Dr. Tim’s Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Dr. Tim’s Grain Free product line includes 2 dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Dr. Tim’s RPM Grain Free Formula [A]
  • Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Grain Free Formula [A]

Dr. Tim’s Kinesis Grain Free Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Dr. Tim's Kinesis Grain Free Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 36%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, dried white potatoes, dried field peas, chicken fat (preserved with mixed natural tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), tapioca, dried plain beet pulp (sugar removed), dried egg product, catfish meal, ocean herring meal, ground whole flaxseed, menhaden fish oil, chicken liver meal, salmon meal, dried porcine plasma, dried carrots, dried celery, dried beets, dried parsley, dried lettuce, dried watercress, dried spinach, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin (sunflower derived), dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, dried kelp, dried chicory root (source of inulin), l-lysine, dl-methionine, psyllium seed husks, Yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, beta carotene, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, inositol, niacin supplement, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, zinc oxide, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), d-calcium pantothenate, potassium iodide (source of iodine), manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, taurine, l-carnitine, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis32%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%20%36%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%40%30%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 30%

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 is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The third ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

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

The sixth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient is dried 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 eighth ingredient is catfish meal, another protein-rich 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 ninth ingredient is herring meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.

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 four notable exceptions

First, we find flaxseed, 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of pork plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious 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 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.

Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dr. Tim’s Grain Free looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 36% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

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 dried peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Dr. Tim’s Grain Free is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named 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.

Dr. Tim’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

08/06/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Paula Gray

    We switched our new yellow lab puppy over to Dr. Tim’s grain free Kinesis when we first brought him home. 10 months later, although the appearance of the kibble has changed, he continues to thrive and he loves this food ! I never have to add toppers or water. Love this food !!!!

  • Sharon Littlefield Chandler

    Thank you, Mike

  • Mike

    I was feeding Dr Tim’s for a few years until I noticed the difference recently. Kibble is different and the dogs weren’t as interested. Not too mention the constant cost increases.

    I just switched them to Victor Nutra Pro and its been great. Might be worth looking into

  • Sharon Littlefield Chandler

    Thanks for your time!

  • haleycookie

    Right now I have her on the grain free lamb by merrick and she is enjoying it quite well. She’s had most varietys of the merrick and there is such a wide protein option from merrick if your dogs are picky about their proteins then that would be something good to try. My dog also enjoys merrick backcountry and the raw boost venison by natures variety.

  • Sharon Littlefield Chandler

    That’s encouraging news! What variety of these foods have you had the best success with? And thanks!

  • haleycookie

    If you’re looking for a new smaller kibbled food merrick and natures variety are pretty small kibbles. My dog enjoys both and she can be rather picky with dried and will flip a bowl if it’s not mixed with can and not up to par with her dry standards.

  • Sharon Littlefield Chandler

    My St. Bernard/English Setter mix would eat Dr. Tim’s when we first made the switch if I added a bit of warm water, but he now refuses to eat it at all unless it has a portion of wet food, also…my Jack Russell has refused it from the beginning.
    I’m looking for smallish kibble that these two fellows, ages 7 and 9, will eat without being bribed…they will both skip 2-3 days before they finally eat it. I store their food inside in a plastic dog food keeper. Suggestions?

  • Mike

    I noticed a change as well. The kibble seems smaller and my dogs don’t seem to like it as much

  • cmrosko

    I’ve been feeding Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Kinesis . I have noticed over the past several months that my dog’s stool is often loose and the color is lighter than it used to be. I have also noticed that the dog food looks different as it has a sort of powdery look that it never had before. I contacted Dr. Tim’s to see if I could buy directly from the manufacturer in Lisbon Ohio which is near by and found that they have changed manufacturers to a plant based in Nebraska. The Ohio plant was supposedly rated to higher than average european standards. Dr. Tim’s said the Nebraska facility is even better. I am wondering about this and does anyone here have additional information or opinions about this? I am considering switching brands but not sure which one. Any input here would also be appreciated. Thanks

  • theBCnut

    If the government controlled label indicates that the food is more than 50% animal origin then the food is considered to be meat based, less than 50% is plant based. The star rating system on this site is based on several factors, like meat content and ingredient quality. There is an article on this site titled “How We Rate Dog Food” that you might want to read.

