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I know there are several who feed their furkids EVO, so I thought I would post this notice a local Pet Health Food Store sent out concerning the sale of Natura.  Who knows if the quality will stay the same, but I hadn't heard before this they were being sold.  (And if you live close to Madison, you can pick up some food on sale!!wink)

 

CONSUMER ALERT On June 1st, Natura Pet Products was acquired by Proctor & Gamble, a large conglomerate that sells human and pet products.  If history repeats itself we are not confident that the quality of ingredients will remain the same.  In keeping with our mission to provide our customers only the highest quality ingredients that are safe and biologically appropriate for their pets we have chosen to no longer carry California Naturals or Evo dog and cat food lines in our stores. We provide several other limited ingredient and/or grain free options that are comparable or, in our opinion, are even superior to the Natura brands.  When you purchases your last bag of EVO or California Naturals, talk to a Tabby & Jack's Pet Nutritionist about transitioning your pet to healthy diet that  is tailored for your pet. CLOSEOUT ALL EVO & CALIFORNIA NATURALS 20% OFF!

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Thank you Harley. I thought I had mentioned it here before but maybe I spaced on that. We did hear the news and initally reacted with skepticism as well. It was disappointing to hear that they sold out, I have to admit. I just went to Natura's website where this letter from the Prez was posted:

June 1, 2010

Dear Natura Consumer,

 I am pleased to announce the acquisition of Natura Pet Products by Procter & Gamble was finalized on June 1st. I am delighted to continue as President and Chief Operating Officer for Natura Pet Products, and my management team remains in place. I’m excited about continuing to serve Natura’s customers and their pets with the high-quality, natural nutrition you’ve come to expect.

I have heard much speculation about our brands and wanted you to hear directly from me. Be assured that our commitment to quality has never been stronger and we will continue to offer world class products for your pets. Specifically: Natura’s nutritional philosophy will not change; we know that the foundation of our success is rooted in our products and their performance. Our approach to formulation and product design will remain the same, and we will continue to position our formulas on the cutting edge as we evolve and improve our market leading products. Importantly, all Natura dry products will continue to be produced in Natura’s plant in Fremont, and our ingredient selection philosophy is unchanged. We will not compromise our standards.

Additionally, our commitment to your local Independent Pet Store continues to be our top priority. We are committed to distributing the Natura brands only within the Pet Specialty channel. This is where the natural pet food-seeking pet parent shops, and where we can provide cutting edge products and nutritional consultation to ensure you get the best products for your pet.

Lastly, we remain committed to Natura’s heritage of product innovation. We’ve just launched California Natural Grain-Free, and if you’re looking for a no-grain product with limited ingredients, try this one. California Natural Grain Free carries all of the hallmarks of the Natura brands – quality, careful ingredient selection, produced in our plant in Fremont – with the added benefits of grain-free formulas for those sensitive pets.

 As always, please contact our Product Advisors with any questions or concerns at 1-800-532-7261. Thank you for your belief in Natura Pet Products. The future is bright for our brands, and we look forward to serving you and your pets for many years to come.

 

Sincerely,

Don Scott

President and Chief Operating Officer
Natura Pet Products

I'm glad to hear that the Prez will stay on, but of course that doesn't guarantee anything. Your pet supply store is right, there are lots of other companies making great, grain-free dog foods now. Superior? I don't know, but if you ever have any doubts about Natura's or competing brands, be sure to check out The Dog Food Advisor to get his unbiased scientific anaylysis of the quality of the food.

It's scary, but even with foods that are supposed to have high quality ingredients, you still can't take anything for granted. The only way to guarantee that your dog's food is safe is to cook it youself. And of course for many, there just isn't the time to do it. So we're forced to continue putting our faith in companies large and small and hope they'll do the right thing.

Thanks for letting us know. We'll be sure to update Spirit Jerry's older posts about Evo whenever we run into them.

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We're definitely waiting with baited breath on this one. We tried a number of foods for the pups before settling on one of California Natural's limited ingredient foods, two days before they sold to P&G. We're quite passionate about nutrition and nutrient ratios, and it's one of the very few LID's that has appropriate nutrition for a growing pup. I'm not sure where we'll go from here *IF* they do change their formula's or the food stops agreeing with the puppies stomachs. Dante more than anything needs a well rounded diet to help him grow steady and strong.

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Oh geeze, Thank You Harley for posting this.  I have both my Nova and Emmy on EVO, but I do not have a lot of confidence in P&G products.  So I am going to look into switching.  Anyone have any recommendations for a good grain-free kibble?  I was feeding Canidae for awhile, I'm going to check out Dogfoodadvisor, but I'm looking for ideas.

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Dane Mom said:

...any recommendations for a good grain-free kibble?

Check out our write-up of Dr. Sagman’s Healthy Foods for Cancer Dogs in the Tripawds Nutrtion blog. Specifically, Wysong has some great stuff!

