just started my boys on the Great Plains from Earthborn and I have to say all three of them do not leave a crumb in their bowls, but Remy eats like he's never seen food before anyway!!!! I still have to feed them separate because Remy gets done first (not sure he even tastes the food) and then looks at the big boys' bowls like "hurry up and move out of the way, so I can lick your bowls clean for ya!"
Kim, Lord Sebastian, Sir Oliver, Remy Le Beau, and Gracie Lou <3
I'm excited about this food! It's 20 bucks less than fromm and seems the consensus is that it's just as good. My dogs eat about 2.5-3 cups a day each so we go though the bag pretty fast. I will try a change when I finish this bag. I still have another after that for the switch!
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I am also excited about this food.....
Did anyone notice a remarkable reduction in tear stains then? (that they can attribute DIRECTLY to this food)
@Vicaroo1000 tear stains are about the same. i am most excited that the poo is firm now and the volume is half of what it was when he was on Fromm Beef. Make picking up his poo everyday alot easier.
He also jumps up and down when I get his food like he hasn't eaten in a few days. I think that means he likes the taste. I made him wait a little longer the other day and his drool covered the kitchen floor.
Last edited by Watson; 03-04-2012 at 07:41 AM.
@Watson - that's a pretty great testimonial! love the drool comment!!!
I'm going to be making the switch to Earthborn as well. We have a local place here that is cheaper than Petflow and delivers for FREE. Can't beat that. I contacted them on Friday and received an email back that they carry it and are adding it onto their website this weekend. I'm thinking the Meadow Feast for Emma and Wilson. Wilson does great on a protein of 26% so I'd like to keep him at that.
Do you think Emma's too young to make a switch yet, she'll be 4 months by the time I start the transition? I guess she will be fine, I transitioned Wilson to adult food at that age and he was fine.
Jack still has another new bag of Blue Wilderness to get through first. I will more than likely put him on the Great Plains as it has a higher protein (34%) and he needs that.
Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack
This was posted on the Earthborn Facebook page. You need to do a transition between the Grain free formulas
Earthborn Holistic Natural Food For PetsHey Ashley! Thanks for your support of our Earthborn Holistic product line! This depends so much on the dog. Just like people, some dogs have stomachs of iron and others will get upset tummies over even small changes in their food. Since both foods are grain-free the transitions should be easy on the dog but for some dogs it may not be. You will have to be the judge as to what works for your dog. You should be able to tell pretty quickly if it is an easy transition.
I wouldnt worry about canola oil. Even my NVI has this ingredient in it. And it has such a small amount. From the research i have done this is what i found. The ingredient canola oil. Most applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content… while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.Current thinking (ours included) finds the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.2
For those interested:Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Great Plains FeastThe first ingredient in this dog food isbison meal. Bison meal is considered ameat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh bison.
Dry Dog FoodEstimated Dry Matter Nutrient ContentIngredients: Bison meal, peas, pea protein, tapioca, dried egg product, canola oil(preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), flaxseed, lamb meal, pea fiber, natural flavors, blueberry fiber, cranberry fiber, apples, blueberries, carrots, spinach, cranberries, choline chloride, potassium chloride, dl-methionine, l-lysine, taurine, l-carnitine, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, niacin, folic acid, biotin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, salt, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, vitamin B12 supplement, Yucca schidgera extract, rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation productFiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
The second ingredient mentions peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The third ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological valuethan meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total proteinreported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fourth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fifth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.
Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its raw material source.
Current thinking (ours included) finds the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.2
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The seventh ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
The eighth ingredient is lamb meal. Nutritionally similar to bison meal, lamb meal is considered another meat concentrate.
The ninth item is pea fiber, a mix of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiberderived from pea hulls.
From here, the list goes on to include anumber of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, the manufacturer appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These specialprobiotics are used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.
And lastly, this food also containschelated minerals… minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Dog FoodThe Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Dog Food looks to be an above-average kibble.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need toestimate the product’s meat contentbefore determining a final rating.
The dashboard displays a dry matterprotein reading of 38%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate contentof 36% for the overall product line.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and pea protein, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing an above-average amount of meat.
Earthborn Holistic Grain Free is a meat-based dry dog food using an above-average amount of fish, poultry and bison meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Ok, my local place just put Earthborn up on their website. I inquired about it on Friday and today I saw their email back to me from Friday that it would be up this weekend. Wow, they actually sent me a personal email today letting me know that it's up now. So, here's my question.
I'm going to switch Emma & Wilson. Emma's on Fromm Puppy Gold right now and Wilson is on Blue Buffalo Basic. Emma has 3 to 4 weeks of Fromm left and Wilson has about the same. I'm not sure if I should put Emma on Earthborn's Puppy Advantage or put her on the Meadow Feast with Wilson.
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Did I mention they deliver to my door for free. $41.98 for 28lb for Puppy Advantage and $48.49 for 28lb for Meadow Feast.
Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack