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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLadyBojangles View Post
    I'm a vet nurse and asking different vets will all give you different ideas. A high quality dry food (Eukenuba, Royal Canin etc - not supermarket) should be sufficient. If you're thinking of cost saving, do look into it and make sure you're including everything needed in their diet and if you have a puppy I wouldn't risk it, I would just feed a high quality dry food while they need they right amount of calcium, fat but not too much fat etc etc it's just not worth it if you get it wrong.

    Dr Billinghursts RAW BARF diet has a pretty good reputation and if you are willing to go to the effort you could by his book, learn exactly what should and shouldnt be added and make it up yourself.

    Too much time and effort for me! I feed a high quality dry food every day and chicken carcasses every couple of days. Bones here and there and sardines mixed into the dry if my oldest boy is having a fussy day. They also have carrots as treats (just raw, crunch it like a bone)

    Never cooked bones as the bones splinter and I've heard that cooking any type of meat removes some of the nutrients but not 100% sure on that.
    Yes, my vet recommends a good quality dry food alone as the best option. Unfortunately for us none of the majors work for us. I won't buy Eukanuba because of cruelty issues they had within the company, my boy is allergic to royal canin and they hate Hills. (Apart from Z/D which he has with tummy flare ups but its not appropriate long term).

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    We will be following the BARF diet too when the pup arrives on Monday. It's what she has been getting at the breeder and I think it's the best thing to follow her thru on based on the biological needs and evolutionary requirements of a dog. She will have absolutely no grains, especially cooked ones!

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    If you want the best diet go BARF if you are feeding commercial food, never ever feed canned food. Its horrible for them its like eating McDonalds for them, its also contains a lot of water and is bad for their teeth. They need hard food to break down the tarter that builds up on the teeth to maintains healthy gums and teeth.

    I feed mine Raw bones (turkey, chicken, and beef) chicken necks, beef hearts, chicken livers. I dont feed grain or veggies you wont find a wild dog picking veggies and eating from rice fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    Yes, my vet recommends a good quality dry food alone as the best option. Unfortunately for us none of the majors work for us. I won't buy Eukanuba because of cruelty issues they had within the company, my boy is allergic to royal canin and they hate Hills. (Apart from Z/D which he has with tummy flare ups but its not appropriate long term).
    Your dog would benefit from the RAW diet you can buy it already prepared but make sure he gets some raw bones too for his teeth. Science diet is not a good food packed with too many fillers and lots of corn.

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    Thanks for all the advise I guess I should do a little of my own research then decide what's best for my dog

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    Your dog would benefit from the RAW diet you can buy it already prepared but make sure he gets some raw bones too for his teeth. Science diet is not a good food packed with too many fillers and lots of corn.
    My two, esp my boy, don't do well with the raw meat. I make all their meals but with cooked meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    My two, esp my boy, don't do well with the raw meat. I make all their meals but with cooked meat.

    Yeah sorry was just reading your posts about the weak tummies

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    Mostly stuff out of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital cookbook I've had for years. Roo mince, rice, frozen veg and a tsp each of soy and sweet chilli is always a hit and is easy to freeze in individual portions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    Yeah sorry was just reading your posts about the weak tummies
    It's been a long frustrating road. We nearly lost him about two years ago when he had some dry food that disagreed with him. Just one meal of it. He spent over a week in the specialist veterinary hospital. It seems to be a beef allergy.

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    I used to give my dogs a tin of sardines in oil over their dried food every morning and I think it did wonders for their coat as it was always shiny!


 

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