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Old 01-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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We're feeding the dogs Diamond Natural. It's $30 for a 40lb bag at Tractor Supply. That lasts about 2-3 weeks.

Honestly, I just need to get it together and go raw with Blaze. It would only cost me about $30 a month.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:29 PM
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But there's also the issue of availability. We have to drive a good half hour just to get Diamond Naturals and it would be over an hour to get any other brand, at pet stores that are not consistent in keeping the premium brands in stock. If we order it's almost as much as the food just to pay the shipping. If we couldn't get the Diamond Naturals so close by (30 minutes is close for us-we live out in the sticks) I would drive the hour to get the other stuff but some people just don't have the means (and we really don't either-I'd make sure to time it when we're going that way anyway).
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:40 PM
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But there's also the issue of availability. We have to drive a good half hour just to get Diamond Naturals and it would be over an hour to get any other brand, .
Lucky! I drive an hour to get Diamon Naturals.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:33 PM
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I feed FROMM for the dogs... we get a 30 pound bag which is over 40 dollars I believe... its expensive but the only thing that works for all of them... but the decrease in vet bills evens it all out.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:57 PM
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They are running that promo again. The code is: 5# Bag

But $20! OMG! I wanna say the bag runs about $10 here.
Yup. thats the promo I code I used. I printed of a few. it expires in march.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:00 PM
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So I was curious as to what people feed and the price per bag in their area.

Also, as much as we promote quality food, I do want to say that I would much rather see a dog in a home where it is loved, cared for, properly vetted, and loved some more and eating [a low quality food] if that's all the owner could afford.

Another question: Do we put too much pressure on people as in "you need to feed your dog that quality (aka expensive) food or your a bad owner"?:
Kirkland, $22-25 a bag.. Also, I am finishing up the Orijen which was $60 and is way too expensive to feed. Middie was getting a mix of it and the Kirkland, but it had been open for a while and I decided to finish it off.

Also, I agree with the bolded statement - slightly edited. As to the question, yeah, sometimes we do put too much pressure on people. I think that if you can afford a higher quality food you SHOULD be feeding it if your dog does well on it. I definitely think that the home and love is more important than the brand of food they are fed, though.. for instance, the woman who adopted two of my kittens is now feeding them grocery store quality food. I didn't comment, because honestly.. they are happy and safe. I gave her all the facts about food, and if she wants to feed them crap, it's her choice. It is SO much more important to me that they are living in a stable, happy home and are loved and safe. Being in a forever home with a person who adores them and eating crap is better than having no home at all.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:33 AM
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I have 2 cats on California Natural since that's the only food they do good on.

I have 5 dogs (3 over 125 lbs each) that I now feed Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice. I buy it at Tractor Supply. It's $26 for a 40 lb. bag.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:54 AM
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I have actually found it to be less costly by feeding completely home prepared. I find some really good deals. I have to feed 6 dogs, 3 Newf's, Rottie, DobeX and Alaskan husky so they are not small dogs I feed gluten free pasta's to save cost as times, organic brown rice, organic oats. I can find organic veggies and fruits marked down. The local butcher gives us deals on meat and sometimes friends will give us some cow parts for free, we get free range eggs for free as the farmer has chickens that are producing too many eggs more than he can sell so he sells for freshness and will give us his older eggs.

I got a consultation done for one of my dogs and I can find many of the items on my list at pretty cost efficient ways. I also grow many veggies in the summer and herbs, apples, berries etc.

I find it very interesting feeding home prepared and boy you can really find some deals. Plus, who says you can't eat the dogs food! lol
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:16 AM
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I think the real message should be - and usually is - to educate yourself to make the best choices you can within your means and when the time comes that you can upgrade, then again, make it an educated choice.

Just don't buy the hype and the pretty commercials. You're paying for those - not for what's in the bag.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:11 PM
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Lucky! I drive an hour to get Diamon Naturals.
See my mom was right. There's always someone worse off than me.

We actually have to drive a half hour to get to any stores. I'm used to it but it cracks me up when someone complains about having to drive 15 minutes to get something. I'd be thrilled!
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