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Old 03-03-2009, 03:30 PM
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On another forum I visit, someone mentioned that their friend was having trouble acquiring their dog food at their local Walmart--this was in Texas. She called around and found the same shortage. Another reported shortages in their locale, particularly Purina.
I checked my Walmart this a.m.--S.Ont/Canada and there was lots of every brand. Prices have rose on some but thats it. We're now starting to think about pressure canning meat to have on hand for my dogs -hubby has just left to go to the local butcher shop for cheaper cuts of meat for them for the future.
Anyone else finding shortages in their area? and if you do, please state your area.
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i think there is...i just paid today at wal-mart $19.00 for 50 lbs of ol roy thats the cheap stuff! My st bernard is 4 months old and he eats around 2 lbs a day..i just weighed him last week he weigh's 71 lbs this is 1 month growth the 1st 2 picture were taken on 1-19-09 the last 2 were taken 2-21-09
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Ditto on the walmart. Our walmart here in North GA. is hit or miss with the Cheap old roy. I grab 2 of the big bags each time. I have 3 large dogs and 2 small. I have always fed dry food, but am considering stocking in some can since it keeps longer than dry.
Price has definitely gone up!
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BTW, Reichgirl, Adorable baby you have there!
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My husband and I buy large bags of Kibbles and Bits and Puppy Chow. This past month, we have had a hard time finding the large bags and had to settle for the more expensive 16 lb bags. He was really pi..ed off.
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you know in the old days there was no such thing as dog food and they were healthy
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We feed raw diet to our dogs.
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you know in the old days there was no such thing as dog food and they were healthy
Amen...gourmets they ain't, they'll eat anything. I got two of 'em asleep at my feet who would rather have what I'm eating anyway.
Old 03-04-2009, 12:28 AM
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I'd first look at what you're feeding your dogs.

The ash and corn content are key factors. Thats why you have more dog poop to clean up. They aren't able to digest it, and therefore pass it as poop. Look at brands like **** Van Pattens Natures Balance and you'll see what I mean. It costs 2x as much as what you're paying, except.... I have less than half the poop to pick up in the yard, the dog and cats are healthier and I have ZERO vet visits in 4 years on the cats, never one hiccup, and dog is new, from the pound, but after acclimating to NB for dogs from the science diet they were feeding her there (not bad either in my opinion) she's fine and bulking out nicely. She's a German Sheppard and was way to thin, she's picked up about 8 or 10 pounds and is now very healthy and primary zombie detection system.

I use airtight food storage cans for both cats and dog, SoCal really is just one giant ant hill, humans are merely borrowing the top of it from them... and after that runs out, the cats will live on keeping vermin down and the dog will live on table scraps and whatever she forages for herself.
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Bought dog food yesterday and the shelves were full at my local Wallyworld.

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Amen...gourmets they ain't, they'll eat anything. I got two of 'em asleep at my feet who would rather have what I'm eating anyway.
yeah my pup gets a mix, if i have left overs i give them to him, i have heard in the last several years that you should not feed your dog table scraps...but since i was a small child we always had walker coon dogs well my dad still does...we always feed them table scraps..most lived to be a ripe old age average 10-14 years old..they lived to be a ripe old age so long as they didnt tree a possum, run a fox all night, or chase a deer
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Same here.. Shelves were bare of all bagged dog food. I ended up going to three separate grocery stores in town, only to find one 20lb bag of old'roy. There's another dot in the "connect the dots" senario. Something is up. So far, what do we have?

Lack of ammo on shelves.
Lack of dog food on shelves.

Anyone seen anything else strangely missing from your local grocery store?
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We feed raw diet to our dogs.
As do we....Our rottweiler is thriving on it.
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As do we....Our rottweiler's is thriving on it.
what is raw diet?
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My dogs love the Purina Exclusive stuff you get at the feed store. The main ingredient is chicken. Ours has a buy six bags, get one free deal that never expires. It's $27.25 per 40lb bag, but if you factor in the free bag that comes out to about $22.75.


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They were out of it this last week, he said they were waiting on a semi to deliver. Just came in yesterday.
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http://www.dogguide.net/raw-diet-basics.php
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thanks for the link..im going to look into buying scrap from local butchers there is many many meat markets in this area of PA guess its a german dutch thing
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Perhaps someone is spreading a rumor to see just how high the price will get and how it will affect availability? LOL

MY GOSH....now instead of ammo, the "i bought all they had" will be in dog food.
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Perhaps someone is spreading a rumor to see just how high the price will get and how it will affect availability? LOL

MY GOSH....now instead of ammo, the "i bought all they had" will be in dog food.
I panicked and ran to the pet food supply! My gosh! The place was a ZOO! <rimshot>

But at the risk of being taken seriously, there's a house brand of dog food at Tractor Supply stores, here in Texas. It's called "Diamond" brand dog food and it's the best we've found for keeping our labs happy and their coats glossy. Cheap too.....$30/44 pounds and no need to feel like an off-brand cheapskate while leaving the boutique brands behind.
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