Making your own dog food.

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by hannakat, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started making my dog's food a few years ago after he began having gastritis. There were additional benefits, such as no more smelly gas emissions and a nicer coat. Making treats is great too since I can control what's in them and the size.

    Just wondering if there's anyone else here that does this.
     
  2. coreybee

    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a raw feeder. Have been for over 5 years. So I guess you could say I make my own. I too like the knowledge of what exactly my dogs are eating. They are healthier, teeth are cleaner, they have more muscle mass, are leaner, more energy, and they poop a whole lot less than when they were on kibble. I don't think I will ever feed kibble again.
     
  3. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I looked into raw long and hard and actually do give them raw chicken wings (!) regularly for teeth cleaning!

    My little Chiweeni (part chihuahua / part dachshund) did help herself to one of my younger chickens last summer.... don't think that counts though. [​IMG]
     
  4. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We feed TOTW dry food, Wellness wet food, and supplement with raw. I definitely want to go 100% raw eventually. I am super excited because I finally made an appt. with an integrative vet. He is a huge advocate of raw, so it will be awesome FINALLY talking to a vet who supports a more natural life style for my pets. My old conventional vet and I did not see eye to eye on any level, so this will be a dream come true for me. I am also hoping he will know of some butchers that could help us out. I have never tried homemade, but that is certainly a great choice. I just like the simplicity of raw, and the fact that I know that this is what they were always meant to eat.
     
  5. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol! Sorry, that comment struck me as funny [​IMG] hehe. How do you make your own dog food? Would you be willing to share your recipe?
     
  6. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have started trying to sell duck & rabbit meat to raw feeders, not much luck yet. Are these "off-limit" meats to most feeders?
     
  7. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:duck and rabbit are LOVED raw food. do a search for a RAW food co-op in your area. There are also yahoo groups sorted by area.
     
  8. coreybee

    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you were close I would definitely buy from you! I will be starting with rabbits next year to supplement what I currently get from the butcher. I prefer to keep my dog on more of a prey based diet, but it's hard when you shop at the butcher.
     
  9. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

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    We have been feeding raw to the cats and dogs for about 7 years now. Wouldn't do it any other way. Here is a photo of my old boy Max enjoying his meal.
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    ~Shannon
     
  10. clanreed

    clanreed Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:There is a yahoo group called Carnivore Feed Supplier http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarnivoreFeed-Supplier/ , that you could post on to find out if there is any interest in your area. I would jump at the chance of getting duck or rabbit. Rabbit is very popular with raw feeders, because of its edible bone.

    ~Shannon
     

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