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    Well, I've been feeding raw for about a 1 1/2 months now, and while my boys LOVE it, we've had a lot of problems! They would eat so fast they would choke on it until I realized that if I took the skin off, they didn't throw it back up. My oldest has for some reason started having explosive diarrhea, & I mean EXPLOSIVE!! Their dry spots have not cleared up, & at first I thought their "eye boogers" were clearing up, but they are no longer doing that either. I've about given up, quite honestly. I would think this far into it, they shouldn't still be having the poops! I might try a few more bones for him, as I had quit giving them to him as he quite eating for awhile and I thought maybe he had a bone stuck. As soon as he gets over these loose stools, maybe I'll try again. I'm glad so many of you have had great success with it, as I really do feel this is the best for them. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjzoolu View Post
    Well, I've been feeding raw for about a 1 1/2 months now, and while my boys LOVE it, we've had a lot of problems! They would eat so fast they would choke on it until I realized that if I took the skin off, they didn't throw it back up. My oldest has for some reason started having explosive diarrhea, & I mean EXPLOSIVE!! Their dry spots have not cleared up, & at first I thought their "eye boogers" were clearing up, but they are no longer doing that either. I've about given up, quite honestly. I would think this far into it, they shouldn't still be having the poops! I might try a few more bones for him, as I had quit giving them to him as he quite eating for awhile and I thought maybe he had a bone stuck. As soon as he gets over these loose stools, maybe I'll try again. I'm glad so many of you have had great success with it, as I really do feel this is the best for them. Good luck!
    May I ask what meat you're giving them, how much and how often? Also, how old are your bullies? Diarrhea is usually a sign of either too much food, too little bone, enhanced meat and various other things. I'm confident us 'seasoned amateurs' can figure out how to make raw work for your furkids, but we need more info.

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    as savemejeebus has said try more bone for the runs,remember it can take a dog a while to transition ,some do it overnight some it can take months,cut all fat off for now until the runs stop then reintroduce the fat a little at a time,eye boogers will come and go for a while but they will stop.it can take months for kibble to leave a dogs system,dont give up now you have started be patient it will come good i promise,karen

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    Okay, Bullie's one bump of a rash has now become a chinful. And she's scratching her armpit... I'm almost certain it is seasonal allergy as my son is starting his sniffles now too.

    But, I'm still trying to see if going raw will work for us. I talked to my friend who is the dog-whisperer. She feeds raw to her pack of 4 dobermans, 1 boxer, and 1 pitbull. She gets her meat from this place called restaurant depot but you need a business license to get meat there. I looked at co-ops but the closest one is in Orlando.

    I'm wondering if there's enough interest on EBN to form a co-op that can deliver to NE Florida?

    In any case, I'm still trying to work out some logistics such as:
    1.) What does everybody do about going on vacation? My brother usually takes care of my dogs when we can't take them with us but I seriously doubt he'll go for feeding my dogs raw. And I don't think the kennel has a fridge.
    2.) If Bullie goes raw, Gizmo will have to go raw as well... I'm not sure how to deal with all of Gizmo's long white hair with chomping on raw meat. He's such a prissy eater as it is - he eats off my hand because he doesn't like his face touching kibble. You should see him drink - he manages to drink an entire bowl of water without getting his hair nor his nose wet...

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    By the way, I did some quick math that might be interesting:

    Bullie is a 60 lb bulldog who is currently on Blue Wilderness. She eats 2.5-3 cups a day.
    I buy BW in 11lb bags for $28. 3 cups of BW is 13 ounces or 0.8 lbs. So, $28 lasts 14 days or $2.14 a day.

    If Bullie goes raw, he will be eating 1.5lbs of food a day. Sandersons Whole Chicken is currently on the weekly circular for $1.19/lb. Feeding 1.5 lbs of that = $1.78 a day.

    So... doing the math... $2.14 of kibble is definitely more money than $1.78 of raw.

    Cool, huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    By the way, I did some quick math that might be interesting:

    Bullie is a 60 lb bulldog who is currently on Blue Wilderness. She eats 2.5-3 cups a day.
    I buy BW in 11lb bags for $28. 3 cups of BW is 13 ounces or 0.8 lbs. So, $28 lasts 14 days or $2.14 a day.

    If Bullie goes raw, he will be eating 1.5lbs of food a day. Sandersons Whole Chicken is currently on the weekly circular for $1.19/lb. Feeding 1.5 lbs of that = $1.78 a day.

    So... doing the math... $2.14 of kibble is definitely more money than $1.78 of raw.

