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Starting Gator boy on raw foods

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by BbyGat0r, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    I really want to start Gator on raw foods however I'm a 20yr old college student & working minimum wage right now so I want some advice from someone who has their dog on a raw food diet. Is the raw food for breakfast,lunch, and dinner, or do you mix it in with dry foods? Are there alot more nutritional benefits from raw compared to regular dry dog food? Is it more expensive then regular dog food? We feed Gator Blue Buffalo 4cups, 3 times a day. I really really would like to start him on raw! Just want some input from raw food experts :grin:
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    How old is Gator? 9 cups of BB is a ton of food. Hoping you meant 1 cup per meal. That's still a lot depending on the dogs size and needs.

    Honesty, raw can get expensive if you don't have cheap sources or don't have a deep freezer at your disposal to buy in bulk. If you think you can find a way for it to cost about the same as you're paying kibble then consider digging in but I know its a more expensive option for many people. You should honestly consider what you can afford right now.

    How much research have you done on raw diets? What do you already know?
  3. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    Uno, he said 4 cups three times a day :P but even 9 cups is insane!!! Why in the world would anyone feed that much?!

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  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Lmao I can't read. Or add.
  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Holy crap, is he really eating TWELVE cups of food a day??
  6. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

  7. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    Gator is almost 5 months! But really thats too much food!? I had no idea because the vet tech sat down with us and calculated how much food Gator needs based on his weight and age. ( This was a month and a half ago though so that might be why) Hmmm, thats so strange. I will recalculate when I get home! Aside from that I know the benefits of raw feeding include a shinier coat and higher energy levels. Im just worried about potential bacteria in raw meat thats why i was interested in some input from you guys!

    Oh and btw,

    Im a female

    No worries though! lol
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Read that site that Kady posted.

    Is he really eating 12 cups daily?? You didn't exactly tell us so hopefully not. Can you post a standing side shot of him? How is his stool? Is it solid or loose?
  9. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy


    I have to give the vet tech a call today! Lol
  10. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    Yes we do four scoops , 3 times a day. ( Im almost positive the scooper that the vet gave us is a cup but ill double check when I get home) Honestly, his stool was very loose up for almost a month, up until like 2 weeks ago when it hardened again. Let me find you a pic now! SO glad I mentioned that in this forum otherwise Id have one sumo wrestler lookin pup lol :whew:
  11. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    Heres a more recent picture of him from last week im trying to find one of him standing up... he doesnt look overweight so far does he?? Augh I hope not. :no2:

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  12. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Unfortunately that's a bad pic to view weight. Can you get a standing side shot?

    How often does he poop? Loose stool is indicative of over feeding. As can be pooping several times daily. How in the world did your vet or vet tech "calculate" that you need to feed 12 cups daily?
  13. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy


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  14. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    Yeah ill have to find one on my phone but im at work right now but he sat down with us with a piece of paper and we told him what brand of food our dog eats and he measured the weight and the age of the dog and did these calculations to determine how much to feed the dog. If i find the paper ill upload that too! Guess there was just some kind of misunderstanding though. Thanks for catching that. Ill upload a standing pic of G later this afternoon
  15. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    You need to take a picture so it's as recent as possible. Unfortunately posting a bunch of non side standing shots isn't going to help.
  16. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    You don't calculate food based on that. The guy sounds like an idiot. If you really don't know where to start then start with bag recommendations and decrease food until he starts to lose weight, then go back to the last amount you fed before he started losing weight. That's the minimum you can feed to maintain his weight.

    It's not a calculation or formula because no 2 dogs are the same.
  17. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    yeah omg.. id never go back to that vet. thats OUTRAGEOUS. to give you a comparison... most of mine get around 2-3 cups a day. And i second what uno said about where to start.
  18. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    My 80lb, gaining 4lbs a week, five month old dane was only eating 6 cups a day. He hit 12 cups on diamond natural grain free around 14 months old but usually eats 6-8 cups now at 18 months and 155lbs. My 3 1/2 year old, 150lb dane is only eating 5 cups. Hell, I'd consider 4 cups to be over feeding your dog. 12 cups is approximately 3lbs of kibble so you'd be going through a big bag in 10 days or less. Does that sound right?
  19. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    12 cups? Holy shit. No wonder you're spending so much on kibble for one dog. I've got 4 and only go through 2 28# bags a month.

    Even when my Saint Bernard was gaining 10-15 pounds a month, she never got more than 6 cups. After that 5 month growth spurt she's been on 4 cups ever since.

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  20. BbyGat0r

    BbyGat0r Puppy

    Ok guys so I figured it out I just came home and first thing I did was run straight to check how much fits in the scooper the vet gave me..turns out the scooper he gave me is 1/3 of a cup and ive been scooping that 3 times to = a cup. So that means I've been giving Gator 3 cups a day. NOT 12! Sorry for the confusion lol I knew something was terribly wrong. But anyways, back to raw feeding. Id still like more advice on that if possible. Sorry again guys :whew:

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