  • Dredges

    I’m just confused on why some brands receive 5 star reviews and are deemed “meat based kibble” here, where other foods with similar ingredients are given 3.5 and 4 stars and deemed plant based.
    For example some foods top 4 ingredients are some sort of meat meal, some sort of meat, legume, another legume and are slammed for being too heavy of plant protein… plant based … etc.. etc..

    where the Dr. Tim’s top 4 ingredients I looked at was like .. meal, potato, legume, beet.. and it gets 5 stars and deemed meat based?

  • Alex Woodman

    This is the best food around, period.

  • GSDgrl82

    I’ve actually been looking at their venison formula, just a shame I can’t view much in the way of good info about it here, just a bunch of bickering and the threads being closed. But I will give it a try and see how my sensitive boy does with it.

  • GSDgrl82

    I have but it’s a bit too high in fiber and low in protein for my taste, I have working German shepherds. Right now I’m using Victor Yukon and just got a bag of Horizon Legacy fish. I normally feed raw but my freezer died and it’s going to be a few months before I can get another. Now I remember why I switched in the first place because my male reacts to so many kibbles.

  • Have you looked at Zignature?

  • DogFoodie

    You might want to take a look at Brothers Complete Chicken & Egg formula.

  • GSDgrl82

    I switched him back to Orijen six fish and the hot spot and everything cleared up pretty quickly. Was definitely this food though not because it’s a bad food, it’s just because I own a breed that’s prone to being allergic to everything under the sun. 🙂

  • GSDgrl82

    I love Dr. Tim’s food, I just can’t feed any of the formulas. The grain free pork formula made my male GSD break out with a nasty hot spot, I suspect the white potatoes. A chicken and potato free formula would be nice!

  • Pitlove

    The sugar has been removed from the beet pulp, which is the main concern.

  • Kathy Niskala

    Was thinking of using this food in my rotation..but the inclusion of Beet Pulp,has changed my mind..so many con’s on using beet pulp and what it can do to the dogs intestines ….even had a discussion with Dr. Tim about it,he does endorse using beet pulp…..hmm… still not sure..for using it for the long haul….any other thoughts about beet pulp out there????

  • InkedMarie

    It may be the fact that at least one of Dr Tim’s gf comes in 40 and 44/45lb bags, makinng it cheaper per pound.

  • Jodi Palmer

    Not sure where you guys are getting this, but Dr. Tim’s grain free isn’t that much cheaper Merrick. What am I missing here?

  • Pitlove

    ya i am too. i was looking forward to using it.

  • DogFoodie

    I’ve only used the GF Kinesis and the bag looked the same as yours, with a different label, of course. I really like Dr. Tim’s. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you.

  • Pitlove

    Here’s what the bag looked like. I don’t think this had anything to do with an ingredient change.

  • Pitlove

    When I talked to the lady at chewy.com she said that my bag shouldn’t have even gone out anyway because of the expiration date, so that was on chewy’s end. I saw some Nustrica bags at work that had the pinholes in it. I’ve never seen that before and it freaked me out. Plus the food did have a not so normal smell and Bentley was spitting the food out and wouldn’t eat it. He is picky, but he’s never spit food out. Got him Fromm tonight and it ate it happily like he always does with Fromm. I think Fromm it is for him.

