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Feeding a raw diet??

Anyone feed their dogs a RAW diet? I have done ALOT of research & there is just so much evidence on how its so good for your dogs (as long as you do it right). I know most 'commercial' food is terrible and I know you have to be careful & really know what you are doing. Any input/info would be great!

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Yes, I have my nursing momma on raw~
I use Natures Variety frozen raw medallions (and just this week got the Primal brand of frozen raw.) I think I like the Natures Variety brand better~It is nutritionally complete with veggies and fruit mixed in. I don't have to feed her anything else (although she does get Natural Balance in a roll left out for her midnight snack overnight). She has super fat healthy puppies, tons of milk, she has not lost any weight, her poops are firm, even right after delivery...when after her litter last year she got the runs for a few days.
I feel confident that she is getting the benfits of raw, without the scare of bones. Plus I feel like I can be clean and sterile with feeding her this way. (no chance of bacteria getting where it shouldn't be) I feed it to her on a paper plate, then throw the paper plate away when she is done, and wash my hands. I love it and so does she!


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On top of the great information I'm sure you'll get here, there are also lots of yahoo groups on RAW or BARF feeding.
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Yes, I have read those websites also. Great information there. I was really interested in all of your personal experiences.

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Great, I wasn't sure if you knew about them or not, so I thought I would mention it.

I can't bring myself to do RAW, but all the dogs I've personally known on it have done great.
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I know. Just the thought feeding your dogs raw chicken & raw bones etc.. goes against everything we are taught, doesnt it.

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Yes!!

Mine is more of the ewww factor because I can just see my kids getting all the germs all over the house, etc. I have a mommy brain that works things out in the wierdest ways.
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Plus I feel like I can be clean and sterile with feeding her this way. (no chance of bacteria getting where it shouldn't be)
Are you sure about this? Everything I was taught at a nutrition seminar said that e coli is still shed from the face of the dog as well as where they eliminate. The bacteria is still being spread if it is in the raw food.
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Well so far so good. I have 5 dogs and 4 puppies, my self, hubby and two kids. So far no one has gotten sick. I would think if e-coli was a problem, we would have seen some type of flare up or reaction to it by now. I have been feeding her raw for almost 4 months. (I even have a poop eating dog and I have seen no problems, yes sometimes it even eats the mommas poops, eewwww!!). There are people out there who have been feeding raw for years with no outbreak of e-coli. In fact, I can't think of a single story that I have heard about a dog getting sick from feeding raw (when it is fed properly with proper handling/clean up). Yet I have heard story after story of dogs getting sick on kibble.
Just like feeding dry kibble, or homecooked, or raw. What works for one person is not going to work for someone else. I could never do the "true" raw that some people feed (chicken necks, raw bones, raw beef flank etc). It's so easy for me to take the medalions out of the freezer, thaw overnight, un-chill them in the microwave and feed them to her. She gobbles them right up!
I like the results I am seeing with raw, so I will continue feeding it to her.


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Oh no, that's not what I meant. Bacteria can still live without anyone getting sick. Just as we have to be careful when cutting raw meats on our kitchen counters, most of us don't get sick. The potential is still there. I had a speaker up at U.C. Davis caution us on the bacterias that are shed from raw feeding on the faces of dogs and in their elimination areas.

When you said there was no chance of bacteria getting where it shouldn't be, it sounded like you had newer information than the nutrition speaker gave.
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