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    Raw food or commercial diet for dogs, which is best?

    We're thinking of getting a labrador once we've moved house, so I've been doing a bit of research on dietary requirements.
    I've found a lot of info about it being better to give your dog a raw food diet (such as chicken,veg,rice etc) rather than commercial wet/dry dog food.

    Just wondering if there are any HUKD dog owners that have any comments about this, and if any of you gives their pet the raw food diet.

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    Its meant to be better so they dont get allergies etc but i would stick to the better quality dog foods. At least then they have the chance to build up an immunity themselves! And do you really want to be messing around with a raw diet when dog food is so easy. There is no real benefit to the dog and it will cost you more money in the long run!

    FYI, god parents are cocker spaniel breeders, had dogs all our lives and my mother runs a pet care company in the south (thats who i asked!)

    When we bought our labrador the breeder suggested raw food. You can buy it very cheaply in pets at home (in a freezer) - However, we decided against it.

    Dont worry about the dog being ill, they can deal with raw meat where we cant.

    All I can say is if the dog doesnt like the food you put out, dont change it, labs especially get awfully picky when it comes to food.

    aircanman

    When we bought our labrador the breeder suggested raw food. You can buy … When we bought our labrador the breeder suggested raw food. You can buy it very cheaply in pets at home (in a freezer) - However, we decided against it. Dont worry about the dog being ill, they can deal with raw meat where we cant. All I can say is if the dog doesnt like the food you put out, dont change it, labs especially get awfully picky when it comes to food.



    Yeah weve had a few labs over the years. Both our own and those weve looked after and they can be very picky! They like routine!

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    dh058977

    Its meant to be better so they dont get allergies etc but i would stick … Its meant to be better so they dont get allergies etc but i would stick to the better quality dog foods. At least then they have the chance to build up an immunity themselves!


    Are there any better quality dog foods you could recommend since your god parents are dog breeders?

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    minxx

    Are there any better quality dog foods you could recommend since your god … Are there any better quality dog foods you could recommend since your god parents are dog breeders?



    I can ask them what they feed the cocker spaniels on if you want?

    Original Poster

    dh058977

    I can ask them what they feed the cocker spaniels on if you want?


    Yes please, that would be great

    Surely if it's healthier for us to eat fresh, unprocessed food then it's healthier for the dog. We feed our cats raw food as the stuff you get in tins and pouches is essential the microwave meals for pets. Obviously there is higher quality fresh cuts food, but it works out cheaper buying an feeding them food that we eat.

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    dungavel

    Surely if it's healthier for us to eat fresh, unprocessed food then it's … Surely if it's healthier for us to eat fresh, unprocessed food then it's healthier for the dog. We feed our cats raw food as the stuff you get in tins and pouches is essential the microwave meals for pets. Obviously there is higher quality fresh cuts food, but it works out cheaper buying an feeding them food that we eat.


    I have wondered about that as my partners cat is quite old and he feeds him whiskas, we've tried him with other better brands and even foods we eat (chicken,fish,prawns etc) and he turns his nose up at them oO
    Makes me wonder what exactly they're putting in the Whiskas:(

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    DAMNOME

    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/


    Thank you, that's very handy

    We fed our Lab cross James Wellbeloved and he loved it, but he has Severe hip and elbow dysplasia at only 1 year old, so he is now on a prescription diet which has helped him loads

    When we got our dog from rescue centre he had a few probs with eating tinned food, was recommended Burns dry food, it did wonders for him, helped with his skin and fur and doesnt get upset tummy now either.

    I buy Whites dry food online. My dogs aren't good with wheat products so this is perfect for them. I have two very healthy dogs, good coat etc etc on this.

    We have a lab, and apart from the occassional small helping of dinner scraps in with it he has a diet of dry dog food (chappie to be exact) that our vets recommended to us as almost as good as a prescription dog food as he has been a little overweight ever since we got him at 8 weeks old... and he has carrots as snacks and in with food too. He's now nearly 3 years old (next week) and has only ever had an upset stomach twice, but think that was due to eating something he shouldn't have while on a walk.
    He is gradually losing weight and is now about 3Kg overweight at 42Kg... he is a big muscular lab though... and the reason he's losing weight is that he has only half of the recommended dry food for the weight he should be, and a dentastick and maybe a few scraps, but then we take out a bit more of the dry food... just to give him some variety.
    Anyway, the chappie food is roughly around £14 for 15Kg of dry food.. and that lasts him roughly 2-3 months... he has a great coat (people always ask me how I got it like that), but he's just a healthy dog... you could almost set your watch by his bowel movements, LOL

    Anyway, if I can think of any tips that I've picked up I'll let you know... labs make great pets
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