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Old 01-14-2012, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been getting quite a bit of interest in raw feeding from several members so I thought instead of repeating myself I will just start a thread with information here

I personally got into raw feeding because my dogs didnt do great on kibble based diets. I mean they did ok, but there was always one in the group that seemed to lack in one way or another. My dogs werent excited about food, they ate just to eat.

I bumped around several different kibble companies. Feeding mid quality (3 star foods) to high quality ( 6 star foods) and the result was always the same. Thats when I started to look into home cooked meals which very quickly led me to a Raw diet.

Here are some links regarding raw feeding, if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask

http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/

Practical Answers to Practical Questions About Raw

Frankenprey Rawfeeding

Another great website is: Dog Food Forum

This website has excellent information for not only raw feeders but BARF feeders and kibble feeders.

Since switching to a raw diet, my dogs no longer have skin issues or digestive upset. Their coats are super soft and glossy, their teeth are so white my vet thought I brushed them, lol (YA RIGHT). They have very little gas if any, their poops are nice and small and firm, my yard doesnt smell of feces ( I have 4 adult Boxers!), 1 in our crew is no longer anxious ( I believe this is a side effect of the preservatives in kibble), they LOVE their food to the point of being inpatient around feeding times demanding breakfast and dinner. They are all thriving!!!!

I feel happy about all the above plus I know that by removing the preservatives and chemicals, I am helping to decrease the chances of cancers and improve the overall health of my pets

Oh and just a side note ** I feed raw for cheaper than I fed 6 star kibble!!!
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Thank you, very much. Not only from me, but Lexi too.

Much appreciated.
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I feed Leila raw, too. She gets raw ground turkey and ground beef for breakfast and dinner. And she gets an occasional raw chicken liver and gizzard. A lot of people have commented on how shiny and glossy her coat is.
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I feed Leila raw, too. She gets raw ground turkey and ground beef for breakfast and dinner. And she gets an occasional raw chicken liver and gizzard. A lot of people have commented on how shiny and glossy her coat is.
So you just throw some raw ground turkey in a bowl and thats all she gets or do you mix anything with it?
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So you just throw some raw ground turkey in a bowl and thats all she gets or do you mix anything with it?
I just mix ground turkey and ground beef together in a bowl - that's it! Some add raw egg or yogurt. Leila also is fed a couple of spoonful of yogurt (when I remember). Some feed their boxers a whole chicken quarter leg - bones and all.
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I just mix ground turkey and ground beef together in a bowl - that's it! Some add raw egg or yogurt. Leila also is fed a couple of spoonful of yogurt (when I remember). Some feed their boxers a whole chicken quarter leg - bones and all.

That does not sound like a balanced diet. What about the bone and organ meat requirements?
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That does not sound like a balanced diet. What about the bone and organ meat requirements?
I tried more than several times to get her to eat the chicken with bones. She really doesn't care for it. She gets organ meat at least once a week, usually chicken or beef liver and chicken gizzard and heart. She gets the runs with beef heart and kidneys.
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When feeding a raw diet, the most important thing to remember is variety. The more meats you can feed the more your dog gets from those meats.

I currently rotate between:

Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Pork
Rabbit
Duck
Goat
Moose

and of course feed organs on a weekly basis. Your dogs diet should be 10-15% organs.

I prefer to feed whole meats instead of ground meats as the grinding can destroy/break down some of the nutrients. Plus dogs enjoy the chewing and crunching action, it also cleaning their teeth
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I wouldn't mind trying a raw diet (except hubby probably wouldn't agree as he thinks they already eat healthier than we do ), but it seems so complicated and messy and expensive.
I wouldn't even know what meats to ask the butcher about

And then you have to figure out percentages and weigh stuff??
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I wouldn't mind trying a raw diet (except hubby probably wouldn't agree as he thinks they already eat healthier than we do ), but it seems so complicated and messy and expensive.
I wouldn't even know what meats to ask the butcher about

And then you have to figure out percentages and weigh stuff??
This.

Anyone have a shopping list for say a week or whatever amount of days you buy for and have the daily menu?
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