Max definitely eats healthier than I do. Nv has a voluntary recall on their chicken formula right now. I think most have had a recall at some point so more concerning to me is how they handle it and resolve the issue (beniful, cough cough).
Some more research leads me back to Primal. The novel proteins were significantly more expensive. I think 6 lbs of rabbit was over $45(!). Primal is at 64 kcal/oz (comparable to NV before the formula change), Steve's was at 38 & Stella and Chewy was at 50. Even though Steve's is $1/lb cheaper, I'd have to feed almost double or make up those calories in extras. They looked like awesome food and I like their business ethics but when all things are relatively similar it does come down to dollars. The pet store even let me read the training manual they get sent for Steve's and I was really impressed with the level of transparency and accountability the company showed.
I should also add that Primal had a buy 2, get one free deal going on. With this month's vet bills, that deal looks really tempting.I think we'll try a run of it and see how he goes. It's good to know that there are options. Stella and Chewy are second choice I think. Steve's would be my 3rd and I would probably go back to nv over bravo. I'd have to feed over a lb. of bravo a day to get the calories he needs based on their analysis, so that's unlikely unless I win the lotto. He wouldn't object to bigger portions but the last thing I want to add to his issues is being overweight.
Connie, fish = gas that smells like the worst lake you've ever been on.
I also have a bison butcher that sells a dog food grind, mostly organs and offal, I can use as a topper. Lamb may work since it's novel but I'll save it for winter since its warming and he tends to run hot anyway.
I feel like I'm stalking the food websites. Bless the folks at the pet food store when I gave them all this info and they still tried to help me find food without pushing me to buy, instead sending me home with pamphlets and offering samples. Neighborhood/local stores really are awesome. I just need to bite the bullet now. I have exactly 8 meals until I'm out so I'll be going back tomorrow.
Edited because: my phone's autocorrect doesn't speak dog food language
Max "the ninja"-American Cocker Spaniel G-day 3/2009
Charlie "the middle child"- Orange Tabby G-day 7/2005
Sadie - Grey Tabby 9/1996-8/4/2012 RIP