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Has anyone here researched commercial raw dog foods? I know people who might be interested in that route. Most commercial raw food I've seen has a lot of carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, alfalfa hay, etc). Cost is a consideration, but not primary (they'd be feeding a roughly 10 pound dog). Thanks for any good leads!

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Raw dog food diets are controversial. But the popularity of the diets which emphasize raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables is rising.



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I've been kind of lazy lately, been feeding commercial diet a little more. Small breed frozen blocks are about 3/4 ounce each, defrost and he loves it. It's convenient, and about $30 a month for the 10 pound dog.

 

I still feed whole foods but he seems to love fruit so I give him some when I have it. No negatives although he's getting a little pudgy again.

 

Commercial diets are available without fruit or additives, but one needs to research. Some meal in a bag only contains liver as an organ, and it's not enough - seeing those more and more as well. Buyer beware.



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Also keep in mind, commercial raw isn't necessarily really "raw". Most, and maybe all commercial raw companies still process their foods with heat. 



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I've been kind of lazy lately, been feeding commercial diet a little more. Small breed frozen blocks are about 3/4 ounce each, defrost and he loves it. It's convenient, and about $30 a month for the 10 pound dog.

 

I still feed whole foods but he seems to love fruit so I give him some when I have it. No negatives although he's getting a little pudgy again.

 

Commercial diets are available without fruit or additives, but one needs to research. Some meal in a bag only contains liver as an organ, and it's not enough - seeing those more and more as well. Buyer beware.

 

 



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I've been kind of lazy lately, been feeding commercial diet a little more. Small breed frozen blocks are about 3/4 ounce each, defrost and he loves it. It's convenient, and about $30 a month for the 10 pound dog.

 

I still feed whole foods but he seems to love fruit so I give him some when I have it. No negatives although he's getting a little pudgy again.

 

Commercial diets are available without fruit or additives, but one needs to research. Some meal in a bag only contains liver as an organ, and it's not enough - seeing those more and more as well. Buyer beware.

 

 

 

Fruits (and veggies) both have sugars and starch, which contributes to weight gain.



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jagger, what brand/s have you been using? I looked at Stella and Chewy's and Instinct (by Nature's Variety), which have higher meat content, but goodness it looked like over $100 a month to feed a little dog?? Maybe I wasn't looking at that right. 



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jagger, what brand/s have you been using? I looked at Stella and Chewy's and Instinct (by Nature's Variety), which have higher meat content, but goodness it looked like over $100 a month to feed a little dog?? Maybe I wasn't looking at that right. 

 

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Fruits (and veggies) both have sugars and starch, which contributes to weight gain.

 

I realize that. This little guy is a stomach on 4 legs, sniffs out food everywhere we go. He's been on restricted park access for a couple of weeks now due to being rolled by a couple of overzealous dogs. Still gets a slight limp if I push him too hard, but he's getting better. He's not getting the same amount of exercise, we're gone from 10+ km's a day to 1 or 2 tops but he goes stir crazy if he doesn't get off leash.



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My little one likes to steal bananas off the counter. She tends to like tropical fruits. Do dogs need fruit and vegetables? Most likely not, but organic produce is probably safer than most commercial dog treats.
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