If you're on a tight budget there are other lower priced brands better than Dad's that you can try. But you can afford any of the premium brands, then stay away from whatever is sold in the grocery store.Thank you for the information. I just wanted to know before I tried it on them.
As for types, ages of dogs. I have an 8 week old JRT mix, who is of course exciteable and hyper. I have an 11 month old female pitbull who is happy go lucky and loves to run, chase balls all the time. Neither dog has any problems or obesity issues.
It's good to hear you want to change foods (and again, I'm so sorry about Mako, may he rest in peace). I know how horribly overwhelming it can be in those stores, especially if you don't know exactly what to look for. I always tell people to never read the front of the package because all of them will say the same thing. It's the ingredients that give you the real answers. You want named meat sources as your first (and preferably second) ingredient. You want to see no corn, wheat, soy, beet pulp, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives (BHA/BHT, ethoxyquin).
If you can find it, I'd say go with Canidae first because it has a higher linoleic acid content (3.7%) which will be better for China's coat so hopefully you won't have to add as much fish oil to her kibble. http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
If you can't find Canidae, go with the regular blue bag of Natural Balance small bites (so Ducky can eat it too). It's linoleic acid content is slightly lower (3%), and has a little more grain in it than I'd prefer, but still much better than a lot of foods. Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Ultra Premium Dog Food
These are both all life stages foods, so just follow the feeding guidelines on the bag and adjust the amount you feed to your dogs' body state (losing or gaining weight). Just make sure you do the slow transition, so there are minimal to no upset tummies.
Definitely, I'd read that in another raw conversation in here somewhere. I feed kibble first thing when we all get up after the dogs have their first time outside (anywhere between 8-9am) and they don't get their second feeding (raw) until around 5pm.Oh and in the mean time, make sure you're feeding the raw food far enough apart timewise from the kibble. About 8 hours or so. That way the kibble isn't slowing down the digestion of the raw food.
I've heard of people's dogs having issues with it, but I thought it was because of the new formula change that added some glutens to it and dogs with gluten allergies would have issues with it. I have a friend who's had his dog on Canidae for over two years and the dog didn't even have issues with the formula change in the slightest. Maybe rockymtsweetie could try a small bag of each and see which one sits better with China and Ducky. I know most of the small boutique stores have samples she can try.