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Old 11-08-2012, 09:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Of course you can feed those. If its meat, its good to eat!

**Unless we are talking about Bear or wild Boar **
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Valant was on science diet when I got him from the SPCA;

His poop was hard to pick up and he would poop often,he was in bad shape,scared on all paws,legs and thin on a big frame (wont mention his inability to turn while running,that was disturbing) major lack of energy,skin irritations,redness,dirty waxy ears,etc etc

Switch to TOTW which did good for a lil while but then he would justs top eating for days,tried other types of TOTW,same thing...like at 1st,wont eat a while after...and absolutely no happy time at meal time....just kind of ''oh,he refills my bowl..''

He is a big dog,the cost of kibble was almost on par with what I feed him now,so switched without further thinking.

Took a few months but eventually all skin problems went away,his ears are always clean,its almost a pleasure to pick up lil golf balls (now if he could stop pooping and slowly walking at the same time,I would have to follow a trail of poop) and the fur went from dull to shiney (I add salmon oil to his meals).

My kind of raw has nothing to do with what most here feed,its prepared horse meat with veggies,fruits and a few other natural ingredients).

Since I only rescue and rescue seniors,its what they deserve for the time they have left,lots of love,tons of human contact and the best food I can give them no matter the cost

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Looking at those 2 pictures...he had no jaw muscles,you could feel bones everywhere,his back legs were tiny and devoid of muscles (and we all know our boxers have nice muscular butts)

And damn those paws must have hurt...
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Martin - what a difference in Valant! He looks so much more alert, happy and full of life!

So reading all these stories really have me thinking I have to convince my hubby to let me switch Duke to raw fed! But first I have to read everything, do my research and feel comfortable enough to present this to him and convince him that I know what I'm doing! lol
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When I got Aspen she was eating Orijen, which is what I was already feeding my other dog so I just kept her on it. Her coat was really coarse, almost sharp, and she shed like a mad fool. Her poops were usually normal in the morning, but were really soft pudding poops by the evening. Some days she would just have bad watery diarrhea even though nothing in her diet changed. She was also super skinny (she was nicknamed Skeletor), about 35 lbs but she was only 8 months (and is small for a boxer anyway) so I just attributed her bonyness to being an adolescent. I would add raw eggs and olive oil to her kibble to try to put on weight but it didn't work. Then one day she just decided she wasn't going to eat anymore, no matter what I put in front of her she was dead set on a hunger strike. She got so freaking skinny it was gross, so I went to the dog food store and told them I just needed to get something into her because she desperately needed calories. They gave me some raw food samples which I took home and prepared for both dogs. Aspen sat outside the kitchen with her eyes closed sniffing the air and drooling. Needless to say she gobbled it down and we haven't fed kibble since! She's now at a healthy 50 lbs, she didn't grow any taller since she was 8 months old but she's beefed up and filled out nicely since on raw (my friends now call her The Hulk instead of Skeletor). Her coat is unbelievably soft and shiny, people are always commenting on how soft she is and tell me she feels like butter. I also get a lot of strangers on the street who make comments about how she's such a "healthy looking boxer". She no longer gets yucky eye goobers and her teeth look like puppy teeth they're so clean and white. Even my vets tell me that she's the healthiest looking boxer they have at their clinic.

My golden retriever was also switched onto raw (it's just not nice to feed one dog raw and make the other one eat kibble!). The health benefits were much more noticable with him. He had giant dandruff flakes all the time ever since he was a puppy. None of the vets could figure out what was up with his skin so we were basically just forced to live with it. My poor black cat was always covered in white dog skin flakes. Gross! He also had chronic ear infections and his coat was pretty nice but not noticably great. It would get really dry in the winter time. After feeding him raw for 2 weeks no more dandruff at all! The vets couldn't believe it because we had tried almost every product on the market for his skin. He was on raw for the last year of his life and didn't have a single ear infection during that time and his coat was unbelievably beautiful and shiny. He looked like a totally different dog!
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Martin - what a difference in Valant! He looks so much more alert, happy and full of life!

So reading all these stories really have me thinking I have to convince my hubby to let me switch Duke to raw fed! But first I have to read everything, do my research and feel comfortable enough to present this to him and convince him that I know what I'm doing! lol
You definitely won't regret it and Duke will love you for it!
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Of course you can feed those. If its meat, its good to eat!

**Unless we are talking about Bear or wild Boar **
Why no bear or boar?
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Jess - I'm glad to hear Aspen is doing so well! She is beautiful!

Duke is a healthy weight - 37 lbs last Friday at the vet. We have no issues there although he was a bag of bones when we got him (there's a photo in my album). His coat is soft and shiny, no flakes. Everyone comments how soft he is! He doesn't have ear infections but he scratches at his ears sometimes and they are dirty and a bit stinky. He also has eye boogers (as we call them) because they're so big sometimes - mostly from sleeping overnight. He does also smell a bit like "dog" and has "dog breath". His adult teeth are perfect but he just got them. lol My main concern with him is the horrible smelling gas and his lack of excitement at meal time. The scratchy ears aren't bad enough to be of concern yet... but I don't want it to get any worse!

I was just talking to hubby on the phone and mentioned switching him to raw and his response was, "We're so busy as it is, you want to give us more work?". I guess that feeding raw does take a lot more preparation and forethought than just scooping up some kibble and throwing it in a bowl. I know there are already prepared raw feedings on the market. How expensive are those? Does anybody use them?
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I haven't tried the prepared raw diet for three reasons. One being that it's still not as healthy as "real" raw or so I've read on various websites. The second being because you're technically still not controlling what's going into your dog's diet. You can look at the ingredient label to see if you still want to go that route. The last being the price. It's WAY more expensive going that route than just preparing your own raw diet.

As for the extra work, it's not so bad really. I spend maybe an hour or two once every other week or so just dividing things up and putting them in ziploc bags or plastic bowls. By dividing things up I mean that I buy 2-4 packages of whole chicken legs that need to be broken down into 2 per ziploc. When I buy beef, turkey, and pork I just divide it up into appropriately sized meal portions and put them in bowls and then into the freezer. Aside from that all the work involved in actually feeding the raw diet day to day is taking the food out of the freezer to thaw and then washing the bowls afterwards. What's an extra bowl or two to wash when doing dishes right?

Once you get a system down things flow much easier I'm finding.
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My issue is that I have a hard time remembering to thaw meat for OUR dinners! lol

And I find thawing in the microwave is just gross. lol

Maybe I'll remember to thaw meat for everyone if I have to feed Duke!
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