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I think a lot of people in cities don't think about feed stores. That's where my grandma gets hers.
You are so right to not feed fillers as they cause the allergies and bad health as well as bad skin. Corn, wheat and soy are bad news. A good feed store dog food is made by Diamond. The lamb and rice is better than the chicken. Chicken nowadays is loaded with arsenic. They feed chickens the arsenic to make them grow faster. Chickens are killed for market at 4 to 6 weeks of age in a commercial setting.
Agree on the cheaper dog foods really being no bargain--there's more poop because feces contains what the body doesn't need for nourishment. Smaller stools from better food happens because the dog is getting more complete nutrition.
If meat/poultry/fish protein--chicken, venison, beef ( not by-products) appear on the label in the first couple of ingredients, irregardless of the price it's a better choice.
I find that feeding the "cheap" dog food leads to more "poop" to be scooped. I always use a top grade dog food and use treats as we are training and the animal expects it after awhile. I use snausages for the treats but I slice each one into at least 6 pieces and that stretches them pretty good.
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