Switching from kibble to RAW
My pup is 9mo's old and 90lbs (approx), and hes been eating Royal Canin GSD24 for I'd say the last 6 months. Although I've never really been satisfied with kibble, it was conveniently easy to buy, quick to serve, and that was that. Now that I know my pup has HD, I'm wanting to explore the benefits of feeding RAW a little more as far as his HD goes.
My questions are as follows:
How do I transition my pup from kibble to raw?
What meats do I buy? Do I buy vegetables too?
How much/often do I feed him?
What is the best way to get his food? Stockpile it? or buy every other day?
These are just some of the quick questions I can come up with. I'm sure I'll have more. I've read and done some research, but every website/person I hear from has a different way of doing it. I just wanna know how the GSD community (you all) goes about it. Thanks!
PS - Will his bad breath go away? His breath smells like he literally ate poop. It's disgusting.
Some people recommend (I would too) to just switch to raw completely and not do a long transition period. There is a lot of information out there and some of it can be confusing but it is so worth it. I would recommend gettting a freezer and stockpiling any good deals you come up with. Make friends with butchers and hunters. Some people feed vegetables and they usually subscribe to a "barf" diet. The ones that don't feed a "primal" diet. Look up the difference between the two and decide what works best for you. I do not feed vegetables. A good starting point would be 2% of his weight in food. For a 90lb dog, you might start with 1lb 7 oz of meet, 2.88 oz of bone and 1.44 oz of liver and 1.44 oz of non-liver organ meet. That is a daily starting point which you can modify. There is an app called Raw Dog that you can download for free that will give you the amounts.
Here is a great & easy way to try out raw feeding (or slightly cooked). Your dog would be getting all of the nutrients he needs and you would be getting the experience of feeding raw! You add Steve Browns Homemade Dinner Mix to your own ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken), measure, mix, and feed! Steve is an EXPERT in the science of raw feeding! See Spot Live Longer™ Homemade Dinner Mixes | Product Catalog
Info: Healthy Dog Food Dinner Mixes
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Ingredients: dried spinach, ground flax seed, dicalcium phosphate, oyster shell powder, dried spirulina algae, psyllium husk powder, organic dried kelp, sea salt, inulin, chelated minerals (iron, zinc, manganese and copper amino acid chelates), vitamin E, choline chloride, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3, vitamin B12.
Dogs should also be on a digestive enzyme and probiotic to help them assimilate their food and keep their gut healthy as 65% of disease starts there! Here are two quality products:
Sunday Sundae: http://www.carmspack.com/feed-sentials/
Digest All Plus: The Wholistic Pet
Raw feeding should help his breath too!;)
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