  • DogFoodie

    I trust Dr. Tim’s. It’s manufactured by Ohio Pet Foods, one of my favorites. My guess is that the sticker was put on there because ingredients changed and they were wanting you to have the current ingredients versus some manufacturers who wouldn’t have put the information on their since they’re not required to until after a certain period of time. Also, I’ve bought other brands that have pin holes in the bags. Off hand, I know TOTW has pin holes. Some manufacturers put a valve on the bag to allow air to escape, but not allow air in, I really like that. Brothers Complete is one with a valve. I think the pin holes are mostly to allow air to escape, when stacking the product. You should contact Dr. Tim if you have concerns. He is great about responding

  • Crazy4dogs

    You know what to do……send it back! 😉

  • Pitlove

    Got my bag yesterday and was extremely dissapointed to find tiny pinhead like holes down the whole side of the bag that went through the bag allowing air in and the expiration date was Oct 3rd of this year. Also another strange thing is it was not packaged normally. The bag was white and there was a sticker on the front and back for the “cover” of the front of the bag and the GA on the back. called chewy and had them refund me and threw the food out. I think Im just gonna go back to Fromm.

  • Sucker4Rescues

    Our 3 dogs did great on it, both Kinesis and RPM. It will definitely stay in our rotation. Only downside is that I have to order online. 🙁

  • Pitlove

    Really interested in this food for Bentley. Since he hates the Acana and my boyfriend and I have realized we really can’t afford Orijen, the Dr. Tim’s RPM Salmon and Pork is looking like a good option.

    Looked through the website and I was very pleased to know Dr.Hunt consults a veterinary nutritionist for help with the formulations and has a link to the plant that manufactuers the food right on the site.

    I’m going to order a 5lb bag and make sure Bentley will eat it and the pork doesn’t give him gas like beef does.

  • Kathy Niskala

    This sounds like a great food for my rotation,but it’s the beet pulp,that has me troubled,such pro and con on using it in the dogfood,if beet pulp artifically makes the dogs fecal firm it could mask any gi problems,the dog is having and interfere with absorption,none of my other foods have this in it..don’t know what to do on this one?????

  • Mike

    I ended up buying some of the Victor Ultra Pro 42 and it is great! They handle it just as good or better than the Dr Tim’s and they like it more.

    I called all the places around but no one carries Victor even though they’re listed as dealers. It’s frustrating, but I’m able to buy it on Amazon for a reasonable price.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Crazy4cats

    Yeah, I have to drive a ways to pick it up too. I always make sure I call about a week ahead of time to make sure they have a bag to put my name on or they will even order it in if they don’t have it.

    I’ve never tried Dr. Tim’s. We don’t have it at all in my area. Maybe I’ll have to order it one of these days.

    Good luck!

  • Mike

    Victor is one that I’m interested in trying bit the nearest seller is an hour away. I was hoping to find something available online.

    I’ll give it a shot though, I can always stock up on it each trip if it works as well as Dr Tim’s.

  • Crazy4cats

    Victor has a few recipes that are sold in 40 and 50 pound bags. I often buy the grain free with glucosamine in a 50-lb bag. It’s my dogs’ favorite kibble.

  • Mike

    After going through numerous brands of food, I’ve found the Kinesis Grain Free to be the best food for my dogs. Stools from my dog that’s a bit sensitive to food are firmer than any other food I’ve tried.

    Unfortunately, the price has jumped up drastically on the 44lb bags putting it in the same price range as most high end foods.

    Any one have any suggestions on other foods that might be similar and sold in larger size bags like Dr Tim’s offers?

  • myOWNcompass

    My dog would attempt to eat the entire bag in a sitting if I let him. I know because a few times I have caught him trying to do so when I have stupidly left the bag out after filling the bowl and run off to the bathroom or answer the phone. Grazing is not an option for us.

    There are options for dogs who gulp down their food too quickly; I would suggest that owners who have this type of dog look into them. But I’m glad that you and your dog have found something that works for both of you.

  • myOWNcompass

    I don’t understand how this can be a 5 star editors choice food with beet pulp in it. I’m trying to get away from beet pulp.

  • theBCnut

    My dog that can’t have chicken can’t have it in any form, including egg. I do know people whose dog has a chicken allergy, but is fine with certain parts, like liver or eggs, and early on my dog could handle chicken liver and eggs without me seeing any reaction. But I think as I cleaned up his diet and he had less things he was reacting to in it, I became more attuned to the slightest reaction and noticed he wasn’t doing as well on those things as I had thought.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    There is a new tool made by someone on the forums called the Dog Food Wizard: http://www.dogfoodwizard.com

    It is still in 1.0, so you still have to look at the ingredients carefully, but it makes finding food for allergic dogs much easier.

