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Old 08-27-2013, 12:33 AM
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Default Help needed from experienced raw feeders, please!

I have slowly been getting my little ones to eat raw nightly. They get TotW for breakfast and then varying dinners. So far they have been eating pre made raw diets (nature's variety, bravo, steward). They have successfully eaten chicken, turkey, and beef varieties with no issues. 😊 I have already seen improvements in their over all conditions and am happy with my little raw dinner experiment! Now for the questions...

1) is it ok that I am offering them such vast protein varieties so quickly? Do the same "rules" apply (as complete raw feeding) about introducing new proteins since I'm only feeding them a partially raw diet?
2) I am now looking into purchasing meat from hare today or my pet carnivore. Should I be looking at getting the pre ground meats that have bones and organs in them? Or should I get just plain ground meat (or meat chunks)? If I get the grounds with bones and organs, is eating it daily going to be too much bone/organ in their diet? Should I get both types and alternate them?

Sorry for all the questions! I'm really excited about getting my kids on this new way of eating but I am super confused. Any help would be much appreciated!


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Old 08-27-2013, 01:22 AM
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I have slowly been getting my little ones to eat raw nightly. They get TotW for breakfast and then varying dinners. So far they have been eating pre made raw diets (nature's variety, bravo, steward). They have successfully eaten chicken, turkey, and beef varieties with no issues. 😊 I have already seen improvements in their over all conditions and am happy with my little raw dinner experiment! Now for the questions...

1) is it ok that I am offering them such vast protein varieties so quickly? Do the same "rules" apply (as complete raw feeding) about introducing new proteins since I'm only feeding them a partially raw diet?
2) I am now looking into purchasing meat from hare today or my pet carnivore. Should I be looking at getting the pre ground meats that have bones and organs in them? Or should I get just plain ground meat (or meat chunks)? If I get the grounds with bones and organs, is eating it daily going to be too much bone/organ in their diet? Should I get both types and alternate them?

Sorry for all the questions! I'm really excited about getting my kids on this new way of eating but I am super confused. Any help would be much appreciated!


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Good for you! Exciting isn't it! Especially the nice changes you will see with decreased stool volume, no eye boogers, nice clean teeth, shiny coat and none or little shedding, etc. And just the general demeanor of happy healthy dogs.

I'll try and help with your questions ....

1. If what you are doing is working, then why change? If they are successfully eating pre-made raw in various proteins and doing well, then there is nothing to worry about. Pre-mades tend to be bone heavy, so that helps with any looseness of stool that may occur with switching to a raw diet. If all is good - they are eating well and processing the food well, then you are good to go.

2. As for using the grinds available from hare-today, etc.... if its convenient for you to stick with an all in one product (meat, bones, organs), then its fine to do that. If you want to try do it yourself and give your dogs the benefits of whole meaty chunks (with or without bone), then that's fine too. I'd actually prefer to see you feed bigger pieces that aren't ground. Mainly because its easier to see exactly what you are feeding and to adjust as necessary. The ground products have to be handled a little more carefully since they have a larger surface area for bacteria. Not usually a problem, but thought I'd mention it.

If you can forego the grinds and get some red meaty chunks, either with or without bone, then I'd say to go for it. You can add in some organs (liver and kidney) and use chicken or cornish hens from the grocery store for your bone-in meaty pieces. If you are going to order from a specialty meat supplier then spend your money on red meats... beef, pork, venison, lamb, sheep, goat, llama, bison. Whatever you can find. Then save your bone-in pieces for easy to get birds... quail, chicken, cornish hens, other game birds if available.

I would add that you should try a couple rolls of ground tripe! It smells absolutely hideous... But the dogs love it. Green tripe has all kinds of good enzymes/vitamins/minerals that dogs love. Definitely stick in an order of two of green tripe.

Have fun! I haven't ordered any meat from hare-today in awhile and would love to make another order. They have such a great variety. It's a blast to pack the freezer with all kinds of novel meats. You will become addicted to meat shopping. LOL.
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