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Old 01-24-2013, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm really anxious about our new boxer and can't wait til he comes home with us. I've read all the messages on raw food vs kibbles. What is wrong with feeding Isabelle with kibbles? I'm very hesitant on the raw food, mainly because this is new info for me.


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Raw is a very good option, however, it takes time to prepare and the advantage is that you know exactly what is going into their food. So if you can afford to go RAW (time and money) it is the best way to go. I feed my 2 premium holistic kibble. There is nothing wrong with feeding your pup kibble, just make sure that it is one that is high quality, its pricey but well worth it because it will spare you more on vet bills down the line. Make sure you check out:

Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor and get some insight on what is out there. If you choose a kibble, make sure that the rating is 4 or 5 star and that the manufacturer has not had a lot of recalls.
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I'm a kibble feeder, so I'll leave the raw argument to those who know more about it.

The link above is a good one to research kibbles. Some popular kibbles: Acana Grain Free, Fromm Grain Free, Earthborn Grain Free, Blue Buffalo Freedom (grain free), and Taste of the Wild (grain free).

If you're on a budget, Costco makes two varieties of grain free that are reasonably priced, and Petsmart now makes a grain free kibble (Authority Grain Free Chicken and Potato). I personally feed Dempsey the Authority grain free brand (which hasn't been rated on Dogfoodadvisor yet), and he's doing well on it. He's also done well on Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. If budget wasn't a concern, I'd probably go with Acana grain free.

As long as you go with an "all life stages" kibble, you don't have to worry about getting a puppy food.

Whatever you go with, make sure you get some of the kibble the puppy's used to first (hopefully, you'll be sent home with some when you get the dog), and transition slowly, so as not to cause tummy upset. The new home will be unsettling enough for awhile, without adding additional changes too fast.
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Pioneer and Great Life are excellent kibble as well and they are less expensive. They are rated 5. I am thinking of rotating my babies with this kibble in the future.
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We don't have Costco's. only Walmart ugghhhh. 40 miles away is PetSmart. I guess I will be driving to PetSmart


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We don't have Costco's. only Walmart ugghhhh. 40 miles away is PetSmart. I guess I will be driving to PetSmart


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You can order the kibble online too and get it delivered to your door! Some of the online pet food stores have free shipping if you have them deliver consistently at a discount. That can save you the 40 minute trip and they have the high quality kibble too. check out Petfooddirect, petflow. I think even Petco delivers now....so much you can do online! Some of the manufacturers can deliver to your door online as well. I know the manufacturers of Pioneer and Great Life do.
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Petco does deliver and usually repeat orders are discounted. Pet flow is another site to get dog stuff!


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I've done research an authority grain free from pet smart rates real hi an is
30$ for a
30# bag
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$30 per bag is not bad. Premium dog kibble usually runs at least $50 - 60. When I used to feed Orijen it cost $90 per 27# bag. But you feed less and the bag lasts longer.
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$30 per bag is not bad. Premium dog kibble usually runs at least $50 - 60. When I used to feed Orijen it cost $90 per 27# bag. But you feed less and the bag lasts longer.
How come you don't feed orijen anymore?


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