I have done alot of research regarding best way to feed my dogs. I mostly feed raw meat that comes ground with the bones (Primal is best) and add some crushed raw veggies (btw dogs CAN digest veggies/fruits, thats what is in the stomach of prey) but veg does have to be either cooked or crushed so that the cellulose is broken down. I use my Greenstar juicer attachment. Sometimes Il buy chicken and cook it and add Animal Essentials calcium to it to balance the cal/phos ratio. I must admit I do add some flaked oats or barley that I have soaked overnight. I also highly recommend Honest Kitchen dehydrated human grade food for dogs, I use it often. Raw egg yolk is good for dogs also. The main clue is that if the meat is cooked then the bones are dangerous but calcium must be added and if its raw it can be given with the raw bone. I purchased a book on feeding dogs raw vegan diet, can't think of the name of the woman who wrote it, I got it through David Klein's raw food magazine. Well I sent it back, her recommendations were outrageously dangerous including feeding loads of macadamia nuts. When I pointed out that they are poisonous for dogs she claimed thats only if they are not organic which is ridiculous and has nothing to do with why they are dangerous. Her book is also dangerous because if a dog is fed her way its diet would be totally alkaline and a dog's short digestive tract etc is supposed to stay acidic. I would love to feed my dog a raw vegan diet but I don't want to harm him. On the other hand I don't think they need to eat a totally meat diet either. anneh
Nice! We truly liked this work .
i have to disagree wiht some of thisd thread too.
Dogs are NOT "true" carnivores. they are Opportunistic Carnivores, which means they would prefer meat but if they cant get it they will eat carrion, garbage, scraps--anything they can if hungry and meat isnt available. also, they do eat the gut content of prey, which contains grains/veggies/grasses.
Grains are OK in kibble IF it is used low on he list of ingreds and NOT as the primary protein source (like the first second or third ingred). i like Innova a lot.
BARF is great. also there is a gr8 book called Raw MEaty Bones. ground bones, while nutritous, will not satisfy the dog's natural urge to chew/gnaw amd therefore will not help in keeping teeth clean, or occupy them mentally/physically.
my cats are 100% raw and my 2 dogs are about 75%. i like to keep them on some kibble so if i travel with them i can juyst ffed that and not worry about a cooler and meat.
i have a holistic vet who is TOTALLY in favor of raw every time with every dog/cat and when in doubt, he advises to simulate as much as possible whatever a Wolf would eat in the wild. and vary the ingreds from week to week. he also suggests feeding ORGANIC organ meat once a week (liver or kidney) but this MUST be organic.
one good way to get fresh raw and helathy meat is to go to a local butcher that processes the deer and elk that hunters kill and ask for the organs, the bones--etc. most will give it away free but here you have to get there fast or it's gone.
my chihuahua gets raw chicken wings (without the pointy end pieces) and he LOVES them. he also loves elk meat or bones. my GSD wont TOUCH elk meat of any kind (why??) but gets chicken leg quarters and etc. i also give veggies about once every several days. and raw eggs about once a week. No dairy.
a GREAT site for raw feeding (& training!) is www.leerburg.com
My 6 year old puppy eats 95% raw whole chicken, 3% lamb, and 2% veggies/fruit. I give lamb as a treat because it is more expensive. He has been eating this way since he has been 4 months old.
He has been checked by the vet a few times and has always checked out perfect. He has an ideal temperment, calm but with lots of energy when needed.
I check his bowel movements and they are perfect with the chicken and lamb. I notice that it is very different when I give him the veggies/fruit. It doesn't seem like it is digested well. But, I still give it to him for variety.
As far as fruits/veggies goes, he loves avocado and nut pates, and my cakes/pies.
i feed california natural to my 3 pitties. a 30 lb bag is 43.99 and lasts us almost 2 weeks. its good for dogs with allergies, the ingredient list is pretty short. im happy with the food. and they also occasionally get left over meat from dinner and veggies mixed in!
Dogs can actually can digest small amounts of fruits, veggies and grains. I feed 70% raw meat and bones, 20% raw fruits and veggies and 10% organ meat. There are some days, however that they are just getting the meat, bones and organs. In the wild, these animals are actually getting a very small percentage of fruits, veggies and grains. When they eat the animal, they also eat what is left over in the animal's stomach. So in the wild, it is very natural to get small quanitites of fruits, vegges and grains. Their digestive tracts ARE used to it in small quantities. It is very important to include that at times and to remember that it is very small amounts and not an everyday thing. :)
The point of raw is to be natural, right? Why freak out so much, just give dogs what they would be eating in the wild. :) Nature knows what it's doing.
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