Whole Earth Farms (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Whole Earth Farms Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Whole Earth Farms product line lists two 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.

  • Whole Earth Farms Adult [A]
  • Whole Earth Farms Puppy [A]

Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, oatmeal, pearled barley, brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken, natural flavor, organic dried alfalfa meal, whitefish, dried yeast culture, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, minerals (zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, zinc sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodide, cobalt amino acid complex), salmon oil, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate), mixed tocopherols (a preservative), Yucca schidigera extract, cinnamon, dried blueberries, rosemary, sage, thyme, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%13%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%15%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%31%43%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 43%

The first two items in this product are chicken meal and turkey meal. Poultry meals are considered meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

The third ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

After the natural flavor, we find alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

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

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

With three notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

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

Whole Earth Farms Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Whole Earth Farms 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 29%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal in this recipe, and the peas and potato protein contained in the Puppy recipe, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Whole Earth Farms is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Whole Earth Farms canned dog food.

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.

Whole Earth Farms Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/04/2017 Last Update

  • Mike Vergara

    Thank you for helping me understand I guess I’ll just stick to what works for me instead of reviews.

  • haleycookie

    Go through all the 4-5 star rated foods. 8/10 reviews will be like that. The food is rated on protein carb fat ratios not the individual reviews. Every dog is different. I think that’s the bottom line when it comes to the individual reviews. But owners tend to put the blame on the food

  • Mike Vergara

    How can this be rated so good but have such bad reviews

  • HoundMusic

    From my experience, underbites are usually genetic. They can go off at anytime during a dog’s active growth, but in extreme cases /can/ be caused by malnutrition, especially if it’s severe.

    What I can tell you for certain is this. I do actually have a bitch with a slight underbite, from a bloodline I am very familiar with, and whose littermates did not have the issue. I raised her on Eukanuba puppy, which has unacceptably low levels of calcium.

    The puppy I gave the Whole Earth Farms to DEFINITELY had this elbowing out problem caused by the food. I cannot believe that an older pup in a breed that is about 90-95% done with growth by 10 months suddenly displayed a problem with his actual bone (not cartilage), showing the beginnings of deformity within about 48-72 hours after starting this feed. He had several rapid growth spurts between 3-6 months old, and his legs were arrow straight all throughout. Besides that, I also tried to pawn the rest of the bag off on my older hounds, and after ONE MEAL, my 11yo with IVDD had a flare up. Which leads me to believe this is an inflammatory feed, as well as nutritionally imbalanced. We saw vomiting and digestive upsets, too, coats dried out – I think the bag was about $9 and I still felt ripped off.

    BTW, I placed this pup on a high calcium puppy food recommended to me by the Vet, and over a period of about 3 – 4 weeks, the leg is once again almost entirely straight. Me being the hyper-observant nitpicker that I am, I can still see a slight issue, but the problem resolved itself once the Whole Earth Farms was removed.

  • Hpnotik

    I am in shock. I have 2 Chinese cresteds raised on this kibble and switched to raw at over a year of age. Both of these dogs have underbites. These 2 dogs are completely unrelated and have NO history of bad bites in their genetic history and I have looked extensively.

    Is it possible that a (ca:p) ratio that is not balanced could be the cause for their bites? They ate whole earth for the first year of their lives and their bites went off around 5 months of age.

  • HoundMusic

    Well, his legs were arrow straight and his growth even before I started this feed, and began to bow out at the elbows within a few days. Improved after the food was eliminated. Legs are not 100% straight anymore, and I have enough experience in raising Beagles to know unless nutritional deficiency is present, a 10 month old pup does not suddenly have growing problems.

    Furthermore, I have never had a pup’s legs bow during growth, and never posted about that here. Looking for a puppy food with higher calcium levels and having an older dog diagnosed with osteolamacia (Vit D deficiency) on raw is not a similar issue.

    I stand by my review that this food caused several problems for my puppy, and possible inflammation in an adult dog with IVDD after I pawned off the rest of the bag on my poor, unsuspecting adults.

  • Crazy4cats

    No, I don’t believe it could have caused the bowing of the legs from just a couple of meals. I seem to remember you having some similar issues in the past posted on the forum. But, I do hope you find something that works out better for you and your crew. Sorry, you can’t get the picture to upload. Good luck to you.

