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When I was growing up my parents bought 50bl bags of Alpo dog food to feed our dogs. We didn't have shepherds (sans one shepherd/lab mix who terrified me as a small child) or any other fancy dog. Just mutts most of which just wondered onto the farm and took up residence. A few months ago I took in a husky, who reminded me how much I missed having a dog. I was almost in tears when the owner was found, and the place at the foot of my bed was once again empty.

Thus, my puppy search began. After some breed research, and my wife insisting not a husky, we decided on a shepherd. After visiting shelters and breeder we finally found Reagan, and immediately took him to the vet. I was still under the impression that the standard way to feed a dog was to buy a bag of Purina or Alpo and tuck it in a large water tight container where it would serve as a source of nourishment to your canine companion for several months. But, out of curiosity, I asked the vet what food she would suggest. Our vet, in not so many words, said Science Diet was the way to go. I thought to myself 'this food cost twice as much but the dog cost infinitely more than any other dog I had as a child, and i love my new pup so what the heck'.

Recently it came to my attention that Science Diet is a terrible food source, and descent dog food cost a lot. By my math, I could just feed Reagan a boneless chicken breast in the morning and some flank steak at night and pay about the same money (which is becoming a very serious consideration). Now I'm not a rich man, but I want what is best for my dog. And I have to say I'm a little skeptical of all these premium dog foods, after all some of my parents dog are still alive and quite happy almost two decades later (the ones who have passed, met ends other than poor food quality). The whole time they've been eating food that apparently should have my parents up on animal cruelty charges.

Now don't misread me I believe my pup is worth the $100+ cost of premium food, i'm just blown away by it. I haven't owned a dog in ten years, is this a new thing, or am i just too back woods to know about it? What should I feed my puppy and what should the cost be? What do you feed your dog? Has anyone else ever thought the same thing?
 

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Yes, I have had the same thoughts. Growing up we always had dogs and my parents usually didn't feed them a commercial kibble. They fed more of what is now known as a home cooked diet mixed with a raw diet (best way I can describe it).

Commercial dog food didn't really become popular until the end of WWII or 1945. Back then there really wasn't much to pick from as far as commercial kibbles went and I believe the quality was better back then.

Of course as time progresses, people see a market for something and more choices become available on the market.
 

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until recently we fed purina brand kibble. 5 1/2 years of purina and my husbands dog's allergies have gotten worse. In the last two months we've made the switch to a medium cost/quality food from Tractor Supply 4health. The dogs love it. its better than purina. They're doing very well on it. If it hadnt been for Riley's allergies we would probably still be on purina but there comes a time when the CONSTANT scratching wears down on a persons nerves. Its a quality food that fits without our budget. You could check it out. There are a couple different formulas as well. You dont have to feed something crazy expensive to get good quality. but i agree Science Diet is crap food.
 

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I feed my dog TOTW at 43 dollars/30lbs. This lasts a month.

I haven't really thought hte same. The calcium content in almost every grocery store cheap brand is way too high to feed a larger breed dog safely and could easily result in a lot of issues. The preservatives they use cause cancer among other things, and the allergies that people don't even recognize are abundant.

I like my dogs to be healthy so I feed them good food. I converted my parents and have noticed a remarkable difference from their dog chow fed dogs to their better kibble fed dogs.
 

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Commercial dog food didn't really become popular until the end of WWII or 1945. Back then there really wasn't much to pick from as far as commercial kibbles went and I believe the quality was better back then.
You are correct. At that time horse meat was dirt cheap because the American Mustang, considered a nuisance animal by cattle ranchers and the legislators in their states, were free for the killing. Mustangs were rounded up by the thousands and rendered into dog food. It was not uncommon, through the 1960's, to buy a big hunk of horse meat at the pet shop to feed to your dog and the main ingredient and most commercial kibbles was horse meat. These days the main ingredient in most commercial kibbles is corn gluten meal.
 

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To the OP: If you have a Tractor Supply Co. nearby, check out 4Health food. It's a fairly affordable brand of premium food. The main ingredient is either chicken or lamb and it has no byproducts, no corn, no soy, and no wheat.
 

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To the OP: If you have a Tractor Supply Co. nearby, check out 4Health food. It's a fairly affordable brand of premium food. The main ingredient is either chicken or lamb and it has no byproducts, no corn, no soy, and no wheat.

thank you! i couldnt remember what it didnt have i just knew it was far better. lol i was about to go check the bag.
 

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Something to keep in mind with a better quality kibble is that while it cost more per bag, the dog will eat LESS so each bag will last LONGER.

So each time you buy a bag, you will spend more, but you will buy fewer bags over time.
 

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.... By my math, I could just feed Reagan a boneless chicken breast in the morning and some flank steak at night and pay about the same money (which is becoming a very serious consideration). Now I'm not a rich man, but I want what is best for my dog.....
If you decide to go to raw, you'll have to feed 55% raw meaty bone, 45% muscle meat and 1% organ meat. Plus either green tripe or puried veggies. Just so you know.
 

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If you decide to go to raw, you'll have to feed 55% raw meaty bone, 45% muscle meat and 1% organ meat. Plus either green tripe or puried veggies. Just so you know.
What model is this info reflecting? I've never heard of or followed percentages even close to these while raw feeding.
 

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well we started out on purina dog chow(when we raised dachshunds), then went to several just different brands(cheap), my sheps coat got awful...well than we went to bb and it was horrible, made him so skinny i am talking walking skeleton...Now we are on Purina One, he loves, loves loves the food, and his weight gain has been awesome..$31 for a either 35-40 pound bag...
 

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What model is this info reflecting? I've never heard of or followed percentages even close to these while raw feeding.
You're so cute. I was the same way when I was a teenager.
 

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And I think that's debatable but then we'd have to move this over to the Raw/BARF section. ;)
Very true. But the fact that dogs need bone & muscle isn't right?
 

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TOTW is 10 dollars more than Purina and many moons better IMO. Kirkland dog food is actually ten dollars cheaper and again a lot better than Purina. You can find a better quality dog food without the high cost and as already stated you do feed less which saves money down the road. I rotate between Orijen and TOTW flavors to save on money and home cook in bulk freezing enough for a month to mix in and add variety. That way I can feed 3 cups of TOTW or Orijen and a half of cup of home cooked making my 30 lb. bags last about 3 weeks between two large dogs. Play around with options and your budget and search home cooked recipes on here. Their really easy and cheap to make without a lot of effort but once a month- maybe an hour:)
 

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I do feed some raw. I also feed a premium dog food except occasionally have to go with a lesser brand. I have not found the higher quality foods to be that much more expensive to feed. they are well utilized and high calorie.

cheap dog food is like cheap paint...really no such thing
 

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The only point I was trying to make is that you cannot feed chicken breast & flank steak only. Need a variety. Still stand behind the percentages...only because it has proven success
 

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You're so cute. I was the same way when I was a teenager.
I'm cute? I don't think that's very appropriate. I'm just wondering what model those percentages are from I know there are a few, but I've never heard of that and fed raw for almost a year.

The only point I was trying to make is that you cannot feed chicken breast & flank steak only. Need a variety. Still stand behind the percentages...only because it has proven success
You can make that point without giving information that might not be accurate that may lead the OP to believe is what is best.
 

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Awe, come on. We can see you in that avatar and yes - you're cute. Take the compliment and run with it! ;)
I feel like you're trying to neutralize a possible arguement.

I will however, take the compliment and run. Haha, thank you. :p
 
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