FirstMate Skoki Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag
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About This Item
- High quality, high value, corn and wheat free dog food diet
- All natural ingredients, regionally sourced from within the Pacific Northwest
- Ideal for maintenance feeding and great for all life stages, with primary protein sources chicken and fish
- Rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat
- Made in Canada with the best ingredient quality available
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37 Customer Reviews
Read before feeding to large.giant dogs...
The AAFCO statement for this food is as follows: "SKOKI is formulated to meet the nutritional guidelines established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages except for the growth of large sized dogs (70lbs or more as an adult)" In order to be able to put that the dog food meets AAFCO’s standards, the pet food company must design a food to meet all standards or send their food to a third party tester to ensure all standards are met. If a company just designs a food to meet the profile standards, then the AACO statement will say, “- is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles -” If the food also goes to third party testing, then the AAFCO statement will read, “Animal feeding tests using the Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) procedures substantiate that - provides a complete and balanced nutrition for -” It is very important to note that AAFCO sets the standards. They do not test, regulate, approve or certify any foods. It is up to the pet food companies to make sure that they are following all of the guidelines and using third party testing facilities to check their products. With that knowledge, we know that they did not do feeding tests. But, most importantly, I see many reviewers feeding this to their large and giant breed puppies. This will cause joint issues when fed to large and giant breed puppies. Please do research on calcium to phosphorus ratios. To meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth in large breed puppies, a dog food must contain: 2.0 to 4.5 g calcium per 1000 calories. 2.5 to 4.0 g phosphorus per 1000 calories. Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio 1:1 to 1.8:1. This food does not. Ending note... This is not a bad food. It is a great food. But, be smart enough to know what you are feeding to who.
Dogs really like this food!
I was looking for a high caloric food that was grain inclusive - Skoki fit the bill. All of my dogs really like this food - high palatability! Quality ingredients (corn, wheat and soy free!) from a reputable company. Do not hesitate to buy this! The only concern I can see with this food is if your dog has a known chicken allergy.
Great for my Dane
Marlee is a 12 year old black Dane (rescued 9 years ago). She is still pretty healthy for an old dog, still alert, but she does get finicky with her food at times. I switched over from Blue senior because of the little black pellets which Marlee would totally avoid. We switched to Skoki based on my daughter's recommendation, she works with a holistic vet. The food is excellent, but unfortunately Chewy cannot seem to keep it in stock. I've had problems with Chewy before about saying a product has shipped, then two days later, tells me it doesn't have the product and we have to cancel the order and scramble elsewhere to find it. Chewy used to be pretty good, but not any more.
My dogs are not a fan
My dogs are NOT picky! But, they sure don’t like this food. They will put it in their mouth then spit it out.
My German Shepherds love it
As a life long German Shepherd owner we have tried a lot of kibble, Royal Canin, Blue buffalo, Purina Pro Plan, Merrick and a bunch of others.. Skoki keeps the girls weight just right and they seem pretty happy. The chowhounds eat every piece with enthusiasm.
Dogs love it
You truly want to feed less. I wish it came in smaller kibble also. For small dogs.
Great value, seems on par with far pricier food
I switched to dry dog food after a few years of dealing with feeding raw, which was almost 10x more expensive (and more work) for my two dogs. Before I found Skoki, I tried another super premium dog foods, included dehydated/air-dried raw. They were fine, but I spent a lot of time obsessing over ingredients and feeling frustrated that the grain-free trend meant most of those expensive dry dog foods were adding legumes and decided to expand to try out grain-inclusive foods. That went fine. Surprisingly, I saw no difference in my dogs’ quality of life, perhaps other than the larger poops. (It’s true, raw fed dogs have smaller poop, but I’m not sure that’s worth a few hundred dollars more a month.) One of my dogs started needing a few hundred dollars in physical therapy and another hundred dollars in expensive meds due to arthritis and I realized that I desperately needed to save money in other ways. I also realized that I was putting so much time and effort thinking about their dog food that it was downright obsessive and that I needed to stop thinking that the right food would make my dogs immortal. Enter Skoki. The price is pretty unreal for 40lbs of dog food. I had 180 (combined) pounds of dogs to feed and it was really nice to not need to buy 3 bags of dog food at a time. Skoki has been fine — I’m not going to use superlatives, since it’s just a basic dog food, but it doesn’t have any ingredients that I worry about and my dogs had zero negative effects from eating it. My older dog has since passed away from old age, but it actually helped keep weight on him because he was often nauseous at the end of his life and was a very picky eater in general but since Skoki is very nutrient/calorie dense it wasn’t too hard to make sure he was eating enough. My other dog, who is a giant breed, is enthusiastic about this food. She’s always been gassy and that hasn’t changed, but I do find that she hasn’t had constipation or diarrhea as often. Raw food can be a constant balancing act in that regard. I appreciate that I spend a LOT less time thinking about what to feed my dog and what’s coming out of her hind end. I do wish there were different protein options available in this line, but for now I feel like I can live with spending less money and time worrying about dog food.
Tappan changed ingredients and gave no notice.
Cedar's dog food shipment came today. He gets the 2 bags of food from the same company, but different ingredients. The cheap bag of Skoki has (without notice) changed it's ingredients. It dropped barley, and added lamb(ok) and added tomato pomace and rosemary which he cannot eat. I contacted Chewy to return this 40lb($47.24) bag of food. Looks like Cedar will now have to get only the First Mate Chicken with Blueberries in a 28.6 lb bag for $(76.64) Fuming here. It'd be nice if they warned customers.
High quality and affordable
I’ve used other dog foods by First Mate (fish and oats as well as their other grain friendly options) and the dogs did great on it but with an increasing number of dogs, I wanted something a bit more budget friendly. All 4 of our dogs are doing great on this food and I can save a little money without sacrificing quality
Wanted to like
I really wanted to like this food. The ingredients are good, the ingredient list is shorter and everything sounds perfect. Sadly I couldn't get my dogs to eat it. They are a little bit on the picky side, but even with a topper they wouldn't eat this. I'm very sad because it checked off all the right boxes.