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Raw Food Diet > How much do you spend on raw?
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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 3:36am PST 
I keep flagging his posts, but I don't know if there are even any mods around anymore frown

I see we've moved on from propagating myths and blatant lies to shaming owners who spend money on their dogs, though. So that's lovely. Especially comeing from an alleged vet tech.

If 3 people flag, the post will disappear.
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Raw Food Diet > How much do you spend on raw?
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Barked: Tue Dec 16, '14 12:17pm PST 
Two dogs, 42 and 45 lb, eat 3/4lb daily (plus 2oz on an active day).

Prices are always relative to what is available to you. I aim to spend under $3/lb for anything I buy. Lately there's been a price hike across the board and I'm struggling. Considering seeing if they can't handle an occasional chicken quarter to keep cost down.
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Raw Food Diet > Two 9 year olds and one 1 year old...should I switch them to raw feeding?

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Barked: Mon Dec 15, '14 8:02pm PST 
Ugh. Seriously, people. It's right at the top of the page:

"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!"

If you don't like it, GTFO.

As to the OP... The question is so vague there's really no way to answer. There's no reason NOT to go raw, if you want to. Certainly switch off Pedigree either way. There are a plethora of other foods on the market, including canned, and freeze dried. There are premade raw diets if you don't want to DIY, although you will pay more for them. There is also home cooking if neither of those appeals to you.

Salmonella is not as rampant as some people would have you believe. Even when it is present, as carnivores, dogs are built to handle it. They have highly acidic stomachs and very short digestive tracts. I've been feeding raw for over 8 years and actively involved in the raw feeding community during that time. I don't know a single dog who has become sick from a raw diet. The two dogs I know who have contacted salmonella were both kibble fed dogs. One ate from a rotting deer carcass, the other ate a package of ground beef that fell out of a grocery bag and spent 36 hours in the car in July.
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Raw Food Diet > Substituting?

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Barked: Mon Dec 15, '14 7:42pm PST 
I've been feeding raw for over 8 years, including to a dog who already had severe health problems (kibble was literally killing him) and for two years with a chemo patient in the house. No one has ever gotten sick from it. Ever. Jasper is completely full of $h!t (or practices disgustingly unsanitary food handling habits).

Is it a bone issue? A lot of dogs don't understand how to eat a bone-in hunk of meat at first. Softer items like necks can really help in that regard.

If he'll eat bone-in red meat, I'd focus on that. You don't need chicken in a dogs diet. Premade is fine too, but its typically pretty expensive. I feed a lot of Bravo because it's easy for me to get, although lately I find it's got quite a bit of water weight per chub. I have fed Primal, Answers, Oma's Pride and Blue Ridge Beef, but they're difficult for me to come by. I have used other Stella & Chewy products but I don't have a raw supplier near me.

The big issue with premade is that it's not really made to add meat to. The sardine grind, for instance, is already perfectly balanced as far as bone content (dogs not used to fish may get diarrhea from the richness at first, too). Some Primal blends are actually low in bone and high in veg because they're supposed to supplement RMBs. Bravo's poultry blends can take some extra meat, but not a ton - I usually feed 8oz blend with 4oz meaty meat. It depends on the product you're using.
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Raw Food Diet > am i eating to much?

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Barked: Mon Dec 15, '14 7:26pm PST 
Pay no mind to Jasper. In addition to talking out of his ass, he clearly did not do other to read the forum rules.

Recommended feeding when you start raw is 2% of their ideal body weight (as stated). Adjust as needed. So 2# a day is a lot. I'd be around 1.35#. That being said, has he lost or gained weight since starting raw? If not, 2# is fine.

Raw digests faster than kibble, especially if it's ground meat. This can cause hunger and bile vomit during transition. You can ease this by splitting portions farther and feeding more meals each day. If he's used to eating whenever you eat this may work well for you. Make sure to offer whole items in each meal - all puréed food leaves the stomach in about 20 minutes! You can also feed a bit of whole, raw veggies with meals. They will add bulk without adding calories. I buy them from the freezer section in the grocery store to save in cost.
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Barked: Mon Dec 15, '14 7:12pm PST 
I'm looking for recommendations. I've used ManMat belts, but they don't fit me correctly. I'm a very small person, so I have to pull the straps almost as tight as they can go - which isn't a huge deal, except it leaves the metal adjuster in front squarely on a rather sensitive area. Otherwise I like ManMat very much.

I do want the belt to sit on my hips, not my waist. So really I just need something that will fit a very small frame without awkward adjusters.
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Raw Food Diet > How do you work out how much to feed when feeding half and half?

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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 7:37am PST 
You cannot feed just chicken for 50% of a dogs diet. Chicken will not balance out, ever, even if you are feeding whole chickens you killed yourself. Carcasses specifically have way too much bone and offer almost nothing as far as nutrition.

Either refigure the raw portion of the diet so it is balanced, or feed kibble with an occasional chicken part.
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Raw Food Diet > Newbie ?..Getting him to chew vs swallowing whole..

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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 7:32am PST 
Dogs don't chew. They tear and shear off chunks small enough to swallow. If your dog is eating too fast or trying to swallow pieces too large, the general solutions are to feed bite-size bits from a dish or toy designed to slow them down, or to feed from items so large (typically larger than their head) that they have to gnaw at it to eat.
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Raw Food Diet > Skin problems despite clean diet

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Barked: Thu Oct 9, '14 12:34pm PST 
Due to the cyclical nature of the problem, I would look at environmental causes. If you're feeding a stable diet, a food-based issue would be ongoing, getting worse with time.

The only food issues I can think of that would cause an intermittent problem like this is if a source you feed from only occasionally has an allergin in it (farmed salmon vs wild, that sort of thing).
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Raw Food Diet > Non-raw foods compatible with raw diet
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Barked: Mon Sep 15, '14 1:11pm PST 
For a dog with no health issues, use whatever you want. All that is fine.

If you switched over allergy concerns, for instance, you want to make sure your treats followed the same rules as your diet. So if you went grain free, you need only grain free treats. If you're on a two ingredient elimination diet you need treats made from only those two ingredients. And so on.
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