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Friday, December 10, 2010

Food




Something I'm still somewhat confused about for the future greyhound is food. With the labs, they ate Iams, at the general request of Guiding Eyes (which is unfortunate, considering its corn content) and is not a brand I'd consider for my own dog. I did research on food, as did my Dad when we got Niles, and feel somewhat rehearsed on Kibbles (corn/wheat= bad, meat as first and second ingredient = good) but was unhappy to see some of the price tags for foods that follow these rules. But, I was pleased to find that cosco's brand of Kirkland dog food actually does as well, and is only about $23 for 40lbs, compared to $20 for 20lbs for Iams. So, hurray, I've found a decent Kibble for cheap, but...greyhounds are of course, different.




So, to my greyt enthusiasts out there...what do you feed your dogs to supplement the Kibble? I am, as usual, attempting to be as frugal as possible, but of course want a happy, healthy dog. I've heard success stories about turkey necks, which can be bought in bulk and thawed, but saw one for the first time up close this Thanksgiving, and thought it looked...well...unsafe and like a choking hazard. If I'm intending on housing a pretty mellow hound that will receive no less than 20 minutes of walking every day and a weekly to bi-weekly romp in a fenced area larger than the backyard, will they require more protein/fat than what Kibble can provide? What are some inexpensive means of supplement or hearty treats I can offer them? Any suggestions or experience stories are welcome :).

3 comments:

Sue said...

Song about once a month get's sardines mixed in with her food. I use to give her a raw egg about once a month, but the after effects were rather whiffy to say th least:)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Turkey necks are fine. You want it to be something large that has to be chewed and struggled with. Great for teeth and jaws.

Not food related, but brush your greyhound's teeth everyday! I cannot stress that enough. If you take care of your greyhound's teeth, you will be able to eliminate or at least delay needing a $200 - 400 dental every year. They should not have bloody gums, foul breath, and tartar covered teeth. So if you are starting with a young greyhound with good teeth. Keep them that way... turkey necks occasionally and brush everyday.

Jenny said...

Can do! I have a few dog tooth brush sets ready to go :). I think another also comes in the adoption kit. Though, does it take them a while to get used to the brushing movements? I suppose I'll try to make sure she's at least tired first, and maybe have someone massage her at the same time :). In any case, once she gets it, I'll do my best to keep up with it, along with the necks! Thanks for the insight!