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My husband and I sat down and I told him "Hey I'm switching to raw this weekend."
He asked "Why." And yanno, the only things that could come to mind were whiter than white teeth, healthier skin/coat, and I told him there were many other reasons I just couldn't think of any! And with all the latest raw threads on here I couldn't pin point one area.

Can you please explain all the benefits? This way tomorrow morning I can sit him down and let him read first hand how great this will be for our pets?

*Oh yeah I also told him they would poop less =)
 

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I'll skim over the high points, you know the details, you just can't remember them right now. :smile:

teeth, coat, stools, dogs are carnivores, better overall health, no allergies, they don't have to eat the garbage in kibble, fewer vet trips, no teeth cleanings, dog is happier, he will love eating, hehe im sure I have forgotten some too. :smile:
 

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LOL Thank you! Also, wasn't there problems a dog can recieve from a kibble fed diet that they won't get from a raw fed diet?
 

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That would be everything RFD just listed. When dogs eat a kibble-fed diet they are more prone to tooth decay, renal failure, allergies, hip and joint issues, skin problems, etc. Not to mention the fact that it takes more digestive enzymes to process kibble, enzymes the kibble doesnt have in it. Where do those enzymes come from? They have to come from other parts of the dog's body (mainly the pancreas) which detracts from what those enzymes could otherwise be doing like keeping the immune system in top functioning order (so your dog is more prone to getting sick more often), shedding more, acting anxious/on edge, lethargy, being gassy, etc.

So when you feed raw, let's start at the mouth: it cleans the teeth and freshens the breath, it digests more efficiently so your dog's immune system can stay strong, it doesn't have added species-inappropriate garbage so their whole system stays healthier including their neurological system, it give them the nutrients they need to grow a healthy skin and coat, no more hot spots because of this, and lastly, they poop less and it dries up and crumbles away after a few days.
 

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Thank you I'm definitely going to read this to him. I lost the last thread when I'd said that LOL my bad...But since I "put my foot down" he's just going to have to deal with it so our puppies can be nice and healthy! Thanks soooooo much!
 

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LOL I read my husband this thread and he laughed because he'd never heard of poo just simply crumbling away before. I said "Hey! It beats picking up huge piles!" He agreed to give it a shot. Off to shopping tomorrow I go!! Will get LOTS of good pictures =) Thank you for the support!
 

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Wondering about benefits of raw diet too

I was told by a vet student that, if dogs eat too much people food, they can get pancreatitis. Isn't eating a raw diet like eating people food? I think raw is good, even for people, although I couldn't bring myself to eat raw meat.

He also said a dog's food has to be balanced a certain way. How do you make sure you have it balanced?
 

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I was told by a vet student that, if dogs eat too much people food, they can get pancreatitis.
Your friend is wrong. That's why he is still a student. I have known many kibble fed dogs whose pancreatitis disapeared after switching to a raw diet.

Isn't eating a raw diet like eating people food?
It's more like eating the food they have been eating for millions of years, meat, bones, and organs from a variety of animals. Kibble has only been around for a little over 50 years. What do you think dogs ate 100 years ago? 500 years ago? 1,000 years ago?

He also said a dog's food has to be balanced a certain way. How do you make sure you have it balanced?
By feeding a variety of animal parts from a variety of animals. By feeding meat, bones, and organs ... mostly meat, some bone, and some organs.
 
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Not to mention the fact that it takes more digestive enzymes to process kibble, enzymes the kibble doesnt have in it. Where do those enzymes come from? They have to come from other parts of the dog's body (mainly the pancreas) which detracts from what those enzymes could otherwise be doing like keeping the immune system in top functioning order ....

If one chooses to feed a kibble diet, it would be imperative to add an enzyme / probiotic supplement to that diet. Such as Prozyme powder; all it takes is 1/4 teaspoon sprinkled over the dog's food at each mealtime. This ensures that the dog is getting the enzyme support to aid in digestion. If one chooses not to go the raw route, then Prozyme will come in handy. I feed a small amount of kibble and supplement with fresh / raw foods and i use Prozyme at every feeding.
 

