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  1. #21
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    Default German Shepherd LC puppy diet

    Dakota is 16 weeks-three meals per day. She has been on Royal Canin german shepherd 30 junior. She has this twice per day and since she came to us.

    Her other meal is made up of alternatives from rice or rice pasta (fillers only-& texture) cooked with a good supply of pumpkin (for it's wonderful effect on the sensitive digestion of the GSD) and other seasonal vegetables such as carrot, beans, yams or kumara.

    During the week, she also recieves 1 egg and a large tin of tuna in brine. The cooked meals are accompanied with around 400gms of raw minced beef or stewing steak. She cannot tolerate chicken, fresh or cooked-otherwise that would be added to her diet. We have just started giving her bones: Marrow less frequently, brisket moreso. before that she had the regular puppy twists.

    Her coat is extremely glossy now as she is blowing her puppy coat and the royal canin is what I believe has made the difference. Expensive, yet deals with the sensitivities of the digestive tract that GSD's are vulnerable to.

    I also experiment around with some of the suggestions in this link-http://www.petpathics.com/Dogs-Natural-Rawfood%20-Diet.html
    Ho'neene'šeohtseva'e

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    hi there
    my nearly two year old kelpie Maddy, is mainly fed raw, chicken frames, meaty bones, some dry food, but when she is being doggy sat i send along the same food as her 'cousin' Rosie (vip meat roll) as the two girls like to share. i have just found 'Paws Fresh' food in the supermarket, they are beef and kangaroo steaks, they do contain a small amount of sulphur dioxide but also have a thiamine supplement to counteract the thiamin deficiency that sulphur dioxide causes. has anyone else tried Paws fresh? Maddy loves it but it is early days she has only had three meals of it so far. she tends to have itchy skin but this food has not exacerbated that problem at all.the web address is www.pawsfresh.com.au
    so you can check it out
    cheers

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    I feed my dog different brands so she can receive all the nutrients lying in each dog food. I change it every month.

    Oh and I think your question should have been "What do you feed your dog and why?" LOL!
    Border Collies are like potato chips, you really can't have just one…

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    We feed our 8 week old staffy pups RAW food. They get chicken necks, meaty bones and fish heads so far. Next week we'll be adding some offal and egg. We're really new to this so it's causing me some anxiety as I want to do what's best for them! The RAW/Prey diet makes sense to us as that's what dogs naturally eat, and with their DNA being 90% (or is it 99??) wolf, seems their biology is geared toward meat, bones and offal. It's been 48hrs since we switched the pups to RAW and already their coats are feeling softer, their breath is smelling better and they're losing that "doggy" smell. So far so good! If you google "Raw Fed Dogs", "Prey Diet", or "Raw Meaty Bones" you'll find lots of info to help you decide what's best for your dog.

    I've discovered that as with parenting, there are lots of opinions out there on how to raise our pups, where they should sleep, what they should eat etc etc! so as with parenting (I have two young children) I think the best we can do is become informed, do a bit of research into the various opinions then do what we believe is right for our own pups (and kids)

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    Ruby Has a Mixture, Her dry food stays the same which is Supercoat Puppy.

    Along with Supercoat canned food, chicken necks ( About 5kg a week), occasionally roo meat ( Hate the smell) as well as the dog food Roll which is aldi Brand. We mix every meal with either vegies, pasta or rice. Usually whatever we Cooked the night before.

    Those bags of $170 a pop dog floor I see and Laugh! You spend about $10 on meat, vegies and pasta and you will get the same thing!! hahaha
    Rubylisious


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    Bulldog lover

    I think you can get sawdust or wheat chaff cheaper than supercoat, and I'm pretty sure it's just as nutricious. Have you read the ingredients?

    My dog loves supercoat like teenagers love maccas.

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    I give mine a 50:50 mix of Nutro natural choice and Supercoat as the bulk of their diet.

    Raw bones once a week and vegies and eggs every now and then, and meat/tuna that I make their training treats from.

    All 6 f them do fab. Their coats are sleek and glossy and they have heaps of energy and are never sick (touch wood).

    I am not totally convinced that supermarket food is all bad. My mum has a dog that has major food allergies. She tried EVO, Californian natural, home cooked and all sorts of expensive foods and in end the dog does best with less upsets on Supercoat and Pal. Who would have thought! My first 2 dogs got to 17 and 16 on a diet of Pal and were never sick and were always glossy and healthy.

    Not saying that they are best, just that I know many dogs that do fine and sometimes it is what the budget dictates.

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    All of my dogs are fed raw--being roo mince/tails, sheep necks/shanks, beef tendons, chicken drumsticks/wings/necks, and fish. I stay away from pork and beef mince because of the fat content. I give them dry food at night; usually they just get a handful and a spoonful of mince, fish, an egg or leftovers of what we had for dinner. I alternate between Science Diet oral care (not crazy about it, though, too much wheat content), Nutro Chicken & Rice adult (great for cutting down the bulk of faeces!) and T/D when we have it around. I've found they do best on Nutro and the raw. Vegies don't go down well in this house so when we make sushi they get the offcuts, but always leave the bok choy.


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    Miley and the cat both eat raw chicken necks, raw roo meat and kibble.

    Why.. because it's cheap and they like it lol the necks are great for teeth cleaning too.

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    I would like to switch to raw but I wouldn't know where to start (that is why I started this tread but I forgot about it - whoops!)

    I think I wouldn't mind doing a mix of kibble and raw. But what is the best kibble out there? I hear varying opinions on their quality.

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