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?