So, probably most of you have lamented like I have, about the cost of dog food. When I see what I pay per month, it's sort of scary. I think I may spend more on the dogs than me... I feed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. They all do very well on it. It is not cheap though. So, recently, I checked out other foods. I was in Agway last week, and spoke with the owner of the store, and she suggested I try a brand called "Exclusive". It has a bag program (where you buy so many bags and get one free), and it also had several different types for different needs. I took some samples of the high energy version and lamb/rice for my dogs. I mixed a bit in slowly, and everything seemed pretty copacetic. I then decided to go ahead and get the high energy and lamb rice- so, two different kinds for the dogs, depending on what they were doing. I then find out they only make the high energy in 38 lb bags- that's for two dogs... that makes no sense. But, still, I wanted to try and save money, so I bought an 18 lb bag of the lamb and rice.
When I opened the bag, I could instantly smell that it was stale. This is never a good sign, as it means they don't move much of it, and well, stale, is that much closer to bad/buggy... I fed some of it, with the ToTW, and later in the day, I saw that Kylie was scratching her face/ears more, and I also noted, that there was a difference in all the dog's out put... This all gave me pause.. To me, it's simply not worth it to save maybe $20/month and feed low quality food. Garbage in, garbage out. I have been eating better quality food myself, feed it to my cats and sheep, and therefore, not going to cheap on the dogs. I may try and find a way to add healthy food to their dry food to try and make it last longer... But, in the end, what I did was return the food, and learned my lesson.