grocery store dog food?

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  1. iheartsammy

    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    my mom is taking me to the store today to buy dog food, and I'm not sure if it's the petstore or grocery store. but in case it's the grocery store, what's the best grocery dog food brand? (I just hope we go to the petstore!)
     
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    Purina pro plan is the best in my opinion as far as grocery store foods go.
     
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    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    Just go to the meat department and buy a bunch of RAW meats :)
     
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    That is all very well if you want to feed Raw meat :p
     
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    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    I've been researching raw meats. And if we do go to the grocery store I'll probably buy raw foods, but if we go to the petstore.. I'll but innova or something?? actully I think I just might start with the raw diet, I was going to wait, but better sooner then later..:)
     
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    I would 1st make sure that your mum is willing to buy the Raw food all the time......You wouldn't want to have to keep chopping and changing and upsetting Sammys tummy :)
     
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    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    I know, I'll talk to her when she gets home. thats why I kinda wanted to wait...
     
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    Just realize that a raw diet for a GSD is going to cost you quite a bit more than grocery or pet store quality dog food. It's going to cost about the same as a high quality designer type dog food if not a little more. I just went shopping for food the other day. 42lbs of chicken legs- 20 bucks. 10lbs of beef- 20 bucks. 15lbs of pork shoulder- 22 bucks. 15lbs of pork ribs- 25 bucks. That will last me about a month for 3 dogs. That doesn't include eggs, organ meat, and a couple other supplements.
     
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    iheartsammy ME+DOGS=CRAZY

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    sammy is a GSD mix and is only 45lbs. She'll be 2 in august.
     
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    45lbs will require 1 to 1.5lbs of raw food per day depending on her activity level. Thats about 1 smaller chicken leg quarter and a couple hamburgers to put it in a form that you can visualize.
     
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    My Border Collie is very active and 40 lbs, and he eats slightly more than 1/2 lb per day... which equates to less than $0.50 per day for him, with the meats that I buy.

    HOWEVER, a high quality kibble is much better than an unbalanced Raw diet. Please do your research in advance, and make sure you know at least the basics of feeding Raw. You should ask your Mom to go to a feed/pet store, and look for Innova Evo, it is one of the closest kibbles you can find to a species appropriate diet.
     
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    Sam has a moderate activaty level.
    I went to this site...
    http://www.rawdogranch.com/howmuch.htm
    to see how much I will need to buy monthly
    I got,
    20lbs of RAw Meaty Bones
    12lbs of Muscle Meat
    & 1.6lbs of Organ Meat
    that's a months worth.. does it seem about right?
     
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    I've done lots of research, and If I wasn't going to feed raw, I would have fed Innova Evo anyways! :)
     
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    rawdogranch is a great site for raw feeding. If you used their spreadsheet to figure that out, then you are probably on track with the amounts.

    ihartgonzo, my 22lb pug gets about 3/4lb of raw per day- any less and he wastes away. Our 60lb 12 year old gets about a pound and a half, and Gunnar, who is young, 85lbs and high activity needs at least 2 1/2 lbs a day to keep his weight on. Gonzo must have a real low metabolism! I wish mine could eat like that.
     
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    good! I guess I'll go with the raw diet and see what happens!
     
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    I wouldn't switch to raw just yet. I've been reading about homemade diets for a very long time and am just starting the switch. You have to make sure it is balanced before you start feeding it. Instead of starting raw right now, I'd buy the highest-quality food I could afford, and then some plain yogurt with active cultures (add a little to the food), and share any doggy-friendly foods that I'm eating.
     
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    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    Thats how much chloe weighs :D
     
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    DanL, woow! Your little Pug eats a lot :p! Yes, Gonzo does use everything he eats... it's pretty common for Border Collies. When he was an adolescent, he ate a ton and was super lean, but as he matured it only takes a small amount of food to keep him at his ideal weight. I started feeding him 1 lb of Raw per day, and he gained a few lbs almost immediately. He's super healthy, though! He gets an average of 2 hours of intense exercise everyday (to keep him sane) and he is very fit & muscular. I just wanted to add that the amount a dog eats varies, depending on the dog ^^ some people need to feed more calories than kibble, some feed less.

    Good luck with Sammy! I'm sure she will love it. It's up to you, but you might want to include 10% yogurt, cottage cheese, fish/flaxseed oils, and pulped fruits/veggies into her diet. I add in all of these things here and there into my pups' meals, and they love all of it. Also, it is a great idea to buy in bulk. I can get 10 lbs of chicken quarters or wings from my butcher for about $3 each, and I can save more if I buy 20 lbs of each. Buying a bunch of whole chickens & cutting them up yourself can also save you money. He also gives me a big (10+ lbs) bag of lamb, beef or pork off-cuts for a few dollars.

    You don't need to balance each meal every day. That is not natural. However, you should try to keep a good % balance over the span of 7-10 days. My pups get one offal meal per week, a couple muscle meat meals per week, one or two veggie meals per week, and yogurt, cottage cheese and supplements here and there; the rest of the time, they get RMB's (which makes up 50-60% of meals over the week). I suggest http://www.rawlearning.com & http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html for really good reading.
     
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    thanks! I've read both of those actully! (their on my favorites :) ) ok, I'm kinda so-so about starting the raw diet right this moment. If my mom will take me to the petstore then I'll buy the Innova Evo, but if she takes me to the store I'll buy the raw diet...
     

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