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2 more weeks til 1st raw feeding

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by BlueNose MeLo, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. So, a lil while back I put up a post about my pup Melo having what I believe to be a food allergy. He was scraching and itching so bad that he would draw blood, he was losing hair in some places and he even had an ear infection. He's already on his third brand of dog food in a quest to find one that's good for him, and I am glad to say that he is doing better. I basically cut out the chicken and the grains and as a result his hair is rapidly growing back, but he's still a bit itchy. As for the ear infection, no signs of it for now, thanks to a bottle of Zymox.

    Melo has a vet appointment in 2 days to get some vaccines and to check the progress of his health. Regardless of what I hear or learn at this visit I've made up my mind about feeding my dog a PMR diet. I've done a ton of homework on the topic and I am confident that me and Melo can do this with minimal complications, not to say I am done researching(wanna learn more). Sometime during this week I'm going to stop by two butcher shops to figure out what they can supply and what it will cost me from month to month, already been to the meat warehouse and got some prices on a variety of things.

    With that being said, I'm looking forward to starting my pup on his raw diet so wish me luck and feel free to post any advice and/or suggestions. Thanks in advance.
  2. deezuhl

    deezuhl Little Dog

    Had the same issues on raw with mine.. Allergic to chicken at minimum so it made it hard to feed bone substance since chicken is easiest for bone.. Swapped to orijen 6 fish and all fish based treats.. issues resolved.. :)
  3. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    ^ most dogs go through a period of detox where symptoms remain or get worse before its a night and day difference.

    OP, are you buying a standalone freezer for dog meat? It'll help you be able to get better deals, if you don't already have one.

    The biggest thing to remember is don't over think it. You may not see changes right away. Don't rush into it. Take it one protein at a time. Don't worry about organs or huge variety in the beginning. The most important thing to do is be sure your dog is acclimating well to a raw dirt before switching to something new.
  4. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    good luck
  5. Understood. Don't intend on rushing to feed different meats, just planning ahead you know. I'll mostly be taking a mental note of everything I can get my hands on so when the time comes I know directly where to get it from. No freezer yet but will get soon. My freezer is gonna have to work for now, luckily he's just 5 months but I got enough room for starters being that I won't need much variety.

    Hopefully he's doing even better as far as the allergies are concerned, he actually looks better than he did 3-4 weeks ago. I am aware of the detox stage and that played a big role in me waiting for the allergies to clear up quite a bit before I try going raw.Thanks for your insight.
  6. Purpledomino

    Purpledomino Good Dog

    Keep in mind that many dogs that show sensitivities to a chicken based kibble, are perfectly fine with raw fresh chicken. You will find that you keep a mental note on your suppliers, I know that I have a multitude of different places that I go for "certain" raw items.

    I go to one store that has chicken feet for cheap, one store for pork, one farm I get sweet deals on lamb and beef offal for instance. So what you're doing by "scoping" around for deals is a great start. I probably utilize a dozen or so different suppliers for raw food, it's not usually a "one place sells all" deal with raw.

    The ONLY real thing I've not enjoyed about feeding raw is chopping up those dang beef tongues...I spent awhile yesterday tackling a few and bagging them and it grosses me out every time. I feed lots of tongue though, because I can get it fairly cheap and easy to get from a neighbour. I still dread tongue day though....yuck.
  7. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    just wanted to add on kibble Peanut has a horrible reaction to anything beef it went right thru him water diarrhea at the tiniest portion of anything beef even jerky and it would be like a half hour after he ate it he would have to poop. now on raw i introduced him slowly to beef adding it in with his chicken it is now a staple of his diet no reactions to it.
  8. Just Mimi

    Just Mimi Puppy

    Jazz, my pit-bull, is five months old. I've tried to feed her raw "Darwin" dog food and both times she threw it up. I mixed it with her kibble. I think the kibble is what is giving her the most toxic gas. She can clear out a room! She also snores like my ex-husband. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  9. dalvers63

    dalvers63 Good Dog

    Most people don't recommend feeding raw and kibble together as they digest at different rates and can cause problems.

    Darwin's is made local to me and years ago I fed it when we only had one dog. She did great on it and never had any problems.
  10. dalvers63

    dalvers63 Good Dog

    MeLo - you don't mention where you live. I always suggest people look around for a local raw feeding co-op as you can get some great deals and access to lots of different proteins if you're lucky!
  11. I live in Brooklyn N.Y. and here we have tons of meat warehouses, butchers, and supermarkets which supplies tons of meats. Its just a matter of finding out who can supply what and whats the best route as far as money is concerned. Now that I suddenly have an interest in buying big game meats and organs, I haveto look a lil deeper than normal being my family usually eats your everyday meats. I also forgot to mention we have a lot of live poultry shops around with lots of live chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and I think goats(not too sure about goats). Oh yea and fish markets are everywhere too, so fresh whole sardines and mackerel shouldn't be a problem neither.

    It would be appreciated if you can fill me in on where to begin in finding a raw feeders coop group you mentioned. Thanks
  12. deezuhl

    deezuhl Little Dog

    Gunner was on Raw from 12 weeks to 1 year.. he licked his paws non stop and scratched his neck until i switched to fish.. I had no choice..
  13. Elliehanna

    Elliehanna GRCH Dog

    well it depends on what you were feeding, you could have fed fish (yea EXPENSIVE but could have), I am not faulting you at all, I wish I could put Goren back on kibble for the convenience (have it shipped to your door and just have to put it in the bowl) as I sit here waiting for pork hearts to thaw for me to divide up but he is allergic to some part of the process of making kibble kibble so yea not ganna chance it.
  14. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I'm not faulting you but as Ellie said, there's any number of reasons raw could have not worked for you that had little to do with the raw itself. It could have been the proteins, it could have been where you got the proteins (enhanced meats vs grass fed).

    But this is the raw section so mostly I'm not sure why you're suggesting a kibble.
  15. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    What's even more annoying is companies can still claim "grass fed" as long as their cattle were grass fed at one point. They could of been finished with grain among other things, and the claim "grass fed" is still accurate. One needs to ask such questions from the farmer to make 100% sure if that's what you want. (I've also heard of people who raise their own cattle and sent them to the butcher, only to find out it wasn't their cow that was sent back to them, but they couldn't prove such actually happened.)
  16. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I've heard of that first thing. The second though, I'd be so pissed. Especially since a whole cow is like $1500-2000. It's so important to know where your meat comes from and trust your sources and butchers.

    My uncle fed raw for years until he moved to El Paso a few years ago, doesn't trust anywhere that most meat comes from so no longer feeds raw.
  17. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    I would expect a flareup after his vet visit, vaccines should not be given unless a dog is 100% healthy and sounds like you may be getting multiples at once which is even harder on the immune system. My male took about 6 months on raw to improve most of his allergy issues, he is still itchy but no hair loss, ears and belly aren't flaring up like they used to and we think most of his problems are environmental. Doesn't work for all dogs but definitely worth a try, just realize things may get worse before improving, all my dog went through a shedding, stinky, itchy phase a few months into raw.

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