  • saya2

    I was hoping to try this for Bella she seems to have issue with chicken.. I switched to different foods and she was always itchy. only thing in common the food had chicken meal in some part of the ingredient list.

    I plan to try 5lb pork and salmon with my shiba she has no allergies. She eats good raw diet and does wonderful on that, but I like to keep some kibble on hand in case of emergency. She has stomach of steel and no allergies like Bella does.

    Currently have Bella on a fish based kibble and she is fine. I might try her on a small trial with this to see how she does.

    It does have egg and chicken fat, but who knows she might be fine with it if not I’ll keep it for Saya.

    TheBCnut have you tried that formula did it work out OK?

  • Melanie

    I know, I think I’m lucky. My labs have eaten like this since they were puppies. I think because they know the food is always there they don’t feel the need to eat it all at once. Works for us. My labs have always been at a very healthy weight. I do have to watch the fat a protein percentage on the food though. He will gain weight if the fat is 18% or more and most of the higher in fat foods I have fed are also high in protein. 34-38%. I try to keep him around 15% fat and 29% protein.

  • cas

    Few months late to the convo but I just wanted to say that I am surprised your Lab will graze his food. Most labs will eat all the food you give them quickly at once, which is why they recommend twice a day. The twice a day feeding is suppose to help keep their stomach from eventually turning (like in Marley and Me) says my vet. Also, doing things to slow eating down helps that.

  • LabLover

    I feed Dr Tims grain free and grain inclusive to my three labs. I had the same problem with my pup eating to fast and having some gas. I spent money on a few different slow feed bowls that worked ok, but honestly, the best thing that worked was a rock in his bowl. (Per Dr Tims suggestion) LOL Now that he is an adult, he has outgrown the fast eating and eats slower, plus he always lays on the floor to eat. LOL

  • Betsy Greer

    Congrats on the new pup!

    Lots of people will also layer kibble with pumpkin or a food like The Honest Kitchen in a Kong. That’ll allow his meal down quite a bit also.

  • djkshreveport

    Thanks Melanie and Betsy. Had not checked back because we just got a rescue dog. Yes, feeding only grain free. I’m going to try all your suggestions and have found some feed pacing devices. Thanks again!

  • Melanie

    My above reply was meant for you. Somehow it ended up in the wrong place.

  • Melanie

    I’m not an expert on this, just giving an opinion and I know so many people will disagree with me. Wilson is my 2nd lab. He is 85 lbs of lean muscle. My last lab was the same. I do not feed him twice a day like everyone recommends. He get’s a full day’s serving and is allowed to graze all day. Your dog may be eating his food too fast and swallowing a lot of air in the process. That will create a lot of gas. That is a fact I do know because I’m an RN and that’s something we tell our human patients. Hope that helps.

  • Betsy Greer

    Maybe look into a pacer ball that you put in his dish to slow down the eating, or feed him on a cookie sheet. Have you ever tried digestive enzymes along with the probiotics? I found one that worked great for my dog. It’s called BioCore, and it’s from Swanson’s. Price is good too: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-ultra-biocore-optimum-complete-ultimate-full-spectrum-enzymes-90-veg-caps

    Are you feeding the grain free formula of Dr. Tim’s? And, both the Nutrisca and Instinct you’re feeding are grain free versions also I’m assuming.

  • djkshreveport

    This is my dog food of choice right now. IMHO, we’re supposed to be supporting companies like this. I have been rotating Nutrisca Dogswell, Nature’s Variety Instinct and this one. I too have had experience with Dr. Tim responding to questions directly. My question to this forum is — my dog has a lot of gas. Nobody’s bothered by it, but that’s why I keep rotating foods. I’ve tried adding yoghurt and probiotics to his food. Those seem to limit it sometimes. Not sure if the gas is uncomfortable for the dog so that’s the only reason for my concern. His gas seems to be diminished on Dr. Tim’s food and it is mostly right after he eats. He is a 90lb lab (ideal weight) and he eats his food INCREDIBLY fast. We feed twice a day.

