Patties vs. "real" raw?

Postby EtherealJane » June 16th, 2010, 10:43 pm

I apologize in advance if i'm not using the correct lingo for raw feeding. After visiting with my holistic vet, he recommended that I feed raw. I do think my dog has some serious food allergies, although I can't be sure they aren't environmental at this point, since he hasn't been tested. He has been eating Natural Balance Ultra Premium Venison & Sweet Potato.

I've looked into feeding a raw diet, and I'm a little overwhelmed. I'm sure with the proper research I could get a handle on everything, but I'm going to be student teaching in the fall. From what I've read here and other places, screwing up feeding raw is bad news for your dog. The desire to feed raw stems from wanting him to be as happy and healthy as possible, and trying to eliminate any allergy issues so he can finally be itch free.

Are raw patties ok to feed? I found some BARF brand patties, and even bought a sleeve, but is this "complete?" The bones are crushed up in the patty, but I read a lot about organ/muscle/bone ratios, and I'm not sure if the patties meet that criteria. I was planning on buying some bones (knuckle bones) to help with cleaning anyway--would this be sufficient, or are there other supplements he would need in his diet?
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Postby iluvk9 » June 17th, 2010, 5:49 am

I don't have any personal insight into raw feeding, but make sure you check out this section:
viewforum.php?f=58 Other raw feeders (if that is what they are called 8) ) have had many discussions.
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Postby WackyJacki » July 1st, 2010, 9:11 am

There are a few different schools of thought about raw feeding. Some feed veggies and other things along with meat, others don't.

I myself have been feeding what's referred to as "Prey Model Raw" for over a year now. This means that you feed based on nature... what a carnivore is built to eat: muscle meat, bones, and organs. What you're trying to do is mimic nature so to speak. :)

My girls don't get veggies or grains (except as a treat sometimes). They eat mostly chicken leg quarters, whole rabbit (yes, fur and all!) pork, beef, and fish. I toss in an egg sometimes as well.

It can be overwhelming at first, but once you get into the swing of things it's really very easy... and the benefits are wonderful. :mrgreen:

Here are a few links you may find helpful:

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