  • HoundMusic

    Perhaps the fact that his legs were NOT in any way bowed on the home-cooked diet could be an indicator that I’d calcium:phosphorous ratio figured correctly. It only occurred after about 4 days of feeding this brand for 2 out of his 3 daily meals.

    After ONE single meal of this to my adult dogs – I gave it to them to finish off the bag – my older bitch with IVDD unquestionably had an adverse reaction to it. Vomiting and hunching over, which indicates inflammation irritating her condition. Beef & rice at night, the problem vanished.

    I truly have a difficult time believing that foul smelling urine, increased urination, bone and joint problems in two dogs suddenly appearing and disappearing with the onset and subsequent removal of this food is anything remotely approaching a coincidence.

    And the fact that now back on home-cooked (which I supplement with calcium & vitamin d) and a few chicken wings here and there, the problem is about 90% resolved, sort of makes me look askance at the food.

    The site is not allowing me to upload any images, even when I resize, btw.

  • Ronald Chalton

    Great food. Has done my dog wonders. She is 6 years old, part Terrier and part Pit bull. She has tons of energy now. Has softer, and healthier fur. Her bowel movements are more regular now also. Can’t say enough great things about this food. BEST Natural food on the market.

  • Crazy4cats

    So you don’t think that these issues could possibly have anything to do with a deficiency in the home cooked diet you are feeding? You honestly think that after feeding this food for just days as only a supplement, it could cause them?

    Click the little box in the left hand corner of the reply box to upload a pic.

  • HoundMusic

    Not impressed with this at all.

    I’ve been supplementing my 10 month old Beagle pup’s home cooked diet with dry food since he was 13 weeks old, and after only several days on the Whole Earth Farms adult formula in the green bag (grain inclusive), I am seeing several issues that I do not care for at all.

    First, increased urination. He’s had several accidents a day in the house and the urine smells FOUL. This was previously a fully and reliably housebroken dog. Breath is also becoming pretty fetid, which is worrisome in conjunction with the strong urine odor.

    At 10 months, this breed is well past their rapid growth period. However, I am noticing his front legs are bowing slightly at the elbow and he’s hitching every other step when running – he had the hitching problem very slightly around 3-4 months, but I have not seen it since. Not taking the chance of continuing him on this feed and have discontinued after four days. Anyone know how to upload a pic here? I’d like to document the bowing legs before & after…

  • Thank you, Shannon for that information! I have been trying to figure out why my adopted Husky has suddenly broken out in an itchy rash! She began losing more fur than usual as well and the only thing I could think of it being is her food. That is the very reason I came to these forums!
    I have to switch her but now I’m unsure as to which food I should choose. I’ve heard bad things about Blue being recalled as well. 🙁

  • Jim Jones

    Blue is dangerous and will kill you’re dog please do not ever put them on that. Blue has had multiple recalls with salmonella and has killed many dogs.

  • Jim B

    Well speaking personally I often shop at the local H Mart in northern Virginia and their fish section is impeccably clean. Beautiful product.

    But no matter; what’s your point? WEF/Merrick still pledge not to use Chinese ingredients. Where’s your evidence that now that they are owned by Purina they are sneaking those ingredients in?

  • Jim B

    Oh I am SURE it’s not an anti-purina campaign. How dare you suggest so.

    I kid.

    Yes it’s very likely Purina trolling.

    I’ve fed my dogs WEF pre and post Purina and have seen no difference. Zilch. Merrick states they use no Chinese ingredients and that all of their foods including WEF are made and packaged in the USA.

  • Catherine Rainwater

    My cavalier has actually done better on this than he did on Blue Buffalor or Nutro. He’s eating the poultry free version (Pork, Beef & Lamb) and has suddenly had more energy starting within a week of switching him. He has a Grade 4 heart murmur (he’s 7 1/2 yrs, and unfortunately it’s common with this breed), so we needed to be sure he was getting the right vitamins and omega oils. He’s never vomited or gotten diarrhea from it…though we are extremely careful with him, as he’s -always- had a sensitive stomach. He may have 6 months to a couple of years left to live. So we’re also giving him a GNC Megafood Complex and Young At Heart (a supplement for dogs by Natural Healthy Concepts) as well. But we’ve never had a problem with this food!