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If one chooses to feed a kibble diet, it would be imperative to add an enzyme / probiotic supplement to that diet. Such as Prozyme powder; all it takes is 1/4 teaspoon sprinkled over the dog's food at each mealtime. This ensures that the dog is getting the enzyme support to aid in digestion. If one chooses not to go the raw route, then Prozyme will come in handy. I feed a small amount of kibble and supplement with fresh / raw foods and i use Prozyme at every feeding.
Not meaning to be rude or anything, but this seems like excessive meal planing to me. I don't even put this much thought into what I eat, why should I have to go through such a meal making 'chore' each time my dog needs to eat when I can just pull out a chicken leg (or something like that) and toss it to the dog. I don't like to think about what supplements are needed at which meal and how much each animal should be given. I like the idea that I just throw it to him and he downs it, then later on in that same week, I will toss some organ meat to him and all is taken care of!
Like I said, I don't mean for any of this to be rude, just stating that it seams more like work then feeding.


P.S. I don't like work!! :biggrin: :eek: :smile: :rolleyes:
 
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Not a problem. I actually enjoy preparing my dogs' meals. I raised two children and always enjoyed preparing healthy and fun-to-eat meals for them. So, I'm a Mama thru and thru. I just enjoy nurturing my babies.
 

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I member Ant Lula wood thro chekin lags to dum cuzin Earl. He wuz kinda slow but luvd dem chekin lags. Poor fella didn't hav no teeth but he wood gum it to deff. Corse if he droped dat lag den Ol Blu wood grab it and run to da hills. Youins could hair dat dawg bayin all nite. And dat's a beuteeful sound you neber fergit. Cuz and Blu liked dem beef ribs too. Come to tink bout it, dem two neber turnt no food away.
 

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Not a problem. I actually enjoy preparing my dogs' meals. I raised two children and always enjoyed preparing healthy and fun-to-eat meals for them. So, I'm a Mama thru and thru. I just enjoy nurturing my babies.
Well then good for you that you have found something that you enjoy doing! :biggrin: Just as long as your dog and you are happy and healthy, I guess that is all that matters! :wink:
 

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Raw food diet

My 5-year-old dog has a sore leg, a dry nose, dry skin, anxiety, bad breath and is downright grouchy. I wonder if feeding him a raw diet would help any or all of this? How expensive is a raw diet?
 

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My 5-year-old dog has a sore leg, a dry nose, dry skin, anxiety, bad breath and is downright grouchy. I wonder if feeding him a raw diet would help any or all of this? How expensive is a raw diet?
It should help the dry nose and skin and will definately cure the bad breath. I would be surprised if it had any effect on the leg or grouchyness. :smile: Feeding raw is cheaper than feeding a good grade kibble once you learn how to shop for it. It will take you several months to learn the trick of finding goodies for your dog.

Check out my link in my sig for more information about feeding raw.
 
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I member Ant Lula wood thro chekin lags to dum cuzin Earl. He wuz kinda slow but luvd dem chekin lags. Poor fella didn't hav no teeth but he wood gum it to deff. Corse if he droped dat lag den Ol Blu wood grab it and run to da hills. Youins could hair dat dawg bayin all nite. And dat's a beuteeful sound you neber fergit. Cuz and Blu liked dem beef ribs too. Come to tink bout it, dem two neber turnt no food away.
Awesome! Thanks so much! Doc, you ought to know how much your feedback & input benefits everyone on this Forum! Let's all learn from the Genius here! Excellent!
 

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I just found a 10# bag of chicken feet, they were all frozen and awkward looking. My husband said they looked like shriveled up ladies hands. (oh ick) Dogs absolutely love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I just found a 10# bag of chicken feet, they were all frozen and awkward looking. My husband said they looked like shriveled up ladies hands. (oh ick) Dogs absolutely love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haha!! Speaking of the chicken feet. I went to the farmers market last weekend and I asked for some chickens feet. I didn't notice that a father and son had just walked up beside me when I said that. The son was in his teens and he walked closest to me and when I said 'I would like some chickens feet please.' The poor kid jumped to the other side of his dad and looked across at me like I had asked for some toad toungs and bat wings to go with it!! :) I only noticed because the dad giggled and asked me if I made stew with them. I simply said, 'NO, I feed my dog with them!'. He found that interesting and started asking more questions.
I later saw him at another store that day and he asked some more questions. :) I thought that the whole thing was funny! :)
 

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Checkin feets iz good eating. I fite wid da dawgs fer dem. Now da lady down da way she ben knowd to shake and thord dem checkin feets in da dert at timez and momma sayz ta run ifn she come afta ya. Even ol Blu iz scart of her.
 
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