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Dog food and feeding => Dog foods => Topic started by: Meg on Jan 26, 2017, 13:59

Title: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 26, 2017, 13:59
I wonder would it be useful to see in a poll how feeding our dogs has changed over time. This poll asks what we are mainly feeding our dogs today.

Please say if there is an option missing in the poll and I'll happily add it. Thanks in advance to all who vote.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Jan 26, 2017, 14:38
Good thread. Please could you add dry plus home made? Also, should dry be split into dry kibble/dry cold pressed?
Just that some people use cold pressed/raw.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 26, 2017, 15:56
Thanks Dottie, I've attempted to add your suggestions, yet due to an unexpected error (believed to be linked to moving the site onto a secure server) this was unsuccessful. I've made David aware and will make the changes asap.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Tinyplanets on Jan 26, 2017, 18:08
I tried to add mine but got a fatal error message. I just saw Dottie's post and mine fits in more with those suggestions so I will hang on until the bugs are sorted.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 26, 2017, 18:29
Thanks Tinyplanets, yes unfortunately the error is still there.

Please all keep checking in, I'm hopeful all will be fine again soon.... ;).....both for my changes to the poll and for all your very much appreciated votes!   
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: David on Jan 27, 2017, 08:02
Sorry everyone! The error should be fixed now.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 27, 2017, 16:33
All's well again with the polling   8)

Please feel free to vote if you'd want to help with the poll and many thanks David for fixing the error so quickly.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 27, 2017, 20:05
For this poll I've used  "Dry complete" for all dry complete foods as consistent with the current allaboutdogfood food searches. 

[I'm thinking about the possibility of another poll .....  for more detailed & various ways that dry food is prepared/ cooked/ processed eg  cold pressed, baked, extruded, muesli, air dried if that would be useful later - let's see how this one goes first]
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: ofs on Jan 28, 2017, 11:01
My option would be  Mostly dry complete +some raw food + wet food complete .  I decided to vote for Mostly dry complete +wet food complete.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 28, 2017, 14:20
 Sorry ofs I hadn't appreciated the combination of 3 'types' of food in the poll - dry +raw +wet now added. Hopefully you might remove your vote from dry+wet and please vote again?
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: ofs on Jan 28, 2017, 15:11
Thanks Meg but I couldn't remove my vote
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Tinyplanets on Jan 28, 2017, 15:56
Mine is 3 also I suppose. Mostly raw, sometimes dry and I add some of what we are having, mostly veg but sometimes brown rice, sweet potato etc.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 28, 2017, 16:48
Thanks for letting me know - just checked the options and it looks like the "revote" option was not checked for the poll......apologies  ::)
David sorry to bother you, when you have time  can you please use admin Permissions & change this poll's permissions to "allow users to change vote".
Once this has been done you'll be able to withdraw the vote & revote.........
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jan 28, 2017, 16:54
Thanks Tinyplanets, have also added raw +dry +home made, raw +dry +table scraps.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: David on Feb 02, 2017, 06:35
You can now change your votes. Great poll by the way!
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Feb 02, 2017, 13:36
Thanks very much for your help David - glad you like the poll  8)

Everyone please vote if you'd like to, and you can now change your vote if you want to and if there is an option missing from the poll please say.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Feb 03, 2017, 06:48
There is a lot of choice there - just wish we had had more votes and discussion. As an aside, it might be of some use to say why we have chosen our particular method of feeding.  I give a non extruded dry food which has a mid range protein/low(ish) fat because in the past I have had to diet my dogs. The food has a higher than average carbohydrate level so I top up with home made foods to increase the protein such as cooked chicken, fish etc. Seems to work ok.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Seaweed on Feb 03, 2017, 09:14
I feed a coarse raw complete most of the time with the odd meal a finer complete raw. It suits my dog, he enjoys it immensely. To see a dog enjoy his food and go back and lick the bowel is a joy. It gives the opportunity of feeding different flavours daily, plus seasonal partridge, pheasant etc. I do like moisture in dog food it keeps a dogs system hydrated for all those vital organs. Dogs like humans probably don't drink enough. I realise it is not for everyone and of course there is the freezer aspect. I do wish people would take a few moments to vote, Meg puts a lot of thought into her posts including setting up the recent polls. I'm sure followers of the forum can do better than 9 votes out of 404 reads (2355 total members), so I do encourage you to support the forum and vote.
 
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Feb 03, 2017, 16:07
Thank you Dottie and seaweed,  and your encouragement to vote is appreciated too.

I'm hopeful this poll may prove helpful by sharing the information, to all. For example a dog owner may read what food is successfully being fed together with what other food; and why a dog is being given that particular food.

All votes are much appreciated, and helpful. Thanks to those who've already voted and to those who vote in future.


Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: comet zack on Feb 25, 2017, 12:45
 Two of my dogs have either canned or fresh meat with Foldhill Baked Terrier meal my third dog who has a sensitive digestive system has either Chappie canned or home cooked chicken, rice and veg.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Feb 25, 2017, 13:00
The poll is currently set to allow a maximum of 1 vote per forum member and I wonder if this may warrant changing. So please say if anyone would find the poll more helpful if the amount of per member voting is increased ?
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Tinyplanets on Feb 25, 2017, 14:28
I have changed my vote again! My dog has been steadily gaining weight on her usual diet. She doesn't want to go out as much as she used so I feel the mostly raw diet may be not as suitable as it was when she was more active. I am feeding her whatever we have for her evening meal, minus sauces and spices. She is having half her raw meal in the morning mixed with oatmeal made with water. Still the occasional meal of cold pressed food too.

I hope home made is the correct categorisation. I am assuming that table scraps are a bit more random whereas I will be attempting to balance evening meals between veg, protein and a healthy carb source.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Feb 25, 2017, 16:47
Please everyone freely change your vote as often as you wish, if you'd want the poll to reflect a current diet you may be feeding.

 It's great to have the poll being used,  plus any extra information in the replies is really helpful for everyone to read.

Thank you all very much.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Anita... on Mar 03, 2017, 16:35
Mostly home made, odd tin Lilys Kitchen mixed with Mc Adams. Raw chicken wing and marrow bone through the week. Voted.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Apr 03, 2017, 12:03
Like Tinyplanets, I have had a little tweak to my dogs' diet since the poll began.  This is because one of them has a tendency to gain weight and had put on about 400g - doesn't sound a lot but it shows on a little dog and I wanted to nip it in the bud.

In the past I found that a home cooked meal in the middle of the day helped, with their dry complete reduced by 25%. The home cooked is 50% lean protein (chicken/fish etc) and 50% veg (I include a few blueberries in that figure).  Last time I tried this I used to add sweet potato but this time I am omitting it as they have it in their commercial food and this has enough carbohydrate anyway. 

I think it is always useful to keep a close watch on our dogs, particularly weight wise, and tweak their diet accordingly. Some dogs will be on the same food for a long time with no changes needed but others might need their food to be tweaked somewhat.   

According to what I have read on a Facebook group for home cooking, when replacing some commercial food with home cooked, it is best not to exceed the figure of 25% or thereabouts in order to maintain sufficient calcium.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Apr 07, 2017, 17:58
Changing your votes to accurately portray your changing foods is appreciated, thanks.  ;)
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: DeclanjjWhelan on Apr 08, 2017, 18:12
My first post on the forum - I just joined today and would like to thank you for a great post. I intend to be nice and active  :)

I am a home cooker at heart. I have alternated between that and a company that does it for you which I have found very useful.

My only concern when I home cook is the potential deficiencies that can occur due to the potential lack of mineral, nutrients and vitamins. I know adding in some ground up egg shell can help.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Apr 08, 2017, 18:41
It's unusual to have someone on the forum who home cooks for their dogs.  As this form of feeding interests both Tinyplanets and myself, it would be good to hear more about your methods/recipes. As you see, we have a home cooking section but it is not updated very much.   :(   

I give my dogs some home cooked food but not exclusively - I still use commercial food as a fail safe, particularly as I don't want to short change them on calcium.  There is a lot of information about calcium on the Home Cooked Diets for Dogs Facebook group.  It is important to get the ratio of calcium and phosphorous correct.  They have plenty of fact sheets about this and other supplements.  I read that it is OK to reduce the usual amount of commercial food by no more than 25% in order to top up with home cooked - that should not affect the calcium too much.  This is what I have been doing and the dogs look really well on it.

Home Cooking for Dogs is another FB group with lots of information.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: DeclanjjWhelan on Apr 17, 2017, 14:14
I just want to keep up to date with all that is happening in the dog food space so this seems like the best forum for me to be on!

I am actually thinking about moving over to butternut box full time as it is very time consuming the preparation at home.

I will get more active on the home cooking section - it would be great to know how much time people actually spend preparing and where do they source most of their recipes from.

Thank you for all of the information on the calcium also. I have found egg shells are a good way of getting calcium back into to the diet as well.

Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Apr 30, 2017, 17:20
Thanks DeclanjjWhelan, and how lovely to hear the allaboutdogfood forum is the best for you!   8)

Your voting in the polls is much appreciated, and your helpful post and if you decide to use Butternut box please let us know how you progress as this too will help others who may be wanting to change foods.

It's great to have the poll being used,  plus any extra information in the replies is really helpful for everyone to read.

Thank you all very much.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Jul 20, 2017, 18:13
Would anyone like to help by adding to the information in this poll?

