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Old 08-23-2010, 09:34 PM
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I stopped into our pet store today and discovered that they had stopped carrying Diamond foods. They now carry only Chicken Soup, Nature's Variety and Sojos, which delighted me to no end. What does it mean when seeing a place switched to carrying only the "good stuff" makes your day? Lol

Anyhow, this was perfect timing because I was starting to think about switching the chis off of Wellness. They've been on Just for Puppy for about 3 months and are doing well but poop A LOT-three to four times daily each. They are free-fed but probably only eat about 1 to 1 1/2 cups total between the two of them over 2 days so I don't believe I'm overfeeding (they're 3.8 and 4 pounds now). Now I am able to get the above 3 and Spot's Stew from Petco. I also asked the owner if he might be able to order THK and he said if I gave him the information he'd look into it.

If I can't get THK (which would be my first choice), which of the other four would be the best? I'm inclined to go with Sojos because it seems closest to THK of the four but I wondered if someone had a reason to go for one of the others instead. Cost isn't much of an issue to me. Otherwise, it seems like once you get into the 5- and 6-star categories they're all pretty much equal so I figure with the pups not having any allergies or special needs it doesn't really make a whole lot of difference which one. Now with the poop thing I'm interested in hearing which one would be the best in controlling that. He gave me some samples of Nature's Variety but I don't want to give it to them unless I'm seriously considering switching to it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:13 PM
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I would say if you can get the Sojos locally.. . . go for it, and save on shipping, but at least price out getting THK shipped in, its pretty cheap off of their website.

If you feed one of the higher fiber THK's, they will poo a little more. Mine who are on Embark poo more than those on Keen. We stick to the Turkey formulas b'c of a chicken allergy.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:39 PM
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If you're talking about Nature's Variety kibble then I would definitely go for the Sojos dehydrated food over NV kibble any day. Sojos is a good food and certainly would be better than any kibble however it does not come in as many options and formulas as THK.

I'd prefer HK over Sojos personally too. I've tried both but prefer HK, plus I find I can get HK for cheaper. If that store can order it in for you then you should be able to get it for cheaper than ordering it off THK's website, of course from various different stores in my areas I've been quoted prices from $52 to $78 for the same 10 lb box of Keen! That's insane if you ask me to have a $25 price difference for the exact same food.

Anyway, if Sojos and HK don't work out then Nature's Variety grain free Instinct formulas are pretty good as far as kibbles go. I've fed NV Instinct Duck/Turkey and only one of my three dogs did well on it...surprisingly it was Faith, my most sensitive dog, that was the one who did well on the NV.

In short, if it were me, my first choice would be THK if you can get it, second choice would be Sojos, and third choice would be NV Instinct.

I find that on THK's Verve formula my dogs' poo is much larger than on any other HK formula. I prefer Keen and Force which produce much smaller poos. Force is my favorite formula because my dogs do the absolute best on that particular one.
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Thanks!! I did some looking into the Sojos and really liked what I saw. I'll look into pricing for ordering THK and have him look into getting it but will pick up a bag of Sojos tomorrow. He's only carrying the Complete right now, which is fine with me because I don't really have the time to be messing with adding meat. If I did then I'd do all raw, quite frankly. I only have part of a bag of Wellness left and need to start transitioning ASAP. I figure switching from Sojos to THK wouldn't be much of a problem.

Looking at portions...the website says 1/2 cup a day for dogs up to 12 lbs. Am I to assume that for dogs less than half that size I should halve the daily portion? Then we'd be looking at 1/8 cup of food per meal (2x/day feedings) which still seems like more than enough. I'm also thinking about supplementing with cottage cheese and yogurt for more protein, considering Bean's a skinny little thing and Zoey's still a puppy.
Getting away from kibble will be a huge relief. I'm tired of reading labels and wondering if I could be doing better.
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I LOVE Sojos. IT's easy to mix up, looks like real food (you can identify what is what) and smells like chicken pot pie. I use the complete and the dogs are doing great on it. I have bought it locally as well as through amazon with free shipping and what I like is that it has a "Born on" date stamped on it. Both via Amazon and locally, my food was within a week or two of being born. My dogs don't really shed at all on it and hardly poop.
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Looking at portions...the website says 1/2 cup a day for dogs up to 12 lbs. Am I to assume that for dogs less than half that size I should halve the daily portion? Then we'd be looking at 1/8 cup of food per meal (2x/day feedings) which still seems like more than enough. I'm also thinking about supplementing with cottage cheese and yogurt for more protein, considering Bean's a skinny little thing and Zoey's still a puppy.
Getting away from kibble will be a huge relief. I'm tired of reading labels and wondering if I could be doing better.
That feeding amount sounds like a good place to start and you can always tweak the amounts as you go along. The add ins are great too.
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