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    So when I first got Jasper, I had him on Earthborn Puppy. I only bought the smallest bag to see if he liked it and how his body reacted to it (his poop). He LOVED it! Scoffed the whole lot down straight away, and his poop was nice and firm and brown. The biscuits were smaller, the food more nutritious, and he was happy with a general hand full. But once that bag started to run out, I also had to pay a lot of bills at the time that I didn't normally have to pay, so I looked for something else that was relatively nutritious, but relatively bang-for-your-buck. A large 12.7 kg bag of Earthborn puppy is $115.99 at PetStock. I bought Uncle Alber's 22kg Beef & Chicken (smells like horse feed) for $33 to get me by for as long as it lasted (the biscuit size is about 3-4 times larger than that of Earthborn puppy). He ate it, but not so enthusiastically as the Earthborn dog food, so I added in a tin of sardines last night - that was gone in a snap, bowl licked clean too! And this morning I gave him the dry food with some doggie meat ball things, he ate the meat balls, didn't eat the dry food, threw up bile during the day (as told by the other people that live on the property - their answer to that was that he was just hungry), then went up and ate the dry food... SO! I'm thinking, that if I continually have to add in wet food of some sort to mix in with his Uncle Alber's dry food so he'll actually eat the stuff, the costs really start to add up. The sardines are only about $1 a tin, but twice a day, that's $2 a day, about $60 a month and so on. Which brings me to my original reason for this post - Maybe I should give in and buy the 12.7kg bag of Earthborn instead of sticking to Uncle Alber's mixed with wet food every time he gets fed?

    P.S. I also noticed his poo is more of a greenish colour since being on Uncle Alber's.

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    22kg for $33? It must be full of cheap fillers, surely.

    I'm not a fan of dry food, but some members' dogs appear to do quite well on it. I feed my dog pet mince, which costs me $2-$3 a day for a 25kg dog + a $60-70 bag of Vets All Natural which lasts me about 3 months. You can get cheaper pet mince at Aldi if you don't mind more preservatives. I find the quality of the Aldi mince quite good (at least, it looks and smells good) but am wary of thiamine deficiency.

    I do give my dog dry food in her treat dispensing toys, but she only gets about a handful, so I just get Supercoat.

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    My mate adds a tablespoon of cod liver oil to his Ridgebacks dry food. Its the silkiest shiniest coat i've ever seen or felt on a dog. Might be a cheaper option.

    I always add some rice or dog roll to the goofs meals....i wouldnt want to just eat the same stuff everyday so i mix it up a bit. Dont stress to much as it takes a bit of trial and error with dog food till you find the right stuff. Just remember to introduce new foods slowly so his belly can adjust.


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    Yup! Here's the ingredients:
    Cooked meat or meat by-products derived from beef, lamb, poultry or pork. Cooked fish or fish by-products. Fat, cooked cereals and wheaten bran. Products derived from canola and soyabeans. Lysine, methionine, antioxidant, bentonite, vitamins and minerals.
    Vitamins: A, D3, E, K, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12, niacin, pantothenate, folic acid and biotin.
    Minerals: Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc.

    I've had my 10 month old cat on Earthborn for quite a few months, and she is doing really really well on it, healthy coat, full of energy, and loooooves her biscuits. But of course, she'll take the wet food before the dry food. Mind you, her Whiskas sachets make her poop pretty soon after eating and they STINK to high heavens!

    This is the ingredients for Earthborn puppy:
    Chicken Meal, Whitefish Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Barley, Ground Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Rye Flour, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Ground Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Apples, Blueberries, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Blueberry Fiber, Cranberry Fiber, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphte (Source of Vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

    I'd ultimately prefer to get him on a dry food with the best stuff I can budget until he's at least 1 with meat, bones etc in between.

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    I think this is one of the large expenses you were warned about before you got a dog, is it not? Big dogs will have a big appetite. My dogs are on Advance dog food, I get it discount, so I get a 20kg breeders bag for $85.00 instead of $110 for a 15kg bag at the store. They do fine on it. I try and avoid any cheaper food, it is cheap for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I think this is one of the large expenses you were warned about before you got a dog, is it not? Big dogs will have a big appetite. My dogs are on Advance dog food, I get it discount, so I get a 20kg breeders bag for $85.00 instead of $110 for a 15kg bag at the store. They do fine on it. I try and avoid any cheaper food, it is cheap for a reason.
    Yes, I know. I'm trying to find a high quality food whilst he's growing and his immune system is still developing, a booster I guess. I don't want to cheap out - I did do a lot of research on Uncle Alber's and a lot of people's dogs were doing very well on it, and that's after coming off foods like Science Diet. So I figured I'd try it. But when I think of the additional costs to get him to eat it now, I'm thinking maybe it's better to put him on what I know is a reliable bet -- Earthborn. Even my PetStock have recommended it over products like Advance and ProPlan.

    I know I can't stop things happening to him that could impede normal growth, but I'd like to try and prevent it as much as possible by making sure he ingests the best food I can give him while he's growing - whilst not blowing the budget of course.

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    I know everyone says that dogs don't do well on cheaper foods. But there are some dogs that will do really well on it (well maybe not the really cheap 20kg for $30 ones though). Both my dogs have been on Supercoat since they were puppies, and both dogs do really well on it. I've actually found that Koda much prefers Supercoat over the more expensive stuff. He won't eat the other stuff and if he does, he will only eat a bit and then get bored and leave it. Dodge however will eat absolutely anything you give her.

    ETA: On that note, both my dogs also get meat reasonably regularly. Sometimes they will go for a while without getting meat and they are still fine. But at the moment they are getting meat very regularly because we had a large calf sent to the butcher. So we have a large stock of meat and bones for the dogs for a long time.
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    Whether a brand is supermarket or premium, the best food for your dog is the one it does best on and only you and your dog and vet checks and their observations can be the best judge of that.

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    What Di said. But I don't quite get why you think that dry food is the best.

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    How about blackhawk? Very very good ingredients (for dry food) and about $100 for 20kg from PetStock, plus you feed less than the cheap stuff because it isn't packed wi. Either feed dry or fresh, stay away from the nasty canned stuf, even for your cat- try feeding pet mince instead, it works out way cheaper in the long run.
    You were warned about this- big dogs are very expensive to feed!!

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