I spent three years (give or take) researching raw. I've decided to follow Prey Model Raw. No veggies.
For the first week I have fed my dogs ONLY chicken. each gets a chicken leg quarter. the bigger the piece of meat, the more likely they are to chew it, instead of trying to inhale it whole. today I just took a small whole chicken, cut it in half and gave each dog a half. I do have to remove most of the skin for my older dog since that seems to be what causes him looser stool.
I'm going to slowly start incorporating pork into their diet, a small piece off a pork shoulder each meal until they can handle a meal of nothing but pork without loose stool. After they've had solid stool for about a week, I'm going to introduce another protein source, making sure to add a meal of chicken with bone as needed. I will do this over the course of many weeks until they've eaten all protein sources I am able to feed them. then I'll begin to add in the organ meats.
Eventually their diet will be 80% MM (Muscle Meats), 10% OM (organ meats with half being liver) and 10% RMB (raw meaty bone)
I will not feed them large weight bearing bones as they can cause broken teeth and not worth the risk.
I researched both Prey Model Raw and B.A.R.F. and I agree with the PMR philosophy and it seems much easier to boot. I 've found a LOT of resources online (groups on yahoo, facebook, websites) and plenty of books. I'm sorry I didn't start sooner.
My dogs have been on raw a week now and both are doing really well. Sadly I didn't do this sooner. I switched after both had issues with another bag of dog food. it was getting ridiculous.
I had just had my older dogs teeth cleaned at the dentist last month. My 3 yr old GSD's teeth look beautifully white and clean and she's only been eating raw a week. Of course the labs teeth look good, since he just had them cleaned, but that was the last dental visit he's going to have.
ETA: My older dog has always been a hoover type eater. Occasionally he'll try to inhale his chicken leg quarter too soon and he just horks it back up (I made that word up but that's how it sounds lol) and keeps on chewing.
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Last edited by StellaSquash; 03-20-2013 at 01:35 PM.