Know there are some Arkat feeders here and am hoping someone can provide some insight. Been feeding Arkat Enhance "Endurance" formula 27/17 for three weeks with the mixed results of apparently healthy, albeit thin, dogs passing significantly bigger and looser stools than they have on either Purina One 26/16 or Maxximum Nutrition 30/20. (We're used to tight, dry "tootsie-roll turds" that are said to suggest high digestibility.)
Arkat threads on these boards frequently refer to their feeds' high k-cal content and initially loose stools that tighten with reduced portions. So we've tried that to the point of cutting portions by a third, with the result being better stools, though still not what we're accustomed to with PO or MN. More like what we saw with Diamond Performance fed in what had been our standard portions of everything but the Arkat. With a common, and now suspect, link between those two feeds being beet pulp for fiber.
And, in any event, my guys are so end-of-busy-commercial-season thin in the middle of Summer on the reduced ration, that I'm thinking our Arkat experiment is apt to be a one bag test. Which is disappointing because I can get it delivered at what I think a good price and was hoping to step up the 30/22 for the coming season.
Or... Maybe we ought to count our blessings, or even try stepping up to the 30/22 now, because facing a move to a dog-eating floating marsh this season, my guys have enjoyed our most rigorous Summer conditioning ever. Been beating the heat with the help of heavy dew and a three-mile-plus circuit along deep canals and trips to a pond most every morning we can't make the big loop. And they're still hitting it nearly as hard as in June, so maybe the Arkat's really doing a super job, and I ought to get over worrying about custard pile stools. (Or maybe three weeks isn't long enough to determine diddly.)
What you folks with more Arkat experience think?