Im not sure about the allergies issue as i feed raw but dont have any dogs with allergies-- I do know a few websites that i get Rabbit from (one also sells other meats) and its good quality hormone free unmedicated meat. One site will grind it for you to your specifications as well. I get my rabbit here and usually get my poultry and pork from the grocery store or a local butcher. I also feed venison leftovers (i love venison) and get elk when my neighbors bag one.
Let me know if you want the names of those sites--
Riley you have to be careful with the RAW crowd. I am a avid proponet and feeder. I was once an extremeist. Still have a lot of problems with commercial food. But I adding fire to food, does not add anything, it takes stuff away. So If your dog was allergic to something in pork and turkey I would still think raw would do it to. RAW is not the miracle cure or a miracle diet. Though it can seem that way to a dog that is aging or has health problems. But it is not the cure all. My dog have done wel on it. I like the bennies of it. But I have seen dogs live long happy lives on kibble. I think the RAW nazis hurt the diet more than they help it. It will not kill riley to no eat pork or turkey. I would not mess with it.
Thanks everyone, that was my thought too. And I'm not willing to really risk anything.
They basically are just getting chicken and occasional beef. Sometimes the butcher gives me free goat meat. Other than that, I cannot spend $6 a pound on lamb and more for venison. They said he needs more variety though... but what can I do?
I agree with Icy, LOR. According to the research I've done, the allergic reaction is caused by the protein. If the protein exists in cooked, then it has to exist in raw. I don't know jackcrap about allergies, though, and wonder if the protein molecule goes through any changes in the cooking process that might make a difference.
I know the heartache you went through with Riley's allergies, and I don't blame you a bit for not wanting to take a chance. I'd do the same.
Any chance, being the rural girl that you are, that you can get venison? My boy absolutely loves it! Maybe duck, pheasant, grouse, quail? Do you know any hunters? Also, don't forget about fish! They can provide variety.
Although Magnum can eat turkey and pork, he also gets beef, chicken, venison, rabbit, goat, different types of fish, along with organs from various critters and salmon oil. He mainly gets beef, chicken, fish and venison (my husband deer hunts).
I haven't found any sources (nor am I really trying) for the more exotic meats (ostrich, elk, moose, et al.)
You can only do the best you can do, and it sounds like your best is very good. Your pups love you for it! You go, Girl!
He does get venison occasionally. I actually just found a new butcher I need to go visit that will give me stuff for free for the dogs. I found a distributor that has quail and duck, not sure how good they are though. omas pride. I know that BJ's wholesale store has duck, I may check that out.
Just keep in mind, LOR, that any raw, even if there's not a lot of variety, beats kibble handsdown, IMO (and yours, too, I think). If I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about variety. Get what you can, offer variety when you can and don't put yourself in the poorhouse doing it. It'll do, as long as your pups are getting raw meat, bone and organs.
I agree. Rileys been enjoying the game hens. His eyes light up when I start to unwrap them lol. Jasmine is not liking the raw diet though.... she wont eat chicken bones or meat unless tripe is mixed in, she wont eat lamb or beef... ugh shes a pain in my butt.