Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
GRAIN-FREE FORMULAS ONLY
Formulas: (Formulas are slightly different depending on whether they are made in the U.S. or Canada; check website.) Dry line: Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Adult/Original (poultry based), 6 Fish (fish based), Regional Red (meat based), Senior , Tundra (contains less common proteins)
Freeze dried raw formulas: Adult, Regional Red, Tundra
(Formulas are slightly different depending on whether they are made in the U.S. or Canada; check website.)
Regionals line: Meadowland/Wild Prairie (poultry based), Pacifica/Wild Atlantic (fish based); Grasslands (multiple proteins); Ranchlands/Appalachian Ranch (meat based)
Heritage line (lower protein and fewer protein sources than the Regionals line): Canada: Puppy Small Breed, Puppy & Junior, Puppy Large Breed, Adult Small Breed, Adult Large Breed, Cobb Chicken, Sport & Agility, Light & Fit, Senior Dog
America: Free-Run Poultry, Heritage Meats, Freshwater Fish
Limited Ingredients Formulas (Singles): Lamb, Duck, Pork, Mackerel/Pilchard
NOTE: In Canada, there is also the Classics Line, which contains grain in the form of oats. Three formulas: poultry, fish, red meat)
Formulas: Duck, Lamb, Trout & Salmon, Rabbit, Whitefish, Turkey, Zssential (multi-protein)
Also has canned lines.
Formulas: Rocky Mountain Medley line(multiple proteins), Western Plains Stampede line (single proteins): Beef, Turkey, Whitefish, Xotic Essentials line (novel protein): Bison, Rabbit, Kangaroo
Also has canned formulas.
Formulas: Kibble: Chicken, Lamb, Duck, Large Breed Chicken, Low-cal Chicken
Also makes several dehydrated raw formulas and canned formulas
Formulas: Kibble: Turkey/Chicken, Whitefish, Lamb, Pork, and Salmon formulas
Also makes freeze-dried raw formulas, treats, and "stew" type wet formulas.
GRAIN-FREE & HEALTHY GRAIN FORMULAS
Grain-free Formulas: Four Star line: Surf & Turf (salmon, duck, chicken); Beef Frittata Veg, Salmon Tunalini, Game Bird (duck, turkey, quail pheasant), Lamb & Lentil, Pork & Peas
Healthy Grain Formulas: Four Star line: Pork & Applesauce, Duck & Sweet Potato, Chicken A La Veg, Whitefish & Potato, Salmon A La Veg ; Gold line: Adult Gold, Large Breed Adult Gold, Puppy Gold, Large Breed Puppy Gold, Senior Gold, all poultry based; Heartland Gold, red meat based. Gold Coast, fish based. Adult and Mature Adult Classics (both Classic lines contain chicken)
Grain-free Formulas (Now Fresh & Go! Fit & Free lines): Now Fresh Puppy, Adult, Small Breed, Senior, Large Breed Puppy, Large Breed Adult, Large Breed Senior (all contain turkey, salmon, duck), Go! Fit & Free Puppy, Adult and Senior (all contain chicken, turkey, salmon)
Healthy Grain Formulas (Go! Daily Defiance & Summit Holistic lines): Go! Daily Defiance Chicken, Lamb (both all life stages), Summit 3 Meat Puppy, 3 Meat Adult, 3 Meat Reduced Calorie (3 Meats contain chicken, salmon, lamb),
Limited Ingredients Formulas (Go! Sensitivity & Shine line): Duck, Salmon, Grain Free Turkey
Grain-free Formulas: Barking at the Moon (fish, beef); Sun Dancer (chicken)
Healthy Grain Formulas: Hundchen Flocken Puppy, Hund-n-Flocken Adult (both contain lamb); Wolfcub Puppy, Wolfking Adult (both contain bison), Holistique Blendz Senior (fish), MMillennia Beef & Barley Adult, Just a Wee Bit Adult (bison)
Grain-free Formulas (Core line): Puppy, Small Breed, Original, Reduced Fat (all contain chicken, turkey), Ocean (fish)
Note: New as of July 2018, the Complete Health line also has grain-free formulas.
Healthy Grain Formulas (Complete Health): Chicken, Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal, Whitefish & Sweet Potato, Healthy Weight, Just for Puppies, Just for Seniors, Adult Large Breed, Puppy Large Breed, Adult Small Breed, Small Breed Healthy Weight, Small Breed Puppy (final 8 contain chicken)
Limited Ingredients Formulas (Simple Solutions line): Duck & Oatmeal, Salmon & Potato, Turkey & Potato, Lamb & Oatmeal
Note: As of July 2018, the Complete Health line has LID formulas that are exactly the same as the Simple formulas.
