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Old 09-12-2012, 01:43 AM
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I have no idea where to start….here is goes…
Star is now 5 months old and 2.5 lbs. Right now Star is a variety of foods: NV chicken (1 medallion per meal), ZP venison (sample pack that I got), raw beef, and Acana kibble. Star would barely eat the kibble now tho. I like to give her a variety and can’t make up my mind. I usually save some raw meat for her when I'm cutting up meat for our dinner, so there is just a bag of individually wrapped raw meats for her meals in the freezer. I usually feed the raw the same day I feed ZP.

I was thinking for like a few days a week to feed Star chicken wings tips or something with bone to clean her teeth. But my question is, since I don’t have a crate, is it ok to put her in a big laundry basket with a towel so she can eat in there? How do you clean your chi up after they finished eating or do you? I have little kids so I just don’t want Star walking around after she just ate some raw.

I’m thinking after I’m done with the NV chicken to change to Vital Essentials raw (I’m hoping they have it in the stores like the store locator listed), what do you think of these ingredients? Website: Vital Essentials – Natural 100% raw pet food diet for dogs and cats.
Their ingredients are for each flavor:
Chicken-Ground chicken with bone, chicken heart, chicken liver, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)
Fish-Whole Lake Superior Cisco,d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)
Chicken with liver ingredients-Ground chicken with bone, beef liver, chicken liver, chicken heart, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)
Turkey-Ground turkey with bone, turkey liver, turkey heart, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)
Beef-Beef, beef tripe, beef lung, ground beef bone, beef liver, beef heart, beef kidney, beef blood, beef fat, herring oil (natural source of vitamin D), d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E)

That's all for now....I think! Thanks for answering!
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:13 AM
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I don't know anything about the prepared foods as I am new to raw too. I have a 7 year old daughter at home who is very active. I am training Biscuit to a towel as his eating spot. I bought 2 that are only for him eating on. He uses one while the other is in the wash.

I simply put what he is eating on the towel. If he moves it off it goes right back immediately. When he is finished eating I fold the towel, wipe down the surfaces around the towel with some vinegar water, and we are done.

But I am sure that if you wanted you could train him to the basket as his eating place.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:17 PM
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I do the same thing with a puppy pad and then I can just throw it away. I usually fold it up and use it a few times but I don't have a washing machine so it's more convenient than a towel. If he moves off I say "Mylo, on your mat" and point and he sometimes put it back on and sometimes didn't. If he didn't I put it right back on again and said "on your mat". A couple of times the first time he insisted on running away with it so I took it off him for a minute and then put it back on the mat like before. Now all I have to say is "Mylo, on your mat" and he puts it back on the mat again. Obviously he gets praise whenever he does this. Most of the time now though he makes sure as he's eating that he's right in the middle of the mat. I don't feed raw consistently because if I do he won't eat the ZP, so considering that it's not taken him very long to get the hang of staying on the mat. I'm sure you could just put her in the basket if you wanted though.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:37 PM
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I agree with the others, the basket sounds like it would work fine. I don't do any special clean up of Brody after he eats. I suppose you could use a baby wipe on his face and feet if it was an especially messy meal? If I had little kids or old people in the house, I would train Brody to not lick faces/lips. But other than that, nothing special.

I do like Vital Essentials ingredients! Especially the beef! I think it would be great to rotate through it. Chicken is so easy, I would probably save that for do it yourself meals and then just buy the beef one for variety. Many dogs don't like fish, but you could try theirs if you wanted.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:40 PM
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I simply put what he is eating on the towel. If he moves it off it goes right back immediately. When he is finished eating I fold the towel, wipe down the surfaces around the towel with some vinegar water, and we are done.
Vinegar! I forgot all about the vinegar even tho I use it to clean our eating table. Thanks for reminding me about that.

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I agree with the others, the basket sounds like it would work fine. I don't do any special clean up of Brody after he eats. I suppose you could use a baby wipe on his face and feet if it was an especially messy meal? If I had little kids or old people in the house, I would train Brody to not lick faces/lips. But other than that, nothing special.

I do like Vital Essentials ingredients! Especially the beef! I think it would be great to rotate through it. Chicken is so easy, I would probably save that for do it yourself meals and then just buy the beef one for variety. Many dogs don't like fish, but you could try theirs if you wanted.
Thanks! I get excited about finding better food for Star than buying her an accessory or something, you guys probably think I'm weird cuz of that...lol.

Tracy, is there any way that I can PM or email you? I'm going to visit my parents in Wichita at the end of the year, I just have some questions to make sure I'm prepared to go there with Star. Thanks in advance!
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