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Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 17:24
by Soleil
I've been thinking about this for a while and I really like the sound of a more natural diet for my dogs along with the health benefits it brings. However, Mum was talking to one of the vets at the surgery where we go and she said that there's an increased risk of getting worms from feeding a raw food diet. I've been looking into the Natural Instinct brand which I belive to be a reputable company who only uses high grade, human food quality ingredients. So, my question really is do those of you who feed a raw food diet have to worm your dogs more regularly or with a stronger wormer than would normally be used?
Thank you in advance!

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 19:45
by gilly g
No! :D But I buy frozen meat and defrost it, so perhaps any worms are killled off in freezing?

Polo hates kibble/dry and tinned food, so it was the only way for us. He loves raw meat and bones. When you think about it, it's just what a dog's digestive system is designed for. He is 3 years old, has never had the runs/squits, and very easy to pick up his poo :roll: :roll: so I would say go for it. See how you get on..

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 19:48
by stout
Stout eats natural instinct, and no, we don't need to worm him more often. I get the impression that some vets are 'anti' raw food!

Stout has been fine on their food, he has recently decided he doesn't like their chicken for some reason, but other than that we have not had any issues.

If you do decide to go for it pm me, if you mention an existing customer you get a fiver off!

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 20:21
by Bid
The companies I use sell meat fit for human consumption which lessens any risk imo. This website explains more about the parasite risk .... http://rawfed.com/myths/parasites.html

If you are still concerned, rather than worm unnecessarily, you can have a test done to show if your dog has worms ..... http://wormcount.com/

You have to be happy with what you feed though, as well as your dogs, so it's worth taking the time to investigate your concerns :D :D

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 20:23
by mistydog
Agree with the other 'raw feeders'. I feed Prize Choice, the mince has bone minced in. Freddie has a frozen chicken wing for starter which he loves and I am sure is good for his teeth. He then has frozen mince with some low protein kibble. He also has tinned fish, and other stuff from time to time. He is 4, good tummy, firm poos (what are we like :lol: ). I wouldn't feed meat fit for human consumption as I think it would be too rich. Watch a dog eat a raw rabbit :D

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 20:32
by Bid
mistydog wrote: I wouldn't feed meat fit for human consumption as I think it would be too rich. Watch a dog eat a raw rabbit :D
It's the quality of meat that I am interested in - and people get the best quality! There's no problem with them eating it good hard poos all round here :lol: :lol: For example Daisy has lamb quite a lot as she can't have chicken, and they mince the raw meaty bones for her (usually ribs and neck) so she has the right proportions of bones to meat. As she also has bones on some days, she will have Tesco's special offer beef mince with some minced heart and no added bones - it's all a matter of balance overall. She also has a lot of rabbit - I've found an online supplier who sells farmed rabbit so she can have it all year round! http://www.woldsway.co.uk/acatalog/Pet_Meat.html

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 08:22
by venart
Wispa eats a bit of raw food mixed in with her kibble, and she's fine, never had any problems, but we're still on the puppy schedule for worming meds for a couple months.

I've been recommended natural instinct by my dog walker, actually. And I have heard that not many vets know a good deal about nutrition and diet, and our vets even sells kibble..

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 15:34
by Sibella
I will be gradually changing my Tula on to raw food over the next three months she is currently 3 months old and I would like her fully on raw food by 6 months. I did try her when I got her at seven weeks but found she was getting constipated and I also felt I needed to gain as much knowledge as possible before making the change from her current food. She had no problem chomping through the food, but I was concerned about the constipation hence my gradual approach. In my research of the subject I have found all manner of views, but good quality raw would be at the top of my list, as with all foods raw can come in various shades.

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Sibella and Tula

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 02 Sep 2012, 17:06
by Soleil
Thank you for all your opinions and advice. Personally I feel more comfortable feeding a human grade food simply because I know the meat would be high quality and not from diseased animals. Bid, I read the link you posted and found it interesting and helpful so thank you for that. I think I'm going to give it a try, maybe just some chicken wings as treats to see if the dogs like being fed that way to start with :D

Re: Considering feeding raw food...

Posted: 03 Sep 2012, 08:03
by frosty
All I can say is I have fed Raw for 6 years or so, and Ive not wormed my dogs for 2 years.
I sent off fecal samples last month to worm count, and both of my boys were totally worm free 8)

So No, there is deffo no increased risk with worms at all. Arch finds dead rabbits often and eats them too and still no sign of worms.

Go for it I say :D