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02-02-2014 01:44 PM
Doc I have used Honest Kitchen and absolutely love it. I did have problems keeping weight on my dogs when raw meat wasn't added to it - I think more protein is needed. Chicken backs and leg quarters can be purchased fairly cheap from the grocery store. A "normal" chicken leg quarter weighs approximately one pound. Adding one to your daily feeding is a good start. If the pup can not chew the raw bones, beat the leg quarter with a hammer to pulverize the bones.
I use Keen from HK and all of my dogs love it.
02-02-2014 11:17 AM
Springbrz
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I get chicken for 50 cents a lb on sale, today it was 78 cents. The feed chart says approx 1.2 lbs for my 60 lb dog so the non sale price is under 40 a month not 300. The prices companies charge are outrageous, no reason it should somehow cost more than the human equivalent but it does. The human equivalent has profit margins built in but raw companies jack it up because huge profit is the norm in dog food.
I agree with you on the cost/profit margins. But puppies, which is the OP has, need much more food during their growing period. Most require 2 lbs. a day until they are close to a year old. Some of the larger dogs need 2+ lbs. their whole life.
Chicken is the bargain protein. But, if you're like me (and many others) and have a dog that can't eat chicken or pork, the cost begins to rise quickly. Just one reason why raw isn't for all dogs. Nothing wrong with high quality kibble.
Right now, raw diet is costing me around $150 a month with salmon oil and treats included.
02-02-2014 05:19 AM
volcano I get chicken for 50 cents a lb on sale, today it was 78 cents. The feed chart says approx 1.2 lbs for my 60 lb dog so the non sale price is under 40 a month not 300. The prices companies charge are outrageous, no reason it should somehow cost more than the human equivalent but it does. The human equivalent has profit margins built in but raw companies jack it up because huge profit is the norm in dog food.
02-02-2014 12:33 AM
Breitbach343
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Originally Posted by Springbrz View Post
The cost of raw diet can vary greatly depending on where you live. It can be cost prohibitive.

I was researching high PH in dogs. Seems like going grain free can help. Quality grain free foods are higher in protein. You don't say what kibble you are feeding with the HK.

HK has several grain free varieties. However, the grain free offerings are considerably more costly. It would cost me $300 a month to feed my girl a 100% HK grain free diet. Raw is half that for me.

Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor

This a great resource for researching quality dog foods. Maybe this will help you find a good kibble to blend with THK food or with raw to get high protein in the diet.

Good luck and keep us informed on how your pup is doing.
Yeah $300 a month is more than we can afford on food for one dog. Thanks for the link and i'll be sure to keep you guys informed.
02-01-2014 11:28 PM
Springbrz The cost of raw diet can vary greatly depending on where you live. It can be cost prohibitive.

I was researching high PH in dogs. Seems like going grain free can help. Quality grain free foods are higher in protein. You don't say what kibble you are feeding with the HK.

HK has several grain free varieties. However, the grain free offerings are considerably more costly. It would cost me $300 a month to feed my girl a 100% HK grain free diet. Raw is half that for me.

Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor

This a great resource for researching quality dog foods. Maybe this will help you find a good kibble to blend with THK food or with raw to get high protein in the diet.

Good luck and keep us informed on how your pup is doing.
02-01-2014 10:41 PM
Breitbach343
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Originally Posted by Doc View Post
You can always add raw meat to your Honest Kitchen.
We have thought about doing this but i just need to figure out how much meat to give her to obtain enough protein.

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Originally Posted by Springbrz View Post
B.A.R.F./Raw Feeding - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Prey model raw diet is all an all raw diet based on what canine ancestors ate in the wild. All meat, fish and eggs. The whole animal, bones and all.
There is an abundance of information on the raw/barf forum I linked to above.
You start slow with just one protein source. Most people start with chicken because it is easy to get. After 1 to 2 weeks you add another protein source. Eventually you add in organ meat from the different proteins and green tripe.
It takes a bit to understand all the nuances of the diet but once you get the hang of it, it is quit simple.
The key is to do the research first...and then go slow. It's not for everybody but most dogs do better than well on a raw diet.

Not all vets are in favor of raw diet feeding and may try to discourage you.
I'm sure others will chime in and tell you the many positives of a raw diet and offer help with understanding how to feed raw.
Our vet has told us about the raw diet, he didnít know much but from what he's heard from his "go to" nutritionist, it can be very beneficial. I've done some research on the raw diet but it all comes down to cost for us. If money wasnít an issue then we would have done raw from day one, but we are young, just bought a house, we donít want to jump into it and find out we canít afford it.
02-01-2014 10:00 PM
Springbrz
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You can always add raw meat to your Honest Kitchen.
^This. I did this when I first switched to raw to make sure my pup was getting a balanced diet. It works well.
Honest Kitchen and Sojos have a formula designed for adding your own raw or cooked meat.
02-01-2014 09:55 PM
Springbrz
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Tell me more about this. Is it just an all raw diet?
B.A.R.F./Raw Feeding - German Shepherd Dog Forums

Prey model raw diet is all an all raw diet based on what canine ancestors ate in the wild. All meat, fish and eggs. The whole animal, bones and all.
There is an abundance of information on the raw/barf forum I linked to above.
You start slow with just one protein source. Most people start with chicken because it is easy to get. After 1 to 2 weeks you add another protein source. Eventually you add in organ meat from the different proteins and green tripe.
It takes a bit to understand all the nuances of the diet but once you get the hang of it, it is quit simple.
The key is to do the research first...and then go slow. It's not for everybody but most dogs do better than well on a raw diet.

Not all vets are in favor of raw diet feeding and may try to discourage you.
I'm sure others will chime in and tell you the many positives of a raw diet and offer help with understanding how to feed raw.
02-01-2014 09:54 PM
Doc You can always add raw meat to your Honest Kitchen.
02-01-2014 09:25 PM
Breitbach343
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Originally Posted by Springbrz View Post
Have you considered going to a prey model raw diet in the future? It likely will have the same good results but might be much cheaper than Honest Kitchen. I like Honest kitchen... however, it is a bit costly in the long run.
Tell me more about this. Is it just an all raw diet?
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