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Old 09-06-2012, 03:39 AM
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Hi everyone, my little guy is 8 weeks old. I have had him longer than I should (not by choice) since he was 4 weeks but I cannot undo that. So he came to me eating mushed puppy chow, I transitioned him to iams wet and dry slurry, but I swear he smelled like what he was eating and it wasn't because he was dirty it was oozing out his skin. So, I transitioned again last week to nitro max puppy dry and wet mixed. He is still smelling like his food and it drives me nuts and makes me worry he is not clean or something is wrong. My gut says it is the food that is the problem not the dog. What ever is in the food is being released via his skin some how. So, if I were to feed raw, would a possible side effect be that he does not smell like dog food? I realize this may make no sense, but I am hoping that it will make a a little. . .
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It makes sense! =) There are many benefits to raw including less "doggy odor." They have better breath, thanks to healthier teeth from chewing raw bones. And with no additives or fillers there won't be so much waste that his little body has to expel. For some raw fed dogs, since they spend more time gnawing/chewing/tearing apart their meat, they are less likely to swallow gulps full of air as they can with dry food; which can cause gas and digestive upset. It's a mental stimulant as well as dietary, and as it gives their mind something to work for. Oh and as far as stinky things go; raw fed dogs have very "efficient" poop LOL; compact, tiny turds with very little odor. =D I say go for it! There's plenty of helpful advice on here if you venture through this section of the forum. And if you don't find what you're looking for don't hesitate to ask as there are many raw feeders here who'd be happy to help you along! =)
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Hiya Stephanie, feeding raw, the only odour you'll ever smell is the normal clean but doggy "ear smell" if you shove your nose right on/in it, and the normal "pee pad paw smell"perhaps, depending if you baby wipe them constantly. Their breath & coat is as pure as the newly driven snow, and has no disgusting greasy/waxy build-up.

You WILL get putrid breath if there's anything wrong in the mouth, but that will NOT be coming from the raw diet - one of mine has but he's retained his baby teeth so is going to have those not already removed, pulled asap. Having just suffered a tooth abcess & infection myself, there is no way I'll ever let my dogs have one without knowing & bad breath is the first sign. They usually do not let us know by their behaviour until an infection is raging & becomes visible to the naked eye via a swelling under the eye, internal & external jaw etc.

You'll be amazed at the overall difference in pupster on raw, especially his pearly whites, shiny bright eyes devoid of tear stains .... the list goes on & on.
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Thank you ladies for answering my question. I went to one of our neighborhood ethnic grocery stores to price things out (we are a single income house and budget is priority) and to see what would be readily available to pick from for him to eat. Holy animal parts! I can get everything from pig and goat heads to every chicken part to cow and pigs feet to every organ and part including lips of both cow and pig to organs galore and whole rabbits too. There is a lot of stuff for cheap considering I am feeding what should be a 5 lb dog. Example chicken necks were 3 lbs for $0.99. The most expensive thing was half a pigs head for $4. This stuff would last forever.

I also spent a good amount of time researching raw diet. It makes so much sense. I think I would like to try it. I can see the benefit for my baby and for us his humans as well. Now to just figure out how to start. Do I just take away the kibble and start with chicken? Can I start with chicken necks or does it need to be wings? That is the only part that confuses me a bit.
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This is a question to all.What is the difference if I fed raw or cooked meats to my shi/chi? I have been making her own cooked meats since I got her and she is thriving. Got me thinking. Thanks Gail
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You lose enzymes that are critical by cooking meats. You also lose the dental benefits by feeding cooked.
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Thanks for quick reply. Cantina is 8lbs. How would I go about transitioning her to raw. Could I give her raw bones with a little meat on them and still keep her on her cooked. Thanks Gail
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When you talk about raw diet is that strictly meat, no veg
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