Diet

by Wendy
(Shiloh North Carolina)

Hello,
Shiloh Journey is our amazingly sweet, funny and beautiful Great Pyrenees. She will be one year old on January 17. We have 18 acres and she has her own large fenced area and big house within those parameters. We LOVE her! She loves all of our animals and even the neighbors four dogs. She will quickly lay on her belly to show the goat and other animals that she means no harm but only wants to hang out and play. It is so fun to have her. She loves running the fields we are butted up to. She has access to over 1500 acres connected to ours, but I never let her roam that long without supervision, so she gets a taste of the large area, but not full reign. I don't want to lose her. She loves to stand tall and hug me. I let her jump up for hugs, but am still training her when she can and cannot jump up for hugs. She is doing fantastic learning the difference. She just loves to be loved on. I can't believe we got so lucky with the temperament she displays.
I began feeding her what her breeder was feeding their dogs. They had beautiful working dogs on a lovely goat farm up in the Va. mountains. We don't use Journey as a working dog, although she sure doesn't know that. She sits and watches, barks when she needs to and can't wait to get out and put the flock of 31 Peking "ducks" back in their pen. I kept her on the food she was eating when I bought her, "Southern States Complete Puppy"

Then I was buying chicken feed when I met a man who raises Pyrs in the area and changed her over to what he feeds his dogs simply because I was thinking he knew more than I did.
She doesn't seem to eat a lot. Even when we were giving her the other. I occasionally slip in a can of dog food I get from the grocery store as a "treat" and I give her soup bones to keep her busy. I buy those from the freezer section of the grocery store. So, I want to give her the very best that I can afford to give her.
1. What does a raw meat diet look like?
2. Where is the best place to purchase such items?
3. We do have meat processing stores in our country area.
4. What do you think is the best dry food to offer her and why do you think it is the best?

I certainly want to keep this girl around for as long as I can...she is my 90 lb baby!
Thank you

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by: Donna

There is a lot of information out there. Raw is a species-appropriate diet. We spend time making our food so why wouldn't we put a little extra time into our dogs meal? This simply means cutting it up a bit and adding things into it.

Note there is an excellent online seminar going on in March 2018. They cover raw feeding along with many other topics for the well-being of your dog.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RawRoundupWithDNM/

You sound like you're in a good area for getting your raw. I get mine from a butcher. Grass fed hearts, chickens backs, turkey necks, liver, tripe, offal... I cut it up and freeze it in large baggies. I add in non-synthetic probiotics, yogurt, egg, green veggie chopped up finely, coconut oil etc. You may be able to get all sorts of other kinds of meats locally.

Kibble is a very processed food. There are no regulations in the industry so ingredients on the packaging are not always accurate. Here is an interesting video on that:

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-industry-exposed/euthanized-pets-dog-food/

The dogs body has to absorb this dry food which is sprayed with fats to make them interested in eating it.

Here is some more information on kibble and raw:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-feeding-primer/

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/08/raw-food-diet-part-2.aspx

This article tells you how kibble is made:

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/11/18/dry-pet-food.aspx

I hope this helps.

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