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I've just transitioned Saydee from Innova to Evo, and now she's about 90% raw. We use the NV medallions and I really like them - they're quick and easy and best of all, Saydee loves them. I started with a sample pack that was lamb, which is not my favorite. Mostly because the smell reminded me of dissecting sheep parts in college. She's also had beef and organic chicken. So far I think she likes the chicken the best, but the beef is good too.
She's been on raw for over 3 weeks now and she's never had the runs, never been sick or thrown up, and we've seen nothing negative about it. She has lots of energy and her eyes are bright. She loves meal time and the added bonus is that her tear stains have almost been eliminated!
I started doing the medallions "just to try it" for one meal a day, giving her the traditional wet food/kibble mix for the other meal (grain-free). When I saw she was doing well, I just started feeling like it was the best thing for her. So, now it's easy just to give her the raw. They do say not to feed kibble and raw in the same meal, so I've avoided that just to be sure.
I've seen mention on this forum of someone having problems with her dog's coat on raw, but she was using a different brand, so it's possible it wasn't meeting her dogs nutritional needs, I don't know. Saydee's coat is better than ever.
The other benefit is healthy teeth. And fresher breath, less odor problems. Some people see smaller poops. Saydee doesn't have smaller poops but she goes less often. Also, I've read that the water in raw food is really an added benefit. Most dogs don't get enough water, especially when eating dry diets like kibble, and this can cause kidney/liver issues over time. I notice Saydee doesn't drink as much water from her bowl because she's already getting it in her food.
I've met nothing but resistance from my vet regarding raw diet, and even grain-free for that matter. I have yet to find a vet in my area that thinks anything but Science Diet is healthy. DUH. So you might prepare yourself for the cold shoulder from your vet. Plus, relatives and friends might think your weird or obsessive because they don't understand the concept. So be it. Overall, I believe strongly that I'm doing the right thing, at least for now, so I go with my gut.
I do have my fears regarding bacteria, but I've also overthought the issue. There's alot of interesting information on the internet about raw diet, but I've learned to read it all and take it with a grain of salt. I think the best resources are the friends on this forum that have been doing raw for a while and have life experience to share.
It can be expensive, but I figure by the time I buy my top pick for kibble and canned, it's nearly a wash. Plus one less vet bill for teeth cleaning/etc. pays for the rest... and I figure it's the least I can do for my little furry friend.
I do have to say the raw diet is not for everybody, and there are some folks that tried it that felt it didn't work well for their dog. There's never any guarantee that it will be a good fit for you, or that it will continue to be a good fit. That's true with any dog food, right? I think you just need to do what works well for you and your dog. Hopefully, you'll have great results too!
Last edited by SaydeeMomma; 10-22-2008 at 06:17 PM.