A dog the size of Intheredcorners is always going to be expensive! I can feed my Border Terrier from as little as 25p a day anywhere up to about 80p a day for the expensive pre prepped stuff delivered. It is either scouting the market for bargains or the doggy version of m&s ready meals!
I prefer the satisfaction of DIY but muttley likes a ready meal!
I guess it means it is fit for human consumption but I would never taste the stuff. Also all ingredients used may not be human graded. An ingredient may start off human graded but if treated differently and in a way not fit for human consumption, it should be regarded as feed graded. I think in most cases manufacturers refer to the ingredients and not the finished product as being human graded.
I've been reading up about raw & am interested. There's just one thing that worries me, one of my littlest ones has really bad IBS & I have to be really careful what she eats, & that's raw chicken. We're always told to cook chicken really thoroughly for ourselves because of the high risk of salmonella, yet raw chicken wings seem to be recommended.
Aquelven The most important thing to remember is that humans and dogs are not biologically the same. A dogs guts are made for a raw diet and therefore their gut transit is much shorter than ours in order to cope with this.
Whether you go raw or not it is interesting to read about. And I would recommend anyone considering it to read as it is important to get the balance right. It is really easy to get into the swing but you cannot feed anything exclusively and meet nutritional requirements. Raw requires variety.
But some dogs do have genuine intolerances to say chicken, and you can exclude that type.
Second fans <waves hello> I fed my foster dog for 2 months on raw and she loved it! Don't be put off by thinking you'll need to have lots of time for preparation/freezers etc - you don't unless you want to order huge amounts online. Otherwise, a small freezer drawer is enough for about 10 days of food (depending on size of dog's meal, of course).
The rawfeeding FB group are great, non-judgemental, very patient with newbies, lots of info available about prices, suppliers, what to feed, when to feed, everything you could wish for!
Yes! Was laughing at poo discussion on today's feed and amazed at the sheep's and pig's heads a week or so ago. Hadn't really thought about going that far with raw feeding - scary for the neighbours perhaps!
redcorner seems like there are a lot of dogs on that group who are better fed than the humans...
I'm watching, actually seems quite well done. I'm a bit shocked by that (I feed my whippets raw when I can but otherwise am very finikity about the percentages of proper stuff in their other food, no colours, sugars, proper percentage of meat for my breed of dog etc).
Wasn't that impressed with the programme. I was expecting some kind of big independent research showing whether dogs on certain diets have less health problems and live longer. It didn't tell us what we don't know already. Like what's been said in the show, people on average are only willing to spend up to x amount per day on dog food, feeding raw or fresh is more expensive and would cut into the margin of the big brands..... So there is no incentive for them to go down that route until there is overwhelming evidence to support the benefits of raw diet. Until then they will milk it by making us believe their food is the best. For me I will continue to feed raw and fresh diet.