Raw diet for dogs?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Bettacreek, May 20, 2010.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I posted an ad for some venison that's hogging up a bunch of freezer space. The boyfriend won't let me do raw for our dog, so I hoped that someone else could use it. Someone emailed me and wants it for a pregnant dog that they just rescued, but doesn't know much about it. I'm ill equipped to educate them on the matter, so I was wondering if anyone else had some good information or input to help this person. Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Raw really isn't complicated. I like the prey model diets which are even simpler. http://www.rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html Feed a certain percentage in bone, organ, and muscle meat and that's it. No veggies, no supplements, and nothing to grind up. Occasionally the organ meats do have to be partially cooked before dogs will eat them but they generally get over that after a few meals. Most dogs will eat the right amount but you can tell if your dog is getting too fat or too thin and offer more or less. You don't have to measure out amounts. Just give the dog what it eats and watch it's condition. It is best to give a variety of meats. Don't buy just one type of animal.

    Another good thing for dogs that need extra energy are satin balls. http://www.heartlandgdr.org/satin_balls.htm You can use ground anything including venison to make them and they'll just come out a bit lower in fat than if you used cheap hamburger.
     
  3. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed raw prey diet like arkane. I fill my freezer up when there are sales and wrap individual meals and freeze them. I buy different organ meats and make individual packs and freeze those. All her meals are given to her frozen which slows down the time that she spends eating. That way she can't gulp her food down.

    Sometimes she gets a small meal and other times she'll get a 4 lb. roast (frozen) which takes her a good 4 hours to finish as it's too much at one time for her. I feed organ meats (about 10 oz.) once a week.
    I also keep kibble around for an evening meal (maybe a cup as a treat) if I feel that she hasn't had enough. She weighs 70 odd lbs. and is 11 months old. Hope that helps.
     
  4. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I loveeee the raw diet!!!!!!!!!!!! for my dog lol!!!!!!!!! It pretty much saved her life! She had allergies to every other food exept raw and she lovvvves it!!!! [​IMG] She has been eating it for 2 yrs. and has a shiny, soft and glossy coat has lots of energy and has healthy poop. We switched our 7 yr old to it as well, she used to be so quiet, tired and not energetic, now she is happy, loves to run, has a soft coat and lots of energy!!!! [​IMG] I would recomeend the raw diet to anyone!!!!

    This is a picture of my beutiful, raw fed girl!!!!


    http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk53/balloonlagoon/coolpixPicture241-1-1.jpg [​IMG]


    And this is a picture of her daddy!!!!!! [​IMG]
    http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk53/balloonlagoon/quanto_sm.jpg
     

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