  • Susan Edwards

    Since Purna bout out Whole Earth Farms. My dog has been sick in a major way. My Vet told me my dog wasn’t getting her vital protiens shes a Pitbull. I’ve watched her deterioration for the past 3 months. My Vet told me she may have cancer when all along it was this dog food now owned by the worst dog food company ever!!!! My baby got green diarrhea, neon green urine, lost weight and mussle mass and slept all the time. 500.00 dollars in vet bills later I figured out it was the dog food.
    Petri took it back gladly, but told me with the account with Purina, Purina agreed not to change the recipe and did anyway. Petco is stuck with this account and more dogs getting sick. Please DON’T BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!!

  • April Graham-Wise

    I started my 8 week old boxer beagle mix on WEF puppy recipe a month & a half ago. She wasn’t too thrilled with it. After her vet visit (where she got a shot & wormed) she seemed even less interested in the food. Then the diarrhea started. I figured it was the shot or the wormer meds. But the diarrhea didn’t go away. After a week, she was refusing to eat the WEF puppy recipe & only drank her water. I ditched the dog food, fed her 100% pumpkin(canned) mixed with 20minute cook white rice and plain Greek yogurt. My poor girl ate like a starving dog!! After a couple days her stool was firm (and orange!) We switched to Merrick’s Grain Free Puppy Recipe and have had ZERO problems!
    Both kinds of kibble are made by Merrick so I’m not really sure why all the stomach upset with WEF. Oh btw, WEF gave our girl horrible gas too. She’d whimper after eating it, then pass gas! Pee Eew!!

  • Megan

    My puppy was being fed this food when I got her, so I continued using it. I wanted to switch to blue buffalo because I have heard great things about it, plus it had smaller easier to chew puppy pieces for her. I mix the blue and WEF (to try and switch her over) and she still would rather pick out the whole earth farm and eat it. She has had no problems related to the WEF food and obviously loves it. Her growth is on track as it should be and she is full of energy.

  • Kelsey

    I decided to try this food when my German shepherd/malinois puppy was about 10 weeks old. We did the slow transition from the food he was on, even slower than recommended. He stared having diarrhea right away which I attributed to the change in food. He ended up on an antibiotic for an overgrowth of bacteria. That helped for a little while, then the diarrhea returned. He started rapidly loosing weight. His ribs were sticking out, he looked neglected. We had him checked for parasites and they found none. We dewormed him anyway just in case they missed something. Again, the diarrhea stopped for a bit but returned shortly after. (Mind you it never did become normal solid poop, always soft) Our Vet told us to give Pepto Bismol to see if that would help. I was reluctant to say it was from the food because it was supposed to be a good food with quality ingredients so I tried the Pepto. It helped at first but then stopped helping. He wound up on antibiotics again and I said enough is enough. So my Vet agreed it was time to try a different food. We decided to switch to Royal Canin German shepherd food which we’ve used in the past with no issues. It is more expensive but I trust it because it was the only food that my previous shepherd was able to eat and not have explosive diarrhea. (We even tried the insainly expensive prescription hypoallergenic diets and they didn’t work) Sure enough, he just finished his second bag and his stools are normal and he has gained weight. You can no longer see his ribs when he stands. I would not recommend Whole Earth Farms. It may work for some dogs but it definitely did not agree with mine.

  • Aubrey Walker

    Where have you been reading the bad reviews on this dog food?

  • Carrie z

    I bought the duck stew from Petco for my puppy. I fed 1/5 of canned food with his dry food. He likes it, but the following morning he had bad diarrhea. He has no problem with other canned food. I wish i did my reseatch before i made my purchase. i have contacted the WEF. They asked me for the code at the bottom of the can and would send it to the quality control Dept. And they also say that they will mail me some vouchers. i dont think i want to get this brand again.

  • Cannoli

    fyi international markets like Chinese stores have dirt cheap fish for a reason. They farm the heck out of shirmp and talapia in very poor quality fish farms where they can mass produce these types of seafood. Their farming guidelines are not the best when it comes to fish farms. For example they like to used banned antibotics in their fish farms and feed animal wasted from one animal to the fish to keep the costs down.

