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Raw Food Diet > Keep seeing a spreadsheet, website always something else
Meridian

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Barked: Wed Jan 28, '15 10:45am PST 
If it's mine, I apologize!!! I maintain a site called "Pack Lunch" and I recently made some changes to my hosting plan and site configurations. The FINAL URL for the spreadsheet people talk about here on Dogster a lot is:

http://www.packlunchraw.com/spreadsheet/
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Raw Food Diet > "Spreadsheet Of Your Dreams" Has Relocated!!
Meridian

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Barked: Wed Jan 28, '15 10:42am PST 
Want a fun graphic to help spread the word? Click the following link. (I can't remember how to embed images here, and it looks like the guy who'd written code to help has left the proverbial building.)

http://www.packlunchraw.com/plmoved/
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Raw Food Diet > "Spreadsheet Of Your Dreams" Has Relocated!!

Meridian

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Barked: Wed Jan 28, '15 10:37am PST 
FINAL "rehoming" for the spreadsheet -- PROMISE!!! Pack Lunch got it's own place on the web recently, and therefore so did the spreadsheet. Thanks for your patience!

http://www.packlunchraw.com/spreadsheet/
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Raw Food Diet > PERSONAL RAW FEEDING GUIDE (New and Improved)

Meridian

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Barked: Mon Jan 12, '15 11:51am PST 
Hello! There are so many links to the spreadsheet around Dogster it's hard to update them all! As of January 2015 the PERMANENT home of the spreadsheet is on Pack Lunch, which has a new URL: www.packlunchraw.com/.
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Raw Food Diet > "Spreadsheet Of Your Dreams" Has Relocated!!

Meridian

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Barked: Tue Jun 3, '14 9:47pm PST 
Happy to provide such a great resource a home!

I did not create the spreadsheet, but if anyone has any problems or feedback regarding the download, the page, or the spreadsheet itself, please feel free to let me know using the comments section on the page or via email and I'll do what I can to address it. I'll also be more than happy to relate even just a "thank you" to the amazing folks who spent all that time and energy creating it!

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Raw Food Diet > Mice?
Meridian

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Barked: Wed Apr 30, '14 7:59pm PST 
Hey Jewel! You're in Saskatchewan, huh? I lived in Saskatoon for about 3 years before moving to Winnipeg where I am now.

ANYWAY... I'd definitely buy just a few to try before taking them up on the "quantity discount" thing. Some food is such a great idea "on paper", but in practice just ain't worth it if it's going to be a huge struggle to get the dogs to merely accept it. Whole rodent prey definitely falls into that category. That said, don't give up if it doesn't go over immediately. One of my girls, Natty, would NOT eat whole rabbit no matter WHAT. She wasn't just not interested, she made each time I merely offered seem like I was trying to force her to eat a puppy or something totally immoral in her world. (Meridian and Storm had a bit of a learning curve, but loved it once they figured it out.) Long story short, after about a year of Natty getting whole chickens when the other two got whole rabbits (not often -- maybe 3 or 4 times) I walked back out to the yard where they were eating their respective chicken and rabbits, and Natty and Storm had swapped chicken for rabbit, and Natty was just eating the rabbit like nothing had ever been a problem, and then didn't think twice about whole rabbit ever again. Tastes change!

Raine has a point about the quality of feeder mice (or other rodents) being subject to quality of how the mice themselves are fed/raised. Definitely check your source out and make sure they're raising food you want to feed, but there are plenty of really reputable feeder rodent breeders out there to utilize without having to start a home operation.

I'm interested to know how it goes! Keep us posted. big grin
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Raw Food Diet > Raw Feeding in Africa

Meridian

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Barked: Tue Apr 29, '14 8:33pm PST 
I know there used to be some raw forum members in places more "off the beaten path" so to speak, but the numbers have dwindled so much in general on Dogster I'm not sure you'll hear from them.

Like Ginger said, if you're concerned about Samson contracting a harmful pathogenic load from his food, I'd look into what might be an actual concern with the meat you're sourcing. These things might include trichinella and other worms/larvae depending on host/lifecycle, and the more common bacteria related to food borne illness like salmonella, e.coli, and campylobacter. This is merely a guess, though. The biggest thing to remember when concerning yourself with food-borne pathogens is that in order to infect, food must be carrying whatever pathogen you're addressing, so knowledge is power in that regard. For instance, no need to freak out about trichinella spiralis if you're feeding beef. (Except in really really really rare cases of cross-contamination), cows just don't fit into the trichinella "vector" (disease pathway).

A little light "Googling" reveals that there are what look to be food safety laws and regulations in Malawi, but enforcement is weak. That's a problem here in North America, too! Said search also reveals that insect-borne diseases are probably much more of a threat than food-borne illness, and the big concern is street vendors and hygiene-related infection. If you're using a grocery store that you can trust more or less to be sourcing/handling the food in a safe manner, I'd be willing to say that you're likely not at much more of a risk than people in other parts of the world, you're just being more careful.

