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IOsmom 01-06-2014 12:41 PM

Questions!!!!
 
So we are officially about to switch our dogs over to a 100% raw diet. We're going to do "franken-prey" basically. I called a meat warehouse in LA and they quoted me some awesome prices for all the organ meat, muscle meat and bone we need.

I do have some questions though...

First, just for peace of mind, I want to make sure that there really is minimal risk of the bone hurting them. My logical mind tells me that they're carnivores and they're made to digest bone, but for those of you who've been feeding your dogs a raw diet for a long time, have you EVER had any issues with perforation or digestive problems from bone? I just want to make extra sure that my dogs will be ok on this diet.

Second, what ratios do you recommend for RMB, OM, and MM? And how many pounds should they eat per day? My GSD is 8 months old and weighs almost 100 lbs, and my shepherd corgi mix is almost 2 years old, weighing in at about 25 lbs. I want to do this right so their diet is as balanced as possible, but it seems a little complicated figuring out the numbers. What is an easy way to calculate how much they need of each type of meat/bone? Any bones I should avoid?

Thanks in advance!!!

IOsmom 01-06-2014 02:06 PM

Ok so IO just threw up his breakfast. It looked like it was mostly digested but it had a lot of grass in it. He ate his meal in the yard and it looked like a lot of dry grass was sticking to it while he ate it. Could the grass be the culprit for him throwing up? He's been eating raw turkey for a few days now with no problems until now.

Oisin's Aoire 01-07-2014 09:50 AM

Sometimes they throw it up and eat it again , especially if they ate fast :) Did he seem fine after? Was it right after he ate?

I have been raw feeding for months now , and zero issues. I do an 80-10-10 ratio for my dogs..anymore organ or muscle meat and they get soft poops. They are doing fantastic on it..after a few months the benefits are very plain to see.

Turkey bones , chicken bones are all fine they just have to be RAW. Do not defrost in the microwave or in boiling water ..sometimes people accidentally start to cook the bone that way , and that can be bad for sure. I have also been told by long term RAW feeders not to feed weight bearing bones of larger animals as they are too hard. Cow shins for recreactional chewing I believe are fine . They usually do not eat those :)

There are some long time RAW feeders here with great advice , they hang out more in the main BARF section. You may get more traffic on your post there :)

As for the portions ..a 8 month old very active pup probably needs 3 to 4 % of their weight per day. Just watch the waist line to tweak amounts.

For the grown Corgi , 2 % per day is good place to start ..just watch the weight. Older dogs need less sometimes especially if they are not very active.

IOsmom 01-07-2014 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Oisin's Aoire (Post 4788170)
Sometimes they throw it up and eat it again , especially if they ate fast :) Did he seem fine after? Was it right after he ate?

I have been raw feeding for months now , and zero issues. I do an 80-10-10 ratio for my dogs..anymore organ or muscle meat and they get soft poops. They are doing fantastic on it..after a few months the benefits are very plain to see.

Turkey bones , chicken bones are all fine they just have to be RAW. Do not defrost in the microwave or in boiling water ..sometimes people accidentally start to cook the bone that way , and that can be bad for sure. I have also been told by long term RAW feeders not to feed weight bearing bones of larger animals as they are too hard. Cow shins for recreactional chewing I believe are fine . They usually do not eat those :)

There are some long time RAW feeders here with great advice , they hang out more in the main BARF section. You may get more traffic on your post there :)

As for the portions ..a 8 month old very active pup probably needs 3 to 4 % of their weight per day. Just watch the waist line to tweak amounts.

For the grown Corgi , 2 % per day is good place to start ..just watch the weight. Older dogs need less sometimes especially if they are not very active.

Thank you! I did some serious research yesterday and came to the conclusion that an 80-10-10 ratio is what we need to do. We found a source for our meat and will be switching over 100% as soon as we finish our current bag of dog food.

And IO ended up eating the vomit and seemed perfectly fine, even had a small solid poop afterward. :)


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