Posted : 5/14/2009 8:49:52 PM
I liked TOTW when it first came out - protein not crazy and ash was low on the fish and poultry versions. The fish version was an acceptable "emergency" food for Ben, even, so it passed the "cross contaminant" test.
However, recently whenever I use it my dogs break out in intermittant pudding poop. The same was true for the other Diamond product I was using, Extreme Athlete, for the younger LGDs.
I switched the "inside dogs" to Orijen and saw dramatic improvements in things I hadn't noticed were problematic, since the reason I was using kibble at all is that we are tremendously busy right now. It was the middle of shedding season and they went from shedding in messy gobs, to sleek shiny coats - like when they are on all homecooked.
The LGDs are particularly a problem if their food isn't right during shedding season. They have HUGE amounts of coat to drop - Maremmas who work outside go from looking like Pyrenees in coat type, to almost a short coat like a really shaggy looking Husky. On icky food, the dead hair stays put and it felts like crazy - not matting, as you can comb it out, but if they eat right it just sheds out and you don't even have to mess with it (unlike Pyrs). Min looks ridiculous right now - she started shedding when she was on the Diamond, so her butt is all messy and needs combing out badly. Then when I switched them to Eagle Pack she shed out her shoulders beautifully. She looks like someone started to shave her down and stopped in the middle.
Anyway, my pup and the older dogs are on Orijen and I really like it. It is super pricey but I'm finding I don't have to feed as much, as the TOTW. It's still more expensive, but I ended up taking one dog to the vet with the ploppy poop situation this spring and THAT sure was expensive. Since switching off, it's been smooth sailing - no more poopsplosions.
I don't know, Diamond's had some past issues but they seemed to have overcome them. But I'm a bit spooked now - especially since I have many friends who have had the same experience lately (poop problems on various diamond formulas).