Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bait & Switch

Earlier this year, we wrote about making the switch over to Blue Buffalo Basics dog food.  We really had no complaints about the food - the pups loved it, Edison's food sensitivities went away completely, and it's made it the USA.  But while we had no complaints, there are many people who do.  In a Google search on Blue Buffalo, there are several sites with criticisms about the brand.  Are all the accusations true?  Probably not, but it makes us a little wary.


One of our favorite stores had recently started carrying a new brand - Victor Dog Food.  We were interested in the high-quality food (and the much cheaper price!!).  It's made in the USA and their beef varieties are made from their very own cattle.  Since we had such good luck with salmon previously, we looked into Victor's Grain-Free Salmon & Sweet Potato.  Where the Blue Buffalo Basics scores a 3.5 from DogFoodAdvisor.com, Victor's regular kibble scores a 4 and their Grain-Free scores a 5.  And did we mention it's cheaper?


Just as we were about to make the switch, a friend's dog got seriously ill.  There was a fleeting moment of concern that the food (Victor) could be to blame.  The owner at Mud Puppies called up the company's main office and at 4 pm that same day (a Friday), the CEO returned her call to explain that, while their manufacturing process nearly guarantees a contamination-free product, they would immediately begin to run tests on the batch.  By Tuesday, we received word on the negative test results.


As if we weren't already happy with the food itself, the company's customer service sold us.  Since we've made the switch, we've been incredibly happy with the food - the pups' keep a great weight, their tummies are happy, and their coats are gorgeous.



What do you feed you pooch?  Have you jumped on the grain-free bandwagon?

11 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is really intriguing. We feed ours Taste of the Wild (salmon and sweet potato) and love it because it keeps the itchies away from our sensitive pup and the others happy, shiny coated, and regular. That said, it's a little pricey and I've been considering looking for a slightly cheaper option. I'm going to have to see if I can find this in stores and compare the two! Thanks for sharing, and I hope your friends pup is ok!

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    1. It's not in big box stores (Petco/Petsmart), but I was surprised at how many stores do carry it - they have a page on their website that you can search for stores.

      And seroiusly - so. much. cheaper. We were spending about 60 bucks for a 25 pound bag of BB Basics, and we are spending less than 50 on a 40 pound bag now. And the pooches don't seem to notice the difference.

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  2. That last photo melts my heart! Melvin has done grain free since day one with me, although at first it was a prescription diet and now it's raw. Jake's food is also grain free, mostly just in case Melvin got to it. Even their treats are grain free -- they only get fruits and veggies as treats and I agree, it makes a huge difference on their coat and even their coloring. Glad you found the right food for them!!!

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    1. We try to keep their treats as high quality as possible, especially when we're doing a lot of training (and therefore, treating), but aren't quite as picky with our treats. Even though we've moved away from the BB food, we love the BB Stix - the same idea as puperoni but we get it in salmon & potato. The pooches love it and it's perfect for breaking into training bites, but doesn't crumble (too much).

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  3. Currently I feed Wellness Core grain free original and Wellness Core grain free original puppy formula and so far this has worked out really well. It is on the pricey side, but they both eat it really well. I would like to switch to a fish based formula, but right now that's not in the cards. I checked the website and Victor isn't available around here, so although I'd like to try it, I will just have to wait.

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    1. We are happy with the switch to salmon - especially since Edi's tummy issues completely stopped almost immediately afterwards. The BB Basics wasn't grain free and the pooches didn't seem to have any issues with is, but MAN the grain-free really made their coats SO. SMOOTH. Too bad about the Victor -- you could always move to Erie??

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  4. Nice customer service! Kaya and Norman both showed up very itchy puppies. Switching them to grain-free food cleared that up. They've been eating Nature's Instinct for a long time now and we love it, it's pricey but worth it! My mom's dog has terrible itchiness and I've finally convinced her to try our food on Zoey. I can't wait to see if it helps her!

    I haven't seen Victor in our stores though it sounds awesome!

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  5. Lainey eats Taste of the Wild - Roasted Bison & Venison (Grain Free) and she seems to love it, but I am always looking for something of the same value but less $$$. I'll have to see if Victor is sold anywhere near me. Thank you for the info...

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  6. Boomer and Dottie have been lucky to never have any problems with grains or chicken or any of the other allergens out there hiding in food, they're currently eating Iams Proavctive Health for Seniors.

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  7. We have been grain free for a long time and I could never let Hades go back to it--he felt like a porcupine when he was a on a food with grains--it was literally uncomfortable to pet him.

    We've been loving Taste of the Wild but I always am open to a switch since I believe there's always better value out there.

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    1. That is the one thing we noticed right after you posted -- the pooches are SO soft and SHINY!! And Edi had pretty flaky skin before and it's cleared right up! (He's also less musky!)

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