Actually a true prey model diet is the whole dang animal, fur, feathers, head, feet, etc. Since there are just some things I can't stomach, my dogs eat what I call a "sissified" prey model diet. I don't feed whole prey, no feathers, fur or heads. I do feed literally every kind of meat I can get my hands on. Diet consists of roughly 80% Meat, 10% Bone and 10% Organs (half of which is liver). Beef, Chicken, Bison, Llama, Lamb, Goat, Rabbit, Turkey, Fish, Deer, Elk even Beaver on occasion when I can get it. Along with this the dogs get a chicken foot everyday (great source of glucosomine), fish oil and vitamin E. Once a week they get a whole turkey neck. No veggies or fruit except as treats now and then (Wheeler loves lettuce and Lola loves cucumber).
The dogs have amazing coats, sparkly clean teeth, no doggie odor, no stinky gas and are in amazing condition and health. I will never again feed commercial dog food and find that feeding this way is much less expensive than pre-made raw (patties, etc.) I have been asked at dog shows a number of times what coat dressing I use on Wheeler's coat, because it is incredibly shiny. Truth is that I don't use a coat dressing at all. All I do is spritz him with plain water and wipe him down with a microfiber cloth.
The only time I feed ground food is when the dogs are with the handler. I supervise my dogs meals just in case somebody gets overzealous and tries to swallow something too large. I have never had a problem, but none-the-less still supervise their meals. When the dogs are on the road with the handler I don't want to worry, so I send along a pre-ground that consists of basically 80% meat, 10% bone and 10% organ.
I purchase a large portion of what I feed from My Pet Carnivore. I also pick up Chicken from the local grocery when it is on sale, I can get Chicken quarters fairly regularly for $0.59/lb. During hunting season, I also check with the local game processors and can oftentimes get a great deal on deer meat.
I have my Vet run a blood chemistry on my guys twice a year, and watching Wheeler's labs and overall appearance and health over the past 3+ years, has converted my Vet from being opposed to feeding raw to switching his own dogs to a raw diet, and even recommending it to some clients.
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Last edited by ShelianDobe; 11-19-2012 at 11:50 PM.