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Old 01-31-2013, 07:59 PM   #21 (permalink)
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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!!!
That makes sense. Thanks!

On Saturday I will go and get some Raw.

How do I gradually switch?

I had called during the week for something and asked if I could feed kibble and raw. The guy (which was a different one) told me that it wasn't recommend to be feed at the same time since raw and kibble digest differently.
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I don't agree that you need to have him achieve his desired weight before you switch him either, that simply does not make sense. I started giving Swizzle a raw chicken bone every couple of days prior to switching totally to raw. He had no issues except he got fossil poop because i was feeding too much bone. It was not really an issue I just found out on this forum if that happens give. Him a little muscle meat to loosen things up. Now I keep some chicken hearts and gizzards in the freezer. If Swizzle's poop gets too firm I give him a gizzard or heart. If you see his stool is a little loose give him a chicken neck. Another great thing with raw is you will notice smaller poops.
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I don't agree that you need to have him achieve his desired weight before you switch him either, that simply does not make sense. I started giving Swizzle a raw chicken bone every couple of days prior to switching totally to raw. He had no issues except he got fossil poop because i was feeding too much bone. It was not really an issue I just found out on this forum if that happens give. Him a little muscle meat to loosen things up. Now I keep some chicken hearts and gizzards in the freezer. If Swizzle's poop gets too firm I give him a gizzard or heart. If you see his stool is a little loose give him a chicken neck. Another great thing with raw is you will notice smaller poops.
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I transitioned Angel to raw over time and when she first started I had to hand feed it for a couple of days. But now she EATS! and Loves it! For her a good thing as she was and is very picky! I love the difference that it has made in her teeth, coat and energy levels, she is a much younger acting dog than the one I brought home in October. Her coat alone is at Least twice as thick if not three times as thick! I love that she is excited to eat and will tell me her preference. Some days she has chicken, other days Satin balls and other days deer. Which she loves btw. I love the deer because it is something I got for just the time and energy to process. I friend went hunting and was willing for me to have the deer for my baby. Very sweet. It is so funny because I was vegetarian for years but do eat meat now for health reasons, but my dog eats more than I ever have! lol

As far as meat in Mexico, I asked my mom because she has been there many times and she said it should be easy to feed raw there. Meat is readily available, but just make sure that you do like we do with the deer meat and freeze it for one month first. That is supposed to get rid of parasites. If you don't have time to do the freezing yourself, then see if you can buy already frozen while you are there and then thaw it at need. Of course if you have someone that you trust down in Mexico, they can guide you to the best supplier of meats and what have you. Ones that can be trusted to be safe. That was how my mom stayed healthy while down there, they had a friend that showed them the ropes and where and what to buy.

Good Luck, I love the raw diet and would never feed kibble to Angel as she is a different dog on the raw! And she was great to start with, so now she is tops! If I had a dog that would not do raw, I would use dog food recipes to make my own dog food. I know that I love fresh food and so does my baby.
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I transitioned Angel to raw over time and when she first started I had to hand feed it for a couple of days. But now she EATS! and Loves it! For her a good thing as she was and is very picky! I love the difference that it has made in her teeth, coat and energy levels, she is a much younger acting dog than the one I brought home in October. Her coat alone is at Least twice as thick if not three times as thick! I love that she is excited to eat and will tell me her preference. Some days she has chicken, other days Satin balls and other days deer. Which she loves btw. I love the deer because it is something I got for just the time and energy to process. I friend went hunting and was willing for me to have the deer for my baby. Very sweet. It is so funny because I was vegetarian for years but do eat meat now for health reasons, but my dog eats more than I ever have! lol

As far as meat in Mexico, I asked my mom because she has been there many times and she said it should be easy to feed raw there. Meat is readily available, but just make sure that you do like we do with the deer meat and freeze it for one month first. That is supposed to get rid of parasites. If you don't have time to do the freezing yourself, then see if you can buy already frozen while you are there and then thaw it at need. Of course if you have someone that you trust down in Mexico, they can guide you to the best supplier of meats and what have you. Ones that can be trusted to be safe. That was how my mom stayed healthy while down there, they had a friend that showed them the ropes and where and what to buy.

Good Luck, I love the raw diet and would never feed kibble to Angel as she is a different dog on the raw! And she was great to start with, so now she is tops! If I had a dog that would not do raw, I would use dog food recipes to make my own dog food. I know that I love fresh food and so does my baby.
First of all, your poodle is adorable

I tried raw once and he started pooping red blood took him to the vet and he got medicine and now he's all better.

I don't think I did anything wrong. I unfroze it for 24 in the fridge and gave him only a little bit, which by the way he didn't even like. So maybe i'm scared to try it again.
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Thanks.

I know that raw isn't for everyone and that is all good. I don't eat the way my friends eat either. We have to find what works for each of us. I know that some small dogs do well on raw and others not so good. My thing is try something that you are comfortable with and see how it works. I just maintain that raw or homemade is better than almost any store bought providing the raw or homemade has all the nutrition that the dog needs. I say that just because of the time that it sits on the shelves or is in transit etc.
And I don't even go to the things that are allowed to be put in dogs food because not all dog foods are equal.

Good luck with what you decide.
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I totally agree with you. I've been learning so much on this forum and outside as to what things are best for my baby. I was told the same thing about kibble so that's why it made sense to switch to raw. I was kinda disappointed it didn't work out for us. I over research the kibble I feed Teddy so I know that he's getting the best.

Maybe in a few months I will give it another try. For some reason my vet isn't really pro-raw food.
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The problem is that Vets and Doctors alike are not trained in Nutrition. They are modeling an illness rather than a wellness model when it comes to care. There are great Vets and Doctors that do know and understand nutrition and it's vital impact on health, but they have made it their focus of study. If you do find a vet that is knowledgeable in nutrition then they can be worth their weight in gold as far as information and support. I have a country vet that knows that food is what makes the difference in livestock and so is willing to see the benefits of thinking outside the box.

When I first hear of raw, I was like EWWW!!! as a former vegetarian it was something I had to get my head around. I would still be one other than I went down hill health wise without meat in my diet. But that is another issue. But when thinking about what my dog needed and what was best for them, I started coming around. Once I researched, I thought that I would give it a try and see. Once I saw the difference it made in my baby, there was no going back.
I know that for her it is that it is so much better nutritional value than anything she had been given before.

I know that if someone is feeding high nutritional kibble, and no that is not an oxymoron, they do exist. Then their dog may do every bit as well as mine does on raw. However, for me with all of the ways that I get the raw and what she eats, the raw is better financially as well.

Of course I do still have the Eww factor, but Angel is more than worth it. And gloves are Wonderful! lol
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