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Raw Feeding For Beginner?

As of right now LJ eats Orijen Dry Puppy Food for Large Breed. He eats 2 cups 3 times a day. I know that seems like a lot but he is extremely active and is at a healthy weight so we just go with it. I would like to look into raw feeding but I have no idea what to feed or how much to feed. I would hate to throw off his digestive system. So can I get raw feeding for dummies please?
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You may want to purchase a BALANCED commercial raw food for starters while you are researching exactly how to feed raw muscle meat, organs, bone etc., and where to purchase them in your area. Oh, and you'll need an abundance of freezer space for all the "parts"!

You could try a raw food for breakfast and stay on the Orijen for dinner and see how he adjusts.

Here are some prepared raw food companies to look at:
Northwest Naturals Why Northwest Naturals

Primal Complete Raw Diets for Pets: Raw Frozen Formulas

Bravo Raw Dog Food | Best Frozen Raw Diet for Dogs - Bravo Pet Food

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Thanks!! It will be a new experience thats for sure but the way I figure is we already have six children and cook in bulk so if it would be more nutritionally sound for LJ then why not. We do have a deep freezer, however finding the right pricing may be an issue (small town, no butcher shops )
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Thanks!! It will be a new experience thats for sure but the way I figure is we already have six children and cook in bulk so if it would be more nutritionally sound for LJ then why not. We do have a deep freezer, however finding the right pricing may be an issue (small town, no butcher shops )
Yep, takes a while to get accustom to a new way of feeding and A LOT of reading on this blog and other places to make sure that you do it correctly (balanced) especially for a pup! Ours current GSD's started raw food at three weeks old. They are 7 and 9 years old now!

Good luck! It'll be the best thing for him!
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You may want to purchase a BALANCED commercial raw food for starters while you are researching exactly how to feed raw muscle meat, organs, bone etc., and where to purchase them in your area. Oh, and you'll need an abundance of freezer space for all the "parts"!

You could try a raw food for breakfast and stay on the Orijen for dinner and see how he adjusts.

Here are some prepared raw food companies to look at:
Northwest Naturals Why Northwest Naturals

Primal Complete Raw Diets for Pets: Raw Frozen Formulas

Bravo Raw Dog Food | Best Frozen Raw Diet for Dogs - Bravo Pet Food

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Do you know if anywhere is that in Northeast Georgia to buy the raw food already prepared? Northwest Naturals is in Chicago and Primal the closest is in Alabama. I tried to see if they shipped to GA but apparently not.
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There are at least 3 commercially prepared base-mixes for raw (or cooked, your choice) to help you achieve a balanced diet without any fuss or spreadsheets. The Honest Kitchen, Balance IT, and Volhard Nutrition all offer different formulas of base mixes designed to achieve complete, balanced meals with fresh meat added. It makes it very easy.

I have a friend who feeds the Volhard mix + beef, and has for years. Her GSD is healthy and thriving. (It contains some grain [oats]. I can't feed it because it has deydrated chicken liver in the ingredients, and chicken is an allergen for my dog.)

I currently use use the Honest Kitchen's Preference mix + beef. That combo healed a dog with a severe food allergy causing severe GI problems (retal polyps, bloody poop, and worse), and he's in great health now. I don't know anyone using Balance IT but the company is associated with the UC Davis vet school, so it's very reputable.

Here are links:
Volhard Nutrition: Volhard Dog Nutrition
THK: Base Mix | The Honest Kitchen
Balance IT: https://secure.balanceit.com/index.php

ETA: Check with local, independent pet supply retailers about special-ordering THK, Primal, Bravo, etc. Even if they don't stock them, their distributors likely can get them, and most retailers are happy to special order anything their distributors carry. Mine will even get me a case-discount on Bravo if I buy 12 chubs.
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Do you know if anywhere is that in Northeast Georgia to buy the raw food already prepared? Northwest Naturals is in Chicago and Primal the closest is in Alabama. I tried to see if they shipped to GA but apparently not.
Foods like this are typically sold at Doggie Boutiques.

NW Naturals store locator: Store Locator

Bravo store locator: Find a Bravo Retailer - Bravo Pet Food

Primal store locator: Primal Pet Foods: Store Locator

Pet Supply Plus stores carry Primal and possibly the others.

Considering your location, you may need to purchase "Freeze Dried" from someplace like Dog and Cat Food, Treats, and Supplies | Free Shipping at Chewy.com freeze dried dog food - Free Shipping at Chewy.com

The Honest Kitchen Base Mixes, adding store bought ground meat, is also another great choice (as Magwart mentioned).
It is the ONLY pet food in the USA that the FDA legally allows to use the words "Human Ingredients" on their packaging and advertising! Don't let the price scare you.....a 10 pound box rehydrates to about 35 pounds, but you feed more than dry kibble! LOL

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I will check all the resources out and see what I can find here. Thanks
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Thanx all for the useful resourses
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