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A_Rare_Rose
Jan 4, 2011 6:54 AM CST
Name: Rose Rairie
Chicago, IL & Benton KY
I have been having issues with commerical dog food for so long so I started cooking for the dogs. Still one of my dogs has problems so it was recommended by several people to put her on a raw meat diet. I have read so many things that my head is spinning. Before I go this route, just wondering if anyone is feeding their pets raw meat or fish.
Thanks.
Rose
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ImageLance
Jan 5, 2011 10:51 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I do not use a raw food diet for my own dogs, as I really do not have the resources for keeping raw meat. You do need to be careful with all raw meat products to prevent cross contamination of potential harmful bacteria with other foods. A dog's digestive tract seems to be better able to handle possible pathogens better than ours, as it is shorter and the food passes through faster.
As with any diet, you also need to make sure you serve a complete and balanced diet, supplemented with plenty of other fresh ingredients and possible supplements such as kelp. Raw fish could also be quite smelly, both on the way in and out. You may want to look up the specific breed you are having problems with, and see if there are known or common food or other reactions. Finally, before changing any diet, it needs to be done gradually, as almost any dog's system will react to a sudden change.
Hopefully, someone with more experience will provide some more information. Sorry I cannot be of more help, but I do admire your desire to do what is best for every dog in your care.
You can also read through the Food thread discussion. It is a bit lengthy, but does have some that have reported personal experience with home cooked diets.
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Imageflaflwrgrl
Jan 5, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Name: Ann
North Central Fl
Rose, I did a ton of research on feeding dogs & while I was doing it I was also considering going raw. Whew! I know what you mean about confusing. It was too much to tackle all at one time so I left off the raw question which I do intend to resume one day but without having to deal with all the other feeding methods. I wish I could help you, I hear your frustration. You've most likely been asked this before but are you feeding chicken? That is one of the most common meats dogs have sensitivity to. What about grains? Corn, wheat or soy? Sometimes a dog can even be sensitive to a particular botanical variety of rice.
And also, have you considered that with this particular dog the problem may not lie in the food but in the environment? A soap, a rug, pollen, it's bedding, what you wash your floors with, what you wash your clothes with, your perfume or shampoo or conditioner. The list can be endless. I had to switch heartworms preventative with my dog because the one she had been on made her sort of "spacey" & lethargic for the day she took it & into the next day. Changed the brand & no problem.
Please keep us updated on the situation and we would love to know what you've learned about the raw if you care to share the info. when you have time.
Ann
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jan 6, 2011 5:32 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Grand Dog had a lot of allergies and I researched the raw food diet. All her allergies went away but my daughter could not keep up with the work of a raw diet. It was a fun experiment but she could not stay with it. And of course, when you make such a drastic change in diet, it must be done gradually.
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ImageLance
Jan 17, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Here is an article by my favorite dog training author, Carol Lea Benjamin.
http://www.carolleabenjamin.com/web/Other/DogFood.htm
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A_Rare_Rose
May 9, 2011 4:48 AM CST
Name: Rose Rairie
Chicago, IL & Benton KY
I haven't been online much but had a little more time today and noticed the posts. Thought I would let you know I did find a supplier that ships raw food for dogs. Hare Carnivore. Both dogs are on raw meat that has organs and bone ground up in it. I did start out very slowly and they have adjusted very well. The one dog with allergies still has some problems but her urinary tract infection has been wiped out. I do have to keep her away from chicken or any other animal that is grain fed. So she gets more white fish than the other dog.
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ImageLance
May 9, 2011 7:07 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Thanks for update. It sounds like it is going better for you. Thanks for the supplier, as well. If you want to, add it into the dog food database here, so others can look it up, as well.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imageflaflwrgrl
May 9, 2011 2:48 PM CST
Name: Ann
North Central Fl
Rose, Great news! As to clearing up the rest of the allergies; you might try bathing her with oatmeal shampoo for dogs. it may or may not work but worth a shot. lastly, she may just have some allergies all her life but at least the raw food has done a good deal. Congradulations! And please do try to put it in the Dog food database. I may end up going that way & I'll never find this post (or my post it note) again.
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers
ImageLance
May 9, 2011 3:30 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I don't think I mentioned tea tree oil, which is supposed to help with itchiness in many critters. I have heard of oatmeal before, as well, and it is available in spray bottles as well as shampoo.
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