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Starting to do some research.

Discussion in 'Raw Food Diets' started by Derek1, May 23, 2017.

  1. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    I'm thinking about making the switch. I've been reading through allot of the old posts and whatever I can find on simple searches so far. To be honest it's a little overwhelming right now. I can get a freezer easy enough. It seems like allot of work and expensive if you don't find good deals. I know some of you guys that are still active here feed raw. I have some ?'s if any one wants to play.
     
  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I have been feeding raw for years now. What questions do you have? It has been phenomenal for all 4 of my dogs.
     
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  3. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I feed primarily chicken quarters, turkey necks, beef, pork, fish, liver, hearts, gizzards, green tripe.
     
  4. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Thanks for playing. My dog is 50 pounds and just to keep it easy say he needs one pound a day and looking at the pictures of dogs feeding what they have looks like allot more. Like a chicken back and a piece of toungue or something has to be allot more or chicken quarters and something else. I'm having a hard time picturing myself making 2 half pound meals for every day properly. I might be over thinking it but I'm totally ignorant to this. I'm mostly worried about making the right combo of things on a daily basis. I'm also worried about over or under feeding.
     
  5. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    I've only been looking into this for a few days now so I'm literally on the tip of the ice burg. So bear with me if I ask something stupid.
     
  6. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Don't worry about over or under feeding. Start with the guideline amount and adjust as necessary depending on how your dog responds.

    Don't worry about getting the "mix" right every day. I focus on weeks. Some days they get chicken quarters, others, liver, heart and gizzards. Whole eggs with shells once a week. Etc.
     
  7. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Do the quarters and necks provide pretty much all the bone. And the rest is all meat and whole fish. Along with the organs.
     
  8. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Make sure to monitor the dog shit. It should be much drier than when fed kibble. If it is white cut back on bone content. Liver and tripe may cause loose stools at first but it passes quickly. I suggest chicken quarters for the first couple of days.
     
  9. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Re bone - also pork ribs, beef bones and chicken backs. Chicken feet is great for joints as it contains a lot of glucosamine.
     
  10. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    The only supplements I feed is fish oil pills.
     
  11. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Is it a big project to do. Like when you get stuff In bulk do you cut it all up and portion it up. Make your weekly pile of weight with all the fixings, and then break it down to meals. I would imagine you do as much as you can stand at a time.
     
  12. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    For what it is worth, the 3 dogs I had prior to feeding raw are much healthier since the change from kibble. Great teeth, glossy coats, much energy, hips improved in the GSD/retriever mix, healthy weight, etc. They have had zero problems on raw. I believe the processing of kibble removes some of the nutrients.
     
  13. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I don't prepare it in bulk. I buy a weeks worth at a time and keep it in the fridge in the garage. I no longer weigh the food - I just eyeball it.
     
  14. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Yeah, I've read that and it makes sense. I've read allot of different pages of pmr tutorials, it seems like a long process and strict schedule to keep. I suppose it's like everything else gets easier and becomes routine.
     
  15. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    I only have one dog so it's probably not that expensive or time consuming.
     
  16. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Thanks for all your help.
     
  17. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    You will find that the amount of water drank is substantially reduced. The raw meat contains a significant amount of moisture.
     
  18. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Your welcome!
     
  19. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    I did read that about the water also. Was it easy for your dogs to make the switch.
     
  20. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Yes, no problems what so ever and they LOVE the food.
     

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