Go! Fit and Free (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Go! Fit and Free Dog Food gets the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Go! Fit and Free product line includes three dry dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for growth (puppies).

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

  • Go! Fit and Free Adult Recipe
  • Go! Fit and Free Puppy Recipe
  • Go! Fit and Free Senior Recipe

Go! Fit and Free Adult Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Go! Fit and Free Grain Free Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 38% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 36%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey, de-boned trout, potatoes, peas, tapioca, lentil beans, chickpeas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural chicken flavour, whole dried egg, apples, duck meal, herring meal, salmon oil, alfalfa, de-boned duck, de-boned salmon, sweet potatoes, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, potassium chloride, pumpkin, carrots, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, broccoli, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, blackberries, squash, papayas, pomegranate, dried chicory root, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate , iron proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulphate, ferrous sulphate, calcium iodate, manganous oxide, selenium yeast), sodium chloride, taurine, Yucca schidigera extract, dried rosemary, green tea extract, peppermint, parsley, rosehips, zedoary, dandelion, chamomile, ginger, fennel, tumeric, juniper berries, licorice, marigold extract, cardamom, cloves

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis34%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis38%18%36%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%37%31%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient includes turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The third ingredient is salmon meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The next three ingredients include chicken, turkey and trout. Although they’re all considered quality additions, raw meat 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 items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The seventh ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The ninth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The next ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eleventh ingredient includes 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.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 six notable exceptions

First, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

Next, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

In addition, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Also noted is the inclusion of alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

This recipe also includes chicory root. Chicory is rich in 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.

Go! Fit and Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Go! Fit and Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

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 38%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Go! Fit and Free is a meat-based grain free dry dog food using a significant amount of various meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

11/21/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Michele Dixon

    Hi Karina

    Sounds like a food reaction for sure. Petcurean has a money back guarantee, or you can swap that bag out to the Turkey?

    :)

  • theBCnut

    Your poor baby! I’m glad you have a plan. It’s tough working with a dog with food sensitivities.

  • Karina Salas-Amparo

    I switched from go sensitivity and shine turkey recipe to this fit and free adult. Yowza, today is day 4 and she has a huge hot spot and seems her Demodex flared up again. She does not like the kibble and only ate when hungry then this. She did fine on potato free grain free turkey and orijen adult. It looks like a potato or samon/trout issue. Oh boy, bought the huge bag too. Poor chow chow is itching like crazy and losing clumps of hair.

  • Michele Dixon

    Hi Moosedad

    There have been no formulation changes to the Go! Fit + Free recipes, with the exception of the source of selenium. This happened over two years ago. It sounds alot like your dog has developed a sensitivity, as this can happen over time with dogs.
    Your best bet it to feed a novel single source protein, Limited Ingredient Diet such as salmon or Venison.
    Unfortunately with your breed, adverse food reactions are common, and currently there is no testing available to accurately measure what these triggers are in food.

  • Moose Dad

    thanks everyone. we are in process of switching him to holistic select. will report back with results. i do wonder why they changed the recipe and if they have received similar feedback as others here are citing. I wonder if this site will re-review the food? as for Moose, the vet has suggested that its common for allergies to develop that were not present before so it may or may not be the food alone. to be on the safe side, we are also gonna get his bloodwork done to see if he has developed allergies to anything else, even though its expensive and may lead to no new info. his little white face is so red and his little bulldog eyes just stare at me in sadness from all the itching, so i’ll explore everything to make him feel good!

  • Guest

    thanks everyone. we are in process of switching him to holistic select. will report back with results. it is strange that he was great on this food for several years but just in the past year have these issues crept up. the vet has suggested that its common for allergies to develop that were not present before. to be on the safe side, we are also gonna get his bloodwork done to see if he has developed allergies to anything else, even thought its expensive. his little white face is so red and his little bulldog eyes just stare at me in sadness from all the itching, so i’ll explore everything to make him feel good.

