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Well, I did it again this past weekend. Forgot to bring a sack of dog food to the lake home. For the second time in the past two months. With three large dogs this presents a problem and, because the lake house is in the middle of nowhere with no major cities within two hours of it my "mistake" involved a 4 hour round trip to the nearest large town (Duluth, MN) to find a retailer which carries the food my dogs eat. This is getting ridiculous to waste this sort of time and, since it appears that my brain is not going to allow me to remember to haul a 30 lb sack of food up there with me on a monthly basis, I decided to go to the nearest town and see what the local feed store had as options. I was rather surprised to find some decent dog foods among the brands that they carried. Since they are foods that I can get at my home as well as at our lake home (without a 4 hour round trip in a car with a husband who is NOT happy to be wasting a day in Duluth) I am contemplating switching brands.
So these are the options and I would appreciate any input:
1) Diamond Naturals. They seem to carry a number of types of this brand. I am aware of the fact this is the company which makes TOTW but also seem to remember that there was a substantial recall of this product some years ago.
2) Purina Pro Plan large breed adult formula
3) Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive skin and stomach adult
4) Taste of the Wild High Prairie Bison and Venison adult
5) Taste of the Wild Pine Forest Venison Canine formula
6) Canidae life stages
There was also a number of what I would consider low end brands and some which I have never heard of but based on the ingredients I would not consider feeding (the first ingredients seemed to be grains).
Science Diet is also available from the the vet I have seen in an emergency.
So, my question is to those who have fed any or all of these brands which would you use? None of my dogs have allergies and all weigh between 50 and 65 lbs. It would be really nice to just make a 30 minute drive in to town to the local feed store and have food instead of having to either bring up a 30 lb sack or make a 4 hour round trip to get more when I have (foolishly) forgotten it at home.
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I'm not a big fan of Diamond foods, it's more of a personal opinion more than anything but way too many recalls for my comfort level.

There are lots of supporters for the Pro Plan brands on the forum. I've also had many, many clients that used it and were quite happy with it... and their dogs looked great.
So if you don't have any allergy issues PP would be my choice.

I had to make a change when I moved out to the boonies too so totally understand wanting to get something that is available regardless where you are located.

Good luck with your choice!
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I would go with the pro plan. Chloe seems to do great on it. She is on the sensitive one because she gets a little itchy with any kind of chicken.

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We've had great success with Pro Plan. Shala was on the adult chicken and rice (not the shredded formula - just the regular) and she has just switched to the Sensitive Skin and Stomach salmon formula with no issues. She is lean and muscular with a great coat. So I give it 10/10

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Dory eats Taste of the Wild & has done amazing on it. She has a ton of allergies, so she does salmon.
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I started feeding the PPP SSS to my guys 6 years. Several members here on the forum recommended it when I adopted my boy. He was 15-20 lbs underweight and having all kinds of stomach issues.

I tried several different brands, various formulas, and the PPP SSS was the only thing that worked.

I order it through Amazon on subscription.
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