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    hey all,

    ive got a 9 week old staffy, (jonah) and for the first week i had him, i was feeding him "premium mince" from the pet store, along with chicken wing tips and some dry food too.... now he didnt really like it, nor did it smell the best, so ive switched him to mince from the butchers, and necks and wing tips from the chicken shop... basically stuff that is still good enough for us to eat.

    now my question is, does he need vege's aswell.... i made a roast last night and with the left over vege's i made a puree to add to his food.......is there any nutritional value in this?

    he seems to be loving his "new" diet, he is actually keen to eat now....

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    Yes, there is some nutritional value in it. I would continue to feed him the odd vegetable or two.

    Like you, I only buy human grade mince and meat for my dogs. I wouldn't touch the stuff from pet supply places with a barge pole. I simply don't trust what is in it, and by the looks and smell, I would imagine they throw every off cut there is in it and then some.

    Keep up with the necks and wings, and when he has more adult teeth, try him on a carcass or two. If you get him used to good healthy bone eating, you will save yourself some dentistry bills down the track, not to mention his health. Woolworths sell chicken carcasses too.

    Another thing you can try him on, although I would introduce him to them gradually and only in small amounts, is sardines. I buy the tinned sardines in springwater at the supermarket for my guys, but you can also give them fresh sardines from the fish mongers.
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    yea hteh pet store stuff stinks to say the least, esspecially when your trying to bag it into smaller portions to freeze.... YUCK.

    im basically mixing a couple of table spoons of the vege mix into his food.....

    as for the sardines, i have heard that it is good for them lso, but dos it matter which ones i get? do they need to be in spring water, or are the ones in oil ok?

    i did grab him a couple of bones to chew on.... he absolutley loves them..... who'd have thought that dogs like bones aye........

    another quick one, how long is to long to leave him with a bone, whenever i bring him inside i put the bone back in the fridge, after i have dusted the dirt and grass off it..... is it ok for him to chew on it for a few days with it being out?

    my brother is a chef so he is right onto me about the danger zones for food.... keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold etc.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Yes, there is some nutritional value in it. I would continue to feed him the odd vegetable or two.

    Like you, I only buy human grade mince and meat for my dogs. I wouldn't touch the stuff from pet supply places with a barge pole. I simply don't trust what is in it, and by the looks and smell, I would imagine they throw every off cut there is in it and then some.

    Keep up with the necks and wings, and when he has more adult teeth, try him on a carcas or two. If you get him used to good healthy bone eating, you will save yourself some dentistry bills down the track, not to mention his health. Woolworths sell chicken carcasses too.

    Another thing you can try him on, although I would introduce him to them gradually and only in small amounts, is sardines. I buy the tinned sardines in springwater at the supermarket for my guys, but you can also give them fresh sardines from the fish mongers.
    gees i better not take him fishing.......he'd be eating all my bait LOL

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    I throw bones away when they're finished chewing. Usually my guys chew them till there is nothign left on them anyway and being a baby, your little guy possibly won't be doing this.

    In this weather, the meat and grissle on them won't go off too quickly so I would probably put it back in the fridge for and offer it again once more, but that would be the limit.

    With tinned sardines, I always go for the ones in springwater personally. Never use the tomato sauce ones as they are high salt and sugar in the sauce. You could try to oil, but this might upset he stomach and sardines are prone to be a bit touchy with some stomachs as it is.
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    There is also other stuff you should be feeding him imo to make sure his diet is balanced.

    When you feed mince and chicken on its own t doesnt provide all the necessary nutrients.

    I would be doing a wee bit of research into raw feeding and adding some offal and fish and other bits and bobs

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    I make a casserole for my dog that includes chopped carrots, sweet potato or pumpkin.

    Never give your dog onion or garlic or similar veg - it upsets their stomachs - makes the worst farts ever, and too much can be toxic (3 raw brown onions = trip to vet).

    Potato is ok too. My dog doesn't seem all that interested in zuccini or eggplant so I wouldn't bother with those.

    I have a friend who puts a bag of mixed frozen veg eg peas, corn, carrots, brocolli, cauliflour in with her dog casserole. and that seems to go ok.

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    I feed my bulldog and another small dog a bag of frozen vegies a week one cup of brown rice and one bag of pasta. I use The home brand vegies thats all cubes so they barely notice its there.
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    Gawd, lol. Dog's guts are set up to deal with bacteria. They bury bones and dig them up days or weeks later and chew them to their heart's content.

    It really makes me cringe at times to hear how prissy some owners are ( a general comment, not aimed at anyone) with their dog's food. I feel that over time it is WE who have caused all the tummy problems, allergies that so many are prone to.

    It is the owners who want everything to their own human standards for their dogs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Actually, I beleive there are a multitude of bacterias and organisms and there are severla that are deadly to dogs. I agree that people are way over the top with feeding dogs theses days and people like Billinghurst have made an absolute motza from it, but there are things that need to be considered.

    For example, I know of a dog that almost died from eating oinion. I know of a dog that became very sick from eating chocolate. I also know of several dogs who died from food that was tainted with a particular type of bacteria.
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