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Thread: What Do You Think About Organic and Raw Food Diets? Are You Willing to Pay More?

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    Hi,

    I am digressing a bit but curious about feeding raw pork to dogs. Does anyone do that here?
    I love cooking but I love eating even more.

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    I have just gotten a puppy lab, and she is sensitive to different foods... her problem is she gets a dry itchy skin but with an oily coat. Vet suggested a premium diet which i am fine with trying except that the ingredients they advised to avoid where high on the list of the vet prescribed kibble......
    So we have changed to a barf diet. And surprised to say it is actually cheaper than feeding her on a supermarket diet. So she gets home made raw casserole and raw bones....
    for me though cost doesnt come into it. If this doesnt work then fine I will try the premium diet and whatever I need to do. My previous lab was a very sick dog and spent her entire 7 yrs on very expensive medicine.

    the question of organic...... if available i will use organic although it is not as easy to get as pres free. I grow my own veg though and mostly just preservitive free meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter009 View Post
    Dogs don't need grains or vegetables because they are carnivores, so I go out of my way to try to keep their diet as nutritious and natural as possible. There's a cat food commercial that irritates me because it's showing all the veggies in the tin of wet food ... which cats don't need either because they're also carnivores. I think a lot of pet food marketing is aimed at making the pet owners feel like they're giving a nutritious meal (most humans see veggies as a good thing) even if it's not the best thing for the animal.
    My dogs self serve a lot of veggies and fruit........They often graze on spinach, tomatoes, a lot of the herbs, fallen fruit, beans and lots more. And they feed out of our horses feed bins looking for grain if we do not feed much grain.
    When a wild dog/wolf kills prey, the first part that is eaten is the gut. most of that in grazing animals is vegetation/grain ( at the right time of the year).
    Wolves are known to find berries and fruit.
    The Barf stuff has a lot of dried vegetable/herb matter in it.

    In A true natural diet, I would throw my dogs a whole rabbit or any whole creature. I have a friend who feeds her wolfhound whole carcasses, not really what I like. But her dog also chooses to eat vegetable/grain by choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Hi,

    I am digressing a bit but curious about feeding raw pork to dogs. Does anyone do that here?
    I feed any meat............But pork is in lesser amounts, because I do not like to feed too much fat
    Pets are forever

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    [QUOTE=sweetboy;128016]there are quite a lot of threads about raw and BARF already- have you scrolled through and had a look. Some of your questions may well be answered already.

    Yes, you are right, but the little problem is I should do this on my own as a primary research. The other threads are also useful to integrate them in the research , but i should say that the discussion is not started by me. Thank you for the patience to write it again! I guess any thread leads to more and more things you find out that you want to discuss about

    I very much appreciate your answers and believe me, I have already found a the way to help me organize the project!

    Unfortunately, due to time differences, I will not be always able to be a vivid part of the discussion (I live in Denmark), but I read all the posts!

    If it's not too much, I'd like to ask you guys if you'd consider buying you dog's food in a supermarket ( being it organic or natural) or you would be more confident buying it in a specialized pet store. Or more, would you consider buying it online?

    I would like to ask you permission to call this a "focus grup" but I'm not sure if it's appropriate for a forum and I really don't want to make you feel uncomfortable..

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    organic certified - by the right organisation - means it's grown to a specific standard relatively free of toxic chemicals. And this is inspected and tested.

    Natural - legally means exactly nothing all. Neither does "real" as in "real stock" ie what the hell is the "natural flavour" ingredient.

    Would I pay more for raw? Not sure why I should pay more for unprocessed food than processed. Ie one kg of uncooked meat should not cost more than 1kg of cooked meat.

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    A supermarket is certainly easier. We all shopat supermarkets regularly, so to be able to access premium pet food there would be a godsend for busy lives! I shop at a pet supply store and I have to go out of my way to do this. Consequently, this has meant that on several occassions I have purchased the best I can find at the supermarket. The best u cab find there is not the same as what I buy when I vist the pet supply store so the manufacturer of my favoured commercial pet food is missing vital sales with me because of a lack of convenience.
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    There's another thought which crossed my mind : Does your spending on your dog's diet and care depend on whether you have children or not? Are those of you who have children more reserved on the thought of switching to an organic diet (which is also more expensive?)

    I would also like to know your age, but it is of course your choice if you believe that is something too personal.

    Just for a little boost in your confidence, my name is Aurora Ianos (I come from Romania, 20 years old) and I follow a Marketing and Management Communication programme at Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. I am currently in the 4th semester. My exam (due next week) requires me to research Australian dog nutrition market , but it is, however, a virtual case, since the company I analyze does not intend to expand its business.

    I would really appreciate your helping on this matter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Hi,

    I am digressing a bit but curious about feeding raw pork to dogs. Does anyone do that here?
    At present no as Lilly is needing to lose weight and they are a bit fatty, but a use to get the butcher to slice a pork hock long ways down the bone and they would get one side each for breakky (lilly the smaller side and boof the bigger).

    Never had any issue and they LOVE them
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    My children are all adults now, however, I feel that being a mother has made me more aware of nutrition and the health of my pets. Perhaps it is due to maternal feelings toward my own off spring spilling over onto my animals??

    I am mid 40's.
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