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Old 01-10-2014, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,
We are considering a raw diet for our Maggie and are hoping to get some advice from some of you. Maggie is 8 months old and has been on kibble since she was a pup. We want to make an informed decision that's in her best interest, so are starting to do some research on the subject. Can anyone here let us know of the pros and cons of a raw diet and the best way to introduce it?
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Make sure you check out all the stickies here: Raw Diet - Boxer Forum : Boxer Breed Dog Forums. I did a ton of research before deciding on raw and have not regretting the decision at all. There are some very knowledgable and helpful people on these forums who are glad to help with specific questions.

Just google away and you can find a ton of info both pro and con. I also enjoyed watching videos online of dogs just eating raw meat lol everyone at home called me a weirdo because of it lol
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Def check out all the threads on here concerning raw. I switched Wyatt over on his first birthday. Best thing ever!

Small poops, drinks less water(less water puddles on kitchen floor!) I feel Wyatt has better muscle tone. I know exactly what's going into his body and don have to worry about dyes, chemicals, unnecessary fillers and grains! Overall I spend less money on raw. I was spending approx $2.30 for a lb of kibble which lasted 3-4 weeks. I now can feed him for about half that if not more than half that price! Less eye goop, shiny coat....

As far as cons go, the way I bag my food up and separate everything can be time consuming, but a few hours to get a few months worth of food together is nothing!

That's all I have for now, I'm sure others will chime in:-)



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Speaking from a hypocritical point of view since we switched back to kibble, I can tell you that raw is the best diet you can offer your dog.

Due to our lifestyle and time constraints we decided to switch back to kibble. We have a lot going on in our family so it was the best (albeit selfish) decision for us right now. Thankfully Duke will eat just about anything we throw at him so we had no issues transitioning back. We are feeding a very high end grain free kibble that actually works out to be more expensive than feeding him raw. But this is the way it must be for now.

However I do KNOW that raw is ultimately the best thing for him and we do plan on putting him back on a raw diet as soon as things settle down with our family.
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Susy!! You went back!!!

It's about figuring out a routine that works for your life and schedule. Some people with 1-2 dogs will take a couple hours a month and prepare every meal for that month so they just have to pull out a container and thaw it.

I have 6 boxers so I prefer to just take 15 minutes every night preparing their food. That's it.....15 whole minutes and I only feed once a day.

If you look at the top of this forum, read the so you are thinking about raw thread. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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Susy!! You went back!!!
Yup, hubby fought me about switching to raw remember? And since he does most of the feeding it wasn't working out. With kids and their activities and just life in general... I did not need to keep arguing about dog food. He's on Acana Regionals now.
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Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! A few more specific questions:
1. After doing some research on here, It sounds as though veterinarians tend to not approve of a raw diet. Can anyone shed some light on this? We have not spoken to our vet yet, but plan on it.
2. I've heard about vitamin deficiencies being an issue when raw. Has anyone had issues with this? What do you do to combat it?
3. Do those of you who feed a raw diet use the meat counter at your local grocery or do you suggest finding a separate supplier?
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Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! A few more specific questions:
1. After doing some research on here, It sounds as though veterinarians tend to not approve of a raw diet. Can anyone shed some light on this? We have not spoken to our vet yet, but plan on it.
2. I've heard about vitamin deficiencies being an issue when raw. Has anyone had issues with this? What do you do to combat it?
3. Do those of you who feed a raw diet use the meat counter at your local grocery or do you suggest finding a separate supplier?
1. Don't tell your vet if you don't have too. You will get nothing but grief. They tend to like kibble, especially the brands they carry in the office. Their text books on vet school are all written and supplied by these big pet food companies. Studies that they read, are also paid for by hills etc.

2. No vitamin deficiencies should be found in your raw fed dog if you are providing a balanced diet. The only supplement you need is a good fish oil capsule that does not have preservatives or soy etc.

3. Meat counter would be super expensive. I use a raw supplier in my city for most things. Other things I get at a butcher and when on sale I will get whole chickens or turkey from the grocery store. You need to make sure that none of the meat you buy in a grocery store is enhanced (salt added I it tastes better to humans).


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so, for me it is difficult to find kennel/baby sitter that will feed raw.

It sucks when I forget to defrost his food the night before and i am constantly cleaning the floor because Kona makes a mess. However, I mix in with his raw a dehydrated vegetable mix …this is what he was flicked all over the wall and floor …not the raw.

I buy perfectly raw…it comes in frozen bricks so no mess or bagging or cutting ….i like that.
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Our vet is actually pro-raw and was a bit disappointed when we told him we switched back to kibble (hell, I'm disappointed we switched back, but it is what it is right now!). He is also very supportive about limited vaccinations and being heartworm/tick/flea meds free! I think we lucked out!
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