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I have a 3 month old male puppy who has a sensitive stomach. When I got him at 2 months I put him on Hill's Science puppy food but he did not tolerate that well. The vet then recommended the Hill's Science diet that is specialised for the GSD and he seems to be doing ok on it. I also give him probiotics when he gets diarrhea After doing some research, I am now thinking of putting him on a raw diet. Obviously the vets does not encourage this decision. I have a few questions regarding this and would really appreciate honest input from experienced people.
1. Is a raw diet recommendable for a dog with a sensitive digestive system?
2. How do you ween a puppy off kibble and onto raw food?
3. Where can you find the most reliable and concise information on the web regarding a raw diet?
4. Would a raw diet be more expensive than having a dog on a kibble prescription diet?
Any input and suggestions would be highly appreciated.
 

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Absolutely, it can be more beneficial in the ease of removing known allergens. For instance if the dog does well on just raw meat then it was something in the kibble that was causing the issue and not the protein itself. If the dog shows signs of being sensitive to chicken, then you simply don't use chicken - you can use turkey, duck, salmon, beef, pork, kangaroo, etc instead and never touch chicken or a chicken product again

I did a cold switch, kibble one meal and then raw ever since. Never had a issue

There is tons of information out there, google is your best friend for sure and better yet - find and talk to people that have been feeding raw already, hopefully local. They can help with suppliers, encouragement, and getting you started

Price depends on your suppliers. I was feeding Fromm and with supplements it was coming to around $120 a month, feeding raw costs me $140 a month. I could do it cheaper but I like the suppliers I use and it's premade so no measuring or work required. I don't mind paying the little extra for that convenience


In the end, the best advice I got - just do it. Get your suppliers lined up, research, and then take the plunge. Most dogs do excellent on a raw diet and you will love the health benefits plus the satisfaction of knowing every item on the menu that they're eating. No more filler, no more reading ingredient lists, and my dogs LOVE eating - even my prissy miniature poodle crunches rabbit bones and chicken bones with enthusiasm
 

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Agree w everything Shade mentioned above.

A lot of it is trial and error in regards to what your pup likes and dislikes. Some will eat whatever you put in front of them and others will be far more picky. I suggest getting a wide variety and just seeing what works. I would, however (with your pup having a sensitive stomach) stick w one particular meat/bone for several days to check for any reactions.

I want to add, too, that I got 'sucked into' the Science Diet vet hole many years ago. If that is what your vet carries, it's likely what they'll recommend. And I went a good two years before realizing it wasn't the best option for my dogs for many reasons. That's not saying it's not a decent food...but you catch my drift.

I ended up stopping w the raw diet only bc I was having a hard time finding reasonable suppliers in my area. Several others on here had no issue, developed a good relationship, and it was smooth sailing. I, on the other hand, was spending a small fortune buying out of the grocery store.

There are others here (or used to be) that I'm sure could chime in and offer a lot more helpful advice!
 

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Hi! New to the raw feeding as well and I must say this forum has helped me through the process to the point that I felt confident in myself. Like mentioned before start by doing your research on what to feed and how to feed, you can search the forums here (look at the barf/raw feeding under health and wellness) it's a great place to start.

Next start by finding a supplier that has great prices a butcher or a international market or even farmers markets are great places to look. One thing my husband and I did first was buy a freezer to put the "dog food" in because our personal freezer wouldn't cut it. If you buy in bulk which is smart in the long run then a freezer is a must.

Another thing you should do before buying is figure how much you'll be feeding so you can figure out how much to buy. We currently feed Ellie (2y7m) 3-4% of her body weight, and made the mistake of feeding the same to Lincoln (9mo). Since Lincoln is fully grown yet we now feed 4-5% of his IDEAL body weight.

From there it is all trial and error. We were firt nervous about bones, but honestly that is the least of our concerns now. The pace that they eat their bone-in meals are slower than meals without bone. Their jaws are so strong though that bones aren't a worry. Second worry was balancing organ days. We didn't realize to feed liver and another organ together. So now we feed liver and kidney or liver and brain. It's all about what you can have available to you though. I'm going to leave you some websites that really really helped us and still help us along the way!

You can check out my recent post to find out some info, people were so informative! However, feeding raw has been the best change we have done! And for us, considering we fed the Fromm four-star line which cost us about $75-$80 a bag, we have saved so far.

Ps, sorry for the novel, hope it helps though.. From one newbie to another!

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Enjoy :)
 
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