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Old 06-14-2013, 02:50 AM
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After much studying I've decided to go raw! I figured up the required amount based on George's and Coco's weights, got some chicken wings and some livers (will have to go back to get gizzards), divided it all up and off we go.

I gave them both a wing tip while I was cutting it all up and they LOVED it! For dinner tonight, they split a wing, minus the tip. Coco gets the forearm, and George gets the drumstick part. Tomorrow I'll give them some liver.

My cat, Phineas, caught wind of the goings on in the kitchen and came to check it out (beg), so I gave him a little bit and he loved it too. I know nothing of feeding cats raw, but I know some people do it. I did give him a bit of raw liver with his dinner.

So far, I have found absolutely no traces of the food I gave them. I expected to find at least a little bit of bone, or a joint, but nothing, nada. Gone.

Both had good BMs this evening too. Especially Coco, she had an impacted gland and couldn't/wouldn't go for two and a half days. Now, she's going like a champ!

I could tell they really enjoyed the meal. They had to go slow b/c they had to work the meat off of the bone, then chew the bone, but they both looked so content and 'normal' eating the raw stuff.

The bone ratio might be a little high, but I'll see how it goes.

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Old 06-14-2013, 03:03 AM
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I'm really glad they enjoyed it. For me one of the best things about feeding raw is seeing how much they enjoy their food.
I would wait a few weeks before introducing any organs though, they are likely to cause very loose stools. (Which is handy if you have one prone to constipation, the liver will definitely get things moving)
Try some plain chicken meat tomorrow, no bone.
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No problem, lol, I can stick the rest of the livers in the freezer, and pick up some plain chicken meat.

If their stools are okay, and not too hard, should I continue the bone-in wings? Or is that really too much bone?

They haven't had store kibble since the weekend. I've been feeding them (cooked) ground meat/rice/green beans. I did that to help with the transition from store bought stuff.
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It is ok to be a little bone heavy in the beginning, but the majority of their meals should still be meat. Bone is only around 10% of their overall diet, so not a huge amount. 80% is meat, so you will be feeding several bone free meals after a chicken wing. Keep an eye on their poo, if it is hard and chalky and they are straining to pass it, you need to feed less bone.
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I'm still feeding them the wing parts. That's all I have for them right now. Their poop is fine, although its getting a little dry/chalky.

I gave some liver today and so far so good. I'll pick up some plain chicken next time I go shopping.

One question- do you guys take the skin off or not? What are the benefits/drawbacks either way?

Both pups are extremely happy with their new diet. They're having to take their time to eat and not inhale the food. I'm happy that they're happy.

They also wipe the cat's food out any chance they get, and beg for more food often. Does this mean I'm not feeding enough?


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I kinda have the same questions as you, I'm thinking about doing the same
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just to let you know, you can feed the cat just about the same as you do the dogs. just give the cat a little more heart for there taurine requirements.
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Fat is essential to dogs. They don't do well on 'low fat' diets. So work on eventually leaving the skin on. Some dogs have loose stools from too much fat early on in the diet so you may have to take the skin off and then gradually add it back in.

Definitely get some boneless chicken to add in with your bone heavy meals. Wings are great in a pinch, but meat is the basis of the diet. Red meat is higher in nutrients than birds, so after they are doing well and you are feeling comfortable, start to add in the red meats... beef, pork, venison, lamb, etc. One at a time and start off one bite at a time so you don't overwhelm the system.

And no, they are eating enough if you are feeding 2-3% of their body weight and they are slim and toned. You should be able to feel ribs but not see them. Of course they try to eat the cats food. They are dogs. They can be greedy. Just feed what is right for their body types and weights and ignore pleading puppy eyes that want more. That's why this country has so very many overweight dogs.

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