Originally Posted by geisthexe
Price wise each category goes from great to good
Cost from 40.00 to 70.00
Taste of the wild wilderness
Cost from 30.00 to 50.00
Kirklands Naturals Domain
Cost from 25.00 to 45.00
All do NOT have Corn, Wheat or Soy
Which are not good for dogs
I disagree entirely, though i guess everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
TOTW, Diamond, Kirklands, etc is all the same feed, same sources, low quality sourced ingredients that the only difference is labeling, packaging and marketing. TOTW has plenty of meat content, but the quality of meat content is that of Diamond and the other Diamond lines of feed. Ever been to a Diamond facility? I have, twice and it was anything but sub-par and disgusting.
Blue Buffalo is mostly marketing, widely produced feed that is nothing but sub par. A big name that spends a great deal of money for advertising, packaging, hiding recalls and simply a mass produced market which suffers in quality in the end. Regular Blue Buffalo, Wilderness, etc.. Yup, all the same, same as Diamond.. Same quality ingredients, different packaging, marketing, etc. Though i will note i would feed BB before Diamond if i had to pay $40 for BB and Diamond was offering me free bags of feed PLUS paying me.
I can go on but i won't, just because a product or company doesn't include heavy grains or listed "Bi-Products" does not automatically put them into a higher league, quality, etc of feed. It LOOKS better but looks doesn't mean much of anything. Many of these large big box feed companies out source their ingredients, many still use the legal loop holes to get by with a cheap as possible while making their products look great while making higher profits.
Orijen and Acana are the only two i would personally recommend, at least from that list. While yes, all companies make profits, Champion (company that produces Orijen and Acana) has some of the lowest company mark ups in the industry, middle of the road if not lower budget for advertising, makes no blunt excuses for any product mishaps which has been zero recalls for quality as well as some of the highest in the industry for quality and consistency. They are not perfect, naturally and there are other decent to good feeds out there, however..
If you want the most natural, appropriate feed for a dog go with prey model raw. If you want a dry kibble, the best thing next to raw is Orijen, specifically i would suggest Regional Red if your looking for essentially raw but in kibble format, however any of the Orijen lines are excellent. Acana Regionals is the only line of Acana i would suggest as there is no grains UNLESS on a budget or only feed in season, winter or summer "filler feed" than regular Acana offers the excellent quality but with the addition of a grain.
I can suggest more later or you can just search the health section, i've posted in several threads and have helped quite a few members here that can vouch for, at least, my suggestions if not my knowledge as well depending on who they are.