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    Kimba has been on the Hills Prescription Diet- Prescription Diet: Therapeutic Pet Food for Cats and Dogs | Hill's Pet Nutrition (canned & dry) and its so expensive I'm trying to find an alternative that still meets her needs.
    She isn't the biggest fan of dry food so her biscuits last a while but I wanted to replace the canned food with a homemade alternative that we can cook up in bigger batches a lot cheaper.

    How would I go about doing this? I asked the Vet when we picked up her food earlier this week but they couldn't find anything in the time we saw them.

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    Olivia is also on a prescription diet, but she is on one called c/d and it is because she develops struvite stones very easily and had 2 bladder operations before the age of 5 and before she came to me. I am lucky though that being a Pug she will eat anything, and she is a small dog, so whilst it is still expensive, it isn't as expensive for me.

    There is another brand of prescription based dog food I discovered recently. I can't recall who it was though.... maybe Eukanuba??? It is cheaper, not by much though.

    I would be careful with any new diet as I have heard of many, who like my situation, have a dog with issues with struvites and when taken off the diet they develop them again.
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    Dare I ask if you will consider raw or BARF?
    I think PD is a money spinner for vets. If we use any kibble its eaglepac- and I would get a 100% grain free kibble no matter the cost if I could find one in Australia.
    The amount of grains and soy in PD is really shocking for the price...

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    I was called by the vet last week and they had done some research and printed off a few recipes from a text book for us to try, I will scan them and post them up tomorrow.
    Its good because it gives us 2 different meals for her instead of the same thing every night.

    One has chicken breast with the skin on & the other is minced beef & tofu and both varieties are combined with rice, carrot, wheatbran & rapeseed oil.
    I'll make a few batches up and figure out the cost to compare but I think if we can find the meat cheap enough we will be saving $$.

    I'll slowly introduce the new food, I really don't want to risk her health again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetboy View Post
    Dare I ask if you will consider raw or BARF?
    I think PD is a money spinner for vets. If we use any kibble its eaglepac- and I would get a 100% grain free kibble no matter the cost if I could find one in Australia.
    The amount of grains and soy in PD is really shocking for the price...
    Raw or barf are not appropriate for my dog's condition. Her kibble is what is keeping her healthy and I am quite happy with it. I do not believe it is a 'money spinner' for Vets at all. The diet is specifically created to produce certain reactrions in the body, depending on the illness. How much grain or soy or any thing else in it is not even part of the consideration when you are talking about a prescription based specific diet.

    Grains are not causing an issue in our animals anyway. Quite simply put, I do not believe that the canine digestive system is anything remotely like it was when the canine was first domesticated, which is the basis for the raw/barf argument. It was a scavenger then and it ate what scraps it could find to eat, including vegetable matter.

    The domestic dog is not a wolf and recent theories conclude that they may not have descended from the wolf as we first thought at any rate.

    The canine is not a true carnivore, it is an omnivore.

    I so hate the assumption that raw and barf are better. Each dog has its requirements and whilst raw and barf suits some dogs, it does not suit others.
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    I use Artemis grain free on 3 of my guys and Artemis weight control on the other guy and could not be happier. My guy on the weight control was on a prescription diet before I changed them all over and my vet is rapt with all their progress. I actually love barf but with4 big dogs it is way too expensive for me, but having said that I do feed raw as such in conjunction with their dry. I think too it all depends on what prescription diet they may require.

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    I only feed home made food and it saves $$$!
    A food change should be made gradually though to give her stomach time to get used to the new nutrition.
    I am an Animal Therapist and my clients ask me often about good dog nutrition, so I have written a free Newsletter series about it which explains what nutrients a dog needs, how to read the dog food labels and understand what they actually mean, and much more valuable information.
    No, I am not charging a single cent for all that information - my mission is to spread my knowledge and eventually see more healthy dogs.

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    Hi Dagmar

    Where can I get access to your free newsletters?
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