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View Poll Results: Why did you choose to feed a RAW diet to your dog?
Itching 6 20.69%
Soft stools or diarrhea 1 3.45%
Clean teeth 11 37.93%
Poor coat condition 3 10.34%
Food sensitivities 5 17.24%
Overall Health 26 89.66%
Quality Control 12 41.38%
Breeder Request 0 0%
Illness 0 0%
Commercially made Raw 3 10.34%
Home made Raw 11 37.93%
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-21-2015, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Why do you feed your dog a RAW diet?

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I forgot to click it but I intially switched because my GSD always had digestive troubles on kibble, very rarely had a normal stool but on raw he's been doing fabulous not to mention the raw stool are so much smaller and break down so quickly. Other things I noticed were his coat became so shiny I almost needed sunglasses to look at him lol and all the build up on his teeth disappeared, they are pure white... no yellowing, no build up and no bad breath!

I do a prey model home made raw though I do supplement with omega's 3's and some of Carmen's supplements. I've seen big positive changes in all 3 of my dogs across the board, never going back to kibble.

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I initially switched due to quality control...it was when dogs were dying and then the recalls began in late 2006-early'07. My sisters pup(Onyx's littermate) died and it was pinpointed to bad kibble.

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I initially switched due to quality control...it was when dogs were dying and then the recalls began in late 2006-early'07. My sisters pup(Onyx's littermate) died and it was pinpointed to bad kibble.
That was another reason and another that I'd lost 3 pets to cancer back to back to back, I'm not saying raw fed dogs don't get cancer or have health problems but diet does play a huge role in health and like going to a reputable breeder I wanted to increase my odds of healthy long lived dogs.

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I myself had not thought about it until I met Carmen and saw her dogs. she had some older dogs that looked amazing and full of life. Their eyes were bright, coats shining.
I thought it was a crazy amount of work and rediculously expensive. ...my assumptions and I was wrong.
I had almost made the decision to never get another GSD after losing our first just shy of 7 yrs old. Then I started thinking about all the steroids he had been on for his horrid itching, enzymes for his EPI, meds for chronic ear infections, horrible breath. To this day I wonder if I could have increased his life span by feeding raw. ..something I will never know.

Gus has never been fed kibble. He looks fantastic and I too will never feed kibble to my dogs again.

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Mainly a money issue, went through a bunch of kibble to find the right one that didn't upset his stomach and that happened to be Orijen, but at $96.00 for a thirty pound bag was breaking the bank. Was able to buy two and a half to three months worth of food for that price.

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I can't remember why I put Jax on raw. Nutra made her sick. Made all the dogs sick so it wasn't her. She started refusing TOTW. I think at that point I put her on raw. Then started the cat with IBD when I flipped the SD I/D over and ready "corn" as the second ingredient. Banshee was started when she started getting growths. Seger as always been on raw. He thinks kibble is candy.




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Lots of different reasons so I voted overall health. Over the years, I've had numerous dogs, both rescues and purebreds. They've all had health problems of one type or another. I wanted to give Mystique the best possible chance so I researched for the best possible dog food to feed her. Turns out the best (in my opinion) isn't even dog food. Pearly white teeth, shiny soft coat, bright eyes, lots of energy... can't dispute that kind of evidence.

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Overall health. Butters seemed to be doing okay on kibble (and we tried to get her the best. ..Or at least "best" as far as kibble goes), but when I saw all of the benefits of raw, I saw no reason not to do it. It was cheaper than kibble, better for her health, her teeth, her coat, etc.

Needless to say, I was not disappointed with the results. I will definitely be staying far, far away from kibble, and plan to switch my kittens to raw eventually as well.


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Dakota used to have constant hot spots and trouble holding any muscle on kibble. My other dog, Alice, stayed on kibble at first because she did fine. But I eventually switched her too after seeing how Dakota flourished on it. So I decided to put her and the puppy on raw for their overall health.

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