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    Wow, thanks everyone for such informative information and links Really appreciate it! I'll check out some of the brands suggested and see what i come up with.

    I personally wouldn't mind swapping Koda to raw food once i'm in a more stable situation money wise. I feel like he'd do well on it. Kind of off topic from my original question, but Koda was on Holistic Select for a few weeks because I won a free bag at the Dog Lovers Show. I was quite surprised that I didn't notice much difference in him, his coat didn't change at all. Mum reckons he might have been a little bit calmer when he was on it, I didn't notice that though. I also think he lost a tiny bit of weight when he was on that brand, which i didn't want, I was happy with the weight he was at. Can be hard to tell if he's too thin with all that hair in the way. I like to keep him lean, not skinny though, just healthy lean.

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    Frosty has red itchy skin at the moment, I've been trying her on anthistamines. You can get from the regular chemist - the ones I got from the vet are for humans and available without prescription - periactin (one tab morning and evening)

    She's much better if I keep her from doing the belly drag commando crawl on the kikuyu grass - I think that's where she gets her rash from.

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    Yes Kikuyu grass could be a problem

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    I dont know much about Holistic Select.

    I use primarily Earthborn Holistic and Black Hawk for my dogs and they all seem to do really well on it.

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    Brian's very sensitive to his allergies, so the 'grain free' cheap brand is used when i go camping, as its easier to pack.
    I was not aware of the high salt content, i was so focussed on checking the grain free element. So thankyou for that. Would that stop me feeding him it, nah.
    i eat smoked foods, love em. Full of salt. It makes me thirsty, so i drink. Brian can too for a holiday camp

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    VIP and Applaws -(woolies and Coles respectively) cant think of price off the top of my head. Have tried both. Scottie prefers VIP.

    Stay Loyal - Havent used it but I think it compares in terms of price - Works out at about $9.20 per kilo + postage for the large bag.

    Lots of new grain free stuff on the market - eg Hills Natural Balance (not tried it).

    We keep Scottie on a reasonably strict grain free diet (Ziwipeak, not at all budget friendly) and have done since december, whenever he gets anything with "cereals" in it he has a number of symptoms flair up between immediately and 3 days. He also clears up within 3 days of being back on strict grain free.


    I have three bits of advice.

    I) Try the VIP -see if grain free makes a difference... It might be something else entirely. I have found VIP and applaws to be equally OK - only difference is Mr. Fussy-bums fussy tastes - which change montly. Scottie does equally well on VIP as he does on ziwipeak. I usually alternate bags because Ziwi is like $43 a kilo and VIP is about $8
    II) Remember if you supplement with bones / some raw you will get away with feeding less (better quality, less filler yadda yadda... you know the drill)
    III)Its really down to what ever the dog does best on - there is some trial and error

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    $43 a kilo? (I actually googled this coz I thought you made a typo). That is more expensive than fancy imported French cheese! You could feed your dog on raw venison much cheaper!

    I don't understand why anyone would pay that much for over processed food which can never be as healthy as feeding unprocessed food...

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    He's fussy and he likes it. I purchased it in desperation after weeks of itching, farting, weepy eyes, runny bums and not eating enough.

    He does very well on it, I'm always being complimented on how healthy he looks, he's only 10 kilos (I'm not feeding a Dane) and I have a reasonably high disposable income. I don't drink or smoke - my dog is my vice. All of the above (Itchiness, mucky eyes and loose stools have cleared up)

    As I said, I make a kilo of Ziwi last a month and mix it with raw meat, a much cheaper grain free kibble and raw bones, eggs and occasionally veges.

    For me - It's about getting anything at all into him.

    I also use it almost exclusively for training treats as he doesn't like anything offered commercially (well, anything I would give him - we're a no smacko household). The amount of cheaper food (treats and kibble) we have given to shelters is staggering.

    Actually.. I just went and looked on Woolies online - A kilo of my preferred food is comparable or cheaper then a kilo of most "treats" available at the supermarket.

    I'm a very firm believer in feeding what your dog does best on, for us, at this stage in our lives, its Ziwipeak.

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    That is interesting. Comparing with the treats. I don't use them as Mags likes her Black Hawk more than enough to work for it as a treat. Expensive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    That is interesting. Comparing with the treats. I don't use them as Mags likes her Black Hawk more than enough to work for it as a treat. Expensive!!!
    I would estimate that the BH would be cheaper, per kilo, then some of the expensive treats and better for her too.

    As I said, what ever works

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