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Friend wants to make her own puppy food.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by holly1, Oct 25, 2012.


  1. holly1

    holly1 PetForums VIP

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    I want to pick your brains:D
    My friend is getting a labrador cross puppy.
    She is a big believer in making her own food,but what would be suitable for a pup?
    And how often would she need to feed it?
    Measures are already on bought shop food,but not on homemade food!
    I will find out the age and weight soon,and come back to you:D
     
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    what sort of home made?

    raw
    homecooked?

    big difference between them
     
  3. holly1

    holly1 PetForums VIP

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    What would be kindest to pups tummys?
     
  4. pogo

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    Well i personally feed raw and have done to Harv as a pup, so i would always recommend raw and it's easier to do for me :)
     
  5. I believe home cooking is more complicated with calcium supplements and all that, I was going to feed it (I don`t have the time now) and it is slightly more complicated than raw

    Raw, IMO is as complicated as she wants to make it. Some feed veg, some don`t, some give supplements, some don`t. It is a lot less time consuming but then some worry about bacteria (I don`t but I know some will)

    No matter what she feeds, she should thoroughly research it :)
     
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    I made my own food and weaned pups straight onto raw. I even gave all new owners 5 days of pre prepared raw food (put together by me) as the pups made their transition from my house to their new homes and gave them my easy to follow diet sheets too.
     
  7. holly1

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    probably wont be raw.Its too expensive.we dont get it delivered around here.
     
  8. Do you not have a butchers who would be willing to sell you scraps? :)
     
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    would be cheaper to buy the meat,for what they charge for scraps:rolleyes:
     
  10. Oh I see your point. Hmmm it seems homecooked is the only option for DIY food, it does take research though.
     
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    Where snouts are you? DAF deliver all over the UK and have a lot of suppliers all over the UK. It costs me £40 a month to feed two 25kg dogs.

    Not pushing raw here, just saying its not as expensive or in available as you may think.

    Home cooked is complicated. You need to add a lot more supplements to get a balanced diet.

    EDIT: Snouts??? Thanks iPhone autocorrect.
     
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    Surely making your own food means buying the ingredients uncooked so how does that cost less than feeding a raw diet :confused:
     
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    raw isnt expensive if you can buy from a supplier or butchers etc it costs me about £10-15 a month to feed my two!
     
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    The sites that I looked at seem expensive.Maybe i was looking at the price lists wrong
     
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    Making the food must mean a balanced food so buying meat, supplements etc would possibly be as expensive or am I not understanding what goes in to home made food? Hope this isn't coming across as argumentative as I really am confused. :)
     
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    its the bones that worry me.What if it punctured the mouth/throat/stomach or any other parts of the intestine in touches?
     
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    Raw bones don't splinter so the risk of this happening is very very low, my boys eat bones everyday as do alot of dogs on here and have never had a problem.

    Don't forget that a dog can choke on kibble, eat a splintered stick, swallow a sock. Nothing is risk free
     
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    I get it now :biggrin: I thought raw wasn't an option because of cost, brain is not in gear again this evening!
     
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    It would probably work out cheaper to feed raw than to feed a high quality dry/ wet.
    And if she's really into making her own then even a very slight increase in price wouldnt put her off, surely?
     
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