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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dog Food Dilemmas:
Our Organix Grain Free Experience

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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Mom--My Grain-Free Food
Looks the Same as Original Organix!
It seems like every year there is a new trend in feeding our pets. More often than not I let them go by, choosing to stay with what has worked for us for so long. When we made the choice to switch our entire lifestyle to organic, the dogs came along for the ride. Their new food was the original Organix, and it was a more than successful switch.
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Tanner Plugs His Packers!

Recently, seeing the data regarding grain in dog diets, I decided it was time to give grain-free a try. Fortunately Organix makes an organic, grain-free food. We were eager to try it, while still apprehensive about what may lay ahead. Here are a few of the things we noticed along the way:

  • The trend in dog food manufacturing has been moving away from grains for some time, especially the lower-quality grains like corn. 
  • While reading a series of articles about a dog's digestive system, I learned that their shorter colon evolved this way because of their faster digestion and higher protein intake, as compared to that of humans. I'm no vet, and I don't profess to know if what I'm sharing is accurate. What I do know is that it all made sense to me. Dogs are scavengers, but generally are drawn to high-protein foods. What would happen if they subsisted on a diet largely of corn meal and chicken fat? I know that does not sound like a healthy diet to me.
  • One day while picking up our Organix I took the time to read the label on the Grain-free version. Talk about a plethora of new information! While Tanner visited with 3 passersby of his own kind, I sat of the floor comparing the ingredients and nutritional analyses of the two bags. It didn't occur to me until I was almost done that I could just as easily have done this in the comfort of my home on the computer. Duh!
  • No surprise to learn that the Organix grain-free formula is 4% higher in protein, but I did startle at the 2% reduction in fat content. That tells me something positive about the quality of that organic chicken at the top of the ingredients list.
  • I expected that the grain-free version would be lower in fiber, and that anticipation was supported by the label. That worried me. Would my dogs be constipated? Would they require more water? The reality is that their daily constitutions have not changed one iota. Why? Good question! The moisture in both formulas is the same, so there was no make-up in that department.
  • Will I jinx our success with one really positive remark? Hope not. Tanner and Oliver have been sleeping noticeably more soundly. Don't get me wrong; they're not without energy. Far from that! They do, however, seem less easily prompted to excitement--calmer. I can totally buy into that side effect!
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Join me next time when I compare some of the ingredients and share the formula changes that help maintain the nutritional balance of the new grain-free Organix. Meanwhile, let me know how you feel about the idea of grain-free food for your dog.

Those of you who won a free bag of the Organix Grain-free food are invited to share your experiences in the comments below. Has the transition gone smoothly? Does your dog enjoy the taste and eat enthusiastically? Have you noticed any changes to his behavior, back yard "deposits" or energy level? I'll be back soon to share more on this new adventure. Let me hear from you.

P.S. Who will be joining us for the Super Dog Sunday NFL-themed photo contest or the #SuperDogPics Twitter Party? We've raised a chunk of money for Petfinder Foundation and will be celebrating big time! Feel free to join with a small donation at this link.


Rick said...

Carrie - We are excited to try the new food, but we have not yet received it. Why do you thing they are sleeping more soundly? Any chance it's related to the shorter hours of daylight?

Colleen R said...

Hi Carrie, Bullet loves the food! I started him on it 2 weeks ago and he's liking it a lot. I noticed his "potty habits" have been more routine and healthier :)

Shelley P said...

Hi Carrie, I just received my Organix Grain-Free product coupon in the mail today : ) Thank you so much! I will be picking up my bag tomorrow. I'm really excited to see how my dogs do on this food. I'll let you know how it goes : ) I'm glad to hear Tanner and Oliver are doing so well on the new formula.

Katie said...

I have not got the coupon yet but my mail hasn't ran yet today, as soon as we get it Roxy, Molly ad I will be heading to Petco to get them a bag, I think I like the idea of them sleeping good and being calmer, especially my Roxy who is hyper and a barkaholic.

Amy Orvin said...

I have used the first coupon I won not the second yet. My dogs love this food. Thanks.

cdmtx said...

Hi Carrie, I just got my Organix Grain-Free product coupon yesterday in the mail. Heading to the store Tuesday to pick it up and we are ready to give it a try :) thanks so much!

Rick said...

Carrie, I just wanted to drop in and let you know that the coupon and football came today.
Thank you!

cdmtx said...

Today we got our Bag of Organix Puppy Food . I was really skeptical about YoYo liking it because he is such a finicky eater compare to our other Dog who is eating any and everything LOL :) i put a handful in his Football and to my surprise he ate every little bit of it and even wanted some more ... what is amazing by itself :) here is a link showing him chomping down ...

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