  • Spanielpaws

    I’m sure you’ve already switched by now, but like sue66b said a similar low carb kibble…we are back on acana which my dogs do well on. they have an LID line that would work well at getting your pup back on its feet after all these issues. It’s odd to find that you noticed the same thing in your dog that everyone I know has! But just makes me all that more skeptical of the company…I’ve tried to pass on the kibble I have left over twice now, and both people had the exact same problems with their dogs as well! There is no way it’s just an allergy. There’s something funky going on.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    It sounds as though your dog may have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients in the new recipe. If you haven’t already, I would think changing foods is in order. I would look for something with ingredients that are completely different from those in what you’re using now. You might consider a switch to a limited ingredient food – one animal protein (no secondary animal meals, fats or oils) and one binder.

  • sue66b

    Try a low carb kibble with no potatos..a fish base kibble something high in omega 3 & 6…Bulldogs like the Staffy are prone to skin problems especially if they have white fur…Have you tried Wellness Core or Simple yet…Wellpet also makes “Holistic Select” Anchovy,Sardines & Salmon meal is suppose to be excellent for skin problems, its not grainfree it has rice but no potatos, a few dogs at the dog park are on the Holistic Select & their skin is looking beautiful & itch free..I’m thinking of trying it next..

  • Moose Dad

    I have had a very similar experience with Go. My bulldog has been on it for 3 years. i think they changed the recipe a year back. ever since the symptoms you describe are exactly what he has! Rust Stains and now severe itching. During this year, we have tried everything to figure out what is going on with him – but the more i read, the more i feel it is definitely the food. What did you switch your pup to?

  • Spanielpaws

    I work at a small pet health store and my coworkers and I were given coupons for a free bag of any petcurean product. I decided on the fit + free since the others had such low protein and my 44lb lab/aussie does not do well on less than 28% protein. I was very impressed with the food at first, my picky cocker loved it (the lab mix will literally eat anything) and my coworkers who had chosen other GO! products were impressed with their picky dogs gobbling up the food.

    However, about a month in, my cocker started getting rust stains on his feet, his mouth, and horrible colored discharge from his eyes! Even my lab had colored discharge and rust stains on her mouth, though her feet looked fine. I talked to my coworkers and they had similar problems, with every single flavor. Even a dog who had been switched from science diet (fed at the shelter) to the chicken Go! developed horrible flaky itchy skin and started shedding a lot! Ridiculous. My dogs had never had any allergies before, and I rotate their diet frequently. And like I said, my coworkers had issues with just about every protein source this brand offered. So I doubt all of our dogs spontaneously developed protein allergies. So glad I didn’t actually pay for this food.

    Its a bummer, really, since the ingredient panel reads fantastic and it is a pretty decently priced food. I am glad for anyone who is on this food and is content with it, but in my experience it is just not something I am comfortable with. I did notice most of the reviews are from a few years ago so I’m suspecting that the quality has just declined significantly.

    I also have to say that the reps were really pretty aloof and abrasive. Despite all of this, their Now fresh line is fabulous, though expensive. My parents have their little dog on the small breed formula and have done great. I have no idea how their two lines of food can be so different in quality.

  • כנר פסנתרן

    We have the same problem. I had them on Orijen Large Breed. They got bored. I almost change evrry time I buy a big bag. Now they like the Orijen Six Fish, and I’m slowly introducing Go Fit and Free puppy. They seem to like more the Go Fit and Free, although it has given them a bad diarrhea. I did not transition slowly. I almost never do. With the Orijen, it was not a problem. What I do to enhance their appetite is I play Neapolitan songs and some Italian Arias sung by Pavarotti to help with their appetite. I tried everything, canned dog food as topping, mixed with the kibbles. Nothing worked. You may try hand feeding your puppy. It helps in introducing new kibbles. I don’t like the idea of putting wet food on top of dry food. It may work for some, but for me it’s either wet or dry. Tendency is they won’t touch the dry kibble and only eat the wet food, since it’s more appetizing.

    This maybe a suggestion that you’ve probably never heard before, but Pavarotti helped me a lot make my picky puppies eat.

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  • mike

    I like this company does not use any artificial sweeteners in their Fit & Free foods.