  • theBCnut

    You are probably right, but I’m hoping that if they do some chicken free formulas, they will think to go chicken egg free too. I won’t be holding my breath, but I an hopeful.

  • LabLover

    I would tend tp think they will have egg because his formulas all do so far, but who knows for sure.

  • theBCnut

    Ahh, but will they be egg free? That’s what I want to know.

  • Betsy Greer

    I already know I won’t. : ( I talked to Dr. Tim a while back and neither is fish free.

  • theBCnut

    I can’t wait to see if I’ll be able to use them for my dog with food issues!!

  • LabLover

    Pork and salmon versions are to be released pretty soon according to Dr Tim.

  • Pattyvaughn

    So far researchers have several theories on why tear staining occurs, but no proof on anything. What they do know is that topical antibiotics give temporary relief so one of their ideas is that there is a bacterial infection in the tear ducts of these dogs. Dogs with food intolerances are sometimes seen to be more prone to tear staining, but some don’t get tear staining at all. Some dogs seem to get tear staining with certain ingredients without symptoms of intolerance, other dogs eating the exact same food don’t.
    I think that to get a real answer, you will have to try it for yourself.

  • Shawna

    I’m not sure about beet pulp but my Pomeranian gets tear stains (and debris) if she gets any type of poultry. ANY type — chicken, turkey, quail, pheasant and ostrich are all known to cause tear stains in my Gizmo.

  • hana

    This food has beat pulp in it. I have heard beat pulp can cause tear stains to be more dominate. Thoughts on this?

  • Shawna

    Newer studies have demonstrated that high protein diets actually help canines lose weight. If they help lose weight they should certainly help keep the weight off if appropriate amounts are fed of course. Here’s some of the research —

    “High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs” http://jn.nutrition.org/content/134/8/2087S.full

    “Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet” http://jn.nutrition.org/content/132/6/1685S.full
    I don’t think there is any one best food (especially for every dog). Most of the regulars here on DFA rotate through a variety of proteins as well as brands. And a lot of us add canned or raw/cooked toppers. Variety is good.

  • Debbie DiFrancesco

    my brother feeds his german shep Nutro and I started my pit on it, I know its 4 star but is it really bad?? I’m clicking on all 5 star foods, I don’t want one that is to high in protein to where he gains weight.. People rave about all of these how do u know which is best.. tried earthborn salmon he liked that. I’d like to stick with grain free.. as he is on venison Nutro grain free. I checked out Victor and Orjin.. not ready for raw..

  • kirk

    stay away from all Nutro Products checkout all the complaints on the consumer affairs website… mine is one of the 1800 complaints.. poisoning our puppys and dogs

  • InkedMarie

    As HDM said, go with Dr. Tim’s. It’s a great food, he’s extremely helpful if you need help or have questions.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Rosemary –

    If the foods you mentioned I would go with Dr. Tim’s. Dr. Tim’s has two all life stages formulas – one grain-free and one grain-inclusive. An all life stages food would be appropriate for both your puppy and adult. Dr. Tim’s is a wonderful company – they have great customer service and have never had a recall. Not to mention the food is fairly reasonably priced in comparison to other 5 star foods. I personally wouldn’t use any Blue Buffalo or Nutro products, but it would also be a good idea to find a few other high quality foods to rotate with whatever food you decide to feed – it will give your dogs some variety and provide you with some alternatives in the event that another food you’re feeding gets recalled.

  • Rosemary Miranda

    Hi I have a 2 month old pitbull and a 2 year old golden retriever. I am looking for a new food for the both of them. My Golden has been on Iams healthy naturals which has now been recalled and has been making her sick. I have been looking at Blue Buffalo wilderness, Dr. Tim’s and Nutro. Anyone have any suggestions on a good food that they can both eat? I know my pit would be eating a puppy food but later on I would prefer them to eat the same food. Thank you.

