Having children has no bearing on what I feed my dogs. I want to do what's best for both my dogs and my kids. We are not a household where animals take a backseat, they are truly part of our family.
I am 30 years old, my husband is 34 years old, our oldest child is 7 and our youngest is 5 (we also have a baby on the way due in September), all 3 of our dogs are 6-12 months old, and our 7 ferrets range in age from 7 months to 9 years.
I'm about to start a masters degree in commerce and marketing. Happy to help however I an
Farley Mowatt experimented with a wolf diet - of mice - and he found that they'd eat them whole and be healthy, but if he peeled and gutted and cooked them, he'd get sick (malnutrition). So there was a lot of benefitial nutrient for the wolf in the guts of the mice and maybe the fur as well as the muscle and bones.
I use a couple of websites from the USA to determine the quality of the dog food I buy. I find that dog food made under licence in Australia from Australian ingredients is of slightly better quality than the same brand and product made in the USA with their ingredients ie the australian substitutes for some of the fillers are better for the dog than the American fillers.
Artemis rates really highly on the websites, but it isn't made in Australia from Australian ingredients so I'm reluctant to buy it even though the quality of the ingredients might be better. I'd rather buy local so I will compromise there. But I also make my own casserole for dog food. So that's entirely local stuff and relatively unprocessed and certainly raw before I get it. But for the dog, I'm not too fussed about organic. Actually I don't fuss much about that for me either.
A lot of our local organic shops keep their vegies way too long so they're not fresh, they're old and squidgee so what's the point - nutrients lost. If I really want organic, I grow my own.
The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?
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I am mid 50s and live on a farm.
My dogs have always had a mix of dry food, raw and suitable food scraps and they have lived long healthy lives.
My dogs (I have 3) do catch rabbits and they eat the lot.
There is a mouse plague on at the moment and all 3 are having a great time with search and destroy but they are not eating them. Track, pounce, one bite and then they go onto the next.
Mine get supercoat dry food, found in some supermarkets as well as pet stores.
I get boxes of bones from the butcher and freeze them, thawing as needed. They get one daily each. These dogs also get table scraps.
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
But there are many other write-ups
Pets are forever
There are lots of books out by Dr Billinghurst on raw diets and he explains in detail why eating raw is the best for dog. I really like his book “Give Your Dog a Bone” and "The barf diet". I feel very strongly that raw is the way to go. My darling dog has very shiny coat, he is very active, alert and doesn't have to go to see the vet. I have taken him off yearly vaccinations (the only one he ever had was when he was a puppy) I am using herbal medicine and herbal vaccinations that come with a certificate as proof he has had his shot- it costs an arm and leg but will be good for my sweetie in the long run. I have never fed my dog even as a puppy canned dog food or supermarket, commercial dog food as it is full of preservatives. I believe strongly that these commercial dog foods and over vaccinations is causing dogs to develop tumors, cancers and arthritis and numerous other illnesses at very young age.
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