Post # 1
Does anyone currently have their dog on a raw diet?
If so, I’d love to hear more about it – how long it took you to get used to it (the prep), how long you spend each week, what results you’ve seen in your dog because of it, etc.
Post # 3
I did have 3 of my 4 on the raw diet (one isnt a candidate for the diet because she has a cleft palate). I went to a holistic vet, had idividual meal plans created for each one of them…
one lost a considerable amount of weight
another started forming crystals in their urine because the raw diet is very alkaline
and the other was unaffected.
IT WAS A LOT OF PREP. I never got used to it. We fed them raw (never frozen) for about 10 months. It meant more food shopping, cutting, measuring etc. PLUS we had a power outtage… what a pain in the butt that was.
I have seen many dogs with allergies benefit from it (I used to work an animal hospital as an assitant) which is why I tried it for my guys. I have 4 chihuahuas… I think maybe it is best for larger breeds.
Post # 4
Quite frankly, I’m a little afraid of the “aftermath” of a raw food diet, if you know what I mean…
Post # 5
I would do it if I had the time and money. Make sure you do lots of research. Dogs cant get all their nutrients from meat alone, so you’ll need some suppliments and veggies.
@lashphi: As long as you start slowly there shouldnt be any problems with their poop, if thats what you’re meaning.
Post # 6
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We give our dog a lot of carrots raw. He loves them. But most of his diet is traditional food. My problem with a raw diet is that the dog lives and eats inside and I refuse to have raw meat in the home, especially in a context in which the dog could spread those germs (and the meat itself) around. I guess I’d consider it if we had a yard and could always feed the dog outside. Good luck!
Post # 7
@allyfally: That’s probably true for most dogs, however my dog has always had a really finicky stomach She does well on Blue Buffalo. It’s really expensive though!
Post # 8
@lashphi: Poor thing. Blue is a pretty good dog food. Mine unfortunately hate it.
Post # 9
There are options to the raw diet that is beneficial that doesnt use raw meat but still has holistic 100% natural human grade ingredients.
Thehonestkitchen.com I highly recomend as a commerical food. They use an FDA approved human grade kitchen and ingredients. The food comes dehydrated (a common method of presearving food for some raw foodist) and depending on which variety you get you can add cooked meat to it. Some varieties come complete with the meat (cooked) and others you can add the meat of your choice. Its completely grain free
Post # 10
All 4 of my dogs are on a raw diet. Start them off with chicken mince before you go onto other types of meat. It did take them 1-2 weeks to get used to it (diarohhea) but it’s hardened up. Now their poos are tiny.
I used to feed them Royal Canin and the raw diet is cheaper.You do need to give them veggies to supplement it.
Post # 11
@babecake: You do not need to feed veggies, actually. Not with a proper diet composition.
ETA: OP, if it helps, here’s a spreadsheet for proper nutrients:
Post # 12
@Baimee: And what is the proper diet composition? Please enlighten me
ETA, I give my dogs those meats listed on the spreadsheet but if I don’t give them veggies, they start grazing on lots and lots of grass. This is just from personal experience
Post # 13
@babecake: You can refer to the spreadsheet if you’d like.
You can definitely get the proper nutritional balance with your organs (secreting/non-secreting), muscle meat and bone.
ETA: I’m of course talking about PMR, not BARF.
Post # 14
i dont but I’m sure you can prep a bunch ahead of time and then freeze it and take out enough for 2-3 days at a time.
I also think its ok to feed raw veggies to your dog but i don’t think they need it. if feeding them raw veggies you may need to put them in a blender to help them break down the cell walls as they don’t have the enzymes to do this themselves Therefore they aren’t getting what is needed from the plant/veggies.
as for PP above, I think what she means by diet composition is that as long as they are getting the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids etc then the veggies aren’t really necessary.
actually, if you can construct a diet that provides all that stuff your dog needs without using meat, I’m sure that’s fine too.