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  • Lynnette

    I had two boxers and it took me three years to find a food that my one girl could keep down (she a sensitive digestive tract & no immune system) then I discovered Go!!! And what a difference it made. I will use it again and again with any dog I ever get. Tried all kinds of sensitive tummy goods and none would stay down till I discovered Go!!!!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Just noticed that there’s a (new?) Go! Sensitivity and Shine Grain Free, Potato Free Turkey Recipe, that I don’t see reflected here or with the other “Sensitivity and Shine” varieties here: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/go-natural-dog-food-dry/ ..unless it’s somewhere else and I’ve missed it?

    Anyway, the Turkey Recipe is here: http://www.petcurean.com/for-dogs/go/sensitivity-and-shine-grain-free-potato-free-turkey

    I’m going to try Storm on it next! Love that there’s another grain-free, potato-free, and non-chicken (he’s allergic) option!! With protein GA around 30%, it’s at the low end of what I prefer to feed, but ah well. Close enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    This is a food I’ve always been curious about, but hardly ever heard anything about? Anyone ever use / try it. Other than the canola oil, it looks great.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    HI Mike,

    I’m planning to take a more in-depth look at senior dog foods in an upcoming article some time before Spring.

    The reason so many companies are going to peas, chickpeas and other legumes is that these foods are higher in protein without containing nearly as much fat as animal based ingredients.

    Lower fat and lower calories can be a reasonable objective when designing a “senior” diet.

    However, I’d rather see these companies use exceptionally lean meat for these diets rather than plant protein.

    I would be willing to bet the main reason is due to the significantly lower cost of peas and legumes compared to quality lean meat.

    Hope this makes sense.

  • Mike Tann

    Mike, 
    Any chance that you will do a focused review of GO Fit & Free Senior and Orijen Senior GF dry dog food?
    Why is it that the “premium” weight management/loss GF dry dog foods have started to use peas, pea fiber, chickpeas and beans of some sort either as a single ingredient or in combination in these foods?

  • Dave D

    My dog had itchy “hot spots”, two years back. At some point I tried Go “Endurance Formula”, and it solved the problem!! Since Petcurean switched the name to “Fit & Free”, my dog’s symptoms have returned. Has anyone else dealing with this problem?

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    Hi, Miyasmommy,
    To make the dry dog food more appetizing, some people mix in a bit of canned dogfood (I have seen Tripett mentioned, as well. )   Also soaking kibble in a bit of warm water releases some of the oils and it supposedly smells more appetizing.  Sorry not expert enough to tell you about the calcium, though.

  • Dfcgg

    My buddy feeds his shitz u kangaroo kibble he buys at the vet. Loves it. Hates everything else.

  • Lovemydogs

     Mine are not picky eaters.  I feed them Earthborn Grain Free – Great Plains.  One of my dogs has a chicken allergy and the Great Plains is made with Bison.  The nice thing about the Earthborn is you can buy a 2 lb. bag for 2.99 — a great trial size without wasting too much money.

  • monkey

    Mayasmommy – i have 1 picky eater as well and she will devour both Fromm and Brothers Complete even if shes not hungry.

  • Mayasmommy

    Hi All, i’m driving myself crazy trying to find food that my almost 6 month on Bichon/Shih Tzu mix will eat. She was on orijen and liked it until I opened by third bag and now she won’t touch it.  Since then I have tried, Blue Buffalo (doesn’t like it), Acana Small Breed puppy (also not to her liking) and now I bought her the GO Fit which she hasn’t made her mind up yet about.  Yes I have a very picky dog!!

    One question is that I notice that the GO Fit has high calcium 2.2% compared to all the other dog food I have tried.  Should I be worried about that? 

  • sandy

    Overall yes.

  • monkey

    ..and “natural chicken flavour”. Canola oil is pretty far down there, should still be a good rotation food, you think?

  • sandy

    They’re still using canola oil though…

  • monkey

    Their new Go! Fit + Free line is up on their website now.

    http://petcurean.com/for-dogs/go/

    First 6 ingredients are meat and looks like theyre using potatoes, tapioca, lentil beans, chickpeas to bind the kibble together.

