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CharlieB.Barkin 04-22-2014 06:46 PM

I'm New to Raw Food.
 
I've done many many hours of researching kibble. It's an ongoing pursuit of mine, but I saw pre-made raw dog food for the first time about a month ago. They sell it at my local pet store.
It's this specific food:
Instinct Raw Food for Dogs and Cats | Instinct Pet Food for Dogs and Cats
and
Instinct Healthy, Natural Kibble Products for Dogs | Instinct Pet Food for Dogs and Cats

I recently found out that supposedly dogs who are fed raw have cleaner teeth. I also heard that they produce less waste. I switched my dogs to Performatrin Ultra Grain-free recently and my dogs' stools go back and fourth beings soft and firm. My poodle is also scratching her ears a lot. Is this due to allergies? I used to feed them Orijen, but I had to drive far to get my hands on it and that wasn't practical during the winter. I know very little about raw food and would appreciate any pointers.

Mrs.P 04-22-2014 07:11 PM

I'm New to Raw Food.
 
Buy a bag of chicken quarters and make the switch you will not regret it.

Purchase a spare freezer chest and invest in a nice pair of kitchen shears ;).

CharlieB.Barkin 04-22-2014 07:17 PM

There has just been so much uncertainty whirling up inside my mind. I know quite a bit about human nutrition, but really know nothing about animal nutrition. It seems like a massive task to make a complete and balanced diet from scratch.

SuperG 04-22-2014 08:06 PM

Sounds like a good idea to pursue.

The "cleaner teeth" you mention might be more a function of the bones in a raw diet. I am uncertain if pre-made raw food includes bone in the form which would aid in pearly whites. I'm mostly certain that the pre-made raw foods include bone but maybe in a ground up fashion to satisfy the bone requirements for a dog eating "raw".

Seems like you are headed in a direction to see if a raw diet will benefit some of your dog's lesser health issues...i.e. scratching..allergies...it's certainly worth a try.

This might lead you to a diet for your dog which consists of "rawer" version than a pre-made raw diet.

It is important to make sure, if you do it on your own, to get the requirements properly fulfilled for your dogs.


SuperG


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