I'm not trying to start an argument, truly, just have to say that I was surprised to read that your dogs' stools are "always pretty soft" being as they're on a raw diet. Do you feed them a lot of eggs and/or organ meat?
Okay. I just thought it was kind of unusual, as most of the "poop" complaints (lol) I hear with feeding raw are that the stools are very hard and too hard for the dog to pass easily. At which point people are directed to lessen the amount of bone fed.
My boy's are [usually] small, very firm, not at all stinky and turn a whitish color and become crumbly within a day or so. (I just realized, I seem to be something of a poopologist, lol!)
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I just got some green tripe recently, haven't tried it yet though. I've heard dogs love it! Hope mine does.
Magnum gets mostly RMBs, with some ground turkey/chicken necks/wings/backs thrown in occasionally, organ meat weekly, maybe a raw egg or two weekly, along with the only supplement I use, salmon oil (for O3s). He's doing wonderfully on it. We're currently working on getting more meat variety into his diet.
I'm glad feeding raw is working out for your babies, too!
gbroxon, make sure you've eaten your dinner before giving your dog the green tripe. It's really smelly and disgusting. My dogs love it and it makes me gag to watch them scarf it down. And then sometimes they'll come up to me and belch in my face after they're done eating to let me know just how good it was.
You do feed it raw, no cooking, just out of the pack done deal? Sorry I just want to be 100% sure, I know its RAW diet, but I had to ask lol. Can dogs get food poisoning? I'm not really knowledgeable on this topic. Raw chicken is okay too? And beef? Sorry, I pretty much know the answer, but I wanted to be sure before I kill my dog or something, lol
Based on my research, it is my belief that dogs do not get food poisoning. I'm probably not explaining this exactly right, but their stomach enzymes are much stronger than a human's and their digestive tract is much shorter.
Raw chicken okay? Yes. Raw beef okay? Yes.
If you're interested in finding out about a raw, prey-model diet, you may want to join this group:
Riley... I am not sure what post this originally came up in... I don't feed raw, I feed Natural Balance Duck and Potato. I have tried several foods over the last year and 1/2, and Beulah's poo is always kinda soft. It's not diahhrea, it's a pile... but when you pick it up, SOOOOOft. I have changed her food around and whatnot for some skin issues. Those are going great on the NB, but I juts think that nothing will firm her up... she's naturally a little loose. That is JMO, I am sure it could be fixed with diet, but... just wanted to tell you that I totally understand the poo of which you speak. ;)
Yep, thats Rileys. It's always been that way, and hes been on many different foods since I brought him home....puppy chow, nutro natural, innova, wellness, natural balance...now raw. Only difference with all those foods and raw is that his poop doesn't smell anymore on raw. I don't really mind because I never have to pick it up. When we go on walks its in the woods, and I'm not going off the trail to pick up his poo, and at home it turns into white and crumbles within a few days.
And I have to say, in this case I love TP. Where else can you have a big discussion about dog poop??? And no one gets grossed out. lol
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does a raw egg once or twice a week help with coat? mine are on canidae but get chicken wings occasionally, and RMB often. i ma so lazy and ofrgetful i forget to add th efish or flax oil to the food. will an egg do the same?
riley- has the raw helped riley's ears? the WDJ has a big ear infection article htis month. i should send it to you.