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Saltwatersoul
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Good moring!!Just a question does anyone know what sort of dog food they sale at the stores? How much it goes for?? I know this is a vague question, but would like to know before I come in September! Thanks y'all!

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2013 3:14 pm
Jamison
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STX mostly has the cheapest god awful crap that should never be fed to a living thing, like Alpo, kibbles and bits and pedigree, but it's usually pretty cheap. We have one store that sells better foor, like Iams, but it's around $70 for 35lbs.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 3:23 pm
Saltwatersoul
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Wow that's crazy..but I figured as much. Thinking of just cooking for her lol thanks for the info

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2013 3:41 pm
lc98
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Which island?

You can get cheap foods at KMart. Prices aren't much higher than stateside.

Higher-end foods are available on all three islands, and like Jamison says, they are very expensive -- anywhere from 30% to 100% more than you are paying in the states. Pet Food Direct and PetCo both ship here, and that is usually a cheaper way to get good-quality food.

Stock up well, as you may not be able to acquire what you want within a couple of weeks' time. I shop for pet food at least a month in advance of an empty bag, so there is time for an order to come in if they are out. Always have a backup plan if your dog needs special food!

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Posted : July 24, 2013 3:42 pm
piaa
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Which island

Pia

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Posted : July 24, 2013 3:46 pm
Jamison
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making food is cheap, easy and much healthier

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Posted : July 24, 2013 3:57 pm
aussie
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Well, I'll go along with much healthier and that's why I do it. But cheap and easy? Um, no, not so much...LOL

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Posted : July 24, 2013 4:22 pm
Jamison
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Go to the flea market and get a large plastic container. Go to the market for local meat scraps and buy bulk.

Boil meat, with rice and some cheap local veggies once a week and you've got cheap locally grown, raised and made dog food, you have to cook once a week.

That's cheap and easy.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 4:36 pm
aussie
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Where are you getting your meat scraps, Jamison?

I use these guidelines and I'm quite pleased with the results. It's not cheap though. You must have more money than I do 🙂

http://www.2ndchance.info/homemadediets.htm

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Posted : July 24, 2013 5:00 pm
Jamison
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Where are you getting your meat scraps, Jamison?

I use these guidelines and I'm quite pleased with the results. It's not cheap though. You must have more money than I do 🙂

http://www.2ndchance.info/homemadediets.htm/blockquote >

That is a great site, thank you.

https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?5,206740,207321,quote=1#REPLY

Guess you missed this thread. 😀

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Posted : July 24, 2013 5:38 pm
gonetropo
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Good moring!!Just a question does anyone know what sort of dog food they sale at the stores? How much it goes for?? I know this is a vague question, but would like to know before I come in September! Thanks y'all!

On STX we buy our dog food exclusively at Superior Pet. They have a number of the high quality foods.
We use Chicken Soup for Dogs and I think we pay $40 for a large bag of adult. I think they also sell the Wellness brand and Blue Buffalo.
They also sell Science Diet but from what I have heard, that is as bad as Pedigree, which all the supermarkets sell.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 6:18 pm
Saltwatersoul
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Thomas is the island we are movin too! Thanks everyone for the advice!

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2013 6:19 pm
OldTart
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I just started ordering cat food from Petco online. The selection here has always been very limited, to get any variety you have to go to a few different stores, and I found Petco's pricing to be most competitive while the selection is huge and the shipping is very fast Priority and free!

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Posted : July 24, 2013 6:56 pm
lc98
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When you arrive on St Thomas, visit Market Square Pet Supply next to CostULess -- that will give you an idea of the typical selection, what's in stock (or sold out), and prices.

