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Old 11-16-2012, 12:53 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Thanks Ril-Mas! Will implement the towel/crate ideas! Beautiful dogs! Wow! They look healthy and well loved <3
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #42 (permalink)
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To answer both in a nutshell, financial reasons. There is a co-op here that I tried to sign up for, but my application got denied So I am basically feeding him like the same 3-4 proteins from HEB (our local grocery store).

It's not cheap.

I was trying to see also what sort of health benefits people have encountered with going back to a dry style, or mixing both kibble and raw (chicken 1/4 for example)

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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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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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Old 11-16-2012, 03:28 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Where are you from and are you only feeding one dog? Do you have a chest freezer so you can store bulk orders?
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Where are you from and are you only feeding one dog? Do you have a chest freezer so you can store bulk orders?
I live in the Austin area. I have found a handful of other co-op related feeders, but they just don't have the prices I am looking for. Yeah I can buy in bulk, but I am still looking at spending ~$100/month on one dog. I can easily walk down the street to HEB to get those. I would rather not have to drive to a butcher shop out here in the hill country to get food.

My old roommate used to have a ranch and would bring me free beef and so forth which was great. I have thought about asking ranchers about maybe buying half a calf and storing that. But yeah I would need to get a freezer.
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There is no way food should cost $100 a month for one dog. Did you try this co-op?

Austin (TX) Raw Feeders' Coop - Welcome!

On average an adult dog eats about 1.5lbs daily. Thats 45lbs a month. Chicken frames and necks are usually less than 50 cents a pound. So if 1/2 your diet was chicken based and the other 1/2 muscle meats, the most you should be paying is $60 and I bet you can even get it less than that.
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Hmmm...I live north of Austin & that looks pretty good. I would love to switch our girls over to raw but hubby is set against it. I know he's talked price before. I do most of the feedings with them so it's not something he would really have to deal with.
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Hmmm...I live north of Austin & that looks pretty good. I would love to switch our girls over to raw but hubby is set against it. I know he's talked price before. I do most of the feedings with them so it's not something he would really have to deal with.
What makes him so dead set against it? Would you be able to get him to compromise and give it a try for a couple of months or so just to see if it'll work? One thing that REALLY helped me a lot was watching raw videos on Youtube. Maybe you could get him to sit down and watch a few?
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There is no way food should cost $100 a month for one dog. Did you try this co-op?

Austin (TX) Raw Feeders' Coop - Welcome!

On average an adult dog eats about 1.5lbs daily. Thats 45lbs a month. Chicken frames and necks are usually less than 50 cents a pound. So if 1/2 your diet was chicken based and the other 1/2 muscle meats, the most you should be paying is $60 and I bet you can even get it less than that.
Yeah that's the co-op I registered for, signed up for, and waited on, but I got a random response back saying my application was denied? Not really sure it was that painful of a process to get in. Anyway the grocery store is pricey, wish I could find something to get the same prices the co-op offer.
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Took the jump to raw last night with Prentice, our almost-6-yr-old brindle, using the starters guide as reference. It was amusing, really I gave him a chicken leg without the skin and he sat there, looked at it, started licking on it, gave it a gentle bite, walked away, came back, same process, each time giving it a little harder bite. He picked it up, put it back down, played with it for about 5 minutes or so. He seemed somewhat confused. I then took the piece of chicken, pulled off the meat and cut it up, then placed it all in a bowl. Then he just simply went to town on it - loved the bones.

So, question, is this what I should do? I'm sure it doesn't matter but just wondering if other folks had to initially cut up the meat as well?
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Welcome to raw!
When you say that you cut the meat off and put it in the bowl, do you mean you had the bone completely seperate from the meat? If that's what you meant, I personally wouldn't do that. Feeding the bone "naked" is a potential choking hazard. Just give him the full leg and let him figure it out. He'll figure it out eventually, especially after he ate the one yesterday.

Both of mine were young when I switched them over (Logan was 10 months and Abby was almost 5 months) so they went to town straight away. The older dogs sometimes just need extra time to figure it out. He'll get there.

I do still chunk the regular boneless meats when feeding them. Sometimes they also get ground and do just fine.
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