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What is the best food for my girl?

I am so confused by all the foods, and information on the internet. I carefully monitor treats and have started making my own. I refuse to buy anything made in China! I just don"t know what is the safest and healthiest food for my Maizy. What do you all feed your golden babies?
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I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but the best food for your dog is what he does well on, no digestive issues and a nice coat, what fits your budget, with ingredients you like, and is readily available to you.

My girls eat Nutro Ultra, because it is what works best for them. We have tried others, but none have worked as well, and I keep returning to Ultra. I am not a big believer in grain-free unless there are specific issues with grains.
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I cannot express how great a raw diet is, the ingredients are simple and natur and dogs thrive on it, many people will spend years because they can't find a dog food that their dog does well, because some small ingredient out of the dozens ticks off something in the dog, with raw you have the freedom to controll what you feed along with the dental benefits of eating bone and shredding meat, it's not as expensive as you would think either, I do 1.5 lbs a day for 2.50 a day and that's on the more expensive side. I had two dogs live to long ages health issue free a 180 lb 32 inch tall tibetan mastiff live to 18 and a golden retriever 90 lbs to 16.


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Use something that you can buy close to you if you don't like buying on-line. Buy from the local feed store to save money. In Iowa, I am sure you can buy some really good regional brands along with the nationals at the local feed store.

Don't spend money on protein you don't need.

You can buy Dr. Tim's Kinesis on Pet Flow in 44lb bags for a song.

All North American. He even tells you the maker of the vitamins.
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WCF, if you were to compare Annamaet Option to Dr Tim's Kinesis, which would be the "better" food? Also as a fyi, Chewy's site has the best "deal" by a few cents per pound on the 30 lb.er at $1.40 lb. Also out of curiosity, why do different sites have different bag size and advertisement for Dr Tim's? The same two question applies to cat food? Thanks and I apologize for diverting the original question.
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WCF, if you were to compare Annamaet Option to Dr Tim's Kinesis, which would be the "better" food? Also as a fyi, Chewy's site has the best "deal" by a few cents per pound on the 30 lb.er at $1.40 lb. Also out of curiosity, why do different sites have different bag size and advertisement for Dr Tim's? The same two question applies to cat food? Thanks and I apologize for diverting the original question.
If you can get free shipping on the 30lb bags then Mr. Chewy is a bit cheaper. Last time I checked the 44lb bags of on Petflow were less. Mr. Chewy was much more than Petflow a few months back.

Petflow and some others still have the old graphics on their websites and Petflow offers every bag size, some like the 44lbs are "breeder" bags, all white bags with a sticker on them. Those are the bags I get by the pallet.

Mr. Chewy only sells the new style bags, the fancy printed bags.

Annamaet Option is a really good food and so is Kinesis. Kinesis would hold up better with more active dogs and is technically a better food because of the some of the supporting ingredients like porcine plasma, psyllium & beet pulp, the vitamin mix, etc.

Kinesis is a more modern food. Option came out originally as a allergy food.

If you had a wide age range of dogs from young to old, then Kinesis would be better. If you had a bunch of special cases that needed fewer proteins and lower fat then Option would be better.

Overall Kinesis is more flexible and I would use that personally. Kinesis for a 26% protein is about the best you will find.
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Thanks for the info, with the goldens and my Newfie, getting to free shipping is never a problem. Been using Option lately due to my one sensitive Golden. May have to try Kinesis for the others, just a pita trying to separate at meal time. BTW if saving $ on the bag lowers the $ per lb, all for it.
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Thanks for the info, with the goldens and my Newfie, getting to free shipping is never a problem. Been using Option lately due to my one sensitive Golden. May have to try Kinesis for the others, just a pita trying to separate at meal time. BTW if saving $ on the bag lowers the $ per lb, all for it.
Artbuc on here uses Dr. Tim's Pursuit and he thought Rocky was allergic to chicken but as it turns out he wasn't.

Last time I emailed Artbuc he was thrilled to be using it.
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