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    So as you guys know Keeda is finally moving in with us - in two weeks! I'm very excited and getting everything ready and one of the main things I plan on doing is improving her diet. She will first of all be getting less food (currently my mom definitely overfeeds her for her size, and feeds too many treats as well) and eating -better- food (I just don't like those supermarket sausage things, they seem like junk. I can't remember the brand name)

    I'd love some nutrition advice for her. I was thinking of the following:

    Chicken necks or wings for breakfast and one of the BARF patties you get from Better Pets & Gardens at night.

    I've heard good things about the BARF patties, but would love some feedback on these. However the problem with them is that Keeda doesn't really like them all that much...I might try the different types, so far she's only tried the chicken ones previously. I'm of the opinion that if she's hungry she'll eat it and I don't want my dog to be picky about her food, so if it's good for her that's what she'll eat - but if there is anything else that's just as good that she will find more enjoyable I would prefer to feed that. Any advice? I'd prefer to stick away from super-processed foods and kibble.

    I'll also give sardines a go as some of you guys mentioned in the Fish for Dogs thread and she gets 1 raw egg per week.

    This is going to be quite a big change for her, so I'll be switching her over to the new foods gradually and monitoring her closely to make sure that it all agrees with her. She's had all of these foods before (except the sardines) I know she's fine with chicken necks/wings and she's also been fine with the BARF patties other than the fact that she doesn't like them all that much, but I'll still be careful when switching her diet.

    Does anyone have any advice/feedback/tips for a good diet?

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    If you are looking for a dry food - I recommend Supercoat.

    You can check them out here - Flick through therefore you can see which would suit your dogs weight and age etc. PURINA SUPERCOAT - Dog Food Range


    I feed all my three on Supercoat and they absolutely adore it.

    I also feed them a chicken neck each for luch.

    And for wet food, Max and Teddy are on Advance - they were reffered to this. And I have just started Pipi on Fish for Dogs as she has been vomiting from Advance.


    Their food plan is as follows:

    7-7:30am - Breakfast: 1 to 2 cups of Supercoat.

    11:30-12:30pm -Lunch: 1 to 2 chicken necks.

    4:50-5:30pm - Dinner: Max has 2 cups of Supercoat with 1 to 2 teaspoons of Advance. Teddy has 1 cup of Supercoat with 1 teaspoon of Advance. And Pipi currently has 1 cup of Supercoat with 1 teaspoon of Fish for Dogs - Pipi is on Fish for Dogs as she is a little underweight and because she can not eat Advance.


    I suggest you try to experiment with various foods you would like to try her on, this way you can sometimes alternate.

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    Thanks, Belle I wasn't going to feed dry food, but I'll look into SuperCoat and maybe give it a go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liza View Post
    Thanks, Belle I wasn't going to feed dry food, but I'll look into SuperCoat and maybe give it a go
    No probs.

    I am surprised no other members have posted to this thread, I thought you would of got a lot of help.

    All the best!

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    What sort of dog is Keeda? Mine are mid-size working mutts with teeth of steel so they get loads of raw bones (brisket, lamb offcut etc etc) as well as chicken wings, roo mince/veg/egg/sardine mix and dry (has been science diet but have recently discovered just what crap this and am going to start them on Artemis - nothing against Purina but I don't buy Nestle)

    No complaints from my dogs so far but you want to be sure your dog can crunch the raw bones and chicken necks to the point where they won't get nasty chunks stuck in their digestive system, perforations etc.

    If you're buying proprietary dog food take a good look at the ingredient listings, most of them are a large proportion of fillers (brewers rice, corn meal etc) and meat by-products. Including your overpriced, vet-sponsored brands such as science diet! Grrrr.

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    This thread was great for info on BARF feeding, especially Aussie Floyd's bit about the meats. Sorry 3 posts in a row - I'm new to this and a bit over-enthusiastic!!

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-food-...balance-2.html

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    Meegsndogs, Keeda is an ACD/Kelpie/Beagle mix, about Beagle-sized (a bit larger though). Keeda's eaten chicken necks and wings before. She prefers necks to wings and seems to chew them up well, but I always make sure to watch her as she eats them just in case.

    I'm not really looking to feed kibble, I saw Supercoat on sale at the local Foodworks last night and took a photo of the ingredients so will check those out more closely at lunch in the office tomorrow (still no internet at the rental house, I'm tethering my iPhone to get on the net but it's only on GPRS here and is going terribly slow). But I'd prefer to stay away from kibble and feed meaty bones, chicken necks, etc., as part of a balanced BARF diet of some sort. I'll also look into the sites you mentioned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liza View Post
    Meegsndogs, Keeda is an ACD/Kelpie/Beagle mix, about Beagle-sized (a bit larger though). Keeda's eaten chicken necks and wings before. She prefers necks to wings and seems to chew them up well, but I always make sure to watch her as she eats them just in case.

    I'm not really looking to feed kibble, I saw Supercoat on sale at the local Foodworks last night and took a photo of the ingredients so will check those out more closely at lunch in the office tomorrow (still no internet at the rental house, I'm tethering my iPhone to get on the net but it's only on GPRS here and is going terribly slow). But I'd prefer to stay away from kibble and feed meaty bones, chicken necks, etc., as part of a balanced BARF diet of some sort. I'll also look into the sites you mentioned!
    Would you be able to tell me how much Supercoat was on sale for? Sorry to interupt but I am just about to go and get another bag of it and thought if it is on special there, I would save some money by purchasing it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liza View Post
    Meegsndogs, Keeda is an ACD/Kelpie/Beagle mix, about Beagle-sized (a bit larger though). Keeda's eaten chicken necks and wings before. She prefers necks to wings and seems to chew them up well, but I always make sure to watch her as she eats them just in case.

    I'm not really looking to feed kibble, I saw Supercoat on sale at the local Foodworks last night and took a photo of the ingredients so will check those out more closely at lunch in the office tomorrow (still no internet at the rental house, I'm tethering my iPhone to get on the net but it's only on GPRS here and is going terribly slow). But I'd prefer to stay away from kibble and feed meaty bones, chicken necks, etc., as part of a balanced BARF diet of some sort. I'll also look into the sites you mentioned!
    Liza, are you talking about a completely natural diet, or are you talking about a BARF diet with ready-made patties and all that? I ask because they are two different concepts, really, IMO.

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