    You are not getting a good deal on fish from Chinese supermarkets. We have a ton of them up here where I live and most people steer far away from them. I mean when was the last time you every went into one of these international markets and ever saw whole fish sold at these stores having e a country-of-origin label to indicate whether the fish has been farm-raised or caught wild?

    I rather spend my money on my pets on supermarkets that like to use sustainable fish and at least at here to the country of origin lables.

  • My dogs love this food!

    I was making homemade food for years for my little Jack Russell mix, but then we adopted a Great Pyrenees mix who eats 4 times what she does.

    While the cost is not an issue (lentils and eggs are cheap, we get meat scraps from various grocery stores, the international market has dirt cheap fish and vegetables), the time commitment is. I used to spend a full day making food to last 2 months, which now lasts about a week and a half.

    I still make food for the dogs. Now though, instead of 100% homemade, they get half homemade and half Whole Earth grain-free kibble. They love it. I’m happy with it. I have an 86-pound mutt and a 19-pound mutt and we go through a 26-pound bag every month and a half or so.

    Merrick and Whole Earth were bought by Purina. So what? They made a business decision allowing them to expand their market, distribution area, and production facilities.

    This means they’re getting ingredients from local farmers and growers in more places, which means more variety of ingredients, fresher ingredients, and money for local economies. More processing and distribution centers means they can create more product and get it to retailers faster, letting you buy fresher food and prices may start to fall. The hundreds of original staff get to keep their jobs, the brands get to keep their names. For now the recipe is the same. If the recipe changes at all, it will be because they had access to even more nutritionists who may advise they change the formula. This could happen because cows and ducks in one state may eat differently than cows and ducks in another state, and nutrient levels may be different so they have to balance them somewhere else.

    Purina is a large corporation. They are large and successful because they’re not idiots. They aren’t going to purchase a high-quality, popular product and then change it so no one buys it. They want it because it is a high quality, successful product and they want to make it even more profitable.

    Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Breckenridge, Founders, and Goose Island still make fantastic beers. Their recipes and quality haven’t changed. Craft breweries “sell out” to MillerCoors and AB InBev because the benefits include getting on contracts to purchase hops and barley, more brewing facilities, state of the art brewing equipment, distribution rights in states and countries they previously wouldn’t have had access to, an immense reduction in bottling costs, established marketing teams, etc. Merrick “selling out” to Purina is the same idea.

    Sometimes you start a business and become so successful you find yourself trapped behind a desk dealing with legal stuff and paperwork instead of working on the thing you love. Why not hand over the legal and financial burden to someone who wants it, while you go back to making your dream successful?

    It’s not a horrible thing to have a wonderful product and then do what you can to make it even more successful.

  • Carolyn O

    My Maremma LGD had been on this feed for 5 years, then I found him dead two weeks ago of unknown cause. He was only 6. I liked WEF because it had no beet pulp, which was a source of ear infections in my dogs. After reading these reviews I wonder if the feed was the culprit. I had no idea purina had bought the company. Not only am a grieving the loss of my buddy, but it left my livestock unprotected and me scrambling to find another dog. I still have leftover feed; where could I get it tested?

  • Claire

    My dog started puking after I switched his food from hills science diet to whole earth farms… He’s also been loosing quite a lot of weight being on whole earth food and I thought maybe he had worms. No it’s the whole earth food. He has completely stopped eating and refused to even take another bite. Should have never switched over.

  • Marcus Pumphrey

    I have been feeding my puppy this food for about 1 week and there have been no issues. Very energetic and no stool or vomiting issues at all. So far, so good.

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m still feeding it in my rotation with no issues. I’ve not noticed any difference other than the darn prices going up. I feed the kibble to my dogs and the canned to my cats. So far so good!

  • Tamii Fleming

    I kept my pup on it for about 3 weeks, it seemed to be getting worse. I am 4 days into transitioning her back to her original food and her poops are already better. Something in this food did not agree with my dog!

