Originally Posted by Lauri & The Gang
ALL dog lovers are welcome here.
Many of us have breeds other than (or in addition to) German Shepherds.
Have you looked into raw feeding (or home cooked)? The majority of allergy issues improve when all carbohydrates are removed from a dogs diet (since they do not need them).
Thanks for the warm welcome, Lauri!
Yes, I would love to feed raw. I am currently adding fresh/frozen green tripe on the weekends. I have a good source of raw meats and I am currently trying to learn more. I can get rabbit, muskrat, lamb, beef, chicken and more from mypetcarnivore.com . They have a delivery route that comes to my area once a month.
The problem is convincing my wife. She thinks its gross. I'm trying to educate/convince her, but she thinks I'm just going overboard. Meanwhile, I'm transistioning to Orijen which is among the lowest carb dry kibbles on the market. I know there are Orijen haters out there, but I think it is good as far as kibble goes. If I must feed dry, I'd prefer to feed a freeze dried formula or something like ziwipeak, but the cost is insane... high quality raw would be way cheaper.
So for now, I'm starting to feed raw mixed with kibble 2-3 days a week. If you have any suggestions for a raw/kibble diet I'm all ears. I'm not sure if it is ok to feed 100% raw on the weekends and kibble during the week? For now I have been feeding about half green tripe, half kibble mixed together on the week-ends.
I plan on ordering some other meats and organs. I'm not sure what to get. Get this! I read up about meat allergies. This is just one example: Dog Food Allergies | Frequently Asked Questions
It says the most common food allergies include: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, and Fish! I have read from other sources that include Pork and Rabbit to this list of common allergies. WHAT! What else is there??? That covers almost every type of meat available! So confusing
That's why so far all I have given raw is green tripe. While is it technically a beef product, I haven't read anything but positive about green tripe. Often called the "perfect dog food". Some people even feed a 100% green tripe diet. The only negative I have been able to find to feeding 100% green tripe is that is does not have much tyrosine which may cause infertility problems... otherwise not a problem if you have a male or a spayed female.