  • monkey

    New on Petcurean’s Go! website:
    “Our GO! pet food lineup just got a protein boost. When our customers asked for a recipe with more meat protein, Petcurean answered with new GO! FIT + FREE grain free recipes for Puppy, Adult and Senior life stages. They’re packed with pure protein power!”

    This is exciting news..

  • Kim

    KAren: Go Now (Petcurean) has a small breed formula which we feed our Cavaliers. They do not eat any other brand other than Petcurean Go / Now products and are doing quite well.

  • Shawne

    Trying to find a dry dog food that might help my mother’s collie from biting her paws, which I believe is due to allergies.

  • Karen

    My 10 month old shi-tzu/ bichon cross has now snubbed her puppy food i had her on,so i bought this to try her on..I was wondering if this is ok for small breeds?

  • http://dogfoodadvisor.com Julie

    Well since I am mixing it 50/50 with the same brand wet food which is by this website “As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 47% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.” I feel I am doing right by my dog.

  • Jonathan

    Actually, that’s unfortunate. If you reduce protein and fat, you increase carbs. There is nothing responsible about it, that’s just caving in to uninformed consumers.

  • http://dogfoodadvisor.com Julie

    According to their website the protein and fat were reduced in this food to 34% protein and 16% fat in response to customers concern of a food that may be too high in these areas. Very responsible of them I think

  • Sarah Flowers

    We have fed our large breed hound-mastiff mix the Go! Natural Grain Free food since we adopted him as a puppy. I love the high quality, human grade ingredients. The food is pricey, but if you’re not going to eat crap, why feed your pet crap? After all, they really are a part of our family. The only negative I have to contribute is that, when we first started the food, it gave our dog some nasty gas. LOL. Our vet suggested we give him a few tablespoons of fat free plain greek yogurt everyday, and that straightened him right out. Overall, this is the best food I’ve ever come across.

  • Jeff lissor

    I have been feeding my pets Evo for a time and they seem to do pretty well. Is there a comparable or better food for less $$

  • Anna

    Yeah Mike Fitzgerald. What kind is he on now?? It’s good if you can make an easy switch, like: Science Diet Advanced Fitness is something like: 21.5% protein 13% fat, 3% fiber, 10% moisture. Add up the numbers 21.5 + 13 + 3 + 10 would = 47.5. Change it over to: Solid Gold Beef and Barley at 22% protein, 12% fat, 4% fiber, 10% moisture. Result?? Cheaper food, you feed a bit less, has good veggies in it AND 22 + 12 + 4 + 10 = 48. Yeah for one!!!!!!!!! Next, one can try this kind if possible (the fiber is too high for some): http://bluebuffalo.com/dog-food/lp-lamb. You just do stuff like that; now you’re even going about probiotics, lamb and other goodies and the price is good in comparison and you just stick with that ‘method.’ This is great if you’re the only one that feeds him and know what’s going on. I would just feed 1-3 pieces to begin with and use his old food. Next day: same amount. 3rd day, probably same thing. 4th day: add 1 more. 5th day: 1-2 less again. 6th day: 1 more. 7th day: same amount. 8th day: whatever he wants (you’ll be feeding him by hand and training him all day at the same time) but still, only about 3/8ths his amount he’ll get someday. Watch his personality as you sit down and feed him whereever’s most comfortable for you two. Not on carpet though, at least yet. It should train him to keep the carpet clean. Outside is fine too while playing frisbee or getting cooled off or something. And 14th day, he should be ready. If there’s a small early problem, feed less of his new food; probably do it by hand again, try pretty much what you did before, going at his own ‘pace.’

  • Anna

    Dogs do a full body stretch, often still standing, once they’ve had enough food. You can also kind of guess how much food to feed them by how much time passes afterward before they need to go out. Unless it’s nighttime and your older dog wants to nap for 50 minutes first or something. But really: if they stand by their food dish looking back and forth after they ate some and don’t have to go out for 2 hours, many times this is a sign something went wrong. Not always about food amount, sometimes it’s just a sign the dog senses the parents leaving and is curious if you’re going to take a nap or play with him or hug him a bit. But many times it is, and eventually the dog doesn’t feel well

