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Old 08-23-2012, 12:10 PM   #31 (permalink)
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She ate it just fine as soon as she figured it out. I held it for her and as soon as she made the first crunch, she took over from there. She took her time chewing, crunching, licking...carrying around the house. Then minutes later, she puked out what looked like bonemeal with some kibble from her breakfast.

Thanks again, Kari. That's helpful and encouraging. will try again tonight.

wait till tonight... then all kibble should mostly be gone!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:31 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Has anyone seen results from switching back to a pre packaged raw or even TOTW from being on a prey model? Pros, Cons, any supporting documentation with this would be great!
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:10 PM   #33 (permalink)
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This is awesome - thanks so much. Actually considering converting to raw.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:16 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Has anyone seen results from switching back to a pre packaged raw or even TOTW from being on a prey model? Pros, Cons, any supporting documentation with this would be great!
Why would you want to switch back?
Unless it is for financial reasons.

I don't feed raw, but hope to someday.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:47 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Do raw feeders feed outside? How do you keep from raw meat getting all over the house?


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Old 11-15-2012, 11:21 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I feed inside. I feed Logan on a towel on the tile part of the floor. He's been trained to stay on his towel, but sometimes he'll get off or a piece of the food will hit the floor. Easy clean up on tile! Abby eats in her crate. Again, easy clean up!
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Has anyone seen results from switching back to a pre packaged raw or even TOTW from being on a prey model? Pros, Cons, any supporting documentation with this would be great!
I dont understand why you would want to go back. I cant see it being for financial reasons because premades are so much more expensive. SO I am going to assume its for convenience/time issues.

I spend maybe an hour a month after I get a meat order, organizing and packaging it for 5 dogs. Then dinner takes me 10-15 minutes every night. Thats it. I only feed my guys once a day.

Maybe if you tell us why you wish to change we can better help you or offer other suggestions but to answer your original question, I would slowly transition back to kibble. I would start with Raw for breakfast and kibble for dinner, then slowly increase kibble.
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You dont really, lol. Some people teach their dogs to eat on towels or mats, some use a crate to keep it contained. I am not worried. I might put towels on their dog beds and feed them there or 8/10 I just feed them outside.
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Aloha! I am new to the group, new to boxers and new to the raw diet. I am a vegetarian and haven't even bought meat for over 5 years! Ha! But I've read a lil on the subject and believe strongly that it is the best thing we can do for our animals.

I am more than overwhelmed with the thought of preparing raw meals for several reasons- one being that I'm just so hard wired to stay away fe meat- my knives have never even touched the stuff!

Do u feed the raw meat in a separate area away from kids and then bleach it after?

What grade meats to you buy your animals?

Is there a book or website you can recommend to help me get started? I'm just so overwhelmed by the whole thing.



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I feed my dogs right in my bedroom. LOL I live with my parents (I rent the lower section of the house - works well for all of us), but they don't want to "hear" it (bone crunching). I've had no problems at all. I feed Logan his bone meals on a towel on the tile portion of my floor. He's very good at staying on his towel, but I still wipe it up with some antibacteria spray or wipes. When it's just meat he eats out of a bowl just like he did on kibble. I just wash the bowls when he's done. Abby is fed right in her crate. Again, I wipe it down when she's done. She's not at the bone free part of the transition yet, but I'll be using the same routine with her.

I buy all of my meats from my grocery store right now, but I'm shopping around to find better prices now. You don't really have to worry to much about bacteria so you don't have to be super picky about what you're feeding. It can even be slightly expired and still dog safe. Believe it or not, some people will actually scoop roadkill up off the road and feed that. I'm NEVER going to that extreme, but some people do it. Bleh!!
I really didn't read any books. I just did a lot of research (and I'm continuing) online. Kari was a HUGE help to me as well. Just be warned that the more people you talk to the more conflicting opinions you're most likely going to run into. I know I had that problem. I've basically just gone with my gut instinct on a lot of it and so far have not had a single problem.

I'm sure it'll be weird for you to deal with meat, but after a while it'll be nothing! Especially once you see how well your dog does with it!
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