|Barked: Thu Mar 7, '13 11:15am PST |
|A big issue is cost. I spend around $20 on dog food for him per month. If I buy the cheap stuff in bulk, will the price be comparable?
This completely depends on where you live, meat costs in your area, what type of meats you will be feeding, and what the source of the meat is. For example many people have very cheap sources of butcher scrap, can buy large quantities in bulk for very cheap, etc -- meanwhile if you chose to only buy grocery meats it'd probably be more money than that, and then if you went up another step and sourced only humanely-raised, organic meat then your cost is going to possibly skyrocket. I generally spend between $40-$50/month feeding two dogs of which are 45lbs and 75lbs, but I get a lot of bulk deals and so on, and I live in a fairly economically depressed area. Feeding a small dog will obviously be a lot cheaper. If I had a single small or medium dog in my area (I would consider my 45lb Kolbe medium) I'm pretty sure I could feed them for $20 a month, based on what is available to me. However like I said -- your mileage may vary.
The trainer told me it will help a lot with Levi's poops because he's getting more nutrition but will it help with his gassiness as well? He's a service dog in training and I always feel really bad when he's laying next to me somewhere and lets one rip.
Dog dependent... my dogs have a bit less gas when eating raw, but it can also depend on the protein...pork for example, gives Kolbe a lot of bad gas, but chicken, beef and venison generally do not. You might try a probiotic for general gassiness.
I know it's okay for them to eat bones as long as they aren't cooked, but is boned meat a lot better for them than boneless?
If you are thinking of doing prey model raw, the guideline is generally around 10% bone. It's not an issue of "better for them" -- it's an issue of proper (not too much, not too little) calcium intake. Bone-in, depending on cut, is also good for the teeth.
His healthy weight is around 60 lbs., though I need to put some weight back on him atm. If I want to divide his food into two equal meals a day, about how much should I give him per meal (starting with chicken)?
General guideline is 2% of the desired/ideal body weight per day. You may need to increase or decrease this number depending on how he does with that...older dogs often need less than that, super duper active dogs often need more, and so on. 2% of 60lbs would be 1.2lbs/day.
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