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    08-26-2012, 10:09 AM
  #11
Trained
I have been happy with Diamond dog foods. When we had working dogs then we fed the Performance with a high protein content and they did well on it. Now I just have Twist who is basically "out of work" and the Chihuahua so I feed Diamond Lamb and Rice.

The horses are on Strategy gx and BugLyte, Gracie gets a Horseshoers Secret and Zorro gets HistAll and some powdered Dex as needed for his Sweet Itch.
     
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    08-26-2012, 10:46 AM
  #12
Yearling
We feed our dogs (rat terrier x beagle) diamond also... They've never been sick and they stay in good shape!
     
    08-28-2012, 01:38 AM
  #13
Weanling
Delta is fed raw 90% of the time but we encourage a dustbin mentality so she'll eat anything...
     
    08-28-2012, 01:42 AM
  #14
Yearling
My dogs eat Pedigree and my cats eat Purina one
     
    08-28-2012, 11:17 AM
  #15
Weanling
Blue buffalo. It's amazing.
     
    08-28-2012, 11:32 AM
  #16
Started
I feed Nature's Variety Instinct dry along with raw. Great food, but a bit pricey.
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    08-28-2012, 12:06 PM
  #17
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My Rottweiler and two German Shepherds eat a raw prey model diet (80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ).
     
    08-29-2012, 10:26 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Jaylin    
Actually, raw food is not safe enough and can have germ that can make your dog ill.
Absolutely incorrect.

Dogs' digestive systems are meant to handle a large amount of bacteria. The concept of dry commercial food is not all that old... what do you think people fed before dog food was invented? What do you think wolves eat in the wild?

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I believe in nature and don't use branded food.
If you believe in nature... you should believe in raw feeding, because that's what nature intended dogs to eat.

It's actually more common for dogs to get e-coli/salmonella from prepackaged dog food. Dry food takes longer to digest, so it stays in the gut longer and that's where the trouble lies. Raw food does not stay in the digestive system very long at all.

Anyone interested in a raw prey model diet can read the article I wrote on it here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/nicki...t/437610758104
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    08-29-2012, 03:40 PM
  #19
Foal
There are so many myths about raw feeding. You really do have to see it to believe it! It's an amazing amazing amazing diet, and I'll never feed kibble again. Not to mention, kibble is EXPENSIVE...when I was feeding Scarlett (great dane) Orijen, it cost me $180/mo. I switched to raw over a year ago and now I spend about $60/mo.

When I switched Scarlett to raw, my mom balked at me and said it was gross. Then she started thinking about her childhood border collie and remembered that she never ate kibble. My grandmother fed her raw meat, bones, and table scraps until the day she died at 17yo. Some days they wouldn't feed her at all because they'd find animal carcasses in the backyard and knew Tippie had killed them to eat. My grandmother was a woman ahead of her time and didn't believe in gimmicky store-bought foods when her own childhood dogs never ate them and lived long and healthy lives. There are some great kibble brands out there that I recommend to clients all the time, but IMO kibble is convenience food...not REAL food.

I have to say, the best thing about the raw diet is the POOP. I walk dogs during the day (up to 18 a day) and see all kinds of poop from all kinds of dogs. I'm proud to say that my 140lb dane has smaller, firmer, and non-stinky poops than a 15lb dog! You don't even have to pick it up - after a day in the sun, it turns to dust and disappears.

You couldn't pay me to go back to kibble!
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    08-29-2012, 04:18 PM
  #20
Trained
I don't know much about raw diets but my dad always says that grandma made fresh dog food everyday for grandpas working dogs. I think she used riceor a grain and scraps from butchering cattle, sheep and hogs. And dad says their dogs were beautiful and in great shape.

If I knew how to make a proper diet from scratch I might consider it.
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