Raw prey diet

What would a raw prey diet need to mainly consist of as far as the main protein?

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Apr 24, 2016
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by: Great Pyrenees Club

Give with introduction to raw food if dog having trouble with it (diarrhoea)
Milk Thistle (clean inside for 3 weeks); If your dog is having trouble adjusting.

Psyllium: 1 tsp. per 20lb

I feed once a day

• Raw meat (RMB-raw meaty bone) (Chicken leg quarters, necks, backs, venison, pork, beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, fish, turkey, duck, bison, tripe, liver, sardines) Do not cut up meats.
• 5-10% organs
• 10-15% edible bones
• 80-85% muscle meat (and the rest of the critter) (bone in chicken breast to start for raw for a week or two - watch the poop)

Additives (once a day - optional but fun to add)
• 1/2 tsp. Salmon/sardine oil 

• Vitamin E (400 IU)

• 3/4 tsp. Berte’s Ultra Probiotic Powder if dog has trouble digesting raw food
• 1 tsp. fibre
 
Occasionally (optional but fun to add)
• Cottage cheese or yogurt occasionally
• 1/4 cup pure pumpkin (not filling) for fibre
• Vegetables not necessary but if fed (for fibre), make sure they are thoroughly cooked
• Alphalpha, kelp
• powered vitamin C

Feed one kind of meat for a few days, then switch to another etc. Once the dog is used to eating various meats then start veggies (cooked only) if you want. 
 
The rule of thumb for healthy adult dogs is 2-3% of their optimal body weight. If they are overweight, aim for the DESIRED weight, not their current weight. Same for an underweight dog, take their desired weight to figure your starting amount for each meal.

• Take your dog’s weight (or desired weight)  e.g. 100 pounds = 453.59 grams 
• Multiply his weight in grams x 2% (or 3 %)   therefore 907.18 grams of food
• 90.71 grams organ meat
• 90.71 bone
• 725.74 gram of muscle meat
• You don't need to be exact but that's what you try to aim for. It's like humans. We don't get everything we need in one day but over time, it works out.

Dr. Karen Becker talks about dog diets. This is a three part series and very information. Here is part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx2YIIpF4cc

Book
Natural Nutrition For Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet" by Kymythy R Schultz

I hope this helps although it's more than you asked for!

Apr 25, 2016
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Sorry I don't like raw food
by: Ed A from NJ

I know there are people who swear by raw food but it is a mistake. First it is hard to balance and raw food contains bactiria. Many of the high quality dog foods are very very good. I personally give my GP and my Newfie taste of the wild and 13 oz. Of boiled white meat chicken. Beau was 165 and 8 years old when I lost him to a heart tumor. Buttercup was a grand 13 plus when I lost her to cancer and Maximoose is 5 and a health 150. All big happy GP. Baby Nava the Newfie is 11 months old 30 inches at the withers and 132 so far. Mt vet said today she is slow growing perfectly. Raw food may work for some but so much development goes into new age dog kibble and they love it. Why take chances?

Apr 26, 2016
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Raw food
by: Donna

There are no chances to be had. There have been many recalls on kibble. I watched a video of kibble being made and I would never go back.

Dogs on kibble poop huge poops twice a day. Why? Because there is so much filler in kibble.

It's easy to balance out the ratios for raw. My dogs have been on it for five years and they actually eat their food, now. My Pyrs have never liked the processed kibble and it was painful to watch them eat it piece by piece and never finish it.

They have both had blood work and they are both perfect after 5 years on raw.

Both my dogs had medical issues when I adopted them. After prednisone and digestive enzymes, neither of which worked, I put them on raw. I've never looked back.

Conventional vets will be quick to scare people on feeding raw but there is no fear to be had.

Apr 27, 2016
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by: Ed A from NJ

I am glad you have done well with it but the US federal food and drug disagree and say it is unhealthy for your dog and you. Along with web MD, Dogtime, the University of Georgia, the university of Wisconsin ( two of the best vet schools in the world.) And just about every authority except company's who sell the stuff. Words come up like salminilla , live bactirias and bone splintering. As to recalls there are 1 to every 5 raw food scares. Last extra poop, I can't believe that is even a consideration when it come to the health of our loved dogs?

Apr 28, 2016
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by: Donna

Vets get their nutritional training from kibble reps and vaccination training from pharmaceutical reps. After my own experiences with vets and watching this video http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2012-2013/barking-mad I don't have a lot of faith in some vets nor vet colleges.

Many vets have gone the alternative medicine route. This also means feeding raw.

I do my research for my dogs. After following conventional vets for years, I know that isn't the place for my dogs.

Have you heard of a dog who has come down with salmonella, live bacteria etc. from eating raw? Bone splintering occurs if you feed cooked bones which you never do. Dog's stomachs are different from ours. No one if feeding their dogs rotten meat. I've never heard of a dog getting sick from raw. Again, I've done my research.

There are many vets, breeders, vet techs etc. who feed raw and they wouldn't go back.

No, the amount of poop is just an indicator of the amount of filler in kibble.

Jul 23, 2016
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Eating raw forever
by: Anonymous

Dogs have been eating raw forever. They will eat a rabbit, mouse, bird, etc., if they can get it. That is more natural than dog food any day of the week. It's hard to come by when you live in the city, or you aren't a hunter, so dog food is a nessecity. But dogs love raw meat and bones. And their hair is beautiful and they gain weight better on a raw diet.

Jul 24, 2016
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Raw
by: Donna

Raw is easily accessible in Canada now. Many entrepreneurs has discovered there is a need and want for raw and have started some great businesses. They deliver, too.

It only needs to be googled for your area.

Then there are butchers who also supply raw diet for dogs.

And, when you see sales are the grocery sale, it can be picked up there.

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