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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Halifu, Jan 24, 2012.


  1. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Hi, what a wealth of info.

    We're new to the forum & feeding raw to our 2
    dogs.
    Charlie a 10 mth choc lab & Zak nearly 6 mth old ridgeback.

    After feeding our last 2 on dried food and various skin complaints and the
    Fact that 1 of the present dogs wasn't eating his kibble we decided to feed raw diet.
    Which so far has been going well.
    We started on boxing day.
    Had a delivery from Scott just before xmas and filled the chest freezer up with
    Chicken carcas,lamb & tripe,lamb breast, rabbit and oxtails.
    Yummy.
    Also some liver & heart.
    Weve also Just found a friendly butcher who's giving us fresh meaty bones.
    So here comes the questions....
    We're working on 2•5% of expected adult weights.
    Zak has trouble eating the meaty bones like lamb breast at the moment
    So he has chicken carcass ,lamb n tripe,rabbit whole & chicken portions and the odd lamb shoulder ,also fish and eggs with some scraps from our table.
    He looks fine people have commented on his condition (good coat etc)
    Is this ok for him until he can properly chomp his bones like Charlie does?

    Any advice welcome

    Halifu.
     
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    Bumped you up to the top as your post got stopped by the spam software
     
  3. Malmum

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    Absolutely fine i'd say and what a lovely christmas they had changing to raw! :D

    Whole bunnies? yummy! My fussy lot are not too keen, they don't even like scotts minced rabbit, some prey drive eh? Isn't it exciting feeding raw and deciding what to do for dinner next day? Scott delivered to me today and I said to my daughter how I love searching through the bags and seeimg what bones he's got for me, think she thinks i'm bonkers, lol! So much more entertaining than just opening a can.

    Been doing this for over seven years and still love it!
     
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    Sounds like you're doing ok to me too :smile5: My lot will eat just about anything so long as it's chopped up first Tex is ok with bigger bits but Penny and Fizz are like big babies and like it chopped into bite sized bits which is not good for me who doesn't like meat, don't get me wrong I do still do it but I won't touch it with bare hands, I have been feeding raw for a while now and I have got by without touching it so far lol, I even skin the pheasants for them without touching it once although I have to get my Dad to tke out the insides....I should have shares in latex gloves hehe
    Malmum I'm just as bad, I think it's because I enjoy seeing them eat more now they eat raw because they so obviously enjoy it more, when they where on kibble they used to be so unenthusiastic when they where eating, not they get really excited as soon as I start opening the freezer bags and it melts my heart :smile5:
     
  5. suesdogs15

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    I would say as long as he is getting some bones it should be fine for a while until he can manage bigger ones. Have you tried smashing up the bigger bones a bit with a hammer so help him get started? Just a thought :D
     
  6. Halifu

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    Thank you:smile5:
     
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    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    yup that looks great to me :) be getting bone from the carcasses and the rabbits
    youll be adding the offal in soon then I guess?

    same as malmum, I cannot get my lot to eat the whole rabbits! so thats a great start for yours :)
     
  8. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Whole bunnies? yummy!
    Yes that's there fav dinner, unfortunately Scott didn't have any this time
    Still we've found a local ferret man who can supply us now so we should b well
    Stocked from now :)
     
  9. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Halifu PetForums Member

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    It did cross my mind to try bashing some of the bigger boney bit's up.
    Was a bit worried he'd neck them without crunching?
    He still gets a bit of the bigger bone when Charlie has his, he naws away at it gets the meat of
    Then parades about with it hanging out the side of his mouth looking all chuffed lols
     
  11. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Adding in the liver and oval was the next question :)
    so far they have both had small slithers along with there meals and like it raw,
    Does come out other end a bit soft though !
    I'm estimating Zak to be around the 45kg & Charlie 32-35kg
    So they will need 5 % of there weekly food to be made up of this.
    Is that right?
    Also can somebody clarify what tripe comes under is it classed as
    Muscle meat?
     
  12. babycham2002

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    Tripe is in its own class I would say but yes included in the 80% muscle meat band. I would say mine get about 20% tripe in their diet.

    approx 5% will need to be liver and anothe 5% as other offal, lung spleen kidney etc
    You will get there just carry on with the teeny amounts and build up
    I feed Willow (golden retriever) he whole weekly liver amount in one meal with a nice boney carcass to go with it now.

    A nice boney meal with their liver will help firm them up.

    Did you get your heart off of scott? I havent been able to get heart off of him in ages lol


    what you boy does with the bones is what my girl does with the wholw rabbits!! just carries them around everywhere!
     
  13. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Yes we managed to get heart and liver from Scott on last delivery in early January.
    But no chunky tripe or bunnies.:(
    Thanks for the info on tripe /liver that's what we'l try :)
    what you boy does with the bones is what my girl does with the wholw rabbits!! just carries them around everywhere!lol there lovely,it's so much more enjoyable feeding them this way.
    For dog & owner they love it,Charlie wags his tail the whole time he's eating his meals.
    Zak's a bit more serious just chomps away with the odd look up:)
    We've noticed a difference in there behaviour to much calmer and very politely wait for there food to be handed to them.
    All in all best thing we've done.
     
  14. suesdogs15

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    Sometimes they do swallow a bit that is too big but they often cough/vomit it back up re chew it and swallow it again. He will soon get the hang of it :D
     
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    Halifu PetForums Member

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    ;)The hammers been out :D
     
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    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    fab work

    now may I just point out you have reached the 15 post mark
    at this point we insist on photos of your dogs :yesnod:
     
  17. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Working on that one.
    Sofar been posting /viewing on my phone,which doesn't seem to like or be able to upload.
    I've got to put pictures on to lap top then try.
    Techno is not one of my strong points though:blush:
     
  18. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    ah okay then :) will let you off then for the minute :)
    just a minute mind!;)
     
  19. Halifu

    Halifu PetForums Member

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    Weird uploaded a Piccy onto galery from my lap top but can't
    Find the thread on the forum on laptop to post link to here??
    Technology & me !!
     
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