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Old 11-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I have that problem too. I hardly ever remember to thaw out my own foods. LOL Feeding Logan has helped me in that area though. I've made it a priority to take his food out. Every morning before I feed him breakfast I take his dinner out of the freezer and before I feed him dinner I take his breakfast out of the freezer. So far it seems to be working!
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #22 (permalink)
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This is kind of crazy because I was thinking of posting this the day it was originally posted actually.

Anyway, Duke was raised on Blue Buffalo. He started out on the grain inclusive puppy formula. His weight was fine, muscle good. The bad part were his poops weren't always good and his ears were terrible. He always had an ear infection to some degree. And before switching constant diahreah.

I thought switching to grain free would work. I then switched to Blue Wilderness Salmon. It was slightly forced though as PetSmart also didn't have his normal formula. He looked good for about two weeks, then he got dandruffy. It went away after about a week though. His muscle tone then started to decrease. It did help to clear up his ears although they were still itching him daily. He also started having constant diahreah. Then he got this patch of missing hair on his shoulder. It was about quarter sized. That was the last thing for me. I had been researching raw for about 10 months at that time and decided to finally switch.

We switched July 16, 2012. His ears literally got better overnight. No more bad poops at all since starting raw. His muscle tone is back like never before. I also noticed his energy improved right away. He just seemed like an overall happier dog.

I don't regret going to raw at all. All the dogs either bred here or brought home will be raised and fed raw now for their whole lives.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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And could we possibly sticky this? I think it'd be interesting to see as more switch to raw.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:26 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Brandi started having seizures so I started checking everything food environment etc and switched her to grain free then we Got Buster who loves Grain free but started getting sick as can be pukes diarrhea hives etc he couldn't keep it down so again started searching lots of vet visits etc finally had him allergy tested and he cant eat protein so I decided to switch everyone to a raw diet and see if it helped since it seems to help most all allergies it was great for the girls boo's seizures slowed way down we went from daily ones even on meds to maybe once a month but poor budda just got sicker we tried each protein alone to see if that made a difference and it didn't so now all he eats is a low protein kibble mostly corn that has about as much nutrition as cardboard and give him supplements but I kept the girlys on Raw they are ornery and will go nibble his kibble occasionally but for the most part are healthier and happier on Raw I wish it would have worked for him as he is needing his teeth cleaned, and the girlys dont and his breath is HORRID, but the girls is still sweet ,they dont shed he does, they are softer than he is, he gets dandruf they dont, the diffrence is amazing
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Carol, can you add in coconut oil to Budda's diet? Start with 2 teaspoons a day and see if that helps?
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Carol, can you add in coconut oil to Budda's diet? Start with 2 teaspoons a day and see if that helps?
I haven't tried coconut oil but Ill see if he can handle it fish oil gives him hives but ill pick some up today if not my sil lab will love it and my girlys might too
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My Raw adventure

Like many others here it was a long journey to end up where I am today. I started on a crappy quality kibble because it was pushed as being the best of the best (Royal Canin). Through research I quickly released it was nothing but marketing so I upgraded my dogs to a better quality kibble (Premium Edge). My guys still werent fussy about eating, their coats were dull and they pooped 4-5 times per day.

Dani has always had tummy issues (Colitis), so finding a food that agreed with him was very hard. I then switched to a grain free food (TOTW), they all seemed to love it but their coats were still very dull after 6 mths of feeding it. I started to add in fish oil and vitamin, even coconut oil at one point. Their stools were soft and they had horrible gas, which you read so often about being "just a part of the breed".

For Dani I started doing more research to help his flare ups and that lead me to home cooked meals. I bought about 10 books and filled my brain with to much conflicting knowledge. I will say he was doing way better on home cooked than he was on kibble, so I switched everyone over and immediately saw great improvement in energy and appearance. The problem with home cooking how ever is trying to balance out your meals. You need to purchase a lot of supplements.

From home cooked we went to BARF. I wanted to cut back on the supplements and not destroy the meats through cooking. My lawn was a rainbow and I quickly realized that my dogs do not digest the veggie/fruit matter, even if I puree it. So out with veggies and onto PMR.

