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I have a almost 9 month old dachshund named Bailey. He became one of our fur children when he was a wee 3 months old. :) He's just now getting the hang of training. He knows how to sit, go to his bed on command (kinda, still working on that one) and going potty outside. Now, for a small period of time a few months ago, I was feeding both my ferrets and cats raw. (They loved it) The ferrets are still on raw, eating kibble only when we run out of meat and haven't had a chance to go to the store. The cats are back on kibble. The dog is also on kibble.
Bailey eats Blue Wilderness. He loves it and he's doing better on it than he was on the other crap. Idealy, I'd like to get him on a raw diet. This would be healthier for him and I want to give my little boy the best. I don't know how much he weighs and I have no way of weighing him without going to the vet.
So how could I switch him over to a raw diet? What kinds of meats should he be eating? Is there any sites that I can get cheap(ish) cuts of meat? Is there anything I should avoid? How about vegetables and fruit? I heard you have to mash them up to simulate predigested plant matter.
So, any thoughts, suggestions, comments, concerns, advice?
01-06-2009, 04:41 AM
What about mixing more RAW into the Food you are now feeding him. If he don't like it.....he WON"T eat it. I would also do a "SEARCH" at the Top of this page to see if anyone has discussed this before. I know Mine would always leave what they did not like in their bowl.
Also starting while he is young is great. Does he BEG? They are like Children, they always want what you are eating. Hope it work out for you.
We keep him in a seperate room when we eat so begging is not a problem. We don't give him the chance to. He actually eats raw no problem. He would actually steal it from the cats but it messed his system up and he had loose stools for a bit afterward and I didn't want to make him sick. I'll do the search for more threads. Thanks!
01-06-2009, 10:49 AM
oh heck he'll eat so little just buy the prepared BARF diet for dogs. that's what my dogs are on in the winter (in the summer they get homemade raw) and my two daxi's loooove it.
Where can I find it? Is it expensive?
01-06-2009, 08:58 PM
nope it isn't. around $1.50 a pound and one pound will do you a few days. ask at your local pet stores... especially the locally owned ones.
wanna see my daxis?
01-06-2009, 08:59 PM
On the site, the bags are about $96. That seems like a lot. Do you keep them frozen, or are they dehydrated? I feed my dachshund about 8oz of food per day. Is this too much? Too little?
Oh and he had an all raw meal last night. Pork and a tiny bit of beef. He loved it! When I go grocery shopping for the animals, I'll try and get him some bones.
I was thinking of using Hare-Today. They seem to really care about the animals under their care and the animals are raised in a family farm setting. Their prices are not bad but I haven't found out what the shipping is like yet.
Oh and your doxies are adorable! I especially love the one to the right. :) Mine is a standard dachshund, black and tan. What kind are yours?
Last night he had a completely raw diet. Pork and a small raw beef meatball. He LOVED it. We put it down for him, turned around to cut a piece of meat for the ferrets, look over at him, and he's DONE! Definitely will have to start buying meat for everyone. Even my shy cat, Miki, ate an entire 3oz of meat last night. Took her a while though. I factored out, I'd need 21lbs of meat per week.
Ferrets: 4 ferrets, eating 2oz each per meal, 2x daily = 1lb per day or 7lbs per week.
Cats: 3 cats, eating 4oz each per meal, 2x daily = 1.5lb per day or 10.5lbs per week.
Dog: 1 dog, eating 4oz per meal, 2x daily = .5lb per day or 3.5lb per week.
So I'm wondering what I'd be spending at Hare-Today needing that much meat. That is around 80-90lbs per month!
01-07-2009, 09:32 PM
i'm not sure how much you'll feed your pup.
01-13-2009, 10:02 PM
What do you feed your dogs when you make your own raw food for them?
I am cooking for my dachsund and two great danes and it is quite a chore, but the improvement of health for the 12 year old dane has made it worth it.
I was thinking raw would be easier but am a little skiddish about raw meat. Ani Philo does raw for her dog without meat, but in the wild I know the dogs would eat meat.
01-13-2009, 10:26 PM
The guidelines for feeding your dog raw: Feed 2% of the adult weight of the dog divided into 2 meals. In Max's case, he's about 90 lbs. and I feed him 14 oz. twice a day. He gets mostly chicken. I buy whole chickens, northwest grown (WA state law does not allow antibiotics or hormones in chickens) when it is on sale at either Safeway or QFC (my two "regular" groceries here in town). This week they are on sale at QFC for 69 cents/lbs., so it basically costs me about 60 cents per meal to feed the beast. You can't feed an animal any healthier or cheaper. It's important that the whole chicken is fed, including bones and organs. Since a lot of the chickens are missing half the organs, I also buy liver of freerange beef at my local farm store and offer pieces to Max as a snack. Some people are worried about chicken bones splintering. They only do that when they have been cooked. BTW, the raw feeding people will tell you that BARF is not healthy for your animals. In the wild, animals only eat green stuff when necessary for their immediate health (by instinct), and about the only place they would get vegetable matter would be from the stomach and/or intestinal content of an herbivore, but apparently they would only eat that, if that was the only thing available.
I got Max almost 3 years ago as a rescue. He looked terrible, they had to practically shave him, because he had horrible skin problems. He is now the healthiest, happiest, golden retriever with a beautiful and shiney long hair coat. He loves his food, and never begs (unless I am opening a banana).
01-25-2009, 02:27 PM
Here's a calculator telling you how much you should generally feed, for future reference :)
Check out www.Omaspride.com and look for a distributor in your area... they are AWESOME!! We feed the homemade variety (I feed roughly 10 lbs a day between my three doggies) but if I could afford the Oma's I would buy that for them! It's great stuff.
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