Infinia Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Infinia Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Infinia product line includes four dry dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and two for all life stages (Turkey and Chicken).

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

  • Infinia Bison and Potato
  • Infinia Turkey and Sweet Potato
  • Infinia Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars)
  • Infinia Zenfood Salmon and Sweet Potato (3.5 stars)

Infinia Turkey and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other recipes in the line for this review.

Infinia Turkey and Sweet Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 39%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, turkey meal (natural source of glucosamine & chondroitin), chicken meal (natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin), sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, egg product, canola oil, tomato pomace, natural flavor, salmon oil (a source of DHA), salt, methionine, choline chloride, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative and source of vitamin E), dried chicory root, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, Yucca schidigera extract, kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flakes, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), l-carnitine, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis32%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%18%39%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%37%33%

The first two ingredients in this dog food are turkey and chicken. Although they’re 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 items would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The third ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The fourth ingredient includes chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fifth ingredient includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The sixth item 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 seventh ingredient includes 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 judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while some condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.1

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.

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.

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 have much of an effect on the overall rating of this product.

With four notable exceptions

First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, chicory root 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 dog food 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.

Infinia Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Infinia Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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 36%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 39%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Infinia Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a notable amount of assorted 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.

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Notes and Updates

08/30/2010 Original review
06/02/2012 Review updated
12/21/2013 Review updated
12/21/2013 Last Update

  1. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  • Terrier

    After questioning our local supplier, I was impressed how much she knew about dog food. She recommended that we try the Infinia Salmon. We really like the Zen food (Salmon). We’ve tried a lot of different foods, shampoos, oils and additives, and our dogs were still itchy. I was skeptical about trying the salmon, but after two weeks, all itching has stopped. We switched them directly over, and their stools are firm and normal. They really like it, and we’re hoping to keep them on it.

  • marquita

    i have a now 10 month old cocker spaniel puppy..initially i had her on TOTW, but my vet’s office sells infinia, and after reading about it on here, i decided to try it out…after gradually switching Lexi over to infinia, i noticed that her stool was always light colored(almost the color that diarrhea is) and was EXTREMELY mushy , never really solid…and she was gassy ALL the time…i kept hoping things would change, and thought maybe she just needed to get used to it, but after two months, i decided to give her system(and my nose) a break….i now feed her fresh pet vital grain free mixed with TOTW, and WHAT a difference….the gas stopped immediately, her stool now looks and feels normal, her coat looks great, and she loves it…

  • Sc B. McKinney

    How right you are!

  • Brian Hayes

    Our Toy Fox loves this food. VERY expensive though. I wrote the company expressing our much our dog loved it. Didn’t complain about the price. However, they sent us 2 $10 off coupons! Gotta love that!

  • theBCnut

    When a food meets the AAFCO profile for Growth, the company can choose to label it for All Life Stages.

    However, please keep in mind that large and giant breed puppies have specific requirements.

  • Danielle

    Considering this is “all life stages”, is it sufficient to feed to puppies as well? I have never fed an all life stages food before.

  • April’sMama

    This is their company name…. Hope this helps you.

  • April’sMama

    Yes, they are a subsidiary of Land ‘O Lakes. Infinia is made by PMI Nutrition, LLC. NOT the old Ralston Purina with the red & white checkerboard. To confuse the 2 is a very bad thing. Honestly, to put it very bluntly, a matter of life or death. If you are still in doubt, next time you are in Wal Mart, use your phone to take a pic of the ingredients on the back of a bag of Purina (w/ the checkerboard) food or treats & come home & research those cute little words they know people dk. ie; BHA, BHT (also used in jet fuel & rubber, creates TUM), ace sulfate potassium ‘aka’ Ace (K) known for thyroid issues, Diacetyl (associated w/ Alzheimer’s, it’s in microwave popcorn), natural flavors…. I could go on & on.
    I enclosed a few pics. that may help one to see there is no checkerboard or anything bad…..& NO 4 or 5 D’s!!! If a company has to cook their food @ massive temp. it is in attempt to hide something! Think about this…. If you take your pet to the vet to be put to “sleep”, do you want other animals to eat your best friend after your vet puts them in the freezer, has someone pick them up @ the back door & throw them in a pile w/ other past pets, rejected livestock from the human meat industry that wasn’t sufficient for your dinner plate or your child’s, along with the dead animals laying on the side of the road or in it, & the animals PETA kills bc they are too old to adopt or have “issues”, also added into the long line of animals that come from kill shelters or the “gas chambers” bc the shelter makes $ from the bodies…wouldn’t they want to “fry” the diseases & drugs in the animals, in hopes that they don’t kill “your” pet??? Sorry if I sound harsh, but if you do some research, you will see for yourself. (I think of the checkerboard as a memorial for animals when it comes to cat or dog food…. White is life, red, the death of another. Not the same as using human grade meats for their real intention, not the back end of the recycling system.)

  • April’sMama

    Glad to hear that Canidae was no longer available for you to make you switch…..no offense. Canindae is made by Diamond & also has had recalls in the past. I have 3 dogs who love this for although it is quite pricey, but the quality make it worth it. We had to switch to the Bison & Potato from Turkey & Sweet Potato due to the fact that our one dog became “stinky”. She still gets gas from it too, but not as bad or as stinky.

  • Linda

    My dog loves Infinia too, but I have to agree with you about the volume of WASTE…..it’s HUGE! You wonder how it can happen….never had this with any other dog food!

  • Rhe

    Did it make your Boston Terrier exceptionally gassy and stinky at first?

  • leanne

    I was given a sample of Infinia in a feed store and to my surprise my dog ate it without any toppings, so I returned to buy a large bag. My dog still likes it, but this dog food produces VOLUMINOUS WASTE. I’ve had my dog on Evo by Innova for years and the waste volume is at the other end of the continuum, minimal. When I compare prices of dog food, I take into consideration the serving size. A dog needs more Infinia than Evo and most of the Infinia goes right through the dog. Infinia does appear to be very tasty.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That is exactly the case.

  • Betsy Greer

    Marketing is my guess. I wonder if it’s because Infinia is manufactured by Purina Mills, who also manufactures horse feeds, etc. They probably found their niche market in feed stores for those looking to also buy for companion animals (not that a horse isn’t a companion).

