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Im going to sound very confusing here Im sure, but your help is greatly appreciated:

I want to switch Rocky over to the RAW meat diet. I have done the Natures Variety style raw meat, but that gets a little expensive and becomes a pain.

My question here is, When I go to a butcher, what should I ask for? What Do I get? What to look for and what not to get? Also, bones, any specific bones or treats that I can get from the butcher?

I was at a local butcher store in the town where I work, and he gave me 4 very large ham bones for $2.00

Any help is great!
 

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I wish I could help, but I feed my dog kibble.  Luther started his first three months on raw and I moved him to kibble.

What is your reason to go raw... nothing wrong with that at all, I am just curious....

Good luck....
 

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There are a number of resources - websites and books - on raw diets here:
http://www.newcastleboxers.com/links.shtml#nutrition

If you only get one book, I recommend Carina Beth MacDonald's "Raw Dog Food".  (I recommend more than one book, but I'm a biblioholic. ;) )  The link above also lists other prepared raw diet suppliers - many are less expensive than Nature's Variety, although the NV chubs are more economical than the patties or nuggets - I would suggest sticking with prepared raw until you've done some research.  An improperly fed raw diet can be quite problematic.  (A quick note, it's really not a "raw meat" diet; it's raw meat and bones, organs, and some vegetable/fruit matter.  I only specify because a lot of the 'anti-raw' contingent base their claims on an actual raw meat diet - no bones, organs, etc. - and that is not a proper raw diet.)
 
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