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Old 10-09-2014, 05:37 PM
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Hi, my little Lola has been on half RAW/half dry kibble for approx a year or so now with no problems. The kibble is Arden Grange Sensitive Ocean White Fish and Potato, big bags hence taking a while to get through them but once they are gone they will be gone as RAW seems to work well for her and I would like to keep it that way and make a full transition.
So far we have tried chicken wings and chicken drumsticks (both bone-in) and lamb and beef mince (boneless). She also has a whole raw egg once a week.
I have just got some beef heart, beef liver, beef marrowbones, beef tracheas and duck necks to start adding some more variety and to gradually introduce organs. I know to try everything slow and steady so as to avoid a poorly tummy.
I plan on getting some coconut and fish oils as these are meant to be good to add on alternate days apparently but I'm not sure which types to get (more research needed lol!).
Any advice or suggestions to help me improve are much appreciated, thanks!
Forgot to say, Lola is a long haired Chihuahua X long haired Dachshund and is 7kg at the moment but I need to get her weight down a bit. XXX
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Quantity wise you want to feed 2-3% of the dogs bodyweight, as she is overweight I would start with no more than 2% which is 140g a day. You want to aim for a slow, gradual weight loss, so re-assess the amount frequently.
Your plan sounds good, heart and bone marrow can be quite rich so slow introductions are best, and I would introduce organs last of all and start with a tiny amount. Only half your organ allowance should be liver, so you will need another organ, most people use kidney as it is easy to source.
Once she is fully transitioned you can feed oily fish instead of supplementing with fish oil. I feed sprats, sardines etc around once a week.
I get organic virgin coconut oil from the local Health Food shop.
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Thanks Wicked Pixie, I value all help and guidance from others more experienced in this area than us, and also others just starting out like myself as they may have heard of something I hadn't thought of yet. 😊
This is certainly something I don't think people should go about trying 'blind' on their own if they value their furbabies health and want whats best for them within their means of course. xxx
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I secomd everything Stella said. It looks like you are doing good getting a variety of meats (duck, chicken, beef, lamb). Add organs last, and kidney would be another easy organ to get. I also feed eggs about once a week, eggs are a very nutritious food but too many makes my dogs stool a little loose so I take that carefully. Also marrow is very fatty and dense. If you feed it at all only do a tiny, tiny bit with a bone in or otherwise low fat meal. Dogs need a lot of fat in their diet compared to us, but that stuff can sometimes be so dense it upsets the stomach so be careful.

Good luck going to 100% raw! It was the best decision we have made for our dogs, I hope it treats you well too.
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If you have any further questions feel free to ask. It can be really daunting to begin with, but soon becomes a way of life. I would never go back to commercial foods now.
The other thing i would add to your diet is tripe. Raw green tripe is a doggy superfood full of great enzymes and natural probiotics. I usually introduce tripe as the second meat after chicken, because it is great for settling dodgy tummies. Most pet shops stock frozen tripe, even [email protected]
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Thanks Doginthedesert and Wicked Pixie again. 😊
I hope to grab some kidneys and green tripe this weekend. The beef and duck bits I mentioned before are from Nature's Menu small order section on their site so there aren't many marrowbones in the pack. I'll probably use them as an occasional treat then not get the marrowbones again.
They do these type of things on there Raw Paddywacks have been loved by dogs for years | Natures Menu as an alternative to rawhide chews/dentastix etc. What other things do you use as a healthy chew treat/training aid that's not part of their normal meal? Lola likes to chomp up a raw cold carrot and she has a go at her stag bar now and then. 🐾
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