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    Default Re: Just switched my babies to raw!

    @RiiSi @anatess @pamela Thank you all very much, you're all very helpful!! I'm learning something new everyday about this diet and still have tons of questions!

    Since they've been doing fine with the chicken, I think I'm ready to introduce another protein source. Is it bad to mix proteins? For example, chicken and beef mixed together or should they be fed on separate meals? I'm doing the BARF diet only because I'm terrified of them choking on bones. They tend to swallow things up without chewing so I grind it all up including the bones. I'm totally fine with making vegetables as a purée to get all of their nutrition because I agree, it's hard to find organs and chicken head and feet at stores.

    Another question: Say I were to give ground beef for one meal. What can I add for calcium? I read that it's eggshells but I don't know how much I should give or if eggshells alone is even enough to balance the calcium:phosphorus ratio.

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    Default Re: Just switched my babies to raw!

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkiLazaro View Post
    @RiiSi @anatess @pamela Thank you all very much, you're all very helpful!! I'm learning something new everyday about this diet and still have tons of questions!

    Since they've been doing fine with the chicken, I think I'm ready to introduce another protein source. Is it bad to mix proteins? For example, chicken and beef mixed together or should they be fed on separate meals? I'm doing the BARF diet only because I'm terrified of them choking on bones. They tend to swallow things up without chewing so I grind it all up including the bones. I'm totally fine with making vegetables as a purée to get all of their nutrition because I agree, it's hard to find organs and chicken head and feet at stores.

    Another question: Say I were to give ground beef for one meal. What can I add for calcium? I read that it's eggshells but I don't know how much I should give or if eggshells alone is even enough to balance the calcium:phosphorus ratio.
    You can mix proteins together. As for calcium, you can get one of those Bone Meal Powder to add to your ground beef.

    I know it can be scary for dogs to choke on their food. But dogs can choke on anything - including kibbles. So, in my opinion (and this is my opinion alone), it is better to train the dog to crunch on their food than to give him food that does not give him any reason to learn to crunch. It's like when you have a baby, you start off cutting his grapes in half so he won't choke on it but eventually, he'll have to learn to chew his grapes. There are benefits to the crunching action that your dog is going to miss - teeth/gums/jaw health and mental stimulation to name a few that outweights the risk of choking. That's just my opinion though.

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    Default Re: Just switched my babies to raw!

    I just posted something very similar on another thread but being that I'm online right now I'll say it again...

    My tip for anyone starting raw...Skip chicken for now.

    Nothing against chicken, but there is a little fact none of these guys mention. And you know what, probably because they had success with it which is fine. But let me tell you this...A lot of dogs have an intolerance to chicken. It's probably one of the most common protein allergy among dogs. Some will say, "raw chicken is completely different from chicken in kibbles..." Maybe so, but if you're just starting a dog out on this diet that will possibly stress it's body, why take a risk in causing a complication? This is precisely what happened to my dog...She was good for 4 days on chicken, and then the splarts began. Bloody, mucousy splarts. All over my house. Not cool lol. So I tried a new protein...PORK!

    As soon as I changed her over, it helped immensely. No more loose stools, gas, and she started looking nice and muscular as well. All was great...Then I started thinking, "well hey, she's doing great on raw now I'm gonna try chicken again!" As soon as I switched her to chicken again, BAM! Splarts are back! Pork to me is the best choice for a staple protein, and after experimenting on my poor dog with chicken I will never do it again. Every dog is different, but to me you stand a better chance at sticking to raw with pork in the beginning stages. I know I was going crazy cleaning up puddles of poop all of the time, and if I can prevent it for other people I will lol. Again, nothing against chicken, but I don't agree with it being the best starter protein for dogs new to raw..And! Lets also not forget most people switch to raw because their dog has BAD allergies...Why would you start out with the most common protein allergy lol? One other thing actually...Maybe chicken is just best not used as a staple with dogs like mine? Because like I said I had a span of time where it was ok, but after about a week I had trouble with it. And yes I removed skin, and didn't feed ANY organs. I'm not convinced my dog can't eat it, but I am convinced that is no good on a daily basis for her.

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    Default Re: Just switched my babies to raw!

    Only 1 protein for a week or so then add another then another,organs last and remember only a slither at first .
    usualy chicken first then Turkey,pork,rabbit then add the darker meat ie beef,lamb venison ect,remember heart is muscle meat but rich in everything,also add tripe excellent probiotic ,then add anything you want lol

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