OK so this time around we are going to try Solid Gold Holistic Blendz. It has more grains in it (oatmeal, barley, and millet) along with fish meal. We'll see. I am not 100% sold on it, but I am also thinking that the skin/itchy problems are not food related. I think it is environment and weather related and the oatmeal along with the additional oils (flax seed, salmon, canola, and almond) in the food are really good for the skin.
If this doesn't cut it then I am going to try Wellness CORE (Ocean). Grain free, high protein and relatively low fat (and still less than having the NV shipped). It also contains the flaxseed and salmon oils along with chondroitin and glucosamine. Though, from what I have read, the chondroitin and glucosamine levels are such that they are really not much help other than for Moo in getting a bit extra in her diet. Sadie will still need supplements.
Also, I learned that Eagle Pack bought Wellness. I will be interested to see if that changes any of the Wellness ingredients/formulations. The guy at the store did tell me that it did increase the cost of the Eagle Pack that he carries (he carries their holistic line…not the regular stuff).