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Old 12-30-2009, 07:51 PM
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Question Meat based-dry dog food? Any suggestions?

My dog's are very active and although they are healthy, well muscled, shiny coats and all, they are pretty thin. I started looking at the dog food we were feeding them and it was corn based, which I've heard corn is harder for dogs to digest. Does anyone have any suggestions for a meat based food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Or maybe some canned dog food that isn't too pricey where I could give them a half a can a day, or at each feeding? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!
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Evo, Instinct, Orijen, Core etc are great dry foods but what really matters is what do you teach the dog? food comes second.
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a meat based food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
whats your budget?

I pay $55 for 30lbs of wellness.
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but what really matters is what do you teach the dog? food comes second.
Oh, they aren't trained in anything like agility and such. We are outside a lot. I have horses and I'm constantly trail riding and we go for miles at a time. And they're outside a lot just running around, and one of my dogs are a border collie and he stalks the horse's every move. Not like litterally stalks them aggressivly but he sits outside of their corall and if they move he moves haha

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whats your budget?

I pay $55 for 30lbs of wellness.
Umm.. Well we usually buy a 50lb. bag of dog food for like $18.99. So I'm sure we could pay like $30 for a smaller back say like 35-40lbs. We've been free feeding which I think is a problem too. Since I'm not the one in control of the money though I have to have a plan to propose to my dad haha But I think we could by a higher grade food, but just feed them once in the morning and once at night like normal and the price would be the same because the amount of food we loose to like wildlife (birds, squirrels) ect... it'd all even out in the end and you'd be paying the same price for better food.

Also another thing is I don't want the food to be too hot. I realize there is food out there for high preformance dogs, and it could burn my dogs skin, like give them rashes and such. I just need a food for a dog that's more active than your average house dog, but not quite at the high preformance level!

That's also why I was also thinking maybe canned food? But I really do think that I need to upgrade my dry food.
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We feed Taste of the Wild ($42 for a 30 lbs bag)

My parents feed Chicken Soup Adult Formula. I believe it is around $34 for a 35 lbs bag. Maybe this would be a good choice.

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul : Products : Dogs : Dry Food : Adult Dog Formula
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I definitely recommend Orijen

BUT When was the last time you dewormed?? That's my biggest question here
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If your dogs are out a lot to run, roam or follow you with the horse I definitely recommend Orijen. My dogs do that all day and for me Orijen works perfect to give them energy and all they need to do all day farm work !! If you need more than this you can add some fresh meet BUT speak with your vet for this cause many dogs will end up eat only the fresh food and then you will have a problem
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BUT When was the last time you dewormed?? That's my biggest question here
Hmm... I thought about that, and I didn't think it was that long ago, but now that I'm looking at my records. Last time I wormed them was May 15 of this year. Is that bad? How regularly should I worm them? Oops?

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If your dogs are out a lot to run, roam or follow you with the horse I definitely recommend Orijen.
Thanks guys! How much does that usually run a bag? And how much would have have to feed say a 40-50lb dog?
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if you have horses/other animals and they are constantly outside with you I would say deworm every 6 mos. 2 times a year. as a precaution from parasites.

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Hmm... I thought about that, and I didn't think it was that long ago, but now that I'm looking at my records. Last time I wormed them was May 15 of this year. Is that bad? How regularly should I worm them? Oops?
Depends on where you live and the dogs exposure-totally something your vet should put you on a schedule for.
Like for here-since we are arctic tundra ten months of the year we worm towards the end of the summer. My parents do a different schedule with their dog since they travel (are retired) with her a lot-different countries and different worms. In fact Mandy (Their dog) has more vacation and travels more then I do
Anyways -Very much depends.
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