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28 February 2015 - 3:07 pm
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4myty said
I have all 3 of mine on Earthborn Primitive dry mixed with a bit of Merrick 96% beef or buffalo.

Both are excellent foods. On Dog Food Advisor, it says:

Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

and Merrick's Grain Free rates:

Merrick Grain Free dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

We've used both and really like how they worked with Wyatt's system. He thrived on both. Last year we met the folks from Merrick at a conference and learned all about the company. They get their meats from local suppliers in the Texas area and the company is truly family-run and has tight quality control processes. Later I met someone who lives in the same town as the Merrick family and even went to school with their kids. He vouched for their commitment to great, health pet food, so you can feel good about feeding it to your pups.

Hah I sound like a commercial! But I really do like that company.

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Thanks Jerry!smiley

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Rene I am SO glad to hear you say that! Tanner's been on Merrick for a couple months now. I kept having to change his food b/c everything seemed to be giving him a sour stomach, and when we tried Merrick it seemed to do the trick. Sometimes I get him the canned Merrick to mix in with the dry for an extra treat. He LOVES it and I love it even more now that I know they are a great company. 

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Awww you're welcome Elizabeth. I didn't know anything about Merrick till we met them last year, and it turns out that we've actually stayed in the tiny Texas town where the family is from and operates the plant (Hereford). We go through there often since it's on the way to Colorado where we spend summer, and they've offered to give us a plant tour next time we're there, so you bet we will share our experience here. Stay tuned.

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4 March 2015 - 5:55 pm
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Just an F.Y.I. on this topic......I talked to my vet today at length regarding this additive, Polypropylene Glycol, and he says it is a virtually harmless substance. It is used for moisture retention in many dog treats, but is a very small quantity. The additive used to create anti-freeze, and is extremely toxic, is Ethylene Glycol.

Polypropylene Glycol is also most often used in a huge variety of human laxative products, and those products used to prep for colonoscopies, so the worst that this additive would do is give pups softer #2. Of course, there is always the possibility a pet could be sensitive to the additive, as to anything else, but I personally feel a bit better after talking to him about this particular additive.

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Sorry if I scared people. I had just read about the Beneful controversy and just wanted to warn anyone who may be using this food. I am most definately allergic to the stuff.  Figured it out by sensitivity to several products containing it. I will definately be postponing that colonoscopy as long as I can. LOL At least now I can figure that I did no real lasting harm to my dog by giving him the supplements containing it. I will still try to stay as natural as possible. Lucy has developed quite the taste for raw carrots. With her girth, I will not argue with her.

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Sorry if I scared people. I had just read about the Beneful controversy and just wanted to warn anyone who may be using this food. I am most definately allergic to the stuff.  Figured it out by sensitivity to several products containing it. I will definately be postponing that colonoscopy as long as I can. LOL At least now I can figure that I did no real lasting harm to my dog by giving him the supplements containing it. I will still try to stay as natural as possible. Lucy has developed quite the taste for raw carrots. With her girth, I will not argue with her.

Lori, I don't think you scared anyone, you didn't scare me personally, you just helped us be more aware of products, and ingredients in them. As far as Beneful goes, I still believe this is a very nasty dog food, and will try to talk anyone and everyone out of using it. I also agree with you that I will always continue to read labels, and to use as natural products as possible. I have always given my girls plenty of fruits and veggies over the years and will continue to do so, but every once in awhile, I like to find a yummy, healthy treat or two for them, and recently I found Louisiana Alligator and Sweet Potato bites for my girls....they are made in the U.S.A. of U.S.A. products, and the ingredients are yummy for them. I still have a problem with the minimal garlic and salt in some treats, but they are also in very small quantity in the treats. The product is made by a company called "Think Dog/ By Delca", out of California. Both Pearl and now Zuzu almost knock me over to get them!! Have to go easy on them though, they are high calorie treats.
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Thanks Bonnie, we appreciate your sharing your vet's perspective with us!

From what I've read it makes sense, this ingredient in small quantities is harmless.

The problem is what Dog Food Advisor Mike pointed out, that dogs who ingest it over and over again via their kibble tend to be put at risk. With so many other preservative options out there, and so many other ways our health is assaulted with chemicals, I'd just prefer to minimize the risk by staying away from stuff like this.

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Thanks Bonnie, we appreciate your sharing your vet's perspective with us!
From what I've read it makes sense, this ingredient in small quantities is harmless.
The problem is what Dog Food Advisor Mike pointed out, that dogs who ingest it over and over again via their kibble tend to be put at risk. With so many other preservative options out there, and so many other ways our health is assaulted with chemicals, I'd just prefer to minimize the risk by staying away from stuff like this.

Jerry, yes, I completely agree with you. I also think too much of anything, like some of these additives in food, can eventually do more harm than good. My vet said pretty much the same thing as far as eating it everyday, that it could possibly have ill effects in a lot of pets. I will most likely stay away from these types of additives myself, so I surely didn't want to sound like I am okay with possible harmful substances in any kinds of food, ours, or our pets. Sorry if it sounded as such. Healthy eating is much better all the way around for sure.

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Silly Bonnie I never thought that! No apologies needed, really!

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