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Darwins does not ship to Canada.



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nope, or I'd be using them. give up your Tim Hortons lol

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It costs about $26 a month
I'm confused! The Darwin website says to figure about $2.50 per day. How do you do it for $.85 per day?

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250 a day is a steal. Primal freeze-dried would be twice that. Esp in Canada.

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I have a couple weeks worth left of the primal! I now have both my pups on it. I really want to make my own raw, and have been researching all day and looking at different recipes. I still have lots to do to learn how to feed it. Does anyone have any tips or books I can buy? Websites to look at? I know I need a meat grinder, and food processor (for the veggies). And I want to make about 1 months worth for 2 dogs and store it in the freezer. I plan to feed bones and stuff too. I know the meaty bones can make up 10-30% of a diet. And organ meats should be 10%, the rest should be muscle meat correct? How much fruits and veggies? Also I know I need an oil for omega 3s and so on. I want to alternate between coconut oil, flax seed oil and salmon or another type of fish oil. I heard kelp and alfalfa meal are a good source of vitamins and I should add an enzyme supplement specifically for dogs right?

Any tips or examples of your guys meal plans would be great!! I'm also definitely alternation meat, anything from beef, chicken, duck, lamb, fish, venison, bison, anything I can find really to get him a good variety.

I know it's a lot of hard work, and it had to be done right and be balanced, I'm willing to commit the time and effort to do so.

I also may start by buying a commercial raw diet, but just 100% meat, then adding the veggies and supplements and vitamins myself, to get comfortable.

Going to go watch more videos and read more articles now!!
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if you want a BALANCED recipe I would only recommend two people .
monica segal http://www.monicasegal.com/optimal-nutrition.html

Dr. Pitcairn http://www.drpitcairn.com/foods/

Like the article says there are a lot of recipes on the web that are not good. And like it also mentions, you have to follow them EXACTLY.
The problem with these even is that they are not customized for YOUR dogs. My preference is a nutritionist that you can consult with online like Sabine or another great one (even from Ontario is Catherine Lane . )
Don't do it yourself. It's not that simple . you just can't use any type of meats.

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from Sabines site, The Dog Food Project...

Mixing different dog food brands will improve my dog's diet

This misconception seems to originate from dog owners unconsciously feeling guilty about the type of food they feed, or those following their own ideas for "improving" their dog's diet without doing any research.

Every brand of dog food follows a specific formulation and nutritional philosophy, developed by the manufacturer. All products are formulated to supply a balanced amount of nutrients in a ration of a certain size (remember kibble size and density vary from brand to brand), based on the body weight of the dog. When mixing different kibbles, instead of getting "the best of both", your dog isn't going to eat enough of either one to get the full benefit of a particular nutritional system designed and researched by a manufacturer. Last but not least, if digestive upset occurs, it's going to take so much longer to figure out what exactly caused it, compared to just eliminating either the commercial food or whatever extras were fed recently. If you want to offer more variety, stick to one line of food of the same brand at a time and rotate between brands every few months. Supplementing the dry food with fresh, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruit, yogurt, meat or a bit of canned food is also safe and healthy
It is also not beneficial at all to feed every protein source you can get your hands on “just because you can”. Stick with the more common ones like chicken, turkey, lamb, beef and fish and avoid the more exotic types. In case dogs develop food allergies, they will need to be switched to food ingredients they have never been exposed to before in life. The more different sources you have previously fed, the more difficult it will be for you to come up with a good feeding plan in such a situation. So make sure you always read ingredient labels before buying food and treats, and keep the "exotic" meats in reserve should you need them one day

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How do you do it for $.85 per day?
Ricky, I wanted to answer your question but not hijack this thread. I answered over here.
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Lots of fuss for nothing!

I did tons of research and finally decided to go for a raw diet... but then my dog wouldn't eat it! I thought that was pretty funny--she prefers her kibble over duck meat and bones. Oh well...
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