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Am I crazy

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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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.... 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.
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.
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?
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
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.

You can make that point without giving information that might not be accurate that may lead the OP to believe is what is best.
You're right.
DH - Sorry about almost derailing your thread with a raw discussion.

You're not crazy, I totally understand what you're saying. For awhile we were feeding purina and didn't think anything of it. Then, like you, I starting hearing an overwhelming amount of opinions about how bad the grocery store brands are for dogs. I wonder if those types of dog foods used to be good and over the years to and maximize profits the manufacturers continually added fillers and other junk. And now we have to pay the big bucks for the good stuff.

You mentioned flank steak & chicken breast. I'm not a nutritionist so I shouldn't have given you the percentages of raw. I found a resource I trust and the actual advised percentages are 50% rmb, 45% mm and 5% organ. Thats just what works for us. But raw versus kibble, raw & kibble and raw diets are highly debated with drastically differing opinions. I just wanted to point out that you'll have to give your dog a balanced diet. I learned the hard way and Mac ended up getting sick.

And to DJetzel-My nieces and nephews get sooo mad at me when I call them cute. Sorry. You're challenging & inquisitive young woman. (I hated being called cute until I was about 30) Again, my apologies. :)
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Yeah, as an aside, the "cute" thing and the age thing are inappropriate here. It's a passive aggressive way of trying to discount someone's knowledge, which should be argued on its own merit.
I don't want to derail the thread again. But you're right. And I personally apologized to her. I thought about it later and realized I sounded just like the people who used to say that to me when I was young (er :).
Aside from providing a healthy diet for your dog, I found that when I feed a higher quality dog food, my dog has less waste! So when I weigh the higher cost food (small poopers) vs. lower cost food (huge, stinky, sloppy, poopers) I don't mind spending the extra money!
I noticed that too...about the poop :) Also, Mac had a funky smell when I fed him the purina or puppy chow...whatever it was.

A lot of people have said they feel it saves money on vet bills in the long run too.
It adds up to 110%
lol...I actually follow the 50% rmb, 45% mm & 5% organ.
LOL.. you're right. Math is not my strong suit, clearly. :hammer:

Anyway, so to revise, 10% organ and the rest roughly split evenly between MM and RMB is a pretty common basic raw diet.
What about green? I haven't figured that out yet. Now I just mix puried veggies in with Mac's mm.
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