Grain-free Formulas (Legacy line): Puppy, Adult (both contain chicken, salmon, turkey); Also has Amicus line for small breeds (turkey, chicken, salmon); Also has Pulsar line with peas, lentils, chicken and fish
Healthy Grain Formulas (Complete line): Large Breed Adult, Large Breed Puppy, Puppy, Adult, Senior (all contain chicken)
Grain-free Formulas (Pure): Sky (duck, turkey), Land (bison, lamb), Element (chicken, turkey, lamb, ocean fish), Sea (salmon)
Healthy Grain Formulas: Lamb & Rice, Chicken & Rice, Beef & Fish, ALS (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish), Platinum Senior (chicken, turkey, lamb, fish)
Limited Ingredient Formulas: Chicken, Brown & White Rice (Single Grain Protein)
Lotus (has a raw formula also)
Grain-free Formula: Duck
Healthy Grain Formulas: Wholesome Chicken, Wholesome Chicken Puppies, Wholesome Chicken Seniors, Wholesome Lamb
Grain-free Formulas: Primitive Natural (turkey, chicken, whitefish), Coastal Catch (herring, salmon, whitefish), Great Plains Feast (bison), Meadow Feast (lamb)
Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult Vantage, Puppy Vantage and Small Breed (all contain chicken and whitefish), Ocean Fusion (whitefish and menhaden fish)
Eagle Holistic Select
Grain Free Formulas: Adult & Puppy Salmon, Anchovy and Sardines
Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult, Adult Small & Mini Breed, Puppy, Puppy Small & Mini Breed (all 4 contain anchovy, sardines, salmon), Adult Chicken Meal & Rice, Adult Duck, Adult Lamb, Senior Chicken & Rice, Large & Giant Breed Chicken & Oatmeal, Large & Giant Breed Puppy Lamb Meal & Oatmeal, Weight Maintenance Chicken & Peas
Grain Free Formulas: Turkey
Healthy Grain Formulas: Hollistic Blend (Lamb & Rice; Chicken, Rice & Vegetable) and The Healthy Dog (Chicken & Herring Meal)
Grain Free Formulas: Salmon Bleu, Viva La Venison, Le Lamb
Healthy Grain Formulas: La Porchetta (Pork, Limited ingredient)
**Also has raw dehydrated formulas**
Grain Free Formulas: Buffalo, Chicken, Salmon; Pioneers Natural Grain Free Chicken, GF Pork, GF Venison and GF Whitefist
Healthy Grain Formulas: Buffalo, Chicken, Lamb, Salmon; Pioneers Natural Buffalo, Chicken, Pork Venison and Whitefish
Limited Ingredient Formulas (Dr. E's line): Buffalo, Duck; Grain Free Buffalo, Grain Free Duck
Grain Free Formulas: Lean (chicken, duck, herring), Aqualuk (salmon, herring), Salcha (chicken, turkey, duck), Manitok (lamb, venison)
Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult (chicken, 23% protein), Encore (chicken, 25% protein), Extra (chicken, 26% protein), Option (salmon and venison, 24% protein), Ultra (chicken, 32% protein), Small Breed ALS (lamb, venison, coming soon)
Nature's Variety (has a raw line also)
Grain Free Formulas: Instinct Raw Boost (5 formulas: chicken, beef & lamb, lamb & salmon, duck & turkey, venison & lamb); Instinct Originals (5 formulas: chicken, beef & lamb, duck & turkey, rabbit, salmon)
Healthy Grain Formulas: Prairie Dogs (6 formulas: chicken, beef, lamb, duck, venison, salmon); Puppy and Large Breed Puppy (chicken and brown rice)
Limited Ingredient Formulas (Instinct Grain Free line): Turkey, Lamb, Duck, Rabbitt
Grain Free Formulas (N&D line): Chicken, Large Breed Chicken, Small Breed Chicken, Wild Lamb, Wild Boar, Wild Herring
Healthy Grain Formulas (20% Ancestral High Protein line): Chicken, Lamb, Wild Cod
Harmony line: Grain-free Chicken, Grain-free Chicken Turkey & Salmon, Venison & Salmon (contains healthy grains) Melody line: Grain-free Chicken, Grain-free Chicken Turkey & Salmon, Lamb (contains healthy grains).
HEALTHY GRAIN FORMULAS ONLY
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul
Healthy Grain Formulas: Adult, Large Breed Adult, Senior, Adult Light, Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Overweight (all contain chicken, turkey).
RAW FORMULAS ONLY
Honest Kitchen: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/
Ziwi Peak: http://www.ziwipeak.com/
Stella & Chewy’s: http://www.stellaandchewys.com/
(S & C also has kibbles, including an LID line)
Tucker's Raw: http://www.tuckersbones.com/
Vital Essentials: http://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/
RX/PRESCRIPTION FORMULAS ONLY
Rayne Clinical Nutrition: http://www.raynenutrition.com/
** Brands that look okay but have had recent recalls or buyouts; still better than Iams, Nutro, Hills, and grocery store junk…..
Taste of the Wild (grain-free): http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/products
EVO (grain-free): http://www.evopet.com
Innova (healthy grains): http://www.innovapet.com
California Natural (recommended for dogs with sensitivities): http://www.californianaturalpet.com
Natural Balance (known for limited ingredient diets; merged with DelMonte 6/15/13): http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/
Bravo (raw; more than one recall in last year): http://www.bravorawdiet.com/
I think that's a good choice.
Haley, can you reply again? Your comment was cut off.
I wouldn't moisten the food. Breeders do that for 3-4 week old puppies when they first introduce solid food. By 8 weeks, they can eat the kibble just fine. It is not too hard for their teeth; first of all, they don't really chew their food anyway, and second, those razor blade puppy teeth can certainly handle some kibble, lol. Wetting the food also doesn;t make it easier to digest.
Awesome!! Thank you so much :)
Thank you, Karen and Allison! It is sure a comfort to have this list, and I appreciate all the research you have done over the years!
Thanks for the kind words, Lauria.
I would stay far away from this product. It is a powdered mix to which you add your own meat and water, and it IS very heavy in grains. The website gives very little information on the nutritional profile. In addition, it looks like it is only sold through the Volhard website. Wendy Volhard is a dog breeder, trainer and dog behaviorist with absolutely no training or education in nutrition and there is no reason I can see to take her advice on feeding, lol. In fact, some of the info on the website is misleading to the point of bordering on fraud. For example, she "cured" hip dysplasia with her diet? Not possible, lol.
If you want to feed a dehydrated product to which you add your own meat & water, there are much better choices out there, both nutritionally and in terms of transparency of sourcing. Honest Kitchen's base mixes, for one.
Thanks Karen. I'm going to continue my search.
Do look at Honest Kitchen.