Knowing little about Malawi, my trusty computer tells me it's a highly agricultural area. Would you be in a position to cut out as many "middle men" as you can by going straight to the source and getting food directly from farmers you trust to be practicing proper livestock husbandry techniques? A LOT of your concern could probably be cut out that way, and the food superior, never mind being able to get really awesome dog-friendly cuts of bone-in meat chunks and organs for a whole-body and mind satisfying diet.

Part of being educated about what you're feeding is knowing the signs and symptoms of illness and being able to treat it if it does come up. Once you've isolated your concerns and done a bit of risk-assessment, part of preventing severe illness and worse is being able to identify the early signs of an illness and having the means available to nip it in the bud.

Cool to have you here on the Dogster forums! I've known a few ridgebacks and they're just amazing dogs. big grin
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Raw Food Diet > How to afford a raw food diet

Meridian

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Barked: Sun Apr 6, '14 3:20pm PST 
Getting meat/bones/organs for feeding dogs I think comes with a learning curve. If you're starting out with the grocery store being your only resource you will indeed likely find it's more expensive than kibble. Raw can really be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it, though. The trade off is time and effort. It is also really subject to locale. Some places are simply going to be cheaper/easier than others. If you decide the types of items you want to get, and in what quantities you can handle, just start making phone calls and searching the web. Investing some time in searching out a couple reliable suppliers will pay off in the future. It might be frustrating and you might feel like you've hit dead ends, but if you keep at it you'll find what you need at the right price!

This is an old post in the annals of Dogster that might be of interest:
https://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/689112

If you use the "search" tab here on Dogster you can probably find a lot of other threads where people talk about sourcing meat and the financial end of things, too. If you're willing to share some specifics like where you are and if, say, you have transportation to go pick things up within a certain distance of where you live, we might be able to help you with some specifics, or just help you search the web for good ideas.
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Raw Food Diet > Balanced diet? Supplements? First post...

Meridian

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Barked: Sun Apr 6, '14 3:03pm PST 
Sounds like you're doing a great job with your cats. Your dog should fit right in! Though his needs/wants will be marginally different than your cats', if anything I'd think a dog would be 'easier' if one had to choose. Dogs are carnivores, though not 'obligate' carnivores as you point out. The only real difference this makes isn't so much something that applies to a diet you provide, as the way your dog could subsist versus his feline counterparts if push came to shove, so to speak.

The biggest difference will probably be the sheer size of items you need to feed your dog versus the cats. You mention chicken thighs for the cats -- is this a ground up mix, or whole bone in thighs? While a ground mix is acceptable for dogs, it's not ideal. While you might reach a point in adult-hood where your dog can be tossed something the size of a chicken thigh, it will get gulped down quickly, and won't provide much chewing, chomping, pulling, shredding action, and most importantly, pieces that small for a shepherd pup/adolescent could present as a choking hazard.

You'll likely want to start him off on chicken quarters/halves or even whole chickens. Once he's comfortable with that you can start feeding a variety of appropriately sized chunks of other bone-in meats as meals, and, of course, you'll need to work in the organs meats. Chances are as a pup he won't need to be eased into a proper raw diet in the same way older dogs being transitioned to a raw diet sometimes do, but it's wise to be a little careful with the organs at first. They're really nutrient-rich and can cause loose stools in some dogs at first.

The supplement issue is one people have a lot of varying opinions on. If you're feeding a well-balanced diet of meat, edible bone, and organ you really shouldn't have to add in a bunch of supplements. He will be getting everything he needs from the food itself. Some people like to give a cold water fish body oil supplement if relying on non-grass-fed meats/game meats, as the nutrient profile for grain fed meats is really skewed when it comes to the polyunsaturated fat profile. The high Omega-3 content of the fish oil is the most species-appropriate way to make up for the very high Omega-6 content of grain-fed meat. While most added supplements aren't likely to be in amounts that are harmful it's probably an unnecessary expense at best.

Sounds like the biggest change when your pup comes home will be a lifestyle one more than a nutrient one. If you 'free feed' the cats you're going to have to keep their food away from the dog, and find a way to not create a competitive environment for the cats. If the free-feeding thing is working for the cats, great, but free-feeding is not a good plan for a dog, especially a puppy.

Congrats on the new addition to your family and welcome to Dogster! The forums are plagued with spammers currently, but if you can ignore all that it's a great resource for getting questions answered and sharing experiences.



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Raw Food Diet > Raw diet and hunger
Meridian

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Barked: Sat Mar 29, '14 9:50pm PST 
Oopsie, 4 tablespoons of food would be 2 oz, not 1, sorry. Still, though, 2 ounces for a 4 pound dog is only 3% of the body weight.
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