Join Date: Jul 2018
Dogs Name: Hessian II Daker Poland
Dogs Age: May 3, 2018
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First thing: RAW FEEDING IS ALMOST A SCIENCE. THERE'S A TON OF STUFF YOUR DOG NEEDS IN IN ORDER TO KEEP HIM HEALTHILY SUSTAINED.
I fed my boy raw from when I got him at 7 weeks old, but stopped after he turned one year, replacing his old feeding regimen for high quality kibble.
Feeding raw requires a very balanced, well-rounded diet with LOTS of variety. For example, here's the approx ratio of food your dog needs for its daily intake:
70% muscle meat
10% RAW edible bone (never cooked bones)
5% liver (any more than this can cause severe diarrhea)
5% other secreting organs
3% fruits (some fruits aren't good for dogs)
In order for you to get the most out of a raw diet, you must have VARIETY, VARIETY, VARIETY. It's everything. Don't just feed chicken, tripe, and gizzard to him on the regular. Not only is something like that missing A TON of what your dog needs, there is only a limited amount of essential nutrients in something like that. Change it up everyday. Also, you must figure out the portions (by weight) of how much your puppy should be getting daily. So you'll need a scale to weigh out his food.
I have heard of people just giving their dogs the same meal everyday...NOT good. Your dog needs various parts from many different animals, and I also made sure to got a nice variety of veggies (potatoes are important), and fruits. I have found that many people who attempt a raw diet don't give them a well-rounded diet, simply because it is very difficult to make sure they are getting ALL the proper nutrients in their diet, EVERY DAY.
Also, it can get quite pricey and also takes time and commitment. If you feel you can get the ratios and portions correct, it can be quite beneficial. But after Hess turned one year old, I decided to get him a high grade kibble which contained everything that he needed. I switch back and forth every month between Zignature and Victor. They are both a high performance, high grade kibble. On top of that, I have piece of mind knowing that I do not have to worry about getting his ratios wrong. Even though Hess has turned out to be a beautiful, healthy dog, I don't have to worry about missing out on any essential nutrients that he may be needing.
IMO, a right raw diet can be great, but it's a time consuming and pricey. It is rewarding, however, to watch your dog flourish when you know your pup is getting everything he needs. Plus, I found it fun to mess around with different meats and organs to see how he enjoyed the different dishes.
Even though I have switched my boy to kibble once a day, I do have some raw chicken I keep in my freezer. I give him a frozen thigh a couple times a week for a nice treat.
Just do TONS of research before you choose raw. If you are doing it right, one major thing I started noticing was that Hess didn't poop nearly as much because he was using almost everything he ingested. When he did poop, it almost just turned to dust immediately. That was a plus, among the other benefits.
Sorry for the rambling, but I hope this helps a little! Just remember it's a delicate balance if you choose to go this way, so be careful and do your research!
Alex and Hess
Last edited by A_Levine86; 07-09-2019 at 01:18 AM.