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    How are his stools? Firm?
    Yes, they are firm and smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    we are feeding remi nature's variety instinct lamb LID. He can't stomach any other meat it seems like. We are going to compensate for the LID by feeding raw fruits/veggie on top of his kibble. Seems a bit more cost effective and also quite healthy.
    Actually, this is healthy for humans but not as much for dogs. They don't have much of the proper enzymes to break down raw plants. It is better to cook or freeze veggies before giving it to the dogs to break down the complex carbs before it hits the dog's system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    Here's my version of home-made raw... I started with putting an entire chicken quarter cut up from a whole chicken straight off the meat aisle of the local butcher's onto the dog bowl. Chomp, chomp, gulp. Done. The following day they got the wing and back, the next day they got the neck and breast. So, one entire raw chicken complete with skin and neck minus the innards was fed in the first 3 days to 2 dogs both of which are at 55lbs ideal weight... that's a lie actually - I fed 3 dogs, one a 15 lb yippity bichon. The next 3 days, the Bulldogs each got most of one whole chicken while the bichon got a chunk here and there. The whole chickens weigh an average of 3.5 lbs. And cost an average of $8 each because I used free-range organic chicken instead of just getting a regular chicken from the grocery (I'm not at the point yet where I scour the town for meat deals). I just did this over and over with the chicken. I'm in the middle of week 2 and everything is super!

    I only noticed two changes so far - the poops are awesome (yeah, if you can call poop awesome... lol... I'm big on poopology), they are the perfect firmness - not too firm not too soft - and they smell like rich soil (which probably means it didn't smell anything that can overpower the smell of the soil it was on) and they have not pooped more than once a day, the regular size poop, with 2 days that they skipped a poop. Yeay. Easy on my pooper-picker-upper duties. I never did go through any "transition pains"... even with one of my bulldogs who was allergic to chicken in the kibble. Basically, they ate kibble one day, they ate raw chicken the next. And the other change is they have not tooted in a week and a half - or rather, I have not smelled their toot. I have 2 bulldogs who can clear out a room with their toot and they do this at least once a day, a lot of times in the middle of the night waking me up with the stink. Other than those, I have not noticed any changes with the dogs' physical indicators and energy levels... oh, except the bichon's hair around his mouth is turning peach colored - I still have to figure that one out.

    So, so far so good. Next week, I'm reducing the chicken amount and adding boneless beef chunks.

    And for treats - they get their favorite ice cubes and they still get the occasional butts of the slice bread which they've always had from before. I quit giving them the dental chews.

    One good thing about changing the dogs over to this diet... I'm actually excited to feed the dogs everyday! I know - NOOB! But yeah, it is sooooo cool watching the dogs figure out how to tackle a big chunk of chicken leg and thigh bone. I easily imagine their brains whirring away trying to solve this puzzle. The bulldogs is not as fun as the bichon though because the bulldogs wipe out a pound of chicken in less than 5 minutes... a chicken breast in 30 seconds flat. My bichon is a prissy dog - doesn't want to get any of his hair to touch the meat, won't even hold the thing with his paws, so I have to hold the chicken while he tears off meat piece by piece until all that is left is the bone then he crunches and crunches and crunches... forever. It takes him at least 30 minutes to eat and yes, I sit with him for all that time holding a chunk of raw chicken in my gloved hands fighting the urge to tear off the chunk of meat myself!

    I'm following what is called a Prey-Model Raw Diet (put that on a google search and you'll get a jillion info on it - good and bad) and because I just started with it, I tend to take every single opportunity to reply to threads telling people about it. LOL! So, bear with me for a bit longer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    Actually, this is healthy for humans but not as much for dogs. They don't have much of the proper enzymes to break down raw plants. It is better to cook or freeze veggies before giving it to the dogs to break down the complex carbs before it hits the dog's system.
    Even better. I don't eat raw myself. We Just discovered the salmon doesn't sit well with his stomach so once he's settled back on the lamb totally happy to share our cooked organic veggies with remi. I need to start the research and refresh my memory on all the safe options. It'll be a long testing period but well worth it.

    On a side note, is it wrong to be jealous of remi and his lamb diet? So good. So expensive.


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    Are you on the Yahoo/Facebook list? I have a sneaking suspicion you are.
    No, not me. I can barely spell Facebook. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernFemme View Post
    Even better. I don't eat raw myself. We Just discovered the salmon doesn't sit well with his stomach so once he's settled back on the lamb totally happy to share our cooked organic veggies with remi. I need to start the research and refresh my memory on all the safe options. It'll be a long testing period but well worth it.

    On a side note, is it wrong to be jealous of remi and his lamb diet? So good. So expensive.


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    No, it's not wrong at all.... Because I'm jealous too! The grocery had a chicken leg quarters sale last week - $5.99 for a 10lb bag... I couldn't pass it up so I bought a bag and I made Filipino adobo for the humans... The dogs got the organic, free-range whole chicken that I normally get for 2-something a pound... My husband asked me why I didn't make adobo out of the whole chicken and gave the leg quarters to the dogs... I had no answer. Lol.

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