|Barked: Wed Jun 5, '13 7:04pm PST |
|I've been feeding Orijen and Acana to Maz for years now. She grew up on IAMS puppy, and then, when I learned a little something about dog food, I switched her to Blue Buffalo and then multiple foods afterward because she started getting terrible ear infections. You name it (if it's a decent brand) we've tried it! The only thing that didn't give her ear infections was the Acana/Orijen foods so I would randomly rotate the 'flavors' for her to get a little variety.
Anyway, one day several years ago (about 6 months after starting the Orijen/Acana rotation) I decided to compare ALL the various brands we'd tried and failed with to the Orijen AND the IAMS that she'd been on as a pup (and never had a single problem, regardless of the low quality) and the only ingredient every single food shared that both Orijen and IAMS did not contain was canola oil. From then on paid close attention and Mazzy hasn't even gotten treats with canola since (I mean the ones I buy; she will occasionally get a random treat from someone that is whatever).
Ironically, after I came to this conclusion about the canola thing, I was putting a new bag of Orijen 6-fish into the dog food container and for the first time I noticed, right on the front of the package, it specifically stated "contains no canola oil". I thought to myself "well, huh. Imagine that. Guess they think it's a pretty bad ingredient if they're willing to pay the little bit extra in packing cost just to print/advertise that right on the front of the bag".
Fast forward six years to about a month ago - Mazzy starts shaking her head all the time and low and behold, she's got yeasty ears. After all this time. Double-boo. So just out of curiosity I check the ingredients on the bag of 6-fish I have on hand. Canola!! ChampionPetFoods had changed their formula (as they actually do relatively often without any indication - another thumbs down for that!!) to add canola oil.
I decided to email CPF and ask about the canola ("will it only be in the 6-fish?") and also just mention how unhappy I am as a long time customer with their changing of their formula without so much as a 'new formula' notice on their bags when they do it. the reply I got was not a good one. They went on and on about how canola contains Omega's that are easily digestible and 'oh canola is awesome!' blah blah blah. Part of me wanted to respond and mention that if it was so great, why did they previously advertise the opposite right on their bags(!!) but I didn't. They also said ALL of their 'flavors' were going to have canola added.
Anyway, so just a rant I guess. Now Orijen and Acana have officially switched over and you can't find any more bags without canola. A crappy ingredient that I"m really sad that CPF decided to go with. I realize it's a Canadian product and they are a Canadian company but man, can't they stick with a good olive or flaxseed oil instead??
So as of today I bought my first bag of FROMM. Not happy about that. I"m sure it's a decent food, but I liked the CPF foods a lot and I'm really sad that I had to give them up because they decided one low quality ingredient wasn't that big of a deal.
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