  • shyski

    I too can only find this food at the local Feed Store. Natural Pet Food centers in the area don’t carry it.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I found a feed store about 20-30 mins. from my house that ordered in Infinia Salmon for me. I started with a 15lb. bag. I plan to rotate TOTW Pacific Stream with the Infinia, but it’s hard to do when they are doing so well on the TOTW. If they do well on the Infinia, I’ll order a bigger bag next time. It would be nice to have 2 different brands to use.

  • Kelly

    I forgot to mention, it needs to be a Purina Mills Dealer, not a Purina pet food dealer. Go to Purinamills.com. The Purina labeled pet food you find in the grocery store is an entirely different company, one in which Purina Mills has not been associate with since the 1970’s.

  • Kelly

    Any Purina Feed dealer can order it for you as part of their regular weekly stocking order. It is no longer manufactured at a Diamond plant. They were at one time contracting Diamond to manufacture this product, but do it in house now.

  • FortheSake Ofanimals

    According to the response #31
    http://www.retrievertraining.net/forums/showthread.php?51422-Oh-the-gas!/page4 the product IS manufactured by Diamond but according to company rep I spoke to over a year ago not in the same plant I believe in SC where they had the recall years ago. This is always going to be a concern for caring pet parents including myself but I will add I have been feeding this food now going on more then two years with no serious issues.

    However, I would like to see the company add the kcal/cup to the bag ingredients to eliminate any guess work for those of us counting calories.

    I’m surprised no where is it mentioned that they have a frequent buyer program even though many other company’s have done away with their programs. After the 8th bag purchase you’re 9th bag is free bringing down the overall cost per pound. This is important due to number the of animals I feed. Having said all this I will always revisit the issue of quality no matter the brand until I no longer have pets.

    If price is someones only concern in choosing a pet food consider this in the long term calculation of cost.

    “Would you rather put your money in your pets tummy or your vets wallet?” ~ Tracey

  • Pattyvaughn

    Slightly better, but not leaps and bounds.

  • Betsy Greer

    Yep, PMI, right? But still basically all Purina mentality, right?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Purina Mills, not Nestle Purina.

  • Betsy Greer

    Too bad I just saw this…

    Why did you want to discourage your dog from eating meat and to switch from fresh to dry, processed kibble? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a kibble person, too; but, dogs need fresh even more so than kibble. Your dog knew what was best for him.

    And, if he’s not inclined to eat Milk Bones either, all the better for him!

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Desiree,

    i bought a bag at a feed & garden store near me. It was nothing special and the dogs weren’t crazy about it at all. When it all comes down to it, the worst part is that it’s a Purina product.

  • Storm’s Mom
  • Desiree

    i saw this was in the 5 star category but i cant seem to find this food anywhere. it doesnt come up when i look at websites to order dog food or at retailers. is it a really a good dog food? why is it not available anywhere?

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  • Pamala

    I have been using Infinia for about 5 years now. I love it! My beagle/corgi was constantly getting ear infections, once I shifted him to Infinia Bison and Potato no problems. He loves it and so did my other dogs. I suggest it to everyone.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m glad you said that.

  • InkedMarie

    Wait, what? Are you serious? You think a dog food must have alot of meat in it because your dog eats it with enthusiasm? Ok, sure.

  • losul

    My main concern was who manufacture’s it. (American Nutrition) Finally knowing that for certain, I was prepared to try some, but even though the PMI nutrition website shows many feed dealers in my area that carry it, I wasn’t able to find any that carry Infinia, only their lower quality Red Flannel and Exclusive lines, and I don’t want to order it, so it’s pretty much immaterial for me now.

    For a kibbled food, I think it probably is a quality food,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    I had not thought about that before. Thanks, Dr. Mike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    Betsey,

    See my post above. All I can say is that it must have a lot of meat in it because, thus far, it is the only dog food our Charlie will eat with enthusiasm besides canned dog food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    Dr. Mike says the canola oil thing is urban legend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    Kudo’s to mike for a wonderful site and wonderful information!!!,

    Guest,

    Amen to that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    We have a friend who spent a fortune at her Vet for bad skin allergies for her dog for over 6 years. She is a young woman and could ill afford the expense. She switched Vet’s and the new Vet diagnosed low thyroid and put her dog on thyroid pills. The dog is now 100% healthy with no allergy symptoms whatsoever. In fact, her dog’s “allergies” disappeared very quickly after starting thyroid medication.

    Just throwing this out there as it is good to be aware that sometimes, it is not the illness that is the problem, it is the diagnosis. 90% of proper treatment is getting a proper diagnosis. Getting a second opinion can be as good in veterinarian medicine as it is in people medicine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000915673283 Macrena Sailor

    We have a poodle-shitzsu or maltese, or something we got from a high kill shelter last August. He is a fantastic dog, except for his palate desires. He only wants meat. I have slowly gotten him to eat dry dog food with beef or chicken broth on it. The last one we were trying was Wellness. He still is not enthusiastic. Even getting him to eat normal dog treats, like milk bones, is a problem, but improving.

    My husband just brought home a bag of Infinia. He called me out to see Charlie. He is as eager for this food as he was canned food or fresh liver. We are amazed. Our Pit Bull loves it as well, but he likes everything, even Charlie who takes our Pit’s chews right out of his mouth.

    If you have a picky eater or one who wants to be a meat eater only, I highly recommend this food. We don’t even need to put broth on it.

    We are truly astonished. I didn’t think this moment was possible.

  • Debby

    I have been using Infinia for about a year now. They were previously on Canidae but it was not available on a regular basis anymore so ee had to switch. I’ve been feeding it to my puppy & 2 young adult pups & they’ve been doing exceptionally well on it. They are always being complimented on their healthy coats & appearance. I’ve been very satisfied with it. We buy the Turkey & Sweet Potato & they love it!

  • losul

    yes, that’s now confirmed..

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Infinia is manufactured by American Nutrition.

  • losul

    I agree, I can’t see ANY reason why Purina (the pet food food giant and an entirely different company from PMI) would make Infinia.

    The question is, does PMI manufacture it themselves, if not, who does?

  • losul

    Is it coming from Richmond, IN?

  • losul

    Nope, Purina Mills, Inc is owned by Land O Lakes

  • Bindogg

    …..and Purina is Owned by Land O’ lakes…..

  • Bindogg

    I distribute Infinia out of Modesto, Ca. for Purina Mills Inc. Turlock, Ca…….Purina does NOT Make infinia….We Receive it from Out of State….Muncie Pet Food or Something I forget.

  • losul

    lol, thanks Patti. Then it was worth it, if for no else but you.