  • Anna

    Any new diet Bella and this happens for a few days. How long has it been going on?? Go about the carbohydrate level. Add up all the protein percentages and all. Now subtract from 100. Is it quite different from the old one?? Was there more than 1 ingredient difference from the old food she’s never tried or been used to?? Is the calcium level too high? Open some windows to your home for fresh air if needed. Many times that makes a difference to the health and feel of a dog and obedience training. Anyways, diarrhea can come from stress at times or if you buy Some Greenie or Dingo treats, the green ones often cause problems. If none of that is the matter and she doesn’t have some problem with milk, I would look into a first aid medicine to give her but at only 1/2 the natural dose for her or try a different dog food or see if she still has the energy to go for a walk. If so, do it. If not, contact a vet.

  • Anna

    Gradually increasing protein levels is all I ever do Mike Sagman. Couldn’t ask for a better way to treat dogs and peoples diets.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Bella… Much of how often a dog defecates can be related to the fiber content of each product. Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it’s impossible for me to explain your dog’s response to a specific diet. You may wish to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • bella

    I recently switched my dog to Grain free food because of her allergies… but ive noticed that she has been going to the bathroom a lot… number 2 that is… before grain free food she would do it like 1-2 times a day… now since she is on grain free food for about a moth and a half now… she goes number two, 5-6 times a day..is this normal? but her stool is still solid? confused?!!

  • Cindy Smith

    Michelle, thank you so much for your quick response and for contacting Diamond. I really appreciate. I thought they stopped using the ethozyquin, but after the major problems I’ve had w/CA Natural after the P&G buy-out, I don’t know who to trust. I know TOTW is highly recommended by the Whole Dog Journal and I do trust them.

    Thanks again!

  • Michelle

    Cindy Smith, when I emailed Diamond this is the response I got. “We are now using naturally preserved fish meal in all of our products. Even prior to the transition to natural mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), there were absolutely no health risks involved with feeding any of these foods. The switch to mixed tocopherols to preserve our fish meal was a response to customer demand. Fortunately, we were able to secure a supply of naturally preserved fish meal and shelf life studies have proven that we are able to maintain the product’s freshness throughout the shelf life of the product.

    “Homeland security does outline preservation using ethoxyquin, however alternative methods of preservation are available by special request. Our supplier has obtained all the required permits in order to use the natural preservative instead of ethoxyquin.”

    Janet L. Rettenmaier, DVM, MS
    Director of Veterinary Services

  • Cindy Smith

    I’ve taken my 11-year-old Airedale, Cody, off of CA Natural chicken and rice after two bouts of diarrhea and vomiting last October. We did a food trial w/ Royal Canine Rabbit & Potato as he was itching a lot. He is doing well, but want to get him on a regular food. My dermatologist vet and I decided on TOTW Pacific Stream. Does anyone know if it contains Ethoxyquin? As of 2010 it did, but now the company said they no longer use it and replaced with something else. Anyone know if this is true? Thx.

  • Angela

    Mary, Try Taste of the Wild High Prarie. It is bison based and no carrots. Hope it helps. My dogs have skin allergies too and it seems to agree with them.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mitch… Though some might disagree, there’s really not much to say for breed-specific dog foods. It’s more important for you to find a quality “general” dog food that meets your needs rather than a breed-specific recipe made with cheap ingredients.

    Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized product recommendations for each reader. For more information, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Mitch

    Hi, I have a french bulldog 3 months old. He was being fed Iams and I’m gradually switching his food to Nutro Ultra being advised it was a “great” dog food. After doing more research it sounds like maybe not “great”. Any recommendations on a “great” dog food for my specific breed?

  • Rich Vacanti

    Brooke
    Go with chicken soup for the dog lovers soul
    This is a verry good food 4 stars and the price is verry affordable also the same for there canned food
    Hate to say this roal canine is junk it really is I have 4 gsd dogs hope I helped

  • Jonathan

    Ruth, here is the company that produces this food…

    http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=195

    they should be able to help you out.

  • Jonathan

    Ruth: this is a dog-food reviewing and discussion site. The Dog Food Advisor does not produce, sell, or even advertise for any brand of dog food.

  • Ruth Conaway

    I am interested in chicken rice dog food. Do you have this?

