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Balancing RAW

Started by Joani, Skadi & Elli. Last reply by Joani, Skadi & Elli May 18, 2018. 6 Replies

I am trying to learn all I can from several RAW sites.  I ordered some freeze dried tripe ...very expensive ...and it says 1 cup serving.  Whoa, that would empty my little bag in no time.  My…Continue

What do you do for heart worm and tick control?

Started by Neptune. Last reply by Lynda Kamrath Apr 7, 2018. 4 Replies

after feeding raw for two years I am now starting to worry about the toxins in heart worm and tick & flea treatments.  It is winter in nh so I am taking a break but looking for answers before the…Continue

Newbie to Raw food feeding!

Started by Clarice Leung. Last reply by Neptune Jan 20, 2018. 4 Replies

Hi I am new to the raw food feeding. my puppy he's now 4 months old. I would like to start him to raw food diet. and i just ordered Darwin's brand. Can anyone help me with the portion i need to start…Continue

Any Active Members in this Group?

Started by Mark Wilson. Last reply by Mark Wilson Sep 27, 2017. 5 Replies

I've been feeding my pup raw food for three months.  Looking to share experiences and tap into the knowledge of others. Continue

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Comment by Jen and Annie on August 23, 2013 at 6:33am

Hi Jennifer and Jack - In my opinion, ground raw is fine for your dog, and certainly much better than commercial kibble.  I feed my ladies intact raw bones and meat, mostly in the form of chicken quarters, with a hunk of liver on the side.  My opinion is just based on the ancestry of dogs, in that wolves and other canids would not grind up their prey before eating it, they would chew through the bones and meat for their meal.  Annie tends to eat really fast, so if I fed HER ground raw, she would be done eating in 10 seconds flat.  The bones slow her down, give her jaw a good workout and also clean her teeth to prevent tartar.  I don't think there is anything wrong with ground raw, thats what we fed my other dog when she had a tooth pulled.  I may just suggest giving a beef rib bone every once in a while as a teeth cleaner.  With ground raw, there is little resistance on the teeth - and the good thing about eating bone is that it scrapes tartar while they are eating.  But I would not say that ground raw is not good for your dog. 

Comment by Lisa Lukic on August 23, 2013 at 5:26am

We buy our frozen raw from our vet who manufactures it, our guy loves it, he dances ahead of each meal in anticipation. (seriously). Last year he began to develop fatty tissue tumors....my great holistic vet suggested using the essential oil Frankincense along with a raw food diet. This was December- two of the three fatty tissue tumors are gone- in the reading I have done from a book published by Dr. Barbara Royal- feeding raw helps the pups on all levels, as a great defense to major diseases, skin conditions...etc. I cannot say enough about it all, I'm glad there is a supportive community for caring for our pups in this way.

Comment by Jennifer and Jack on August 22, 2013 at 9:47pm
I don't understand why ground raw is not good for your dog? It is going to be ground up when they eat it....why is that the "wrong way to feed" I am truly curious..my guy does great on commercial ground...
Comment by Jen and Annie on February 21, 2013 at 4:30pm

We feed chicken quaters with back portion most times, with beef and pork taking a supporting role... so there is a little bit of organ meat attached to the back portion of the quarter, but I think the bone ratio is even a little high in chicken quarters.  When our girls look like their poo is drying up, I add a chicken liver or two.  It seems to help..  Talk him into doing it the right way!  After all, a dog or wolf wouldnt take their meat and bones to a grinder and grind it up before eating it, just like they wouldnt walk it up to a stove to cook it first....  I would say if he begins adding extra meat or organ, it should help a bit.  Pumpkin is another remedy that seems to help with any poo issues, whether too hard or too runny..

Comment by Jen and Annie on February 7, 2013 at 4:52pm

They do eat edible bone - their base is chicken quarters - I've fed chicken and turkey to my dogs for years and never been this nervous.  Now that I'm adding different protein sources it's freaking me out - CHANGE IS BAD!  ...They've never gotten through the other beef ribs I've given them in the past...so I was surprised when I looked over and half a rib was gone... I guess the tips are just much softer. 

Comment by Jen and Annie on February 7, 2013 at 9:50am

OMG I have been working on 'stripping' these bones all day, and so far I have 11 lbs of boneless beef!  The softer rib bones almost look more like cartilage than bones, I will give to them with a big handful of boneless meat so they'll have a good balance. They had NO problem with them at all - I just wasn't sure.  I guess they know whether they can handle it or not... There are 2 racks of the ribs that come with the bone-in ribeye, and I have given them to the girls as treats before.  I'm cutting all this meat and saying "You have no idea how luck you are" to my girls as they sit by my feet begging for me to drop a piece! 

Comment by Trudy Harlow on February 7, 2013 at 9:04am

Jen, I think so. No weight-bearing bones, obviously, but if the bones feel softish, and they've had no trouble with them, I'd let them work at it. Just keep an eye on them. The larger rib bones are definitely denser and shouldn't be fed. Aren't you lucky to get those scraps! I'm jealous!

And yes, chicken and duck feet are great for our dogs as treats, but as Lucy said, not for a meal. Most of Paddy's meals feature a bit of bone (chicken, pork, lamb, and I could include turkey if he'd eat it, which he won't) with a lot of meat. I feed him a lot of beef shanks, which I can get relatively cheaply, and I let him get the meat off the bone and work the marrow out, but then I take the bone away since it's just too dense.

Comment by LucyR on February 7, 2013 at 7:22am

Should be OK.   I give Ozzie bone-in chicken and he crunches the bones.  They have good calcium content and should be in the diet.  I also use rib bones and Ozzie eats the cartllage.  An unheralded treat for raw fed dogs is chicken feet.  Very rich in glucosamine-chondroitin and good for doggies. 

Comment by Jen and Annie on January 24, 2013 at 2:50pm

My doodle does just fine with whatever fats she gets, but my boxer gets diarrhea when she gets excess fat.  Maybe with her pig foot, i'll trim some of the skin away.  I'm sure they will love it, either way.

Comment by LucyR on January 24, 2013 at 1:58pm

Yes, re need for fat.  However some dogs can't take excess fat.  For example, unless I take the skin off of the raw chicken that Ozzie eats, it gives him diarrhea.  However he does get enough fat from what is left on the chicken thigh and from the other meats that he eats!  Each dog is different.

 

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