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I feed my dogs a raw homemade diet. But as Karen says, this needs to be properly balanced or you can have some issues. The main problem is not getting the calcium phosphorus ratio correct. This can result in the leaching of calcium from their bones resulting in some skeletal issues. However, to avoid this you just have to make sure that you provide an adequate amount of raw meaty bones. The diet also needs to include the appropriate amount of organ meats because that is where they get many vital nutrients. There are also different schools of thought on whether or not dogs need veggies. I have been raw feeding for 8 years and my dogs are super healthy and love their food. However, as Karen suggested I wonder if you could consult an expert to guide you through this. I believe some holistic vets provide guidance also. I have read a few books on it but very confusing and differing opinions. Before I fed my homemade raw I fed my dogs commercial raw food by Natureís Variety. You might want to start with that since it is balanced. When I switched my dogs from kibble to Natureís Variety raw there was an awesome difference in them. It is also helpful to have a holistic vet that supports raw feeding. The one downside of raw feeding is if your dog has any issue, a vet who does not support raw feeding will immediately blame the raw food and this can result in them not finding the root cause of something. I made some blunders when I first started feeding a homemade diet, however I believe it is the best thing I have done for my dogs. And once you see how much your dog will love itís food, you will not be able to turn back.