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        07-21-2013, 04:34 PM
      #21
    Foal
    We fed raw for years with great success. We did 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ ratios. Recently we have switched back to kibble. We feed Southern States Naturals Chicken, Rice & Barley. It has no corn, wheat, or soy. I don't see much difference in our dogs than from the raw. They poop a little bit more, but their coats, energy, health is the same. It's about $30 for 50lbs here, and we feed 2 cups to a 48 lb dog a day. And as far as I know, it's never been on a recall list
         
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        07-21-2013, 08:26 PM
      #22
    Foal
    I skipped most of the comments so I maybe repeating but...

    I'm not overly anal about dog food. Daily I see people starving their dogs because they're too lazy to buy ol roy or drop some scraps on the ground so...

    But, if you've got the money, avoid anything like Ol' Roy, Alpo (which are a couple of the worst, nothing but corn and crap), Beneful, Purina. Pretty much anything you can find in a grocery store or at Walmart.

    If you're really pressed for cash, Ol Roy has something out now called 'pure balance' which isn't awful.

    Mine eat 4health which you can get at tractor supply as well as raw. I think a raw diet calls for 80% meat, 10% bones, %10 organ. I'm not overly versed in it but it sure is fun to feed.
         
        07-21-2013, 08:34 PM
      #23
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by equiniphile    
    We used Blue for a while but recently changed to Tractor Supply Co's brand (4Health), which they are doing well on.
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    i feed 4health too.

    I have a dog that is allergic to wheat and corn. The variety of meat, good grains and fruits/veggies is nice. Plus probiotics for digestive health.

    I love wellness, but it is expensive and not any better then 4health ingredient wise.

    And yes I would love to feed a raw diet. But kibble is much easier to scoop out and feed morning/night. They also get table scraps, but are quite limited since they are maintaining their figures right now.
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        07-21-2013, 08:40 PM
      #24
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by hemms    
    Healthy Kibble is a lie. All you can do, sticking with processed food, is pick a lesser of evils.

    Educated raw is the only truly healthy way to feed a carnivore.
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    canines are not carnivore's. They are omnivores. They can eat and digest fruits/veggies/grains and convert it into energy.

    Cats are carnivores and must eat meats in order for their metabolism and body to work properly. If they do not get enough protein/fat, they can get very sick and die.
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        07-22-2013, 01:34 AM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    canines are not carnivore's. They are omnivores. They can eat and digest fruits/veggies/grains and convert it into energy.

    Cats are carnivores and must eat meats in order for their metabolism and body to work properly. If they do not get enough protein/fat, they can get very sick and die.
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    Dogs are still classified as carnivores and need large amounts of meat to thrive. They can live without it but it either won't be for long or won't be a very good life.

    For a dog to live healthily without meat one would need to supplement their diet quite a bit and I know no owners willing or able to do that.
         
        07-22-2013, 12:33 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Omnivore-diet of meat, fruits, veggies and grains. So there still is meat.

    Not vegetarian.
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        07-22-2013, 01:18 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    My min pin is an omnivore, she will literally eat ANYTHING, except ice cubes, lol Even prescription medicine (chewed though the bottle) but that's another story.....
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        07-22-2013, 01:24 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Diamond pet foods makes several good budget dog foods, here in Missouri: their active naturals, and a grain free. I believe they actually manufacture for Wellness or Evo, but don't remember which. I feed Wellness Core to my dog through the SmartPak portion paks, because we kept overfeeding and my vet was getting upset with me. :S It's a little spendy though. ($35/month). The Diamond is about the same thing, and cheaper. I'm thinking of going back to that when my dog's weight is under control again.

    We also supplement with either Wellness Core canned food or Taste of the Wild, depending. The farm supply carries Taste of the Wild, so I do that if I forget to add canned food to my Smartpak order.
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        07-22-2013, 03:28 PM
      #29
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    Omnivore-diet of meat, fruits, veggies and grains. So there still is meat.

    Not vegetarian.
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    Nope, sorry, they're carnivores. They aren't obligate carnivores like cats are, but they are carnivores.

    As for dog food, if you can't do a raw/homemade diet . . . Look for a food with whole ingredients, lots of meat at the front, very little meat meal, and no byproducts. Preferably light on the grain, with no corn, soy, or wheat. Taste of the Wild, Wellness, Canidae, Acana, Orijen, Blue, Spot's Stew, etc are all good brands.
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        07-22-2013, 09:56 PM
      #30
    Started
    What is wrong with by-products? Those are heart, lung, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, chittlins and often reproductive organs too. Not my cup of tea, but my dogs LOVE all that stuff. Look up the definitions that producers are required to use. Meat meal is better than fresh meat in many cases - ingredients are listed in order of weight, so one pound of fresh chicken is mostly water and only 30% actual chicken protein. 1 lb of chicken meal is 100% protein. So if you've got fresh chicken and then corn on the list, when it's all dried and kibbled there is more corn than chicken. It it is chicken meal, then corn, there is actually more chicken once you take the water out.
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