    Cool, huh?
    Yeah, I love that part! But it will get a tad more expensive when you start adding things into the equation (red meat, organs, etc). I think there IS a FL co-op...let me see if I can find that info or at least point you in the right direction. Can your friend pick your food up for you when she gets hers?

    As far as feeding Gizmo...I seriously doubt he will care a whit about being messy. Plus, with him you will be feeding small enough pieces that there really shouldn't be much of a mess. You might have to wipe his face after he eats though but I do that with mine anyway.

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    Zeus had a chicken thigh today. I heard the crunching of the bone, but he hardly ate any of the meat. Should I save it for tomorrow or throw it in the trash?

    Also, I bought some fresh pig ears, some oxtail (but its sliced in smaller pieces), beef leg....do you feed these as a meal or as something to chew on?

    Got 2 cornish hens for 6.99....is it ok for a 3 and a half month old to start working on one?

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    @zeusmommy -

    You can save the leftover chicken tomorrow. It's odd that he didn't finish. Did you feed him kibble earlier in the day?

    Most likely zeus won't be able to chew through the pig ears and will just use it as a chew toy. Oxtail is ok, however, there's not much meat on them. It's best to aim for meaty bones. The more bone, the more firm his stools are going to be, which can also lead to constipation if given too much.

    Cornish hens are great. But remember to feed only 2%-3% of his adult weight daily. After a few days of runny poops in the beginning, I learned that Stig did best eating only 2% which is only 1 lb of meat and bone daily. Whenever I gave him more, his poop would start to get runny again. If you feed the daily limit one day, don't give him kibble as that'll be too much food as well (meaning runny poops!).

    With Stig, I realized that he needed denser bones to be added to his cornish hen meals. I'm guessing the cornish bones are too soft. You may want to add the oxtail you bought to the meal to firm up his stool.

    I'm very concerned about the beef leg. It's a weight bearing bone meaning that they are too hard to digest so it'll sit in their stomachs for a very long time, which is dangerous. Or did you mean meat isolated from the thigh portion? If it's meat, then it's ok. But if it's bone, please do not give it to Zeus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusmommy View Post
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    Zeus had a chicken thigh today. I heard the crunching of the bone, but he hardly ate any of the meat. Should I save it for tomorrow or throw it in the trash?

    Also, I bought some fresh pig ears, some oxtail (but its sliced in smaller pieces), beef leg....do you feed these as a meal or as something to chew on?

    Got 2 cornish hens for 6.99....is it ok for a 3 and a half month old to start working on one?
    I agree with @savemejeebus about the beef bone. I would let him work the meat off of it and then take the bone away. Cornish game hens are great! They should work well for him. I wouldn't worry about him not eating the meat of the thigh. You might also consider that the skin of chicken can be hard for EB's due to their underbite and you might have to remove it and give the skin later (yes, he needs the skin!). If you give him anything that large (which is actually a good thing) you can let him eat as much of it as you think he needs and then remove it and offer it again at the next meal. I am concerned about the oxtail. Is it cut into medallions? If so, they might be ok for a 3 month old but they are small and could be choking hazzards.

    I think you are doing GREAT!!!! Keep up the good work!

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    Its beef feet, didnt know it makes a difference :-( I just looked at it. The bone is not that huge, but its still weight bearing one. The oxtail is cut into 3-4 fingers thick medalions and it DOES concern me...maybe I will just make a soup out of it...lol

    I'll cut off the skin, didnt know its a problem because of their jaws :-( Should I cut it in smaller pieces and just put it in his bowl?

    With the previous raw fed dog, I was giving him the ready packages - the Instinct ones and we used to have ones prepared at a local farm. But that got expensive really fast. This is the first time that I actually give a whole piece without everything being ground up.

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    Some don't have issues with the skin on chicken but mine do and I had a choking incident where they can't tear it so they tried to swallow it whole, still attached to the chicken. That didn't go over very well. lol. I just pull it back so that it is hanging on by a little piece and they manage to get it off with no problems. Skin can be removed from chicken very easily with just your hands. I will pull it off and just give it to them without even cutting sometimes.

    The thing with the beef bones is that they are pretty hard, even the feet. Someone told me they were teeth breakers and I poo poo'd it until Gypsy DID break a tooth. Good thing it was a baby tooth!

    My hubby came home with pork neck once cut just like oxtail. I looked at it and considered it for a minute and then just threw it in the freezer to use for soup. lol

    Sounds to me like you are doing great! It is a lot easier than it seems and the more simple you keep it, the better. Keep up the good work!

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    He was shaking the skin off of the meat...lol..it was funny to watch. I will stay clear from those bones....I might make a soup for him - leaving the meat and disposing of the bone. I think I am going to have to start like a journal of his meals :-)

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