  • Pattyvaughn

    OH Losul!! How could you?!? You put thought into your post and responded with logic and you used words, lots and lots of them!
    BTW, FWIW I agree with your assessment 100% and I appreciated your attempt to ferret out the information.

  • losul

    PMI is not a division of Nestle Purina. They are 2 completely different companies.

  • losul

    So sorry I put you through the laborious task of reading my posts. So now we are even, I had to suffer through reading all your gibberish.

    Truth of the matter is, unlike you, many here are very interested in the background of the company putting their name on the label, and whether that company manufactures the food or contracts it out to another, Very little to nothing was known about PMI, other than the parent company is Land O Lakes.

    Because I found that PMI’s specialty has always been feed for laboratory test animals, and agricultural animals, not companion animals, it’s reasonable to expect they might outsource the manufacture,.as so many have speculated. Without this info, alot of folks including me, wouldn’t feed this food, even though it looks like high quality on paper.

    If you have ever tried to call them, they don’t answer the phone, it’s a recorded message requesting to leave a detailed message and they will get back to you. Well twice I tried this, once leaving a message stating the actual reason I called, the next just stating I had some questions about their dog foods, neither call was ever returned. I tried EMing them from their very own site and all I got was an EM to my own EM box just as if I had sent it to myself. It was not an acknowledgement of any sort, it was just as if I had sent it to myself originating from me not them. Didn’t receive any reply later either. Very strange. If anyone has experienced different, speak up.

    But I’ve never seen any confirmation of who actually manufactures this food. Even if I were to see confirmation, and it was themselves or a manufacturer of whom i approved, I would probably not use this food now, because of the diffculties I had in contacting them.

    Sorry in advance if you find it necessary to toil over reading this post. Someone else might just find it useful in the slightest.

  • Guest

    Sure hope you went with your final thought about not using commercial pet foods anymore. We do not have to listen all that nonsense of trying to be a super sleuth in the dog food world. Who cares!!!!!! You just took up all that space telling info that at the end, you cannot even confirm..what a waste of air. This is a good site and take all the info with a grain of salt, just like each review says at the bottom and feed what works for your dog. That is what is the most important thing, what works for your dog. Why switch around and try all these kinds if your dog is doing ok on what he is eating. gee whiz…think about the dog. I have pure breed athletes that are retired which were very expensive as puppies.I feed Infinia and if someone who has very expensive, pure breeds with sensitive stomachs that come off the track where they ate raw meat and veg’s, vitamins and Victor kibble can make a transformation right to this food and have no problems, who the hell cares about all the gibberish posted above. I take extreme pride in my dogs, their looks, being in shape, teeth and overall health. Many people on this post have mentioned very good foods. Some have mentioned, and I agree very poor foods ( in my opinion) that my dogs cannot eat. They maybe perfect for someone elses dog. I would never discourage anyone from using one of the lower rated foods if they worked for their dog. I have to add, all my racers come home with me, I do not put any up for adoption. I hope everyone has great luck with what they are using and in many instances, it is not the foods fault. Some dogs just have health issues and people need to realize that. There are many breed specific health issues that no food willl correct. Kudo’s to mike for a wonderful site and wonderful information!!!

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

    Couldn’t resist… I picked up a bag of Infinia today. The feed store is about a block away from where I go for acupuncture. I had time to browse after my treatment since I’m off work for the holiday. I’ll let you know how the Infinia works out for my guinea pigs! ; )

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

    I thought American Nutrition made canned foods. I’m wondering about the manufacturer of Infinia’s kibbles products.

  • Sweet2punkin

    I have used this pet food for some time now and it is excellent it is not manufactured by Diamond.  It is manufactured by American Nutrition in Pennsylvania.  They have nothing to do with Diamond.  It is an excellent food!

  • losul

    After I read more of this thread and doing some more research, I can see now a good reason why Betsy first thought I might have been facetious. After I finish this post, I’m going to try to edit the second word, last paragraph from “slimly” to “very”. 

    I have to agree with Melissa on this one, if Infinia’s food is coming out of that Meta plant, then Diamond must be manufacturing it, not PMI. Also, I don’t see any reason for PMI to have their OWN separate plant there, and I can find no evidence of it. BTW Meta is a small burg, population 230, about 20 miles south of Jefferson City. For some reason I had thought it was in the rugged hills on the border w/Arkansas, in the vicinity of Bull Shoals and Norfolk Lakes.

    Purina, Purina Mills, Purina Research, Purina Farms,  etc. seems to have always been shrouded in mystery and secrecy, even to those of us living in the area. Solid information is still hard to comeby. Some tidbits I did come up with;

    Purina Mills, apparently at one time had a business that raised and sold laboratory rats, and they might even still be in the business of raising and selling laboratory animals. I think at least a part of their business now is still supplying feed for various laboratory animals. They evidently were also involved in/maybe still are, a slew of (some very strange?) other businesses. Here is a pic dated from 2007 of the, or one of the, factory(s) where they apparently produced/or are still producing, Purina LabDiets in Indiana;

    http://www.waynet.org/waynet/spotlight/2008/080324-purina.htm

    I believe Purina Mills may still have large research farms in and around Gray Summit, MO, about 40 miles west of St Louis, including a 1200 acre cattle research farm, a horse research farm, maybe more. I think they also still operate a “family” attraction site in Gray Summit;

    http://www.purinafarms.com/

    Although this next write-up is dated, (apparently written before Purina Mills failed to reorganize and restructure effectively and before Land O lakes bought them in 2001 in liquidation [as far as I can tell, that is how Land O Lakes aquired them]) I found it extremely interesting and revealing. I highly recommend reading it, I’m certain most will find it as eye-opening, even as jaw-dropping as I did.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/purina-mills-inc

    So then I try to find connections to other manufacturers, trying to figure out whether PM/PMI outsources their dog and cat food production. I found some vague, unreliable associations with Mar’s Petcare Everson, PA and Franklin TN recalls from like 2007 and 2008 and PM/PMI nutrition, and also some really vague, unreliable associations with Diamond and PM/PMI nutrition. Couldn’t find any solid connections. Searched the FDA website for clues in recalls. Apparently the FDA doesn’t hold longer dated recalls in their database available to the public which were some of the ones I was looking for, unless I did something wrong. I did find some more recent recalls listed for Land O Lakes, Purina, Purina Mills and PMI nutrition, but I think they mostly had to with possible vitamin imbalances with fish chows, LabDiets, exotic animal feeds, horse and poultry feeds;

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm311992.htm

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm311983.htm

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm313507.htm

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2008/ucm112544.htm

    http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/enforcement/enforce_rpt-Product-Tabs.cfm?action=select&recall_number=V-099-2013&w=11142012&lang=eng

    possible metal fragments in horse and poultry feed

    http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ArchiveRecalls/2010/ucm208975.htm

    Anyway the FDA site is too hard for me to navigate, as are most government websites.

