we love Orijen but it's too expensive and hard to get, a lot of times when we'd go to buy some they wouldn't have it in stock with no idea when it would come in. the guy said he has a really hard time getting it in because it's such a small company and the demand for the product has gone above what they're able to supply. in other words they can't make it fast enough to fill everyone's orders.
but it's sooooo expensive also so we usually go with Nutro for the dogs. it's still expensive but about $10 cheaper than the Orijen. i looked at Halo just for the sake of supporting the work they do but it's even more expensive.
unfortunately money's tight, i might have to downgrade to a cheaper brand but i refuse to buy grocery store/department store garbage. i'm going to ask the owner of the store we shop at for recommendations because he knows more about pet nutrition than any vet i've talked to.
it's the same with human doctors, they receive very little nutrition training. vets also usually sell a specific brand in their office and will always recommend that brand even if it's crap because they make money off it. they have a deal with that pet food company if they sell their products exclusively they get sort of a bonus or commission. so they're not necessarily recommending something because they believe it's the best product for your pet. (or the cost is so low for them because they get a good deal on it, that they can make a ton off the markup if they charge more than pet food stores which they inevitably do)
every time i see someone buying food at the vet i just shake my head.
anyway my cat is on Nutro dry as well, the indoor formula, and also gets Wellness canned. i'm scaling back his portions of canned food so he'll eat more dry because the canned is getting too expensive. and he doesn't always eat all of it and once it dries up he won't touch it. so we're giving him less so there's less waste and so i don't have to buy as much, plus he's getting too fat lol.
i can't change his brands, he had stopped eating a while back and got fatty liver disease and after a long ordeal and lots of money in vet visits i now feed him whatever he will eat, these i know for sure he'll eat so i'm not messing with it lol. i do however throw in a random can of something else just so he doesn't get bored of the wellness cause that's what caused the whole issue in the first place.
oh also the dog only gets natural healthy treats, like the peanut butter cookes from Northern Biscuit, or homemade.
BUT my mother in law is shameless and despite our requests still buys junky treats and gives them to our dog, and i'm sure she sneaks her scraps when we're not home. she's a boston terrier which are prone to gas. the food she gets is a seafood variety which has cut down on her gas a LOT, but we can always tell when MIL has snuck her treats.