Hi everyone. I'm confused about doing the raw diet thing. I've had my chi for about 1 1/2 weeks. He was found so I have no idea what he was fed before, only that he was in good shape and his teeth were very white. They actually don't seem as bright white now as when I first got him, but he doesn't seem interested in eating much of the dry food I give him. He wants canned, which I can't see him having been raised on and still have such white teeth. He keeps wanting to eat my cats' food. All my years growing up, I heard over and over from everyone, NEVER feed a dog chicken bones, or other small similar bones as they splinter and can get caught in the dogs intestinal tract and cause damage. Now I'm reading about all this raw food diet stuff which consists of giving the dog whole foods such as chicken...bones and all. I asked one of the vets where I work, and she doesn't believe in it. Her opinion (and its just that, an opinion) is, that over the years, a lot of scientific research has gone into the formulation and production of the different brands of dog food to make it healthier for the dogs. (I don't mean the really cheap stuff, I know that's no good). And that a natural, whole, raw diet is fine for a wild "natural" canine. But that most of our modern dogs (in her opinion, especially types like chihuahuas) are far from 'natural'. That they no longer have the systems for this type of diet. Also, even though wild dogs are considered carnivores, they are in fact incidental omnivores. They get plant materials in their diets by eating the stomach contents of the herbivores they prey on. My last three dogs have all been raised on Pedigree. My basset hound mix lived to be just over 16 in great health. My rough collie lived to be over 14 years with no health problems. The great dane I have now just turned 9 and still acts like he's 4 or 5. Her suggestion is 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. I'm pretty sure I can't afford these specialty diets like ZiwiPeak or others, even if I can find it in my area (which I highly doubt). But the raw stuff with the bones scares me. *Note*, I am only thinking about the chi's diet, not the dane's. At 9 years old, I'm not switching anything on him.