|09-08-2013 03:51 AM|
Hunt and fish, you are in Alaska. I think the sled dogs live on salmon. Or contact a meat processer who butchers for the lazy hunters and they will have scraps. Most people feed dog food and its all garbage, almost any raw diet is an improvement.
I feed simple, almost all chicken since its the cheapest meat. Some liver, some beef organs. A mix of yogurt, pumpkin, and supplements about 4 days a week, the supplement are the same as in the last 20 ingredients in a good dog food but a higher human grade plus glucosamine chondritin. I use pup sup.
|09-08-2013 02:58 AM|
Keeping raw simple and affordable in a remote location
I just switched my guy Rigby over to a raw diet last week to try to help combat chronic diarrhea of undiagnosed origin. He's had x-rays, blood panels, abdominal ultrasound, a feeding trial with a limited ingredient food, EPI test, Addison's test, fecal exams, etc. with no apparent cause.
We switched cold turkey to raw a week ago and his stools are firmer now than they have been for months. They've all been a bit weird still (strange colors here and there, some soft, some hard, undigested bits in some), but it's definitely an improvement. He's also gone from 3x daily poops to once daily, which I take as a good sign.
The problem I'm coming up against is thinking through doing this long-term. We're in a remote-ish area of Alaska, and it can be very difficult to get goods here. We don't have a veterinarian, a dentist, or a doctor, let alone access to a variety of foods. We do have a grocery store that's stocked every couple weeks. No butcher but there are meats delivered frozen. Turkey, beef, chicken, pork, and occasionally lamb will come in. If I'm lucky I might get some moose this fall. We don't have deer here, but I might be able to get some mountain goat or caribou.
Right now I've been feeding chicken thighs (quartered-- the kind with the bone in and skin and fat left on) and split chicken breasts (again, with skin on). I know I need to add other meats and have an appropriate balance of muscle/organ/bone, but I needed to see how he'd take to raw first. He also needs to put a good deal of weight on (he's at 57 right now and his ideal weight is likely around 64 or 65 lbs).
I'm looking for the SIMPLEST way to feed raw, given our availability of various products. Storage space is also at a premium-- I'm not sure I can get hold of an extra freezer for storing meats for him, and we're limited in the amount of electricity we can get, so for the summery part of the year it would be tough to keep excess meat stocked up. I might be able to have some things flown in, frozen, but again, storage is an issue and I'm also hoping to keep costs reasonable.
I would love if we could just order some kibble and have him do fantastically on it-- it would be far easier for me in terms of cost and storage. But given his GI issues and the fact that raw has been the only thing that seems to be helping, I think I'm going to have to keep with raw for a while. It's also the first time I've EVER seen him excited about his food. He's always been an apathetic eater who regularly skipped meals. Since we started raw he's been coming to me asking for his dinner! That's definitely never happened before!
If anyone has any suggestions on how to keep raw as simple and economical as possible, or if anyone has experience feeding raw and living in a remote location (or someplace with limited access to goods) I'd be appreciative. I've been reading all these posts that say he needs this amount of this and that amount of that and feed 3 to 5 protein sources and switch all this up and I'm really worried I won't be able to hack it and I'll end up doing him more harm than good.