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Louise & Skye The Whippet

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Raw Feeding
« on: Sep 12, 2014, 15:38 »
My dog is now 2. She has been on Nutriment since 10 weeks old.  It is really suiting her.
The Salmon seems to leave her hungry compared to when she has the beef (she does not like the other meats.  She also prefers the food when it is only just defrosted.  She will refuse to eat the food if it is more watery or not really cold.  ie straight from the fridge.  Does anyone else have any feeding issues/comments with raw please?

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 13, 2014, 21:47 »
Hi Louise, I'm a very recent convert to raw, having switched first to Nature's Menu then to Nutriment when my latest dog (I've had 12 before) had appalling digestion no matter what dry food I tried him on - and I tried several of the highest rated, both kibble & cold pressed. Now I've tried it (well the dog has, not me personally) I'm completely converted and I'd never go back.

My little boy will eat anything, he's the only dog I've ever known who will beg and whimper for a lettuce leaf, so he's happy to gobble up any of the Nutriment varieties, but like you I've found that all are not equal in terms of food value, and I adjust the amount I give him accordingly.  He gets 3% body weight of chicken, and 2.75% of turkey & salmon, which I note are higher in fat. I haven't tried him on the beef yet, but suspect he might need even less of that since it's higher fat again.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 13, 2014, 21:58 »
Hello Louise. I've been reading about raw feeding for a very long time but could not bring myself to pursue it.  With the help of the AADF website I have examined many of the better quality commercial foods and after choosing carefully I have recently been feeding cold pressed Gentle. My three Cairns have done well on it but it doesn't seem to matter what I give them, I always have a battle with controlling weight.  They are not tubby by any means but they easily put it on and I can never give more than about 20% less than the lower recommended daily allowance - doesn't matter what brand I've used. 

I have therefore started raw feeding earlier this week with one of them.  Like you, I chose Nutriment. It is going down well and the other two are now in transition to it (I hadn't planned on that just yet).  I am just hoping that because there is less carbohydrate in it their weight won't be such an issue. I would love to hear any advice or comments about this as I am a complete newbie when it comes to raw feeding.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 15, 2014, 22:32 »
Hi Dottie, the nice thing about using a pre-prepared raw diet, is that all the work is done for you already, which was my main reason for using a brand already prepared. I have two dogs, Leila and Dexter, Leila wouldn't touch natures menu but Dexter would, Nutriment is a bit hit and miss, they will both eat some but not all varieties (salmon is a no-go, as is the beef, although Leila ate the beef at first). I am also using natural pet pantry as I like their ethics; all meat is organic or free range, it also has more texture to it. Dexter is temporarily off raw and back on kibble and wet; he is on new medication which gave him nausea as a side-effect so he wasn't that keen on eating raw.
I know raw feeding is a very passionate subject, and often gets quite heated, but I will say, that as a vegetarian myself, if I can feed raw this way, then anyone can :)

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 16, 2014, 12:37 »
Yes you are right Correna, raw feeders can be very passionate!  ;D I don't raw feed myself but was interested (then put off by a number of groups on FB) and then I found a bunch of understanding and helpful people on Rawsome and Holistic - lots of useful information for anyone who wants to learn about raw feeding so I would highly recommend it - even if you are just curious to find out more like me!  :)

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Re: Raw Feeding
« Reply #5 on: Oct 22, 2014, 21:10 »
I fed my border collie cross on raw for a while but she never really took to it, so I started to cook it for a short while. Is there any problems associated with cooking raw food? I never overlooked it but just enough to colour it.

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« Reply #6 on: Oct 23, 2014, 07:51 »
If it is just raw meat then cooking it is ok and you are actually feeding a home cooked diet, especially if you add some cooked vegetables etc.  If it is a prepared, minced meat mix with bone in it then I am not sure whether it should be cooked. Hopefully someone will have more information and be able to advise you.
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 06, 2014, 05:55 »
Two very helpful videos pertaining to raw feeding from this website:
Here are the urls:
Dr Karen Becker discusses raw food diet.
There is also another one on making raw food here.
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Re: Raw Feeding
« Reply #8 on: Feb 28, 2015, 23:09 »
Apart from on this forum I've stopped telling people I feed my dog a raw (with some cooked veg) diet, I get looked at like I'm bonkers - I've even been told a couple of times that it's totally unnecessary and I'm wasting my time and money  :(
I believe the opposite - I like to know what's going into my dogs food.  I am fairly new to raw but I have been really surprised by the general negativity, I just want for my dog what I want for myself - a decent diet and a healthy life! 

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 30, 2015, 07:59 »
Yesterday I visited a raw food specialist company in the neighbouring city and my word, purchasing from them drastically reduces the cost of feeding a dog.  They have various meats, all ground up with bone in them and wrapped in plastic in 500g portions. All the owner has to do is add vegetables and fruit as desired.  15 x 500g portions cost £8.50.  They also have lots of other things such as bones, turkey necks and even cows tails.  For a cheaper alternative to the commercial raw foods it would be worth looking round for companies such as this one.  I understand that their supplier is Durham Animals Feeds (DAF).
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« Reply #10 on: Aug 26, 2015, 18:08 »
Wow I just looked at DAF's website and I might be able to afford to feed RAW after all!  Great selection too, so I've placed an initial order to try it out.

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« Reply #11 on: Aug 26, 2015, 21:50 »
I've never personally used DAF as I conveniently live about 2 miles from NBN and I absolutely love them. I've only heard good reviews from those who use DAF so I hope they work out for you, too! Buying direct from raw suppliers is a great money saver as the closer you get to DIY the cheaper feeding becomes.

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« Reply #12 on: Aug 27, 2015, 18:19 »
That is good news and I hope that your dog does well on the food. Please let us know.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 19, 2016, 16:46 »
Kez_sparky, I completely agree! Dogs can definitely get all the nutrients they need from raw foods. Not only will they have shinier coats, higher energy level and an easier time maintaining healthier weight, they can do this with all natural foods with no chemicals. Hopefully people will come around to it soon!

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 25, 2017, 11:56 »
Raw food diets are quite 'on trend' at the moment.  I don't know of any research that has proved beyond doubt that a raw diet is better for dogs although there seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence.  I agree with Meg's comment about raw food not suiting all dogs.  There are many factors involved in selecting a suitable diet for a dog and lots of alternatives to choose from. Nobody should feel compelled to feed a raw diet or feel guilty if they are not doing so.  It is simply a feeding option.
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