Ready to feed your dog a raw, natural diet, but don’t know where to start?
Thank you for the information. I am starting my large great dane and sm breed dogs soon. My main concern is for the larger breed the amount of food? 8 cups seem to me a proper amount 3 in a.m 2 at noon 3 for night. But not sure. Also if you have any recipes you could send me. I’m starting homemade raw my first feeding will be tomorrow morning. Should they fast though?
I’ve been feeding my 5-year-old Lab/Border Collie mix since he was a year old. After a bout of scary seizures, I did research on alternatives to food and discovered raw feeding. I work the planning like I would for the human food and it’s become second nature. My dog Doctor is energetic and full of life. I can’t imagine turning back. Plus, he hasn’t had a seizure since.
You should monitor your dog’s stool throughout raw feeding.
Here’s how to begin raw dog feeding gradually, every step of the way:
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So now you are ready to begin. Start off slow. The biggest mistake most "newbies" make is to add too much variety too soon! The result? A very rough transition that involves lots of midnight trips outside. So, start slowly. Pick one protein source and feed that for about a week (or more—it depends on your dog!). Many people start with chicken because it is an easily digestible protein source that is relatively inexpensive and is easy to get. But if you want to start with something different, like pork or beef, then by all means do so. Make sure to pick a raw meaty bone that is suitable for your dog. If you have a Chihuahua, try a chicken thigh. If you have a Golden Retriever, try a chicken quarter. And always feed it raw and whole—none of this 'feed ground' business! One of the main points of a raw diet is to give your dog a much-needed dental workout that cleans its teeth, prepares its digestive system for the incoming food, and satisfies the dog both mentally and physically.Just some basic information for those very curious types: Most people switch their dogs cold turkey. They stop feeding kibble one day, and then start feeding raw the next. You could even fast the dog for a day before starting raw to give the dog's system time to clear out any remaining kibble. If you want to mix a little kibble with the raw food, you can, but it is not recommended. Why? Well, why continue to put that poison into your dog's body and continue to cause insult and injury to your pet's digestive and immune systems? Kibble and raw are two COMPLETELY different things, and it is best to just drop the kibble and pick up with raw. What should you do with the kibble? Do not keep it around! Donate it to your local animal shelter or simply put it in the trash.Once your pet is used to eating the raw meaty bones you are giving him, try adding something new: a little organ meat, or a new protein. Again, take things slowly. Let your pet adjust to the new food for a while before adding another new food. Always add slowly, and always give the animal time to adjust to the new food. And remember: you do not have to do this alone! Join the Yahoo! group; this group can provide you with an awesome support network of people who have been feeding raw for years to over 26 dogs, as well as newcomers who are in the same position you are—eager to do what is best for their pets and willing to learn. The people on this list know their stuff, and they are very willing to help and to answer questions. Their passion is for the health and well-being of your pet, and for helping you ensure that your pet is getting the very best and most appropriate nutrition possible. Please note, however, that the Rawfeeding list promotes prey-model raw diets comprised of raw meaty bones and organs; the list does NOT recommend or endorse a BARF-style diet that includes vegetables and various supplements.