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Raw Food Diet > Blue Ridge Beef
Chloe

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Barked: Thu Dec 19, '13 7:25am PST 
I am skeptical about any raw food that is marketed for pets because if there was nothing wrong with it why wouldn't it be sold in the grocery store? However at the same time there is no way I could afford to feed my big dogs beef without a product like this and I'm thinking it has to be at least as good as kibble. I live in CT and have purchased Blue Ridge lean beef and natural mix from a local dealer.

Your thread prompted me to do a google search and I have no idea how true this is but a thread on dogfoodadvisor.com says that Blue Ridge is connected to Lea-Way Farms which is a collection facility for dead, diseased and dying animals. Also it is denatured with charcoal because the meat has been condemned for human consumption and it lessens the chance that it could ever make it into the human food supply chain.
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Raw Food Diet > Answers Pet Food and picky eaters
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Barked: Thu Dec 19, '13 7:03am PST 
I believe only the detailed blend uses kombucha and whey.

Do you think that both diets are balanced when the detailed includes more ingredients?
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Raw Food Diet > Answers Pet Food and picky eaters

Chloe

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Barked: Wed Dec 18, '13 11:53am PST 
I know most on this forum probably prepare raw themselves but I was wondering if anyone feeds or has fed Answers Pet Food. There seems to be a consensus out there that it's better than other premade brands. They offer three meat sources and have two formulas, straight and detailed.

Straight is supposed to be a complete diet with the addition of raw goats milk. Straight is a combination of meat, organ and ground bone. Their organ content seems to be a bit high (30%) but they are including heart in addition to liver and kidney as an organ source. The goats milk has this listed for ingredients: Raw goat’s milk with added cultures (Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides),honey, and organic cinnamon.

Detailed includes other ingredients in addition to meat, organ and bone, like eggs, vegetables, kombucha, fish oil, montmorillonite and other trace minerals.

I have started feeding half raw, half kibble because I was unsure as to whether they were getting everything they needed when I was doing full raw. My little dachshund however now refuses to eat kibble. She is small enough that even feeding premade wouldn't be an issue. But I don't see how both of the answers formulas can be considered complete and balanced when the detailed formula clearly has more things added to it. My vet has told me that feeding meat bone organ and fish oil supplements is not a balanced diet that I could feed them long term.

Thoughts on the answers pet food? Does one formula seem better than the other?
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Raw Food Diet > To those who feed raw and kibble

Chloe

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Barked: Wed Oct 9, '13 3:56pm PST 
If I feed kibble in the am and raw in the pm, does each raw meal have to contain bone to avoid loose stool? Or could I alternate a boneless meal and then bone in the next day?
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Food & Nutrition > Do you add anything to your dogs kibble?

Chloe

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Barked: Mon Sep 9, '13 8:38am PST 
I have been feeding raw since the beginning of the year but I'm thinking about doing half kibble half raw. I'm not sure I am providing enough variety and balancing things correctly.

I have read about people adding ACV, yogurt, cottage cheese and eggs among other things as a supplement to their dogs kibble.

I would be feeding a high quality kibble like TOTW or BB, would these supplements still be needed or are they for lower quality kibbles?

To give you an idea of what I'm talking about here and here are some supplement recipes I have found.

Thanks.
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Small Dogs > Does anyone have a big dog too?
Chloe

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Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 6:27pm PST 
We have two siberian huskies and have had a dachshund for about a year now. I don't leave them alone unsupervised due to the size difference but for the most part they are ok together. The little one chases the big ones around. We got her as a puppy, not sure if the transition would have been as smooth if she was an adult.
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Raw Food Diet > Vitamin Supplements?

Chloe

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Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 6:24pm PST 
How does one determine if the diet you are feeding is low in anything? I find the spreadsheet for balancing a diet confusing.
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Raw Food Diet > Vitamin Supplements?

Chloe

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Barked: Wed Jul 10, '13 5:51pm PST 
Chloe and Shadow went to the vet today. I informed them that they were on the raw diet, she wanted to know if it was premade or something I prepared. I told her it consisted of chicken, beef, pork, bone and organ. I supplement with fish oil and Shadow gets glucosamine. She said that this is not a balanced diet that I should be feeding over the long term. She said that I should be including some sort of vitamin supplement. I know she has referred me to balanceit.com in the past. So do I need a vitamin supplement? Those are really the only meat sources I can get, and maybe turkey sometimes. The organ is beef liver and kidney.
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Raw Food Diet > Help for a newbie! Small and toy dog and raw feeding?

Chloe

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Barked: Sat Jul 6, '13 7:26pm PST 
I've been feeding raw since the beginning of the year. I have two large dogs and one small. I would estimate she weighs about 10 lbs. From what I've read small dogs usually require a larger percentage of their weight. I'm feeding Chloe around 3% of her weight per day. I feed once in the morning and once at night.

I don't feed fish, instead I supplement with fish oil. It's best to start out with one type of protein and introduce them once at a time. Then when they have adjusted to the diet you should be able to feed what you have on hand. I second that you should read Chance's beginner guide along with How to get Started on preymodelraw.com.

A majority of people follow prey model raw which only includes meat and organs. Not sure if anyone feeds BARF anymore but that included vegetables and other supplements. There are some die hard raw feeders who say you absolutely should only feed meat and organs. But if you want to add in veggies and yogurt etc.. I don't think it can hurt. It's whatever works for you. You can feed a raw egg shell and all or feed cooked eggs. I have heard that eggs are really good for their coat. Cornish hens might be good for small dogs. I have some in the freezer but haven't fed them yet.

Absolutely do not feed cooked bones. Or any bones marketed for dogs like marrow bones, they can crack teeth. Or that have been cut at sharp angles like steak bones and country style ribs. I have also read about people having issues with turkey necks.
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Dog Health > What vaccines to skip/avoid?
Chloe

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Barked: Thu May 23, '13 8:08am PST 
My dachshund is 1 year and a few months old and I recently got a postcard from my vet requesting that she come in for a DHPP booster, yearly exam etc...

I did not do a Lepto vaccine because dachshunds tend to have issues with that. Also skipped Coronavirus and Bordatella.

Rabies is required by law.

I skipped the lyme vaccine because it's questionable how effective it is and she's not outside a ton.

How necessary is this DHPP booster at a year and every 1-2 years after that? What do you have your pet vaccinated for and what do you skip?
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