  • Melody

    @ Brooke, you don’t actually need to feed a food specifically for large breed puppies to a German Shepherd. Just keep the protien low while growing to add to problems for a puppy possibly predisposed to hip or elbow dysplasia (which you have no way of knowing until later in life).
    You can add Glucosamine & Chondroitin supplements. I give my German Shepherds Phyto-Flex by Nature’s Farmacy.
    Unfortunately my male has elbow dysplasia despite coming from great Czech bloodlines. If you feed a high protien diet to a large breed puppy and they end up with ED or HD the breeder may try to blame you. A responsible breeder won’t. I did research & thought I had found a decent one with good
    Bloodlines, til she tried to blame me for causing a GENETIC disease. A high protien diet can exacerbate the disease but the disease has to be there to begin with, it can’t cause a genetically bases problem!!!
    Good luck!!

  • Cindy Smith

    In answer to Mary Varcoe’s question. Natural Balance has a grain free Bison and Sweet Potato formula. Also no carrots in it.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mary… Unfortunately, since each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way, I cannot provide customized product recommendations. Please visit our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food” for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • mary varcoe

    I have a 12 yr old min schnauzer who has dealt with allergy skin problems since her she had her litter at age 3. We’ve tried hypoallergenic foods…medi-cal vegetarian…natural balance fish/sw potato… medi-cal hypoallengenic…medi-cal skin support…AND now she is on “Bison raw meat by Spring Meadows” and brown rice with NO ITCHING. She is also on a low dose of prednisone pills to alleviate the itching. I’ve tried raw chicken, salmon juice, oatmeal and beef and the itching increased. Is there any dry dog food that uses bison as a protein, grain free and carrot free since the frozen bison patties are $$$$ from Sask.(they come with no vegatables) Whatever it takes to keep away from the vet…since we’ve gone that route.

  • mary varcoe

    My 3 min schnauzers(8 yrs old) are on “Now” senior and I was wondering if “Go” kibble is larger? (They eat too quickly and then regurgitate the sm kibble) If they maintain normal weights, should an 8 yrs old dog be on senior or adult formula?(no health issues) If I were to change their food to “GO” is there still a 2-3 wks transition period with changing their diet? What is there to gain?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Julie… I’m a big fan of diet rotation and topping. Since both of these foods are rated for all life stages, they are probably appropriate for your 6 month old Aussie. As to mixing ratios, I don’t think it really matters.

  • Julie

    I just bought Go Natural Grain Free’s Dry and Canned food for my 6 month old Aussie.
    What is your opinion of mixing the canned and dry at each feeding?
    What porportions should I use?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sophie… Protein can be a controversial topic. So, the answer depends upon whom you ask. For a better look of my personal opinion, please visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Dog Food Protein”.

  • Sophie

    HI! I have a Yorkie Terrier who will be 6yrs old in May and weighs between 20-22lbs. I just started feeding him
    EVO Small Bite Dry Dog Food along with
    EVO Dog 95% Meat Chicken & Turkey Canned Dog Food. Am I giving him too much protein with this food? Should I alternate with something else?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Juliette… What is the point of gradually increasing protein? Please visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Dog Food Protein”.

  • Juliette Joyce

    My Aussie(6 months) is currently on the Artemis Fresh Mix Med/Large Breed formula that has 27% protein with some grains of barley and brown rice. At 1 yr I plan to switch to the Go! Natural Grain Free Endurance which is 34% protein and grainfree. At 2 yrs begin the Artemis Maximal Dog formula with 42% protein and grainless. What is your opinion of this approach of slowly increasing the protein content using these brands?

