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Which flavor do your chi's prefer?
High prarie or wetlands?
Adult, regional red or 6 fish?
And how much do you feed your chi's and how much do they weigh?

Just curious as its a toss up between TOTW or Orijen at the moment. Both are better than what hes currently on. It looks like orijen is the better of the 2 but would love some opinions of people who fee them x
 

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I just switched to totw from orijen puppy. I like them both, leila liked them both. Umm i havent' noticed any differences as of yet,(it's been 2-3 wks i think) except her poop looks smaller to me. Not sure why though.
This is slightly cheaper but that isn't the reason i switched. It was because i can get this here in my town, had to travel to get the orijen.
She is eating the prarie one i believe, it has bison as first ingredient. The pieces are a bit bigger than orijens, which wasn't that tiny anyway. They are like a flat oval i guess. lol
I paid $10 for the smallest bag and got it at tractor supply. I have been feeding her 3/8 c. a day, she weighs 6 lbs. Either on the dot or an oz or 2 over, last i checked. But I am considering lowering it after reading how little some feed. But she is 8 mos. old,(still a puppy) so i'm unsure if i should.
 

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Thanks Cheryl thats very helpful!
I have 2 little sample bags of TOTW and I gave him a few biscuits of the Prarie and he wolfed them down.
I can get both Orijen & Totw from Zooplus online, although I do know of a shop locally that sells Orijen which is pretty lucky.
The Orijen is slightly more expensive but not by much.

Worked out roughly on feeding 60g a day it works out that the orijen would cost me £1.99 per week to feed and last 116 days.
The Totw would cost me £1.56 per week and last me 113 days.
 

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Dahlia has been on TOTW Bison since weaning.
She has no eye staining and has been very healthy.
She showed some allergy symptoms on the Foul & Salmon formula
so we went back to bison.No probs now.
Orijen is the alternative I would use but it is not available locally
anywhere here.Id have to buy it online.Also we mix in Innova Evo
when we get free samples and she likes that.TOTW is a 6 star dog food.
 

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Dahlia is a fantastic looking chi. And wow no tear stains, amazing!
Its definatly a toss up between the 2.

Do you think dogs get bored of having just one flavour kibble?
If I do go for Orijen I will have to stick to the adult formula which is cheaper.
But if I choose Totw I have 2 formulas to try (the 3rd is 5* rated not 6* like the prarie and wetlands)
 

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Frankly I feel if you give them more options to be picky they will.
I try not to spoil her that way and keep it basic.
As a change of pace I offer her raw or cooked boneless chicken
breast once a week or so.She has had raw beef chunks once or twice
with no upset too.Im lucky she eats like a goat and has never been a picky eater!
 

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Leo and Miley are on Orijen puppy, and we give the 6 Fish formula to Reese. Miley and Leo are both pretty easy to please, Leo was on Iams at the breeders, so I dont hear him complaining, and Miley is a total chow hound. Reese is my picky eater. Weve had him on a number of different foods and sampled things like THK, Wellness Core, etc for him. Some he completely refused to eat, other things he would eat, just with little interest. When he was a puppy, I used to feed him by hand just to get him to eat something as he was my first chi and I was so worried about hypoglycemia. When he was older I started offering him food only twice a day. Sometimes hed eat most of it, sometimes not, and he never seemed excited about it. We switched to Orijen a little over a month ago, I chose the 6 fish for him because he cant have chicken, and he LOVES it. He actually gets excited when he sees me filling his bowl, and he runs over and devours the whole meal. I may try Regional Red next time, but Im hesitant to even change the formula since he has been enjoying his food so much. I would highly recommend it, Im very pleased. I give Reese just under 1/4 cup twice a day, he weighs about 7 lbs, give or take an ounce.
 

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Add- You can also consider Acana for him. Orijen and Acana are made by the same company. I really like that they use regional ingredients and produce their own food, as opposed to having it produced in factories elsewhere, as seems to be the norm among other foods (not necessarily TOTW, I dont know anything about that food). We switched to Orijen from Blue Buffalo after they had a recall on some of their formulas that they blamed on the factory where those bags were produced. That didnt sit well with me at all, and though my guys werent eating the formulas in question, I switched them the next day. Anyway, the only difference between Acana and Orijen is the protein content, it is slightly higher in Orijen, with a wider variety of proteins used in each formula than in Acana. This makes Acana a little less expensive, and for some the lower protein content is a plus b/c it is so high in both foods.
 

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I feed TOTW for both my chi and my dobie. They have been on it for a couple months or so, and I love it. I get one flavor of kibble, and when the bag is emptied, go to another flavor. I'm hoping this will keep them interested and I read somewhere about how they may get more nutritional benefits that way. I also supplement with The Missing Link and give them some raw and cooked meats as well. So far they both look and act healthy.
 

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I feed Acana to my 3 and i change up the flavours after each bag.
They wolf it down in one go, and their coats are shiney and stools are good. lol
Even Dillon who had soft stools has firmed up nicely cause i add a little water to his, so am happy with the food.
I like that it is a little lower in protein than the orijen, but just as good ingredients wise. x
 

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Even Dillon who had soft stools has firmed up nicely cause i add a little water to his, so am happy with the food.
Im glad you mentioned this, Ill try it for Leo. He has been switched over now for several weeks and hes been having soft stools lately. I know I didnt do the best job of transitioning him from his Iams but he had just been picking out the Orijen so after a few days I stopped bothering to mix them. Maybe this will make it a little easier on his system.
 

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i recently switched mimi from royal canin chihuahua to totw wetlands the girl at the pet store told me orijen was too much protien for her . She tried the sierra mountain first n wouldnt touch it she seems to like the wetlands better. But ive noticed her poop is become quite larger and smelly, is this somewhat normal for better food or is it because there is more filler's like fruit n veggies?
 

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Bella and Cash are on TOTW Wetlands with the duck in it They hae since We got them. Their poop is smaller since most of the food ingredients are absorbed by their bodies. They both are 9lbs and holding steady. We free feed them filling the bowl when it's empty about once a day. They aren't overweight for their size their vet likes the look and feel of their coats. Cash is allergic to some grains and as TOTW is corn and wheat free he does great on it.
 

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I just started paige on TOTW as raw feeding didnt seem to be working for her. She was so skinny when i got her and didnt put any weight on at all even though i was feeding her triple the amount she should have been having. Anyway since feeding totw 55g a day, she is finally gaining weight. Her poo is still smalland her coat has thickened up to (dont know if the weather been cold has anything to do with that or not!) So Im very happy with it. I got the prairie one. Think it was about 26 pound with free postage from zooplus.
 

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This thread is of interest to me because I just started transitioning my two to TOTW (Bison & Venison) this week.

They seem to really love it. I've actually caught Gracie digging through the bowl picking out the TOTW pieces to eat. I free feed, too, refilling the bowl once a day - but it is a small bowl, so it's not as if I'm overfeeding. I'm a bit concerned that once I switch to 100% TOTW, I'll have to stop free feeding, as Gracie seems to be a binge eater!
 
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