Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby AmberD » Thu May 24, 2012 4:43 pm

julie64 wrote:
That being said, I do think that we will be switching to Earthborn Holistic when our TOTW runs out.


I picked some up today. I hope my 3 does well on it.


Yay :) I'm a big fan of this stuff. I actually picked up a bag of their (non grain free) cat food for my parents today, because they asked me to find a food to replace the Diamond Naturals they have been feeding (at my suggestion). I love their UPCs for Trees program, and my local store just introduced their Frequent Buyer cards, so you can buy 10 of the same size bags and get the 11th free. I wish I would have known about it a long time ago when I switched my girls from TOTW. My dogs love it and do fantastic on it. Their poop is tiny and hard. I put my pug on it cold turkey when we got him, because he didn't come with his Blue Buff, and it had no ill side effects. I do know every dog is different. I'm excited to get my cats on it and see how they do.

I'm going to be an entirely Earthborn Holistic grain free household, except the Akita, who I am switching to Fromm low activity/senior from the Diamond Naturals. The Fromm is a fairly significant price jump, but I can't find something similar that is comparable in price. That's ok. I have stuck with Diamond through a few recalls... the big one in 2006 had to do with corn mold, and none of my food had corn. A few varieties were involved in the 2007 Menu Foods recall, but so were Nutro and Blue Buff, etc. Nothing I've ever fed was affected until now, but that's not even why I'm switching. I'm just sick of defending my choice to feed food manufactured by Diamond and then getting slapped in the face with it. Not two days before this recall was announced, I was defending my choice to a wholesaler I'd contacted regarding prices... and he got to send me links to the recall "just in case" I didn't know and was affected. It's not worth it, especially when I can find something else affordable that I'm happy with!
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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby chinsNdobermans » Fri May 25, 2012 6:53 pm

What I hate most about this recall is that so many of the foods I recommend were impacted, and our choices in this area are so limited, I don't know where to go from here.

I was about to switch to ToTW when this happened, and I won't order my foods online due to past bad experiences with such.

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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby Iwata_Graffiti » Wed May 30, 2012 1:55 pm

I still plan on sticking with TOTW, asides from this Molly dose great with it. Say what you will but still i like there food. Anything/food could be recalled, I'm glad they cought it, and think there going to be on-top of quality control now even more. And like someone else said, smaller plants may not have as good QC as the bigger ones, sure there's less to worrie about. But after looking at a lot of the foods listed in this tread, I still think TOTW's a better food!
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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby starrlamia » Wed May 30, 2012 2:39 pm

Iwata_Graffiti wrote:I still plan on sticking with TOTW, asides from this Molly dose great with it. Say what you will but still i like there food. Anything/food could be recalled, I'm glad they cought it, and think there going to be on-top of quality control now even more. And like someone else said, smaller plants may not have as good QC as the bigger ones, sure there's less to worrie about. But after looking at a lot of the foods listed in this tread, I still think TOTW's a better food!

This is the second or third time though, not sure I would count on it making their quality control better.

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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby Iwata_Graffiti » Wed May 30, 2012 7:44 pm

Very true! But I'm that person that switch foods and the very next day that food gets recalled, just cuz this hole crack down on QC!! LOL. but I have to say I was about to grab a bag of earthborn, but had a change of heart. There were a few people that brought up earthborn in this tread too. This was my option list of Non-diamond, if I ever change but I'm holding strong with TOTW.

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Earthborn,
Acana,
Hi-Tek,
Blue Wilderness..
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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby mtlu » Wed May 30, 2012 7:56 pm

I switched away from TOTW last year - no recalls happened in that time frame that I recall but the cost kept going up on TOTW in my area and knowing that they were completely within the Diamond sourcing/manufacturing control, I felt like I could no longer trust that the near-premium price I was paying for TOTW was justified. I admit I have the luxury to spend a little more since I only have one dog to feed and I doubt I would be able to make the same decision if I owned multiple dogs.

Currently, we are feeding a somewhat new formula of Acana to Molly: it's called Singles and contains meat from only one protein source so it might be a good option for any of those allergy dogs that don't do well with multiple protein sources or are allergic to certain meats. We went through a bag of duck and pear (it's corn-free but does contain oats, peas and potato) and Molly loved it. The protein/fat % is 25/17 – which works out well since she's more sedentary while we work out some orthopedic issues. Molly's main allergy is beef and I have rotated her through other formulas that contain multiple protein sources but she always does best on single-protein source foods. She gets about 0.75 cup/meal right now so it really is not that much more expensive than a cheaper food that would require a greater amount per feeding (I recall feeding Molly about 1-1.3 cup/meal on TOTW).
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Re: Recall, Kirkland and Taste of the Wild

Postby Iwata_Graffiti » Wed May 30, 2012 10:53 pm

The more I hear/think about things the more they scare me! Im not sure if my mollys allergic to any thing. She's 11mo's old at a helthy 86lbs, I started feeding her eagle pack but when i switched her to adult food at 5mo's she didn't like it ( I think cuz of the pork) I switched to TOTW. I don't check her Poo really, as long as it's not diarrhea or really soft or blood in her stoles I'm not worried. (maybe I do check LOL)
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