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post #131 of 176 (permalink) Old 11-26-2011, 08:25 PM
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I have been reading this thread over the last couple days and has been a great amount of help in determining if I am going to do the raw diet. I have researched out the you know what trying to find guidelines on getting started. There is SO much information out there and it's beginning to get overwhelming, haha. In researching I calculated he should be getting about 2.5 lbs of raw food a day, but that seems like a whole lot when I read some of your menus. So instead of driving myself crazy, I thought I would go straight to the source...

Can someone help me get started on switching my GSD to a raw diet. He is 2 years old, 98 lbs of solid muscle, and high energy (he is home while I am at work, goes for 2 long walks a day and plays TONS of fetch and "find," weekends are much more active for him to include dog parks and much socialization.)

Any help getting started would be AMAZING. Thanks guys.
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post #132 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 12:55 AM
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Hi I am new too the GSD website! And I had recently got a sable shepherd myself, he is on a raw diet, consisting of beef/pork meaty neck bones and a leg/thigh/back quarter of chicken a day. With some eggs, for a 11 week old pup is this a good diet or do I need to change it up any? Any tips would be welcomed!
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post #133 of 176 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 03:31 PM
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This thread needs a little gettin' on track! It's really a good one. I try to feed ~2.5lbs a day, fed twice a day.

After beef only for the first 3 weeks (necks, trim, liver, and hearts), #1 and #2 has been the main-stay diet for the past 2 weeks, everything else is starting in the near future. As always the list isn't solid, so if something needs to change, please let me know!

20oz turkey/chicken grind; if no organ in the grind, ~1oz beef liver.

~12oz beef trim, 8oz green tripe or 8oz beef grind, ~1oz beef liver

1 chicken back, 4 turkey hearts, ~1oz beef liver

1 turkey back, ~1oz beef liver

12oz beef heart, 8oz shank

~20oz chicken quarter (taken a whole 7lb chicken and chop it into quarters)

+eggs, eggshell, seaweed calcium supplement, carrots, green beans, yogurt, at my discretion.
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post #134 of 176 (permalink) Old 12-07-2012, 05:54 AM
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Charlie has been on 100% raw for only a week. But the differences are amazing already.

He gets minced meat (can be either lamb,beef,chicken,turkey,rabbit,fish or green tripe) mixed with some veggies twice a day and he has an egg with shell in his food at least three times a week. He gets some yoghurt as well mixed in usually at night time.

How often should i give him oily fish or raw meaty bones?. I'm out and about today and was hoping to get some in.

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post #135 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 11:12 PM
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I also use Vitamin E 400IU gel caps squeezed out and sometimes (once a week) 500mg Vitamin C anyone else use these supplements to the diet?
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It's funny... I went to my vet when Nyx turned one year and ever vet remarked that sher had some of the most beautiful teeth she's ever seen. Then she was like "wow and her coast is so glossy and she is perfectly healthy" blah blah. I said thank you and she asked which food I am feeding. I told her she eats a mostly raw diet. She frowned and said that she thought it was a bad idea and that her health would suffer. Then she said "well just make sure you don't let her east any chicken bones." I told her that in fact chicken is a staple of her diet, bones and all. I wish I had a picture of her face. How ironic eh?
Yeah I have seen that face before When I see it all I think to myself is "sorry your not going to make a killing off my dog from the Science Diet the manufactuer gives you a kickback on"
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post #137 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 12:05 PM
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Raw diets

I have a 5 year old GS who is a great dog but he has recently been diagnosed with anal fistullas. The vet suggested I put him on a LID which I did but he it hasnt gotten much better. He sheds terribly and now the vet has put him on prescription hypoallergenic food which is very expensive. I'veread some things on raw diets and I'm wondering if that will help him heal as well as get rid of his allergies (he constantly licks his paws). Is there an easy guide on how to feed a dog a raw diet and how much to feed him. Chief weighs 94 pounds
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post #138 of 176 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 09:39 PM
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Great thread here. Thanks, Laura, for rawdogranch.

My 11 year old lab struggles with licking, so I am gonna start a BARF diet. The only question that I have that does not seem to be answered is what do you do with the eggs? Do you simply crack them on top of whatever else you're putting in the dog bowl along with the shell? Do you blend them with other ingredients? Thanks.
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Still wondering about you serve the eggs and the shells.
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post #140 of 176 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 01:24 PM
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Over the weekend, my neighbors driving by said hello and I see you're spoiling those babies!

I was standing out on the patio with a carton of brown eggs and all three of my dogs sitting waiting for their "treat!" Oh, who can sit soonest, who can sit stillest, who is squirming in his seat now?

I just put the whole egg in their eager mouths, they drop it on the pavement and it cracks and they lap it up. Except for old girl. She just starts chewing as soon as it hits her tongue, haha!! And if the younger two don't eat their shells, you can count on her to make quick of those, as well. Sound like tater chips for dogs!
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