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6/20/14 3:40 P

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I would love to start feeding Mattie homemade raw on a regular basis,but still am a little worried that she won't get the nutrients she needs, like calcium etc. So far I have bought premade raw from a pet store nearby.
My husband hunts deer so she gets venison occasionally, as well as chicken I buy for us. I will give her sardines, tuna and beef liver occasionally as well. She also gets raw meaty bones, also from the pet store. Susan and Mattie

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SPARKMISHY's Photo SPARKMISHY Posts: 83
1/1/13 1:39 P

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We never transitioned our cat to raw, but she is free feeding on dry and has blown up. Do any of you feed cats raw?

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SPARKMISHY's Photo SPARKMISHY Posts: 83
8/9/11 12:50 A

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Well, that is great news! Wish I had started this years before, but the thought never occured to me. Guess it is a well kept secret! emoticon

Edited by: SPARKMISHY at: 8/9/2011 (00:50)
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ANNONYMOUSME Posts: 660
8/8/11 1:30 P

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Thanks for the info! I'm definitely going to look into it. They all had their vet checkups on Saturday and the vet was very impressed with their condition/health. And that's on grain-free food! I can't wait to see what she says after they've been on raw food for awhile!

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8/7/11 11:48 P

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Hi mom!

So glad you joined the new team!

I know brother Butch loves his meaty bones!



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8/7/11 2:30 P

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Hi I am Cheryl.....Buster, Zoe, Avery, and Molly's people grandmother. (Spark Mishy is my daughter. Butch is my doberman and he eats raw from time to time. He loves it. Blitz, my cat, eats raw when he kills something. (birds)

I am learning about the raw feeding for my pets.

�I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion', because it is a war against the child... A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself... And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love... And we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts...�
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SPARKMISHY's Photo SPARKMISHY Posts: 83
8/6/11 11:45 A

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Welcome Whatazoo! Love your spark name!

Thanks so much for joining this team. I am very excited to have some company here! emoticon

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SPARKMISHY's Photo SPARKMISHY Posts: 83
8/6/11 11:41 A

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Hi and Welcome to the team; thank you for joining!

We began raw feeding for our dogs last month and beginning with 4 dogs seemed like a lot, so I am taking baby steps by starting with the dogs first. Our cat will come later as they have slightly different diet requirements.

A great jumping off point is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_feeding

We feed the prey model diet, others do barf or personalize the diet to how they see fit.

Since I am new to feeding raw, I found a lot about it on the interenet beforehand, did not read any books on the subject and didn't find it necessary.

We began like a lot of others I've seen feeding chicken quarters for the first two weeks. No problems there, so we moved onto red meat, our choice was pork due to cost. I try to keep my cost down by finding sales and frequenting the asian and mexican markets in our area. I have found chicken paws, which the dogs seem to really enjoy, liver, gizzards, hearts, etc. really inexpensively. Main thing to watch for when buying the chicken quarters or whole chicken is the sodium content. It should be below 100mg for 4 oz serving. Otherwise it can cause upset tummy. I fed a turkey, leftover from the holidays and it had quite a bit more sodium than that and only one of my dogs was affected. So, from experience and from what I have researched some dogs can handle it and some cannot. I know it is not good to give enhanced as a rule, but in my experience that rule can be broken on occasion.

Dogs have their own grinders, no need for grinding meat. Their teeth are made for eating raw meaty bones as it came off the animal, leave the fat, do not trim. Do not give bones from large herbivoires, like cows or elk, those are teeth crackers. Stay away from things at the market labeled: soup bones, those are too hard, or if you do feed them, pick the bones up after they're done and discard them, at least that's what I do. They can eat entire pigs, chickens, rabbits, etc. bones and all. They can eat all part of cows except the leg bones, from what I understand.

We try to feed 80% meat (including some 'meaty' organs such as heart), 10% bone and 10% organs (of which half is liver). We are aiming for nutritional balance over time and not balance at every meal. We feed a small amount of organ once a week, in the form of chicken livers currently. We don't feed vegetables or grains, unless it's table scraps. We do feed raw eggs a couple times a week, shell and everything. I usually crack an egg on top if I have a meal that is needing to be served in a bowl. For the most part, their meat is served in the backyard on a concrete courtyard and some of the dogs take theirs to the grass and eat and others eat on our door mats, which can be hosed off later. I have found it's not a very messy event if done outside.

I have a tiny silky terrier, she is 6-7 lbs, but gaining weight on this diet, which she needed to anyway. I need to weigh her soon and find out how much she gained. She is filling out! I was amazed at how tiny she is and yet she chomps right thru chicken drumsticks like they are popcorn! No choking issues here so far, mine instinctively knew what to do. The main goal is to feed larger portions of raw meaty bones so that they have to work at it to get it in their mouths.

There are dogs that are "stupid" eaters and hork down food quickly, only to hork it up again, rechew and swallow. This is uncommon from what I have read and I have had only 1 dog, the mini schnauzer do that twice with country pork ribs. It's perfectly normal behavior.

If you would like to, join this yahoo group: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeed
ing/ they are a closely moderated group, however there is endless information there about starting out and basically anything you would encounter. This group does not endorse feeding grains or veggies, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere, like "rawpaws" or there are other ones on yahoo, if you need more suggestions, let me know. Rawfeeding has some sister groups including "rawcat" for more information about cat's needs.

If we feed veggies and grains, it's in the form of table scraps and not something we really think of as necessary for their health. None of our dogs have allergies, so we have no trouble feeding table scraps.


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8/6/11 10:04 A

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I used to grind my dogs' RMB (Raw Meaty Bones). But then I tried to grind up a turkey leg and it froze up my grinder. Now my dogs do just fine without, but I have only really been giving them chicken quarters and salmon for their RMB meals, and either already ground or chunked for their non-bone meal. I had the Northern Grinder. Six (?) years ago, cost me $100.

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ANNONYMOUSME Posts: 660
8/4/11 3:35 P

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Just joined this team. I have two yorkies, one chihuahua and a cat. I don't currently feed raw, but I'm interested in doing so very soon. Any suggestions on how to go about educating myself so I can do this appropriately? I've heard you need a meat grinder? Also, I am concerned about choking as one of my yorkies scarf down treats she really likes.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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7/29/11 6:06 P

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I feed my two dogs raw. My cats won't touch it! One kitty is 16, so I guess she can be picky. LOL My dogs LOVE raw and after having boxers with cancer, I would have a hard time going back to straight kibble. One of my two dogs, my Am-Staff, has allergies, I believe.

anyway, thanks for creating this team!

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SPARKMISHY's Photo SPARKMISHY Posts: 83
7/28/11 11:41 P

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I have 4 dogs that I am feeding raw. I am relatively new to the diet, but so far so good!

The two strays we took in are absolutely loving their raw meaty bones and really putting on weight. Our two boston terriers are thriving and really seems to have adjusted well to the transition.

We have one cat we are going to be transitioning to raw soon.

I would love to find other members on sp that are experienced and new like me to share our knowledge.

Looking forward to seeing this group grow!

Edited by: SPARKMISHY at: 7/28/2011 (23:43)
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