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Hello all - So in the spirit of sharing and posting more, how about we talk RAW! LOL About 3 weeks ago, I introduced raw feeding into Quinn and Gracie's diet. I joined a co-op and picked up a delivery of 120 pounds of a beef/green tripe/duck/chicken mix (40/40/10/10). It comes frozen and packaged in 2 lb. tubes. I'm not a fan of handling it and I'm still dealing with the learning curve on getting it thawed and portioned. I try to do a few days at a time and I am getting more efficient. The pups, on the other hand, were instant fans. The photo is of Quinn right after I brought it home. I had a couple of tubes that just wouldn't fit in the basement freezer, so I brought them up and put them in the kitchen. They were frozen and he still smelled it!!

I always said raw wasn't for me, but two things changed my mind. One is that Quinn developed crystals in his urine. It was either medication or a diet change, and because of his seizure meds, I try very hard to avoid any additional medications. The other is that when I did more research, I learned that the tripe helps to keep teeth clean. Gracie is beginning to develop plaque. I try to brush, but I'm not good at being consistent, and because of her root canal, she can't have any hard chews to help break up the plaque.

I am still feeding kibble. Raw in AM/kibble in PM. This is somewhat controversial, but they are tolerating it very well--no problems.

So, I'd love to hear thoughts and I'd especially love to hear from any others that are feeding raw!!

Happy hump day everyone!!

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Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on August 23, 2017 at 3:16am

Looks like you may need a fridge lock... As for raw diet, too complicated for me to process... But do what works!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on August 16, 2017 at 7:58pm

I don't really know about Raw diets for dogs but they sure sound like alot of work!    I don't think they are great for humans.  Some veggies, such as carrots, release nutrients that you can't get out of raw that is why you eat a mix.

When you say crystals in urine I think oxalates which will cause that in humans (and also causes kidney stones).  But that could be totally different. 

I brush Picco's teeth but not as often as I should.  He doesn't get chews because I never found any that I thought were good.  He gets hot spots from pigs ears which I'm sure is from crap they put into any chews as a preservative or whatever.

Picco is like Dulcie - ball wins out over food!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 16, 2017 at 3:22pm

Love the pic!  I am still feeding my kids the 4Health brand and they seem to do quite well with it, so can't give a opinion on the raw.  I see that same look from Dulcie, but only because I keep her Chuck-It and tennis ball on top of the freezer - at 6, she still would rather play than eat and is still her slim, almost skinny self.  The vet loves it,though, and says she is just fine the way she is, 38 lbs since she finished growing in her second year. Poor Quinn! Hope the food helps with the crystals!

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