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    No Bones. Ive only had her for just over 3 weeks now. she eats any meat/brand of canned dog food. so I just mix her meals up. last night was home made dinner tonight is canned meat dinner.

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    What kind of dog do you have?

    I would try and steer clear of canned dog food and add some fresh meat to her diet.

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    I must admit I hate canned food too.....but many dogs do quite well on it. just expensive and full of water, preservatives and colouring
    Pets are forever

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    I think a dog's diet should mainly consist of meat. Feeding things like potatoes and veggies would probably make them feel full, but it won't give them much energy and is not a complete meal.

    If you don't want to add meat to the home made food, I would just feed him canned every day instead.

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    I dont use meat.
    Dogs need meat. You can look on any pack of dried dog food to see what balance of protien (meat) to vegies is. Should be at least 25% protein, and then some meat fat too eg 10 - 15% and calcium and other minerals and vitamins. So diluting tinned food that is already at the minimum meat level - with more vegies is going to be bad for your dog long term.

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    it is not like I give her just rice and vegies for dinner, I mix it with dry food too. I spoke to my vet abt it before getting the green light.

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    My brother in-law had an American Pitbull & an English Bulldog - Both lived on vege's and porridge right into old age. I believe one our Pitts (as a child) were also fed kibble, porridge and mixed veges and she lived till 14years of age.

    I wouldn't recommend it, and My dogs certainly aren't vegetarians, but i mean you can't knock it when dogs are living right through to their old age without meat.

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    I think that the meat vs vegan debate is more about wether or not we believe it is right to not allow dogs to eat meat. Dogs can live very healthy lives on vegan diets, that is fact and I will be the first to admit the the vegan versions of our food have higher nutritional values than our meat versions. If you can, I think it is valuable to at the very least feed vegan food at least 2-3 times a week as this reduces the consumption of meat (and it's not doing dogs any harm, if anything improving on their health if done correctly).

    In regards to calcium (not sure if anyone has mentioned this already), sesame seeds are one of the highest vegan sources of calcium, and sesame milk has about four times the calcium of dairy milk. Almond milk is a great source of calcium too and after trying it I will never drink dairy milk again for a number of reasons (health and moral). Making sesame or almond milk at home is very easy. Every once in a while I make Almond milk for Augustine (I find it too bitter for me), and dogs generally love it. Steering away from synthetic supplementation is not a bad thing, I have a brief explanation about it on my blog: [url=http://augustineapprovedblog.com/2012/06/12/hello-world/]Why a good canned or biscuit food for dogs can’t be made.

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