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I work at a pet food store and I know that some dog food companies do have special deals for breeders. Pro plan is one that gives a lot of perks. Their food isn’t that great, but it is a step up from SD. Acana/Orijin has a deal where breeders buy 5 they get one free. They might offer something similar for rescue groups. Otherwise try talking directly to your local pet store owner, especially a smaller independent store. Ask if they will sell to you for cost, plus 10%. We do that for a local rescue with kitten formula. If you offer to direct new pet owners to that store for their pet supplies, it is a win/win situation.
Be very careful when using essential oils. they are not safe to use on cats. I’m not sure of the reason why, or what exactly it will do to a cat, but any product we have in the store where I work that uses essential oils says clearly on the bottle that it is not safe for use on cats.
one of my dogs has anal gland issues as well. She’s been on a raw food diet for 6 years. I haven’t found that it has made any difference, or helped express them. It isn’t difficult to do it yourself, if you are shown how. Angel is quite good about having it done. I just hold a paper towel over her bum when i drain them and it really isn’t very messy.
I feed raw, and lurk on dog food advisor often, but hardly ever post. I love the new forum. I think it’s going to be a hit.
HDM, how do you cope with the dogs during fasting day? 2 of mine are bugging me for their food an hour and a half before meal time. I can’t imagine if they had to go another full day before their next one. My husky cross would often do a self imposed fast every other week or so, but once she was on phenobarb for seizures, she eats every meal. I only feed them once a day, so technically they are going 24 hours between meals already.
They had bear meat for the first time this week with no problems whatsoever!