|01-31-2014 02:59 PM|
I'm also curious about the correlation of how long dogs have lived from back in our parent's generation when there was none of these niche companies existed vs. the current generation.
For the record, I also feed my GSD great food...bags and bags of Acana and Orijen have gone through my household. I'm just not convinced if we've been brainwashed by marketing is all.
|01-30-2014 04:09 PM|
|01-30-2014 03:47 PM|
Just curious why you put canned with the kibble? If it's for taste or your dog wont eat without it, I would try some kind of broth instead, cheap and lasts a while.
If greenies are for breath I would switch to the kind you pour a table spoon into their water.. supposedly adds no flavor but Titan sometimes gets picky when I add it. Eventually jsut drinks it. If it's for Teeth cleaning, have you tried an antler or a raw marrow bone?
Now for treats... I buy these Dog Food Roll Formulas - Natural Balance Pet Foods which I know you stopped buying treats from the company.. but wasn't sure if you had tried these at all. I just buy the largest one and cut it up into half inch pieces, though you could do bigger if you are using as an end of the night reward.. but I freeze the bags and they last a really long time.
|01-30-2014 03:25 PM|
Honestly, I get as wrapped up over ingredients as the next person, but honestly I also think we overthink it. For example, we are trained to think byproducts are a no-no, yet some studies will show that “byproducts” are actually what makes sense for the dog…instead of deboned chicken, they may actually prefer the nutrition from liver, hearts, and other nasty things that humans don’t like and find disgusting.
With that said, for treats don’t worry too much. Use the milkbones if you want, or whatever else you want to grab. Even if it’s not as nutritious as a NB treat (and I’m not certain it is or isn’t) I’d guess there’s probably stuff in all of our kitchens that aren’t exactly that nutritious for us either…but we still enjoy snacking on them.
|01-30-2014 03:07 PM|
|Germanshepherdlova||I give my dogs Milkbone and have for the past few years without an issue|
|01-30-2014 02:46 PM|
|SusiQ||I use Nutripet Large Peanut Butter biscuits - each one contains 500 mg glucosamine - Tractor Supply has large bags (often on sale) for 9.99. They are at least 20.00 everywhere else.|
|01-29-2014 02:39 PM|
You can also use Ziwipeak. A 2-pound bag is $28 but will last a really long time. The food is like bits of jerky, and very high quality, too.
ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Lamb Real Meat Dry Dog Food
|01-29-2014 02:35 PM|
I second the discount meat at the grocery store. You can get a whole tub of livers or gizzards at my grocery store for just a few bucks. Boil em and freeze, give them raw, bake them, etc, all good.
Honestly I dont think a few milkbones will kill your dog though if he likes them.
|01-29-2014 01:39 PM|
I use the tubes for training. Buy a large one for around 10 - 12 $, cube it, freeze it in zip locks. The puppy thinks kibble is a treat. I did get some hot dog for training as I think it might work better with her to feed from a long string rather than bits. But I don't like the crap in hot dogs.
I have a recipe somewhere that calls for pureed beef liver, flour, garlic. Bake it & cut it into small bits. Cheap, tasty and you have a good quality, controlled ingredient treat.
|01-29-2014 05:32 AM|
Hot dogs for sure.
Any discounted meat at the grocery. Cook and cube it, or slice and dehydrate.
Carrot slices, frozen berries, cheese cubes.
Variety is a great thing!
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