    So next I found this, about what pet food company manufactures what and for whom. This list apparently hasn’t been updated since May 13, 2007. It seems to make a connection with Mars Petcare, PMI Nutrition, and Red Flannel. Other strange things is that Menu foods appears to have made so much for so many others. American Nutrition seems to have made Diamond wet foods, some companies seem to have made a product for another, while in return the latter made some for the former, etc. Some of these companies seem so intertwined, it’s very hard to tell who makes what. I can see why the following  site is no longer updating the list, it’s probably near impossible to keep up with. Now perusing the rest of the site, it appears the entire site may also be mostly inactive, effectively, but much more recently.

    {on second thought, I feel I should get Dr Sagman’s permission first to post this link}

    When I started out, I really wanted to try to like Infinia, but now makes me almost want to forget about using any commercial prepped food at all. I guess I’ll still try to contact them anyway and see if they’ll tell me anything about who produces their pet products. 

    Sorry for the long post.

  • losul

    wow, I guess I should have read down the thread more. i could have have saved some of my research and thought time, as others came to pretty much the same conclusion already.

  • losul

    Betsy, I have fed Kirkland signature food in the very recent past, but after the all the recent problems reported, even knowing that many of them were likely bogus, or blaming the food when it was something else, I just couldn’t deny the fact that at least a fraction of these current reported problems could very well be very real. Especially the last very detailed and emotional one that I read. It’s hust simply not worth the risk.

    And I have NO doubt the seriousness about Diamond’s past problems at all.

  • losul

    No I wasn’t being facetious, but I understand.

    I’m not particularly pleased about the canola oil usage, but have no idea about any other GMO ingredients.

    There’s another thing or two I don’t exactly like, but I can’t seem to find a dog food manufacturer to make it to my specs :)

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

    OK, so just to be clear, are you being facetious when you say that about farming out production to Diamond or is there something in your research that I misunderstood that points to this possibly being manufactured by Diamond?

    Edit: Just re-read your post and now I see why you’re saying that about farming out production. Sorry, missed that the first time.

    Also, I think something Toxed once posted something that indicated that Land O Lakes uses GMO products. Do you think Infinia might contain Any GMO ingredients [other than canola oil]?

  • losul

    It does look like this “could”  be a very good food.  

    Company information is nonexistant  on the Infinia website. Under the “about us” tab, all they talk about is the product, not themselves at all. However at the very bottom it has references to PMI nutrition.http://www.infiniapetfood.com/aboutus/default.aspxeven on the PMI nutrition website they give no information about themselves, however it shows 3 lines of food, Infinia appears to be the high-end. 

    http://www.pminutrition.com/main.html

    They are a privately owned company, a spinoff division (U.S. animal feed (not pet feed) business) of the old Ralston Purina Co-St. Louis, MO, the spinoff now a subsidiary of Land O Lakes, Inc., St. Louis, MO. The animal feed businesses (but not pet feed businesses) continue to use the Purina and Chow brands which Purina Mills and Cargill license for use in the U.S. and internationally, respectively. 

    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=29927482

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralston-Purina

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purina

    It’s really confusing, but PMI nutritition /Purina Mills doesn’t have the rights to use the “Purina or Chow” brand names on pet (dog and cat) food, but only the rights to use “Purina and/or Chow” brand names on other animal feeds in the U.S.  So  it appears the only dog and cat foods sold by PMI/ Purina Mills, are Infinia, Exclusive, and Red Flannel brand lines. The rest of what Purina Mills sells ( in the U.S. only, Cargill has the international rights) is licensed to use the Purina brand name- Purina horse feed, goat chow, bird feed, rabbit chow, cattle feed, poultry feed, exotic animal feed, dairy, fish, wildlife, etc. Both Purina Mills and PMI Nutrition are now subsidiarys of Land O Lakes. Any dog or cat food with the Purina and/or chow brand names are owned by Nestle Purina, while PMI nutrition other branded dog and cat food lines, and Purina Mills other animal feeds sold in the U.S. with the Purina and/or chow brand lines are owned by Land O Lakes. At least that’s my take on it.

    http://www.purinamills.com/

    It’s slimly possible they (PMI Nutrition) could contract their dog and cat food production out, don’t know for sure, need to call and investigate. They are based in St. Louis, MO. and available at retailers, mostly feed stores, or farm and ranch all around the area. As I live close to one of the largest feed stores handling Infinia, I will most likely try this one, that is, if they don’t contract production out to Diamond, and it’s not outrageously priced.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    The breeder that gave Laverne (pic at left) to me uses Infinia for his dogs.  He lives in Hilliard, OH, a suburb of Columbus.  I can’t get Infinia in Cincinnati, though. I tried to order it online but couldn’t find anyone that was selling it online.

  • My3Dogs

    I feed it to my 3 dogs and they are thriving on it. I have a Boston Terrier, a Chihuahua and a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix. My mother feeds it to her 3 dogs, a Goldendoodle, Mastiff and Miniature Schnauzer and they all love it and are thriving on it also. 

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

    I had never heard of Infinia until I spotted it recently at a feed / garden store where I live. It looks like a good food. Has anyone ever used it that has any input about it?

  • pigpen

    I just learned that Infinia has changed its manufacturing vendor to American Nutrition in PA.  Do you know anything about the manufacturer?

  • guest

    I went to our feed store yesterday to purchase more of the Bison and Potato recipe only to find out they had none.  I was told that Infinia is experiencing a bison shortage and will not have any supply to sell until some time in December.  Also found out from the store that Infinia is moving to another manufacturing plant…hoping that means they will not be manufacturing in the same plant as Diamond foods.  I emailed the company and am waiting on a reply.

  • melissa

     Just did a quick google. From what I could find, Infinia is owned by PMI nutrition, but appears to be manufactured by Diamond(at least some of the products).

  • melissa

     Diamond, to my understanding, OWNS its own plants, including their plant in Meta Mo. So either its a different plant altogether,  or Diamond is making the food.

