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    Quote Originally Posted by laurendoodler View Post
    @TandVsMom I would be very careful about what meat sources you are introducing. You say you feed him beef patties and that later he had a pork neck bone..how long have you been doing raw??? It should be mostly one protein source for almost a month. I know that seems crazy, but it really is the best way. The dogs digestive systems need a chance to get used to digesting the raw food instead of the kibble and processed foods..it is much, much different. Introducing too many proteins at once is very likely to cause digestive upset.

    Chicken usually is the safest first source to start with. I'm with Lisa..it's usually the processed chicken in kibble that's a problem, not raw chicken. Raw chicken is one of the most readily available and cheaper protein sources on the raw diet. My dog eats a LOT of chicken, LOL.

    If you're really not wanting to do chicken, I would do strictly the beef that you are feeding for a month or so. You just really want to be careful about it. Delilah got things other than chicken after about a month, and I started doing organs with her after about a month and a half or two months. I still do those really sparingly because they give her the runs.

    As far as beef bones go..I would use them for recreational chewing only. Beef ribs or something would be okay, but weight bearing bones are purely for recreation. They can easily crack even the strongest teeth. For example..knuckle bones. You can give them to them to chew the meat off, but once the meat is gone take it away. Don't want them breaking teeth.

    Hope I've been of some help!
    I know, I fully intended just to do beef patties for several weeks...but I am currently living with my parents and my mother LOVES to feed Max, which she never gets to do because I don't let him have people food. She listened to me when I told her I was switching him to raw...there just seemed to be a miscommunication about WHAT raw. She just got over excited. I did buy some pork neck on sale, but I put most of it in the freezer for later. But thank you so much of the advice. I have lots of question and concerns, and am glad to get any advice I can.

    Like...why is he up now in the middle of the night playing when always before he was sleeping 11 hours?
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    @TandVsMom lol, gotta love it when people get over excited and feed your dogs. xD I've had it happen to. When I'm gone, I put Delilah's food in ziploc bags labeled by date and time so that she can't screw it up. Plus she won't handle the raw meat. That way she just has to dump it in a bowl.


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    oh good im glad to see this thread. i replied to the other one but i see im late. lol i feed sarah freeze dried raw so wont be much help to you but sarah does very well on beef. good luck and hope things continue to get better for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowsmom View Post
    oh good im glad to see this thread. i replied to the other one but i see im late. lol i feed sarah freeze dried raw so wont be much help to you but sarah does very well on beef. good luck and hope things continue to get better for you.
    I had looked at freeze dried, but I couldn't decide. I am sure that eventually, when I am more comfortable with feeding raw, I won't want to buy NVI anymore, but right now I can find it readily and have been able to dig up coupons so I've got a good enough amount to get us both used to raw. What brand of freeze dried do you recommend? That is the kind you mix with ground beef, right?
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    @TandVsMom i feed sarah vital essentials. they have freeze dried and real raw. they have several different forms of it to such as sprinkles, nibblets, and 2 sizes of patties. the real raw of is cheaper but i just cant go that route yet so freeze dried it is. no you dont mix it with anything its stand alone food. also i wanted to note that nvi uses rabbit from china and i believe their canned food is done in china which is why i never used it. just fyi.

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    We did things a little different here and introduced a new protein every three days. Only did it this way because my main contact and experienced raw feeder said that after 10 years or so, she's never had a dog that reacted badly to the fast switches. She fosters and have owned many pooches. Although she did say that it may be different for senior dogs, they're stomachs are more sensitive. Punkin was 4.5 yo when he started and he did fine with the 3 day switches.

    As for the beef bones, yes, I'd be careful with that like Lauren mentioned. Heck, I'm so scared of them that I've never fed the boys any. Same with pork bones, it depends which part of course. Just remember never to give weight bearing bones, unless for rec purposes. And watch them when you do give them one.

    And ditto about raw vs processed chicken. You can always try and give them some quarters and see what happens. Although chicken allergies do exist, it's rare in the raw form.

    I'd aim for 2% of adult body weight for now. So for my guys it's around a pound. It's better to feed them a smaller amount in the beginning to avoid runny poops. Eventually you can add a little bit more if you find they're losing weight.

    Also, like Lauren said, you can always prepare a ziplock full of meat that your mom can give and leave it in the fridge. For breakfast I give the boys something boneless, like green tripe, beef or pork heart, tongue etc. These are simple to give and create very little mess. your mom sounds wonderful btw, good for her for loving her fur-grandkids so much.
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    Wow love reading all this...maybe just maybe I can make it this time!

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    I wouldn't feed pork neck bones but ribs are ok. Just be sure that anything with bone is in big pieces that they actually have to chew on and can't swallow whole. I leave two of the ribs together and go that route. Most of the time they chew it down small and then I remove it. I am a bit of a ninny when it comes to choking hazards lol. Most don't have issues with chicken when it is RAW. My Gator did and got hot spots but it is rare and still the best place to start IMO. Good luck and just have fun with it! Your pup will!

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