  • IC

    [Jane] re: Allergies – My dog was licking her paws and scratching. Since this started with an ear infection before Xmas, I immediately thought yeast imbalance. I cut out all high glycemic foods; carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, peas as well as brown rice. I switch her kibble to Go Naturals, Salmon and Oatmeal Formula. Remarkable difference. Just 1.5 weeks ago, I gave my dog some carrots. Next day, scratching again.. Just two days ago, I tried brown rice again and too, scratching started. I presume my dog has possible allergies to wheat.. Rice..
    Bottom line is that the Go Natural Salmon and Oatmeal (gluten free) formula is working like a charm.
    I half cook for my dog so is why the additional foods are listed above.
    [lovelace] Re: Small bite kibble for Chihuahua.
    I haven’t tried this No Naturals Endurance Formula for my 6.5 pound Yorkie (but am planning too) as I presently feed Go Naturals Salmon and Oatmeal Formula. I find that the kibble size is acceptable although finding that some, in the mix are hard so I tend to moisten the kibble with a bit of slightly warmed water before feeding.
    We brush my dogs teeth daily so am not too concerned about the wet food factor.
    I wanted to mention however, that prior to feeding the Go Naturals Salmon Formula, we used to feed the Now (grain free) Small Breed Formula. Tiny little kibbles. Great for a toy dog! Made by the same company, Petcurean that manufactures the Go Dog Food Line.
    http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=160
    Although DFA rates this food as a four, it may be worth possibly checking out for your Chihuahua.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    First of all, Ed, my website review philosophy is intentionally based upon government regulated labels only. We intentionally ignore everything else. Not because these things aren’t important but because most manufacturers claims cannot be readily verified by a reviewer. I’m not willing to take the word of one factory at the exclusion of hundreds more. To be fair to my readers as well as the companies themselves, I’d have to check each and every one of them… a massive and impractical undertaking not appropriate for one lone reviewer.

    However, I can assure you that you are not correct in your assumption that only two pet food factories possess top notch certifications for manufacturing human grade foods.

    Weruva alone uses a sparkling human grade factory in Thailand and maintains all of these certifications: GMP, HACCP, BRC, EFSIS, ISO, FDA, EU, USDA, SA8000

    At this point, information like you present here for your personal favorites are more of a curiosity to me (too) and nothing more.

  • TW

    ed
    I was browsing the Weruva site the other day and they do include a section (called Safety 1st) where they list their certification claims.

  • Antonio

    Ed, actually Purina & Science Diet do feeding trials, in fact Purina pretty much set the industry standard for feeding trials.

  • ed

    Do they have ISO Certification? Natura is the only other I know of. HK is more of curiosity than a pet food company. I know a few people that have used it and stopped because the dogs lost so much weight.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    You must be including Weruva and Honest Kitchen, too

  • ed

    I will stand by my statement, RC is the only company that does real scientific feeding trials on all formulas and is one of two company where the production of dog food is on par with human food.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Ed… Very few companies actually perform feeding trials.

  • http://dogoninn.com Kristin

    Diamond products are cheaper, yes, and also higher rated. A win, win in my book.
    But Ed is correct in that Innova puppy food costs more than RC GSD Puppy. I must have been looking at the Innova adult price, which is less than the puppy food. Innova Puppy was at PSP for $1.79 a pound whereas the RC GSD formula was $1.60 a pound. I was correct in my original statement though that Fromm Gold Large breed puppy is cheaper at $1.30 a pound.

  • ed

    Diamond, Chicken Soup and Premium Edge are cheaper than RC for a reason. RC is about $1lb, a lot less than Innova and Fromm.

    No company does actual feeding trials like RC.

  • http://dogoninn.com Kristin

    Brooke,
    You may want to check out this spreedsheet. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmNw5KB82-n_dGtyOEpVVXhPQ2tfeU1FUGdEdjVnTkE&hl=en
    Along with Kirklands (not shown on my spreadsheet yet), there are many other affordable (considerably cheaper than the 3 star rated Royal Canin) 4 and 5 star foods.
    As far as large breed puppy formulas, Diamond makes Chicken Soup, Diamond Naturals and Premium Edge.
    Natura’s Innova has a large breed puppy formula, as does Fromm Gold Nutritionals. Solid Gold’s large breed puppy formula is called WolfCub. All of the above mentioned formulas are cheaper than Royal Canin and higher rated.

  • ed

    Yes Royal Canin Large Breed Maxi for puppies or the GSD Formula. I would stop the Kirkland. I don’t have any faith in Diamond. The food elitists wont support me on RC but there is only one other company, Natura, with the same ISO Certification. Also, RC was the first to market large breed foods. They work plain and simple.