  • Jcrunkle

     Diamond does not manufacture Infinia but shares the same manufacturing plant. PMI manufactures Infinia.

  • melissa

    Jcrunkle-

    That is up to you as to how concerned you should be. I personally do not use Diamond manufactured products. Glad you mentioned Infinia is made by them, as I will add that to my “not in this house!” list : )

  • Jcrunkle

     I recently changed over to the Infinia brand dog food.  Our dog seems to be doing well on it.  However, I contacted the company to see if they share their manufacturing plant with other dog food manufacturers and they do.  Their plant is located in Meta, MO, which is also where TOTW dog food (Diamond Food manufacturer) is located.  How concerned should I be about future cross contamination of food since Diamond Foods seems to have a problem with recalls?

  • Bullhead555

    Allergies can be very hard to determine what may be causing them.  The Salmon formula is a great place to start.

  • Bullhead555

    Not anymore.

  • Bullhead555

    Go to this website, they have a dealer locator.
    http://www.infiniapetfood.com 

  • Terryannj

    Does anyone know where the grain free variety is produced? I’ve checked their website & called the 800#.  I’m just curious as I am considering switching my extremely sensitive to food Boxer to this brand.
    Thank you.

  • Meowbox

    Yes, I had very itchy scratchy dogs before moving them to Zen Food Salmon and Sweet Potato – they don’t scratch anymore and their coats have improved; as well as their weight!

  • ImaPistol

    Infinia is my current dry kibble since switching from TOTW and it is a good food not at all affiliated with Diamond.  It is not to be confused with Purina pet feeds now owned by nestle.  It is manufactured by the original Purina Mills Company which is owned by land o lakes.  There is a slight difference in the company names being PMI (purina mills LLC) which still manufactures a majority of our livestock feed under license of the Nestle Purina Pet Care.  However not affiliated in no way, the name is just licensed.  The original company was Ralston Purina.  Everything changed for Purina when Nestle bought them out, hence changing the 2 company names under licensed contract.  I fed Purina Hi Pro years ago.  Back then it was a good feed. The Diamond recall in the SC plant made me start researching feeds for a new grain free kibble not affiliated or manufactured with Diamond, which is why I selected the Infinia.  I am in hicktown USA so my choices are limited.  Closest actual pet feed retailer is Tractor Supply Company, but still not convenient for me.  My local elevator is a licensed PMI feed dealer so I have them special order the Infinia for me.  I would recommend Infinia to others.  I have had good luck with it…except of course my picky picky dog who is 100% raw fed.  She has never done well on any type of commercial kibble.  I was seeking an alternative grain free for my other dogs that are not 100% raw fed because I dislike the inconvenience of the special order.  I want a kibble I can pick up on the shelves at my leisure. 

  • hounddogmom12

    Infinia is manufactured by PMI (Purina Mills – not to be confused with Nestle Purina). PMI/Purina Mills is owned by Land ‘O Lakes.

  • Guest

    I would also like to know the answer to this question. However, I would like to comment that a local Purina dog food & farm feed store who sells Infinia also only sells Purina (PMI) dry dog foods.  I would guess the Infinia comes from the same sales rep. and possibly is also (sadly) made/co-packaged in the Diamond Pet Foods plant.

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  • Kaliberknl

    Does anyone know if Infinia is a Purina product made in a Diamond plant?  TIA.

  • ash

    My two goldens have bad allergies. Not sure if it is just food related or food and grass/pollen. Is this a good brand do you think to feed them to help with allergies? They are to be on grain free.

  • Bob K

    melissa – Sorry to confuse you – I meant that both Canidae and Taste of the wild are two brands that have very different food formulas within their own Brand especially from a meat perspective.  Same with Purina ProPlan Select and Purina Dog chow.  Same brand name but very different ingredients.  Canidae has a grain free formula, single grain formula and many others that will most dogs to have a transition process.

  • melissa

     Bob K-

    Canidae and Taste of the Wild are NOT the same brand-two different companies, manufactored by the same place. I can agree that some dogs do/will require transitioning between some brands, especially with a huge difference in quality etc, however, rotating between formulas seems to have less of a problem. Ie-My dogs can eat any Acana grain free formula w/out transitioning,  or any of the varities/formulas that are similar except protein source. However, if I fed them Acana today and Old Roy tomorrow, there would be a huge problem(not to mention a trip to have my head checked) : )

  • melissa

    Mike P-

    I am with you(and Sandy) on this.

    Bud-

    Today my dogs ate Acana Grain free Pacifica with Blue Buffalo fish mixed together. When that runs out, they will get Acana grainfree Grassland(lamb) mixed with perhaps Blue Buffalo Chicken. I mix two together, and can mix ANY two of either brand together and not have issues. As long as I am mixing one of each brand, I consider that a rotation of “variety”/protein source not brand. Perhaps 3 times a year, I switch out the actual brands. Sometimes a change/addition of a brand requires a bit of transition(perhaps 2-3 days) and then  I can rotate through the varieties of the “new food”.Since I just rotated in the Blue, I will feed that for 3-4 mths. Acana will be rotated out next month, probably with Before Grain.

  • Bud

    Thanks, I’m in the process of switching to grain free, going to go with Infinia and give it a go. I want to mix between beef, turkey, salmon, chicken, all Infinia all grain free.

  • Mike P

    Like I said Bob K in my post to Bud.Every dog is different.Speaking only for my dog she can go brand to brand grain free with no probs.I believe Sandy said her dogs are the same way in a earlier post.So yes I can expect my dog to go from one formula to another without transition because we have done it many times.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    For my mix/rotation there is no transition.  There is always one flavor that they are currently eating I just add the second.  For example, I may have 1 full bag of red meat and 1/4 bag of fish in the big bin (in their original bags).  I have a 1.5 gallon container I mix them together in separately since I have small dogs. I scoop out whatever ratio of red meat to fish that I want to use.  When the fish bag runs out I just open another bag and keep on going like I was before.  I actually started doing the mixture because I couldn’t decide what food to feed.  There seemed to be so many good ones. I liked Instinct, Core, Blue Buffalo, Merrick and some others.  So my dogs actually had tried alot of foods so they can eat just about anything. Right now we do mostly Brothers kibble and commercial Raw foods.  They can eat any form of food (dry, can, raw, freeze dried) without a problem. I worked them up to that by trying out all those different foods in the beginning. They also get sardines, eggs, and some fruit. They could even eat one flavor kibble for one meal and a different kibble for another meal, doesn’t phase them.  They really enjoy eating!  They’re like – Hmmm?  What’s Mommy gonna feed us today??  I actually just pulled out some raw patties for them for tomorrow. No kibble tomorrow, just raw.

