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Old 08-29-2013, 03:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What food do you recommend?

I woke up in horror this morning as my husband dragged in a HUGE bag of generic Walmart old Roy dog food for our dogs.

Zoey, my bully mutt has been on science diet puppy since we brought her home, which I know isn't the greatest food ever either.

What kind of food do YOU personally use or recommend? Is feeding raw around the same price as feeding goo quality kibble? Help me out please?


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Old 08-29-2013, 04:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe raw is equivalent to feeding a high quality kibble. Many here do it. I am going to in the future also. Currently I feed 4health grain free from tractor supply. It's good and what works best for my dogs at an affordable price. There are lots of threads on dog food and raw. You just have to decide which you'd rather do and what you can afford.


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Old 08-29-2013, 04:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Usually yes feeding raw is cheaper than feeding a good quality kibble. I fed TOTW and Diamond Extreme Athlete and for the price of feeding the dogs that a month, I get a month+ of raw and its better for them.

If I was going to feed kibble Id feed a grain free, probably going back to TOTW because the dog did well on it. DEA for the others because they did well on that.

Here is a site where you can go through the ratings and see what a food is rated. Id look through it and pick a kibble that is the highest stars you can afford
Dog Food Reviews - Main Index - Powered by ReviewPost

If you are interested in raw here is some reading on that as well
PMR Articles - articles - Prey Model Raw
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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So, raw feeders, what would you estimate that you spend on raw food a week? I'm not the best at math, is there an easy way to draw up some kind of daily meal plan? I know Zoey's needs will be changing since she is only 4 months old.


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Idk about how much I spend a week, but for 2-3 dogs I will spend roughly 60$ on bulk meats like chicken for the month, then maybe 15-20 on beef parts, canned mackerel, eggs and all the organs for the month.. if I buy a lot of beef for them, if not that 15-20$ can go way down since organs are very cheap and easily bought in bulk.

I feed a simple PRM diet, add in a few bucks here and there for some oils, ACV and you got my rough feed costs for my mutt (65+) and the APBT (50), I was feeding 3 dogs on that amount, maybe 10$ more max.

As for my meal plan, its pretty much whatever is on sale when I shop portioned up into 1.5-2lb meals then frozen. Chicken quarter being the bulk of the meat and bone which is about 1lb or so. Hunks of beef heart, cheek or whatever else is on sale. Some mackerel. Every other day and egg, days with no egg some oil.. oh and I feed my organs in every meal, small amounts of kidney or liver.. you dont have to feed it every day, some people feed their organs 1x a week, I find it easier to bag it all together and freeze it as one meal and dont have to remember about it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Thank you tons for the tips. I'm gonna look into this.


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Old 08-29-2013, 02:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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The PMR link is a great place to start, even though they just got that forum up and running they have some great articles and stuff around.

Here is their original section on the DFC forum and it has all the stuff as well as stuff they havnt moved over yet if your interested in reading more Raw Feeding

You can spend a million times less if you have a good freezer so you can go in on co-ops with other raw feeders in your area and buy large bulk things of meats, bones and organs. If I had a bigger freezer I would be doing that but even with buying at the Mexican store or heck sometimes even Walmart, I still spend less than I was on spending on kibble.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I also feed raw but it's not for everyone. You can't just give a dog some chicken and leave it at that. They need specific stuff and percentages. Meat, bone and organs. Definitely check out that link that Pookie posted up about the prey model raw diet.

Before I did raw I fed Acana, Instinct (limited ingredient grain free) or Orijen. All of these are top of the line foods that cost around $60-90 a month for the one bag that I went through a month feeding two dogs. The bags are around 25lbs.

So far with raw it is cheaper for me....I am thinking it cost me about $60 a month at most. But I just recently started raw but those were my calculations.

If you can't afford to do raw right or feed a high quality food,then I would recommend Taste of the Wild, 4health (grain free), or Natural Balance. All of these brands are made by the Diamond company.
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I actually just found out a store right by me sells diamond brand. Is that a pretty good food? It seemed very affordable but the store doesn't sell much quality food so I overlooked it.


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I honestly cant say anything bad about Diamond. They make some good quality affordable foods and my dogs did great on TOTW and Diamond Extreme Athlete and I have never heard a bad thing said about them by people who have used them. JMO on that whole thing. If I were to switch some dogs back to kibble from raw I would for sure go back to Diamond.
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I used to feed diamond naturals.. my dogs did ok on it but I recently switched to orijen. No bs I can see a difference in my dogs after 2 weeks. Brighter eyes, nicer coats, eat less, poo less, and more energy.
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I went to a feed store one time and I was gonna buy diamond for my puppy and the lady actually told me to buy some bb or totw , so i been using both depending on the dog, but did you know that carolina bully farms feeds there dogs purina dog chow and they have some nice dogs thick n nice coats, weird I thought.
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Some dogs do well on shitty kibble, just like some dogs do shitty on high quality kibble lol
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Do you cook the egg or just feed it raw?


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Some dogs do well on shitty kibble, just like some dogs do shitty on high quality kibble lol
Lol, I know ,that's so true!
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