I have never looked backed. All of my dogs are doing great! They look great, they dont smell, they rarely have gas, their teeth are white and they never get sick. Plus I love that they only poop once a day! That shows me that everything else I was feeding wasnt been used efficiently. Also, for the first time in 3 yrs, Dani hasnt had a single stomach flare up!!
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I started feeding my girls PMR the day they came home.

I did a lot of research before I even brought my puppy home. Actually, I did a lot of research to find a great breeder that does health testing. I went on a waiting list and waited. During the wait, I did more research on the Boxer breed. I quickly found this site and a couple other dog nutrition sites. After reading and reading I brought the idea of raw feeding to my hubby. I basically had to sell him on this raw feeding thing and he said he'd be willing to give it a go.

We brought Karma home and she was transitioned onto chicken. She's doing well now at almost 7 months old. We brought Destiny home a few months later and transitioned her onto chicken as well. She's doing well at almost 4 months old.

Neither one of the girls had any health problems.

I started feeding PMR as I personally think it is the ultimate diet for dogs. I control everything that they eat (except for the occassional leaf or clump of grass) and ensure they get the nutrients they require and not any added ingredients that aren't very good for dogs.

I was quite worried about it, but still did it and wouldn't feed any dog anything else. I still hand feed both dogs and find mealtimes to be very rewarding.
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My Raw adventure

Like many others here it was a long journey to end up where I am today. I started on a crappy quality kibble because it was pushed as being the best of the best (Royal Canin). Through research I quickly released it was nothing but marketing so I upgraded my dogs to a better quality kibble (Premium Edge). My guys still werent fussy about eating, their coats were dull and they pooped 4-5 times per day.

Dani has always had tummy issues (Colitis), so finding a food that agreed with him was very hard. I then switched to a grain free food (TOTW), they all seemed to love it but their coats were still very dull after 6 mths of feeding it. I started to add in fish oil and vitamin, even coconut oil at one point. Their stools were soft and they had horrible gas, which you read so often about being "just a part of the breed".

For Dani I started doing more research to help his flare ups and that lead me to home cooked meals. I bought about 10 books and filled my brain with to much conflicting knowledge. I will say he was doing way better on home cooked than he was on kibble, so I switched everyone over and immediately saw great improvement in energy and appearance. The problem with home cooking how ever is trying to balance out your meals. You need to purchase a lot of supplements.

From home cooked we went to BARF. I wanted to cut back on the supplements and not destroy the meats through cooking. My lawn was a rainbow and I quickly realized that my dogs do not digest the veggie/fruit matter, even if I puree it. So out with veggies and onto PMR.

I have never looked backed. All of my dogs are doing great! They look great, they dont smell, they rarely have gas, their teeth are white and they never get sick. Plus I love that they only poop once a day! That shows me that everything else I was feeding wasnt been used efficiently. Also, for the first time in 3 yrs, Dani hasnt had a single stomach flare up!!
This is my exact 'Switch to Raw' story, same foods and all(minus BARF, we went straight to PMR).
When I brought Harley home I too was told Royal Canin would be the best for him. After countless hours of dog nutrition research this proved to be false. I spoke with a Bouvier breeder who owns a little food shop near me and he recommended Premium Edge. Harley did really well but when I brought home Zeus, my Dane pup he ended up having tummy issues and this food didn't agree with him. So, we made the switch to Taste Of The Wild Pacific Stream. Zeus seemed to do a bit better but still had major pudding poops. I had done a ton of research regarding a raw diet but I was so nervous about making the switch so I decided to home cook all their meals. This was great but quite time consuming. When Figgy came home she had severe allergies. Her entire face would swell up out of no where, we were making many trips to the emergency clinic, and it was my husband who finally decided enough was enough. He located a farmer near us who feeds his dogs a raw diet and sells his meat/bones for that purpose. The change in them was instant! Beautiful coats, no more smell, solid poops, and no more emergency trips! When I rescued Lolly earlier this year we switched her right away as well and she looks amazing. I only wish I had started from day one. It really was not as scary as I had thought! :p
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