  • Bob K

    Mike P – I do not agree – Many brands have very different ingredients between formulas and transition will most likely be needed – Example Canidae, Taste of the Wild.  Some are grain free, Single grain, seafood, Buffalo etc……..  Do not expect your dog can switch from one formula to the next without transition time just because they a “Brand”

  • Mike P

    Hey Bud if you stay within the same brand you should not have to transition.My dog goes from bag to bag different brands grain free with mini transition.I do 50/50 for a couple days and then she goes with 100% new food.Every dog is different.I think there is a longer trans period if you go with a grain to a grain free or visa versa.

  • Bud

    To add to my question is a month to month rotation to often, seems like half the month they’d be in transition from one food to the next lol (assuming that is necessary each time).

    Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Bud

    On your rotations do you still do the 7-10 day mix to change from one to the other every time?
     One bag will last me a month for my lab and boykin.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Mixing foods or giving variety is good, but if you mix two and never change them it’s just like feeding the same food (although buffalo and turkey) over and over and ends up actually not being a variety over time. I mix 2 together but when one runs out, I start a bag of something different. Right now it’s red meat and fish mixed together.  When the fish runs out (which is soon) I will start a bag of white meat to go with the red meat and keep changing the flavor as one runs out.  This gives my dogs variety and rotation so they don’t build up any intolerances to one food.

    My fosters have a mixture of grain and grain-free because I want to boost their protein but not totally take them off grain food so they can go either way when they get adopted.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Mike P,

    Great explanation. I’m with you on this. Feeding the exact same food every day, 7days a week, 365 days a year requires that diet to be 100% perfect.

    Rotation is a way of diversifying the risks associated with continuously feeding the same imperfect man-made diet on a permanent basis.

    Hope this makes sense.

  • Mike P

    Hey Bud I believe Doc Mike believes more in rotating one formula to another rather than mixing formula’s.There is no perfect food so doing it that way will not let certain toxins build up and assures your dog eats a balanced diet.Mike S please correct me if this is wrong.I rotate from bag to bag.

  • Bud

    What are the opinions of mixing the foods together, for example mixing the buffalo with the turkey, and feeding it continuously?

  • Ryan

    Love the site, have spent weeks researching foods and even gave my mother a lesson on the importance of feeding healthy to her three toy dogs. I went to a local feed store with numerous brands of food and luckily stumbled upon Infinia. I have a 9 week old mastiff who weighs 28lbs. I’ve in day three of transitioning from the breeders food (Purina pro large breed puppy) to mine, Infinia turkey & sweet potato. Here’s my dilemma, has anyone heard of knuckling over in large breeds? My mastiff, Cyrus, has a slight case of this. I’ve read it has to do with nutrition, puppy food causing bones to grow faster then ligaments/muscles. That, and he’s allergic to something in the Purina food and has gnawed his hiney till it bled. Do I quick transitions to new food to reverse the knuckling over problem and stop the allergic reaction? Or do I continue the transition and reverse the knuckling over slowly and let him continue to itch. Im on day 3 of 1/3 cup Infinia and 2/3 cup of Purina

  • Allister Washington

    where did you purchase the infinia i cant sewem to find where i can buy anywhere

  • Dagusca

    my dog will be 14 in February and hes been on pmi exlusive… I can not stress enough how important good dog food is… The vet cannot believe my dog has no cloudy eyes his teeth are perfect he asked me when I had them cleaned I said never… hes been on infinia now for about 6 months.. hes doing wonderful… hes was a stray… and hes half greyhound… he use to itch all the time… not at all anymore… he also gets an apple a day cut up and carrots.. and a omega fish oil pill….  I would not feed anything else… its not expensive when you figure they eat less of it… 

  • guest

    My dog has similar skin issues and has done wonderfully on infinia.

  • Anonymous

    Wish I could get it!  I checked into ordering it online and that didn’t pan out.

  • Anonymous

    My latest Cavalier, Laverne pictured in my avatar, was fed Infinia before I adopted her.  Her breeders use it for their show dogs, however, I can’t get it where I live so she is eating Nature’s Variety right now.

  • Lowe_shawna

    I buy it from a local feed store not a pet store.  I used to shop at a chain store (Natures Pet) and they were buy 11 bags get the 12th free.  After figuring out that you’re pretty much paying for that “free” bag I searched around and found it a whole lot cheaper.  However, the feed store just upped the price on Infinia from $43.99 to about $46.00, however, the Chicken and Brown Rice formula is still available at the $43.99 price.  

  • Robyn

    Infinia and Exclusive are sold by the same Purina reps that sell horse grain, so try finding it at farm/ranch/feed stores. I have fed my Rottie a mix of Orijen regional red and Infinia bison/potato for 2 years and he is a fit, shiny, muscular, fabulous looking dog. My vet cannot believe how fit he is, he looks like a body builder with rippling muscle and shiny coat. I love Orijen and the way the company does business, however the Orijen is sometimes hard to find, as well as expensive and also my dog gains too much weight if I feed him full Orijen. My dog cannot have chicken, and most “non-chicken” formulas contain chicken anyway (TOTW has chicken in their bison formula). Since I had problems getting Orijen Regional REd twice (and I live in Denver which has every dog food known to man), I figured mixing would be a good backup plan in case I couldn’t get one or the other since my dog is very sensitive to switching foods. I have to have my feed store special order the Infinia and we do have a buy 10 get one free situation as well. I have been very happy with it, outside of the “mass manufacturing” situation which causes me some concern (where one factory makes different qualities/brands of food). I am a dog food disciple, I strongly feel feeding a better food leads to a healthier dog. My parents switched their GSD with major allergy and mental problems (ha) to Infinia and she stopped itching and also stopped a lot of the nervous behavior she has had for 10 years.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Ryan — Although not everyone would agree, I prefer as much quality meat protein in a dog food as possible. However, you’ll probably want to avoid foods that contain too much fat. Hope this helps.

  • Ryan

    hello i been feeding my 16 month german shepherd large breed wellness dog around 65 dollars with tax included for 30 lb but now with my wife not working looking for something more in my price range i went to feed store looking to buy totw but was given some examples of Infina decided to read up seen a lot of good things my question is there a certain range of protein in a dog food i should try to stay in with a large breed dog food ?

