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    If you want to feed your dog quality food then any food that lists it's first ingredient as 'cooked meat or meat by-products..' would be one to avoid I would think. Judging by the wording and the price, my guess is that it would more often be meat by-products than actual meat. Do you actually know what meat by-products can be? It's horrifying.

    I would be trying to find a decent middle-of-the-road priced food that agrees with your pup (I've settled for supercoat too for my old girl) and sticking to it. It's not easy finding a food that you're happy with quality-wise when you're on a tight budget, I know. It worries me that already this is proving to be an issue for you - he is going to get bigger yet, and more expensive by the day.

    I too remember the thread in which you were warned of the costs of feeding a large dog...
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    Yes big dogs can be very expensive to feed. Brian is back on Nutro at the moment but will gradually switch to Black Hawk as it is slightly cheaper. I did try VIP Grain Free for a while .
    Previous dogs have done very well on Supercoat but I find I have to feed more to fill him up.

    On Nutro he has 3 cups total spread over two meals. He also has either chicken necks or backs, mince, liver, heart etc. very cheap to buy. I also look out for those close to date packs of meat in Woolies. He has had many a meal of rump steak mixed with kibble for about $2.00 a serve.
    If I give him sardines he only gets half a tin mixed in well with the kibble. Duncan the cat gets the other half.

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    What are meat by products? I thought this would be stuff like lungs, bones, sinews, kidneys, brains, liver, stomachs, bones, blood, ... am I wrong? I feed my dogs livers and kidneys and they go crazy for it. I mean how bad can it be? Don't know about your dogs but mine are not exactly gourmets and eat entirely voluntarily stinking rotten bones and cat shit!

    My two are on advance (approx $ 100 for 20 kg). Because they don't like it much I top up with a mix of cooked petmince/liver/kidneys/hearts. If I run out of top-up they might get lucky and score a can of tuna or chicken and rice loaf. Yet, I can feed that only one day. If I dish up the second day cheap chickenloaf Roxy refuses to eat it.
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    I feed mine Uncle Albers and they all do well. But they get raw meat with it. My pups are on Supercoat large breed puppy, again with lots of extra meat and bones.

    I would always rather spend extra money on good meat than on overpriced pet foods. I tried expensive dry food once and seriously regretted it. Never again.

    If you're on a budget, how about trying the cheaper dry food but seeing if you can add some raw to it. This boosts the meat content. I get my meat from the local Greyhound supplies place and it's great - minced chicken frames usually. They also do beef and roo.

    Or you can give him some extra chicken wings or necks with his kibble - even at supermarket prices they will be cheaper than the sardines every meal. If you have a Leonards chicken nearby they often sell chicken frames cheaply - they are fantastic dog food.

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    My dog isn't fussy about her food either (I gave her the mince the cat wouldn't eat this morning because it smelt off) but she hates kidneys. Any other offal is fine, but she will back away if I let her smell kidneys.

    Chicken wings are great. Chicken pet mince I find a bit fatty and it goes off very quickly too. I do occasionally feed it because it's cheap. But I prefer pet mince made from roo or beef off cuts. Our local butcher does a very nice pet mince with only beef offcuts and ox hearts.

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    I give my dogs a mix of grain free Earthborn Holistic $95 for 12 kg and good old Supercoat usually around $20 on special for $8kg. The thing with the Earthborn Holistic is you feed quite a lot less than with a cheaper feed.

    My dogs seem to do pretty well on a 50/50 mix of this and they are actual working dogs with no shortage of energy. I feed dry food because in my situation it is convenient and the dogs seem to thrive on it. When I put one of my mutton sheep in the feezer then they get plenty of raw fesh meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    ... The thing with the Earthborn Holistic is you feed quite a lot less than with a cheaper feed.
    See that's what I was told about Black Hawk. Yet they needed about twice as much as recommended to even hold weight, and then their hair starting falling out in sticky handfuls...

    Shudder.

    I agree with Di - the best food for your dog is the one it does best on. I read Beloz' post above and am the opposite - Roo is far too lean for my dogs, no good at all. But then they have higher fat requirements than most breeds. Chicken is great, fatty beef is good too. Lean is a no-no.

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    I have to disagree not all big dogs are expensive to feed "Mu" is 45kgs fed on 200g of dog roll mornings and 1 1/2cups dry for dinner.

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    200g is less than 0.5% of his body weight? Not sure what the dry equates to, but I was always told to feed 2% of body weight. That's for raw food, which would have more protein.

    Our 20kg foster pup got 400g of mince and about 1 cup of dry food. The dry food was because she was still growing, but I would consider the 2% a maintenance diet.

    My dog weighs about 25 and gets 300g of mince because she is a bit overweight. She still gets a bit (1/2 cup maybe? ) of dry in the food dispenser toy. She has slowly but steadily been losing weight over the past couple of months.

    Maybe it depends on exercise levels too but my dog only gets walked once a day, usually about 2kms.
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