And by taking part you are helping the results to reflect the current feeding trends.  ;)

[And if you prefer you can vote in the poll without writing a post and that's appreciated too.]
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: 01cash20 on Aug 29, 2017, 08:03
I have some suggestions on.  It will be great if you prepare healthy dog food at home without any market sourced processed ingredient. And I  I personally feel that when it comes to quality dog food, there is no value for the brand that has no quality ingredients in its food label.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Aug 31, 2017, 02:38
Thanks 02cash20, and it seems apparent from the voting in the polls thus far, that there are more folks who are feeding dogs some degree of home made food nowadays, than were so doing 5 years ago.

And if anyone would like to peruse that poll - showing what we were mainly feeding our dogs back then -  the link is here: What did you mainly feed your dogs 5 years ago? (https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/dog-foods/3/what-did-you-mainly-feed-your-dogs-5-years-ago/1313/)
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: 909Dave on Oct 13, 2017, 10:43
Mostly raw +some dry complete +some home made
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Meg on Oct 13, 2017, 20:11
Hello 909Dave and welcome to the forum!

Thanks for your input to this poll, and looking at the results so far, it appears your food choice of "Mostly raw +some dry complete +some home made" is a neck-and-neck favourite with a couple of other choices at the moment.  ;)

I wonder if this may change as others add their vote to this poll, or if indeed this remains a favoured popular choice!
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: mackdamon on May 08, 2018, 20:26
I feed my dog home made food. I choose to feed him high protien diet that include meat, seafood and dairy products now a days. Some carbohydrate through vagetables and grains. I also started with essential fatty acids by feeding egg yolk or oatmeal.  These all foods keep my dog healhty, strong and energetic.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Norman76 on Jul 07, 2018, 00:42
In the morning she gets 3/4 cup of dry. At lunch she gets 1 cup of human grade wet food (contains veggies and fruit) with a chunk of cooked sweet potato. In the evening she gets again 3/4 cup dry.
 Depending on the time of year she will get pineapple or watermelon or cantaloupe as a treat. Otherwise I dehydrate boneless/skinless chicken breasts and give those as a treat.
Hope that helps.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: A-tom on Jan 06, 2020, 23:04
Our doodle dog was very fussy and had a sensitive tum. We moved her onto Butternut Box 6m ago and she has finished her food every time with no tummy probs since! Wish we discovered it sooner! It’s just cooked meat (60%) and veg (40%) with no nasties in! Highly recommended if anyone has fussy pooches or those with sensitive tums. My account has a 75% off link for anyone who wants to trial it butternutbox.com/Andrew267  :)
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Desty on Mar 03, 2020, 15:05
I feed my dog home made food.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Rebecca Forrest on Mar 05, 2020, 15:19
My dog copper gets fed on different dog, he has a sensitive tummy so this suits him very well.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Spanielowner on Mar 06, 2020, 09:01
I’ve found that dogs don’t just need one type of food like some experts try to convince you. A healthy dog should be able to eat a varied diet as long as it is mostly meat. So I feed my dog a mixture of home cooked and high grade commercial dog food. She has meat, fish, vegetables, yoghurt, eggs and fruit in the home cooked depending on recipe. The important thing is to remember to cover as many vitamins and minerals as possible in a recipe but all vitamins and minerals over roughly 10 days.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Mar 07, 2020, 09:20
Useful post Spanielowner. Thank you.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: zeldaella on Mar 25, 2020, 12:36
I think fresh food is better for them. I limit feeding them dry food
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Mar 25, 2020, 13:14
Hello and welcome to the forum Zeldaella. What fresh food do you feed your dog? Would be interested to know, especially if you home cook.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Spanielowner on Jun 29, 2020, 15:31
I feed wet and kibble complete supplemented by fresh meals and snacks of meat, veg and fruit. I taught my dog to forage the good healthy fruits and leave poisonous ones or to wait for me to inspect what she’s found (fruit and leaves) sometimes we need to bring them home to be washed or cooked. I’m thinking of trying her with some raw meats again .
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: mthomas92 on Jun 30, 2020, 19:18
Im currently feeding my dog with Orijen. Ive tried other raw and homemade but theyre quite picky when it comes to eating so Im sticking with Orijen for now. Im also using an automatic feeder to make feeding a lot easier. If anyone is looking to buy one, hop over to this website.
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Jul 01, 2020, 15:45
It’s good that your dog is doing well on Orijen. Please could you post a link to the automatic feeder?
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: mthomas92 on Jul 01, 2020, 21:12
my bad. i cant post external links but this is the site. idaptweb(dot)com/best-automatic-pet-feeders/
Title: Re: What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
Post by: Dottie on Jul 01, 2020, 21:54
Thank you. Here is the link. (https://www.idaptweb.com/best-automatic-pet-feeders/)