  • Erika Vargas

    This assumption is based purely on the comments in this blog but does anyone else find it odd that, those who commented over a year ago have great things to say about the food, then someone posted that Purina signed a contract with with Whole Earth Farms and now all the reviews are negative…?

  • Erika Vargas

    I’ve been weening my pup onto the food (puppy version) and found his poop to be huge and runny too.. it’s only been 3 days… I’m hoping his body is just getting adjuster to the amount of nutrients he’s getting and this will subside.. have you heard anything otherwise?

  • Tamii Fleming

    I switched my pup to this food based on a recommendation from the pet store. She has had horrible gas, her poops are huge, smelly and runny. Will be switching back immediately to our other food.

  • LabsRawesome

    Sorry, I didn’t think you were imagining things.
    I just didn’t know if you knew how to properly transition.
    Some people don’t realize that dogs need a transition from one food to another, especially if they have been on one food for a long time.
    Maybe there is an ingredient in WEF that your dog can’t handle.
    Maybe there is a bad batch.
    Anything is possible. Especially since this food is now being manufactured by Purina.

  • Tori Schriver

    She hasn’t been eating the same food for years, that’s the thing. I purchased her crappy Beneful food at the grocery store, and no problem. Now she’s eating Rachael Ray’s Nutrish and no problem. There’s something about the Whole Earth Farms that she doesn’t agree with. I have read COUNTLESS other reviews of people saying the same thing AND a friend who also has a shepherd, and who has been feeding her Whole Earth Farms for a long time, recently started having trouble with diarrhea and vomitting. I’m not imagining things. Read the other reviews below.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Tori, when a dog has been eating the same food for years you can’t just abruptly change the food. You will end up with diarrhea and possibly vomiting. When switching foods you must do it slowly over a two week period. You have to get a bag of the original food, and a bag of the new food you want to switch to.
    Then mix the two foods together starting with 75% old and 25% new for 4 to 5 days. Then do a 50-50 mix for 4 to 5 days.
    Then 75- 25 for 4 to 5 days. Then you will be at 100% new food.

  • Tori Schriver

    We recently adopted a 6 year old German Shepherd who had been eating puppy food only. Her previous owners had gotten a chihuahua and “Nikka” loved the puppy food. Anyway, I wanted to feed her something good, no junk from the grocery store. While I was at Petco, a woman handed me a $3 off coupon for a bag of Whole Earth Farms. I heard grain free was good for dogs so I got the grain free chicken dry food and some cans of wet/moist food. I mixed about half a can with two cups of dry, and Nikka gobbled it right up. And then came the diarrhea. And the vomitting. All over my house. All over our wall to wall off white carpeting. Oh my WHAT A DISASTER! I went online and read horrible reviews of tons of people experiencing this with their dog. I immediately stopped the food and Voila, no more vomitting and diarrhea. There must be something about this food that is upsetting to dog’s tummies. What a waste of money. And all I’m left with is horrible stained carpeting that I’ve been scrubbing for days!

  • Nola Dorman

    I am having the exact same issues as those listed. This is my third bag of this food and I am feeding 7 dogs. Received a new bag on Thursday from Amazon and now all of my dogs are having diarrhea and vomiting. Will be buying a different brand.

  • Stephanie Cassady

    We’ve used this food since October without any problem. We opened a new bag in January, this would be our third 30 pound bag of food we had used. The first night our puppy threw up. We assumed he just ate something he shouldn’t have but wasn’t sure how he could have. Then he started to have diarrhea after eating. After two weeks we realized it was the food! They’ve changed something or have a bad batch and should look into it. I’ve reported it to Whole Earth Farms and the store we purchase from. Hopefully they get to the bottom of it. We have switched brands.

  • Jamie Levindoski

    I have been using this food for at least 6 months with no issues until this last week when my dog has been having horrible diarrhea everyday. Wasn’t sure what was going on since we haven’t done anything different. After reading the reviews i’m going to switch foods, I hope that helps….Something must be going on with this food recently!

  • Mimi

    Thank you all for posting. I have had the same issue with the Adult formula and our dogs have been on it for years. I was here looking for a food to switch them to when I read your posts and have changed their food and they are much better. diarrhea and stomach issues on and off the last few months on WEFarms adult formula. I have contacted Merrick.

