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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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I am looking to purchase a meat grinder so I can make my own raw dog food. Anyone have any suggestions?
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I'm hitching on to this thread to see the responses. I am thinking about doing the same thing.
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Kathy! Welcome to the world of RAW!!

Daniel makes his own raw food and has a grinder.. Wonder where he is??
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Here is the one you were looking at in action. This person has a few videos and seems to really recommend the 810 but uses the 500 in her second video?



specific tips for grinding meat with bones

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Please excuse my ignorance, but why would you need to grind the food/bones to feed RAW?

I feed RAW to my dogs and I would assume the same principals apply to smaller dogs. Granted you wouldn't feed chicken 1/4's like I do, but wouldn't wings, necks be a perfect size for the Hav'?

A couple of the benefits of the bones is 1. that the chewing helps to produce an enzyme (I believe) that helps the food break down and is easier to digest and 2. the chewing of the bones helps to keep the teeth pearly white.

I'm sorry if I am hijacking your thread, I'm not trying to do that. I just don't understand why you would need to grind, unless you are uncomfortable with your dogs eating the bones.

Are the teeth of the Hav unable to handle the raw bones?

I'll check the search function also on raw feeding for more information for myself.
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Hi DobeGirl,

I belive Kathy is trying to replicate the pre packaged raw food they sell in stores. I also feed comercial raw to my Beamer, as his primary food source. But I also feed him chicken necks and beef backs (and whatever protein source I can find) a couple days out of the week. I guess thats not considered to be very 'raw' to a hardcore raw feeder.. but it works for us!

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Hi DobeGirl,

I belive Kathy is trying to replicate the pre packaged raw food they sell in stores. I also feed comercial raw to my Beamer, as his primary food source. But I also feed him chicken necks and beef backs (and whatever protein source I can find) a couple days out of the week. I guess thats not considered to be very 'raw' to a hardcore raw feeder.. but it works for us!

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Ok, thanks. I guess I misunderstood. I have a feeling I'm going to be doing that alot here, so I appreciate the patience. I am digging thru the other food threads here too trying to learn what will benefit the Hav.
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I also think it is hard to be "hardcore" when you have little dogs and stay balanced. For Isabelle gets 4-5 ounces per day total. So the ground especially yourself-helps to balance out organs and bones. I try to do bones every evening but when your dog only gets 4 ounces, it is hard to keep it balanced with meat, bone, and organs as well. I give the ground usualy every morning either commercial or homemade to balance out the bone and organ meat they need as well.

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I don't have a grinder. I buy my chicken, turkey and beef with the bone already ground it. But the bones are not ground up too fine.

Keep in mind that if you are going to grind chicken and turkey necks/backs you probably won't need a higher end grinder but if you are going to do beef, you will need a high end one and that is usually very expensive. The beef bones are very hard and will break down your grinder quite fast.

To get the proper amount of calcium, just feeding beef bones probably won't be enough. Not only that but it's more likely that your Hav will swallow a larger piece of bone causing problems. I'm not talking about recreational bones.

For feeding rmb, not everyone has a place to feed chicken backs and necks as it can make a mess. Grinding them up and mixing in with the meat makes it easier.

Chances are if your parents never had kids...you won't either...
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Ryan is correct that I want to make my own similar to the natures variety I am now feeding. I am also not comfortable giving them a whole wing, leg, thigh, whatever, but feel better about it being ground. I do give beef bones for the teeth and recreation.

The Sam Baere SB810 is what looks good. The Cabelas brand has gotten some negative reviews. I looked on Consumer Reports, but nothing there. I would not be grinding beef bones, only chicken, turkey and maybe rabbit if I could find it. I don't have a place local that will grind for me.

Since going back to feeding raw, I have seen a huge difference in my dogs coats, teeth, activity level and enjoyment of eating.
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