  • Gordon

    This food looks OK, just that it is a little high on the carb side. Although pretty average for kibble. Wow, that’s a change….usually pets stores give you the 10th bag for free after 9 bag purchases.

  • Shawna G

    I am not sure where everyone is getting that Infina is expensive? It is only $43.99 here compared to TOTW (Taste of the Wild) which is $45.99. I’v fed TOTW (Bison) for about 2-3 years to my Siberians and their coats started to look dull. I had a feeling that I should get away from the Bison and tried the Infinia Chicken and Brown Rice. Not only is it cheaper but I buy it at my local feed store that has a program, you buy 8 bags you get the 9th free. I show my Siberians so it is important that their coats look their best…this food helped out tremendously!! I will be sticking with this food for sure.

    As a side note: My dogs have NO issues with diarrhea at all what so ever.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sally… Infinia is made by PMI Nutrition. As I understand it, PMI Nutrition was initially spun off from Purina before Purina was sold to Nestle. So, although its commercial roots are associated with Purina, the manufacturer is now a completely different company. Hope this helps.

  • Sally

    I tried to get our local pet food coop to purchase this product for us. They told me Infinia was made by the exclusive pet food company that is owned by Purina and tried to talk me out of using this pet food. Is there some confusion here between two different but slightly similar pet food names? I’m confused!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sharon… The answer to your question can be found on my FAQ page. Look for the topic, “How to Feed a Dog”.

  • Sharon

    My 11-month old female Australian Shepherd has eaten Infinia Turkey & Sweet Potato formula her entire life and appears to be thriving on it. Question : At what age should I switch from the recommended puppy feeding quantities to the adult quantity?

  • M Staab

    I transitioned my rescue and personal dogs over to Infinia Zenfood which has a bit lower protein as they are somewhat older and are less active, particularly in the summer in the Georgia heat. I took 4-5 weeks to transition them as it can be hard on their digestion to transition quickly to a meatier diet. 25-75, 50-50, 75-25, then 100%. For a couple of the older dogs, it took a bit longer. When you have loose stools, get PLAIN pumpkin pie filling and give them a teaspoon to tablespoon; depending on their weight. Will firm the stools right up and settle finicky dog’s stomachs.

    They seem to like Infinia and their coats are absolutely gorgeous – shiny and think…they are also itching and shedding less as well.

    I feed them about 1/4 to 1/2 cup less of this food as I found them leaving a bit in their bowls and eating slower. Yes, it is expensive; but the difference is amazing in their healthier weights and condition of their skin and coats. My Pomeranian has clear ears for the first time in years without medication!!!!!

    I was going to try TOTW because it less expensive by far, but just felt Infinia had more going for it…we’ll see over time.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Cindy… You’ll need to contact Infinia Customer Service for that information. Wish I could be more help.

  • Cindy Ashby

    Where can I clip some coupons so we can continue feeding your brand? We love your dog food but it is rather expensive…

  • K Dailey

    For those of you looking for Infiinia dealers…go to this website and type in your zip code under dealer locator…pminutrition.com

  • Meagan

    I didn’t think it was good to change their food either but I actully have changed it quite allot for thinking I shouldn’t. Glad to find out that it is not bad to do. My boyfriend said I change my dogs food more than anyone he knows. LOL

  • Candy

    Thanks Mike, that’s good to know. Always thought it was not really good to change their food.

  • Gail

    Just wanted to say I also really appreciate this website. I don’t know where the person is that is looking for this dog food, but I saw it at a feed store called Red Barn in Loxahatchee, FL, on Okeechobee Road.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Candy… Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s really not so bad to try different foods over time. This is simply another form of what’s known as diet rotation.

  • Candy

    I have 9 dogs, A GSD, Pekingese, Chihuahua, and Yorkies. I am just now transitioning to Infinia. I hope I have finally found a food that will work for all of them. The GSD is on Royal Canin due to his stools being soft. This has been the only food that keeps the stool even somewhat formed. The Peke, Chi, and some of the Yorkies have weepy eyes and itch sometimes so badly that they bloody themselves scratching. I have tried “holistic” foods such as Earth Born and Life’s Abundance. Liked the Life’s Abundance and the dogs seemed to do better with the itching, but had to mail order it and it got pretty expensive. More recently I tried Ivet and Rachael Ray. They hate the Ivet and Rachael makes them poop alot more. My Yorkies loved the Royal Canin, but became fat on it plus were still itchy. Long story…I’ve tried so many foods that I’ve forgotten most of them and am sooo tired of looking! Hope this is it.

  • Sherry Walter

    I have a 11-1/2 yr wirehaired pointing griffon and a 1-1/2 yr old schnoodle. I have been feeding Exclusive chicken and rice but would like something a little better. I want to feed them both the same food simply for the convenience. The griffon has some warty type skin issues (I think this is common to the breed). I am concerned with dog food based on chicken as I don’t think much of the ‘factory’ raised birds. I don’t want to eat birds loaded with antibiotics and other meds, I certainly don’t want to feed it to my dogs. The griffon is on a small amount of prednisone daily to deal with a sinus issue. Without it he has a great deal of swelling, can’t breath through his nose and loses his sense of smell (not good in a hunting dog – lol). I do like the buy 6 get one free with exclusive and the price is ok.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi AnneMarie… That is an excellent question. And you have every right to ask it. Unlike the word “organic” (a term closely regulated and monitored by the US government), the word “holistic” can be vague (and even misleading) when it comes to manufactured dog foods.

    For example, here’s the definition of the word “holistic health” taken directly from Wikipedia. (I’ve taken the liberty to remove the words applying to humans and replaced them with the term “dog” as appropriate)…

    “Holistic health is a concept that all potential contributing factors which may affect a (dog’s) well-being, are taken into consideration when assessing a (dog’s) overall health.”

    What does the word “holistic” have to do with a factory-assembled, food-like pellet known as kibble? How can any kibble be “holistic”?

    Although we do recognize the distinct possibility of there being “holistic” ways to feed a dog, we find it impossible to identify any manufacturing standards governing the use of the word “holistic” in the commercial pet food industry.

  • AnnMarie

    According to the manufacturer’s website this food is listed as being “holistic”, what exactly does that mean, does it make it “organic” or is holistic just a marketing word? If this food is organic- the fact that is has tomato pomice as a controversial ingredient would be mute, it should not have pesticides. Could you clarify holistic vs organic? Thanks

  • Sam

    Infinia is a great food! My bloodhound is doing so much better, the bison formula is outstanding on its protein fat ratio. http://www.pmi.com is the website it also has a store locator for thoes of you who didnt know where to purchase it.

