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Raw Feeding: everything you need to know!

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by katiefranke, Jul 11, 2010.


  1. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    You should be giving offal everyday start out with tiny amounts and work up to 10% of your dogs meal,my 3 have bones everyday again around 10% of their meal,
     
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    What are the anti histamines please, especially the generic name. Thanks
     
  3. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    Just go to a chemist and ask for their own make antihistamines,but don't say it's for your dog or they won't sell them to you:)
     
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    awesome posts! great info thanks!
     
  5. CazTzu

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    I would always fully endorse a raw food diet .. My two have been raw fed for the past 7 years or so mostly using complete raw foods such as Wolftucker, Nutriment or Natural Instinct. I have tried DIY but I prefer knowing I have everything they need and balanced worked out for me. Just thaw and serve.
     
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    I have found a great new supplier The dogs butcher
     
  7. Tyrone Simkins

    Tyrone Simkins PetForums Newbie

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    It's really amazing conversion and here I got lots of information that exactly help me. Thanks a lot for sharing these knowledge. Actually I'm new here I learn much more things from here.
     
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    Amazing !
     
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    Tyrone Simkins PetForums Newbie

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    I have a question for you which is the best food for health dog? If you have much more idea and knowledge then you can share with me. Actually I'm newbie in here and for knowing lots of useful information I was came. So hopefully it'll be better for me if you share with me some tips and tricks. Advance Thanks.
     
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    Thanks
     
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  11. Torin.

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    I love TDB :D
     
  12. One Dog Training

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    Great Post! Good to get the knowledge out there that raw feeding really is best (my opinion) and to educate owners on the benefits both health and cost. It's what i recommend to my clients as i find:

    1. It's better health wise overall.
    2. Dogs respond much better behavioural wise because they aren't crammed full of sugary carbs,
    3. A fuller dog is a happier dog and who listens to training easier.

    I usually recommend every 10kg 200-400g of raw meat or meaty bones fed twice a day, 2 x fish meals a week to help with possible constipation (tuna in sunflower oil) and always have blended raw leafy green veg with the meat.

    Now i know the first concern of my clients is "IT'S RAW" Now yes that's true but if you handle it like you would raw meat for yourself and cleanliness. Plus i'm a vegetarian but i feed raw as i understand and believe it's the best way to feed our canine friends...It's their natural diet and as much as pet food companies will tell you different, they may look different to wolves but their insides work the same.
     
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    Oh and very well done on the book recommendations. "Raw meaty bones" is a excellent book to get started with
     
  14. Diane J

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    Help. I need concrete information from someone experienced with switching 8 week old kibble-weaned puppies to raw feeding successfully.

    I’m an experienced raw feeder, having fed 7 dogs raw over the past 16 years, but I’ve only switched adult rescues to raw feeding. On Sunday, my husband and I bought a purebred GSD puppy and on Monday we switched him to raw following my choices of all of the recommendations for doing so I’d read, some of which were very contradictory of each other.

    He has not done well with chewing up the bones. I initially tried a chicken back cut into small pieces and mashing the bones with a meat tenderizer a little to attempt to soften them. Then I switched to chicken necks, but he swallowed some of those whole, and does that a bit with smaller pieces of it too, after minimal chewing.

    He had diarrhea followed by constipation and developing a temporary anorexia. He’s been eating softer cooked food today, but didn’t eat much when I tried again with raw. My husband and I are lost and confused and need help from someone experienced in switching 8 week old kibble-weaned puppies to raw food.

    Btw, your links to those raw feeding groups on Yahoo are no longer valid, those groups apparently have closed, sad to say.

    Thank you in advance,
    ~Diane
     
  15. O2.0

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    Hi Diane,
    Generally it's not recommended to switch the puppy's food right away. He's had major upheaval in his life right now, and changing his food on top of everything else is probably too much for him to handle.
    Did the breeder not give you some of what he was already eating for him to eat the first few weeks? Then gradually switch him over to raw.
     
  16. Diane J

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    Yes, he did, and I've seen recommendations for an immediate switch and for a switch over 4 days. Since he'd done quite a bit of pooping and refused his kibble at breakfast, we decided to go for the cold switch figuring his digestive tract should be free enough of kibble to do so. He ate it very avidly, tucked right in. He does the same now with cooked chicken, so we've decided to go for now with a gradual change over the next couple of days from cooked to raw, cooking chicken thighs and removing the bones, and cooking them less and less.

    What we're wondering now is what to do about getting him to safely eating the chicken necks and backs at this age, and what other meaty bones can his little teeth chew? Do we worry so much about bones, or is the meat more important right now? Do we need to get a meat grinder and give him ground meat with his veggies and other foods mixed in? It's too late at this point to debate the wisdom of the cold switch, done is done and I'll do anything but give him kibble again now as he hasn't eaten it in a few days and his stool is finally looking normal.
     
  17. niamh123

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    I have always done a straight switch with my puppies starting off with premade blocks for pups I use naturediet block's I also offer them chicken wings I split the skin in a couple of places as the skin can be quite tough for puppies but I always hold the end of the wing to stop them swallowing them whole as for your pup swallowing the chicken necks whole again I would hold the end as they are small I find the Duck necks are better as they are bigger and your pup will learn to chew half of a duck neck should be enough for your puppy freeze the rest for another day.He isn't going to learn to chew if you are cutting his food up,the meat and bone are both important I wouldn't offer him raw egg right now but my puppies always loved egg shells which is full of calcium another good food is green tripe full of nutrients and easy on the tummy you could feed tripe with a chicken wing.Until he has his chewing sorted I wouldn't feed any chicken backs and when you do start I would just chop them in half,
    I have never had a problem with any of my pups doing a straight switch and I always advise people to go cold turkey when starting a pup on raw,I would get him some blocks and use these as a starting point,as he had had an upset tum I would get some Yakult and offer him half a pot everyday.good luck:)
     
  18. Diane J

    Diane J PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you Naimh, I truly appreciate this advice! Holding the chicken necks is a great idea! I have no idea where I'd get duck necks, but I can get turkey necks easily enough (when he gets older, I don't think I'll try those just yet). This is the first truly good advice I've gotten so far. Oh, and I don't think I can get Yakult here, but kefir would work, right?
     
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    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    Where are you based:)
    Yes Kefir is fine it's what I use for my dogs
    You could try Turkey necks but as he's new to chewing I would bash them up a little,
    Your pup was probably constipated as he had way too much bone try and stick to the 10-15% bone that's why I mentioned the premade blocks as you don't have to worry abut the bone content,and when you feed the necks or wings you will need to add some muscle meat as they are very boney:)
     
  20. Diane J

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    I'm in PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. :) Premade mixes here are expensive and out of our budget right now, and everything I read said at this age he should be able to eat the bones. However, he keeps getting constipated on them. Switching to cooked food for now got him unblocked, along with pumpkin pie mix, and he's rejecting the raw food. After a few days of cooking meat less, I'll attempt the chicken necks again and try your suggestion of wings too, adding muscle meat, and holding one end so he has to chew them more, that's a really good idea! :D
     
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