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Title: The Ideal Diet
Post by: LoveNewfies on January 26, 2007, 06:29:36 PM
What is your idea of the ideal dog diet?  If nothing got in the way, time, money, etc., what would you feed  your dog?


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: Kim H on January 26, 2007, 07:03:53 PM
Good question. I'm not really sure but I think I'd feed what I already do--maybe upgrade one more step cuz I've looked at some other high quality kibbles that are about $10-$15 per bag more than Innova, Canidae or California Natural. But I'm fairly certain I'd feed kibble.  }huh{ maybe it's because its become too ingrained into our society.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: LoveNewfies on January 26, 2007, 07:13:36 PM
Convenience certainly does play a big factor when considering what would be ideal to feed.  I think most of us are "ingrained into our society" when it comes to feeding our pets.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: LoveNewfies on January 26, 2007, 08:16:30 PM
I know the ideal diet will vary from person to person - and that's what I'm curious to see.  Not necessarily what everyone feeds now, but, what they would feed in a perfect world.

Kim, you're confident with feeding kibble, and you're gang does great on it.  You choose some pretty high end kibble to feed, based on your beliefs about what the ideal diet is for your dogs.

I choose to feed raw and a dehydrated kibble that we make ourselves because to me, the ideal diet consists of whole foods based upon what a dog is designed to eat.  I also take as natural of an approach as I can in general.



Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: minniesmom on January 26, 2007, 08:32:01 PM
I guess I feed kibble as a convenience too.. I feed her a good brand, and it seems to work for both of us.

With our lifestyle the way it is now, it works best to not feed raw, or even make her own food. 

She gets the occasional raw marrow bone and she loves it.. but I really don't think I could stomach feeding her raw food all the time. 


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: KivaLuver on January 26, 2007, 11:53:25 PM
I would still feed what I do now--raw meat and bones only with an upgrade to meats like dear, elk, moose, buffalo, etc. I would also feed more organic or free range meats along with wild caught.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: janpo1 on January 27, 2007, 05:50:39 AM


I think i'd probably stick with what i have her on now.  It took us a long time to find a good kibble that works for her and Solid Gold is doing good.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: Jen on January 28, 2007, 01:13:23 PM
my ideal diet is all raw.. .right now 4 of our 5 are on all raw... Lilly has problems maintaining weight with only raw so she is also on kibble


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: LoveNewfies on January 28, 2007, 07:02:58 PM
I would still feed what I do now--raw meat and bones only with an upgrade to meats like dear, elk, moose, buffalo, etc. I would also feed more organic or free range meats along with wild caught.

We do as much free range and organic as we can find.  Fortunately, we have quite a few hunters that keep us well supplied with venison, elk, moose, etc.   }^{


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: MLEinNC on January 30, 2007, 07:30:40 AM
Oh given unlimited resources, and not having to hear DH's mouth, I would feed Oscar raw, with much higher quality kibble, just because he seems to like kibble (unless I found that he liked bones just as good or better)..... I can't say what I would feed specifically, because honestly, I dont know. I hate to claim ignorance, but this is one area that I would love to be better educated in (raw feeding, home prep, etc)


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: LoveNewfies on January 31, 2007, 08:33:55 PM
Feeding raw, or any home prepared diet seems overwhelming initially, but, in all honesty, it's not difficult at all.

Although there are nutrient requirements, there are for people, too, and we all manage to do OK.  Balancing the calcium and phosphorus is one thing that can't be neglected, as for the rest, it's quite simple to find the foods that contain the nutrients required in a dogs diet.  www.nutritiondata.com is a great resource for finding nutritional information.

Definitely do your research before going completely raw, or home cooked.  There is tons of information out there - you'll find some are "too simple" and some are certainly more complicated than need be.  A happy medium - one that you're comfortable with and your dog thrives on.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: mmgy on February 01, 2007, 09:00:02 AM
I'd probably do just what I'm doing, with more home-prep, and more organic/grassfed and no kibble. My biggest problem is time.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: MLEinNC on February 06, 2007, 01:59:53 PM
Feeding raw, or any home prepared diet seems overwhelming initially, but, in all honesty, it's not difficult at all.

Although there are nutrient requirements, there are for people, too, and we all manage to do OK.  Balancing the calcium and phosphorus is one thing that can't be neglected, as for the rest, it's quite simple to find the foods that contain the nutrients required in a dogs diet.  www.nutritiondata.com is a great resource for finding nutritional information.

Definitely do your research before going completely raw, or home cooked.  There is tons of information out there - you'll find some are "too simple" and some are certainly more complicated than need be.  A happy medium - one that you're comfortable with and your dog thrives on.
Thanks! Hopefully with not working full time anymore I'll be able to work on this some!


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: megs on February 06, 2007, 02:44:02 PM
If I had unlimited $ and time and storage, I'd feed a large variety of raw.

Right now, I feed Canidae.  It's so much easier than raw.  I wish I had more time and money to give them a good variety of raw meats.


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: Anna and Mabel on February 15, 2007, 07:40:42 PM
Oh given unlimited resources, and not having to hear DH's mouth, I would feed Oscar raw, with much higher quality kibble, just because he seems to like kibble (unless I found that he liked bones just as good or better)..... I can't say what I would feed specifically, because honestly, I dont know. I hate to claim ignorance, but this is one area that I would love to be better educated in (raw feeding, home prep, etc)

Hey Mel!  This link is an article I wrote about my raw feeding experience.  It is a good place to start but you do need to invest in some books and do some research to do the diet right.  http://www.adoptarott.net/Proper_Nutrition_for_your_Rottweiler.htm


Title: Re: The Ideal Diet
Post by: Carole on February 18, 2007, 12:22:10 PM

If I had unlimited money, time and storage, I'd feed a large variety of raw with some home cooking thrown in and hire someone to do it ;D.


Right now I feed eagle pack kibble in the mornings and raw meal at night (which is either chicken, turkey, duck or rabbit cause that is all that is available without having something shipped which means more money). My dogs also get either plain oatmeal, cottage cheese or raw eggs daily with their kibble in the am and at least once or twice a week get plain pumpkin. Their diet varies everyday which I like.

Both dogs usually get all the turkey they can eat cause I live near a turkey farm where I go get my pickings for free or dirt cheap. I also get alot of turkey eggs, necks and tails for them.

I also feed my dogs healthy table scraps when available for example left over cooked carrots, steak, ham bits, mashed potatoes etc....