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    Thanks for the info Is there anyway you can combine a bit of a raw diet with some dry food? I'm just not sure about the cost of a raw diet? What kind of vegies do you use?[/QUOTE]

    Sure u can combine. If u wanna use dry food look for ones that have minimal corn n beetroot listed in the ingredients or variants of... They're useless to a dogs digestive system. I use various veges depending on the season....peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower etc. if the RAW diet is a lil exy (I hav 3 large dogs so it's a lil pricey for us every week) we buy pet mince from the butcher...or we hav one butcher that sells premium mince that's a couple days old for a couple dollars a kilo. Ask ur butcher if they do anything like that
    Eggs n olive oil are brilliant additives for coats n shiny coats... Hadn't heard bout the garlic but it's worth a try

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    I feed my old dog a mixture of dry food and "wet" food. Since he's got old (and I love him), I started getting very picky about what I was feeding him.

    I use a product called "Vet's All Natural". This looks like porridge with grains and dried veges mixed in (even some straw!). It's a dry food that you mix with water (so it lasts ages). You then leave for 24 hours before mixing it with kangaroo or chicken mince. I tend to make quite a large batch, and then freeze in smaller bags.

    The Vet's All Natural food can be quite cheap if you buy it in the large size. Pet Stock pet stores, if you're a member, have a 20% off sale this weekend. Kangaroo mince costs about $8 a kilo, which I find lasts my dog about a week (so, 14 meals, when mixed with the grains). The Vet's All Natural food I buy in a bucket, but according to their website, a 5kg bag would feed a 10kg dog for a month and costs about $50 (cheaper on sale though, and cheaper again when you buy in bulk - I buy 15kg bags for $100-ish).

    Becuase of the "filling" nature of this food, I find Albie doesn't eat as much dry food. So, with bones and chicken necks, etc, I feel Albie is getting a fairly balanced diet and LOVING IT (although be warned - kangaroo makes their farts absolutely revolting and their poops are vile!)

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    I forgot to mention, Albie is a thirteen year old red heeler. He weighs about 30kg. Obviously, very different to your little pooches, but thought this might serve as a guide?

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    Honestly the difference between buying a supermarket brand food and a better food is priceless. For four years I fed my blue heeler crap from the supermarket. It would cost me around 20 bucks a week to feed him and my staffy and the bag would barely last a week. It now costs me around 60 bucks a month each so around 30 dollars a week an the difference is remarkable. I feed my heeler nutro weight loss because it is a natural dog food that contains no preservatives, has glucosamine and chondriotin for bones and he looks amazing, like a puppy again. My staffy gets fed eagle pack, which is certified holistic. She used to have awful allergies and used to physically smell and now she simply doesn't. She also used to have shocking teeth and no longer does. Both of these are complete feeds. There is no need to add anything and it's the best thing I ever did for both of my dogs. Be careful feeding your dog home made raw or cooked diets - very simply your not a dietician, dogs need certain oils etc and simple meat and vege diets can make your dog extremely Ill. My advice is get a good quality biscuit and you can't go wrong. Also be wary of vet formulated dog biscuits, they tend to be full of unnecessary additives that shorten your pets lifespan

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    Any pet I've had I've fed strictly dry food. Never tinned etc. they've always been very healthy.
    Little treats sometimes but mostly stick with that.
    I think if your dog is happy and healthy then stuck with what you know. And what your dog knows. Humans like treats but your dog doesn't know, they only know what you give them!

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    I'm sure once a week is fine. We buy a bulk bag of raw bones from a local butcher real cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    I'm sure once a week is fine. We buy a bulk bag of raw bones from a local butcher real cheap.
    My vet told me exactly this last week. To give my dog a bone once a week.

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    Thanks everyone! I might look into some of those better quality dry foods for now. Just the one they are having at the moment looks pretty crap. And maybe see about giving them bones a bit more often. We have actually tried the garlic thing a few years back when they got fleas, not sure if it works or not but probably worth trying occasionally. The eggs sound like an idea too. One of the dogs has really bad skin (allergies and it is always a bit patchy) so maybe that could help? With olive oil?

    Anyway I appreciate the advice

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    Garlic and onion are both toxic to dogs - don't believe the flea thing,

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    I have given my dog garlic and onion and she is fine. She also ways home brand sardines in oil which makes her cost super shiny. Everyone always comments on her coat.


 

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