  • Mimi

    I have also been using Whole earth farms food for years. The last couple of months our 3 dogs have been having on and off stomach issues and diarrhea. I switch to a Zignature food and they are doing well. Something is going on with this food. I have contacted Whole Earth Farms regarding this.

  • Cheri

    thank you i did just that

  • Cheri

    Thank you i did change there dog food i will also start looking better before i fed them one of my puppies is 13 years old i don,t want him getting so sick i lose him i need to watch better

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Cheri, your post would be more helpful if it was posted on the Ol’roy page. If Walmart is your only option for purchasing dog food, I would suggest you try Pure Balance, or Rachael Ray. If you have Tractor Supply or Dell’s try 4health or Sportmix Wholesomes. Costco has Nature’s Domain and Kirkland.

  • Pitlove

    This is not the review for Ol’Roy however you need to report this to the FDA and I would suggest looking for a new food for your dog.

  • Cheri

    I have been buying this dog food for years. my dogs started getting upset tummys and Lyla was trying to push the food out of her dish this is what i found i feed my doge every morning before work and it is dark where the dish is so did not see this until today I did call the store Walmart in Woodburn they strat up don’t care so i am telling Facebook friends and i am wrighting to walmart corp as well as Ol Roys corp

  • Megan

    My dogs have been on this dog food for years. The past few months, my dog has been experiencing stomach aches and diarrhea every couple days. We haven’t changed anything, but I recently learned Purina bought out this company. Looks like I found my answer.

  • Wendy Sulzer

    Dog has been on this food for about 6 months, Loves it (the pork version). Has had a mysterious mild illness last week. Went away on a bland diet, but today back again after having his normal food for one full day. We opened a new bag of food early last week, and then he has been having issues (some coughing, some vomitting, tired, not hungry). just talked again with vet, she thinks it is the food. She said the food could be old and causing issues for him. Sad. I hope so, because this is the first food he has really loved.

  • Crazy4cats

    Weird? Do they have the same reaction when you feed them a treat or snack? Sounds like a visit to the vet might be in order.

  • Kelly Evans

    I just switched my 2 dogs to this food about 3 weeks ago…ever since I switched them my St Bernard has been coughing and gagging like she have something stuck in her throat and has been spitting up clear fluid for about 6 days now my black lab just started doing the same thing. ..at first they loved it but now they refuse to eat it. …

  • Pitlove

    Has your vet confirmed your suspicion about the food causing this?

  • Shannon

    No Jordan. You are not alone. This is not a bad batch. I was feeding the adult recipe. Something changed! My dog was on this food for over a year. This past bag she is broken out in a rash that is all over her body. I found out today that the company was bought out by purina and I’m not surprised with the issues we are having!. . I bought a new food this evening.

  • Valeria

    Wow. ((HUGS)) I really don’t understand how something like this can happen, but what I do know is that I will not be buying this food. There shouldn’t be any bad batches. And sending you coupons is EXTREMELY insulting. I hope there is enough of that kibble left over so it can be analyzed. These companies need to be held accountable for what they are doing to our families (and yes, our dogs are members of our family).

    This is senseless. I’m so angry. I hope the rest of your dogs fully recover.

  • Jordan Alter

    I wasn’t thinking and tossed the bad the second I suspected it (there was only about 3 cups left). I haven’t done my weekly detail cleaning on the puppies room though. There may be a kibble or two behind the crate. That likely wouldn’t be enough to test though, would it?

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m also very sorry for your loss. That is very sad. Is there any way you can have the food tested?

  • Jordan Alter

    I’m not seeing the picture. I’ll try again.

  • Jordan Alter

    Agreed. I don’t think I’m going to feed it. I’ll take the free food than sell it to people who are still loyalists to the brand I guess. I’ll take that money and get food I wony worry about with it

    Update on my Coonhound with the hotspots. Vet says food allergies and suggests a trial diet. He has never had allergies and has had this specific food on multiple occasions in his year of life. I think it was something in that specific bad that set him off.

  • Dori

    I would just be too afraid to feed the brand again. I’d spend all my time staring at them watching for any kind of sign but with liver failure happening that quickly there would have been no signs to watch for. Your overwhelming speculation would be good enough for me. I always listen to my gut.

