples. There are other brands. But fresh meat from your frig/pantry would be more cost effective since you can buy family-sized packages of ground beef or chicken for a good price and eggs and sardines are fairly cheap.

    Regarding raw foods, they are very low in carbs. Take a look at the review for Primal Frozen Raw Formulas as an example.  The carbs are only 14.  Read the ingredients.  Notice the bones and organs in it. And they are also complete and balanced so no added vits/minerals on your part is needed.  Just thaw and serve. There are several frozen raw brands as well.

     http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/primal-dog-food-raw-frozen-formulas/

    The homecooked diet has less extras/fillers/binders but can be time consuming and you are most likely not giving all the needed vits/minerals and consistency might be an issue.  You are probably not feeding bones or organ meats as well, are you? You might also want to use a dog cookbook as a guide. It gives recipes for raw and cooked dog foods and gives a guide for the vits/minerals.  Or you can give a vit/mineral supplement. Dogs not only need muscle meat but also bones and organs/gizzards for a more complete diet.

     http://www.natureslogic.com/products/fortifier.html

    This is the only cookbook I am familiar with and have but there are others as well.  This ones gives raw and cooked recipes, recipe for a vit mix and gives lots of other info regarding supplements and essential fatty acids. I don’t homecook but the info was enlightening.

    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/real-food-for-healthy-dogs-and-cats-cookbook.aspx

    http://rawfed.com/

    A raw food diet does not have to be difficult.  You can go the commercial raw route or the BARF route.  Dogs don’t need bunches of fruits/veggies nor do they need carbs. 80% meat/organs/bone and 20% veg/fruit. As Bichons are not large dogs (my mom’s bichon comes over sometimes) a commercial raw diet might be feasable for you. I also wanted to mention Wysong Epigen as I use this product as well.  It is starch free and grain free.

     http://www.wysongepigen.net/

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ian+billinghurst&sprefix=ian+billin%2Caps%2C253

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_10?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ian+billinghurst&sprefix=ian+billin%2Caps%2C253#/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_9?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tom+lonsdale&sprefix=tom+lonsd%2Caps%2C175&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atom+lonsdale

    http://www.thewholedog.org/artcarnivores.html

    Maybe you can give your dog a raw chicken wing with each meal instead of the added lentils. Just keep in mind – don’t add more carbs.

  • Razee

     Thanks so much for your input. It has been very helpful to me. I got the Darford turkey and chicken. I have been giving this to him for about one week. His sugar levels are still high 300-500. He is getting 6U 2xday of insulin. We have been walking him for exercise. I wonder if I cut back on dry food and added some fiber such as chick peas or lentils in addition to fresh chicken. But will he have enough vitamins this way? Also the raw diet I am assuming will need extra nutrients which I think would be difficult in deciding what to give him. It is really strange because when I fed him homemade food with chicken string beans and brown rice his sugar levels were great, between 150-260. Please help again!!! Thanks

  • ohnoesaz

    I put a collie/aussie cattle dog mix on this food a few days ago. She loves it, I love the company, and I trust their claims. It’s impossible to see if a food is having any positive effects on a dog after just a few days, even less so if that dog was thriving on Blue Wildnerness already. With that being said, I have no doubt Darford food is very high quality.

    However, I believe Horizon’s Legacy, Amicus, and Pulsar lines are VERY similar to Darford. Horizon has a few edges on Darford: Maybe a few dollars less expensive, all Canadien sourced ingredients vs Darford’s USA ingredients, peas and/or lentils being slightly lower GI vs Darford’s buckwheat, different protein options vs Darford’s only choice of 30%.

    Anyways… Great food.

  • Razee

     Thanks for the helpful info. I have researched the above foods. I think Nutrisca sounds a little better than Darford. I noticed his sugar levels have been very high this weekend, Here I go again. Trial and error. The Nat. Bal. Vegan food has some kind of potato protein in it. My little one has really been drinking alot of water this weekend. I was so tempted to try the raw food diet but I could not bring myself to buy it. I am going to get the Nutrisca  tomorrow and see if it stabilizes his sugar levels. I know it will take a couple of weeks to see any results. Thanks again.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    A raw diet is best for diabetes as it is low carb. There’s raw frozen, freeze dried, and dehydrated. Kibbles cannot match the low carb of raw food.  But foods like Nutrisca (certified low glycemic) and similar foods such as Darford, and Amicus and Innova Prime will not cause such a high rise in blood sugar as say foods made from potatoes or rice or corn. Chose one with more protein as this will have less carbs.  Avoid treats unless they’re meat treats.  You can even add a raw chicken wing a day to the diet or some canned fish.  That would be very easy and convenient and lower the carb content of the diet even more. 

