(Closed) Anyone have any experience with a raw diet for their dog?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t have a dog, but my boss does a raw diet for his dogs (rescued greyhounds) and swears by it.  However, they make jokes about the dog’s eating better than they do, and spending more money on the dog’s diet, so I think that what they feed them is more on the expensive side.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Where’s abbyful?  I’m pretty sure she’s posted before on how she swears by a raw diet for her dogs.

We don’t do a raw diet for my dog but we do spend more on the natural dog food that is WAY better for her then normal kibble.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m trying it out my dog, the Nature’s Variety brand.  It’s not so bad money wise yet, because they’ve sent me a couple of coupons for buy 1, get one.  But full price it going to hurt.  My dog loves them though.  She’s pretty little at 20lbs, so I’ve been giving her 7 of the medallions for dinner and a scoop of dry food in the morning.  They are kind of a pain to defrost. The instructions say to defrost in the fridge, but even overnight they are still pretty much frozen solid so they need an hour or two on the counter.  I’ll probably start giving her just a couple a day as treats/supplemental to her kibble because of the cost.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My pet store gave me some sort of hand out, and I went online to the Nature’s Variety website for the coupon.  You have to register with your email.  You might want to poke around and see if you can get one too.  Then they sent me a follow up email with another coupon a few weeks later.  

Two medallions sounds about right for a little guy.  The feeding instructions say 6-9 medallions for a 20-25lb dog (I think) and they say clearly on the package not to overfeed.  I’d definitely do it if you’re only feeding 2/day.  The chicken flavor is the cheapest at $13/bag and you get 48 medallions in a bag.  

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ahh I have to run to a meeting but am very curious about switching to a raw diet with my 75 lb dog. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ehsquared: We feed our 45 lbs lab/puli mix Blue Buffalo food.  She loves it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Our 115 pound Mastiff was on the Raw Diet for about a year… we rescued her at age 5, and she was eating cheap doggy food, she had horrible gas, and no energy, and her coat was not healthy. We did tons of research, it will actually come out to be more costly if you have a larger dog. We tried Natures Variety first and she loved it, but it was way too expensive for the amount that we had to feed her. We then did our own Raw Diet with her, we would go to the food mart and buy the chicken, we had a really hard time finding a butcher to get the whole chickens and turkeys, rabbits and such so we had to use the store bought stuff. So in that we would mix raw eggs, fish, sometimes pork, some beef. It’s great if your dog loves it, however, ours is very picky and the only way we could get her to eat the raw was if we cut up all the raw food into bit size bits, even though she could have chewed down hard on them. On top of cutting up the raw we had to put ketchup on it for her to eat it. We saw such a major improve in her gas, stool, her coat, and just overall health was so much better. However, our way was VERY time consuming, and started to be costly only buying store stuff and we had no room to stoor bags and bags of cut frozen chicken.

We did find a butcher that did a beef mix but again, she didn’t like it at all, it was very mushy and bloody with lots of intestines and she hated that. The key to the raw diet is being able to feed her a wide range of different raw foods, the base of it can be turkey and chicken but you have to switch it up with other things like rabbit, pork, fish, that’s the only way it becomes 100% useful. I wish we could still do the raw, because as soon as we took her off it we noticed the gas again, if we get a puppy we will 100% use the raw. My friend does it with his dog from when it was a puppy and he loves it , he goes to chicken farms and buys them whole, and he just throws them to his dog and it tears into it, that’s how it’s supposed to work if you go the real raw way.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

LOL, looks like I have a reputation around here! 🙂

Yep, I feed my dogs a raw diet. I switched them almost a year ago and can’t ever imagine going back.

I DIY it, it’s cheaper and provides the teeth-cleaning benefit and more mental stimulation. The raw-feeding philosophy I follow is “prey model”; it’s 80% meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% other secreting organs (kidney, pancreas, thymus, spleen, brain etc. “if it doesn’t secrete, feed it as meat”).

The proper ratios are important so the dog get it’s nutrients, and also a variety of animal proteins is ideal, striving for at leat 1/2 as red-meat (red-meat = meat from mammals, so pork and rabbit are included in this even though their meat appears whiter).My dogs get no grains or vegetables; only meat, bone, and organs. (They do get the occasional veggie piece that falls on the floor while I’m cooking.)

Never feed cooked bones. I’m sure you’ve heard “don’t feed a dog chicken bones”, that’s actually not entirely true. Never feed cooked chicken bones, but raw chicken bones are fine; they are soft and digestible. The main bones my dogs get are chicken bones. Also don’t feed bare bones, bones should be covered in meat (example: chicken drumstick).

As far as how much to feed, start at abotu 2-3% of your dog’s ideal adult body weight per day, and adjust as necessary. (Dog gets skinny, feed more. Dog gets fat, feed less.) One of my dogs eats about 5% of his body weight because of his metabolism and he’s constantly active.

For finding meat:

  • I buy most of my “dog food” from the grocery store, I watch for sales and stock-up.
  • I also tell my friends/family to give me any old freezerburned meat, and post on our bulletin-board at work for old freezerburn meat and hunting scraps.
  • I order on occasion from http://mypetcarnivore.com/ (they only cover certain states though)
  • My dad and fiance hunt, so I get scraps from that.
  • Rawfeeding co-ops http://www.dogaware.com/diet/rawgroups.html
  • And I haven’t done this yet, but I know people who have: sometimes if you ask at the grocery store for expired meat, they’ll give it to you, make sure you tell them it’s for dog food, they can’t sell it for human consumption.
  • In some areas, there are “Sustainable Solutions” groups that gather up expired meat from grocery stores and distribute to to raw feeders, it just costs a small membership fee to cover gas/labor.

Here’s some of the resources I found the most helpful starting out:

Here’s before & after shots of one of my dogs.  He was previously on a top-of-the-line holistic kibble; the 2nd picture is taken about 4 months after switching him to a raw diet. (I wish I had “before and after” pictures of all of my dogs. I honestly didn’t think it would be that much of a difference from feeding kibble, but it was!)

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Here’s another one of my dogs, he’s about 8 years old and had horrible teeth. He was already missing half his teeth when we adopted him. We tried everything! Brushing his teeth at least every other day, trying water additives that were supposed to help teeth, getting special dental chews from the vet, etc., he kept needing cleanings and teeth pulled. We nick-named him “sewer mouth”. Since switching to raw we haven’t even had to brush his teeth; he keeps them clean by eating bones.

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