Although I prefer to support local merchants when I can, currently the savings available from online merchants is just too great to pass up. Of course, you never know when shipping policies or prices will change, so it's a good idea to stay familiar with what's available in the shops.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 7:32 pm
rosesisland
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I've fed my 13+ Standard Poodle only raw meat and bones for past 11 years that we've had him. More expensive but, much better than cooked meats.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 7:43 pm
aussie
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That is a great site, thank you.

https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?5,206740,207321,quote=1#REPLY

Guess you missed this thread. 😀

Ha! I don't think I'll head down that path big grin

Where do you get your meat scraps? If you don't want to post it, please PM me. Plaza West and Cost-U-More won't sell scraps. Stop-N-Bleed pushes things WAY past their expiration dates so I won't buy meat from them. There's a piece of carrot cake in there headed for it's 3rd expiration date with some nice cream cheese icing waiting to make someone very, very sick.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 8:02 pm
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I've fed my 13+ Standard Poodle only raw meat and bones for past 11 years that we've had him. More expensive but, much better than cooked meats.

BONES are not good for dogs. Do not feed your pets bones! Raw meat? Poor dog!

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Posted : July 24, 2013 8:18 pm
OldTart
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I've fed my 13+ Standard Poodle only raw meat and bones for past 11 years that we've had him. More expensive but, much better than cooked meats.

BONES are not good for dogs. Do not feed your pets bones! Raw meat? Poor dog!

I think if the dog has hit 13 years of age and been fed that diet for 11 years it hasn't done too badly!!! I always saved my big beef bones from the restaurant which friends with dogs were thrilled to have and fought over! Pork, lamb and chicken bones aren't usually recommended as they crack into slivers but a good beef bone is something just about every dog enjoys chewing on with no problem.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 8:27 pm
Alana33
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Bones splinter. They can cause choking plus damage intestines, possibly break teeth in old dogs also if one wishes to pick splinters out of an animals rectum, have at it. Even wolves prefer soft intestines and meat over bones unless there is nothing else. Dogs are domesticated.
Surprised the dog is still alive after 11 yrs. of raw meat and bones diet.

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Posted : July 24, 2013 9:04 pm
rosesisland
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If a dog has been fed the same way their ancestors were fed, then how can it be wrong? We may have domesticated them, however, their need and want for raw meat and raw bones, has never been bred out of them.

I do not buy scraps. I buy cheap cuts of pork, beef, goat, or whatever I find on sale. I chop large pieces. He lets it sit until the smell is just "right" for him, but really stinks to me. So, buying out-of-date has never been a problem. Other than, old age, my dog has been and is now very healthy. He's never been sick other than an ear infection or two which is common among floppy-eared dogs.

My dog has already lived over the average of his breed. NEVER feed your dog cooked bones, as they will sliver AND he/she will not get the good benefits that the marrow provides. Raw meat is more beneficial for them than cooked. AND, NEVER GIVE THEM WEIGHT-BEARING BONES!!! My dog particularly does not like chicken.

IT IS NOT NATURAL FOR A DOG TO EAT WHEAT! They are carnivores! They are dogs.

When friends come to my house with their dogs, the dog takes a bee-line to my dog's food bowl for they remember it with great fondness.

Poor dog...no way!

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Posted : July 25, 2013 12:49 pm
JulieKay
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Or corn. Cats don't eat corn either. If you look at most pet foods corn gluten is one of the number one ingredients.

My dog eats duck and potato due to his allergies and it's not available here. I have to order it from Amazon and have it shipped on VI Cargo (cheapest method). I order about 25 pounds at a time and spend 8 dollars to ship it here. He's a small dog and only eats about 5 pounds a month. For some reason Petco won't ship his particular food here, so Amazon is the best route.

The indoor cats get Iams simply because I don't have the bandwidth to constantly give them raw meat, and they're rescues so we just do our best to give them a good home and a loved life. I do supplement with the chicken soup soft food which is meat. I buy those at Precision (I'm on STX). Outdoor cats get Friskies from CostULess and the ability to be grateful for someone who spays/neuters/feeds them and lets them sleep on the porch lol.

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Posted : July 25, 2013 12:57 pm
LiquidFluoride
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STX mostly has the cheapest god awful crap that should never be fed to a living thing, like Alpo, kibbles and bits and pedigree, but it's usually pretty cheap. We have one store that sells better foor, like Iams, but it's around $70 for 35lbs.