  • Jordan Alter

    Believe me, I am a bit insulted by the free food. But on the other hand, I have fed this often in the past and have never had a single issue. I may have just gotten a bad batch.

    Necropsy was done. She died of sudden liver failure with caused a fatal seizure. Two months ago she was spayed and her blood work said her liver was perfect. The only way a liver does that suddenly is poison. Unfortunately there is no way to pin it on the food other than overwhelming speculation – as my note points out.

  • Dori

    My goodness, I have no words of wisdom to share just wanted to say that I am terribly sorry for your loss. It’s difficult enough to lose one of our companions due to illness or old age but to lose one so suddenly would be devastating. Again, I’m very sorry for your loss. I will say that if I truly believed a brand killed one of my dogs, I would be highly insulted that their method of dealing with the issue is to send me a lot of coupons to continue feeding their food. Their’s is the last food I would ever feed again.

    Was an autopsy done on your dog?

  • Jordan Alter

    My dog suddenly dropped dead, my other who has never had allergies has broken out in a ton of hotspots, and my foster litter of puppies all developed diarrhea. All after opening a new bag of this food.

    Merrick has taken a report and no other instances have been reported yet, but my Hotspot dog and foster puppies cleared up almost instantly after switching foods. Clearly I can’t bring my dead dog back.

    Merrick did send me a ton of vouchers for free food as an apology, even though they aren’t sure if it is their food or not at this point. Details of my experience are in the attached picture.

  • kobe

    Merrick Pet Care Announces Purchase Agreement by Nestle Purina PetCare Company. July 21, 2015

    Merrick Pet Care announced today it has signed an agreement for Nestlé Purina PetCare Company to purchase the company from its private equity owner, Swander Pace Capital. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Brittani

    We just changed from taste of the wild to this… Only been a couple days so still in trial period. We have a pitbull and bull mastiff 🙂

  • Jessica

    The only thing I don’t like about this dog food is that it has pork and fish. Not the best when trying to feed single proteins. 🙁 Would still recommend but maybe not

  • Chris Cline

    Switched from Taste of the Wild to this and my four dogs love it. Every food I had in the past gave my one dog allergies but this food is perfect and the price is lower than other high quality food. Bil Jac and Royal Canine may be what taste the best to your dog, but is certainly isn’t as nutritional as this. Very Happy with this food! Three Pitbulls and one English Mastiff.

  • christina Dee

    Recent shelter rescue 2mos. old pup has firm stools and no side effects. Eats it happily. For the price, it’s all good for us!

  • MaineSusan

    TY for the reply… I am going to give the Victor Grain Free a try… it looks pretty good, 5star and I can get it online from Amazon.

  • sbrown79

    My dogs were on this food (adult formula) for several years and it was great (regionally they stopped selling it at my local store). It has received 4.5 stars and states “Judging by its ingredients alone, Whole Earth Farms looks like an above-average dry dog food.” I would give it a shot!

  • Crazy4cats

    Have you tried any of the Victor formulas? My dogs tend to have loose stools and do well with grain free Victor.

  • MaineSusan

    I was thinking of switching from Native Level III, to this but not sounding too good reading the comments??? Gus’ stools are a little loose n I have tried everything I can think of… perhaps the protein levels are too high… maybe I will just drop down to Level II.

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  • Doris Klein Wiles

    http://www.thedca.org/dal_book.pdf If your dog is a Dalmatian, please read the article here. Very important!

  • shorkie mommy

    I have a 3 month old mix shorkie amd shitzu would this be a good fit for h?

  • Brigette

    That’s VERY disturbing! Ugh! Wow. I used to feed the WEF grain free dry but then switched to Merrick’s grain free for better ingredients. I do still feed the WEF grain free wet, though. Did you contact Merrick about the worms? (I assume Merrick is still over WEF?) This is crazy! 🙁

  • Dianna Kelleher

    It’s probably a good food for your puppy, but I fed my lab a large breed puppy formula in the beginning just to be on the safe side with the extra vitamins. I’m not sure how much truth there is to it, but when researching foods I found numerous times that large breed was recommended because it didn’t give the puppies too much calcium in their daily diet which could contribute to quicker growth and joint problems. Now that she’s an adult I’m looking at other large breed dog formulas that are hopefully more natural.