  • Razee

    My 10 year old bichon was diagnosed with diabetes.Our vet recommended some food and I gave it to him but did not care for the ingredients at all. His levels were up during the course of eating this food.I am trying to watch protein, fat & carb levels. I have tried the Natural Balance Vegan Formula. Noticed the last couple of days levels have been a little high. I have been told raw diet, but there is still some pros and cons about that also. Do not know what to do. Just purchased the zero/g chicken & turkey. Hopefully this works. any comments or advice would be helpful. Tahnks

  • HealthyDogs

    Welcome! :)  Thanks for the site….so helpful for everyone.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi HealthyDogs,

    Thanks for posting such a detailed comment. Very helpful to others.

  • HealthyDogs

    I just brought this into my store after considering it for more than a year.  I felt the price point was too high for most.  With their price reduction, it is more in line with Nature’s Variety, Acana, Nature’s Logic.  I took a sample bag of the fish formula home to test on my dogs (one does NOT like fish!).  We feed mostly raw, so kibble is more a snack/filler.  Both of our dogs LOVED the fish formula.  It is a nice Grain Free-Potato Free alternative.  Obviously a snack is not a good trial :) but with the ingredients, and the palatability I think it would be worth a try. 

    Lynn, the thing with diabetics is consistancy, consistancy.  If you do change food, and this looks to be a good alternative for a diabetic dog, watch the sugar readings carefully during the change.  You may be able to reduce the amount of insulin you give, but unlike cats, dogs generally go to lower insulin doses rather than not needing it at all.  I was able to take one of our dogs from 31 units to 19 units by diet change. You do need to watch for hypoglycemia while changing diet.  Good luck to you.  I love Vizslas…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynn-Contant-Fass/1470787023 Lynn Contant Fass

    I have a recently diagnosed diabetic intact female vizsla, 7 years old.  She is loosing weight as I email.  Darfords food has been recommended.  Any one with past experience please respond.  Thank you.  

  • Sabine Demetz

     Hi Charley,
    I have been trying to get the food at a pet supply store (listed on the Darfors web site under store locator) but they were not carrying it. Draford Tuekey and Chicken is the only food my older sick Dachshund tolerates and I can’t find it anywhere. I have a rescue and $$ is tight and I was hoping to be abe to get it at a store rather than going  the online order way which is more expensive.

  • monkey

    A store around the block from me just added this food. Wonder if i should add it to the rotation? 

  • erin c.

    Our 13 yr old loves the turkey and chicken. We soak it in filtered water for her to eat. It smells good to me, and it must taste good to our dog because she has been rejecting all other dry food lately. 

  • Charley
  • HealthyGal

    Give Lindsay at Darford a call.  She will let you know where to buy it.  toll free # 1-866-479-7999

  • HealthyGal

    Waterwings….Darford has put through a price decrease on the food.  You should start seeing lower pricing on their food within the coming weeks.  Most stores that carry it also have Instant Redeemable Coupons on the 5lb, 15lb, and 25lb food bags. 

  • Waterwings

    Maureenmcewan – my experience has been that not all locations carry the dog food, only Darford treats.  There are about 20 listed for my town, and so far I’ve found 1 that carries the food.

  • Maureenmcewan

    Hi, if you visit the Darford website (www.darford.com)there is a store locator – if you can’t find what you need there, please contact the office and we’ll find one for you! Thanks! The Darford Team 

  • erin c.

    Pet Club just got free sample bags of this dog food in yesterday.  Will be trying it today on our 13 yr. old.

  • Chrissy

    Sandy and Waterwings,
    I want to sure thank you for those lists! I never knew those even existed, or perhaps not in my local pet shop. I remember goin gin there and stating the issues, so we walked down the entire asile of food…some of the brands even mentioned here (not the specific formulas though) and not one was potato free, except the NVI. Now, this was sometime ago, so things are probably changing as we are learning more about food allergies, but I will take these lists and find some of these. I am very thankful for  them….my little guy is prob bored with the two mama has been bringing him.
    I appreciate your time and I thank you for everything!

