I was just curious what you feed and your thoughts. I am beleiver that a veriety of food sources are optimal over a long period of time. and all the benefits of raw you hear from the usual sources.
i feed. ground beef and pork, chicken quarters, duck wings, beef tongue, chickens feet ( sparingly), sardines, mackerel, smelt. a few assorted fuits and veggies (sparing amounts) eggs,kefir, tripe, garlic. i very amounts in batches. i grind it all together (convience). since my dogs bite the sleeve a lot. i spare the crunching on bones and the sleeve keeps those teeth clean. i make about 200 lbs a month.
I agree, the change in my dogs wasnothing short of a miracle. and i was skeptical, my wife wanted to try it as a last ditch effort to save her catahoula. if we had not shayna i can say without doubt would not be with us. yet she came home from the park today after an hour play session hoped in her chair and took a snooze. gunny lost his itchynees and moose can eat w/o gaining weight. kibble mad the dog explode with weight even on slim amounts. everytime we go to the vet. the vet asks what do we feed. and i tell them raw. and i get that oh my good look and they tell me it's unhealthy and horrible and i bring in the dogs one by one. and they comment on how great they look. and i say it's the food. then they go on to tell me that raw has no research blah, blah, blah. and i tell them well you saw my dogs last year on kibble and this year on raw. you do not have to hold a scientific study to see the difference. they still protest but. what the hell. i found out an interesting fact, myth, or sometihng of that sort. no dog sled team feed kibble has ever won the iditirod. hmm. only the most grueling race in the world. if you want the dog to run like a porsche you have to put in premium.
i wanted to shayna had what the vet called, dabilitating arthritis. she could barely walk up 2 stairs to get in the door. she out plays dogs half her age now. with almost zero stiffness. I wish there were some feeding trials done. i wish thier was more proof than word of mouth. and i wish the myth's of raw could be dispelled.
I think there is proof. My dogs growing up only ate leftovers. We always ate a balanced diet of meat or fish, rice, and vegetables. Our dogs lived well into their teens and I don't ever remember taking them to vet except for rabies shots.
I titer my pups every 2 months for the first year. after that if they have a good track record. i do it once a year.
the theory is a dogs immune system is developed in the first six months of life. which is also helped by controlled exposure. so then i watch for the 6 mos of life to make sure it is holding and not false positives so to speak. sahyna and moose come up with the results for parvo every time. "this dog has just been vaccinated". They have never been vaccinated! and Addie already shows high immunity to parvo, rabies and distemper. she did just get over kennel cough. which i say, her strong all natural immune system took care of just fine.
My child does not eat foods with ingredients that I can't spell or pronounce. My kid has only been sick once. I didn't medicate him either. He is very tall for his age and all he eats are veggies and fruits. All fresh and dried fruits. No preservatives.
I don't feed him beef or chicken because of all the hormones injected in cows and chickens. YUCK! The fish are also contaminated because our rivers and oceans are polluted. All that mercury is bad for you too.
I guess my dogs don't have a choice but to eat meat and fish. It sure is better than dog food though.
I think I would like to try a raw diet for my crew. Can anybody help me with the basic recipe? Like how much of each ingredient? Where do you get your beef and what parts? I had asked my vet about this some time ago and he too was against raw diets but after what I have read, I would like to try it. Is there some kind of recommendation as to what % should be meat, % of grains, % of fruit, veggies, etc...? Thank you!
there is all this talk of "getting it right" and you have to research, i agree research is great but if you just feed raw meaty bones to start. you are doing better than any kibble. feed about 2-3 % of the dogs ideal body weight. 75% of it should be meat and bones. the rest veggies. watch the dog and it's poop if there are veggies in the poop use less. grind the veggies up, feed some eggs. cholestrol does not affect dogs like it does us. give them shell to. i do not feed calcium sups, the bones are calcium. feed some organs easy on liver and kidneys. chicken necks and backs chicken hearts, livers and kidneys are good. and i believe feeding different types of meats is the key to overll optium nutrition. i feed glucosamine and chondrotin, msm, vit e 400 i.u., vitamin c. no salmon or trout, it has a parasite that can infect dogs. also ocean fish are better than farmed fish.
just try feeding that diet i showed you....after a few months if your dog loses weight then add more carbs ...just adjust it to suit your dog i don't feed bones because there is a chance it can hurt their digestive system....slight chance but i am am worrier. i would need to grind them and that is just too much work so calcium supplements is easy for me.