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    Hi there,
    I have two maltese-shih tzu's and currently have them both eating royal canin junior.
    I was wondering if mixing royal canin with a supermarket/cheaper brand (i've been thinking of purina supercoat) will be bad for my puppies.
    I'm asking this in terms of saving money.
    If this is a horrible idea ofcourse I will continue with royal canin!

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    I used to use Royal Canin so i can understand you wanting to save money....it's expensive stuff.
    I ended up switching to Black Hawk...a much better dry food and about $30 + cheaper. You will save money doing what you suggest but at the end of the day you are feeding them a lower quality food. You could end up spending that saved money at the vets if they dont do well on it anyway.


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    We also use Black Hawk at our place. A 20 kg bag can last for about 60 days for 1 GSP being fed purely on dry.

    I have tried heaps of different brands, but like this one - because - no preservatives and colourings - these can cause real problems for GSPs - and most importantly Australian made. I can see the difference in the pup's coat and general health and well being. The better the quality of dry means that more is being used up by the dog and not wasted out the back end.

    I can push the timing out more by adding different things to his food - such as fish, chicken, meaty bones and vegetables. So by careful shopping I am able to keep costs way down.

    On the other hand friends have 2 GSDs and they are fed on Supercoat Sensitive. They also add extras to the dry and the vet is also very happy with their pups.

    So it is a case of try it and see how your pups react to any new type of dry. I wouldn't mix the 2 brands up, because what I found with Riley, he spent a lot of time picking out only one brand and leaving the rest !

    Good Luck !

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    well depends ... how much poo do you want lol save your money and throw them a slice of bread on their bowls, its the same as supercoat. You can always try some raw foods instead of a every meal being Royal Canin, some mince and Vets All Natural can do your wallet some good and its complete.

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    personally - I don't see royal canin as any better or worse than supercoat. And lots of dogs do just fine on supercoat.

    My line is - my dog likes it like teenagers like maccas... she has a bit of a sensitive stomach - weird for a farm dog bitsa, so she's currently on Nutro Natural Choice and we're looking to swap to Black Hawk Holistic - I have a pack and she loves it. In Victoria, you can get 20kg for $75 and it keeps about a year - cos it's made fresh there. Supercoat is still cheaper.

    You could probably do even cheaper with Bonnie or Coprice too. From the fodder supplies shops.

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    I have seen a big difference in the dogs fed things like supercoat and you can spot them a mile away - muscle tone, coat consistency and texture in particular are the main differences.

    Meat and meat by-products (from beef and/or chicken), wholegrain cereals (wheat and/or sorghum), cereal bran and/or other cereals, beet pulp, iodised salt, vitamins (A, D, E, K, B1, B6, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, choline, biotin, B12) and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, manganese), mixed natural tocopherols (vitamin E), rosemary plant extract, lutein, whole linseeds, garlic and kelp.

    22% protein, 10% fat adult dog food. Meat by products are anything not meat, so intestines, feathers, hooves, skin etc. I have fed the supercoat sensitive to my bitch when she got a whopping great case of acidosis, it was the only wheat free dog food I could find that was 'dry' enough not to set her off again. Her hair did turn to straw and just fell out a lot though.

    RC is a great product its just a shame the skyrocketing prices due to importation and currency conversion.

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    Another vote here for Black Hawk holistic.....I've been feeding my dogs this for about 6 months now & am very happy with the results. My dogs all have beautiful shiny coats, energy levels are great, small firm poos & no more gas (which was a real problem with Advance they where previously on )
    I'm also very happy with the ingredients & the fact that it is Australian made.
    I pay $80.00 for a 20kg bag, & this lasts me about 2 months feeding 4 Australian terriers. I will definately be sticking with this food.

    I tried Super coat on my dogs a few years ago & wasn't very happy with it..... My dogs all had sloppy poo & gas, & very dull coats. You also have to feed more of it per day than premium foods.

    I'm not saying not to try the Supercoat with your dog, as your dog could thrive on it, as every dog is different....but my dogs didn't do well on it at all.


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    Mine are on supercoat and my dogs are always shiny, great teeth and health. Vet has commented. Mine get raw as well.
    The best food for your dog is what your dog does best on. Many people have their fixed ideas. It isn't rocket science.

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