  • Tigerlily

    Thinking of trying Grain Free Kinesis with my standard poodle bitch whom I will be breeding soon. Does anyone know if this food would also be appropriate for the puppies? What about the grain inclusive variety?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I totally agree with Storm’s Mom. They are all good foods and rotating foods is so much healthier for your dog. No food is perfect, so sticking to just one really doesn’t make sense. And rotating supports a wider variety of probiotics in the gut, which in turn provides a huge boost to the immune system.

    BTW, Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast is probably too big a kibble for your pup, but the others should be fine, and I do feed the GPF to my grown JRT, just not to a little pup.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Why not rotate among all 3 of them? They are all great foods!! Pick whichever one you want to start with, and go from there!

  • Tae

    Hi, I have a 3 months old Pomeranian, and trying to decide between Dr.Tims or Acana, Earthborn. Which one do you guys recommend?

  • InkedMarie

    I called there once, left a message and he called me back himself! We’re on a couple forums together and fb friends. Did you know he donates food to a shelter local to him? Alot of food

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I wish I had known about Dr. Tim’s when I used to feed kibble and tried it. It looks like a wonderful food – I really like the looks of the Momentum formula. I’ve contacted Dr. Tim on two or three occasions with questions about the food, just out of curiosity, and my emails were always responded to by Dr. Tim himself in a very timely manner. Probably the best customer service I’ve encountered.

  • Betsy Greer

    Dr. Tim’s Grain Free Kinesis is one of my absolute favorite foods. It’s a great quality food, and the price is a huge bonus! Hands down, it’s one of my most highly recommended kibbles.

    While both of my dogs eat it eagerly and have excellent stool quality while eating GF Kinesis, it’s just not working for my yeasty one year old Golden, Sam. This was the only food that I’ve continued to feed him that contains white potato ~ all the others I use for him are grain and white potato free. At first, I thought we had somehow skirted around it, but after a few weeks, his ears aren’t staying clean and he’s doing lots of ear flapping. I’m sad to have to eliminate it from Sam’s rotation, but am happy that I still have another dog who will happily eat her share.

    So many food are eliminating the white potato in favor of lentils or chickpeas, both of which seem to create an enormous abundance of gas for Sam; and I hope that’s not the direction this food takes (if it’s ever reformulated) ~ I’d rather see millet, quinoa or amaranth or some form of gluten free pseudo grain added.

  • jesse cadwell

    Thanks for the review. Had my dog on Dr. Tim’s regular kinesis but developed a lot of itching, seeing when I told Dr. Tim (my cat and dogs vet, he is great if you ever meet him) he recommended trying some other brands but since it has been out for a bit now i think will give it a try. After checking pet flow and chewy I am happy getting it at his office or the local pet store mareszdots for 45 bucks for a 44lb bag plus they have a frequent buyer card after you purchase 12 get the next one free

  • monkey

    petflow and chewy have good prices

  • Delgada Dawn

    Looking good! Let’s hunt for a good price! 😀

  • monkey

    Have been feeding the Grain Free for about a month now. So far so good! Clear eyes, nice shiny coat, no itching, good energy but still calm, good stool. Haven’t been using Darwin’s as much as usual too (unfortunately)
    So far i have no problem with keeping this in the rotation.

  • monkey

    Thanks. I have a bag of Aqualuk in the pantry but haven’t opened it yet. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Aqualuk: 1.3% ca. (3.29 g./1,000 kcal.)
    Salcha: 1.13% ca. (2.84 g./1,000 kcal.)

  • monkey

    What are the numbers for salcha and aqualuk?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I would go with Annamaet Salcha – it has appropriate calcium levels for a large breed puppy. The Aqualuk formula does as well, so that could be good to rotate in on occasion for some variety.

  • Melissa Lease

    I cant decide between Dr. Tim’s grain free and Annamaet Salcha for my 8wk old female german shepherd.  She is of working lines and i will be doing protection training with her.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • InkedMarie

    Very glad to see you review Dr. Tim’s grain free! Glad it’s five stars as well. Looking forward to trying this one next!