  • sandy

    Brothers Complete Allergy
    Instinct
    Back to Basics
    Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Great Plains
    Canine Caviar
    Horizon Legacy/Amicus/Pulsar
    Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance
    Cali Natural GF Kangaroo and Salmon and Chicken meal formulas
    EVO Herring & Salmon/EVO Wt management
    Nutrisource GF
    Nutrisca
    Innova Prime
    Darford Zero G

    These don’t have white potato but use sweet potato/yam:

    Natures Select GF
    Brothers Complete
    Victor GF
    Honest Kitchen Zeal
    Canidae GF Pure Sky
    Great Life GF

  • Waterwings

    Oh, there’s also Innova Prime, which is a brand new line from Innova..it may not available in stores near you yet (it’s not in my city yet)..but it’s grain-free and potato-free too. 

  • Waterwings

    Chrissy – I’m currently feeding NutriSource Grain-Free, it’s also potato-free…my pup LOVES it! Horizon Legacy (or Amicus if you have a small breed) and Horizon Pulsar are also grain-free and potato-free.  Brothers would also fit your criteria, I think, but I haven’t tried it because I’m in Canada and it’s not available here.  

  • Chrissy

    I am wondering what other potato free or for a dog who could have yeast, what other grain free products are out there other than the Darford?

    I know Nature’s Variety Instinct (dry and raw), ZiwiPeak (but way too expensive) and I see that California Natural came out with a new grain free/potato free one…but I find this to be limiting, yet we are in great need of these types of foods??? Any help would be appreciated.

    Also, can dogs have allergies to fish oil capsules? We give this to our little 2 year old girl who has very severe orthopedic problems. We decided to begin this with our 9 year old. (who I suspect has a yeast problem, with the severity of skin issues we have encountered…so I am combating this with dies and probiotics/digestive enzymes, and stopping the vet stops for now. All they want to do is steroid, steroid, steroid). We decided to begin him on fish oil capsules and glyco-flex as well because he has moderate hip displaysia. His is nothing like our little girl’s…she is very severe. We thought we could aid him with supplements too, since he was aging, however, he is getting red ear flare ups. I am not sure, but seems to be right after supplement is given. I am not sure if one can have a sensitivity to this. I assume so, but thought I would ask.

    I am also concerned with the food questions I mentioned above. Finding no potatoes is difficult.
    Thank you so much!

  • Waterwings

    Update: found it! ..but maaaan it’s expensive!!! A large (25lbs) bag of the Sardine variety is $10-15 more than pretty much any other 5 star (DFA) product with a similar serving size. May try it just out of curiosity to see how my dog does on it, but with other high quality (grain and potato free) options out there at a lower price, I’m unlikely to keep it in the rotation. Tooo bad, it looks like a great product!

  • Waterwings

    I wish I could *find* this food! (I’m on the West Coast of Canada..which, ironically, is where Darford is located as well!)  I have emailed their customer service, but so far no response (it’s been a couple weeks), so I may just try phoning tomorrow. 

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I like the ingredients of this food – I may try it in my rotation next

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Marie,

    That’s not shallow at all. Packaging can be very important when dealing with any (human or pet) food.

    I’ve always wondered how many foods go bad before they’re even delivered – or prematurely once they’ve been opened.

    Unfortunately, I’ve not yet seen this product in person, so it’s nice to know its packaging is good.

  • Marie

    I know this is shallow of me but…I like their packaging, LOL

  • Chrissy

    I have to say this company is awesome! I wrote to them awhile back regarding our pugs and one of them having a skin issue. I wanted some samples and they forgot to send them to us. Well, to make up for the mistake they were extremely generous and we were able to try out their product to the point we were able to see a huge change in out little guys skin with in one week. It was and I should say is the only food that has helped him. We switched hime to something else (thinking there may have been something else going on and we lost our beloved Daisy during her second liver shunt surgery, so we were needing to save some money to pay for her bills). I will say that we tried him on Natural Balance Grain Free…all of our other pugs do really well on that, but our one little guy really only does well with two foods Darford and Natures Variety Instinct. That is it….those two foods have saved his coat. Actually, Darford helped it grow back in completely and he can tolerate both foods. If we try any others he is miserable. We absolutely love Darford and Natures Variety Instinct!

  • Rose

    I am in the process now switching my dog from wellness to Darford. My dog
    Loves Darford and i put salmon oil in it…he loves it.

  • moeknows

    Bridget- I think Eukanuba is expensive and the ingredients don’t justify the price. There are a lot of good brands at a fair price. NutriSource is amazing. Have you looked at that?

  • Brittany

    Not bad. Kind of reminds me of Wellness CORE but with no potatoes, so I would prefer this food. Its nice to see more foods with a lower glycemic index. :) If I was still feeding commercial food, I wouldn’t mind giving this to my pup.