(Closed) Anyone feed their dogs RAW?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We used to feed our “kid” raw until it became too expensive for us. It has been a few years so I can’t remember the exacts but I think with his weight (he’s a German Shepherd) we were having to feed him over 1 lb of meat a day and it just wasn’t feasible. I wish we could have stuck with it because he really loved it.

 

Honestly, we fed A LOT of chicken and supplemented with livers, tripe, or sometimes pig ears (if we were able to find them). We were able to find the strangest animal parts at Walmart strangely enough LOL As for beef, I know we did beef ribs a couple times but the bones were really hard for him to get through surprisingly. Mostly we did ground beef if we did beef at all. I know there’s no bone but we fed it just to switch things up (ie: so he wouldn’t get bored with chicken). I want to say we also fed him some fish but can’t totally recall? We did do whole eggs (shell and all) from time to time as well.

 

Are you giving any yogurt or veggies? Our boy always loved the yogurt!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My girl eats a mixture of ground and whole raw. She gets ground in the morning, which is primarily turkey, some beef, veggies, organs, eggs etc. Then she gets whole for dinner, usually turkey necks or chicken legs/quarters. She also loves lamb knuckles, bison, cornish game hen, rabbit, beef marrow bones, beef ribs for a goodie etc. We buy most of her turkey necks and chicken legs/quarters in bulk from a raw food co-op and we get her ground from a breeder who ships it to us. We get the more exotic goodies at the farmers market 🙂

 

Raw was the best thing we ever did for our pets, they’re so much healthier!

 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you scroll down on this page she has some pretty useful information. However I would highly suggest speaking to canine nutritionist once you’ve decided on a menu, to make sure it is fulfilling all of their nutritional requirements. 

 

http://rufflyspeaking.net/raw-diet/

 

Her sample diet is for a cardigan corgi puppy.

 

Have you asked at your local deli counter if they can get the odd cuts of meat? Many times those are just considered waste and they won’t have them out in the actual store area.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feed both my cats raw.  I don’t know much about raw fed dogs (so can’t be of much help).  Just wanted to give you a thumbs up for feeding your baby biologically approrpiate food!!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

We feed ours (cooked) human food. You have to be careful to balance nutrients, they can’t eat just meat. We incorporate yams, potatoes, green veggies, calcium supplement (in hte form of ground eggshells), and sometimes olive oil depending on the protein we use. If you PM me your email address I can send you the spreadsheet we use to calculate and balance nutrients and instructions.

And I second PP’s recommendations of talking to a vet–their little doggy bodies have different needs from humans and it’s important not to go too high or too low on certain amino acids and vitamins.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I disagree with PP on their opinion. Dogs and cats shouldn’t be eating cooked meats nor any veggies.  They are obligate carnivores.  However, to each their own.

 

OP, with cats, I get bone in meat from animals that are their appropriate sized prey in the wild.  For cats, quail or cornish hen works best (chicken bones are slightly too thick).  For your dog, I would gauge your dog’s breed/size and compare it to the size of prey they would hunt in the wild to give you a guideline of how thick a bone your baby could handle. HTH!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My mom feeds our pit a completely raw diet. He gets a total of 2lbs of raw chicken and beef a day. She swears by it – his coat is shiny, his bowel movements are healthy and regular. He loves it. She swears by green tripe.

She doesnt feed him an in-bone meats, but she does fill a bone with something delicious for him on occasion. He definitely loves that!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@kmarie719:  I am so excited to see this post!! I actually deal with pet nutrition for a living (yes, this job exists) and its true that raw feeding is the ideal way to feed your furry kids! However, it’s crucial to feed a properly balanced raw diet so you don’t create any deficiencies in your pet. A commercially prepared raw diet is the safest and most convienent as it has all the important components of a proportionally accurate, species-appropriate diet — muscle meat, organ meat, ground bone, a small amount of vegis and grasses to mimic “hide” of a live prey meal and a vitamin & mineral pack to ensure its fully fortified. It’s difficult, time consuming and risky without expertise to prepare your own raw diets! Check out Bravo Raw Diet (very economical & ethical), Stella & Chewys, Primal or Natures Variety Instinct. A great resource for you to get more comfortable with correctly feeding a raw diet is http://www.Healthypets.mercola.com 🙂 not sure how big your dog is, but I have a 90 lb intact mawho and I use Bravo’s 10lb chubs. My cost is about $125-140 a month depending on what proteins I’m feeding. hope this helps!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@kmarie719:  Haha, and the way he looks at you after he’s eaten makes you think he hadn’t eaten at all LOL. He’s a medium sized dog and benefits from the 2lbs. 🙂

Yours can probably get away with maybe a pound, and you wouldn’t believe how cheap you can get meats from a local butcher! My mom keeps bulk meats in a separate freezer and it lasts her a long time. She says its cost effective, too.

Poor baby came from a kill shelter and he was being fed whatever they had (they try really hard not to euthanize any pets, and rely heavily on donations) so his stools were runny and inconsistent. Now they’re fine. Mom is so glad she found out about raw diets.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@kmarie719:  it is a lot of money, but it will cost you more money in vet care f you aren’t vcare mindful of feeding correctly balanced food. My dog is also a very large (unneutered) dog who eats about 50 lbs of raw a month. Think about how much it would cost to buy that much meat that hasn’t been treated with antibiotics and hormones from a butcher. 

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