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Old 01-30-2013, 12:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There is a group on facebook called "raw feeding". The people who run it promote large, prey drive style meals. Like, here's a whole rabbit, have at it, here's half a deer, have at it, very natural (and unusual) If you join the group don't be discouraged- a lot of people in there can be real jerks and are extremely opinionated, but, knowledgeable. Read through the files they have saved, they have tons of information. Here's a note from the FB page: The general rule of thumb for feeding raw is: 80% meat (muscle, fat,
skin, connective tissue and such muscular organs as heart, tongue and
gizzard) 10% EDIBLE bone (not all bone that is served must be consumed) and 10% organs (3-5% of this is liver, the rest is as much variety as you
can find and afford) This is not an immutable 'daily requirement'.
One of the things I like about feeding like this, is that there isn't nearly as much involved with it as you'd think, this is a different style of feeding then traditional B.A.R.F. since the belief is that you only feed various types of meat, and meaty bones, not messing with preparing fruits and veggies, portioning everything out in advance.
I did buy a chest freezer for all the meat, but even as a vegetarian myself, it is satisfying to look inside and see all the REAL food for my dogs.
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There is a group on facebook called "raw feeding". The people who run it promote large, prey drive style meals. Like, here's a whole rabbit, have at it, here's half a deer, have at it, very natural (and unusual) If you join the group don't be discouraged- a lot of people in there can be real jerks and are extremely opinionated, but, knowledgeable. Read through the files they have saved, they have tons of information. Here's a note from the FB page: The general rule of thumb for feeding raw is: 80% meat (muscle, fat,
skin, connective tissue and such muscular organs as heart, tongue and
gizzard) 10% EDIBLE bone (not all bone that is served must be consumed) and 10% organs (3-5% of this is liver, the rest is as much variety as you
can find and afford) This is not an immutable 'daily requirement'.
One of the things I like about feeding like this, is that there isn't nearly as much involved with it as you'd think, this is a different style of feeding then traditional B.A.R.F. since the belief is that you only feed various types of meat, and meaty bones, not messing with preparing fruits and veggies, portioning everything out in advance.
I did buy a chest freezer for all the meat, but even as a vegetarian myself, it is satisfying to look inside and see all the REAL food for my dogs.
Thanks!
I will look into the thread and keep in mind what you mentioned.
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The prepared raw sounds like it could be K9 Kravings, which comes in patties. Sunny has been on them. I use premade raw, and have for years. I try to mix it up, though, and use some premade raw, some dehydrated (Honest Kitchen) that I add water to and is a complete meal, and a high quality grain free kibble like Acana.

The dehydrated foods are great for traveling. Stella and Chewys make dehydrated patties.....just put in a zip lock for travel. Add water and voila! Same with Honest Kitchen.
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Thanks I will try the raw. Its a little scary to switch from kibble to raw, but if its better for him then its worth a try.
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I travel a lot with Swizzle. He has just turned two and he has been on a plane 16 times so I understand your concern about traveling. If I am going to have access to a freezer later I will carry his food in a chill bag. If not I use Honest Kitchen which is dehydrated raw. Swizzle does not mind the change at all. I supplement the commercial raw with raw chicken necks which are great for their teeth. The first few times you give them a raw bone it is a little nerve wracking. It just seems odd that they eat the whole bone to me. Swizzle took to it right away. I trained him to eat on a towel so my floor stays clean.
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I travel a lot with Swizzle. He has just turned two and he has been on a plane 16 times so I understand your concern about traveling. If I am going to have access to a freezer later I will carry his food in a chill bag. If not I use Honest Kitchen which is dehydrated raw. Swizzle does not mind the change at all. I supplement the commercial raw with raw chicken necks which are great for their teeth. The first few times you give them a raw bone it is a little nerve wracking. It just seems odd that they eat the whole bone to me. Swizzle took to it right away. I trained him to eat on a towel so my floor stays clean.
Thanks. I will look into those brand.

The guy at the store told me to first get Teddy at his ideal weight before changing to raw; is that correct?

Teddy is a little on the skinny/boney side so I'm giving him a mix of kibble(which is Pure Veta mixed with oat flour and baby rice) and wet food. He seems to be gaining weight and is not to thin know.

I can feel his ribs covered with a very thin layer of fat. I feel his spine isn't cover with fat yet, which by the way I don't know that it should.
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My kids eat blue buffalo wilderness small breed and love it.


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When I switched to it after a couple weeks I noticed breath was better. A definite bonus. They eat it like they are starving and it is treats.


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Seems like there a lot of benefits. Definitely will give it a try and see how it goes.
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Don't agree with the guy at the store saying to get Teddy to his perfect weight before switching to raw. Makes no sense. Raw / dehydrated / kibble / etc. are just different ways of providing nutrition. If you want to switch him do so, do it gradually tho, over a week or so, and it will be fine. Don't agree with that at all.

And, your dog can be raw fed and still like kibble. At least Sunny is fine with food in any form!!!
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