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From: Callie (
Subject:         Re: Can I buy cheap Dog Food?
Date: June 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm PST

In Reply to: Can I buy cheap Dog Food? posted by Scotty on June 30, 2010 at 8:40 am:

Honestly? No cheap kibble is good -- it's not so much balance, it's the fact that it's made from really inferior meat sources.

Most dog foods are made from meat meal from rendering plants -- that is literally roadkill (including dogs, cats, wildlife, etc.) that is scraped up and then HUGELY treated with BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin to "preserve" it (and it's already spoiled to a huge degree).

All those chemicals are HUGE carcinogens -- and you are feeding that day in and day out to the dogs. This is why cancer is SO huge in this country.

That said -- you do what you have to do. But you're better off with something like Kirkland (from Costco) rather than a grocery store food. Even name brand grocery store kibble is absolute trash.

The cheaper foods are also hugely fillers. Not a lot of nutrition.

Try scouring produce stands for "not pretty" produce (anything but onions and eggplant is truly FINE for dogs). Either puree the veg in a food processor or chop it and cook it til the cellulose in the veg is broken down.

At least supplement cheaper kibble with some sort of fresh nutrition and count the days til you can put them back on a better food.

Honestly even cheap canned food is better than kibble because it's heat processed to preserve it rather than the EXTRA nasty preservatives they use so those bags can have a 2plus year shelf life.

Try raw marrow bones for the teeth (or even the occasional raw chicken wing). Freeze them hard and then thaw a bit before you give them (freezing kills bacteria) -- those will help keep the teeth nice.

Pet Insurance -

Pet Insurance on 10 year old dogs is NOT cheap at all. You'd simply be better off to put $X.00 in a savings account every month so you have some money if vet charges arise.

If you start a pup on pet insurance as a baby the premiums stay low -- but trying to insure an older dog is NOT cost-effective at all.

HEARTWORM prevention

What breeds are these dogs??

If they are NON-herding breeds you can get a bottle of Ivomec at your local tractor supply store. That can be dosed as a heartworm preventive (it is the same drug that is in HeartGuard).

If you want to email me I'll give you the dosing amounts.

callie at critturs dot com

use the punctuation and leave out the spaces (trying to defeat spammers)

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