Raw feeding.

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Raw feeding.

Post by Jay128 » 01 Apr 2013, 15:17

Just wondering how many of you out there feed your Doodles this way. Poppy is fed on James Wellbeloved puppy food at the moment. She is given a mixture of the wet trays and dry kibble but I find that she often leaves the kibble and when given leftover meat from joints she positively seems to beam at us, eats everything and settles down beautifully. Hubby is not convinced but the more I read the more I like the look of it,
Just wondering how practical it is and is there a set way of introducing it and what meats do you feed.
I have hunted for a link I have seen before but I cannot find it,
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Post by Doodle Dee » 01 Apr 2013, 16:21

i have the same problem and was certainly thinking of giving her raw food. She is now much better as I mix the kibble with the wet food and she is eating much better.

I did give her some raw liver and I don't know if that was right but she walked away from it.

Sometimes I mash some potatoes with sardines or tuna. My only problem is I dont know how much to give her of anything so it is a trial and error thing!

good luck and there are lots of posts on here in recent days about it.

I did a search and there is a Raw Food thread started by Bid I think on 28th March

Good luch
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Post by Bid » 01 Apr 2013, 16:32

Yep - I feed raw My dogs love it and do very well on it. For me it is very practical because rather than do the "hard core raw" which involves feeding a lot of whole meaty bones and working out home many meat only meals and how much offal to give, I have chosen to go for ready prepared meals with the right balance of bone/meat/offal already, plus I mix in a few tripe only meals, and occasionally add some liver/heart/kidney to it. I throw in some bones, chicken wings, or rabbit portions at lunchtime for tooth cleaning and fun, and the odd raw sprat as well. There are a number of suppliers around and some very helpful sites for starting out......

There are a lot of suppliers around - these are three that I have used but there are more on the Raw start explained site

Nurturing by nature suppliers http://www.nurturingbynature.co.uk/
Natural Instinct suppliers http://www.naturalinstinct.com/
Landywoods http://www.landywoods.co.uk/

NbyN introduction to raw feeding http://www.nurturingbynature.co.uk/category_s/1819.htm
Website for those starting out feeding raw http://rawstartexplained.webs.com/
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Re: Raw feeding.

Post by DiSet » 01 Apr 2013, 16:49

My dog loves his raw food. I've got confess at the moment I feed half raw half kibble (at different meal times) and it works for us, but if my dog could choose he would eat completely raw, :D

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Post by Jay128 » 01 Apr 2013, 17:02

Thankyou so much, I will have a look at the sites suggested. :D
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Post by ClareV » 01 Apr 2013, 17:10

I am hoping to collect a free chest freezer on Friday - I asked for it on Freecycle. Can not feed Charlie raw properly until I have room to store food, and hope to do my research and get him a decent diet of meat and any fruit or veg which is suggested. Given his skin problems on dry food it has to be the best food for him.

My husband was looking for minced meat this morning and was somewhat taken aback to open the freezer drawer and find it full of mince for Charlie!! One has one's priorities!

Looking forward to hearing how you get on with feeding the raw diet. I seem to remember someone posting photos last year of their raw food delivery, and there were quite a number of boxes of meat!

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Post by mistydog » 01 Apr 2013, 18:02

Freddie has been fed on raw since about 6 months. He is not food orientated at all! I feed pet mince because it has bone in it, a bit of kibble and anything else that's about. Also bones and tin fish when I remember to get them out. He also likes horse poo! I have a friend who works on a chicken farm and her dog has whole raw chicken! She is doing fine but doesn't get a whole one every day :lol:
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Post by briansangel » 01 Apr 2013, 19:54

I gave poppy a chicken wing she loved it but was sick next day so it put me off.. she's approaching 5 months now and I feel she should be on raw a few days in a week.. just scared xxx
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Post by Pollydoodle » 02 Apr 2013, 00:19

I debated , ummm'd and ahhhh'd for months if not longer. In the end just said what the heck and gave it a go.
My butchers thought I had a crush on them :oops: I was always dropping in, I've discovered all sorts of little farms selling meat at the gate and also buy the ready minced meat with bone etc from NbN.

The dogs absolutely love it of course and are besides themselves when they see a rack of lamb rib bones coming out. They have a sense of satisfaction when and after chomping on those. I ,oddly,have come to really enjoy the smell of fresh raw rabbit :roll: :lol:

Would only add :- Plan meals out for a week unless you loads of time to dash to the butchers/ Sainsbo or decide to use the preminced 'ready' meals which are easy and convenient.
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Post by stout » 02 Apr 2013, 11:09

Stout has been on raw since he was 9 months old, and he loves it, and also not more dodgy bellies (except when he finds manky rabbits to eat :roll: ). We feed him ready made stuff, with a tripe meal once a week (like Bid), the odd sardine, scambled egg, roast and veg scraps (I always cook too much!), and fish and rice. We have a small chest freezer in the garage that we keep all his food in, occasionally he lets his human slaves have a small amount of space in it, but not often :roll: . We keep a supply of natures diets in the cupboard for days, when like this morning, we forgot to get his food out to defrost the night before! Stout gets a bone once a week, we found that he was being sick after chicken wings so we have stopped giving them to him.
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Re: Raw feeding.

Post by Gemgem » 02 Apr 2013, 19:40

Has anyone tried these ? http://naturesmenu.co.uk/ wondered if they are any good?
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Post by Bid » 02 Apr 2013, 20:33

Gemgem wrote:Has anyone tried these ? http://naturesmenu.co.uk/ wondered if they are any good?
Ive tried their minces - not the ones with rice mixed in, just the meat. Poppy wouldn't eat it, and I wasn't really impressed with it. I think P@H used to sell it.
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Re: Raw feeding.

Post by jackieholmes19 » 02 Apr 2013, 20:46

With the NbyN is it all ready to go? Or do you need to add veg to it?
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Post by stout » 02 Apr 2013, 21:52

Gemgem wrote:Has anyone tried these ? http://naturesmenu.co.uk/ wondered if they are any good?
Stout will eat it if there is nothing, the pouches stink a bit, and so does the 'output' :oops:
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Post by Bid » 02 Apr 2013, 22:10

jackieholmes19 wrote:With the NbyN is it all ready to go? Or do you need to add veg to it?
Some people do feed veg, but I don't. I worked out that they get all they need from feeding a combination of muscle meat, bone, offal, fish and kelp :D If I want one of them to lose weight I will cut down the meat and add cooked sweet potato.
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