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    I use Holistic Select too (the fishy one) and the dogs seem to do good on it. Hamish grew up on the large breed puppy one. I hadn't heard of beet pulp being a problem before though. I think most holistic foods have it.

    If you think they should be getting more egg though I don't see why you couldn't give them more once in a while. I add sardines and tuna each week to their food (because Shar Pei's need the extra fish)

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    Thank you for the post!

    I accidently brought the fishy one too and i noticed once i opened it, go figure!
    So i have to use it before i wean them onto the puppy one (their only 5months)

    I give them an egg every couple of days! They love it.

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    Hi, I was wondering how are your dogs going? I was thinking about feeding the kibble as well with the current Raw diet there on. But I'm tossing up between it, and the Canidae. Would love to hear how your dogs are going?
    Proud owner of a Schnoodle boy 15 weeks old

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    Whatever agrees with your dog is right but IMO Holistic is one of the better ones, some of the so-called premium dog foods are just an outlet for by-products of other industries with no inherent nutritional value (e.g. soy mill run, brewers rice, corn meal, ) - Hills being a prime example of one of these.

    I think the jury is out on beet pulp, I've seen it called 'controversial' but haven't looked into it past what the pet food review sites have to say. I don't care too much about the use of animal by-products, I've seen what my dogs choose to eat....but I don't feel Hills represent good value for money, or good nutrition for your dogs. I try to get dry food with reasonable quality ingredients because a shiny coat may be great in the short term but I'd also like to see them live to a healthy old age.

    Oops sorry. Science Diet = red rag to a bull! Good luck on the Holistic Joey

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    From The Dog Food Project - Identifying better products

    Beet Pulp, the isolated fibrous material from sugar beets, is another ingredient that has an undeservedly bad reputation. It is a very gentle, beneficial source of fiber that is not only generally very well tolerated, but also has specific properties that make it suitable as a source of nutrition for the beneficial bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract.

    The sugar is almost completely removed, what is left in the pulp is only about 1/5 the amount of sugar that you would find in a serving of carrots of equal size. It is also colorless and does not turn a dog's coat turn red, like urban legends claim.

    The argument that beet pulp is an "unnatural" ingredient is often brought up, but people who present this complaint seem to forget that it is also not natural for dogs to eat highly processed commercial products with a carb content of generally 40% and more, and a moisture content of only around 10% as opposed to a more natural 60-70%. Added fiber is required to make such formulations work for the pets who eat a dry diet.

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    Banj has just finished off a bag of the fishy one as well (stinks so much like pure fish food haha)
    I dont know that I saw a huge difference... He seems to be putting on weigth but thats probably just winter and cheese.
    I guess even if you cant see a difference you have peace of mind that your not feeding your friend garbage.
    We just bought a bag of eaglepack so we will see how that one goes

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    Hey Jazz & Banjo

    you might want to try & give the Platinum Canidae a go.. Its a Holistic kibble for older / or overweight dogs that worked wonders on my 23kg ( cough cough 30 kilo ) 10yo staffy girl

    she gobbles it up and is slowly regaining a girly figure

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