There are several stores on STX that sell good dog food, most of them are "feed" stores or custom pet stores, I would not purchase anything from "Kmart" or Cost you Less or any of the others...

Diamond is a great brand, it is sold on this island, "Intimidator" is a decent brand, it is sold at a feed shop on centerline.

basically anything with no grain fillers, high protien and fat is what your looking for; I used to breed dogs and still have a lot of good info on dog food on my website if you'd like to learn more about what to look for

www.northlandboerboels.com

BONES are not good for dogs. Do not feed your pets bones! Raw meat? Poor dog!

YOU MUST BE KIDDING!
you clearly know very little on this topic that is based on actual research/study.. Bones are EXCELENT for dogs (uncooked bones) and raw meat is one of the best diets possible (even for humans).

The fact that people will make statements with zero research or actual knowledge to back them up is a sad sign for society.. (no offense meant to you alana, it's just the way our society raises us)

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Posted : July 25, 2013 1:12 pm
Jamison
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"sad sign for society" from the breeder from a society that has to put down 3-4 million dogs a year, due to over breeding.

Put a bowl of AntiFreeze out and I bet the dogs go crazy for that. It tastes like candy and better than just about anything else, unfortunately, it's toxic and poisonous and adult humans know better. Just because a dog likes something, doesn't make it healthy.

Wheat and grains are fine for a dog or just about anything, as long as they're still getting fat too. Corn is good for just about nothing.

and anecdotal evidence, really proves nothing except the results from one particular situation.

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Posted : July 25, 2013 2:08 pm
speee1dy
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i have used petco for years and have always been very happy for them. i get the cat food they like and the kitty litter i like and the shipping is fast

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Posted : July 25, 2013 2:18 pm
LiquidFluoride
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"sad sign for society" from the breeder from a society that has to put down 3-4 million dogs a year, due to over breeding.

Please show me ONE stray South African Boerboel, show me one in a pound, or show me one that has ever been put down due to lack of ownership....

If you had bothered to look at my site you'd notice a STRICT spay/neuter contract that is enforced (and since I only have one litter every two years or so (that's every 790 days....) It's easy for me to keep up with every owner and ensure it happens. You can find the Facebook site (search Northland Boerboels) and see that we are in constant contact with every owner to ensure our breeding program goes the best way possible, producing the healthiest, longest living purpose bred dogs we can.

and I challenge your 3-4 million dogs a year number, that is incorrect; in-fact (since I volenteer at a lot of humane societies (aka "pound)) most places in the US never put down adoptable dogs, there are politics involved in what you are talking about and it's all tied to PETA whose stance is that no animal should ever be owned by anyone for any reason (and are willing to go to any length to reach that goal, such as supporting animal "terrorist" groups).

Put a bowl of AntiFreeze out and I bet the dogs go crazy for that. It tastes like candy and better than just about anything else, unfortunately, it's toxic and poisonous and adult humans know better. Just because a dog likes something, doesn't make it healthy.

You are comparing chemicals to food... apples and oranges my friend... I've been around dogs enough to know that their eating habits are a good clue to feeding ( a long with a LOT of other factors, coat health, gums, teeth, weight retained, stool quality & quantity etc etc etc...)

Wheat and grains are fine for a dog or just about anything, as long as they're still getting fat too. Corn is good for just about nothing.

We have only been farming for 10,000 years; in the span of humanity I'd call that an experiment, and one that is FAILING. sure it allows dense population, but that was never how we were meant to live.

Wheat (a grain) and Grains (Corn is a grain) are NOT good for anything (as far as humans and dogs go), you need some serious research that is counterculture (as we are addicted to our grain based carbs in this society) Sugar is the root of all disease, and grain based carbs are just complex sugars; why do you think we need dentists now and never before in history, why do we have massive heart and cardiovascular disease (I could go on and on)

Read about a healthy diet here: www.marksdailyapple.com (Not that I'm very good at following it currently, it's hard, but once I purchase my house and can garden I think I'll do much better)

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Posted : July 25, 2013 2:24 pm
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