Originally Posted by Poodle_Lvr
I know it won't be getting a puppy for a couple of months but I want to have all the info I need prior to getting him. I've been doing a lot of reading about raw food diets. I would love some feed back about the good and bad from those of you that have your dogs on a raw food diet.
Is it wise to feed a mix of raw and kibble? Price wise how does it compare to a bag of kibble. I do not feed my cats "Grocery Store" brands. I have them on Go Natural. It's a grain free diet with real meat, fruit and veg. If I do feed kibble I will go with the same brand. I have hear animals on a raw food diet do not deficate as much as their bodies use most of what they eat so there is les waste. Is that true?
I look forward to reading your replies as I want to make an educated decision!
I feed a combination diet of kibble and raw. I give kibble in the morning and raw in the evening, and my dogs handle this well.
I have been feeding raw for seven years. It takes more thought and planning than kibble but the benefits are worth it. My dogs all have beautiful teeth and iron stomachs, and I believe that if it is done properly they are ahead of the game nutritionally. But you must research raw diets carefully, as they need a certain balance of bone, meat and organ meats. "Raw feeding" is an excellent forum to check out.
If you get raw food on sale at the grocery store, I would say it is no more expensive than kibble. I am constantly looking for meat which has been marked down...chicken, lamb, pork, goat..you name it. I also have a source of green tripe..stinky, but the dogs love it!
As far as what comes out the other end...I find it depends on what they've had the day before. A meaty meal equals a softer stool, a boney meal means a firmer stool. I think there is less odour and volume if they have their raw meal....the times I've had to feed kibble only (like when we're traveling) I've noticed bigger, smellier poops.
The only problem I've had with raw is broken teeth. I've learnt the hard way to stick to soft bones...not the big, weight bearing bones that are so hard that the dog can't actually chew it up and swallow it.
Good luck with your new puppy. If you feed raw, you'll be doing a wonderful thing for him!!