  • Brooke

    We have a new 14 wk old GSD puppy and I want to make sure she gets the best that we can afford with money being a little short. I saw that Kirkland dog food has a 4 star rating and is made by Diamond. My only concern was that they do not offer a large breed puppy food. I no that they add ingredients like glucosimine, l caritine ect. to support there large bone growth. Could you recommend either another food that offers a large breed puppy food or an aditive that I could give her along with the Kirkland dog ? Thank You

  • kevin

    i fed my puppy Taste of the wild sierra mountain formula and he poop more than 8 times daily,,,after switch to Orijen he poop less ( 2-3 times daily )…Do you know the reason? I am planning to switch him to this food ( Go natural grain-free )…..what is your suggestion?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Tyler… Hill’s claims its Prescription D/D product is for dogs with skin problems or food allergies. If you find these products unaffordable, you may wish to review or list of suggested hypoallergenic dog foods. Hope this helps.

  • Tyler

    i have a one year old Shiba-Inu that is currently on Hills perscription diet D/D. Is there another compareable food to this that is cheaper?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brad… Whether or not to go grain free is a personal choice you’ll need to make on behalf of your dog. The idea of going grain free should have nothing to do with your dog’s activity level but rather if you need allergy control or if you’re trying to more closely mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet. Hope this helps.

  • Brad Pankey

    I just adopted a one year old (or about one) Bull Terrier mix that weighs about 50 pounds. I plan on running with him quite a bit and I want to put him on the best food I can. Should I go Grain Free? Any specific suggestions would be great. Thanks for the help.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mike… As far as I know there is no specific nutrient recommendation for an 18 month old Shar Pei. Just the same, it’s no secret, we shamelessly favor dog foods rich in meat. That’s because meat has a superior biological value to a dog than plant-based protein. The main benefit of grain free is these foods tend to be higher in protein, somewhat easier to digest and hypoallergenic.

    My most important suggestion is to be sure to feed your dog appropriate for his age. If he’s still growing, continue to feed a product meeting AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth (puppies).

    You may also want to read my introduction to Best Puppy Foods for a better understanding of protein content of a dog’s diet. Hope this helps.

  • Mike Fitzgerald

    I have seen Protein % as low as 17 and high as 42%. What is the correct % of protein, fats, and carbs for an eighteen month old Shar Pei?
    What is the advantage of grain free? It seems that most grain free have a higher % of protein. Good or bad. It all goes back to my first question.

    Thanks

    Mike Fitzgerald
    [email protected]

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  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jane… Click the tab at the top of our website labeled “Tags”. Then, click the “Grain-Free” link. That will give you a list of grain free product lines. Look for a 4 or 5-star rated food you think you’d like. By the way, we’ll soon be publishing an article (mid-to-late Fall?) about grain free dog foods with a list of suggested products. So, stay tuned. Hope this helps.

  • jane

    high quality grain free dry dog food for 2 cavaliers with allergies?? thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Chris… This is a common (and controversial) issue. Although many still believe dogs need less protein as they age, more recent research suggests older dogs can have difficulty absorbing protein (especially the lower quality vegetable-based types).

    Today, many canine professionals are beginning to recommend maintaining (or even increasing) dietary protein as a dog ages. The article “Senior Dogs and Special Needs” by respected nutritionist Dr. Lew Olson presents the more modern view. Hope this helps.

  • Chris Natoli

    I have an 11 year old 140lb american bulldog who has slowed down in his older stages and has no become very active anymore. Ive been feeding him the go endurance formula for a few years now. Is it still safe to have him on a higher protein diet like this or should I switch him to a senior formula (wow senior) with lower protein intake?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi BJ… It would be unfair for me to pick a “best” food for your Chihuahua. There are many 3, 4 and 5-star dog foods that should be great for your dog. You’re right in asking about kibble size as this becomes important for small dogs like yours. Unfortunately, most manufacturers don’t provide that information.

  • BJ Lovelace

    I am looking for the best dry food for my 2 year old Chihuahua. What do you recommend & what size are the kibbles?