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05-30-2014 03:06 PM
lalachka
Blue buffalo

As long as they're raw. When they're cooked they dry out, become brittle and can splinter and can hurt the dog.


You also have to give organ meat. It's like this
40%meaty bones
40% meat and 10% green tripe
Or 50% meat
5% liver
5% organs like kidneys, lungs, tripe. Tripe can't be more than 10% of the diet.

% even out over time. You don't have to balance out every meal

This is an estimate.

My dog gets mainly chicken thighs and drumsticks, beef liver, beef organs and green tripe,

sometimes beef, lamb, sardines, raw eggs, fish, whatever other meat I can get.

It balances over time. It's a little work. I don't have 4 kids))))) I have 2 cats, a turtle and a 19 year old. And a job lol.


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05-30-2014 02:47 PM
Diesel7602
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If doing straight up raw you'd need chicken legs, thighs, backs or necks, basically bone with meat. Hearts and gizzards could be added but you'd still need some bone and a few other things.

At these prices it makes no sense. Seriously, try costco brands. Here it's called Kirkland and somehow for the pretty low price you get decent ingredients.

I totally understand the money part. You do your best, money and time wise. That's all that matters.


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You can give dogs chicken bones? I thought they couldn't have them because they will choke. In that case. Chicken with bones, like wings and legs are a lot cheaper.

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05-30-2014 01:52 PM
lalachka If doing straight up raw you'd need chicken legs, thighs, backs or necks, basically bone with meat. Hearts and gizzards could be added but you'd still need some bone and a few other things.

At these prices it makes no sense. Seriously, try costco brands. Here it's called Kirkland and somehow for the pretty low price you get decent ingredients.

I totally understand the money part. You do your best, money and time wise. That's all that matters.


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05-30-2014 01:45 PM
Diesel7602
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I was told that Kirkland brand is pretty cheap but it's still better than iams, purina and all that stuff.

I feed raw and it's actually cheaper than quality dog food. Chicken here is under a $1/lb and a 100 lb dog needs 2 lbs a day. Of course, raw is not only chicken but it can be mainly chicken. And it's def healthier than any dog food.


But with 4 kids I'm thinking you have your hands full. So try the costco brands.


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I think chicken here is almost 3$ a pound. But they do sell chicken hearts and gizzards. And that is 1.97$ for about 2 pounds. But I don't know if that is fatty.
05-30-2014 01:29 PM
lalachka I was told that Kirkland brand is pretty cheap but it's still better than iams, purina and all that stuff.

I feed raw and it's actually cheaper than quality dog food. Chicken here is under a $1/lb and a 100 lb dog needs 2 lbs a day. Of course, raw is not only chicken but it can be mainly chicken. And it's def healthier than any dog food.


But with 4 kids I'm thinking you have your hands full. So try the costco brands.


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05-30-2014 01:24 PM
Diesel7602 Thank you for the info! I have 4 kids and a house and 2 car payments, my dog means a lot to me too. That's why I'm asking if this is a good alternative to people that can't spend a whole lot on dog food, but at the same time don't want to feed garbage =)

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05-30-2014 01:18 PM
LaRen616
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gotcha.
I heard the fillers are good for puppies because they help them grow slower. But this is what I was told. Don't know the facts to be true or not.
I thought this would be good since someone said as long as it has calcium and phosphorus balance that it's good for them. Also it has joint health in it. I guess I'm the only one that doesn't want to spend a lot of money on big name Brands.

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I know it's hard to spend a lot of money on dog food, I live alone and own a house, there are several things I would like to do with the money I spend on dog food but my dogs mean everything to me and them being healthy is my number 1 concern and priority. My friend likes to brag about the $25 she spends on a 30 pound bag of dog food a month but I look at her dogs and they are overweight, have dull coats and they poop a lot. My dogs are in excellent shape, they have fantastic coats, they are healthy and they only poop once a day.

Wanted to add that the more expensive, higher quality kibble also have supplements and vitamins that help keep dogs healthy.
05-30-2014 01:08 PM
Diesel7602 gotcha.
I heard the fillers are good for puppies because they help them grow slower. But this is what I was told. Don't know the facts to be true or not.
I thought this would be good since someone said as long as it has calcium and phosphorus balance that it's good for them. Also it has joint health in it. I guess I'm the only one that doesn't want to spend a lot of money on big name Brands.

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05-30-2014 12:59 PM
LaRen616 The dog foods I would feed would be Acana, Canidae, Evo, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Orijen, Solid Gold, Taste of the Wild or Wellness.
05-30-2014 12:56 PM
LaRen616
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Why?


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Because their kibble quality is low, it's all fillers and by products.

Let's compare Iams and Wellness Core

Iams ProActive Health Adult Adult Chunks ingredients
Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

Wellness Core Grain Free Original Ingredients
Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract.

Which one sounds healthier? Which one has better ingredients?
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