 

Archetype 
The original Wysong raw diet for dogs and cats. Wysong Archetype™ (meaning the original model, the way things are meant to be) is designed to emulate the raw foods carnivores eat in the wild – the natural diet canines and felines are genetically programmed to eat. This original formula is cold processed with our proprietary TNT™ (True Non-Thermal™) manufacturing technology, which uniquely keeps vital food components fully intact and uncompromised. It is a dried diet (99+% meat) formulated to closely mimic the natural raw diet of carnivore companion animals. Complete with raw meats, organs, bones, essential fatty acids, probiotics, enzymes, plant nutrients, vital micronutrients and more!
Archetype Buffet™ is the first ever combination of our TNT™ technology and superior kibble. This means you get the benefits of feeding raw to your companion animal in combination with our highly nutritious Wysong kibble. Archetype Buffet™ is complete with non-heat degraded raw meats, organs, bones, collagen, proteoglycans (chondroitin, glucosamine), prebiotics and probiotics, and enhanced with phyto-nutrient, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. When mixed with water, dry Archetype Buffet™ becomes a highly palatable stew-like food. Each 19.5 oz. bag rehydrates to the equivalent of eleven 5.5 oz. cans of food.
Optimal Performance
Optimal Performance™ is an unparalleled and truly unique natural dog food. Optimal Performance™ is the fusion of our TNT™ technology with an enhanced dried kibble. This is one of the first natural pet diets to offer the benefits of raw feeding and superior kibble in one package! (The other diets being Wysong Archetype Buffet™, and Wysong Nurture with Free Range Pheasant™.) Wysong is the only company that has combined the nutritional power of our superior and proven kibble with the more genetically appropriate raw meats. Optimal Performance™ has minimum 40% protein, 18% fat, and contains fresh, free-range, organic, dried, and raw meats. And, as is the case with all Wysong base diets and TNT™ processed raw dog foods, Optimal Performance™ is complete with vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants, and nutraceuticals.
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You might also consider cecking out National Pet Pharmacy's auto-ship dog food program. You can save 10% on most vet prescription brand foods and the have a wide selection recommended grain free dog foods. Best of all, you set your schedule and forget it – the food gets delivered like a subscription.

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Pet store Bad Dog Frida in Madison (http://www.badd.....gfrida.com) also sent out a warning and I've been told the owner is very very good at recommending foods.  She was recommended to me recently since it looks like Gerry has developed a sensitive stomach.  This news is also really bad since I got a lot of recommendations that California Natural might work for his new stomach issues.

But anyway, I feel I should also mention that both Bad Dog Frida and Tabby & Jack's agreed to display posters for the last Madison Tripawd Pawty - so another yay for them!  I'll be dropping by both again to advertise our July 11th party.

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Has anyone tried Orijen?  We got some samples from the place where I'll be taking Zuzu to puppy classes.  It's from Canada (Champion Petfoods), and is grain free. I've been giving some of the kibbles to my girls as treats and they both seem to like it. 

Holly has been warm and cold on the Evo kibble - so we were back on Blue Buffalo Wilderness (I think that's what it's called).  I'll have to look to see if I can find samples of Wysong to see if Holly might like that one.

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I know I saw Orijen was rated #1 this year or last year, but I forget by whom, and I have generally heard it spoken highly of.

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Orijen is amazing. It was too rich for Dante - but Mina did GREAT on it, and so does my beagle. It's a great food. Once Mina is able to safely go on Adult food, she's switching back with Coda. Maybe by then Dante's sensitive tummy can handle the Orijen. Really healthy coats, great bowel movements. Right now on the California naturals, Mina is pooping about 4-5 times a day, but still formed and solid. On the Orijen it was twice a day and I could hardly call what came out poop. Same thing for our beagle, Coda. Dante on the other hand had the runs and blood. Mind you not long after they both got a GI infection - so that might've been related for him.

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anyemery said:

I'll have to look to see if I can find samples of Wysong ...

We actually spoke with Wysong today. They're sending us samples of their new Starch Free kibble for a Tripawds Nutrition blog review. They said our readers will be able to request free samples so stay tuned!

If anyone missed it, we already wrote about Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw dog foods which is great!

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Dog Food Analysis is another source of information about lots of dog food brands:

http://www.dogf.....dex-a.html

 

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I'm going to wait and see what happens with the Natura foods.  Calif Natural Herring and Sweet Potato is the only thing that Loki digests well and Kona is doing great on the Evo with her cancer.  If they keep the recipes and ingredients the same and continue the high standards at the manufacturing plant in California then I will still use these products.  I know a lot of independent pet stores are upset and worried that the foods will now end up at PetSmart or other superstores so part of the protest is a political issue (big business vs the little guys).

If I decided not to feed Natura I would probably feed one of the Solid Gold foods.  This food has been around a long time and was intitially developed for giant dogs (Great Danes) and all of the dogs I have seen on it look great.  It is very pricey but seems worth it.  If your dog is on a limited ingredient diet then you might consider Natural Balance.  This food is superior to Nature's Recipe and they have several excellent formulas. Taste of the Wild is a food that is similar to Evo (high protein/low carb) and should benefit most cancer dogs.

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But anyway, I feel I should also mention that both Bad Dog Frida and Tabby & Jack's agreed to display posters for the last Madison Tripawd Pawty - so another yay for them!  I'll be dropping by both again to advertise our July 11th party.


YAAAAAAAY!!!! Thank you so much Bri!

 

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I know a lot of independent pet stores are upset and worried that the foods will now end up at PetSmart or other superstores so part of the protest is a political issue (big business vs the little guys).


 

Great insight Pam, that hadn't even occurred to us but it makes sense, totally.

There is reason to be skeptical about large companies like P&G making our dog's food, but on the other hand, I've read in a few places that since the pet food contamination and the backlash that happened, many larger companies like P&G have seen the light and are jumping on the natural / healthy foods bandwagon, trying to regain customers and faith in their products. They're going to have to work darn hard to prove to a lot of people that they can create safe, nutritious foods, that's for sure but I'll stay open the pawsiblity that Natura will make sure they continue doing things ethically and nutritiously.

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