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Old 06-05-2012, 09:55 PM
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I am getting ready to move to my grandmas house with the dogs this summer. I will be transferring schools and I will be taking more classes than I do now. Because of this, I won't be working and I will just have my student loan money/savings to use for expenses. Since I am not working anymore, I really can't justify feeding ZP and S&C exclusively... I spend around $65 per month on dog food, and that just isn't feasible when I won't have a lot to spend, and I also need to have money for vet bills. Once I am done with my undergrad( in 2 years) I will be living on my own again, and I will put them back on a raw diet. I am thinking I will do S&C frozen patties in the morning and Acana at night-They usually eat around 7am and 5pm. Is that enough time between raw and kibble? I know adding water to kibble is good, so I will definitely do that.

Also, should I transition them from the ZP they get at night to kibble or just switch straight to kibble?

I feel guilty switching back to kibble, but I know it would be better to have some extra money saved for vet bills than feed them ZP right now.
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Do you ever look for raw meat on sale? They usually put outdated (nothing wrong) meat on sale in grocery stores. Anyway, don't worry about it! You do what you can!! You sound like you have your head on straight & you're on the right track for a great future!! I bet you can find a slaughter house living in Oregon that will sell you meat cheaper than in a grocery store if you stop by & ask.
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Do you ever look for raw meat on sale? They usually put outdated (nothing wrong) meat on sale in grocery stores. Anyway, don't worry about it! You do what you can!! You sound like you have your head on straight & you're on the right track for a great future!! I bet you can find a slaughter house living in Oregon that will sell you meat cheaper than in a grocery store if you stop by & ask.
I would love to go back to raw and I know it would be cheaper than feeding any pre made, but unfortunately I can't while living w/ my grandma. She is a huge germaphobe and would never allow it.. Since I am living there for free, I will go by her rules for now
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Also, does anyone have an opinion on whether Fromm grain-free or Acana is better? I have never tried Fromm but from what I hear it is good. I can get both for about the same price.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:59 AM
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Bumping this back up because I haven't gotten an opinion on whether it would be ok to do S&C in the morning and kibble at night, or if that isn't enough time in between. I decided to go with the Fromm grain-free kibble because it is much smaller than Acana. I am also considering doing kibble and canned ZP instead of the S&C but I just don't know what would be best.

I can't wait until I am done with school so I can work/have my own apartment again... I really want to get my dogs back on raw!
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Hopefully more people will chime in! I don't raw feed by any means, but Odie does get a raw meal as a treat a few times a week. I feed her kibble/wet food in the morning and raw at night and as far as stool goes, she's a-okay.
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You can definitely do morning meal pre-made raw and evening meal grain-free
kibble. Fromm is a good food. I personally prefer the results of Acana more, but
Fromm is still a very decent kibble. I'd say Orijen, Acana and Fromm are the top
three imo. You can always do two months on Fromm than two months on Acana,
etc, switch it up a bit. As for raw, it's too bad you can't feed it, it really is cheap,
easy and nutritious. But you are still providing your pups with superior nutrition,
that's nothing to be sad about. On days when grandma is out, you can always
throw in some raw bones for their teeth and jaws.
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