  • Kathy Wooten

    Purchased a bag of this dog food today and opened it up and it had worms in it. The worker at Petco said this was not the first bag with worms inside. GROSS.

  • Mary Lin

    My sister lost her dog like that. She did not pay attention until too late to find out. please take care your dog.

  • theBCnut

    An 8 yr old dog that has always had regular seasons needs to be checked by a vet. This could be a sign of a uterine infection, and they can be life threatening.

  • tap

    8 years old

  • theBCnut

    How old is your female. Has she been having regular seasons for a while? Some dogs don’t do the typical every 6 months. Dripping blood should not have to do with the food, but there are some cases where it could.

  • tap

    been reading some bad thing on the comments for the grain fee dry food of whole earth farms

    have noticed on this food i normally add water and the food puffs up but on this new bag the food dissolves mushy and the color is lighter.

    my female started to drip blood, she isnt fixed but she shouldn’t be coming into heat in for another 2 months

    i dont know if it has anything to do with the food.

  • Kimberly Blanford Huskey

    research raw meaty bones diet for canines. The liver and kidneys are filter organs for the body. if the diet has contaminants that tax the kidneys and/or liver your
    dogs health is going to suffer. Canine digestive system is not designed to process cooked food. All kibble and canned dog food is COOKED. Not at all what mother nature intended.

  • Natalie Marie Alvarez Padilla

    Any update on this? I have a 4 month old lab/pit bull mix. I’ve been feeding him whole earth farms puppy recipe, dry mixed with canned for 2 months now (I started mixing in the canned for more nutrition 1 month ago). He’s only a puppy once and I want to make sure I start him off right, with the best possible nutrition.

  • Natalie Marie Alvarez Padilla

    It would be nice to see an analisys of the puppy formula since they are different formulas, and I will be feeding my dog puppy food until he is a year old.

  • Danielle

    I would suggest cranberry. Maybe a little pre cranberry juice waters down to help your dig pee a little more frequently and help deter the bills up of crystals. Of course plenty of fresh water.
    As for the change in pH, I am not sure. I don’t recognize anything on the ingredients list that would cause that. Have you noticed a change in their drinking / peeing behaviours? Does it seems like they are drinking more / less or urinating more frequently or less frequently. I had a similar issue with my cat and I increased the amount of water I put down and started to change it more frequently throughput the day to make sure it was the freshest possible AND I started giving him filtered water b/c the water in our area had a high mineral content. That and some food swapping and cranberry spritzing on his food and the crystals went away and his pH came down.

  • Shawna

    The website for Duramune states the vaccine should be given annually for adult dogs. No mention of boostering adult dogs?

    “Annual Revaccination

    Labeled for revaccination in annual protocols to support routine patient care

    *Initial vaccination series with Duramune Lyme® should be administered to puppies. Dogs should then receive required annual boosters.” http://www.duramunelyme.com/

    Dr. Karen Becker is a vet that lives in a wooded area in Illinois. She is also a wildlife rehabilitator. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/05/04/flea-and-tick-control-tips-for-pets.aspx

    Our vets often HIGHLY recommend vaccines that simply aren’t necessary. For example, some pets can have life long immunity from just one vaccine (given after mom’s immunity is no longer protecting). This applies to core vaccines (adeno, distemper and parvo). Many of us chose to titer test our pets versus vaccinate. Titering checks the blood to confirm the antibodies are still present. If they are, the vaccine is absolutely unnecessary and worse is worthless as they do not actually “boost” anything.. There’s TONS of info on the subject written by vets like the one Labs linked to…

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi I posted this info for you last week, not sure if you saw it as you did not respond. I would not get a second (never would have gotten the first) Lymes vacc.. I too live in a wooded area and spend a lot of time in the woods as well. These vaccinations are very detrimental to our dogs immune system, My vet recommends the Lymes vacc as well, I just say, no thank you. My vet also recommends Heartguard which I do not use either. I just wanted you to have more info on vaccs, that I know your vet will never give you. http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/31497486463/dogvaccines