Has anyone tried this brand?
I am looking at switching Kraken to raw, and this is the "local" option available to me. I use the term local since it's a 4 hr round trip to get it, and it would be special order from the store.
Kraken was on Acana before, but before his neuter, the vet wanted to do blood work, since he's so small. Results came back saying he had elevated liver enzymes.
Vet was a little concerned, which made me concerned, so on his recommendation, we did a liver bile test. My vet explained that the test was taking a blood sample after fasting (basically no breakfast for Kraken), then they feed him, wait 2 hrs, and take another blood sample.
Results came back "weird", vet's term. Apparently, his initial sample was high, and the post feeding sample was normal. Basically I was told this could be indicative of a serious problem with his liver, or it could be nothing. If there is a problem with his liver, he could grow out of it, or it could just be that Kraken saw/smelled food before the initial blood sample, which caused a high results.
On the vet's recommendation, we decided to switch him to Science Diet formula specifically for liver problems. I was skeptical of changing, since I researched foods before bringing home a puppy, and thought I'd picked well. I'd also seen reviews for SD and wasn't happy with what I saw.
Long story short, I should have trusted my gut! He's been on this new food a month, and he has itchy eyes, his ears have started to smell, he's shedding 3 times as much as before the change, his coat is dull and brittle, and he has no focus (like a child with ADD) just always go go go, he's starting to develop some pudginess, and he's always hungry.
After seeing all these changes, I decided to just put him back on Acana, drove the 4 hr round trip to get home, open the bag and find mild in it! So i am done with kibble, I am not taking that kind of chance with his food.
I would make his for myself but
1. in this area, protein sources are limited
2. very expensive (for 2 people, we spend between 600-700 on groceries/month)
So I am looking at pre made raw because it's actually cheaper than doing it myself. For 2 lbs of Mountain dog, it $45, making it cheeper than buying Acana out here.
Thank you for any input/suggestions. Also if anyone know of a company that will let me buy online and have food shipped, I'd welcome the suggestions. It's easy to find in the states, but I'm having a hard time finding places that will ship to Canada.