wanting to start my 1 year old bullmastiff on raw diet

This is a dedicated place for all of your questions and answers about Raw Diets. There are also some really cool groups like "Raw Fed" on the topic you can join. This forum is for people who already know they like the raw diet or sincerely want to learn more. Please remember that you are receiving advice from peers and not professionals. If you have specific health-related questions about your dog's diet, please contact your vet!


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Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 9:40am PST 
hi advice needed plsssss.....i have a 1 year old mastiff who i wanting to start on the raw diet was suggested by a trainer to see if he liked a chicken wing and he loved it...whats my next move all advice is appreciated...

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Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 1:40pm PST 
I am pretty new to the diet but these links were suggested to me when I started out and were very helpful...

http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/4 31875
ht tp://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/718349
http://pupp ybutt.weebly.com/prey-model-raw.html

I'm triple- superior MAD- now!
Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 1:45pm PST 
Please don't give him any more small pieces of food. He needs BIG stuff because he is a big guy. Little stuff is likely to get swallowed with insufficient chomping.

Chance wrote a really terrific primer on how to feed raw. Read through it, make notes and do the math to see what is what for your dog.
For the sorts of meat we feed see Charlie's thread on meats and such.
Fo r 'recipes' and what a really good meal looks like see this page.

Don't worry about absorbing all the info first time through. This is like taking a pretty high level class in nutrition with 20 teachers all talking at the same time. Takes a while to figure out what the important points are and how to do it all.


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Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 5:09pm PST 
Great advice above, and I second the plea not to feed a big guy chicken wings! They are much too small for him.

Read through the suggestions and then come back here for questions. This forum was SO helpful when I was first starting out. I panicked on everything and there was always a sympathetic ear to settle me down!

It helped me in the beginning to keep a "raw diet diary" and measure everything out with a kitchen scale (I still do both, actually!). It helps to make notes on what works, what doesn't, and how it comes out the other end. I narrowed down Duke's chicken and lamb allergies just by reviewing my own notes.

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Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 12:13am PST 
thank you for advice so much to learn about he only had one as she said see if he liked it which he did what meat on the bone would be best for his size....so many ppl say so many different thing...his normal diet at mo is kibble with nature diet....

Joey Bruno
Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 7:10am PST 
Chicken leg quarters works well to start with for bony pieces, takes my bigger dog longer to eat vs. smaller pieces.

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Barked: Sat Oct 20, '12 7:42am PST 
Chicken leg quarters are great for 40-80 pound dogs and good for even larger dogs as long as they aren't super gulpy. A bullmastiff has a large head and mouth for his weight so could be an issue if he gets anxious about the food and wants to get it down too fast but your guy ate a chicken wing nicely so that doesn't seem to be the case.

If your dog weighs about 100 pounds then he will start out at about 2 pounds of food a day. The leg quarters I see are about a pound each so would be great to feed twice a day when you are starting out. Or buy whole 4 pound chickens and cut into quarters yourself. Or feed once a day and only cut that 4 pound chicken in half. I suspect you would rather feed twice a day as your guy is quite young and probably a bit on the lanky side yet.