  • jennifer

    So far so good!! My Doberman is responding well to the chicken and brown rice formula!! This is month 2 and the dry itchy skin and gnawing has subsided! Hooray for Infinia Zenfood!

  • Jon

    My 4 month old Italian Greyhound stopped eating her Wellness puppy food after having a bout of vomiting and diarrhea last week. Started her on Inifinia Chicken and Brown Rice formula and she can’t get enough of this food.

  • jennifer

    I have literally tried almost every dry dog food brand out there for my Doberman.. he keeps getting dry, flaky, itchy skin and gnaws till he has a bald patch near his rump sometimes.. i figured he may be allergic to the grains so i tried TOTW, Canadiae, Wellness, Evo, innova, you name it i tried.. Today i saw a sale on the Infinia Zenfood turkey formula.. i’m keeping my fingers crossed so i’ll see how it works!!!! He loved it so far tonight so i’ll keep everyone posted on how his skin responds!!

  • julie

    thanks Mike! usually we do transition slower but were running low on iams. She has had no bad reaction too the quicker switch. we are still transitioning her to the infinia . yes we usually do transition slower though but she seems to be doing great.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Julie… Most experts recommend transitioning between two dog foods by starting with about 20-25% new food and gradually increasing it to a full 100% over a 7 to 10 day period. So, be sure not to rush the process. Take your time to minimize any chance of GI upset. Hope this helps.

  • julie

    I am in the process off switching our 5 month old basset hound to the infinia turkey and sweet potato food. she has battled with itchy skin, diarrhea, and occasional bouts of vomiting since we got her. she is currently on iams puppy food, as recommended by her vet and she seems to be doing well I do not like feeding iams. I found this at a local feed store ($32 for a15 lb bag and $52 for a30 lb bag) so we are going to see if she will adjust to this food.

    so far after transitioning her food for 2 days she seems to be handling it ok, feeding her half iams and half infinia her poop is still formed. so hopefully it will continue.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Wayne… High protein is a concern for many and can be the subject of controversy. Protein issues seem to focus upon whether or not high protein causes hip dysplasia in larger breed puppies.

    Although there are many who still believe high protein can be a health problem for puppies, more recent studies have suggested the rapid growth which causes skeletal disorders in large breed dogs is now more specifically linked to the practice of overfeeding. In other words, feeding too many calories (rather than too much protein) is now believed to be the leading cause of hip dysplasia. You can read more (including references and footnotes) about this timely topic in my recently updated article, “Best Puppy Foods“.

    By the way, since Great Danes are considered giant breeds, they can continue to grow until 24 months (or even longer). So, be sure to avoid switching to adult foods or overfeeding until growth has ceased.

    Hope this helps.

  • wayne

    I wanted to switch my Great Dane to the Infinia bison and potato but was told by several Great Danes owners and a breeder that the protien was much too high for the Great Danes and could cause bone problems. Is this true…….from what I read, a Dane’s protein intake should be no more than 27%.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Trish… It’s interesting to read your note written from a seller’s perspective. Thanks for sharing this comment.

  • Trish

    Hi Mike,

    Just wanted to say that I think it’s great what you’re doing with this site. I always enjoy reading reviews on dog food. I am educated and knowledgeable enough about dog food to be able to determine what is a good food and what is not, just by reading the label, but I still like to read what other people have to say about it.

    I work at a store that carries Exclusive, Natura, Diamond, Bil Jac, Taste of the Wild, and Chicken Soup for the Soul pet foods. I used to feed Taste of the Wild, but my dogs became pretty bored with it, even after rotating between the three formulas. Although TOTW has come out with a new formula that is getting retting to launch at my store this week, it is a lamb based, single source protein food. I think it will be a nice alternative to a fish based food for those with allergy dogs that can’t have beef or chicken, but do okay on lamb.

    I’m shocked at the number of people that still buy Bil-Jac (bleh!). I’m glad that Diamond seems to be making better formulas (like their Diamond Naturals line), but I would still never feed it. My dogs did GREAT on the Innova EVO Herring & Salmon formula, but once Natura sold out to P&G I discontinued feeding them their food. My dogs have been eating Acana Pacifica for the past few months and do EXCELLENT on it, but when I’m paying $70 for a hair under 30 lbs. of dog food, I just have to make the change to another food. I brought some samples home of the Exclusive Lamb & Rice, and while my picky eaters liked it, I feel uneasy about feeding them a food that is not grain-free, especially one that has beet pulp and brewers rice. I got a 15 lb. bag of the Infinia Bison and Potato and I’m going to see how that goes. I think it looks to be a decent food, and while it’s pricier than TOTW, I think it’s a little better in my opinion. If it doesn’t flare up my finicky French Bulldogs allergies, and they have firm stool on it, then I’ll be very happy! Especially since I get an employee discount when I purchase it, in addition to the buy 8 get 1 free program.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Phyllis… Unfortunately, we do not keep track of the selling locations of the thousands of dog food products available in North America alone. But there’s good news. Sometime beginning in the late Fall (this year) we’ll be launching our Dog Food Locator Directory on this website. This free service will help you (and all our readers) find the nearest selling location for the product they’re looking for. So, stay tuned.

  • Phyllis Harris

    Pleasr tell me where to purchasefood in Ft. Lauderdale.,Fl.

  • Val Velde

    I’m going to transition my dog to Infinia. I’m excited for him to try it. He’s on Exclusive now and likes it but this sounds like an even higher quality product.

  • Morgan

    I started Infinia a few months ago after TOTW & Premium Edge. Where my bulldog does great on the higher protien content, my sheltie does not. I currently mix the salmom and bison formula half and half. They are both doing amazing.

    Due to price though, I will be going back to TOTW. A 30lb bag of Infinia runs 54.99 where TOTW runs 39.99. The Wetlands formula is very comparable to the salmon and totw bison is very comparable to infinia bison.

  • Christina

    We LOVE Infinia dog food. We have 5 dogs, 2 of whom are very picky, and have found this to be a wonderful food. Also, our picky eaters will eat this food without me adding “gravy” or anything to it. Our doberman with allergies, horrible gas and bad skiin has improved greatly since starting to eat Infinia. We feed the salmon forumla and are very happy with it. This product is definitely worth a try if you have itchy, gassy dogs.