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  1. Default Good brand of organic dry food and treats wanted

    I have a large Wolfhound / Lab mix and a smaller mix terrior and I am currently looking for a reasonably priced organic brand for dry food and also treats. Currently we feed them Eukanuba however it is quite expensive and I would like to move them to an organic option.

    Any suggestions would be great

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    I use. A large liver, costs $1.00
    cut it real thin and small.
    Mircro wave for 5 mins on a tray with paper towel under and over to absorb moisture and help dry the liver out.
    Leave to cool and they go dry like liver treats. Only you have a bucket load for a dollar!
    its organic, if the meat is.
    it has no additives.
    Its rich in iron.
    Its dry
    It lasts a week

    You can do same with all offal.

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    Hi 'aedey@hotmail.com' and welcome to the forum.

    Riley (GSP) is on this dry food at present.

    Natures Goodness Grainfree+ - V.I.P. Petfoods.

    Not organic per se - but no preservatives and colourings and grain free. It works out about $4.00/kg if you buy the 7kg pack.

    As 'Bernie' said - the only true way to go organic is to go raw - no dry. Once you are organised it works out much cheaper to feed and more natural.

    Have a look at this link:

    Nutrition for Dogs

    Happy Reading!

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    Organic is nice, but prohibitively expensive when it comes to meat treats.

    If you feed your dog pellets or canned stuff, you may want to balance it up with primarily a meat based treat.

    I am affiliated with this Australian company "Dog Treats Company", but only got into them because as a dog walker I needed economical treats that were meat based and good for dogs. Their dog treats (meat ones) are either 85% or 100% meat. Not bad considering that most dog food is 20% meat if you are lucky.

    Dear mods if this is too heavy an advertising spiel, please feel free to remove the link ...

    Re do it yourself treats, liver can be easily made at home, but you will need to consider safety aspects (like the controls a large treat company works under) to ensure that the end product is safe. Also feeding too much liver will cause diarrhoea. That is why I balance out the types of treats I use on my dog.

    Good luck!
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    Lovely Lady -
    some of that stuff is very expensive. $80/kg for roo tendons - wtf?

    I pay $2each for Australian cow hooves. Much better value, last longer.

    and I get dried roo for between $35 and $45 per kilo

    and I can get beef mince for $8 / kg... and it's not so over packaged.

    I don't know why people pay crayfish prices for their dog treats.

    Actually - evil hound would probably like cray fish.

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    "some of that stuff is very expensive. $80/kg for roo tendons - wtf?

    I pay $2each for Australian cow hooves. Much better value, last longer.

    and I get dried roo for between $35 and $45 per kilo

    and I can get beef mince for $8 / kg... and it's not so over packaged.

    I don't know why people pay crayfish prices for their dog treats.

    Actually - evil hound would probably like cray fish."

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    Roo tendons are the most expensive treat I sell. The manufacturer say because its a limited supplier network and high labour cost to cut and dry each tendon. I use these as a good long chew for my dog without adding many calories. Its expensive even for me, but at a few grams each tendon, still quite worthwhile. For larger dogs I would recommend bully sticks or beef tendons. (ps I don't sell these yet).

    I cant use cow hooves for my dog any more as he lost interest after he grew up from pup stage. Retriever jaws are fairly soft so he cant make a dent on them.

    I sell roo jerky for $45 a kilo, and for me that has very low margins. Though I think on a raw diet its important to use as many diverse meats as you can. My dog wont eat raw or cooked roo, but loves most roo treats (probably more intense smells and better texture for him).

    I don't use any minces or dog meat because I prefer human grade 100% meat. I can get roasting beef with low fat from tasman meats for about $7 a kilo in Melbourne.

    Speaking of cray fish, I notice that a few people are enjoying shark and shark cartilage. If a dog has difficulty with eating large dried bones, then cartilage with the bonus of sea micro-nutrients you wont get with land based mammals can add a health benefit to most dogs.

    I noticed in another thread that a lab owner was giving a massive amount of bones to stop his dog gaining weight. If the lab eats the whole of these bones there is an issue with excess calcium and in particular messing with the calcium: phosphorus ratio that most nutrition guides and AAFCO says is vital (getting the right range) for good health.
    Last edited by LovelyDog; 06-26-2013 at 04:52 PM.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    So are you affiliated with the shop, or is it your shop? Morgan (forum owner) recently changed the rules about promoting Australian businesses in your post signature (the bit that says "I am a dog walker"). If you put a link to us somewhere on your website (or like us from your facebook page if you have one) then you can put your business URL in your sig. Just thought you'd like to know.

    I don't use any minces or dog meat because I prefer human grade 100% meat
    You like to use human meat not cow meat to feed your dogs? Maybe not.

    But the price I quoted for beef mince is the price my foodland sells minced topside for making spag bol for me to eat. It is human grade. I don't like buying pet grade stuff - apart from the dry kibble/pellets. And the dried roo. But not anything out of a tin or the fridge or the freezer.

    I think we told the lab owner that bones (especially marrow bones) were not going to help his dog lose weight. Sometimes it helps to read all the answers before making your reply to the first post. Otherwise you find you repeat what others have said and it can look a bit strange to regular forum readers. Also bear in mind - some threads are there but old so the opening poster (OP) may be long gone.

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    Thanks Hyacinth - I have just Liked your page from my healthy dog treat FB page .. so now its ok to put my url in my sig?!?

    human grade, 100% BEEF meat

    Cheers ... Bruce
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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